The Goodguys Rod and Custom Association began its 2015 show season back in March at WestWorld of Scottsdale and 20-something events later has returned to conclude the year with its their 18th Southwest Nationals. On the eve of each show weekend, Goodguys puts together a one-day driving tour, conveniently scheduled in-between rush-hour times with stops all over the Valley of the Sun.
With Burt Reynolds being a huge draw for spectators at the Fall Florida Autofest last weekend in Lakeland, it only made sense to see a display that included several Smokey and the Bandit Trans Am’s and other cars from the movie, including the sheriff’s car, Mr. Bigs Cadillac, the “Just Married” Pontiac, as well as a new Camaro-based 2016 Pontiac Trans Am.
Vendors had everything from chrome bumpers, decals, chassis and steering wheels to electric scooters and sun hats at the first Carlisle Events swap meet at the Sun n’ Fun facility in Lakeland, Florida. It appeared as though there was something for everyone.
Going to the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, is like going to the Oscars. Not just anyone gets to in, and it’s a place to see and be seen — at least for the millennials.
Each year, the annual trade show of the Speciality Equipment Market Association, better known by its acronym SEMA, draws nearly 150,000 people from the automotive and aftermarket industry to the Las Vegas Convention Center where 2,000 new products are introduced and where thousands more are on display once again.
Those products often are showcased on customized or personalized vehicles that range from mild to wild. Actually in many cases, far beyond wild. Continue reading
For the 11th time, the town of Paradise Valley, which is tucked into the shadow of Camelback Mountain between Phoenix and Scottsdale, celebrated the Veterans Day weekend with a classic car show in the morning and a cruise around town just in time for lunch at El Chorro.
The event not only celebrates Veterans Day but all proceeds this year benefited two charities — Arizona Military Assistance Mission and Sentinels of Freedom — both set up to help veterans of the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Those proceeds were increased when the restaurant donated the noon-time meal so all money collected could go to veterans assistance. Continue reading
At the conclusion of the SEMA Show on Friday afternoon, attendees were encouraged to make their way outside the Las Vegas Convention Center to see several hundred cars, bikes, trucks, and other customs drive to a nearby parking lot for an after party, SEMA Ignited. In addition to seeing the cars in motion, attendees and the public that couldn’t get into the trade show also witnessed the conclusion of the “‘Battle of the Builders” competition, featuring the trio that survived from the original 10 contestants.
On the very same day that ancient motorcars were trundling from London to Brighton in England, drivers of not-so-ancient vehicles were having their own Brighton rally in Arizona. Continue reading
Among the managers of America’s concours d’elegance, Carolyn Vanagel has an unusual challenge: How to grow the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance without making the event any larger.
Vanagel is president and one of four staffers of the event which involved 400 volunteers and stretches over two weekends. Last weekend, the festival committee and HSR (History Sportscar Racing) staged the annual Savannah Speed Classic vintage sports car races just south of here and just across the Georgia/South Carolina state line on Savannah’s Hutchinson Island.
This weekend the festival and concours take place on Hilton Head Island, for the 14th time overall and for the third year at the Port Royal golf club and Westin resort and spa. Activities actually began Friday with a driving tour in the morning and early afternoon and, that evening, the inaugural Flights & Fancy, a gala featuring vintage aircraft and classic cars on the tarmac at the island’s airport. Continue reading