Category archives: Eye Candy

Eye Candy: Dirk’s counting down the days to Monterey 2017

Photographer's dream: Amazing cars driving along the oceanfront on the Tour d'Elegance | Dirk de Jager photography
Photographer’s dream: Amazing cars driving along the oceanfront on the Tour d’Elegance | Dirk de Jager photography

Monterey Car Week is pure madness and insanity, but there is no escaping it. No matter where you live in the world, once you attend, you are hooked.

I can vouch for that. I’ve traveled from Belgium to northern California for the past 13 years. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Automobilia is a celebration of us and our stuff

Tony Singer greets customers at Automobilia show and sale | Larry Crane photos
Tony Singer greets customers at Automobilia show and sale | Larry Crane photos

The Monterey Embassy Suites Laguna Grande ballroom snugly contained the 2016 edition of the annual assembly of folks who collect and share automotive artifacts and literature. It was awash in enthusiastic buyers and sellers — “old guys with old stuff.” Okay, “traders with treasures.” If you are a fan of the history of the automobile and, by extension, the hobby of its passion, it is not to be missed. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Woodward Dream Cruise 2016

Cars cruise famed Woodward Avenue during the Detroit area's annual Dream Cruise week | Kevin A. Wilson photos
Cars cruise famed Woodward Avenue during the Detroit area’s annual Dream Cruise week | Kevin A. Wilson photos

Like the concurrent automotive love-fest on California’s Monterey Penninsula, the annual Woodward Dream Cruise keeps expanding. While still nominally a one-day event, the Cruise has become a weeklong extravaganza flying under the southeast Michigan region’s Autopalooza banner. Originally limited to a short list of inner-ring Detroit suburbs (primarily Royal Oak and Ferndale), it also has stretched its reach north and south along Woodward Avenue. Continue reading

Truck Nationals continuing growth under Carlisle Events

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Full show field at Carlisle Truck Nationals 2016 | Carlisle Events photos

Earlier this month Carlisle Events’ Truck Nationals experienced what organizers termed a “third straight year of event growth and a renewed passion for all things truck” with 1,704 trucks registered at the Fairgrounds in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The attendance was the highest since 2003 and nearly broke the 2001 attendance record of 1,714.

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Eye Candy: Larry’s Monterey memories 2016

One of my assignments was covering the Tour d'Elegance, where cars were going and coming in a whirl that sort of sums up a week with too many events in too little time| Larry Edsall photo
One of my assignments was covering the Tour d’Elegance, where cars were going and coming in a whirl that sort of sums up a week with too many events in too little time| Larry Edsall photo

So I get home from Monterey Car Week and I sit down to share my memories and I reduce a couple thousand photos down to 72, which is still too many for one of our Eye Candy galleries, so I need to eliminate a few more. But in the meantime, I’m taking a break from that task to put some of my memories into writing.

When it comes down to it, what we write about here at Classic Car News is not cars, but people, because they are the ones who know and who share the stories of the cars. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2016

The 1938 Delahaye 165 receives its best of class award at Pebble Beach | Bob Golfen photos
The 1938 Delahaye 165 receives its best of class award at Pebble Beach | Bob Golfen photos

Walking once again between rows of yesterday’s automobiles at the 66th annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance brings something akin to déjà vu. Yet even after repeated annual visits to the granddaddy of all American concours, the show always seems fresh, with a surprise around every turn.

This year, if you looked toward scenic Stillwater Bay, there was a stunning lineup of 17 champion Ford GT40 endurance racers, including the three that crossed the finish line 1-2-3 in 1966 to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 50th anniversary of which was celebrated at Pebble. Continue reading

Eye Candy: The Corkscrew at Laguna Seca

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Ferrari begins the corkscrew | Nicole James photos

Essentially a racetrack is just a series of straightaways connecting a variety of turns -– and usually located well out town in the middle of nowhere. But with any track, it’s the memories made over time that make it special.

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Eye Candy: Concorso Italiano

The 50th anniversary of Lamborghini Miura was celebrated during Concorso Italiano | Bob Golfen photos
The 50th anniversary of Lamborghini Miura was celebrated during Concorso Italiano | Bob Golfen photos

With some of the world’s greatest Italian sports cars from the past and present standing nearby, Ruben Ruiz’s minivan was a source of constant attention. Of course, this was Concorso Italiano and this was no ordinary minivan.

Ruiz was more than happy to give curious spectators tours of his 1958 Fiat Multipla 600, which he called “the most visited car in this whole place.” Continue reading

Eye Candy: Concours d’Lemons

As if one Peugeot isn't bad enough, this one pulls another | Andy Reid photos
As if one Peugeot isn’t bad enough, this one pulls another | Andy Reid photos

According to its website, the Concours d’Lemons is a celebration of “the Oddball, mundane and truly awful of the automotive world.” But I would call it more of the island of misfit cars. This fun and zany event has been going on in Monterey for a number of years and draws those cars that have no place else to go, mainly because no one wants them anywhere else.

What you will find there year to year is anyone’s guess, but you can usually expect to see a Yugo or two, a Pontiac Aztek, a number of products created by AMC (all of which explains why they are no longer in business), as well as other cars that when new were less than wonderful. Think Chevy Vegas, unloved microcars, and cars from Renault. Continue reading