Category archives: Eye Candy

Classics to Concepts: AutoCon Los Angeles 2017 has it all

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Hundreds of spectators gathered at the Los Angeles Convention Center for AutoCon 2017 | Nicole James photos

What started as a parking lot car meet in Southern California to strengthen the automotive connection through the celebration of life, individuality and community has become a full show series with events held around the country where extraordinary vehicle builds are debuted, product launches happen, news is announced, and the future is introduced.

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Impressive Amelia Island Concours that became a moveable feast

Best of Show Elegance winner, a 1935 Duesenberg SJ Dual Cowl Torpedo Phaeton, rolls past the appreciative crowd | Bob Golfen photos
Best of Show Elegance winner, a 1935 Duesenberg SJ Dual Cowl Torpedo Phaeton, rolls past appreciative onlookers | Bob Golfen photos

(Editor’s note:  This is Part 1 of’s report and photo gallery from the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida.  See Part 2 on Sunday) 

The story of the 22nd annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will always be how leader Bill Warner and his crew nimbly managed to move this monumental event ahead one day, from Sunday to Saturday, and at the last minute when it became obvious that Sunday would be a washout, weatherwise.

With more than 300 vintage and historic automobiles heading to northeastern Florida from all over, plus the host of associated stands, vendors and displays, it seemed like some kind of miracle when the renowned concours appeared fully formed early Saturday on the fairways of The Golf Course of the Ritz-Carlton Resort. Continue reading

Historic dragsters make Goodguys appearance at Scottsdale

1968 Hemi Under Glass Cuda | Photos by Nicole James and Charles Siritho

Hundreds of classic cars made their way to Scottsdale, Arizona, for the eighth annual Spring Nationals car show, held March 10-12 and organized by Goodguys Rod and Custom Association. The Spring Nationals kick off the association’s 20-event schedule which stops in 13 states, each attracting a different array of vehicles. Continue reading

Carlisle does nearly $3 million at Winter AutoFest sale

1967 Chevrolet C10 on the block | Nicole James photos

Carlisle Auctions did nearly $3 million in sales at its first event of the year, held last week as part of the Winter AutoFest in Lakeland, Florida. The two-day auction sent more than 400 collector cars cross the block, as well as merchandise and memorabilia. Continue reading

Everything you never knew you needed at Winter Autofest

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Model cars for sale at swap meet | Nicole James photos

A popular element of each Carlisle Event is the swap meet where vendors congregate to sell, well, to sell pretty much everything you’d ever need whether automotive or not. Spent just a few moments browsing the aisles and you will find everything you never knew you needed.

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Import Face Off series makes a stop in Arizona

Chris Soehren behind the wheel of the Elite Scion FR-S | Photos by Charles Siritho

Gear heads flocked from all corners of Arizona recently to Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix for a day of test n’ tune, drifting and a glittering car show, all part of the Import Face Off, an innovative lifestyle event highlighting non-domestic brands since 2001.

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Concours in the Hills is the casual concours

Show field at fourth annual Concours in the Hills | Charles Siritho photos

Set on the lawn surrounding one of the world’s tallest fountains in Fountain Hills, Arizona, the fourth annual Concours in the Hills has established itself as a casual event that bears little resemblance to the formal “white glove” affairs with which it shares part of its name. Continue reading

It’s Auto Mania at the Allentown Fairgrounds

Swap meet shoppers viewing items for sale | Carlisle Events photos

Auto Mania, Pennsylvania’s largest indoor –- and heated –- swap meet took place January 20-22 at the Allentown fairgrounds and featured automotive pieces, collectible items, and a farmer’s market.

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4 things we loved about the classic auto show

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Magnus Walker taking photos at Classic Auto Show | Nicole James photos

Los Angeles is home to a very rich and vibrant car culture, one including everything from pristine and preserved classics to custom creations and modified future classics. It is considered a major hub for the automotive scene and who doesn’t dream of driving the PCH along the Southern California coast?

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5 things I love about Arizona Car Week

1928 Mercedes-Benz Type S 26/120/180 Supercharged Sports Tourer | Photos by the Function Factory and Nicole James

I survived 2017 Arizona Car Week. If you were here for the auctions and car shows, you know that’s quite a statement as the entire week was plagued with rain and — to a Phoenix native — very cold weather.  But that didn’t deter many enthusiasts from venturing out to enjoy the events as best we could.

Here are five things I loved about Arizona Car Week 2017: Continue reading