Category archives: Eye Candy

A must-see event: The annual AACA Fall Meet at Hershey

Wet weather is not deterrent at Hershey, where this 1919 Buick was on display | Andy Reid photos
Wet weather is not deterrent at Hershey, where this 1919 Buick was on display | Andy Reid photos

If you are at all into cars and have not attended the Hershey swap meet, auctions, and Antique Automobile Club of America Fall Meet show, then you are simply missing the boat. No matter where your interest in classic cars may be, there is something to see at Hershey, and this is best exemplified by the show that ends the week-long event.

I have been going to Hershey car week for five years, which makes me a newbie at the event, and every year I see cars at the show that I have never seen and sometimes never even heard of. Continue reading

A fine finale: the Zoute Grand Prix marks end of season in Europe

1937 Bugatti T57 Ventoux  displayed at Zoute Grand Prix concours as classic car season comes to an end | Dirk de Jaguar photography
1937 Bugatti T57 Ventoux displayed at Zoute Grand Prix concours as classic car season comes to an end | Dirk de Jaguar photography

Most of us all go through this annoying period called fall and winter when the weather turns to worse and all we can do is keep our beloved classics safely inside and dream of the return of nice weather come springtime. But that only heightens our anticipation of that final event in the year, when we visit our fellow collector car aficionados and have some fun with those cars for who knows how many months.

In Belgium this major blow-out event has become a main fixture on the European classic car scene. It’s held in early October, after most people will have had their holidays, children are back in school and the tourist season is mostly over. All of which means there is space in time and on the roads to come out with the cars in a huge way. Continue reading

Chrysler 300 International Fall Meet: report, photo gallery

A Chrysler 300F enters the club concours field in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin | William Hall photos
A Chrysler 300F enters the club concours field in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin | William Hall

It took 60 years to get back, but there on Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin’s Road America four-mile race track, was a Chrysler 300 Letter Car, just as it had run during the 1956 NASCAR Grand National race under the championship-winning team of privateer Carl Kiekhaefer’s Mercury Marine.

Not only was the 1956 300B at the track but so were a nearly complete set of Chrysler’s famous 1955-1965 “Letter Cars,” widely considered to be one among the first factory-built muscle cars. Continue reading

2016 Fall Carlisle sets stage for South Beach Classics

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Ted Vernon (right) of South Beach Classics with bidders assistent | Carlisle Events photos

The Fall Carlisle — a collector and classic car swap meet, car corral and auction – not only marked the end of Carlisle Events hometown show season but provided the setting for an upcoming episode of South Beach Classics, a show on the Velocity channel. Continue reading

The making (and collection) of the ‘Most Passionate Enthusiast’

Michael Malamut's collection isn't a museum, but he opens it to car and charity groups | Larry Crane photos
Michael Malamut’s collection isn’t a museum, but he opens it to car and charity groups | Larry Crane photos

Michael Malamut was fixing neighbor’s cars while in high school to raise enough money to have one of his own. The local newspaper classifieds seeded that goal. Cheap cars could be fixed or lightly refurbished and sold for a profit.

Volkswagens were good targets because everyone wanted one in the ‘60s and there were few mechanics willing to repair them. Air-cooled Volkswagens led directly to early Porsche 356s and the profit margins improved. Continue reading

Mustang Junior perks up Ponies at the Pike

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Roger Nitti in his 1966 Mustang Junior | Nicole James photos

With over 400 Mustangs covering the hills and pathways of the Pike, a 100-year-old historical district near downtown Long Beach, California, a very unique 1966 Mustang caught spectators’ attention during the annual Ponies at the Pike show hosted by Beach Cities Mustang Club. Continue reading

Cars & Characters: The reunion at Paramount Ranch

A classic Nash and a brace of Fords visited the Paramount Ranch, a movie set and sometime race course | Photos by Larry Crane
A classic Nash and a brace of Fords visited the Paramount Ranch, a movie set and sometime race course | Photos by Larry Crane

In September of 1948, Al Moss of Goleta, California, bought the MG TC he owned until we lost him a few years ago, opened his own MG store and, in January of 1949 organized California’s first sports car rally.

Participants who ran through the canyons included Keenan Wynn (already a noted dry lakes hot rod racer), Larry Parks (a recent Oscar nominee for The Jolson Story, and Tom Bamford (character actor and stunt driver) — all three were veteran motorcycle racers. Continue reading

Photo Gallery: 12th annual Japanese Classic Car Show

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Datsun Z on JCCS show field | Nicole James photos

For the 12th consecutive year, hundreds of classic cars from Japan flocked to Long Beach, California, for display on the lawn near the Queen Mary.  The Japanese Classic Car Show has continued to grow along with rising interest in Japanese classics, becoming the largest Japanese classic car show in the United States.

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Gallery: Volvo Club of America’s National Meet at Elkhart Lake

Nicely restored Volvo PV544 on Lake Street in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin | William Hall photos
Nicely restored Volvo PV544 on Lake Street in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin | William Hall photos

‘Swedish Speed and Style” came to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, on September 15-18 for the Volvo Club of America’s National Meet, held in conjunction with the 31st annual Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival at the Road America race track.

Competition cars swelled the ranks of the event, which along with perfect weather made for one of the largest turnouts in the Vintage Festival’s recent history. Continue reading

Eye Candy: 20th annual Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show

A pair of Tuckers arrive for the 20th annual Ypsilanti Orphan car show | Larry Edsall photos
A pair of Tuckers arrive for the 20th annual Ypsilanti Orphan car show | Larry Edsall photos

There are several things that make the annual Orphan Car Show in Ypsilanti, Michigan, a special event.

There’s the fact that it’s in Ypsilanti, in Riverside Park and not far from Willow Run, where everything from World War II bombers to GM Hydramatic transmissions and from Kaisers and Frazers to Chevrolet Corvairs were assembled.

Ypsi is where Preston Tucker had his home. It also was home to what is believed to be the first Dodge dealership outside Detroit. The store became a Hudson franchise and when Hudson quit producing cars, it became a storehouse for Hudson parts and expertise and eventually evolved into the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum. Continue reading