Category archives: Eye Candy

Eye Candy: Inaugural Leake Motor City auction

A 1957 Ford Thunderbird is directed onto the turntable in the Sound Board at the Motor City casino hotel | Larry Edsall photos
A 1957 Ford Thunderbird is directed onto the turntable in the Sound Board at the Motor City casino hotel | Larry Edsall photos

Jim Ledingham had never been to a collector car auction. But here he was, in the secured section of the garage at the Motor City casino hotel adjacent to the Lodge freeway in Detroit, where he had consigned his 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS to the Leake Auction Company’s inaugural collector car sale in the home of the automobile.

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Eye Candy: Lime Rock Historic Festival

Vintage Trans-Am cars race around Lime Rock Park during historic festival | Andy Reid photos
Vintage Trans-Am cars race around Lime Rock Park during historic festival | Andy Reid photos

The Lime Rock Historic Festival at Lime Rock Park racetrack in Connecticut celebrated it’s 34th year last weekend and this mixture of race, concours and car club activities continues to be one of the signature vintage sports car weekends in the United States. Continue reading

Eye Candy: A day at the auctions and ACD Festival

Lights in the Auctions America arena reflect off the surfaces of a CordCord 812 Supercharged Phaeton  | Larry Edsall photos
Lights in the Auctions America arena reflect off the surfaces of a CordCord 812 Supercharged Phaeton | Larry Edsall photos

Someone said the devil is in the details. But when I look into the viewfinder of my camera, what I see in the details is delight. Here are some of the details I noticed last week when I went to Auburn, Indiana, for a few hours at the Auctions America and Worldwide Auctioneers sale, with a quick run through the parking lot of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum where some car owners were getting ready for the annual ACD Festival.

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Eye Candy: Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance

Ferraris pose with a backdrop of the Milwaukee skyline | William Hall photos
Ferraris pose with a backdrop of the Milwaukee skyline | William Hall photos

They had the yachts, they had the waterfront, and they certainly had the beautiful cars. They even had the fog. Pebble Beach? Nope. The Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance…one week later and 2,276 miles apart.

The event, now in its 11th year, is under new leadership and has a new name. Formerly known as the Milwaukee Masterpiece, the re-brand reveals the event’s aspirations to become the premier concours d’elegance in the Midwest. Continue reading

Eye Candy: 38th Wheels of Time Street Rod & Custom Jamboree

Kenny Gruber's 1934 Chevrolet glows under sunny skies at Wheels of Time show | Jed Rapoport photos
Kenny Gruber’s 1934 Chevrolet glows under sunny skies at Wheels of Time show | Jed Rapoport photos

The Wheels of Time Street Rod Association held its 38th rod & custom jamboree at Macungie Memorial Park Macungie, Pennsylvania, where the featured guest this year was Henry Winkler, Fonzie from the television series Happy Days. Continue reading

Eye Candy: 35th annual Corvettes at Carlisle

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Corvettes participating in parade | Carlisle Events photos

Corvettes took over the Carlisle Fairgrounds during the final brand-specific event of the 2016 Carlisle Events season. Celebrating 35 years of Corvette gathering, the annual Downtown Carlisle Association Corvette parade and street party included 500 cars, a parade-record attendance.

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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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