Keels and Wheels, Cannonball Run headline concours news

Keels and Wheels combines classic and exotic cars with vintage wooden boats | Keels and Wheels Concours
Keels and Wheels combines classic and exotic cars with vintage wooden boats | Keels and Wheels Concours

The 22nd annual Keels and Wheels Concours d’Elegance, a weekend celebration of classic cars and wooden boats, takes place May 6 and 7 at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas. About 200 cars and 100 boats are expected for the show, which this year features classes for the automobiles of the Stutz Motor Company, American ’50s classics, and Hot Rods, and boats by Utilities. Continue reading

Georgia military academy hosts inaugural Champions and Heroes

The Champions and Heroes Time Trials will highlight the weekend | William Hall
The Champions and Heroes Time Trials will highlight the weekend | William Hall

(Editor’s note: The Riverside Military Academy Champions and Heroes event has been postponed until June 2018 because of massive traffic jams created by the fire and collapse of a section of Interstate 85 in Atlanta.)

Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Georgia, will host on June 2 to 4 the inaugural Champions and Heroes, a vintage car weekend consisting of a rally, time trials and concours d’elegance, in the small lakeside town one hour northeast of Atlanta.

The venue on the 206-acre campus of the military prep academy aims to approximate in setting and style the European-estate feel of such events as the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England. Continue reading

Benedict Castle awards top concours news this week

The 1936 Mulholland Speedster and a 1930 Cadillac 452 V16 won Best of Show honors | Benedict Castle Concours d’Elegance
The 1936 Mulholland Speedster and a 1930 Cadillac 452 V16 won Best of Show honors | Benedict Castle Concours d’Elegance

The 1936 Mulholland Speedster and a 1930 Cadillac 452 V16 won Best of Show honors at the fourth annual Benedict Castle Concours d’Elegance in Riverside, California. Continue reading

Isotta-Fraschini, GT40 win Best of Show at Milwaukee Concours

The best of show winning Ford GT40 and Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8 Torpedo Boat Tail | William Hall photos
The best of show winning Ford GT40 Roadster and Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8 Torpedo Boat Tail | William Hall photos

Two cars from opposite ends of the classic car spectrum took pre- and post-war Best of Show honors at the Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance held Sunday at Veteran’s Park on the shores of Lake Michigan. Continue reading

5 Worst Behaviors Seen at Concours and Car Shows

The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance demands good manners from both entrants and spectators | Larry Edsall
The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance demands good manners from both entrants and spectators | Larry Edsall

Just in time for the granddaddy of all car shows, The Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance, and such Monterey Car Week events as Concorso Italiano and The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, here are 5 Simple Rules of what not-to-do at these public car exhibitions: Continue reading

Eye Candy: Porsche 356 Dana Point Concours

The Porsche 356 concours was held at Lantern Bay Park in Dana Point, California | Bob Golfen photos
The Porsche 356 concours was held at Lantern Bay Park in Dana Point, California | Bob Golfen photos

To outsiders, the Porsche 356 is a strange little beast, squat and round and so unlike the sleek exotics favored by most European car buffs. But for those who know them, the little cars originally created by Ferdinand Porsche are simply the most fun on wheels, their unique design and driving character making them a consistent favorite among those who love sports cars.

Southern California is the Mecca for 356 fanatics so, not surprisingly, the 356 Club of Southern California is the biggest regional contingent in the United States. Last weekend, the club hosted its 30th annual Dana Point Concours, which the club notes is the largest “356-only fully judged concours in the world.” Continue reading

Eye Candy: The Elegance at Hershey concours d’elegance

A 1938 Peugeot 402 Darl'mat suits the picturesque setting at the Hotel Hershey | Andy Reid photos
A 1938 Peugeot 402 Darl’mat suits the picturesque setting at the Hotel Hershey | Andy Reid photos

This year’s Elegance at Hershey concours crossed a threshold, moving up from last year, when it was a good show, to this year, when it approached greatness.

The Elegance at Hershey, held last weekend, is a small regional concours, but that does not stop it from attracting some of the finest cars in the world. This newish concours is well on its way to being one of the best on the East Coast due to the caliber of the cars on display and in no small part to the Hotel Hershey venue. Combine that with the stellar hospitality of the staff at the hotel and the concours, and you have a recipe for success. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours on the Avenue

A Carmel concours judge gives the thumbs up for a 1951 Mercury custom “lead sled” coupe | Bob Golfen photos
A Carmel concours judge gives the thumbs up for a 1951 Mercury custom “lead sled” coupe | Bob Golfen photos

The laid-back Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours on the Avenue once again led off the events of Monterey Classic Car Week with 18 blocks of the California coastal town closed off for all but the most-wonderful old cars.

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Daimler ‘Green Goddess’ reigns at Hershey Concours

The winning 1948 Daimler DE36 Green Goddess is driven up by owner Mark Hyman | Andy Reid photos
The winning 1948 Daimler DE36 Green Goddess is driven up by owner Mark Hyman | Andy Reid photos

This past weekend I attended The Elegance of Hershey for the first time, and I found it to be a serious, high-caliber concours event with cars that would not be out of place at Amelia Island or Pebble Beach.

The number of truly great cars was staggering, with multiple-award-winning Duesenbergs, Packards, pre-war Alfa Romeos, Ferraris, Rolls Royce and Bentley motorcars, and everything in between. Continue reading

1953 Lincoln concept car at Keels and Wheels Concours

The 1953 Lincoln X-100 is taken for a high-speed test run during its heyday |The Henry Ford photos
The 1953 Lincoln X-100 is taken for a high-speed test run during its heyday |The Henry Ford photos

The gadget-laden 1953 Lincoln X-100, considered to be Ford Motor Co.’s first purpose-built concept car, appeared in auto shows across Europe and the U.S., where it starred as a thrilling vision of the future with a rain-sensing retractable roof and taillights that look like the exhaust outlets of a jet fighter plane. Continue reading