Concours and events: Bloomington Gold’s Corvette party

Bloomington Gold's parade of Corvettes | Bloomington Gold
Bloomington Gold’s parade of Corvettes | Bloomington Gold

Bloomington Gold, the longest-running all-Corvette show in the nation, stages three days of events Thursday through Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, featuring judging for prestigious awards, an autocross and other competitions, and Corvette laps around the iconic Brickyard oval.

Corvette enthusiasts from all over the world are expected to attend the gathering, which has been held every year since 1973. Since then, Bloomington Gold has become the benchmark for Corvette excellence with intensive judging to the highest standards for Corvettes vying to achieve Bloomington Gold Certification ratings for authenticity. Continue reading

Concours and Events: Hershey, The Great Race coming up

A pre-war Mercedes-Benz SSK roadster at last year's Elegance at Hershey | Elegance at Hershey
A pre-war Mercedes-Benz SSK roadster at last year’s Elegance at Hershey | Elegance at Hershey

The three-day Elegance at Hershey weekend takes place in the Pennsylvania chocolate capital from Friday through Sunday at the Hotel Hershey, featuring vintage race car hill climbs, a Cars and Coffee get together and a full-blown concours d’elegance.

The Grand Ascent hill climb pits an array of historic competition cars racing against the clock and each other. The raucous racing takes place Friday and Saturday on a serpentine back road behind the hotel, with plenty of locations for spectators as well as tickets available to ride along. Continue reading

Event roundup: Greenwich readies double-dip concours weekend

A 1932 Studebaker President won last year's Greenwich Concours best of show | Green Concours
A 1932 Studebaker President won last year’s Greenwich Concours best of show | Greenwich Concours

The Greenwich Concours d’Elegance is actually two separate concours events, one for American brands dating to the dawn of motoring and the other for European sports and luxury cars. Each event has its own class, people’s choice and best of show award winners.

A total of 250 vintage cars, classics and modern supercars will be on hand, with 125 cars and motorcycles on the field for each concours day at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Connecticut. Continue reading

Event roundup: Datsun 1600 pickup wins class at Texas concours

The Datsun pickup on the red carpet receives its concours award | Concours of Texas
The Datsun pickup on the red carpet receiving its concours award | Concours of Texas

It might seem surprising that such a high-end event as the Concours d’Elegance of Texas would have a truck category. But the class winner was an even bigger surprise: a preserved 1972 Datsun 1600 pickup truck nicknamed “Sweet Pea.”

Lovingly maintained by its original owner, Marvin Askew, the simple Datsun was nestled in among about 125 classics and sports cars, as well as other trucks in its class, at the Concours of Texas, which was held April 23 at Richard Greene Linear Park in Arlington, between Dallas and Fort Worth. Continue reading

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