Porsches reign but Ferrari wins at Carmel Concours

A fleet of Porsche 356 Speedsters attracts a crowd | Bob Golfen photos
A fleet of Porsche 356 Speedsters attracts a crowd | Bob Golfen photos

Porsches, Porsches everywhere. The booming popularity of nearly everybody’s favorite German sports car was powerfully evident Tuesday at the Concours on the Avenue in Carmel, California, an event considered to be the launch of Monterey Car Week.

Definitely the most-represented marque by far, Porsches packed the shady streets of the upscale burg – 911s by the score, including many intriguing customs and all-out race cars, plus an impressive collection of the earlier 356 models, with a gaggle of Speedsters, plenty of coupes and cabriolets, and an absolutely stunning 1951 356 coupe in dark maroon, a survivor from the early days of Porsche. Continue reading

Events: Milwaukee Concours, big rigs at Carlisle, Minis in the UK

People's Choice last year at Milwaukee Concours, the 1954 Chevrolet Corvette concept| Milwaukee Concours
People’s Choice last year at Milwaukee Concours, the 1954 Chevrolet Corvette concept| Milwaukee Concours

The events of the Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance unfold this weekend for two days of old-car fun at Veterans Park on the waterfront in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

On Saturday, cruise in for the open Show & Glow by the Lake, take part in the Motor Tour for vintage vehicles and enjoy the annual Style and Speed Social. Continue reading

Events: Concours, Cadillacs and motorsports champions

The 1959 Cadillac Cyclone concept car is expected for the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance | Hilton Head Island Concours
The 1959 Cadillac Cyclone concept car is expected for the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance | Hilton Head Island Concours

The 39th annual Concours d’Elegance of America, which actually comprises a weekend of 15 events, will host about 300 rare collector cars from around the world from July 28 through July 30 at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan.

Featured marques for the main-event concours, which takes place on Sunday, July 30, are Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost and Shelby Cobra, while the featured coachbuilder is Walter M. Murphy Company of Pasadena and the featured body styles are boattail classics, hypercar exotics and Jet Age Juniors. Continue reading

Concours and events: Hillsborough’s 61st consecutive year

Last year's Hillsborough Concours best of show winner was a 1958 BMW 503 Cabriolet | Hillsborough Concours
Last year’s Hillsborough Concours best of show winner was a 1958 BMW 503 Cabriolet | Hillsborough Concours

The Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance in Burlingame, California, in the Bay area, is one of the oldest in the U.S., holding its 61st annual classic car weekend July 15-16. That’s just a few years short of the granddaddy of them all, the Pebble Beach Concours that marks its 67th year in August.

But Hillsborough claims the prize as the longest continually running concours in the world, never missing a year since its founding in 1956. Pebble has missed several years along the way due to inclement weather. Continue reading

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