Museums: Blackhawk showcases ‘Transatlantic Style’

Buick Y-Job arrives at the Blackhawk for Transatlantic Style exhibit | Blackhawk museum photo
Buick Y-Job arrives at the Blackhawk for Transatlantic Style exhibit | Blackhawk museum photo

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Just unveiled and running through September 30, the Blackhawk Automotive Museum in Danville, California, offers what figures to be one of the most talked-about exhibitions of the year — “Transatlantic Style: A Romance of Fins and Chrome.”

Featuring about two dozen stunningly designed automobiles, the exhibition is based on the book, Stile Transatlantico / Transatlantic Style, by author Donald Osborne and photographer Michael Furman. Continue reading

Beaulieu stages its 49th annual autojumble

An autojumble is the British version of what we know as an automotive swap meet | Beaulieu photos
An autojumble is the British version of what we know as an automotive swap meet | Beaulieu photos

More than 37,000 people from the British Isles and far beyond attended the 49th International Autojumble, held in the parkland of the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, England. More than 2,300 venders took part in what Americans would recognize as a swap meet. Continue reading

‘Blue Bird’ Sunbeam runs again on the Pendine Sands

Don Wales runs his grandfather Malcolm Campbell's 'Blue Bird' on the Pendine Sands
Don Wales runs his grandfather Malcolm Campbell’s ‘Blue Bird’ on the Pendine Sands | Beaulieu photos

With Malcolm Campbell’s grandson, Don Wales, at the helm, the “Blue Bird” Sunbeam was back on the Britain’s Pendine Sands recently for a low-speed commemorative run to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Campbell’s land speed record run of 150 miles per hour. Continue reading

Eye Candy: National Motor Museum, Beaulieu

Photos by Howard Koby

In the lush countryside about 90 miles south of London, in the New Forest between Bournemouth and Southampton, resides is a 7,000-acre Victorian estate called Beaulieu. It is the home of Lord Montagu of Beaulieu and family and includes their residence, the Palace House; the Beaulieu Abbey and Exhibition, a conserved ruin and church; the Victorian Flower and Kitchen Gardens; and the Secret Army Exhibition, a facility which served as a school for Special Operations Executive agents during World War Two.

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Elvis’ last Cadillac showcased by British museum

The Caddy, the Lady and the King | National Motor Museum photos
The Caddy, the Lady and the King | National Motor Museum photos

Elvis Presley’s 1977 Cadillac Seville, the last car he purchased for personal use and the last of more than 200 Cadillacs he bought for himself, friends, family – even strangers – is going on display at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, England.

The King of Rock ’n’ Roll bought the car in October 1976 for personal use and picked out its burgundy-and-silver colors. He also had a CB radio installed so he could communicate with the guard house and the kitchen at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee.

Elvis selected two-tone paint scheme
Elvis selected two-tone paint scheme

Presley was seen driving the car the day before his death in August 1977. Later, Presley’s father, Vernon, gave the car to Elvis’ girlfriend, Ginger Alden.

The car was sold at auction at Las Vegas in 1994 and was sold again last year at Graceland, where Steve Horn bought it for his wife, Suzannah. The Horns run Europe’s Tribute to Elvis, an annual Elvis impersonator contest held each year in Blackpool, England.

The Cadillac was offered at the Graceland auction by Greg Page, a founding member of The Wiggles, an Australian children’s music group and a well-known collector of Elvis memorabilia.

The Horns have loaned the car to the British museum because, Steve Horn said in a news release, “We wanted to give all of Elvis’ UK fans an opportunity to see his car and Beaulieu is the perfect location. We are delighted they could find a space for it.”

Among the first people to see the car when it arrived at the museum was Lady Fiona Montague, wife of museum founder Lord Montagu.

“I am a huge fan and had a costume made to wear at an Elvis-themed fund-raising evening we held in the museum last year,” she said, donning the outfit again to greet the car’s arrival.

Concorso Italiano changes day and venue, features display of modern Zagato creations

The Alfa-Romeo TZ3 Stradale will be among the modern Zagato creations at Concorso Italiano | Zagato
The Alfa-Romeo TZ3 Stradale will be among the modern Zagato show cars at Concorso Italiano | Zagato

Concorso Italiano, the sweeping celebration of Italian motoring, returns to its original location at the Black Horse Golf Course in Seaside, California, on August 16 during Monterey Car Week.

The biggest change, though, is Concorso’s move from its traditional Friday position during the crowded docket of Monterey happenings to Saturday, when there are fewer competing events, according to the organizers. For example, the Quail Motorsports Gathering is held annually on Friday.

The 29th annual Italian car and lifestyle festival, considered to be the largest assemblage of exotic Italian cars in the world, took place for the past five years at Laguna Seca Golf Ranch but returns to where it was held from 2003-2007. Some 800-1,000 cars are expected, ranging from vintage classics to modern exotics.

 The Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato will have its first U.S. showing | Zagato

The Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato will have its first U.S. showing | Zagato

Special features for this year’s Concorso focus on the 100th anniversary of Maserati, the 60th anniversary of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and a special exhibition of automotive design by Zagato Atelier of Milan as it marks its 95th year The Zagato display will include a grouping of Zagato Atelier Contemporary Collectibles, eight exotic concepts that will be shown together for the first time ever. The show cars were created in recent years by Andrea and Marella Zagato, representing the third generation of the design company. Andrea Zagato and other Zagato representatives are expected to attend Concorso.

The Zagato collection will include a recently created Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato that has never been shown in the U.S. The Lamborghini was flown straight from the factory in Rho, Italy, to be delivered to its American owner, and it will serve as the centerpiece of the display, shown along with Zagato Alfa Romeos, Ferraris and Aston Martins. Another focal point will be the Zagato-designed Alfa-Romeo TZ3 Stradale.

“We are honored to have these stunning modern day Zagatos as part of Concorso Italiano’s 95th Anniversary Zagato celebration,” said Tom McDowell, Concorso Italiano president. “This is the first time these contemporary cars have ever been seen together in a grouping, creating a display that is sure to impress car fans of all ages.”

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Beaulieu celebrates MG’s 90th anniversary at Simply Classics show

National Motor Museum to celebrate 90 years of MG at Beaulieu's Simply classics & Sports Car
National Motor Museum to celebrate 90 years of MG at Beaulieu’s Simply classics & Sports Car

Now with a new name — Simply Classics & Sports Car — the fourth-annual road rally and car show takes place August 24 at Britain’s National Motor Museum at Beaulieu./p>

The road rally part of the program involves whatever routes people and their classics and sports cars take through the New Forest to arrive at the museum. The event is open to any pre-1989 classic or sports car.

“British sports car manufacturer, MG, is this year celebrating its 90th anniversary and will be the featured marque at Simply Classics & Sports Car,” the news release reports.

The scene last year
The scene last year

“In a special display area at the event, MGs of all ages will be on show from early VAs and TAs to the ever popular MGB and Midget, as well as modern classics such as the MGF and MG TF, plus the current MG3 and MG6 models, with displays from regional MG clubs and individual owners as well as a number of trade stands.”

A special parade of MGs will take place in the afternoon, and in addition to a Beaulieu Trophy for the People’s Choice award, there will be a second such trophy presented to the People’s Choice just among the MGs.

Entry fees for car owners and their passengers include admission to the museum, the World of Top Gear, Beaulieu Abby and the Palace House and gardens.