Museums: O.J. Bronco on display at Alcatraz East

The infamous O.J. Bronco is on display and has not been sold | Alcatraz East Crime Museum photo
The infamous O.J. Bronco is on display and has not been sold | Alcatraz East Crime Museum photo

This may have been the most unusual car-related news release ever sent by a museum — and it didn’t even come from a car museum!

“Recent news headlines have stirred rumors of O.J. Simpson’s famous white Bronco being sold on an episode of the show Pawn Stars, the news release began. “While the rumors swirl, the Bronco remains on display at the Alcatraz East Crime Museum. Continue reading

Museums: Hershey School ‘limbo’ wagon slated for restoration

One of the Hershey School's 'limbo wagons' is ready for restoration | AACA Museum photo
One of the Hershey School’s ‘limbo wagons’ is ready for restoration | AACA Museum photo

It was in 1959, during the 50th anniversary of the school and home for orphaned boys founded by Milton S. and Catherine Hershey, that the decision was made to provide a more home-style environment. Part of that change included purchasing a fleet of station wagons.

To replace the more formal school buses that had been used for student travel between housing units and the school, the school purchased a fleet of 1962 Chevrolet Biscayne wagons. Those wagons went to Stageway, a coachbuilder in Cincinnati, for conversion to hold a driver and as many as 13 students at a time. Continue reading

Museums: Beaulieu to fire up famed BRM V16 engine

1950 BRM will roar back to life | National Motor Museum photo by Samantha  Samantha Cook Photography
1950 BRM will roar back to life | National Motor Museum photo by Samantha Samantha Cook Photography

If you want to draw a crowd, simply start the engine of a vintage racing car. The unmuffled sound is magnetic. Crank it and they will come.

You may recall the celebration that surrounded the repair and restarting in 2014 of the engine in Malcolm Campbell’s “Blue Bird” Sunbeam 1924 speed-record car, and the crowd that gathered a year later when the car made another run on the Pendine Sands. Continue reading

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

Saturday is Deuce Day at the Petersen

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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