Beauties, beasts and other clever classic car event ideas
By Larry Edsall
A tip of the cap to a couple of innovative car show ideas: The annual Food Lion AutoFair this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway will feature a "Beauties and Beasts" display in its showcase garage.
What comprises beauties and beasts? How about these pairings:
From AMC: an AMX (beauty) and Pacer (beast)
From Cadillac a CTS-V (beauty) and Cimarron (beast)
From Chevrolet: Corvette (beauty) and Chevette (beast)
From Dodge: Viper (beauty) and all K-cars (beast)
From Ford: Ford GT (beauty) and Pinto (beast)
From Pontiac: Trans Am (beauty) and Aztek (beast).
"No automaker from any country has a perfect history," collector car consultant Brad Bowling told Old Cars Weekly. "There will always be hits and misses, sweet and sour, cheers and jeers. A poor-selling car might make it to a ‘best of’ list based on its styling, innovations, performance, reliability or value for the dollar. A company’s cash cow can appear on a ‘worst of’ compilation because it lacks any driving appeal. We assembled the ‘Beauties and Beast’ based on our past driving experiences and ignored objective facts."
Here’s another interesting car show innovation: At the inaugural Santa Fe Concorso last fall, the displays included a "Now and Then" section, named in honor of Santa Fe resident and long-time AutoWeek columnist column, which is titled "Now and Then."
Thus an original Mini was parked next to a brand new one, an ancient Rolls next to the newest model, etc.
And yet one more: The concours that for a few years was held in downtown Carmel during the Monterey weekend included a class exclusively for classic cars that had been owned since new by the same family.
Let us know if your local car show has similarly innovative display groups or concours classes, and we’ll share them so others can join in the fun.
North American Mille Miglia tribute
A new event during this year’s Monterey weekend will be the Mille Miglia North American Tribute, which will take the form of a 1000-mile drive August 15-17 on a route that starts in Carmel, follows the coastline down to Santa Barbara, then goes inland to Napa Valley and returns to Monterey through San Francisco. The event is open to cars from 1927-57 and is run under license from the Automobile Club of Brescia, operator of Italy’s famed Mille Miglia. For information, visit www.millemiglianorthamerica.com.
Another Arizona auction, and this one’s in April
Speaking of vintage rallies, the 21st annual Copperstate 1000 tours Arizona in early April. Sandwiched around the Copperstate contingent’s Sunday morning roll out from the "Field of Dreams" car show at Tempe Diablo Stadium, the second Scottsdale International Classic Car Auction of the year will be held April 8 and 9 at the new Scottsdale International car museum. See www.grgauction.com for details. GRG staged its first collector car auction in conjunction with the museum’s opening in January.
La Jolla Motor Car Classic is this weekend
Speaking of concours d’elegance (which we were a few items ago), the seventh annual La Jolla Motor Car Classic at the Cove is this Sunday, April 3, at Ellen Scripps Browning Park just north of San Diego. Feature marque is "German Automobiles."
There’s (another) app for that
A few weeks ago, we shared news of an iPhone app for classic car enthusiasts. Now there’s another. Classic Car Guide is a free mobile app from Chubb Group of Insurance Companies and Keith Martin’s Sports Car Market magazine and its database, as well as information mined from Craigslist and eBay. Information ranges from sales histories and pricing to an insurance quote after you buy that classic car. For details, see the Classic Car Guide at iTunes.
Museum shares secrets
The Walter P. Chrysler Museum has set a Lecture/Workshop Series on topics ranging from the art of the auction to non-destructive paint repair.
The series begins April 16 with The Art of the Auction featuring RM and Auctions America and an overview of car collecting, behind-the-scenes glimpses of auctions held at major concours and other locations, and information about collector cars as investments.
The rest of the schedule includes:
May 21, Non-Destructive Paint Repair Techniques
July 16, 70 Years of Jeep Heritage
September 24, Maintaining Today’s Cars
October 26, From Chrysler’s Vintage Master Tech Files
December 3, Model Train Clinic
For more information, visit www.wpchryslermuseum.org.
Famed Ferrari on loan to the Simeone
One of only 32 Ferrari 250 LMs is on loan to the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia. The car, chassis 5149, was the prototype unveiled at the Paris auto show in 1963 and made its racing debut in 1964. The car was rebuilt after catching fire at Sebring in 1964 and resumed racing. It is on loan from Luigi Chinetti Jr., son of the long-time Ferrari importer for North America and head of the famed NART (North American Racing Team).
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