Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Mid September was busy with Auto Shows

First up and probably the best show was the Palos Verdes Concours D'Elegance held September 14 at the Trump National Golf Course in Los Angeles on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.  Amazing location for all top notch restored automobiles.  It was tightly curated and judged.  The categories did have room for survivors or "derelicts" as they called them.

Aside from the Cords, Auburns, and Duesenbergs my absolute favorite was the Virgil Exner Design cars, beautifully finned and detailed mid-50s Chrysler products.  I've never seen so many in one place, funny that the DeSoto brand died in spite of some really clean design on the cars back in the day.
Logo and nomenclature on a DeSoto Adventurer.  This was one of many Chrysler products penned by Exner.
Logo from an Exner Chrysler New Yorker.  Love the blend of heraldry and moderne lines.  Nice touch on an overall beautiful car.

Of course a car show isn't a car show without some outrageous custom cars.  The most outrageous aside from the Hot Wheels Darth Vader car was the BWM Isetta L.A. Lakers tribute car.

Of course this is just a sampling of the images produced at the Palos Verdes Concours D'Elegance.  All 290+ can be found on flick in an album.

The day before the Palos Verdes Show was the equally entertaining Street Rods Forever show in Monrovia.  This annual event iw well attended and the biggest in the SGV. What you give up in terms of curation you get in terms of absolute variety of customs, restored and survivors in a mishmash along a 1/2 mile long stretch of Myrtle Avenue in historic Old Town Monrovia.  I haven't missed a one in nearly 20 years.  Its That Good.
The Best of Show Custom was this 1937 Ford Cabriolet.  The workmanship and attention to detail was unparalleled at this show.  Simply a stunning custom that stood out as superior to many outstanding cars that day.
The Best of Show Survivor was this unmolested showing wear, but completely original survivor was this 1956 Buick Century Wagon.  The "4 holer" was in beautiful condition and hard to believe it 58 years old and still in service.!

Of course, these weren't the only cars I shot.  some 150+ images can be found in a flickr album.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Its a mutha TUCKER

I was beside myself when I read that the largest collection of Tucker automobiles ever will be assembled at this years Palos Verde Concours d'Elegance.  Imagine, the car that promised to revolutionize the industry and fell to scandal, still managed to asssemble some 51 cars before they were shut down.  A bunch will be there just for this show.

The ability to see several in one location all in pristine condition makes the cost of admission to this show worth it.  Yes, there will be Cords, Auburns and Deusy's but this rarity will steal the show for me.

Deets: September 14, 2014, 10AM - 4PM, One Trump National Golf Course Drive, Palos Verdes CA 90275

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance September 14, 2014

Innovation is the theme of this years Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance to be held September 14 at the Trump National Golf Club. This isn't a free event and you can save a bit of money if you pre-purchase your tickets online.

Among the tasty treats at this years show will be the life size Hot Wheels Darth Vader car pictured above.  After making the toy car they thought...what the heck and built a life size one on a 'vette chassis.  Wicked and drivable is the results.

Also for our viewing pleasure will be the fastest Motorcycle that set a land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1966.  The Gyronaut X-1 set that record with a speed of 245.667MPH.  Of course its more of a low slung bullet with all the fairings, but still was a 2 wheeled device so it was classed as a motorcycle.  Amazing stuff they did back in the day.
All the details you could possibly want are on the Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance web site.  Map of Trump National Golf Club HERE.

Of course I'll be there.  Count on a gazillion pics posted once its all said and done on flickr.