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.