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Sebring Historic Fall Classic 2010

On: Sun, Oct 24, 2010 at 6:23AM | By: John Welch


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We have covered a lot of "Classic" events lately, the Sebring Historic Classic being one of the most exciting. Vintage racing machines from all eras converge on Sebring International Raceway this weekend for some "friendly" racing. This event is labled as an exhibition, but you wouldn't know it watching the action on track. Yesterday's action included Trans-Am Mustangs from every decade, 60s, 70s, 80's, and 90s. Porsches of all varieties were in attendance, as well as the big surprise, two Champion Audi R8s. Their presense not advertised prior to the race, I never imagined I would be given a chance to photograph these cars on track.

Here we have a brief teaser gallery; many more pictures, video and information from the 2010 Sebring Historic Fall Classic throughout the week.


The Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival: The Classics, Pt. 1

On: Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 12:16PM | By: John Welch


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We've shown you muscle cars and hot rods, now the classic vehicles get their moment in the early morning Florida sun. We have hundreds of images from the show, and unfortunately the lighting conditions were not always ideal. Trying to pick thirty images out of this massive amount of digital eye candy just isn't possible. That said, we are providing you with two galleries of classic autos from the 11th annual Lake Mirror Classic.

If one of your favorites doesn't show up in this gallery, check back tomorrow for part two. We will be rounding out our coverage with images from last Sunday's Road Tour on . . . you guessed it, Sunday. All images originate from the lens of Drew Christy.


The Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival, 2010

On: Sat, Oct 16, 2010 at 1:17PM | By: John Welch


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I felt pretty lucky this morning. Not because I was up at dawn, I'm never happy about that. I was feeling lucky because I live in downtown Lakeland, FL. Every October, this area comes alive with collectible cars. Pre-war, Post-war, 60s muscle, vintage hot rods, modern supercars . . . priceless Cadillacs, Buicks, Hudsons, Fords, Chevrolets, Porsches, Ferraris . . . Corvettes, Mustangs, Vipers, and DMC-12s. A third of a mile from my front door all of these cars, motorcycles, and  assorted exotica bekoned. 6:30 wasn't so bad, for once.

I filled the memory card, stuffing it to the gills with as much polished sheetmetal as I possibly could. In the interest of whetting your appetite for eye-candy, this post contains a small sample of the first few cars to arrive at the Lake Mirror Classic. Beginning with opening ceremonies and a outdoor concert last night, the Classic will continue today and end tomorrow with a cruise through the historic boulevards of central Lakeland. Enjoy these early morning images and check back all weekend for more coverage of Lakeland's crown jewel, the Lake Mirror Classic.


Woodie Madness! New York's Saratoga Automobile Museum Hosts Classic Woodie Display

On: Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 4:33PM | By: Chris Weiss


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If you love woodies (and who doesn't really), now is the time to plan a trip to the Saratoga Automobile Museum in Saratoga Springs, NY. Running between now and October 21, the museum's Woodies! exhibit features classic wood-bodied models from the 1940s and 50s, a must-see for admirers of woodie station wagons.


 

Love On Wheels

On: Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 1:53PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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Love almost never makes sense. By rights, one of its defining characteristics is doing the illogical, or following the seemingly poor choice despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary ... And enjoying every minute of it. It is strange why we choose to love the things we do. Around Autoshopper.com, it's no surprise cars seem to be an undeniable source of pain, pleasure, love, and lust. But why do we love something that literally does not have the power to love us in return? If you love cars the way I or the other talented writers do, then you've undoubtedly come across a few of those OTHER kind of people. The ones that don't understand. The ones that don't love cars, and then question your choice to love something that to them, is just a means of conveyance. You've probably experienced the awkwardness of trying to explain why you love all things automotive. Sometimes, you might have almost even given in to the pressure and just thought they were right. That cars are just metal, plastic, wiring, and fabric of varying sorts all thrown together in a shape for the expressed purpose of transporting one or more people from one location to the next faster than a horse or on foot. Maybe they are right.

 

Or are they?  

 

Maybe it's because we like going fast. Maybe it's because we like raw mechanical power. Maybe it's because we like moving, functional art. Whatever your own personal reason is, the fact is people love cars. I was wandering around the Lead East Auto Show this past weekend (The biggest 50s party in the NY, NJ, and PA area) with my family and couldn't help but be in awe of the history and passion that some of these men, women, and children all shared with me. It was a love that has been around for 50 or more years for some old timers, and their hearts were just as devoted as the first day they laid eyes on whatever car first raised their heart rate. It was amazing. You would never know there was a problem with the economy, or that gas prices were up about 1000% from the day some of these cars rolled off the line. Parents, grandparents, kids, and grandkids were all around enjoying the music, the shops, the shows, and, of course, the cars. Girlfriends asking boyfriends, and sons asking fathers about cars they had never seen before, or couldn't recognize with the absence of badging (This particular author/son was no exception.)


2010 Highlands Church Labor Day Car Show Pt.1

On: Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 12:27PM | By: John Welch


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Drew Christy seems to have forgotten the meaning of the Labor Day weekend. You are supposed to honor America, America's workforce, America's freedom, your right to be an American, and your right to spend Labor Day celebrating, not working. Drew didn't get the memo.

Instead of wasting away in a kiddie pool all day (ahem,) Drew strapped on his camera and ventured down Lakeland Highlands Road to the Highlands Church Labor Day Car Show. Though small by central Floridian standards, this show had several rare beauties filling its entry list.

Inside this post you will find an assortment of Drew's images, the first of a two part series. Look out later this week for the coupe de gras, the Gentry Morrison Meteor/Buick hearse. This car personifies "rolling art".

Today though, notice the exotic American machinery we have here, a late fifties Chrysler Imperial for instance. A car that proves the idea of a flat-bottomed steering wheel is nothing new. Several classic Mopars dot the gallery, as well as our usual obsession with hood ornaments. Enjoy!


The 2010 Lake Mirror Classic; Classing Up October

On: Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 10:52AM | By: John Welch


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Every October Lakeland, Florida is treated to a visual and aural spectacle named The Lake Mirror Classic. Held, oddly enough, on the shores of Lake Mirror and in the streets of historic downtown Lakeland, The Lake Mirror Classic literally has something for everybody. No kidding!

Like Mustangs? There is a Mustang specific show. Like Amphicars? Several examples will be prominently featured. Classic motorcycles? Covered. Slick restorations and untouched rolling sculpture? You will not see more LeSalles and Delahayes in one place. Priceless race cars? How about a pair of 1920s vintage Miller Indy cars? Priceless race drivers? Lyn St. James is the Honorary Chairperson.

Though not totally booked yet, Event Chairman Ford Heacock has seen a 25% increase in registration for 2010. Heacock believes that the current pace of registration will put the show at 600 vehicles, completely occupying every available inch of show space in downtown. Good thing the Classic goes on for three days!

Taking place October 15th through the 17th, most of the activities are free to the public. Inside the post we have the entire event schedule, for all three days. Our gallery features images taken by the AutoShopperBlog at the 2009 Lake Mirror Classic . . .


The 789 Chevy

On: Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 9:36AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Imagine a car that has all of the most attractive features from three different classic Chevy models such as the 1957 Bel Air, 1958 Impala, and the 1959 Chevrolet. Then wrap this contemporary body around a 2005-2007 Corvette C6 chassis. This is precisely what was done with a concept car called the 789!

This is a concept car built by n2a motors in limited edition—only approximately 100 vehicles will be available. The chassis is a Corvette C6 and the front of the vehicle is styled similar to the classic 57 Chevy BelAir, the side designed after the 58 Chevy, and the rear resembles the 59 Chevy, hence the name “789.”


1970 Oldsmobile Toronado GT RV-Conversion

On: Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 1:55PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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The most unique eBay find of the day is a 1970 Oldsmobile Toronado that was converted into a recreational vehicle—yes, a camper!  Believe it or not, the one-of-a-kind vehicle was actually designed and built as a factory project for a retired RV industry executive.

For those who doubt the feasibility of a Toronado-made-RV, be advised that GMC utilized the EXACT same platform in its “spaceship-shaped” motor home design, built from 1973 to 1978, as was used in the Oldsmobile Toronado. The design was radical for its day, with front-wheel drive, a low profile, and a fully integrated body.  

Motorhomes were built by recreational vehicle manufacturers on bare frames and drivetrains supplied by a chassis manufacturers.

The original GMC built motorhome had a front wheel drive transaxle used in the Oldsmobile Toronado and Cadillac Eldorado, with an Oldsmobile 455 cu. 7.5 liter V8 engine from the Toronado.

The final drive was connected directly to the transmission, and power was fed to the front wheels using half shafts that ran under the front portion of the engine.
The original GMC RVs often had luxury features common on upper models of GM brands such as cruise control, air conditioning, AM/FM/8-track sound systems, an aluminum/fiberglass body, as well as air suspension. The aerodynamic styling, with the wrap-around windshield and expansive glass area, gave the vehicle a futuristic (or spaceship-shaped) appearance.


Treasures on Display at Bobby and Steve's Auto World Classic Car Show

On: Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 9:09AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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It was a glorious Saturday afternoon in Minneapolis, Minnesota June 24th, 2010. Car owners and enthusiasts were getting geared up for the 10thannual Bobby & Steve’s Classic Car Show. Hoods were propped up while car owners kicked back in the shade. Nearly every vehicle on the premises was worthy of being featured. Three cars in particular were brought to my attention and the respective owners were able to pass along some interesting information about their prized possessions.


Bring Back the '57 Chevy

On: Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 11:56AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Today, the 1957 Chevrolet is known as one of the ultimate classic cars. If you are a car buff, you can immediately identify the '57 as one of the most popular cars of all time.  In fact, the '57 Chevy was so popular that it has actually evolved into an icon for American car history. A 1957 Chevrolet Convertible was the dream car of every baby boomer in the late 1950s and early 1960s,— and the car has been in high demand since production ended, as one of the best classic cars for antique car collectors.

The '57 Chevrolet was launched in late 1956 by GM as a part of a special “Sneak Preview of New Cars.”  The famous features noted back then were the tail fins and excess trim on the sides—such as most cars of the 50s had. I’m sure that the trim would have become one of those little-known obsolete car details of the past had the '57 Chevy not become one of the most popular cars in all of history.  

As time passed, most of the competitors of the ‘57 Chevy faded away, while the ’57 continued to maintain its popularity, particularly the Bel-Air model which started as a favorite in southern California, then its popularity spread across the nation.