Throughout The Car Industry
Each year Pebble Beach committee tries hard to invite vehicles which truly represent the full breadth and depth of automobility: this year there was a class of significant Mercury lead sled customs. The featured marques were du Pont and Ferrari. It was most enjoyable to see a class of Shelbys, and thus a row of Mustangs, on the Pebble Beach lawn amongst all the Ferraris!
Tags: 2015 Pebble Beach Concours, Ferrari, Mustang, Shelby
In this day and age, car styles seem to come and go as quickly as iPhone models. As soon as you get the new one, there's a commercial out saying that your new one is now the old one, and the real new one is on its way. Carmakers have been frustrating consumers for years with that same tactic. You spend thousands of dollars on a very carefully thought out decision, and before the down payment check clears, there's already a newer model on its way to make your hard earned car obsolete.
Cars, trucks, and motorcycles are technically considered to be transportation vehicles. Indeed, you can get from point A to point B using a motor vehicle. (Unless of course you're driving a 1973 AMC Gremlin. In such case, you would be lucky to get from point A to point A and a half, but that's another story.)
Every Labor Day, it seems brings with it a series of conflicting emotions. On one hand, it signals the end of yet another season of warm Summer weather and having to say goodbye to long hours of sunshine, shorts, and walks on the beach. Snow cones and ice cream won't taste the same again for at least another nine or ten months, and, of course, the dreaded beginning of yet another school year is just days and hours away. But, Labor Day isn’t all bad—each annual long weekend brings about the start of car show season, and one of the most celebrated old car shows on the entire East Coast. The Lead East car show touts itself as the “World's Biggest 50’s Party” and they aren't kidding. Oldies bands, Doo Wop Groups, and, of course, some of the craziest, most impressive hot rods from all over the country.
There are fast cars out there—sure a WRX is quick or even a 4-Series BMW, perhaps. Then there are really fast cars—a Corvette Stingray or Porsche 911 both fill that bill. But even beyond those cars lie another realm of speed that is reserved for the truly remarkable examples of machinery made to move.
Hillsborough Concours is one of the best events of the Northern California car show calendar. It takes place right on the San Andreas earthquake fault line, hard to believe since a more picturesque spot would be hard to find. Like Pebble Beach, it is on a golf course, with visitors parking and riding. Like Pebble, the show is a manageable number of cars, meaning you can walk around the field multiple times, revisiting favorite cars, rather than drowning in volume. Like Pebble, this year one of featured marques was Ferrari.
When you think about inventions that changed the economic landscape, you may feel sorry for the people behind industries that fell by the wayside. This definitely entered my mind when I first started thinhttp://www.swopemuseum.com/collection.asp?CarID=10king about the history of automotive manufacturing.
I have always been a big fan of road trips, and, as a rather restless person, I am always looking for new adventures. Road trips appeal to me personally on a number of different levels. I love to travel and experience new places and things, and I love to drive, which is what this automotive writing thing is all about.
Sometimes you go shopping for the fun of it, just to look around. You may end up buying something if you stumble upon the right item, but even if you don't, you can enjoy the window shopping thing.
They say that you should write about what you know. After doing this kind of thing for a number of years, I do know a little bit about cars, so I guess everything is right in my tiny universe in that regard.
Tags: Peterson Automotive Museum, LA classic car events, Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum
WOOO!! Gas Monkey Garage founder Richard Rawlings has just bought a car that’s almost as flamboyant as he is (almost). The legendary hotrod builders known as The Ring Brothers have just auctioned off their 600hp creation at the recent Barrett Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. And Rawlings decided to “get him some of that”...
Tags: DeTomaso Pantera, Richard Rawlings, Gas Monkey Garage, Ring Brothers