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Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance
The Fourth Annual Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance transpired during the early part of November where it was held at Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island, SC. The event was the final event of a succession of events that included parades, Gala dinners, cocktail parties, seminars, orchestra concert, racing, auctions, automotive tributes, art displays, and more. The Hilton Head Island Concours is already considered one of the top events of its kind among among auto aficionados.
The celebration began at Roebling Roads Raceway in Savannah, Georgia where drivers enjoyed hot laps on the track. A Classic & Collectible Car Auction administrated by Potts Auction Company featured many automobiles of various types including PreWar, Exotic, European, Muscle and Sports Cars. 'The Lowcountry Adventure' was sponsored by the Rolls-Royce Motor Car Company and began at the Harbour Town Inn in Sea Pines. There was a brief visit to Harbour Town to hear the history of this famous site. The journey then crossed both Broad Creek and the intercoastal waterway bridges to the unique lowcountry community of Bluffton, SC. A second tour, 'The Savannah Experience', was also sponsored by The Rolls-Royce Motor Car Company. The tour began at the Marriott Beach and Golf Resort, Palmetto Dunes. The tour continued through a scenic drive of the back roads to Savannah, Georgia. The Car Club Jamboree was held at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. Present were over 10 car clubs from the coastal area displaying their cars. The event was a Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Thunderbird' which including stage performances and a Parade of Cars. The 'Quest for Speed & Style Exhibit' featuring over 50 performance cars, concept vehicles and museum displays.
Included in the display were rare exhibits of classic race and stock cars taken from both museums and private collections throughout the United States.
The Hilton Head Concours displayed over 200 Concours cars, Quest for Speed & Style Exhibit, Ford Thunderbird display, and a presentation of European Classics from Italy and Britain. The honorary Marque for 2005 was Packard. Founded by the Packard brothers, James & William, in combination with GL Weiss, the first Packard Model A was completed and tested in November 1899. The Packard is considered 'the motorcar of presidents and kings' according to Menno Duerkson, author of 'The Packard Story.'
Hilton Head Island Concours Car Club Display
Over 10 car clubs from the coastal area displayed their cars on the day prior to the Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance. The event was held at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn Property. The day celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Thunderbird, including stage performances and a Parade of Cars. There was a 'Quest for Speed & Style Exhibit' featuring over 50 performance cars, concept vehicles and museum displays. An art tent was set-up, displaying invited automotive artists and business expo tents featuring local and regional businesses.
John Samsen, Co Designer of the 1955 Thunderbird and noted automotive artist presented his collection of Thunderbird photos, design concepts and memorabilia.
Carolina Dreamers Club
Potts Auction at Hilton Head
The Potts Auction made its inaugural appearance at the 2005 Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance where it added to the existing spectator offerings and encouraged participation from a nationwide audience of serious buyers, sellers and collectors of world-class vehicles.
Bidders, Consignors and Concours guests alike enjoyed the friendly southern hospitality of Rick and Jeff Potts. At a time when the collector car market has never been hotter, the excitement under the tent was non-stop. Rolling works of art from Pre-War, Sports Car, Exotic, European and American Muscle classes adorned the auction block while friendly competition unfolded amongst the registered bidders.
Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
The 55th annual Pebble Beach Concours event, held on August 21, 2005 along the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links, celebrated the 75th anniversary of Carrozzeria Pinin Farina, the Italian design house whose revolutionary styling has influenced carmakers for nearly eight decades. The Italian automotive icon Alfa Romeo was the event's featured marque.
Alfa Romeo began to emerge as a major force on the international scene in the 1930s, establishing the foundation for an automotive legacy that led to the ultra-imaginative winged BATs (Berlinetta Aerodinamica Tecnica) of the ‘50s, and an array of vehicles that are now bringing world record prices at auction around the world, according to Pebble Beach Concours Co-Chairman Glenn Mounger.
'The 95-year history of the Alfa Romeo race cars and street cars is remarkable, and the vehicles are of utmost importance in the collector car world,' said Mounger. 'We've chosen to celebrate everything from the full array of pre-World War II classes to significant postwar custom coachwork, and there are already several very significant Alfa Romeo's currently being restored and prepared for Pebble Beach 2005. 'We'll also be hosting the complete collection of BATs -- the BAT 5, BAT 7 and BAT 9 models, which are considered some of the most inspired designs of the last century. In fact, Pebble Beach will be the first time the three BATs have been seen together in more than a decade.'
BeaveRun Fall Festival
The Fall Festival at BeaveRun occurred during the early part of September 2005 at the BeaveRun MotorSports Complex in Wampum, PA. The festival included an inaugural Concours d'Elegance, The Altered Gas - Hot Rod Circus, Viper Days and The Beaver County Cruise. Proceeds from the two day event fund the construction of a children's play area in the Emergency Department at the Medical Center, Beaver.
The Festival began with a fantastic road tour of western Pennsylvania. Hors d'oeuvres prepared by some of the finest chefs in the area, live music, an auction of fine artwork, a Bertil Roos Driving School give-a-way worth $3000 and track rides provided by MINI of Pittsburgh were just a few of the attractions that occurred during the two day celebration. Additional events included live entertainment, karting rentals and races, muscle car displays, acceleration trials, food, vendors and fireworks at dusk.
The Blackhawk Collection is one of the world's foremost companies specializing in the acquisition and sale of both American and European classic, coachbuilt, and one-of-a-kind automobiles.
It has been the guided aim of Blackhawk Collection over the past two decades to acquire automobiles of singular beauty and historic distinction, thereby assuring customers of the Blackhawk Collection that they are able to select from one of the largest selections of automobiles for sale that are unrivaled in their importance as well as their condition.
Please enjoy the sample of the Blackhawk's exquisite collection of some of the finest automobiles ever created. These vehicles were on display during the Pebble Beach Concours weekend.
Italian Festival Classic Car Show
This car cruise event was held at the Chevrolet Amphitheatre located in Station Square, Pittsburgh PA.
The Amphitheatre was home to a classic car show and the 18th Annual Italian Summer Festival. There was upbeat music of National and Local traditional Italian bands. Also, pasta, desserts and Italian beer and wine found at Pittsburgh's biggest display of Italy's heritage.
Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance
'This event inaugurates a three-year series at the Meadow Brook Concours. We begin this year with the Magnificent Brass Era cars, followed next year by the Golden Era Classics of pre-World War II, and in 2007 we will highlight the Power Cars of post-World War II,' said Don Sommer, founder and chairman of Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance.
A return to the very early days of the automotive industry with cars steeped in history and beauty, the Magnificent Brass Era cars were anchored in the 2005 Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance. But that is only the beginning. There were a stunning array of vintage cars on display, including a 1912 Mercer Raceabout, 1907 Ford Model K, and 1909 Ford Model T. They were all on the entry list of vintage cars at one of the great automobile events in the world. The 27th Meadow Brook Concours d' Elegance filled the picturesque grounds at Meadow Brook Hall on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan with rare and exotic automobiles from around the world.
A lengthy list of one-of-a-kind and near one-of-a-kind automobiles made up a field of approximately 325 cars on display and in judged competition. Among the vehicles highlighted this year are cars 100 years old or older including a 1898 Nef, a 1899 Locomobile Steamer, a 1903 Marr Car, and a 1903 Michigan. Rare classics such as the 1929 Mercedes Benz SSK Murphy Roadster and 1936 Delahaye 135 Competition Court Coupe Figoni & Falaschi were also shown.
National Packard Museum
The National Packard Museum opened on Sunday, July 4th, 1999, the first day of the Packard Centennial Celebration in Warren, Ohio. This 7500 square foot facility sits next to Packard Music Hall and Packard Park in the city's historical district.
Since 1990, the museum had occupied three temporary sites until a permanent home for the Packard histories was located. In October 1996, the City of Warren offered the museum a 7.5 acre site of a former swimming pool on Mahoning Avenue in Warren. The estimate of $500,000 to convert the pool building and grounds into a museum prompted a capital fund-raising campaign.
The exhibits enforce the mission of the National Packard Museum. They stress the Packard family, Packard Electric Company, Packard Motor Car (1899 - 1958) and local history.
Cranberry PA Car Cruises
The first fifty vehicles attending the Church at the Heights car cruises received memorable dash plaques. A DJ and vendors were there to provide atmosphere and to satisfy cravings. This was truly a family event. There was a basket-ball court that provided entertainment for the kids as the parents perused, socialized and reminisced.
The Smokey Bones Restaurant in Cranberry Township was the host for the North Pittsburgh Corvette Club. The area where the vehicles were being displayed is a fairly new development, having been open for less than a year. The vehicles were arranged side-by-side and the entire section had been roped off - Corvettes only. The owners sat in their groups as onlookers admired their vehicles.
GM Megacenter Cruise, Monroeville, PA
This cruise was held at the GM Megacenter located in Mornoeville, PA. This Cruise was open to all makes and models. There were many American vehicles such as the GTO's, Corvettes, Nova's and Impalas.
The classic music, great weather, and shiny automobiles made this a very relaxing and enjoyable event.
Franklin Park Car Cruise
This car cruise was held in Wexford PA. It was open to all makes and models.
Off route 79 and held in a gas station parking lot, the vehicles began assembling early. There was a DJ on-hand filling the airways with the classic favorite tunes of the 1950's and 1960s.
The meticulously maintained vehicles were aligned side-by-side. The atmosphere was relaxing and the vehicles were beautiful.
Castle Village Car Cruise
This car cruise was held in the Whitehall Caste Village Shopping Center. It is one of Pittsburgh's largest Sunday car cruise. There is something different each week with interviews from owners and special events that are put on by the Caste Village Merchants.
50TH Annual Porsche Parade. Hershey Pennsylvania
The Concours d'Elegance and Car Show, sponsored by Porsche AG and Porsche Cars North America at the 50th Porsche Parade in Hershey, PA were held on the golf course behind the historic Hotel Hershey. From this location, Parade attendees were able to enjoy an unparalleled, panoramic view of the surrounding Pennsylvania countryside, while viewing over 250 Porsches being judged. Additionally, over 70 historic and racing Porsches, some of which have not seen publicly in decades, occupied Fairway 1 in the Historic Porsche Exhibition. Many previous winners of PCA's coveted Manhattan Concours Award were also exhibited. Fairways 4 and 2, in the heart of the course, were the main arenas, where entrants in the Restoration, Preservation and Preparation Groups were judged. PCNA and PAG also had a special exhibition of Porsches.
The main Concours judging areas were cool, shaded areas under tall trees on either side of long fairways, with an open center section from which spectators could admire the entire field.
New this year was the PCA Concours Awards Ramp, in the tradition of the Pebble Beach Concours, on which first place Class winners may choose to receive their trophies. Set below the steps leading to the classically designed Hotel Hershey, the PCA Concours Ramp proved to be a special experience for the winners. Other class awards and trophies were awarded to the entrants, on the field at their cars, as soon as the results were certified.
Monroeville Night Out
The 6th Annual Monroeville Night Out was held in the ExpoMart Parking Lot and featured over 90 exhibitors, food, music, free admission, fun things for kids to do, and dash plaques given to first 125 cars. This event was dedications to local police and military personnel. Even Monroeville's Mayor, Council, and Department Heads showed up at the event.
A fun evening, great cars, and a beautiful evening.
Le Belle Macchine d'Italia
Le Belle Macchine d'Italia
Translation: The beautiful Machines of Italy
The 2005 Le Belle Macchine d'Italia was a three Italian automotive event held in the eastern part of Pennsylvania. Two days were dedicated to racing these machines around Pocono International Raceway's 2.5 mile road coarse. The third day was a Concorso held at the Pocono Mountains Skytop Lodge in Skytop, PA. It was the largest three day Italian automotive event in the United States.
The Skytop Lodge was built in 1925 as an Executive Retreat. Since then it has maintained its luxurious ambiance while providing modern amenities. The location is a perfect complement to these Italian masterpieces.
PVGP Car Show
The Schenley Park Auto Show was held on Saturday, July 16, the day prior to the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. Throughout the day, the noise from the cars racing around the Schenley Park course could be heard as they completed practice or qualifying laps in preparation for the race the following day. The show complimented the PVGP by representing the beautiful classic automobiles that have shaped the automotive and racing industry while improving the technological and styling advancements that we enjoy today.
The show was free to the spectators, and was open to all special-interest vehicles. As part of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix's fund-raising mission, dollars were generated through generous sponsorship plus cruiser donations and sales of PVGP merchandise.
A little bit, in some cases a lot, of everything was at this event. There were thousands of vehicles all grouped according to manufacturer and then further divided based on car club or model. The rolling hills of Schenley Park provided an excellent back-drop and allowed easy-viewing of the vehicles because of the staggering of the rows, almost like the stadium seating at a movie theater. Foreign and domestics were present in strong force, numbering over 50 manufacturers. Austin Healey, MG, Triumph, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Jaguar and Porsche were some of the larger groups that made up the import group. Since Mustang was the Marque for the event, there were hundreds of Mustangs strategically placed near the top of the hill. Pontiac GTO, Chevrolet Corvette, and Pontiac Fiero were just a few of the domestic car clubs in attendance.
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix's mission is to produce a world-class vintage racing event in order to raise funds that help provide residential care, treatment and support for developmentally disabled individuals in the Pittsburgh region.
The 23rd annual vintage car road race was the final event in a 10 day celebration that included car cruises and shows, and Historic races at BeaveRun MotorSports Complex.
The hills and hairpin turns added to the complexity of the 2.3 mile course that went through Schenley Park. Top speeds were around 100 mph - amazing accomplishments for vintage automobiles, not to mention a very difficult course with very few straight stretches.
PVGP Car Cruise at the Waterfront
This was the third consecutive year for the Cruise at the Waterfront located in historic Homestead, PA. The event was hosted this year by Dave Brudy and DRB Group.
The event started at 6:00 pm and ran until 9:00 pm. The cruise was free to the spectators, and was open to all special-interest vehicles. As part of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix's fund-raising mission, dollars are generated through the host's generous sponsorship plus cruiser donations and sales of PVGP merchandise.
The 'Voice of the Vintage' Ted Sohier was once again broadcasting his WQED-FM show live from the Waterfront, further raising the community's awareness of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP).
Crown Royal Invitational Car Show on Walnut Street
Many think the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix takes place every third weekend in July. While it is true that the tribute to motorsport history culminates that magical weekend in Schenley Park, the event has grown into a 10-day celebration spanning six venues and two counties. The Crown Royal Invitational Car Show on Walnut Street is part of the celebration. Nestled on Shadyside's charming Walnut Street, this unique setting allowed the public to view a sampling of rare, classic and exotic cars.
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
In 2005, its 23rd year, the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix will present an unparalleled week of vintage sports car racing and related activities to the delight of nearly 200,000 fans. Race Week kicks off with the PVGP Historic Races at BeaveRun, a blacktie fundraiser at Fox Chapel Golf Club and a Kickoff Rallye on the weekend of July 9 and 10, continues throughout the week with three distinct car shows and culminates with the traditional vintage races through the streets of Schenley Park on the July 16/17 weekend. The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix remains our country's only vintage sports cars race on city streets and along with Monte Carlo represent the only two such events in the world!
Concours d'Elegance of the Eastern United States
Each car presented at a Concours d'Elegance, having been invited after a discriminating review process, is believed to be perfect.
This years theme was 'The Class of Brass' which provided an opportunity to view some of the most rare and elegant automobiles ever produced. It was a time that most of us do not remeber from personal experience, but love to visit in the recollections of our seniors, and in the romance of our imaginations. We envision it to have been a simpler time - a time when life moved more slowly and with more dignity. Indeed, the engineering and flash of the cars from that era, as viewed on the Concours show field, lend credence to that deduction.
The Flashlight Drags is an event held at the Zelienople, PA Airport. This is an opportunity for local hot rodders, tuners, and enthusiasts of street legal vehicles to race their pride-and-joy's against others who share the same passion. The prize: bragging rights.
These nostalgic races begin with a flashlight signal. The drivers then propel their vehicles down the track/airport as fast as they can. The vehicles were lined up randomly. Later, the drivers pitted themselves against their own opponents.
Due to the close proximity of houses, the vehicles must be equipped with real mufflers. The races used to transpire at night but due to an excessive amount of noise and in an attempt to provide a safer environment, the races are now held during daylight.
BeaveRun MotorSports - Drifting, NASA, YSR
Drifting is going sideways in a vehicle down a road, track, parking, lot, etc. Drifting may appear to be easy, but it is rather complex. It is about style, rather than speed. A light-weight, rear-wheel drive vehicle is best for drifting. To achieve a successful drift, one must drive the vehicle beyond its means of traction and continue this process curve after curve. To achieve this beautiful balet of squeeling tires, smoke, and near chaos, practice and precision is required.
Ohio YSR League
Cincinnati Concours d'Elegance in Ault Park
Since its earliest inception, the automobile has represented a unique hybrid of function and form, of high art serving our collectively restless spirit. The design of these sensuous steel sculptures has kept pace with the artistic sensibilities of each generation, and nowhere can you see the evolution of these sensibilities more than at this years Concours d'Elegance at Ault Park.
Concours D'Elegance at Ault Park
To say the Concours D'Elegance at Ault Park is just another car show is like saying the Kentucky Derby is just the ninth race or Augusta is just a place to shoot 18. Automobiles come out of private collections from all over the country to participate in this show. The gardens of Ault Park are transformed into a museum of truly one-of-a-kind and historically significant automobiles. The doors open only once a year and the exhibit changes every year. Automobiles valued at over $100,000 are the norm. Million dollar automobiles are common - some reach eight figure values.
Carnegie Crime Prevention Car Cruise
The Carnegie Crime Prevention car cruise was held at the post office parking lot located in downtown Carnegie PA. There was oldies music and 50/50 raffles. More importantly, there was a strong showing from the early 1950 and 1960's Ford, Chevy, and Dodge model line ups. As with most car cruises, all makes and models were welcome.
Adorned on many of the vehicles were the FOP (Fraternal Order of Police) logos. All supporters or officers of the police force.
Carnegie PA is located just outside of Pittsburgh PA.
STPR - Susquehannock Trail ProRally
Stage rallying is the most exciting and demanding motorsports. With its high percentage of stage miles and a course featuring some of the most challenging roads in the world, Susquehannock Trail Pro Rally (STPR) is one of the United States' best known events.
The STPR ProRally is a form of auto racing in which the cars race against the clock, one at-a-time, on closed public roads of the Pennsylvania State Forest, at times bordering on the famous 'Grand Canyon of the East' near Wellsboro. Each car has a driver, plus a co-driver, or navigator, who reads from a route book and barks out instructions while the driver is negotiating the course at high speed. The teams compete on ten different roads - or stages - covering 125 miles of racing over a 14 hour period, with the team having the fastest time over the whole course winning the event. The excitement of two and four-wheel-drive cars traveling on gravel roads at more than 100 miles-per-hour - especially on a blind course where no practice has been allowed - is exciting both for spectators and competitors.
The drivers meet their crew every couple of stages for service on the cars, and drivers must obey all local traffic regulations when their cars are not actually driving on the closed stage road. Unlike traditional racetrack driving, where repetition on the same course can lead to the 'best line' or 'best setup' for each corner, rally drivers must react to blind conditions at racetrack speed.
The Jefferson 500 was established as a celebration of the great long distance races from motorsports past. Summit Point Raceway retains the charm of racing circuits from the 50's and 60's, and is the perfect facility to experience what it must have been like to compete back in the day. This marks the first year of the union between Brian Redman and HMSA. Brian will remain an essential part of this event. As a result of this union, this year's event promises to be bigger and better than last year. In addition to the normal races the Australia United States Healey Challenge and the ARK Project Sports 2000 group was added for the first time.
Summit Point Raceway
Summit Point Raceway is a challenging 10-turn, two mile asphalt road racing circuit set in the pastoral Shenandoah Valley, located only 70 miles from the Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD metropolitan areas.
Jefferson 500 Car Cruise
At this years Jefferson 500, the event was visited by an organized gathering of European masterpieces such as Jaguar, Lamborghini, Ferrari, and more. The vehicles were arranged by group and positioned according to marque. In the background was the Jefferson 500, a celebration of the great long distance races from motorsports past. Summit Point Raceway retains the charm of racing circuits from the 50's and 60's, and is the perfect facility to experience what it must have been like to compete back in the day.
During lunch while the racers were resting, the show-cars enjoyed parade laps on the Summit Point Raceway.
Car Cruise - Pittsburgh PA
Summer time means car cruises. This event was held at an establishment that had ample parking for the wide range of American Classics. There was a strong showing from the muscle car group including GTO's, Corvette, Mustangs, and Thunderbirds.
This event was held at West Mifflin PA.
Herbie Car Cruise
Karmann Ghia Club of North America, Disney Join Volkswagen for Epic Road Trip
Volkswagen of America, Inc. will celebrate its 50th anniversary with hundreds of Volkswagens, owners and enthusiasts in a national caravan beginning this Friday, May 13, at the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, Calif., and ending in Manassas, Va.
The Karmann Ghia Club of North America and Disney, also celebrating silver anniversaries, will join Volkswagen as they tour the country with new and old Volkswagens and vintage Ghias.
Scarsdale Concours, New York
The Scarsdale Concours focuses on a selection of famous marques, included Ferrari, Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini and Porsche, providing a historical perspective on their styling and engineering evolution. Their representation of Jaguar starts with its first world class sprots car, the SS100, progressing through the XK120 and the XK150, to the luxurious Mark III sedan, the ground breaking E-type and the current supercharged XKR Portfolio Edition. Similarly, the Aston Martin series starts with the DB2 and continues through the DB4 series to the DB5, DB6, V8 Vantage, Virage, DB7, Volante Vantage, Vanquish and the DB9 series. There are Ferrari's spanning over 54 years. Porsche's spanning 45 years and Rolls Royce's spanning 93 years.
The vehicles were best viewed by marque in chronological order with the design facilitating this approach. The Concours is inteded to share the joy of collector exotics with car lovers young and old, while raising money for The United Way, Habitat for Humanity and the Kellner Pediatric Liver Disease Foundation.
Shotgun (passenger) rides in many of the show's cars were available following the Concours. The rides were intended to raise money for charity while allowing the high-bidder a very rare opportunity of riding in the car of their dreams.
Canton Classic Car Museum
Ohio's Great Nostalgia Museum presents not only the great cars, but also the exciting fashions and memorabilia of the roaring twenties through the exciting seventies.
The museum features early classic American vehicles produced by manufacturers such as Ford, Oldsmobile, Lincoln, Packard, Cadillac and more.
There have only been a few manufacturers attempting to gain horsepower from extra large engines. Two examples provided by the museum are the V-16 Cadillac and the V-16 Marmon. These two early masterpieces represent a time of experimentation, progress, and evolving technology and techniques. BMW took another route with their Isetta. This one cylinder vehicle, also on display at the museum, was very fuel efficient. Their Nash Metropolitan is another example of fuel efficient 'people mover.' Their design is questionable by some, but their purpose is undeniable.
Petersen Automotive Museum
The automobile and Los Angeles, inseparable for a century, have been linked together in a historical experience that has led to the creation of one of the world's largest and most innovative automotive museums, Petersen Automotive Museum.
The Museum is located at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue where 75 years ago the world's first linear shopping district dedicated to the emerging auto age was developed -- the Miracle Mile -- with its wide store windows set close to the sidewalk and street, and large rear entrances to accommodate the traffic.
Experience a 20th Century 'road map' depicting the evolution of a culture that has influenced life throughout Southern California and especially Los Angeles; the only major city that was entirely shaped by the automobile. Three floors of automotive history take the visitor through time and traces the automobile's influence on the culture of Los Angeles.
Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
This year was the 10th Anniversary of the Amelia Island Concours, an event held on the golf course of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. This event is considered by some as one of the top-five Concours in the United States. Some of the ingredients for the shows popularities have been the wide assortment of rare and prestigious vehicles, maintaining a warm personal feeling, and making the personalities and cars accessible. This year, there were over 250 rare classics from seldom-seen private collections nationwide on display ranging from European rarities to NASCAR and racing legends.
The show focused on GM small block V-8s, the career of Bobby Allison, and the featured marque Alfa Romeo. While there are differences between these features, there are similarities in their racing heritage, accomplishments and advancements in the automotive arena. Also on hand were antique and classic luxury automobiles from all walks-of-life.
The vehicles were judged according to their class. This year there were over 30 classes ranging from Woodies, classic American vintage, European coachwork, and an extensive array and variety of racing. New this year was that sport and sports racing cars competed for their own Best In Show award - the "Concours de Sport." It joins the "Concours d'Elegance" award as the show's two top honors. Since style, beauty, presentation and accuracy are cornerstones of a traditional concours; one of the classic marques such as Delage, Duesenberg or Bugatti usually takes home a show's top overall award. However, the Amelia Island Concours is unique because it focuses heavily on racing. The addition of the Concours de Sport award continues the show's reputation for innovation by honoring the one sport or sports racing car that exhibits the best overall aesthetics and presentation.
World Of Wheels - Pittsburgh, PA
All shows held throughout the U.S. and Canada – AutoRama, World of Wheels, Cavalcade of Customs – are sanctioned by the International Show Car Association (ISCA,) and exhibitors' vehicles are assigned categories and professionally judged based on ISCA rules. Points are awarded on the 'A' rating based on the size of each show. Cash and awards are distributed to various category and special award winners at each event.
This event was held in Pittsburgh PA at the David Lawrence Convention Center. The David L. Lawrence Convention Center is a significant symbol of the 'new' Pittsburgh Region. As Pittsburgh continues to revolutionize into a regional destination place, this landmark building has become the cornerstone of the transformation. On the cutting edge of design, this innovative structure connects the urban city to the waterfront overlooking the Allegheny River.
Palm Beach International Concours d'Elegance
In prior years, the Concorso on the Breaker was the final event of the Cavallino Classic weekend. This year, however, the final event was the inaugural Palm Beach International Concorso d'Eleganza. According to the event organizer, Andrew Carduner, 'The cars are the stars at the Palm Beach International. The Concorso will feel like an elegant garden party, where spectators and car enthusiasts have the opportunity to see some of the world's rarest and most famous cars.' And Andrew delivered on his promise.
The event took place at the Palm Beach Polo Fields. The featured cars of this event were four cars built by Cunningham.
This event was different from other shows because the owners of the cars were the ones who judged the cars in their class. In most shows the vehicles are judged based on their appearance and history. The public was invited to decide 'best of show.' The Bugatti Type 57C ran away with top honors and was declared 'best of show'.
Palm Beach Cavallino Classic
The Palm Beach Cavallino Classic is regarded as one of the top five automotive events in the world, along with the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, the Louis Vuitton Concours d'Elegance, the Villa d'Este Concorso d'Eleganza, and the Concorso Italiano.
The 14th Annual Palm Beach Cavallino Classic took place mid-January of 2005.
This meeting was a six day convention for Ferrari owners and enthusiasts, with participants and their Ferraris attending from the U.S., Europe and Japan. Activities began with track days at Moroso Motorsports Park, which is located just outside of Palm Beach. Over 100 competition Ferraris revive memories of days gone by, as their owners let them loose again in a race course setting. Ferrari owners were invited to four days of racing and competition. Spectators were invited to two of those days. Mr. Enzo would have been proud. The vehicles he built had one primary purpose: racing. The vehicles he built for the road provided the bread-and-butter. In both endeavors, he was very successful.
There were two groups. Disc and drum. Even though this was an exclusive 'Ferrari' event, Maserati and a few Alfa Romeo's were invited to participate. Maserati's were allowed because of the close ties between the two companies.