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Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is recognized as one of the very finest events of its kind worldwide. Together with the renowned Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, the two events anchor the Monterey Classic Car Week. For four sunny California days, over 65,000 spectators enjoyed motorsports history as the cars circled the Monterey Raceway hills and its signature zigzag Corkscrew corner. This year's special marque was the Shelby GT350 Mustang, which was celebrating its 50th anniversary. A special race group containing 38 Shelby GT350 Mustangs were paced by Henry Ford III and was given the green flag from Carroll Shelby's grandson Aaron Shelby. Other highlights included special race groups for Formula 5000 and Formula 1 racers.
Though the GT 350 celebrated half a century of glory, there was a century's worth of historic cars competing at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. More than 550 entrants took part in the 2015 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Part competition and part pageantry, the Reunion brings racing history to life as cars from nearly every era at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The cars, selected for their historical significance, authenticity and correctness for the period, are divided into 15 classes, based on the type of car, displacement and era of origin.
The 15 race groups were comprised of some of the most recognizable marques in motorsports. There was Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, Talbott, Delage, Lotus, McLaren, Porsche, Ferrari, Aston Martin, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Lola and so many more. Some of the most dramatic and entertaining racing was within the Formula 5000 group, whose last appearance in Monterey was in 1975 when Mario Andretti won the final professional F5000 race. That same car made a triumphant return home.
Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (August 17, 2015)
-- An Italian Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Cabriolet that once turned heads and garnered top prizes in the classic era glided to victory at the 65th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on Sunday.
The competition drew 219 cars from 16 countries and 29 U.S. states to the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links. It also raised over $1.8 million to help people in need. Through the Pebble Beach Company Foundation, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, these charitable funds will benefit 100 local charities.
The winning car is built on an extremely long 145-inch 1924 Tipo 8A chassis, which was acquired in the early 1930s by Swiss Carrosserie Worblaufen to be used as the basis for a new sport cabriolet. The finished car was displayed at the 1932 Geneva Auto Show and won the Grand-Prix d'Honneur at Cannes in 1933. After being shown, the car passed through the hands of just three owners prior to being purchased by current owner Jim Patterson of Louisville, Kentucky.
Concorso Italiano is synonymous with Italian car excellence and embraces many of the cultural elements of Italian style, including cuisine, music, and fashion. This year, Concorso celebrated its 30th anniversary. It was also the year of the Ferrari Club of America national meet being held in Monterey. The Pacific Region chapter hosted this year, and as such there was a massive influx of Ferrari owners who joined in both 'Monterey Car Week' and the FCA National Meet.
Along with Italian marques, Concorso also had a special display of eclectic cars that have a tie to Italy, such as those built outside of Italy, but designed by Italian designers.
This year's Concorso Italiano celebrated the fifty years of Iso Grifo, a car that had Corvette power, fashionable Bertone styling and Milanese flair. It was one of the best all-around sporting GT car available and a worthy competitor to the most pedigreed European marques. Only 471 examples were built, and only a handful made it across the Atlantic. Sitting amongst many other Iso's on Concorso's well-manicured lawn were the first Iso and the last.
Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours on the Avenue
Carmel-by-the-Sea's whimsical architecture, inspired by Arthur Rackham's illustrations for children's fairy tales, provided a setting for the Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours on the Avenue. This is the latest addition to the prestigious group of events that make up the area's internationally known Monterey Peninsula ten-day collector car gathering, celebrating the finest in automotive design and engineering. Carmel-by-the-Sea's world-famous Ocean Avenue was closed to traffic and eighteen blocks of downtown was filled with collector cars and related motorized fun. A fascinating mix of American and foreign cars were showcased in front of a backdrop of charming shops, critically acclaimed restaurants and numerous galleries.
The Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours on the Avenue focused on vehicles not usually seen during this ten-day period. The cars included a variety of legendary vehicles. Well over 175 cars were on display in groups of juried classed during Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours on the Avenue. These included Luxury Cars, Muscle Cars, Hot Rods and Sporting Cars. Micro Cars and others were highlighted vehicles from the sublime to the spectacular. Selections were based on a variety of factors, including authenticity, originality, and provenance. Additional consideration was given to cars that inspired youthful drams, interesting stores and the hard-to-define fun factor. Class and major awards were presented in the late afternoon.
37th Annual Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's
The 37th annual Concours d'Elegance of America, established in 1978, celebrated a gathering of 300 significant cars on the beautiful green at the Inn at St. John's. This year, the featured classes included Vintage Bentley, Auto Show '55, Bonneville Streamliners, Cars of Bruce Meyers, Hearses, Bizzarrini, and Dream Cars of the 1980s.
Auto Show '55
The 'Auto Show '55' group celebrated the beginning of the jet age, excessive chrome, tri-tone colors, and high-compression V8 engines. World War II was in the rear view mirror, the Eisenhower economy was beginning to boom, and credit was easily accessible. The market was diverse, offering a stylish alternative for those seeking family-friendly station wagons or flamboyant convertibles. The vehicles were stylish, the future was bright, and sales reach 8.7 million cars and trucks for 1955. That total would not be surpassed until 1965. Claiming 94% of the market share were Detroit's 'Big Three', with General Motors taking the top honors as number-one producer. Sitting side-by-side at this year's event, were nearly a dozen of the finest examples of 1955 vehicles. The list included a Chrysler 300, a Kaiser Manhattan, a Packard Caribbean, and a Studebaker President. The judge's favorite in this group was a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air owned by Robert Chauvin, followed by the Chrysler C300 owned by W.K. Laird.
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
Pittsburgh, PA is home to one of the nation's largest vintage race and the only one that is still run on city streets. 150 vintage racers traversed the 2.33 mile, 17 elevation change, 23 turn, circuit through Schenley Park as they negotiated all the hazards that can only be found on an actual city street. The race cars were divided into six different race groups, based on era of production and engine displacement size. Most of cars were small and nimble, and built by Europe Companies such as Triumph, MG, BMW, Porsche, Lotus, Alfa Romeo, Austin Healey, and Jaguar. They were originally designed for small European roads which make them very suitable for the sharp turns and heavy braking that the Schenley Park course demands.
This year had one of the largest spectator turn-outs in the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix's (PVGP) 33 year history, with most selecting the 456 acre Bob O'Connor Golf Course to view the race. The massive expanse of rolling hills is more than adequate for hosting the International Car Show which has over 2,000 vehicles on display and is ranked as one of the largest car shows in the world.
The Grand Prix, the finale of the 10-day event, was precluded by a Kick-Off Rallye, Blacktie & Tailpipes Gala, Historic Racing at Pitt-Race Complex, Invitational Car Show on Walnut Street in Shadyside, Waterfront Car Cruise, a parade through Downtown Pittsburgh, Countryside Tour, and a 'Cars and Guitars' rock concert at Hard Rock Cafe in Station Square.
Festivals of Speed : Amelia Island
Festivals of Speed Motorsports Display was held at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation resort in Amelia Island, Florida. The activities began with a Luxury Lifestyle Cocktail Reception featuring smooth jazz, open bar, themed food display, and a live and silent auction benefitting Communities in Schools of Nassau County. The Luxury Lifestyle display featured fashion displays, fine jewelry, unique timepieces, collectable artwork, exotic travel destinations and much more.
The venue for the automobile portion was held on the 9th fairway of the Oak Marsh golf course. The well-manicured lawn overlooking the marsh provided the perfect platform to showcase the vintage and modern masterpieces.
Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
Amelia Island celebrated its first annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in 1996 with the legendary race car driver
Sir Stirling Moss
serving as the Honoree. Twenty years later, at the 2015 edition of
, Sir Stirling was once again selected as the Honoree, and honored for his achievements in motor racing and the tremendous legacy he continues to build upon. In celebration, attendees were treated to the presence of over 25 of Sir Stirling Moss' famous race cars, including the three Mercedes-Benz silver arrows he won with in 1955, marking the first time all three historic vehicles were displayed together.
More than 315 magnificent cars and motorcycles from around the world participated in the 2015 Concours, delighting attendees with a remarkable automotive display of style and heritage. This year Stutz was the featured marque. Highlights on the field included the presence of automotive history's most rare classic models: the BMW 328, a collection of 1940s wood-bodied Chrysler models, the Porsche 914 model in its rarest variations and a plethora of pre and post-war racecars. Also on display were a number of outside of the box car classes such as a rare Orphan Concept class including the 1954 DeSoto Adventurer, 'Cars of the Cowboys' highlighting legendary western themed vehicles from TV and film and a 'World Rally Car' class. In addition, a 'Hot Rods: East Meets West' car class delighted car fans by highlighting the differences between East Coast and West Coast customizers and classic Hot Rod styling.
class was comprised of six concept cars from the mid-1950s to early 1960s. The word 'Orphan' was in reference to the marque of a motor vehicle that has discontinued business entirely. The cars in this class were from DeSoto, Hudson, Packard, Mercury, and Pontiac (although Mercury and Pontiac's parent company still exist, they are still considered 'Orphans'). GM Styling produced an X-400 Concept nearly every year from 1959 through 1964. Of those, only the 1960 and 1963 X-400 have survived. Making its first public restoration appearance at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours was the 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix X-400 Concept. Sitting next to the Mercury Concept was the Packard Predictor Concept, one of the company's last triumphs. The Predictor's design is credited to Richard Teague and it was built on a stock Clipper chassis by Ghia. Ghia completed the project in an amazing 90 days, just in time for the Predictor to debut at the 1956 Chicago Auto Show. It was created to 'gauge public opinion on concepts in product improvement and advancement under study by Packard-Clipper product planners,' according to company officials. 'The Predictor is not a dream car, nor is it next year's Packard.' Instead, the Predictor 'offers a realistic approach to functional styling'. The 1954 Mercury Monterey XM-800 Concept, awarded 'Best in Class' by the judges, was conceived by Mercury's Pre-Production Studio, headed at the time by John Najjar and built by Creative Industries of Detroit in 1953. It introduced previously unseen styling cues in Ford products: fins, Frenched headlamps, canted windshield pillars and sail panels, clean sides with concealed wheels and a hint of emerging technologies in the fiberglass body and fully chrome-plated fiberglass bumpers. Many styling cues appeared on the Lincoln Ford Mercury products in subsequent years.
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