The HVA team was back on the ground this year covering the massive automotive mecca that is the Monterey Auto Week. Check out the recap of some of the sights, sounds and sensational automobiles at this year’s events on the Monterey peninsula.
The week leading up to the Pebble Beach Concours and the Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion is surely one of the big musts on any automotive diehard’s bucket list, has a little something for just about everyone with a need for speed, style and great cars. This year’s event saw the HVA team at all the week’s must-see happenings, from the week’s kickoff event at the Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours on the Avenue, straight through to Sunday’s main event on the 18th green, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and a little of everything in between.
words & photographs by John R. Paul While skies had threatened later in the day yesterday, they were gracious enough to wait until the overnight hours to open up and begin the deluge. The early morning hours greeted the …
The thing about attending regional car shows in your region is there’ a very good chance that you are going to run some of the same cars, even in a show as big as this one. Oh..don’t get me wrong I love looking at them but writing about the same cars is not very rewarding. So I’m going to show you some of the cars I really enjoyed.
Of course I’m always drawn to the Vettes.
Maybe something in Satin?
Or maybe something with a bit of a sting-er
Or how about an Anniversary Grand Sport!!!
And this one made me miss my old C4.
Lots more to come from the Tucson Classic car show – including – dashes and one particularly rare and extremely AWESOME car!! (Oh..and it’s not a Corvette!!!)
Corvettes at Carlisle. (8/26/2011 — 8/28/2011 ) Carlisle Events (717) 243-7855 1000 Bryn Mawr Road Carlisle, PA 17013 USA www.carlisleevents.com. Show Details One of the largest and most fun-filled Corvette events in the world, the …
I kid you not…this is one of the most enjoyable car shows. You get to park your classic, muscle, racer, import or special purpose vehicle on the grass (yeah…lots of it) – no nasty dirt or melting tar parking areas. Grab that blanket out your trunk and spread out under a tree and enjoy!!!!
Oh….did I mention that for $5.00 you get into the show and you get a change to win this!!!!!
A crowd estimated at 10,000 people, including 3,400 registered bidders, helped to shape the spectacle at the Lambrecht Chevrolet auction in Pierce, Nebraska this past weekend. … 1963 Corvair Monza Coupe, 6 cyl. 4-speed …
I really perked up when I ran across a web site that offered repair details on the Ford Falcon. So I called up the URL and saw Ford Falcon 2002-2005 repair manual and that’s got to be a mix up at the programmers desks. There aren’t any 2002, 03, 04 or 05 Falcons…come on!!! Well it just goes to show that we Americans (or maybe it’s just me) are a bit U.S. centric when it comes to cars. Then I Googled and realized that the folks ‘down-under’ do some cool stuff and Ford is a big part of that. Yeah..they are still using the Ford Falcon moniker.
But don’t expect to see that boxy little car that we stuff V8′s in and cram headers between the around the suspension, nope that’s gone. But you will find a couple of surprises.
Looks pretty pedestrian, doesn’t it? What if I told you it had….
Barra 220 producing 300 hp and 348 lb·ft or Boss 260 producing 350 hp and 370 lb·ft or Boss 290 producing producing 390 hp and 380 lb·ft.
Or maybe you’d like a UTE – a WHAT? Well a Ranchero of sorts:
Including the first US models the Ford Falcon is now in it’s 7th Generation. Which includes and not so great looking new model (not even gonna show ya a pic) but this will impress you – The 5.0-litre ‘modular V8′ engine is currently the Ford Performance Vehicles’ V8 engine of two varieties, one rated at 422 hp and 402 lb·ft of torque (“Boss 315″) and the other at 449 hp and 420 lb·ft of torque (“Boss 335″).
Ok Ford – Down – Under….let’s see something retro!!!! Come on you can beat Chevy to the punch by creating something Felcon- Ranchero-ish before they bring out the El Camino!!! (I’m going to blog about Chevy later and use the line in reverse)”
On Sept 9th 1935 Studebaker put the first car on a Pennsylvania RR rail car headed to NYC but the final destination was London. (Actually there were 163 cars in that shipment.)
These are what were shipped
Studebakers on the ship headed for London
On September 13, 1945 Pontiac began producing cars again after WWII. Well sort of. From 1946 to 1948, all Pontiac models were essentially 1942 models with minor changes – like interior and bright-work. The next “all new” Pontiac was the 1949 model.
Looks a like the the ’42 model you say? Yup.
Thanks for reading.
The 1948 Tucker Torpedo was a unique model which sported 3 headlights! #tbt http://t.co/Zly6WuxBtG
1948 Tucker Torpedo, ahead of its time….. http://t.co/U0wH1KLAJq
Of all the great cars that could have been, the Tucker is right there at the very top of the list. Only around 50 cars were ever made, despite the fact that the company had the largest single-space factory in the world (at the time) …
Every now and then it’s not about cars, racing or banging on car fenders. But it’s always about Words.
Although this is a bit about cars, because this popped into my head when I was reading the book “A Most Unique Machine” by George S. May. Any excellent read if you like the history part of this passion of ours – cars.
In the book they grab excerpts of real period accounts and news articles about the dawn of the auto industry in the United States – which was mid morning to the rest of the world – as we were behind many European countries.
These excerpts came from a time when words stood lone. Words like ‘marvelous’, ‘wonderful’ and ‘unique’. The use of these words meant some thing back then. They were reserved words, used to emphasize important events or objects. The word ‘unique’ really meant something special. Here’s an example from the Detroit Journal: ‘when in motion, the connecting rods fly like lightning, and the machine is capable of running seven or eight miles an hours…a most unique machine.’
This excerpts is a description of Charles King’s evening joy ride in his gas powered horseless carriage in March of 1896. Of his version of the car he said…”I am convinced they (horseless carriages) will in time supersede the horse.”
Back then words such as ‘fly like lightning’ or even words like ‘capable’ and ‘unique’ were as good as it got. If someone called you ‘capable’ that was high praise as was ‘unique’ and if you supersede someone or something it meant you were the best. In today “drama – filled, I need attention writing these are lame words.
Can you image describing the winning top-fueled drag car – fast as lightning? Certainly not (hell no) it would be friggin’ fast.
Words meaning have been muted by adjectives and adverbs.
Ok on to my next audacious, awesome filled, friggin’ outstanding article.
Here we have Ruff Bolt and the King’s Horseless Carriage. Ruff Bolt is a funny automatic controlled plane which can fly 10,000 km per second! The Kings Horseless Carriage is small, cozy, and pretty fast. Both Ruff Bolt and …
King’s “horseless carriage” moved down Woodward Avenue to the surprise of pedestrians. The next day a local newspaper called it “a most unique machine.” King became the first Detroiter—and possibly the first …