One of the magnificent spectacles in the collector car world occurs as the morning mists lift off a concours field. Dozens of rare and important machines that trace the history of the automobile are revealed.
From diminutive Hupmobile roadsters to imposing Cadillac phaetons, our love affair with cars is on display.
But like all aspects of car collecting, concours face challenges in attracting new faces. Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in many concours and shows as Read More
There’s something magical that happens when a performance comes together. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a brilliant performance of the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth, a breath-taking rendition of Puccini’s “Un bel di, vedremo” from “Madame Butterfly” or an explosive presentation of “Rocka My Soul” from Alvin Ailey’s “Revelations.”
With an automotive event, the magic occurs when the setting, the cars and their owners, and the overall theme of the day come together.
That happened this past weekend at the 13th Read More
Jousting. That was a first for me. I’ve seen many things at car events, but never armed knights charging toward one another horseback. Losing a joust might entail being dumped from your horse, summersaulting mid-air and landing hard on the ground.
Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille co-founder Patrick Peter has now found a way to combine his three life passions — cars, sailing and horses — into a single event.
On Sunday, September 6 at the Chantilly Chateau, about 35 miles North of Read More
During the 900 miles I drove a McLaren 650S Spider, my heart only stopped twice.
Once was at a gas station at Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde near the Oregon coast.
When you come to a halt in the McLaren, it takes the transmission a couple of seconds to realize you really are stopped, and then it shifts into neutral. But for a brief moment, the car continues to edge forward.
I had taken my eyes off the road, Read More
Last Saturday I did something I haven’t done in quite a while — I took a little road trip by myself.
It’s been a typically hectic few months. I’ve attended car events in Italy, Colorado, California, Oregon and Washington, but I haven’t had any “alone time” with my cars.
The 1967 Volvo 122S “Amazon” continues to be one of my favorites. It’s not as fast as a Porsche or as raw as an Alfa, but between its charming appearance and Read More
Once a year The Gunnison Car Club, under the able direction of Mike Callihan, takes over downtown Gunnison, Colorado, filling the streets with street rods, muscle cars, sports cars and pickups. This year the club selected me to receive The Lee Iacocca Award.
Gunnison is 224 miles from the Denver International Airport — and 1,138 miles from The Lodge at Pebble Beach, where I was the previous weekend. On Saturday, instead of ogling Ferrari Enzos, Delahaye 135Ms and Hemi Read More
Driving up Highway 101 from Monterey to the San Francisco airport, it was clear that the ball was over.
Instead of Monterey Car Week’s sea of candy-colored Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Porsches, a swarm of Kias, Toyotas and Chevrolets peppered the landscape. An occasional modern Fiat 500 served as the token exotic.
This was my 28th year of trekking to the Monterey Peninsula. My schedule was full. Things kicked off for me on Wednesday evening with Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival at Read More
Last year, I made my first visit to the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s and was surprised and delighted. Formerly known as the Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance and held at Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester, Michigan, the concours moved to its new location — the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan — in 2011.
I was honored to be co-emcee again this year, and I enjoyed working with the ever-smiling and extremely knowledgeable Robert Joynt.
The Read More
I’ve just spent a weekend with BMW’s current vision of the future.
There are some rough edges to smooth out, but the hybrid i8 represents the most important effort by a major car company to define what the performance car of the future can be.
Recently I drove a McLaren 650S Spider for a week and got a good feel for what that car is about. It’s an old-line supercar with the typical responsive powerplant, typical responsive chassis and typical Read More
It was 6 p.m., and we were driving towards Perugia, the capital city of Umbria, in central Italy. It was 100 degrees, and we were in the thick of rush-hour traffic. Our day had started in Rome, and we had completed four laps at the Vallelunga track as well as three timed hillclimbs on closed roads. The interior of our 1974 Porsche Carrera was stifling, and we were tired and sweaty.
Our group of four cars, including Team SCM in Read More