Horses and Horsepower — the 2nd Annual Chantilly Concours

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

Just the Amazon and Me

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

A Weekend With The Gunnison Car Club

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

Quick Takes from the Monterey Week

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

Concours at St. John’s Continues to Impress

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

BMW i8: The Shape of Things to Come

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