Sometimes, a big red wagon takes me back to my younger days, when I used to ride my Radio Flyer down Chestnut Hill Road at breakneck speeds (yes, I was kind of dumb with those things) for no apparent reason. Seeing this wagon, though, makes me wish I had this Big Red Wagon instead of the Little Red Wagon. But, then again, doesn’t any kid want that?
Sometimes, a car shows up at a Concours and no one notices. When that happens and it’s a run of the mill sort of car, that’s one thing. But it’s a total and utter turnaround when that car happens to be this absolutely stunning yellow Singer, parked all by itself in the back of the show next to the brand-new Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series. Everyone stares at the Turbo S, leaving the Singer to be left alone, and prime for me to take some great photos of it in the rain. There is not a single angle that this car is ugly at–Singer takes resto-mods to a completely higher level, a level that no single company can match. Enjoy the photos of this gorgeous modern classic. Continue reading Goldenrod Yellow Singer at the 2017 Americana Manhasset Concours
Nick posted a lot of fantastic cars from the Cars and Caffe that took place this weekend up at the Garden State Plaza. But, in the words of Monty Python, “Now, for something completely different”. Indeed. Feast your eyes on one of the more ill-fated Honda joint ventures right here, a Sterling 827. This is somehow an Acura Legend but with British build quality and interior trimmings. Few were sold, and fewer are left around. I’m glad, however, that I can now say I’ve seen one and can chalk it off of the bucket list.
People always say that the Pontiac GTO was the first muscle car to hit the streets. They’d be right, and they are right. However, it would be unfair to say it came out of nowhere. Pontiac was making some serious performance strides in the years prior to the GTO hitting the market, and it started to grow some teeth very well with the 421 big block V8 in the early Sixties. This black ’62 Grand Prix ticks all the boxes for an early full-size American land yacht running a racing engine. The obligatory “triple deuces” 3x2bbl carburetor configuration is present and accounted for, along with the four speed manual transmission, positive traction rear end, and very unusual 8-lug wheels (which were designed for better brake cooling). Top it off with some black paint and red leather, and you have a recipe for a handsome and stupid-fast cruise liner. Continue reading 1962 Pontiac Grand Prix “Super Duty” at the Haskell Car Show
The Chevrolet Bel Air is as American as baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie. It’s also, especially in the flashy 1957 trim, one of the most recognizable stars of the 1950s. Chevy started their action by putting out their first OHV V8 in 1955, then made waves with the chrome-slathered styling just two years later. Augmenting that with the Dagmar front bumper points, classy knockoff style wheel covers, and dual antennas, they got plenty of attention from critics, and from the American public. Sales were fantastic, and Chevy hasn’t gotten their mainstream cars to be as stylish since then. GM hit the ground running in 1957–just like the Detroit Lions, who won their final (to date) championship that year. One could say that GM styling peaked the same year their football team did (although there are plenty of examples that prove otherwise). Enjoy the photos of this true American classic. Continue reading 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air Convertible at the Radnor Hunt Concours
A year ago, while waiting to drive the Alfa Romeo 4C, a pale green silent shape caught my eye. Simple, elegant, and utterly stunning, this prewar Packard drew all eyes to its lines as it silently slithered up the lane, strutting its best stuff amongst the noveau riche. Success was had on my end, as I ignored the Jaguar I had finished shooting and the Alfa I was about to go bombing around in, and chased down this sweet Packard. I was glad I did, as it turned into the garage, never to be seen by my keen eye again for the weekend. Enjoy the photos. Continue reading 1934 Packard Coupe spotted at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
Sometimes, a car shows up at a Concours that you wouldn’t expect to see. Citroen 2CVs don’t usually belong, unless they’re picture perfect. Most Malaise-Era cars aren’t usually welcome unless they’ve got a prancing horse, raging bull, or a trident adorning the hood. Well, say hello to the Wreath and Crest, packing a Seventies punch at Misselwood. A Fleetwood may lack the pizazz and the outright ostentatiousness of the Eldorado in 1976 but it was still the most expensive Caddy sedan on the showroom floor that year. This example has covered under 50 thousand miles and carries all of its original paint, bodywork, and interior to this day. I’ve been a fan of the ’76 for years, thanks in no small part to the fact that just a year later, GM turned the magnificent Cadillac into a shadow of its former self. Enjoy the photos of this big, mean, red machine. Continue reading 1976 Cadillac Fleetwood at the 2017 Misselwood Concours
Sometimes, spotting cars in NY is like playing a twisted version of the lottery, where all you win is one number in the Powerball and just get back what you put in. This time, I at least won the Powerball itself, and got myself a nice winner. I must say, it takes some change to drive a Citroen in NY, and more so when its the hard-to-find H Van like this silver one.
No matter what your fancy is, some of the best cars from the famous Cannonball Run were on display at the Greenwich Concours this year. Whether it’s the homage #144 Polezei BMW M5 driven by Alex Roy some years ago across America (a world record winner), the Chevy Malibu police car (my personal favorite), or the Dodge Tradesman ambulance, there was a smorgasbord in attendance. They even had Dan Gurney and Brock Yates’ Ferrari Daytona in attendance–the winner of the second race, and one of the more infamous cross-country cars still around. These cars were true crowd-pleasers, and even Nick, who normally laughs at Malaise-Era stuff, found the Dodge to be amusing (especially when the open exhaust announced the sound of a completely un-muffled small block Dodge). Enjoy the photos of these offbeat rides. Continue reading The Cannonball Run! (sort of) at the Greenwich Concours
Normally, I’m not a big Mustang guy. I usually go after Barracudas from the Sixties and Seventies, because I’m more of a Plymouth guy for that era. But, I make some exceptions, and Roadkill, my personal favorite YouTube show, resurrected this derelict, nasty, trashed old Mustang from a boneyard in Colorado, and got it home. I won’t reveal any details but for this–do not watch this one on a full stomach, because this is one of the most far-gone cars I’ve seen these two rescue. Watch it!
Even as you leave Greenwich, you’re bound to see some nice cars on the way home. This time, I only had to walk a few feet from the car to glimpse one of the finest looking sedans of the 1960s. This little Alfa 1750 was taking up space, and time, in the parking deck, and showing off its best lines while I took a few pictures. It’s a shame that they don’t make cars like this anymore. Enjoy the photos.
By December, the Mark VII was sitting in the garage, in from the cold but not forgotten. I got car parts for my birthday, including a new set of front air springs, a compressor, and rebuild kits for each front solenoid. While I successfully installed everything, the rear failed while fixing the front. Continue reading The Lincoln Mark VII Chronicles, Part IV: Back In The Saddle Again (briefly)