Category Archives: Car Shows

Photo galleries from places we’ve been and events we’ve attended

An Albino Hennessey Venom GT at the Quail

Hennessey Venom GT Quail 2

I think white is an especially menacing color on the Hennessey Venom GT. It’s like an angry ghost, ready to possess you with an insatiable desire for speed.

This one was on display at The Quail, just after the Venom GT had made its 270mph run. This is definitely one of the most insane machines you’ll find on the road.

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Highlights from First Class Fitment 2016, Gallery 1

First Class Fitment Rauh-Welt Porsche 993

First Class Fitment is always an entertaining show to shoot. Every car is different, special in its own way. It is a sea of automotive creativity, and this year was no exception.

Enjoy this first batch of photos!

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1968 Lancia Fulvia Series 1 at the 2016 Scarsdale Concours

1968 Lancia Fulvia Front

What will always strike me about Lancia is just how good they look, even as a normal sort of car. This ’68 Fulvia sat next to a contemporary Ferrari 330 2+2, and still held its own for styling. This isn’t a supercar. It’s not even really supposed to be a sports-styled car of its era. But the eggshell white paint, tasteful minimum of chrome trim, and pert headlights and taillights accent the sharp body lines and bring out the best of the flair that the stylist of the Fulvia put in place. Of all the Italian cars in attendance at Scarsdale last week, this one was my #2, behind the silver 275 GTB (more on that next week) sitting down the street. Enjoy the photos of this offbeat Italian classic. Continue reading 1968 Lancia Fulvia Series 1 at the 2016 Scarsdale Concours

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz at the 2016 Lime Rock Concours

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Front

At Lime Rock this year, I had no idea what to expect, this being my first time attending. What I really didn’t expect was to see a slick black ’57 Cadillac sitting on the field, much less one owned by Skip Barber. This being an enormous, fab-Fifties convertible, it doesn’t make much sense to me that Skip would own one of these, but I’m glad he does, since this car is very tasteful. The black paint and red leather seats go together perfectly, while the parade boot adds a touch of pomp and circumstance–exactly what every 50s Caddy needs. Enjoy the photos. Continue reading 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz at the 2016 Lime Rock Concours

Highlights from the Scarsdale Concours d’Elegance

Porsche 918 Scarsdale Concours 5

We attended the Scarsdale Concours d’Elegance yesterday, and the turnout was great considering the iffy weather. This is a highlight reel, focusing on the details of the whole show. Look for individual galleries of many of these cars in the future. As you might imagine, the orange Porsche 918 Spyder above was the center of attention. Also, that American Flag Stingray is the car from the movie Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.

Turnout to the show was a little light this year, but the cars present were all of staggering quality. It figures that the people who really want to be at the show would also have the best stuff.

Enjoy the gallery!

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Spyker C8 Spyder at the Radnor Hunt C0ncours

Spyker C8 Spyder Radnor Hunt 1

Spykers are immaculate hand-crafted sports cars made in Holland, and they’re quite rare. Luckily, this one shows up at many local car shows, so we get to see it a fair amount. Get a load of that pleated leather interior and the exposed gear linkage.

Enjoy!

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1968 Shelby GT500KR at Lime Rock

1968 Shelby GT500KR Front

Bright yellow works on a good many cars. But eye-scorching, retina-searing yellow works even better on the Shelby GT500KR. This is one of the most over-the-top garish colors I’ve ever seen, and in the sunlight it pops like nothing I’ve seen in some time. Packing a 428 cubic inch big-block Ford V8 coupled to a four-speed heavy-duty manual transmission, the GT500KR was an expensive thrill ride for the fortunate and knowing few who could get their hands on one. I imagine whoever first ordered this car had zero shame and feared no one. Enjoy the photos of this gorgeous old-school rock star car. Continue reading 1968 Shelby GT500KR at Lime Rock

1966 Porsche 906/Carrera 6 Racecar at Radnor Hunt

Porsche 906 Carrera 6 Racecar Radnor Hunt 2

The Porsche 906 comes from the end of the era when racing cars really could be used on public roads. I mean, imagine a LeMans LMP car blitzing past you on the highway today. It’s a pretty incredible thought, and that’s exactly what the Porsche 906 was.

Just 50 Porsche 906s were produced, and they’re all worth millions of dollars at auction today. I haven’t seen one since my visit to the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart a few years ago, and this was really the first time I’ve looked closely at one.

Like so many Porsches over the years, the 906 won’t shock you with its raw numbers. It’s 2.0L flat six produces 220hp, or a little less than a modern Honda S2000. Not too crazy, right? Well, when you consider it also only weighs 1,280lbs, you’ll find the 906 has a better power-to-weight ratio than the current 991 GT3 RS, even with its mighty 4.0L engine.

Ah, the merits of lightness…

Enjoy the photos.

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This Purple Challenger Hellcat is a Rolling Middle Finger Aimed at Everything Society Holds Dear

Purple Dodge Challenger Hellcat 2

There’s a reason Toyota doesn’t offer the Camry in “Bright F*cking Purple.” That’s because it takes a certain kind of person to pull it off, and most of them aren’t interested in a forgettable family sedan. They are, however, interested speed, style, and badassary in general.

As it turns out, the 707hp Dodge Challenger Hellcat is quite appealing to purple-car-driving people. The audacity of the color suits the personality of this apex muscle car so well. I’d even say it’s my favorite color on the Hellcat, bar none.

Red cars are for people who think their hot-shit. Black cars are for people who think their a badass. Purple cars are for people who just want to start shit with the world. I mean, it’s a “girly color,” right? Go ahead and tell the guy driving this that, and you’ll probably be staring at a set of taillights before you even know what happened.

This purple Hellcat reminds me of Johnny Cash’s song, “A Boy Named Sue,” because it seems to inherently provoke the world. Its a 200mph muscle car in a world where the highest posted speed limit is 85. It’s entirely unacceptable, if you go by the rules of society. Luckily, we still live in a world with a decent bit of social wiggle room. Cars like the Hellcat can still be driven on public roads, you can exploit its massive performance freely in between speed traps.

Oh, and on top of its insane color, this Hellcat also had a manual gearbox. No excuses needed. It always breaks my heart when I see one of these beasts with only two pedals.

This is pretty much how I’d spec-out my own Hellcat. It’s always awesome to see one of my exact dream cars in person, in the parking lot at the Lime Rock Historics. I hope you enjoy seeing this car as much as I did.

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1991 Dodge Spirit R/T at the Radnor Hunt Car Corral

1991 Dodge Spirit R:T Front

A Dodge Spirit does not belong in a Concours. It belongs in a Cars and Coffee if and only if Grandma Mildred or Grandpa Irving need to make a morning run to the local Pathmark to get fresh bread before the grandchildren show up. However, what you’re staring at today is not a normal Dodge Spirit. Carroll Shelby (may he rest in peace) got ahold of this one, and managed to turn a pereniall snore-mobile into one of Chrysler’s more eclectic fast sedans. Continue reading 1991 Dodge Spirit R/T at the Radnor Hunt Car Corral