Nick and I spotted this oddball Seventies ride while walking around Carmel during Concours weekend. The Pacer’s story is one of a car that was intended to be ahead of its time, but turned out to be a hodgepodge of components that made a poor whole (too much glass for the interior, one door longer than the other, ugly looks). The Pacer has a following as an offbeat collector car, and seeing one on the street today is relatively uncommon.
While in Carmel during Concours Weekend, pretty much anything in the world of cars is fair game. Ferrari F430s become commonplace, Bentley Continental GTs clog all the roads, and a Honda Civic becomes a rare sight. But, of course, there’s always something so unique and off-the-wall that no one expects to see it. In this case, someone took a humble stretched Lincoln Town Car and turned it into something straight out of Jurassic Park, complete with a roof rack, forest camo paint, and a bull bar with fog lights. A raised ride height and off-road tires complete the look on what is, in my personal opinion, the ultimate way to ride through the Apocalypse.
Last winter, I was driving home from a haircut, and decided to take a path through Dover for a slice of pizza. I passed a local body shop and saw a red shape with the prancing horse in the corner of my eye–forcing me to then turn around and pull into the shop. I examined it, and it turned out to be this 599 GTO just sitting in the shop. This was the very first GTO I’d ever seen, which still makes it very special to me.
This past Sunday, Nick and I attended the Scarsdale Concours, just a stone’s throw away from New York City. Started in 2003 by a pair of high-school students, this show has grown to a respectable size. This year, the Best of Show winner was this drop-dead gorgeous 1950 Abarth 205 berlinetta, one of only three ever built. This particular one was the last one produced, and the only one with a two-tone paint scheme. It was shown at the Turin Motor show as well, in this color scheme. Hit the jump for more pictures. This car, thanks to its absolute rarity, classy lines, and race car breeding, definitely deserved its award, and we hope to see it at other Concours in the future. Continue reading 1950 Abarth 205 at the Scarsdale Concours→
This is a submission from our friend Drake who we met while out in California for this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance. He found some great cars, many of which we did not catch out there. There is also some solid footage from the Quail event. It is a bit long, but you will be drooling the whole time. Solid spotting. Subscribe to Drake’s Youtube profile for more videos like this.
the port from the Greenwich Concours, we took a tour of a hugely expensive yacht, and then took a walk around the lot, and saw this Interceptor convertible sitting in the parking lot with a Dodge Viper right behind it. This marina sponsored the Concours, and probably costs somewhere in the area of $400 per night. Gorgeous car, gorgeous yacht, and a very nice hotel–what’s not to like?
I’ve only seen two of these despite their high production numbers (relative to other hypercars). The fact that I saw one just a week before the California trip makes seeing another in such succession a really cool outcome of events. This particular example was parked outside a very expensive boutique, among a few other supercars, such as the F430 Scuderia behind it and a Lamborghini Diablo VT that showed up too. Carmel is one expensive town, and this car (and its cronies surrounding it) are pretty clear proof. Hit the jump for more photos. Continue reading Spotted! Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, Carmel, CA→
Race cars have been a bit foreign to me. Over the years, I’ve paid attention to one thing or another, but my attention seemed to drift toward road cars. But then, just a couple of weeks ago, a few events set in motion, and I’m thinking quite a lot differently. Thanks to a few emails and some luck, I took a ride in my first race car, a Porsche 996 ex-Grand Am car, owned by Tom Hassett. Continue reading A Ride Like Nothing Else.→
We were amongst the crowd at the launch of the Pacific Grove Rally this year during Concours Weekend in the Monterey area. This is a very fun event, one that is refreshingly informal (and free) during that weekend. The cars are a mixed bunch too with everything from vintage Rolls Royces to your average Mustang. Continue reading The 2011 Pacific Grove Rally→
So I’m walking out of a local bank and I see a fire-engine-red Viper swing into the A&P lot across the street. I follow it…and it has a handicap sticker sitting in the windshield? If this guy is handicapped and driving a Viper GTS (which is a challenge even if you’re perfectly healthy), he deserves a medal. It was a little scratched up, so it certainly didn’t look like it sat in a garage constantly.
There was supposed to be a massive car show today at the Birchwood Manor in northern NJ today, but due to the threat of thunderstorms, the officials postponed it to next week. On my way back home, I spotted this slick lime-green 1934 Ford coupe (complete with some nice flame outlines) about to find out that the car show was cancelled.