The field at Das Awkscht Fest in Pennsylvania was quite varied. While there were Packards galore and plenty of excellent American and foreign classics, oddball cars ruled the realm in a very big way. This 1969 Vista Cruiser got my attention rather quickly. With a factory-mounted CB, fake wood, and the all-important clear roof paneling, and fetching whitewall tires. Before SUVs became CUVs and minivans ruled the world, this was how the kids got driven to school, day camp, and off to Coney Island. Enjoy the photos. Continue reading 1969 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser at 2018 Das Awkscht Fest
The Patrician was Packard’s most expensive standard model for 1956, and being that the model line was about to become a Studebaker clone the very next year, it’s a great thing that the lineup in ’56 looks as good as it does. The Patrician is a very rare vehicle now and to see one with the two tone paintjob and all of its gold trim like this is a special treat. With Packard as Das Awkscht Fest premier marque this year, I’m glad that someone brought out the top Packard available in its last great year, right under the wonderful Caribbean. Enjoy the photos. Continue reading 1956 Packard Patrician at Das Awkscht Fest 2018
The Alfa Stelvio QV is the SUV to have if you really wanted a high-performance sports sedan, but needed AWD and some extra practicality. This red one was at Concorso Ferrari, and I fell even more in love with it there.
Everyone loves Rodney Dangerfield. And here he is, telling us all how to be the greatest auto mechanic ever. I gotta say, he’s right on the money.
This gem was in the showroom for the Cars and Coffee meet at Porsche of Princeton. The cars that showed up were great, but this GT3 Touring was probably my favorite car there. The spec was exquisite. Enjoy the gallery!
Usually, I’m a bigger fan of Hudson in darker colors, as the thicker shades hide some of the rather unusual lines. This time, I was mistaken. This ivory convertible Hornet is exactly what the “Step-Down” design should be, and I’m happy that I was able to photograph it last fall. Not many convertibles survive from this model line, and with a sunvisor, wire wheel covers, wide white wall tires, and slathers upon slathers of chrome, I couldn’t resist the allure. Enjoy the photos of this rarely-seen American boulevard cruiser. Continue reading 1952 Hudson Hornet Convertible at the AACA Fall Meet in Hershey
This elegant barchetta by Zagato is still my personal favorite modern Aston Martin. The wail of a naturally aspirated V12, operated via a manual gearbox, with the wind in your hair… it’s just about perfect!
Context is everything. We all make our judgments off of our own experiences prior to the present in an effort to navigate most-effectively through the world. I had been looking forward to getting behind the wheel of an Infiniti Q60 Red Sport for a while. Infiniti’s range-topping new coupe with more zest than its predecessor, largely thanks to its twin-turbocharged engine making a hefty 400hp. Yes, surely the Q60 Red Sport would be as good as I remember the Q50 Red Sport being, but in a more stylish package. There was a problem this time around, though, a problem I hadn’t had before I drove the Q50 Red Sport. Right before I drove this Q60 I drove an Alfa Romeo, and that set the context bar pretty damn high.
Had I not experienced the Alfa in such close proximity, I’d probably be writing something very similar to what I wrote about the Q50. Something along the lines of “Well done, Infiniti, you’ve upped the bar!” But my experience in the Alfa gave this drive so much more contrast. It highlighted all of the major areas where the Q60 is severely lacking as an enthusiast car.