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
Lamborghini’s recently dethroned (but still insanely awesome) Nurburgring champ was at Driven By Purpose last weekend. Lamborghini corporate was kind enough to lend the car for the event, and people loved it. White and black is always a stunning combination on an angular Lamborghini shape, and I love the tricolore stripes down the side.
I haven’t seen too many of these NSX Convertible conversions around, and this is the first time I’ve actually stopped to really take a look at one. It looks pretty much factory in most respects, and that’s about the biggest compliment one can give. The NSX definitely looks good as a roadster.
Driven By Purpose hosted their New York Harbor Iconic Event this past weekend, benefitting Make-A-Wish New Jersey. This capped off a wonderful weekend my girlfriend had in Jersey City / NYC. She works for Make-A-Wish and I volunteer at many of the larger events, which (obviously) can have some perks.
Some really incredible cars showed up, and the scenery of Manhattan at Liberty State Park was totally breathtaking. I’m really looking forward to next year’s event, which is supposed to be even bigger and even better.
Enjoy this highlight gallery, there’s a lot more where this came from.
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
I could not take my eyes off of this Pagani Huayra BC at the Greenwich Concours this year. Maybe it was the fact that this was the first Huayra BC I’d laid eyes on in person, or maybe it was the fact that it was my ideal spec for a Huayra, but something about this particular car just wouldn’t let me walk away. In all I took over 300 photos of it, whittled down to 40 or so for this gallery.
The Huayra BC is the hardcore Pagani Huayra turned all the way up to eleven. Not only has Pagani turned the boost up for 789hp over the standard Huayra’s 730hp, but they’ve also dropped the BC’s weight to just 2,685 lbs. That’s like four Toyota 86’s in a car weighing 100lbs less than a Toyota 86. In fact, the Huayra BC is so light compared to its hybrid hypercar rivals that it’s power-to-weight ratio is actually superior to that of the Porsche 918, McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari.
The Huayra BC is an unbelievable machine, a dream car among dream cars. Like all Paganis, it’s full of immaculate fine details, from every minute bolt up to those jaw-dropping gullwing doors. I could not take my eyes off the car because there was just so much detail to to take in. Now I invite you all to share in the wonder that is the Pagani Huayra BC. Enjoy!
This hornet colored Bugatti Type 55 was tucked off in a corner of the show at Radnor Hunt, but it still caught everyone’s eye. With a magnificent paint job and a fine wood interior this is French roadster is as classic as they come. Just imagine cruising the Riviera in this thing…
We had a beautiful day yesterday for the Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance. There were some incredible cars in attendance, and we took hundreds of photos. Here are a few highlights for you to chew on…
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