Friday, September 30, 2016

Deadliest Car Designs

Here is another tidbit I found on line and thought I'd share with you. As always, let me know what you think either by leaving a comment or dropping me an email at

100 Years of BMW

This year's Dayton Concours d'Elegance celebrated 100 Years of BMW with a special exhibit. The exhibit ranged from the small city car to a modern super car. Included were a 1956 Isetta 300 city car which essentially saved the company from going out of business, a 2005 M3 coupe, a 1976 2002 which cemented the company as a force in rally racing, a 1959 507 which proved that they could make a sports car to rival Mercedes Benz, a 1972 CLS 3.0, and a 2002 Z8.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

More French Cars at Dayton

This year's Dayton Concours d'Elegance featured the Cars From France which brought in a number of outstanding examples of automobiles with which many people in this country are unfamiliar. This group included a 1976 Alpine A110 1600S, a 1984 Renault Encore, a 1987 AMC Renault Alliance GTA convertible, a 1966 Alpine/Willys Interlagos which was actually built in Brazil, a 1985 Citroen 2 CV, and a pair of 1960 Vespa 400s.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

French Cars at Dayton

One of the featured marquees at this year's Dayton Concours d'Elegance was a tribute to the cars from France. Many Americans do not have much knowledge of the rich history that is the French automobile industry. And so the organizers at this year's concours brought in an excellent collection including a 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Binder coupe, a 1961 Facel Vega Facillia, a 1964 Renault Dauphine, a 1971 Citroen DS-21, a 1929 Bugatti Type 35 B that possessed a vast racing heritage, a 1950 Simca 8, and a 1972 Citroen SM sports model.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

15 Unique and Rare Cars

I found this piece about 15 unique and rare cars on line and thought I'd share it with you all. Let me know what you think. Either leave a message on the blog or drop me an email at

Carillon Historic Park

The setting for the Dayton Concours d'Elegance is the Carillon Historic Park. Part of the National Park Service because it contains the famous airplane of the Wright Brothers. But that isn't all. There are 65 acres and 30 buildings on the property housing millions of artifacts.

Proceeds from the concours go to benefit this Dayton area treasure. On the day of the concours even more pieces of history roll in. Some of the cars there to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the concours included a 1966 Pontiac Grand Prix, a 1962 Buick Skylark convertible, a 1954 Chevy Corvette convertible, a 1911 Cadillac Model 30 Touring, a 1917 Marmon Model 34A Raceabout, a 1930 Vauxhaull Hurlingham Boattail Speeder, and a 1957 Cadillac El Dorado Broughm.

Monday, September 26, 2016

10th Annual Dayton Concours d'Elegance

The 10th Annual Dayton Concours d'Elegance was held recently under near perfect conditions. Above average temperatures and a brilliant blue sky greeted car enthusiasts who poured into Carillon Historical Park to see over 200 historical vehicles.

As part of the 10th year celebration, organizers brought back a number of past class winners to be shown once again. Among those returning winners was a 1957 Aston-Martin DB 2/4 Mk III, a 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C2500 SWB Cabriolet, a 1972 All America Racers Eagle which was driven at Indy by both Mark Donohue and Rick Mears, a 1928 Auburn 8-88 Speedster, a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette, and a 1956 Packard 400.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Wrapping Up the Week in Newport

This week I've been posting pictures from this year's Rides on Monmouth show in Newport, KY. With close to 200 cars in attendance there are a lot more to show and I will get tot them later in the year after our season closes. In the mean time, take a look at these cars, a couple of muscle era Chevys, a Dodge Coronet 500, a couple Super Bees, a Chevy Impala, a Nova, and a Ford Galaxy 500.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

A City Wide Event

When a city decides to close down its main street to hold a car show, the whole town had better get involved. In Newport, for the Rides on Monmouth, they do. Live bands, restaurants, specialty shops all are up and running for the hundreds of people who stop by to enjoy the cars. This year on the street was a Chevy Corvair, an old Ford that has seen better days, a customized VW Beetle, a Packard One Eighty, a C2 Corvette, a Pontiac Trans Am, and a C 3 Vette.