Monday, October 31, 2016

Car Collector Chronicles

No, it isn't November quite yet but today Dave Yaros sent out the November issue of his excellent on line news letter about the hobby, Car Collector Chronicles. Dave always has a lot of interesting tidbits in his monthly publication and in this issue he takes a great look at DeSoto.

If you haven't already subscribed to Dave's free ezine, I highly recommend it. You can do so here ( as well as take a look at past issues. They are well worth taking a little time to read.

Best of 2015 at Dayton

Like many other concours events, the Dayton Concours d'Elegance features a class of winners from the previous year. For today and tomorrow I will post pictures from this Premier Best of 2015 class. Today's group features a 1967 Triumph TR 4A, a 1948 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith, a 1970 Porsche 911 S, a 1962 Chevy Nova II, a 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner, a 1965 Ford Mustang fastback, and a 1954 Fiat 8V Ghia.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Special Interest at Dayton

This year's Dayton Concours d'Elegance featured a Special Interest Class made up of a wide variety of interesting cars. Included in this class was a 2003 Chevrolet Corvette, a 1990 Mazda Monster Miata, a 1964 Chevy G-10 Van, a 1947 Diamond T 306, a 1944 Mack Fire Truck Model B, and a 1952 Crosley CD Fire Truck.

Hot Rods and Street Rods at Dayton

There are a lot of cars shows that feature customized rides. Very few of those are concours events. But the Dayton Concours d'Elegance has a Hot Rod and Street Rod Class that draws some of the finest customized vehicles around. Included in this year's class was a 1928 Ford Tudor, a 1958 Volkswagen Beetle, a 1940 Packard 180, and a 1928 Ford Closed Cab Pick-Up.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Performance Cars at Dayton

Muscle and performance cars are always popular draws at any car show, but the powerful machines that are chosen for a concours event more than raises some eyebrows. The Performance Class at this year's Dayton Concours d'Elegance, held at and in support of Carillon Historic Park, was a magnificent collection of historic rides up through 1982. Included in this class was a 1971 Chevrolet Nova SS, a 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner, a 1967 Pontiac GTO, a 1969 Pontiac Firebird, a 1969 Chevy Camaro, a 1967 Ford Mustang GTA Fastback, a 1967 Pontiac GTO, a 1966 Chevy Chevelle 396, and a 1970 Dodge Coronet G/T.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Family Cars at Dayton

The Dayton Concours d'Elegance always has a number of fun and different classes. This year they set aside a class just for family style cars. Included in the All in the Family Class was a 1948 Dodge D 24 Custom, a 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu, a 1964 Chevy El Camino, a 1969 Pontiac Firebird, a 1974 Lotus Europa, a 1973 Porsche 914, a 1969 Chevy Camaro Z 28 coupe, a 1960 Chevy Corvette, and a 1961 Plymouth Fury convertible.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Preservation Class at Dayton

This year's Dayton Concours d'Elegance had a special class for cars that have not been restored. This Preservation Class isn't about barn finds but rather cars that have been taken care of their entire lives. While this was a small class, it did include some amazing cars such as a 1936 Packard Dietrich 1208, a 1918 Buick E-49, and a 1952 Mercedes Benz 170V.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Racers at Dayton

How about we close out the week with some race cars. The Racing Class at this year's Dayton Concours d'Elegance was very strong. Included in this year's group was a 1981 All American Racers Eagles Cosworth which was the first of Dan Gurney's Eagle Indy cars, a 1965 Griffith Series 200, a 1999 Panoz Esparante GTRA, a 1969 Ford Torino raced by Cale Yarborough, a 1989 Corvette Challenger car which is one of 30 raced in that year's challenge series, a 1956 Kurtis Indy Roadster raced by Merrell Bellanger, and a 1951 Packard 200 Deluxe Club Sedan.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Pick-Ups at Dayton

The Dayton Concours d'Elegance has a number of classes that other concours events many not. One of those is a small but impressive Pick-Up Class for trucks through 1980. This year's class included a 1959 Chevrolet El Camino, a 1979 Chevy Silverado C-10, and a 1967 Chevy pick-up.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Driving Into a Battery Powered Future

I was sent this infograph as a submission to the blog. It is all about projections of electric cars and then takes a look at some specific cars looming in the future. Is this what we are all looking at in the future? And how will it affect the hobby? Feel free to leave a message on the blog or drop me an email at

Contemporary Sports Cars at Dayton

The definition of contemporary, especially in the classic car hobby, can vary by any number of years. For the Contemporary Sports Car Class at the Dayton Concours d'Elegance it means cars built between 1964 and 1980. This year's class included a 1972 Porsche 914 1.7, a 1972 Alfa Romeo GTA, a 1974 Porsche 911 Targa, a 1970 Porsche 911 E Euro Targa, a 1979 Chevrolet Corvette, a 1967 Chevy Corvette, a 1968 Porsche 911 L, a 1972 Lotus Elan S4, a 1967 Austin Healey 3000 MkIII BJ8, a 1964 Porsche 356 SC, and a 1967 Jaguar E Type coupe.