Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Professional Stuntman Invitational

Location: The Concord Speedway
Time: June 26, 27 and 28th

The Professional Stuntman Invitational hosts their first annual Hollywood Stunt Show! The show consists of multiple movie cars, classic cars and exciting stunts. Click on the clip below to witness The A-Team van performing a high exciting jump!

The show included cast members from the “The Dukes of Hazzard" series such as Byron Cherry, Don Pedro Colley, Sonny Shroyer and the original duke Jerry Rushing. The movie cars included the General Lee, The Punisher, Starsky and Hutch, Death Race, Days of Thunder City Chevrolet race car and more. The stuntmen for "The Dukes of Hazzard" series were present to showcase original stunts from the popular TV series. It was remarkable to see these stunts live!

The three day event started with a "Meet and Greet" Friday, and continued throughout the weekend with autographs from cast members, authors and classic car show. This was a wonderful event for the entire family to enjoy the amazing thrill of the past movie cars, and the opportunity to hear stories from the cast members.

The event will host similar stunts and showcase more cars for next years show. Congratulations to the PSI crew for hosting a great event!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Fun in the Sun

Tamara, Adam and I enjoyed the start of our summer weather here in Southern California on Saturday. We started our morning at Cars & Coffee in style with Nate and Mike from the Mercedes Benz Classic Center in a 1972 Mercedes-Benz 600 4d Sedan 936 and 170H 2d Convertible rear-engine. There we passed out the latest of the Hagerty's Magazine - The Camaro Craze. If you haven't seen a Hagerty's Magazine check it out online http://www.hagerty.com/lifestyle/hobby_article.aspx?id=42288.

Nate driving the ladies in the 170H 2d Convertible rear-engine to Cars & Coffee.

Reeves Callaway and his friend in front of the Callaway Coupe.

2010 Lotus Evora makes a stop at Cars & Coffee. I really like the new body style. It is much bigger.

2010 Lotus Evora in red, I think this one better than the black. What do you think?

Our next stop for the day was the Fontana Speedway. This was my first time to any race track, so I was excited. It was very cool to walk around the pits full of race cars, drivers and pit crews. The energy was in full force and the smell of tires burning was in the air.

Looking good LA office!

I think you had to have a Mustang to be in this pit.

Can you say fast? That is what they look like to me.

The final stop of the day was Michelle Herrera's automotive photography exhibit at the Bistango Restaurant in Irvine. Bistango has been displaying international artists there for over 20 years. Michelle said she was honored to have her work featured in their beautiful gallery. There was a large crowd of enthusiasts to honor Michelle's amazing work.
My favorite of Michelle's work on display that day. I wonder how much she would sell it to me for?

Saturday, June 27, 2009

True Survivor

Coming to you live in St. Charles, IL! This is my first time attempting to blog fro my phone, so please bare with me. Check out this true survivor. It's a 1954 Corvette, about 3,000 miles on it and has never been touched. The owner still has the original battery. He bought this one of a kind time capsule from the original owner. The story as I heard it, was the original owner bought it new and then got his wife pregnant. He put the car in storage shortly after and didn't do anything to it. His wife recently passed away and he felt it was time to let the car go. The new owner showed me photos of him and the original owner transferring the title. The original owner was in tears because the car had so many wonderful memories. It's stories like this that make me appreciate cars on a deeper level. The new owner is going to maintain this car's integrity and continue to show the world.


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Oakboro Cruise-In

Location: Downtown Oakboro, NC
Time: Every forth Friday from 5:00 to 10:00 pm

The town of Oakboro has a population of 2,000, but when the forth Friday arrives the population triples in size!

Downtown Main St. and side streets were completely filled with classic cars! The show offically starts at 5:00, but classic car owners eager for the perfect parking spot start parking their vehicles at 3:30. It was amazing to see enthusiast of all ages coming out to view their favorite classic car. Classic car enthusiast from 75 miles away travel the long distance to share the stories with fellow classic car owns. The streets were crowed with spectators, and had the unique atmosphere of a "Classic Car Festival."

For me, it was exciting to see the participation of our great hobby, and the cruise-in proves these beautiful classics bring people together. The growth of our hobby is one of the most important issues surrounding the classic car hobby, but after seeing the amazing participation of enthusiast I'm more confident the hobby will continue to grow.

Congratulations to the organizers of this great event! Please visit http://www.oakborocruisein.com/ for additional information on the Oakboro Cruise-In.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Ruby's Diner Friday Night Cruz

Every Friday night from April 3rd to October 30th American Streetrodders host a pre 1974 hot rod, custom, truck, and get-r-done car show in front of the Ruby's Diner in Whittier, Ca. They average 150 cars per week with prizes, a 50/50 drawing and great food. For more information please visit, http://www.socalcarculture.com/Images/CruiseNight_Friday_RubysWhittier.pdf.

The Stein family: Eddie, Lori, Sarah and their dog Libby. I walked around the show with all of them. Eddie and Lori attend the show often, so they introduced me to all of their friends. I even got to take a cruise in their 64 Buick.

Russ a proud Hagerty client in front of his 66 Mustang.

I met Dave and Brittany. Brittany is a lucky girl. Her dad Dave restored that 66 Camaro for her. It's her daily driver....I want one!

A 1956 Nash Metropolitan with 2,000 horsepower. Everyone stopped to watch this car idle through the parking lot.

Lancaster Cruise-In

Location: Sonic Drive-In-Lancaster, SC
Time: Every last Thursday of the month

On your way traveling down highway 9 you will witness a covering of classic cars throughout the lawn of the Sonic Drive-In.

The Memory Lane Cruisers Car Club hosts the cruise-in with a 50/50 drawing, great food and a live musical performance from Marty Vanderlip. Classic cars surround the Sonic Drive-In from front to back. The Vice President of the club, Tommy Harris, mentioned there were over 90 classic cars present and more drove through looking for a parking spot. The idea to block off an adjacent street was brought up in general conversation to accommodate the classics who missed the event.

For me, the atmosphere of the cruise-in was energetic, and listening to the live vocals while walking through the venue set the tone right away. It was amazing seeing the green lawn complete covered with classic cars.

The Memory Lane Cruisers Car Club was established in 1998, and host two car shows during the year. Please email mlccarclub@yahoo.com to request more club information.If you looking to exercise your classic with a friend or car club then the Lancaster cruise-in is the event for you!

Congratulations for hosting a great event!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Bloomington Gold in St. Charles, IL

If you're into Corvettes, check out this show in St. Charles, IL this weekend. I don't have any photos yet, as I'm blogging from the grounds, but imagine the most amazing and rare Corvettes in the world, and you will see this show. Today, I was able to see the 'Survivor' judging, where all the Corvettes in the field were non-restored, original beautys. What an amazing experience! I saw a 54' Vette that still had the original battery and tires! You don't see that very often. Like the saying goes, "It's only original once"! Check out Bloomington's website: http://www.bloomingtongold.com/. Tomorrow and Saturday, Mecum will be auctioning off 400 vettes. There's no better place to auction these rare machines than a place swarming with Vette' enthusiasts!

The Luxury Marketing Council

Tonight I attended the Luxury Marketing Council at Crevier Classic Car Company. This is a monthly networking mixer in Orange County. The topic for the evening was the state of the luxury automobile industry. They had a panel of four speakers: John C. Driscoll the VP/Publisher of Road & Track/Car and Driver, James Clark the GM of Crevier Classic Car Co., Charlie Vogelheim formerly with JD Power and Kelley Blue Book, and Al Parajeckas the GM of Crevier BMW. The men on the panel were all very knowledgeable of the automotive industry and the predictions/trends of the future.

Charlie read list on “who owns who” in the automotive industry. I had no idea that Volkswagen owns so many luxury car companies: Audi, Bentley, Bugatti and Lamborghini.

For more information about the Luxury Marketing Council and meetings in your area go to http://www.luxesc.com/.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Pismo Beach Classic

After the short road trip and a flat tire Tamara and I finally made it to the Pismo Beach Classic for father's day weekend. For those of you who have never attended, it is a 3 day car show on Price Street and the pier in Pismo Beach. Since it is a central location in California, it attracted people from all over the state. This is the largest car show I have been to for some time now. All weekend there were wall to wall people and amazing show cars. They had over 1,000 cars and 100,000 people in attendance this weekend. The cold beach air and strong winds didn't keep people away. We had the opportunity to meet a lot of interesting people and see some really cool cars. Be sure to add this show to your calendar for next year.

Taking a stroll down Price Street on Saturday. I could barely walk there were so many people.

200 of the 1,000 cars cruised the corner of Price and Pomeroy on Saturday night to show off!

A view from the top of Price Street on Sunday.

Tamara and I taking a cruise in the Peterbilt....I mean dreaming about getting to drive this beast!

I think someone likes Elvis...

Our neighbors with Insta Finish let Tamara and I rest our feet after a long 3 day weekend.

As quoted from the man above "my doctor doesn't approve of this message"

Check out the rest of my pictures from this past weekend...

CIVV Father's Day Show 6/21/09

First let me start by saying, Happy belated Father's Day to all! And if you went to the Central Indiana Vintage Vehicle club's Father's Day show and didn't see something you liked, shame on you! They had everything you could think of ranging from Firetrucks to antique semis, to those one-seater things that came out in 2000 with 3 wheels and were electric, what do you call those things again? There were street rods, there were classics, there were muscle cars, jacked up Jeeps, race cars, motorcycles, everything you could think of! If it weren't for my already disproportionately tall figure, I would have stood up on a soapbox and started shouting out how many cool cars were at this show; but I didn't want to scare the children.

As the park filled up with over 200 show cars, I started looking around and realized the location was perfect, plenty of shade, lots of parking, and people buzzing with energy. A special thanks to Dave Shank and the CIVV club for allowing me to partake in such an amazing event! The only way to top this one is to offer helicopter rides next year ;)

Everyone gathering around Terry's 05' Ford GT

What a great military display!

A pair of Morris Minor's even made an appearance

and here are those things again, can't remember the name of them for the life of me!

A couple of time-capsules. This VW bus and semi were done first-class!

1st Annual Carowinds Car Show

Location: Carowinds Amusement Part in Charlotte, NC
Time: June 20th and 21st all day event

The 1st Annual Carowinds Car Show introduced a wide showing of classic and custom collectable cars. In walking throughout the park you would witness groups of classics with the main show located in the near the entrance into the Carowinds Amusement Part.

The show brought together classic car enthusiasts and spectators who are unaware of the collector car hobby. This was a great way to introduce the our exciting hobby to the public, and tell the stories behind each collectable car. The younger generation had a eye popping thrill while glancing inside and outside of each classic car. The concept of having groups of classics positioned in various spots in the park was exciting, and it provides a unique way to grow the interest of the hobby to a new audience.

The security for the classics was top of mind during the show event. A security guard was assigned to each grouping of classics, and Do Not Touch signs were placed on each classic car. The detail to the care of the collector car was truly appreciated.

If you're looking for a true family filled event then this was the show for you!

Congratulations to Koss Motorsports for having a successful event. Please log onto http://www.kossmotorsports.com/ for further show information.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Indy Mopar show 6/20/09

I don't think I've seen this much muscle since going to the gym in college! What an experience! The weather was great, the tunes were jamming, the lots were packed full of cars, and a bunch of money was raised for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. What else could you ask for? This was an open show, so don't think just Mopars can attend. Plenty of other cars showed up and showed their support for a good cause. To see what shows the Indy Mopar Club is putting on next, check out their website: http://www.indymoparclub.com/upcomingimcevents.html.

Great picture with the American Flag flying strong in the background.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Road Rockets Rumble

The 10th Anniversary of the Road Rockets Rumble took place this weekend at the Clarion Waterfront Hotel in Indianapolis. Throughout the weekend, the Indy Road Rockets, planned an amazing show. There was everything you could think of including, seminars, vendors, movies, live bands, and even a pin-up contest! What more could you ask for? Hundreds of rods gathered in the Speedway area to celebrate the love for automobiles. One thing is for sure, you don't see these 'traditional rods' around very much and to be able to see them gather is awesome! Each car has a finish that is unique to the owner. Check out the Road Rockets website sometime to see some more photos and to get involved with these unique rods: http://www.indyroadrockets.com/index2.html

Cruise-In at South 21

Location: South 21 Restaurant-Matthews, NC
Time: Every first and Third Friday from 6:00 to 9:00 pm

There is an excitement about the anticipation of a Friday or Saturday cruise-in, because it's time to relax after a long work week! On the first and third Friday of the month you're bound to notice array of classic cars parked at South 21 while driving down Independence Blvd.

The cruise-in officially started at 6:00, but there were eager cruisers parking their classics an hour before the event. It was amazing to see every year vehicle encouraged to park their collectable car, and not only older classics. The passion for the hobby is in every year collectable car.

Take a look at this '55 Chevy Bel Air! Gorgeous classic!

The venue for the event accommodates over 100 classic cars and hundreds of enthusiat! The 50's theme of South 21 Restaurant is the perfect combination to host the cruise-in event. The event officially ended at 9:00 pm, but enthusiasts were still in the parking lot at 9:30 pm. The cruise-in event is not only a way to showcase your classic, but to socialize with fellow enthusiasts about the passion of a common interest.

Congratulations to the organizers of the event!