Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Coronado Speed Festival 2009

I attended the Coronado Speed Festival last weekend in Coronado, CA on the naval base to celebrate Fleet Week Hagerty Nicolle flew in from Traverse City, MI to help with the event. The Coronado Speed Festival was full of activities: vintage racing, a car show, a car club corral, displays of Naval equipment, and much more. Check out the video below, this is a preview of what was to be expected this year....

I also took a few videos of he races, please note I am NOT a professional!

Coronado Speed Festival from laura jacobsen on Vimeo.

Watch for #151, it is my friend Bob Stockwell. He rocked it this weekend.

Speed Festival 2009 from laura jacobsen on Vimeo.

Keep your eyes open f the Datsun #68. Adam Carolla is behind the wheel.

Hagerty Nicolle and I working the Hagerty booth. Thank you so much for helping me out!!

Meet my friends Just a Car Gal and Just a Car Guy This is the first time we officially met in person. We all became friends on Blogspot! What can I say, we live in a technology world. Please check out their blogs. They have a lot of great pictures.

The coolest thing I have ever seen at a car show was a Navy Seal jumping out of a plane with an American Flag attached to his foot while they sang the national anthem. I actually got chills. Unfortunately for you I couldn't get to my camara in time, but this gives you a good idea.

Pictures from the paddock

Bob Stockwell getting ready for one of his races.

Pictures of the car show

A few pictures from the car club corral

Monday, September 28, 2009

James Dean and Duck Tail Run

Located only about 15 minutes away from each other, James Dean Days in Fairmount, IN, and the Duck Tail Run in Gas City, IN, might very well be the largest street rod gathering in Indiana for September! Thousands of classics cruised from all over the country to attend the festivities. One thing is for sure, you can't see everything in one day (even though I tried). There's a lot of ground to cover and I found myself getting stopped by every other car, admiring the beauty.

Here are their websites for next year's planning: and . You're sure to see something you've never seen before, like this decked out wagon covered in ducks (above).

or this custom golf cart selling for $18,000 at James Dean!

You can't see from the picture, but this paint job was so amazing, it really looked like the car was on fire!

Have you ever seen so many led sleds?!? They were parked in the front area of the James Dean Days car show.

2nd Annual Darlington Historic Racing Festival

Start Your Engines!

The Darlington Raceway ( host the 2nd Annual Darlington Historic Racing Festival! Racing participants gathered together from 23 States and Canada to experience the track "Too Tough to Tame!" The vintage racers consist of Historic cars, Indy Roadsters, Stock, Modified and Midgets.

Click on the video to view the "Moment in Time" display. Each display of vintage racers had a description explaining the history of the car and driver. This was an amazing display of historic vehicles.

Check out this 1927 Hudson open-wheel racer! This is a gorgeous racer with a brass gas pump and original wooden steering wheel.

This exciting event was interactive for all enthusiasts! Owners of these historic vehicles encouraged spectators to ask questions of the history each vehicle.

The "Legends Pavilion" host question and answer sessions among the racing fans and "Legends of Racing." The racing legends included South Carolina natives Cale Yarborough and David Pearson, Ned Jarrett, Junior Johnson, Marvin Panch and open-wheel legend Johnny Rutherford. Further, each legend was available for autograph sessions for fans.

This was truly an amazing event! If you are a racing fan then mark your calendar for 2010! Please click on for further detailed information on the 2nd Annual Darlington Historic Racing Festival!

See you next year!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

2009 Pebble Beach Concours d' Elegance

Have you heard the this one before? The early bird gets the worm? Well, in Hagerty's world the early bird gets the Dawn Patrol hat! Sunday morning, August 16th 2009, team Hagerty assembles at the valet desk at 3:45 am. We said our good mornings and good nights to those who were still rejoicing over their new purchases from the auction which ended just a few hours before. 3:55 am depart hotel en route to the Lodge at Pebble Beach. 4:10 am - great parking in front of the lodge. 4:15 am walk on the show field to find the Lodge staff is already setting up our tables with coffee and doughnuts for our early risers. 4:45 am two doughnuts consumed, hot tea in hand and the anticipation level of what is about to take place today, for today is the greatest car show in the world - The Pebble Beach Concours d' Elegance.

5:14 am Pebble Beach Dawn Patrol

Hagerty's Team SoCal: from left, Tamara Rhoads, Adam Martin, Laura Jacobsen

Early arrivals to the Concours show field

1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante Coupe
From the collection of Ray Scherr
I love the colors on this car!

6:45 am, the Dawn Patrol crowd is growing...nice blue hats!

1934 Packard V-12 1106 LeBaron Sport Coupe

David Morrison receiving a kind hello from Sandra Kasky-button in his barn find 1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. This car was found in Norway after being put away for more that 45 years. This car is in unrestored original condition.

Bill H Lyon at the entrance to the show field in his 1965 Alfa Romeo TZ2 Zagato Competition Berlinetta. A special mention to his father for squeezing into the passenger seat!

Both of Jerry Seinfeld's racing Porsche's arrive on the lawn

Wow, a mother-in-law seat that is actually being used!

Peoples Choice winner

1955 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Pinin Farina Coupe

from the collection of John La Barbera & Lynn Gabriel

The most sporting Delage that I have ever seen, I love it!

1937 Delage D8 S Letourneur et Marchand Aerodynamic Coupe

from the Patterson collection

The epitome of the French curve

1938 Talbot-Lago T150C-SS Coupe

From the collection of William Jonhston

A crowd favorite!

1949 Fiat Topolino 750MM Coupe bodied by Zagato

from the collection of Scott & Courtney Gauthier

1952 Mercedes-Benz W194 Coupe

Winner of the 1952 24 Hours of Le Mans and predecessor for the iconic 300SL Gullwing Coupe

1930 Bugatti Type 52 half scale electric GP Car
This is our future...A very excited and proud young man showing his Bugatti to the world class Pebble Beach Judges
From the collection of Joseph & Angela Cantore

1911 Oldsmobile Limited 7-Passenger Touring
A true barn find that was in inoperable condition previously was meticulously brought back to mechanical life after a two year commitment by master craftsman, Mark Lizewskie. You should have seen the three-ring binder of documentation for its repair to working order. Congratulations Mark!

from the collection of John W. Rich

1934 Packard Twelve 1108 Sport Sedan bodied by Dietrich
"Ask the man who owns one" is the famous slogan for Packard Motorcars. After seeing this picture, I can see why. The car looks amazing on the show field, great job Jeff and Norman.
from the collection of Robert & Sandra Bahre

Bentley was one of the featured Marques this year. The lineup was amazing and to grand for should have been there!

1930 Bentley Speed Six bodied by Gurney Nutting

The "Blue Train"

My most favorite Bentley of all time.

1935 Bugatti Type 57 Chassis
The Chassis is done and awaits to be reassembled to its artisan body
from the collection of Charles Barnett

1941 Bugatti Type 41 Royale Coupe de Ville bodied by Binder
1 of 6 produced with a sale price of $30,000 for the chassis alone before the body was purchased and made.
from the collection of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. Molsheim France

1937 Horch 853 Voll & Ruhrbeck Sport Cabriolet
from the collection of Robert M. Lee

Mr. Lee's car was surrounded by awe struck enthusiast throughout the day. The lines of the Horch were as mesmerizing as a fading sunset. The shape, the luster, and most of all the presence of the car was in explainable. Many people commented that it was going to be the best in show as soon as it arrived on the show field earlier in the morning.
Congratulations to Mr. Lee who not only took home best of show at Pebble Beach but also at The Quail earlier in the week.