Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

American Dream Cars

08/20/2015

Editor's Note: Contributor Ken Visser is an Automotive Photographer and Concours Judge, as well as a Computer Tech at Discovery Communications. He's an enthusiast of generally anything that moves and is excited to share his work with Velocity fans. Reach out to him about his incredible photographs at karmakvisser@yahoo.com. 

When speaking of dream cars, we have to look at our American market for some inspiration.  Even so, we have to break up the American market into segments.  I thought I would start with Muscle cars.  

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The 1965 Shelby GT-350 photographed at the historic Churchill Downs in Louisville Kentucky.  I was invited to judge the Ferrari class at the inaugural Louisville Concours d'Elegance.  You can see the famous twin spirals in the background.

This is the real deal, first edition of the Shelby GT-350 that really had a raw element to it.  Back seat delete, battery located in the trunk (this was changed during the production run for 65),  Koni adjustable shocks, special semi-racing Goodyear tires.  The motor was bumped up to 306 hp plus heavy duty braking gives you a pretty stoudt package.

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The 1967 GTRX Hemi 440 was a very classy looking muscle car with some very good styling cues.  The above car is one of 7 that year with a 4 speed tranny.  375 hp and and 480 lbs of torque made for a smokey tire stew. 

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OK, so maybe its not an American car but its still ultra cool.  It comes from the Garage of Andy Cohen of Junkyard Empire.  The car started life as a 1973 XB GT Ford Falcon Coupe and then modified to fill its role in the first Mad Max movie.  Andy recently got the blower working on one of his episodes.

 

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Car Collection Sets Record-High Sale Price

08/14/2015

It's no surprise that the first major news story to come out of this week's Concours d'Elegance at Pebble Beach is about money-- lots and lots of money. A collection of twenty-five vehicles, owned by a single anonymous Floridian car collector tipped the scale at a cool $67 million, surpassing the previous record of $65 million. The collection lived up to its name-- "Pinnacle Portfolio: A Rare Collective of Automotive Distinction".

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The top car in the collection- '64 Ferrari 250 LM- hammered at $17.6 million. According to the auction's website it is considered "one of the very best in existence" and is the 23rd of only 32 ever produced.

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Bringing in the second heftiest sale price car a '98 McLaren F1 LM, which should for $13.75 million. The speedster was the 63rd and second-to-last road-specification F1 ever built. It now stands as the highest-selling McLaren ever at auction.

Check out the Pinnacle Portfolio cars in the video here and read more about the individual models and their respective documentation here.

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Click the image above to watch a video that teaches you how to win at the Concours. 

Wayne Carini Visits the Elegance at Hershey

08/04/2015

Editor's Note: Contributor Ken Visser is an Automotive Photographer and Concours Judge, as well as a Computer Tech at Discovery Communications. He's an enthusiast of generally anything that moves and is excited to share his work with Velocity fans. Reach out to him about his incredible photographs at karmakvisser@yahoo.com. 

The Elegance at Hershey just held it's fifth iteration at the Hotel Hershey.  This is a top notch concours d'elegance featuring Pebble Beach quality modes of transportation.  And where ever you have a collection of fine automobiles like this, you have a good chance of Wayne Carini from Chasing Classic Cars showing up in something befitting the occasion.

And what day isn't brightened by the genuine smile of Wayne piloting a rare beast on a fine lawn?  (or brick path)

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Here we see Wayne Carini pulling up in his 1933 Ford-Auburn "Louis Special" Roadster. The radiator is a cut down unit from a L-29 Cord.  The fenders were apprehended off of an Auburn.  The power comes from a 37 flat head 221" Ford.  David R Addison put this all together and then raced the Ford-Auburn at Bonneville in 47 and then again at the Pebble Beach road races.  The car was "discovered" in a container in California back in 2004.  It was restored and took a class award at Pebble in the late 90's.

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Dream Cars, Did Someone Say Dream Cars?

08/03/2015

Editor's Note: Contributor Ken Visser is an Automotive Photographer and Concours Judge, as well as a Computer Tech at Discovery Communications. He's an enthusiast of generally anything that moves and is excited to share his work with Velocity fans. Reach out to him about his incredible photographs at karmakvisser@yahoo.com. 

So Velocity is running Dream Car Week.  That got me to thinking about what are my dream cars? That's a tough question to digest.  I had to break it into genres of cars.  So I figured I'd start with some exotics.

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You might be hard pressed to start with two more exotic automobiles.  On the left we have the McLaren P1.  It only produces an anemic 903-hp gas/hybrid from its 707 hp V8 plus 170 electric motor.  If you are one of the 375 lucky potential owners, you'll cough up a good 1.2 million.  That hefty price gets you zero to sixty in 2.7 seconds and the governor restricts your top speed to 217 mph.

And what about that redhead on the right?  That's your very mundane LaFerrari.  Here we have a 6.3 liter V12 creating 788 hp at 9250 rpm redline.  Then you add the 161 hp electric motor. 499 people will have the chance to land one for 1.3 million dollars.  That bags you zero to sixty in 2.4 seconds and a mfr limited 217 mph.  

The photo taken at the Radnor Hunt Concours d'Elegance last year.  It took some convincing of the handlers on both sides.  We had a 918 on site as well (see below) but we couldn't find the keys to the Porsche.  Interesting to see them in proximity.  Take note of the similar door structures and other details. 

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Why 38?

07/17/2015

Editor's Note: Contributor Ken Visser is an Automotive Photographer and Concours Judge, as well as a Computer Tech at Discovery Communications. He's an enthusiast of generally anything that moves and is excited to share his work with Velocity fans. Reach out to him about his incredible photographs at karmakvisser@yahoo.com. 

Flip flops, I hate flip flops.  Now let me tell you why.  The other day I'm stopped at a light by the Damascus High School minding my own business.  I just happen to glance at my rear view mirror and I get a glimpse of headlights.  

Lady behind me was wearing flip flops.  They get tangled up in the pedals and she hits the gas.  No braking involved, so she hits me square on the bumper, which translates the energy through me into the trailer hitch attached to the Explorer in front of me.  

Needless to say, my car takes the double whammy and off to the Damascus Motors autobody for repair we go. With that, I get a rental-- a Dodge Charger.  I look like a cop in this thing!  After driving it for a few days, I took notice that the volume highest setting is 38.  

Thirty-eight?  What corporate group think study group came up with that number?  

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So 38. Not 11 for you Spinal Tap folks.  Or 42 for you Hitch Hikers Guide the To The Universe fans. But 38.  I would have loved to listen to that bureaucratic debate.  "Well our survey shows that our male demographic is looking for something more impressive.  I say 57."  "Well Biff, too much in my mind.  I think a gentler scale 0 to 10."  "William the third, the boys at Ford have higher numbers on their cars.  We're talking 0 to 77."  "We must not lose the MVN (Maximum Volume Number) race.  Let's have another 3 studies"

Let's see what the MVN is in your car.  Looking forward to documenting what other manufacturers are doing out there.Now for your further entertainment, since we are looking at radios, let's look at what holds them, the dashboard.  Here are a couple I picked from my archives.

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