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Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival Homecoming 2017

Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival 2017

Saturday Concours in Eckhart Park, Auburn, Indiana, as part of the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival. (Cars On Line Photo by Kelly Kluft)

Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival … Labor Day
Homecoming in Auburn, Indiana

The Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival is a Homecoming for all the vintage motorcars produced here at the Auburn plant as they find their way back home to Indiana. The annual Labor Day Homecoming is such an amazing display of Americana that we count it as one of the major car shows to add to your bucket list. Cars On will be here all weekend to capture the event “live” for you in photos and video.

The Concours in the Park provided an opportunity to get up close to these moving pieces of art. Here are some of the hundreds of Auburns, Cords and Dusenbergs that made it back to Eckhart Park for the giant reunion:

After the concours in Eckhart Park in Auburn, all of the Auburns, Cords and Duesenberg lined up for a spectacular Parade of Classics down Jackson Street and to the Courthouse. Here is what our photographers captured in video:

The Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival is in full gear, running August 27-September 4, 2017. We are here at the headquarters of the Auburn Automobile Company, where pre-war Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs were designed. Although, Duesenbergs were actually built in Michigan, the Auburns and Cords were produced right here in the old plant on the grounds of what is today the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum.

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

No trip to Auburn, Indiana is complete without a stop at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. Entering the museum is like stepping back in time. It offers over 120 cars on exhibit on three levels. Nine automotive themed galleries allow visitors to experience everything from classic cars to racing and engineering themed exhibits.

A statue of E. L. Cord stands outside the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn, Indiana. (Cars On Line Photo by Kelly Kluft)

Those who enter the museum will find themselves standing in the original Auburn Automobile Company art deco-styled showroom. Here you’ll see Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg motorcars of the classic era 1925–1937. Take a look below:

Other exhibits include the Gallery of Special Interest Automobiles, the Gallery of Excellence and Innovation, and the Gallery of Auburn, Indiana Automobiles to name a few. Below are just a handful of vehicles you’ll see throughout these exhibits:

For more information about the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, please visit their website:

Auction America’s Auburn Fall Auction 2017

Meanwhile, at the Auctions America Auction Park, the Auburn Fall Auction 2017 by Auctions America will run August 31-September 3, 2017. Some of the finest classic motorcars will be on sale here to the highest bidder along with muscle cars, street rods and customs.

1932 Packard Eight Sport Phaeton SOLD at the Fall Auburn Auction 2017

1932 Packard Eight Sport Phaeton SOLD on Friday here at the Fall Auburn Auction 2017 for more than the estimated value. Price at the hammer: $166,100. (Cars On Line Photo by Brian Fruzen)

Click here to get a review of Saturday’s Auburn Fall Auction sale.

Every evening in downtown Auburn, the streets near the heart of the city are packed with classic cars from yesteryear. The logo says:  “Come celebrate the legacy of the Auburn Automobile Company in Auburn Indiana, where automobile and art converge.”  One of the billboards on the way to Auburn says, “It’s not just a car … it’s a Time Machine.”

Upper Mississippi Valley Studebaker Drivers Club Zone Meet

Upper Mississippi Valley Studebaker Drivers Club Zone Meet

Upper Mississippi Valley Studebaker Drivers Club Zone Meet in Brookfield, Wisconsin, August 23-27, 2017.

Studebaker Drivers Club Meet Judging Field

They did a great job planning the Upper Mississippi Valley Studebaker Drivers Club Zone Meet this year.  The Brookfield, Wisconsin venue is perfect for cruising and special events. Located just outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the night life is almost as good as the daily driving events.

The Wisconsin Region Studebaker Drivers Club (WRSDC) is hosting the 2017 Upper Mississippi Valley Studebaker Drivers Club Zone Meet, August 23-27, 2017 at the Sheraton Milwaukee in Brookfield. As of Saturday, there were over 100 cars registered for the event. It is a a great fun-filled event for the general public and Studebaker drivers alike. Cars On Line will be covering the event this year. Be sure to bookmark this page and review it all weekend as our photographers add fresh Studebaker photos from the event.

Here is a taste of some of the cars that were on hand here on Saturday:

The meet is divided into Unofficial Days (Aug. 23-24) and the Zone Meet (Aug. 25-27). On Wednesday, Aug. 23, participants did a tour of Miller Park, the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Stadium, and the Miller Brewery in Milwaukee. During Thursday, Aug. 24, participants traveled to the Harley-Davidson Museum.

Open to the public, visitors were treated to a comprehensive display of unique Studebaker vehicles from the company’s more than 150-year history.

The Studebaker Brothers began their path to automobile production by first building horse-drawn vehicles in 1852. Studebaker began building electric cars early in the century but quickly turned to gasoline-powered cars. Studebaker would also be the only manufacturer to successfully switch from horse-drawn to automobiles.

The company grew to employ thousands of people who manufactured automobiles, trucks and military vehicles in plants located in South Bend, Ind., Los Angeles, Calif. and Hamilton, ON, Canada. Over the years, Studebaker became well known throughout the world for their unique, advanced designs and had a reputation for building durable vehicles until the end of production in 1966. Studebaker merged with Worthington Corporation after car production ended and owned several different companies until the entity was sold to McGraw Edison in 1979.

Today, more than 12,500 members in the Studebaker Drivers Club (SDC) share a passion for all things Studebaker. The purpose of the Studebaker Drivers Club (SDC) was, and continues to be, to remember the Studebaker automobile and all of the Studebaker-related products. Most SDC members also belong to one of more than 100 chartered local SDC chapters like the WRSDC in most U.S. States and Canadian Provinces. There are also SDC chapters and affiliated Studebaker clubs around the world.

Reno’s Hot August Nights 2017

Hot August Nights 2017 downtown parade

Hot August Nights 2017 wraps up with the Sunday morning parade which lasts for hours. It is a fitting end to one of the truly great American car shows.


Reno’s Hot August Nights 2017
America’s Biggest Tribute to the Car Culture  …

SUNDAY, Reno, NV — Hot August Nights 2017 always puts on a great show on Sunday morning with a giant parade of collector cars through downtown Reno. The cars file two abreast down Virginia Street, and the spectacle lasts for hours. Every car that could make it here gets to be in the parade. The license plates are from every state west of the Mississippi River.

Beautiful show quality cars are on display along Virginia Street. The show stretches for about ten city blocks down the main drag. It is impressive. Hot August Nights 2017, August 8-13, is one of the top car shows in the U.S. with over 10,000 cars  congregated at the Reno area casinos and downtown show displays this weekend.  They anticipated several hundred thousand spectators for the six-day event. Our readers know that Hot August Nights is Cars On Line’s favorite car show.

Awards for the downtown show were given out. There were winners for each day of the show and an overall winner for the week. Here is a montage of photos showing the winners here at Hot August Nights 2017:

The Hot August Nights 2017 Cup Award went to the Mulholland Speedster, a 1936 Packard Model 1401C Roadster, owned by Bruce and Peggy Wanta of Bellevue, Washington. The epic roadster was custom crafted by Hollywood Hot Rods and had previously been named America’s Most Beautiful Roadster at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California. The incredible custom build featured a Disappearing Top (retractable hardtop.) With a check for $30,000 for first place, Hot August Nights 2017 offers the highest payout of any car show in the country. Over $100,000 in cash and prizes were paid to the Top Five finalists in the Hot August Nights Cup competition.

Here are the photos from the awards ceremony, including the Top Ten contenders for the Hot August Nights Cup Award:


Reno’s Hot August Nights 2017 is America’s biggest car show. In fact, it is more than a car show, it is a tribute to the car culture. People come from all over the world to see it. That’s because Reno has it all: nightly cruises, show and shines, a swap meet, collector cars for sale and drag racing in the desert. Recalling the days when cars were the culture here in the USA, cruisin’ and cars were the way we celebrated summer. Not to mention, Reno is an adult playground where every major casino has a car show on its grounds each day.

Cruisin’ at Hot August Nights 2017

Cars On Line will be bringing you all the action in photos and videos from Reno’s Hot August Nights 2017 this weekend. Starting on Friday you’ll see some of our posts here on this page, with updates in real time. Be sure to bookmark this page to enjoy Hot August Nights 2017 through our camera lens, just like you were here yourself. I’ll bet by the end of the weekend, you’ll have it on your bucket list.

Cruisin’ happens every night during the week-long show. Click the video window to see to see the action on Thursday evening:

There’s nothing like cruising at Hot August Nights under the famous Reno arch as thousands of people crowd along the streets to get a look at all the cars.

Friday Night Drags in Sparks

Remember Friday night drag races? Well, here in Sparks, Nevada they still remember the Friday night ritual. Nightly drag races are part of the show at Reno’s Hot August Nights 2017. Registered show participants can make passes at the track each night during the week-long car show. Here is what you’ve been missing:


Stay tuned to this page to see stories and photos from Hot August Nights 2017.

NSRA 2017 Street Rod Nationals

Giveaway Car at the NSRA 2017 Street Rod Nationals

Ty Hauer of Reisinger Customs mimicks the reaction of Rick Abbott of Shepardsville, KY when he won the 1933 Ford Coupe GiveAway Car at the NSRA 2017 Street Rod Nationals on Saturday. (Photos by Bob Boberg of


Final Day at NSRA 2017 Street Rod Nationals …

At the NSRA 2017 Street Rod Nationals on Saturday, Rick Abbott of Shepardsville, Kentucky became the luckiest Car Guy in the world when he won the 1933 Ford Coupe Giveaway Car in front of thousands of fans in Freedom Hall. It all happened in Louisville, Kentucky where the National Street Rod Association is holding its 48th Annual Nationals, August 3-6, 2017 at the Kentucky Expo Center.

Here is the 1933 Ford 3-Window Coupe built by Reisinger Customs out of Evansville, Indiana.

This is the hot car show to attend this weekend. Already on Friday morning there were almost 10,000 street rods registered here. This could be the biggest Nationals ever for NSRA. Some people are estimating 12,000 to 15,000 cars and trucks are on the grounds. Click through the slideshow below to get a taste of the kind of action we’re seeing here at the NSRA 2017 Street Rod Nationals:

Five of the Great 8 Award winners from the Detroit Autorama (Ridler Award competition) are here at the NSRA 2017 Street Rod Nationals this weekend. We came across the 1941 Ford Pickup owned by Ed Sears in the Builders’ Showcase. The Builder’s Showcase here at the Nationals has some of the finest custom work in the country on display. Ed described how this incredible build came about, and how One Off Rod & Custom did the restoration. Click the video window below to hear the interview:

We found the 1930 Ford Model A Coupe (Great 8 winner) built by Cal Automotive Creations out of Bennington, Nebraska in this display.  Andy Leach of Cal Automotive Creations and a former Ridler Award winner, was on hand to tell us about this one-off build. Click the video window to hear the interview and see how Andy designed this old school looking hot rod:

Remember the 1949 Chevy Custom C10 Pickup from the Ridler Award competition at Detroit Autorama this year? It was built by Collvins Customs in Mt Vernon, Texas. It is one of the top cars in the Builder’s Showcase here in Louisville this weekend. You’ve gotta’ see the trick mods on this one. Here is Bobby Collvins to explain the build. (Click video window below.)

You’ve gotta’ see this interview. It’s one of the wildest rides here in Louisville this weekend. We interviewed Anton Lanesky of Anton’s Hot Rod Shop in Hiram, Ohio about his 1950 Studebaker Starlite Coupe with the Patriotic Theme. This is one of the top builds here at the NSRA 2017 Street Rod Nationals and it is a one-off for sure. Click the video window below to watch the interview:

Larry Griffey of Larry Griffey’s Hot Rods & Restorations in Knoxville, Tennessee was on hand here with his Great 8 Award winning 1954 Corvette Custom. He told us a little about the build. (Click the video window here to catch the interview.)

We discovered this 1935 Auburn Boattail Speedster Resto Mod here at the Builder’s Display in Freedom Hall. David Joyce, of Joyce Custom Cars, Inc, was available to talk to us about this spectacular build. They built the car for Phyllis Lambert of West Virginia. Here is the background on the build:

Cars On Line will be here all weekend reporting on the NSRA 2017 Street Rod Nationals for our readers. The NSRA is one of the oldest and largest street rod clubs in the U.S. They really know how to put on a car show. So our photo journalists, Bob and Donna Boberg of, are on hand to take photos and video of the event. Watch for their posts on Facebook and Twitter.  If you love the American hot rod, you’ll want to see the NSRA 2017 Street Rod Nationals through our camera lens.

You can imagine our excitement here in Louisville, Kentucky anticipating one of the biggest street rod shows in the country. This is a big show. It is the signature event of the year for the National Street Rod Association.

In addition to the 10,000+ street rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and resto mods, there will be a giant manufacturers area with all the new innovations and equipment related to custom car building. They say over 300 manufacturers are here to show you their products and innovations during the NSRA 2017 Street Rod Nationals. In addition, we’ll bring you to the giant swap meet, an arts and crafts show, Woman’s World, and NSRA Street Kana Auto Cross races.

Watch for our posts on Facebook so you can participate in selecting our Readers Choice Award for the best street rod or custom at the NSRA 2017 Street Rod Nationals.



Elkhart Lake Brian Redman Challenge at Road America

Concours at the Elkart Lake Brian Redman Challenge at Road America

We came up here to the Elkhart Lake Brian Redman Challenge at Road America this weekend, just for the fun of it. No work, all play. Saw some old compadres who are, surprisingly, still racing. The atmosphere after all these years is just as raw and intoxicating as it was when I came here as a teenager. People still come to camp out and watch the races, just like they did back in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Looking around, some of those cars are still here as well.

We happened to walk out of a restaurant in downtown Elkhart Lake when we realized we were smack dab in the middle of a sports car concourse with exotic sports cars and old race cars all looking like brand new.

Without being too corny, I realized the too often quoted phrase from the Forrest Gump movie applied perfectly here. “Local car shows are like a box of chocolates … You never know what you’re going to find.”

Parked next to a camper in the pit area at the Elkhart Lake Brian Redman Challenge at Road America I spotted an Allard J2X like the one Steve McQueen used to own. I stepped closer to read the hand written description on the windshield to find out that this one had been driven to victory by Carroll Shelby and Jim Kimberly (of the Kimberly-Clark family) in a Brazilian enduro race. That would perk your interest a bit wouldn’t it? Not something I see everyday.

Concours at the Elkart Lake Brian Redman Challenge at Road America

The streets of tiny Elkhfart Lake were packed with people who had come to see the cars on display in the downtown area. There was a 1968 Camaro Z/28 Convertible which had been the Road America Can Am Series Pace Car at one point. Of course, they did not make a convertible Z/28 … except for this one which was commissioned for Pete Estes, Chevrolet General Manager. The sign on the display said it was a “one-of-none” meaning it was a concept car that survived after all these years. This car sold at auction in 1991. It was the first production muscle car to sell for more than $100,000.

1956 OSCA Maserati, the Elkart Lake Brian Redman Challenge at Road America

A tiny, small-bore 1956 OSCA Maserati MT4-TN was on display in the concourse at Elkart Lake. You talk about provenance. This car took first place in the 1956 Elkhart Lake Enduro Race with Carroll Shelby and Jim Kimberly driving. It is one of only 72 MT4-TN roadsters built by the Maserati brothers under the OSCA name. When the Maserati brothers split with their patron Adolfo Orsi in 1947 they were not allowed to build a car under their own name brand. So they continued building small-bore race cars under the acronym OSCA (stands for “Officina Specializzata Costruzioni Automobili.”)  These cars were built by the Maserati brothers from the ground up, purpose built to be race cars. The four-cylinder engine is said to have had incredible acceleration. The MTN-TN roadster you see here was purchased originally by Jim Kimberly. It won Sebring in 1958.

Looking like brand new, this 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra was on display in the Elkhart Lake concourse. What a treat to see. The had written sign on the windshield said it was one of just 32 narrow hip Cobras produced. They estimate that there are probably only 20 of these cars left in existence. This one has never been restored, but had a repaint in 1974. It is in amazing condition.

Could not talk to the owner, but this 1961 Ferrari 350GT  California replica is said to be the one from the 1986 cult movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” If this is the actual car it was restored by Modena and has a 427 motor. One of three replicas by Modena used in the movie, it is the one that was actually driven in the movie. It sold at a Mecum Auction in 2013 for $235,000. As the story goes, when it was restored, Modena left one little dent in the car as a tribute to its movie roll.

See what I mean? You go to what you think is going to be a little car show, and what do you find? This show was a diamond in the rough. Be sure to look for our Cars-On-Line Car Show Calendar online. It lists all those special shows which might be coming up in your area. Otherwise, you’ll never know what you’re missing.



Carlisle Events Hosted First Hurst Nationals

1973 Hurst Oldsmobile at First Hurst Nationals

We are under the distinct impression that Carlisle Events  may have hosted the first Hurst Nationals this past weekend. While our Cars On Line Car Show Team was providing our readers with live coverage of the Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals we visited a smaller display of Hurst vehicles on exhibit at the Carlisle Fairgrounds.

By luck, we happened to bump into Rich Truesdell, author and photo historian, at the exhibit. Rich teamed up with Mark Fletcher to write the book “Hurst Equipped.” It was written about the 50 years of Hurst involvement in automotive production and high performance.  Truesdell also edits the Legendary American Motors Magazine. Because of his incredible knowledge of the cars in the exhibit we did a video interview with Rich. You may click the video interview below to discover interesting facts about Hurst’s involvement with various auto manufacturers.


Here is a review of the Hurst display. (Photos by Bob Boberg of

You would assume that there was a natural association between Mopars and Hurst since Hurst-Campbell built the 1968 Dodge Hemi Darts and 1968 Plymouth Hemi Cudas back in the day. But we think the real reason Carlisle Events had this exhibit is that they would like to host a Hurst Nationals as part of their summer schedule of auto events. We think they were testing the waters for bringing a new event to the Carlisle Fairgrounds in the future. Is it possible that we were seeing the First Hurst Nationals this weekend?

Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals

Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals

The Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals is a sea of Mopars today. Great weather for the final day of the event here in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. (Photos by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.)


Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals, Final Day …

CARLISLE, PA – July 16, 2017 — As we prepare for the final day of the Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals, the weather is cooler than yesterday and the sun is out, so it is a perfect day for a car show here in Central Pennsylvania. For today, at least, this is the center of the Mopar kingdom. They expect over 3,000 cars on display. For Mopar lovers, this is a good as it gets.

We are here at the Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals to get a chance to experience a little slice of Mopar Heaven. The Cars On Line Car Show team will be bringing you all the action here this weekend. And the action will be intense. What would a Mopar Nationals be without a burnout contest, right? Here you go:

As a wrapup on Saturday’s action, we did an interesting interview with Dodge representative and TV personality Steve Magnante who is here unveiling the new 2018 Dodge Demon. He talked to our onsite photographer, Bob Boberg of For some insights on Dodge’s much anticipated Demon click the video window here:

Bob and Donna Boberg of are here at the Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals to bring you their take on this important event. If you can’t make it to the show, you can always say you saw it here on Be sure to bookmark this page to get in on all the action. Here is what we have seen on the show fields the past few days:

Covering the Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals was all about dodging the rain here on Friday. So we looked at some of the indoor exhibits. We found a display of Plymouth GTX and Hemi cars. It is the 50th Anniversary of the Plymouth GTX this year. Here is a taste of what we found:

People were already buying and selling in the Giant Swap Meet area here on Thursday. You’ll be amazed at the size of the swap meet, the variety of vendors, the car corral and the Manufacturers Midway.

This year, in addition to the displays of Mopars here at the Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals, there was also a special display of Hurst Cars. We think this display was put on by Carlisle Events to gauge the interest in having a Hurst Nationals here at the Carlisle Fairgrounds. For a full report follow this link to see photos and videos of the Hurst Exhibit.




Buick Club of America 2017 National Meet

Buick Club of America Celebrates in Wisconsin

The City of Brookfield, Wisconsin gave a warm welcome to the Buick Club of America for their 51st National Meet. Click here to go to their website. The Meet lasted from July 4th through the 9th. The prestigious club invited attendees to partake in transportation-themed tours including a visit to the Spirit of Aviation Museum and a tour of bikes and brews at the Harley-Davidson Museum and Miller Brewery. Of course, Buick Club members and show goers brought their Buick’s en masse to take advantage of 400 point judging, Archival recognition, the Driven Badge of Honor, and for simple enjoyment.

Other attractions included an impressive swap meet dominating the north parking lot, a car cruise around scenic Pewaukee, Pre-war Division meeting, and more!

Photos by Doug Bennett

Iola 2017 Car Show Honors Pony Cars

Iola 2017 Car Show

On Saturday at the Iola 2017 Car Show we spotted a rare 1957 Pontiac Bonneville Fuel Injected Convertible cruising the grounds in the Blue Ribbon Concours.

Iola 2017 Car Show & Swap Meet …

The Iola 2017 Car Show & Swap Meet is honoring Camaros, Firebirds and Pony Cars from the Trans Am Series. It is the 50-Year Anniversary of the Chevrolet Camaro and the Pontiac Firebird. One of the big displays today included Camaros, Firebirds, Mustangs, Cougars and Mopar Pony Cars. As always, there were great cars and trucks from all eras represented as the 45th Annual Iola 2017 Car Show convened in little Iola, Wisconsin, July 6-8, 2017. Once a year this community puts on one of the top ten best car shows in the country. The giant swap meet is like no other in size and quality of parts. If you can’t find it here, it doesn’t exist.

While we were taking a break from searching the swap meet fields, we caught some of the excitement at the Pass In Review in the concours area. Here is some video of the Pass In Review:

The Chevrolet Camaro and the Pontiac Firebird are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year. So the Iola 2017 Car Show decided to invite Camaro and Firebird owners to bring their cars for a special display. While they were at it they invited some of the top Pony cars that competed against them in the SCCA Trans Am series back in the day. Here is a slider of the cars we saw here today:

When you go to the Iola Car Show one of the areas to take in is the Blue Ribbon Concours. Here you will find cars which are on display by invitation only. Needless to say these are some of the finest in the country.

If the Iola Car Show is unfamiliar to you, you may want to put it on your bucket list. It is well worth the effort to experience this show at least once. Here are some of the stories from past shows we have attended in Iola, Wisconsin.

Review of the 2014 Iola Car Show


2017 Amelia Island Concours – Best Car Show On The East Coast

2017 Amelia Island concours RM/Sotheby's Auction

On Saturday at the 2017 Amelia Island Concours the top sale at the RM/Sothey’s Auction was a 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Cabriolet. The hammer price was $7 million exactly ($7,070,000 including sales commission.) Photo by Bob Boberg of


2017 Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance

It was just announced here at the show field during the 2017 Amelia Island Concours that the two top awards went to a 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider for Concours de Sport, and a 1935 Duesenberg SJ 582 Dual Cowl Phaeton for the vaunted Concours D’Elegance award.

The ’39 Alfa Spider is part of the A. Dano Davis Collection in Jacksonville, Florida. In its day the right-hand-drive Alfa Lungo Spider was the most desirable sports you could buy.  Only 12 Touring Spiders were ever produced. Only seven were produced with the long chassis as this one has. Most of the Lungo Spiders were used for racing. This car was raced in San Paolo in 1949 and 1950. After that the car disappeared from public notice until 40 years later when it was redone.

The ’35 Duesenberg SJ is owned by Terence Adderley from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. It is a Torpedo Phaeton designed by Gordon Buehrig himself. Mr. Adderley said it was one of the last Torpedo Phaetons built. It was born a Duesenberg J with custom coachwork by the A.J. Walker Company. But the Wisconsin buyer was not happy with the car and sent it back to Indianapolis where it was updated with a supercharged SJ-582 engine. It has a 420 ci overhead cam engine. In supercharged form it is said to produce 320 horsepower.

But there was much more to see on the show field on Saturday:

The 2017 Amelia Island Concours, March 10-13, 2017,  will be one for the history books. In its 22nd year, the The Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance moved to a Saturday timeslot for the first time. Usually the concours would be held on Sunday afternoon. For the first time in its history the fast moving Amelia Island Concours staff had to modify their schedule and reset the event for Saturday instead of the normal Sunday venue. The potential for torrential rains on Sunday afternoon was not good news for owners of six figure valued vintage classic cars. So the Concours officials made the call to reset the event for Saturday. The crowds were heavy along the concours field. The change did not seem to dampen the enthusiasm for seeing these incredible vintage motorcars.

This is what it is like to be here at the 2017 Amelia Island Concours:

The Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance is the biggest event of its kind on the East Coast, and rivals the pomp and circumstance of legendary events such as Pebble Beach and the Meadowbrook Concours scheduled for later in the year.

“This show brings in cars from all over the world,” our photojournalist Bob Boberg told us. “In its 22nd year, the concours is growing in prestige and excitement. You see cars here that you’ll never see anywhere else.” Boberg and his wife Donna will capture the show in photos and video for our Cars On readers.

The show, starting on Friday and running through Sunday, March 13, 2017, is a world class exhibition of automotive history. There were over 300 rare vehicles from collections from around the world. Most of the activity revolves around The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach and The Ritz-Carlton.

Saturday at the RM/Sotheby Auction

On Saturday we will be there at the 2017 Amelia Island Concours when the RM/Sotheby’s Auction presents some of the most valuable motorcars in the world. What a blend of vintage motorcars, race cars and American classics. Here are some of the top sales for the RM/Sotheby’s Auction.

We will be on hand to capture all the action this weekend for our readers just as if you were here yourself. You can also follow our posts on Facebook and Twitter. The highlight of the show weekend will be the announcement of the 2017 Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance Best of Show awards on Saturday afternoon.

Be sure to stay tuned to this page for all the trending news from the 2017 Amelia Island Concours. Get the auction prices here and on our Twitter feed.


Gooding & Co at 2017 Amelia Island Concours

Among the top events during the 2017 Amelia Island Concours weekend is the Gooding & Company Auction. They stole the show yesterday when a 1998 Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion crossed the auction block for $5,665,000, the top sale so far here at the East Coast’s most exclusive concours show.

Here are the top sales from Friday at the Gooding & Company Auction:


Already on Thursday the Bonham’s Auction saw a seven figure sale. When a 1955 Ferrari Europa GT sold for over $2 million yesterday afternoon the mood was set for more auction action. Here is a review of some of the top marques at the Bonhams Auction:

1949 Chevy C-10 Pickup Makes Great 8

A 1949 Chevy C-10 Pickup owned by Robby Collvins of Mt Vernon, Texas has earned the right to be called a Great 8 award winner here at the 2017 Detroit Autorama. The Michigan Street Rod Association placed the Great 8 award trophy in Collvins’ show display yesterday. Now the owner will be on pins and needles until Sunday when one of the top eight cars will be chosen as this year’s Ridler Award winner.


We talked with Robby Collvins this morning. Look closely at this one because it is not just another pickup truck. He showed us where the whole bed and fender area were fabricated from a 1955 Cadillac Eldorado, including the quarter panels and rear body panels. Note the fat fender styling. Way cool, but still very old school. The wood in the bed is all laminated wood which is native to Northeast Texas. It is all unfinished.

“We designed the paint,” he said. “One off paint from BASF which they will probably release after the show.”

Robby told us his ’49 Five Window Chevrolet has been chopped, channeled and sectioned. It sits on a 2005 Corvette chassis, so the running gear, motor and transmission were originally out of a Corvette.

“We built the 5-bar Chevy grille in house,” he told us. “We wanted to stay with the 5-bar factory grille. But it looked too much like it belonged on a school bus. So we built it, improved on it.”

“We designed the wheels off an old Cadillac hubcap. We took the Cadillac hubcap, modified it and the wheels were made by Colorado Customs.”

“The seats are made of vegetan leather. They’re made a lot like the way you construct a saddle. They are all hand sown, water formed and given the vintage luggage look.” And indeed they do have an old school effect.

Look at this 1949 Chevy C-10 Pickup closely because it has all the elements of a true Ridler Award winner. We have the feeling this one will be a strong contender. It was built by Robby’s shop, Collvins Customs in Mt Vernon.


1966 Corvette Called Split Ray Named Great 8 Pick

1966 Corvette Called Split Ray

A 1966 Corvette called Split Ray made the cut to be one of the Great 8 award winners here at the 2017 Detroit Autorama. It is generally felt that if you make the Great 8 your car is one of the top eight custom show cars in the country. Now owners Dennis Johnson and Scott Roth will be biting their nails until Sunday evening when the 2017 Ridler Award winner will be announced from among the top eight contenders here at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit.

The Split Ray monicker is a play on words. The 1966 Corvette called Split Ray has been entered in the Autorama judging in the Radical Sport 1963-67 category. The car was built by The Auto Shoppe of Burlington, Vermont. It is all about speed and performance. The Auto Shoppe even made it “look” fast. It is a true wide body with an extra 6 -3/8ths inches added to the center of the car down the middle. The Corvette is channeled and the gills have been relocated for effect. The front end is dropped and restyled. The floor was dropped and has en enclosed driveshaft. Cooling for the supercharger is integrated into the body.

The engine is an LS9 Superchared 6.2L putting out 638 horsepower, 604 ft-pounds of torque. It features a T56 Magnum 6-speed. The interior is high quality Richmond leather relicate with styling much like a 2015 Z06.

1930 Ford Model A Coupe Called After Thought

1930 Ford Model A Coupe After Thought

A 1930 Ford Model A Coupe called After Thought has made the cut to be in the Great 8 this year at the 2017 Detroit Autorama. Ted and Colleen Hubbard of South Bend, Nebraska are the owners. They had the car built by CAL Automotive Creations in Omaha. Andy Leach and his team at CAL Automotive Creations have been here before. They won the Ridler Award in 2013. Now they’re back with their “After Thought.” The “cast-look” is a basic theme of the design.

The 1930 Ford Model A Coupe will be competing in the Altered Street Coupe, Pre-1935 class. With 18 basic body modifications and eight major chassis mods, this old school hot rod was refabricated top to bottom. The 1932 original style rails were re-worked, pinched, sectioned and a higher kick-up over the rear was basic to the structure. It has hand made, cast-look cross members. The one-off machined wishbones hold it together underneath. Houdaille friction shocks are recessed into the frame with cast-look I-beam. It has a ’32 heavy dropped axle.

The interior has some basic design technique which may not be immediately noticeable. It uses a 3-D modeled cast-look. The machined transmission and driveshaft tunnel match the machined door and trim. It has a ’57 Olds themed dash all hand made to capture the original aesthetics and produced by Classic Instruments. Notice the one-off column mounted tach. The interior upholstery was done by the Recovery Room.

The wheels are a one-off design and made to look like Hallibrand style wheels. They are made for this vehicle by Evod.

The body and paint were done by Charley Hutton Color Studio.

Elegant 1933 Ford Renaissance Roadster Wins Ridler Award

Elegant 1933 Ford Renaissance Roadster

Buddy Jordan’s 1933 Ford Renaissance Roadster will take home the 2017 Ridler Award. The announcement was just made here at the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit, Michigan. The selection of an elegant high tech 1930’s street rod is a knod to the Detroit show’s roots in the street rodding hobby. Click the video window below:

Nancy and Buddy Jordan’s elegant 1933 Ford Renaissance Roadster made the cut Friday to be selected for the Great 8 here at the 2017 Detroit Autorama. No one could have known at that time that it would become a legend in its own time by winning the 2017 Ridler Award. It is a more modern looking build with everything beautifually hand built and fabricated. Everything on this car is a custom modification. The paint and bodywork are exquisite. The design was by Chris Ito and Steve Frisbie. The street rod was built at Steve’s Auto Restorations in Portland, Oregon where they hand built and CNC machined it from aluminum, steel sheet, tube and billet. Amazing effort.

View dozens of photos of the 1933 Ford Renaissance Roadster and the awards ceremony:

Steve’s Auto Restorations has long been a leader in steel and aluminum fabrication in the Pacific Northwest. The body was hand crafted from aluminum sheets. The frame was hand built from steel. The front suspension is an independent split tube axle with remote shocks, and rack and pinion steering with CNC machined tie rods. The rear suspension uses CNC machined A-arms, uprights and half shafts; remote shocks, and Mustang IRS third member.

The engine on the 1933 Ford Renaissance Roadster is a GM Performance Anniversary Edition 427 using an aluminum block and heads. The transmission is a GM 4L60 with smoothed case, CNC pan, and a CNC machined tapered aluminum driveshaft. The headlight buckets were hand formed, as was the custom shaped rear bumper. Front bumper was CNC machined.

The detail is incredible.

Phoenix Phantom 1929 Ford Pickup Makes Great 8

Phoenix Phantom 1929 Ford Pickup

His Phoenix Phantom 1929 Ford Pickup was one of the cars selected to the Great 8 on Friday here at the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. So Dennis Portka of Hamburg, New York is a step closer to his dream today. The car he built with his own two hands will be a contender for the 2017 Ridler Award. Brian Fruzen of the Cars On Line car show team interviewed him when the Great 8 banner was placed in his display.

Dennis told us he spent 24 years putting the details together to complete his Phoenix Phantom 1929 Ford Pickup.  He figures it took 13,500 hours of work to put it together. All of the sheetmetal and bodywork were done by Dennis. He also did the Glasurit paint with basecoat and clearcoat. The upholstery was done by Joe McDonald at Z-Best, with pinstriping by Terry Buczak.

It is almost unheard of these days that a custom car hobbyist working on his own could complete such a project without expensive shop work. And then for him to win a Great 8 award really is a complement to his efforts. We commend Dennis for his accomplishment.


GTP 1932 Ford Tudor Contends for Ridler Award

GTP 1932 Ford Tudor

The GTP 1932 Ford Tudor built by Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop has made the Great 8 in Detroit this weekend. It was announced on Friday that the custom Deuce sedan had made the cut at the 2017 Detroit Autorama. It is now one of the top eight cars in line to be chosen as the 2017 Ridler Award winner here. The car was built for George Poteet of Memphis, Tennessee. Poteet is a long standing patron of the hot rod hobby. He is a former Ridler Award winner.

The detail and aesthetics on this GTP 1932 Ford Tudor are exquisite. e.Black Design out of Portland, Oregon designed the car. (They were also the ones who designed the 1936 Packard, America’s Most Beautiful Roadster at the Grand National Roadster Show last month.) The car was initially rendered by known artist and designer Eric Brockmeyer. The engine was designed and built by Automotive Specialists Racing Engines in Concord, North Carolina. The transmission was built by Bowler Performance Transmissions of Lawrenceville, Illinois.

Immediately after hearing that a Pirelli Great 8 award standard had been put in their display, Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop put out this post on Facebook. Click here to see the post.  Alan Johnson is one of the premier builders who is well known for his expertise in build Deuce Ford customs. He will be one of the top builders on the panel for a discussion today starting at 1 PM at the Cobo Center. Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop is located in Gadsden, Alabama.


1941 Ford Pickup Called Gold Standard Great 8 Pick

1941 Ford Pickup Called Gold Standard

A 1941 Ford Pickup called Gold Standard was selected to the Great 8 during Friday’s session of the 2017 Detroit Autorama here in downtown Detroit, Michigan. Anxious owner, Ed Sears of Annapolis, Maryland waited Friday morning when his classic custom pickup was chosen to compete for the legendary Ridler Award. Each of the top eight cars selected to the Great 8 will be a contender to win the vaunted Ridler Award here on Sunday evening.

“The Gold Standard,” Sears’ nickname for his 1941 Ford Pickup, will be a contender for the 2017 Ridler Award as much for its aesthetics as it will be for its great build. It has a Flathead with a detailed Ford 8BA block updated with today’s high performance technology and three Stromberg 97 carburetors. It is bored and stroked, has a Winfield Performance cam and Navarro aluminum heads and manifold. It is ported, polished and relieved, and comes with a serpentine belt system. Quite an impressive engine.

Interestingly, the 1941 Ford Pickup called Gold Standard was built with an electrically operated hood, electric seats and electrical bed cover.

1954 Corvette GM Concept Tribute Competes For the 2017 Ridler Award

1954 Corvette GM Concept Tribute

No surprise, a 1954 Corvette GM Concept Tribute car was picked to be a contender for the 2017 Ridler Award here at the 2017 Detroit Autorama yesterday. It was picked as one of the Great 8 award cars in the competition. The car is a completely refabricated custom tribute to the GM Concept Corvette promoted in the 1954 GM Motorama shows. Larry and Robbie Griffey are the owners from Powell, Tennessee. It was built by Larry Griffey’s Hot Rods & Restorations in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Beginning with a 1954 Corvette Roadster body, Larry Griffey and Chuck Powell did the original body and chassis modifications to create this custom design. They included a removable hardtop and roll-up windows just as GM had done in the 1954 concept car. These features were not actually available on a Corvette until 1956. The build also includes modern day technology, a lower hot rod stance and improved performance and handling. Its features will remind you of the actual Motorama concept car.

Some of the many body modifications to the 1954 Corvette GM Concept Tribute include: a tapered body drop with 2 1/2″ at the front, 1 1/2″ at the A pillar and 1″ at the rear. The body was widened 3″ in the rear and tapered to 1 3/4″ inch wider in the front. The cowl vent was removed and re-contoured to accept a 1956 Corvette windshield. The rear hatch was modified so as to accept a 1956 Corvette removable hardtop. Passenger compartment was reconfigured in real steel to make it safer. All fuel lines, brake lines and cables are hidden. A custom hood scoop was used to accomodate the supercharger. Remote latches were installed, and the doors were split and widened with steel structure to accomodate power windows.