High-profile Ferraris top Gooding auction

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Classic car specialists Gooding & Company call their annual Pebble Beach sale a “destination.” And for anyone attending some of the activities surrounding the 2014 Concours d’Elegance here, it would be hard not to notice the majestic Gooding sale tent and adjacent structures. A main parking lot for the concours lay … Continue Reading →

Bonhams classic car auction lures parking

CARMEL, Calif. — Californians are an adventuresome lot. They appear to be willing to spend lots of time in traffic on the way to a destination. For example, the crowd moving slowly toward the grounds of Quail Lodge and Golf Club here. The draw was the August Bonhams classic car auction, a spectacular two-day event … Continue Reading →

Monterey auction lures millions -- of dollars

MONTEREY, Calif.– RM Auctions likes to spread out the anticipation, beginning its annual Monterey sale on the Friday evening before the concours at Pebble Beach, and winding things up Saturday morning. Friday night’s biggest sale was a mid-engine 1964 Ferrari 250 LM — but not just any 250 LM. This one was purchased new by … Continue Reading →

West Michigan concours hosts 85 classics

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. — Lake Boulevard and Lake Bluff Park overlooking Lake Michigan offer a dignified setting for an automotive beauty contest, which is how the Concours of Southwest Michigan describes itself. The 10th annual gathering Aug. 9 included 85 special vehicles. And most of them were dignified as they passed in review before narrator … Continue Reading →

An 'oddball, mundane and truly awful' car show

Everyone knows about the big Concours d’Elegance of America held recently at The Inn at St. John’s, where Duesenbergs and Bugattis and historic Chrysler designs and their ilk were featured on the immaculate golf course fairways. But did you know there was another car show of significance held just around the corner the day before? … Continue Reading →

Elegant Concours adds some hot rods and bikes

PLYMOUTH — Concours d’Elegance are fancy-schmancy schmoozefests started in the 1600s by French aristocrats so they had an excuse to show off their finest carriages. Of course, then came la revolution. But in the 20th Century, concours d’elegance resumed, again to showcase the fine artistry of French coachbuilding, except this time the coaches weren’t pulled … Continue Reading →

Rolling Sculpture warms up Ann Arbor Art Fair

ANN ARBOR — Rolling Sculpture is the automotive warm-up band for Ann Arbor’s immensely popular annual summertime Art Fair. The fair takes over major portions of this university town; Rolling Sculpture limits itself to several blocks of S. Main and its crowded downtown side streets. And while visitors may see many of the same vehicles … Continue Reading →

Some classics came early for Concours d'Elegance

PLYMOUTH, Mich. — Following the earlier excitement of the RM Auctions sale, the evening hours of July 26 provided some peace. And perspective. Several vehicles invited to the July 27, 2014 Concours d’Elegance here had taken their places on the manicured grounds of the Inn at St. John’s. Some still wore their protective wraps. Others, … Continue Reading →

Auto Zone Hobbies store shows off super hobby

BIRMINGHAM, Mich. — Pasteiner’s/Auto Zone Hobbies, a purveyor of automotive books and periodicals, models and graphics here on North Woodward Avenue, has become a regular year-around weekend stop for car lovers. Owners and onlookers arrive early on Saturday mornings to show off their cars or admire others’ rides. And they tend to be serious rides: … Continue Reading →