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Copperstate closeups: Delighting in the details



Yesterday, Bob Golfen presented an Eye Candy gallery featuring the cars taking part this week in the 25th anniversary Copperstate 1000 vintage sports car rally. Today, I’m offering up three mini-galleries of vehicle details that caught my eye — and my camera lens — when the Copperstate contingent was assembled on the baseball field Sunday at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Yes, I took photographs of many of the cars, and many more of the cars that I especially wished I could be driving — for example, Rick Rome’s Sunbeam Tiger, Mike Fisher’s Bocar XP-5, Richard Belveal’s Jaguar XK140, Tom Thornhill’s Lancia Aurelia B20S 2500 GT — wow, this list is getting long and I’m not close to being finished — Carter Emerson’s Maserati 3500 GT, Scott McPherson’s amazingly blue Volvo P1800S, Terry Hall’s Porsche 356A Speedster, Mike Green’s AC Aceca, Todd Tupper’s MG Arnolt Bertone cabriolet…

I’m often fascinated by the badges that adorn cars, especially those that are unusual, that you don’t see at every local cruise-in.

And wheels often make for interesting photographs, especially the intricate designs of wire wheels.

And while I often walk past cars such as the Shelby GT350 Mustangs — yes, admit it, I’m spoiled because it seems they are everywhere at important cars shows, and even more so, this year, their 50th anniversary year. And there were a bunch of them on the Copperstate — nine of them — which means they were outnumbered on the rally only by Ferraris (21) and Porsches (10).

What caught my eye, however, wasn’t that there were so many GT350s, but the racing stripes on their hoods, and that, in turn, made me focus on the racing stripes on some other cars as well.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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