Events: Milwaukee Concours, big rigs at Carlisle, Minis in the UK

People's Choice last year at Milwaukee Concours, the 1954 Chevrolet Corvette concept| Milwaukee Concours
People’s Choice last year at Milwaukee Concours, the 1954 Chevrolet Corvette concept| Milwaukee Concours

The events of the Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance unfold this weekend for two days of old-car fun at Veterans Park on the waterfront in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

On Saturday, cruise in for the open Show & Glow by the Lake, take part in the Motor Tour for vintage vehicles and enjoy the annual Style and Speed Social.

The main Milwaukee Concours takes to the lawns Sunday, with around 200 special vehicles competing for awards from judges and adoration by spectators.

The Turbonator jet-powered Mini will heat up the strip
The Turbonator jet-powered Mini will heat up the drag strip | Mini in the Park

Special classes this year include Speed, Then and Now, featuring an array of supercars from the 1930s to the present; Alternative Power, with early electric and steam-powered vehicles; Rolls-Royce; Orphan Muscle Cars; the 60th anniversary of Edsel; and Jaguar XK sports cars.

For information, visit the event website.

Great Britain’s favorite little car, the Mini, will be celebrated during the annual Mini in the Park gathering Sunday, August 13 at Santa Pod Raceway, Bedfordshire. The laid-back event features car shows, imaginative competitions and demonstrations on Santa Pod’s famed drag strip.

Among the attractions for Mini owners and fans are such things as the Mini Push, in which teams compete by pushing cars through an obstacle course; Run What Ya Brung racing; a bakeoff of Mini-themed cakes; and blastoffs on the strip by the Turbonator jet-powered mini.

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For information, visit the event website.

The 13th annual Lake Bluff Concours d’Elegance takes place Saturday, August 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lake Bluff Park, overlooking Lake Michigan in St. Joseph, Michigan.

The relaxed scene at the Lake Bluff Concours d'Elegance | Lake Bluff Concours
The relaxed scene at the Lake Bluff Concours d’Elegance | Lake Bluff Concours

Around 85 vintage vehicles will be displayed, including 14 luxurious Packards from 1929 to 1949, Camaros celebrating the model’s 50th anniversary, and eight bold American convertibles in special classes. A special guest will be retired Ford auto designer, Patrick Schiavone, who was responsible for the 11th generation F-150 as well as the fourth generation Mustang.

For information, visit the event website.

The famed Carlisle Fairgrounds in Pennsylvania hosts the annual Carlisle Truck Nationals and Big Rig Show and Shine on August 4-6, featuring everything from mini-trucks and custom vans to monster trucks and semis.

As well as the wide variety of truck-show events, the Carlisle weekend includes such family fare as Phantom Fun Zone for kids and families, monster truck rides in the Virginia Giant, a monster truck show with Big Foot and Snake Bite, frisbee dog excitement via the Disc-Connected K9s and live music.

Special guests at this year’s show are from Hauk Designs, the Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, customizers featured on the History Channel’s TV program Road Hauks. The team is led by Kenny Hauks in the building of unique ultra-powerful vehicles for on or off roading.

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For information, visit the event website

The Muholland Roadster is going Italian | Concorso Italiano
The Muholland Roadster is going Italian | Concorso Italiano

While Concorso Italiano is dedicated to celebrating the evocative cars of Italy, one special automotive guest this year is clearly not Italian. On display between the Ferraris and the Maseratis will be one of the most imaginative and skillful custom cars ever created, the Mulholland Speedster, winner of America’s Most Beautiful Roadster at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California, among its many other prestigious awards.

Constructed by Troy Ladd’s Hollywood Hot Rods, the Mulholland Roadster is a spectacular interpretation of a 1936 Packard that is more work of art than automobile. The all-American beauty should be a show-stopper even at this Neapolitan-oriented affair.

Concorso Italiano takes place Saturday, August 19, at the Black Horse Golf Course in Seaside, during Monterey Car Week. For information, visit the event website.

Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


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