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Motorcar Cavalcade shakes up the concours classes

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Organizers of the inaugural Motorcar Cavalcade, scheduled for January 28-30, 2022, at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry, promised a new twist on the concours d’elegance — and they are delivering. 

Instead of the usual concours classes, such as pre-war American classics or post-war European sports, the classes will be:

1952 Volkswagen
The ’63 Corvette wasn’t the only split-window coupe. Remember the ’52 Volkswagen?
  • Doors: Gullwing, Pocket, Suicide, Scissor, Canopy
  • Glass: Curved, Split, Monocle, Flat
  • Sound: From Antique to Muscle to Hypercar
  • Dashboard: Switches, Gauges, Binnacles, Clocks
  • Lights: Stacked, Adaptive, Tilt-ray, Halo, Projector, LED, Acetylene
  • Cockpit: Seating, Consoles, Steering Wheel
  • Utility: SUV’s, Safari, Working, Offroad
  • Paint: Remarkable Colors and Combinations
  • Finish: Bare Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Exposed Carbon Fiber, Wood
  • Power: Gasoline, Diesel, Steam, Hybrid, Electric
  • Engine: 3 cylinder through 16
  • Mirrors: Flying, Racing, Fender, Wing

As part of the vehicle submission process, car owners are asked to declare in which category they are entering their vehicle. 

Not only does the lineup of classes challenge car owners, but so too, judges likely will have to adjust the scope of their evaluations. For example, does the glass award go to that huge rear window on the mid-‘60s Plymouth Barracuda or the split rear backlight on the ’63 Corvette coupe? 

Classics in the sculpture garden

Ann Norton sculpture garden
Marion Montgomery, Sam Lehrman and 1933 Rolls- Royce Phantom II Henley Roadster | Carrie Bradburn / Capehart photo

Collector cars are featured sometimes in the most unusual of places. Consider, for example, the Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance taking place in a baseball stadium. Or the recent and fifth annual “Sculpture in Motion” event at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The event features pre- and post-war classics, as well as grand marshal Donald Osborne, and honored Palm Beach County Gold Star families and veterans.

The event concluded with a Grand Tour Parade of Cars on the island of Palm Beach in the mid-afternoon.

“Throughout history, cars have reflected innovation… kinetic art, industrial design, and skillful engineering inspired decades of rolling sculpture that enabled early transportation, elegant travel, and racing history,” the gardens notes on its website. 

“Automotive design is in fact a reflection of our imagination and what the future may hold. Design is everywhere, but a car is personal.  The rich history that accompanies the commission of some of the most extraordinary vintage vehicles in our history is an inspiring message.  Innovation is a theme throughout this exhibition, confirming that art, science, and technology go hand in hand.”

Awards went to a 1935 Auburn Boattail Speedster (Most Artistic), a 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Henley roadster (Most Elegant), a 1996 Ferrari 512M (Young Connoisseur), and to a 1954 Maserati A6G/54SC and a 1956 Chrysler Boano coupe (tied for People’s Choice).

Copperstate 1000 rally entries open

Entries are being accepted for the 32nd annual Copperstate 1000 vintage sports car rally, scheduled for April 6-10, 2022, starting and ending in Phoenix, Arizona. The 1,000-mile rally is open to vehicles produced before 1974. The rally is staged by the Men’s Arts Council and supports the Phoenix Art Museum.

Half Moon Bay sets 2022 date

Organizers of the Pacific Coast Dream Machines show say they will stage their 30th annual event April 24, 2022 at the Half Moon Bay Airport on the California coast 20 miles south of San Francisco. The event will include not only collector cars, but also aircraft and a dragster cacklefest.

The event bills itself as “a whimsical, fascinating, amusing, curious and absolutely unique show and tell spectacle featuring some 2,000 magnificent driving, flying and working machines from the 20th and 21st centuries.”

Group C reunion at Goodwood

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Goodwood photo

Forty years after the category debuted, a gathering of Group C sport-prototype racing cars will take place at the 79th Goodwood Members’ Meeting, scheduled for April 9-10 at the British racing circuit.

“The Group C era remains perhaps the high watermark for both the Le Mans 24 Hours and worldwide sportscar racing in general,” Goodwood said in its announcement. “At its height in the late 1980s manufacturers including Porsche, BMW, Lancia, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Ford, Toyota, Mazda and more had entered cars into the class, racing against countless independent teams and manufacturers.”

Noting that Porsche achieved “near total dominance,” Goodwood said 15-20 Porsche 956 and 962 race cars will take part in the Members’ Meeting reunion.

FIVA adds 7 nations

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Gentleman’s Drive event in Pakistan | Photos by Efran Shah and Anum Mujtaba
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Speaking of car shows in places you might not expect, the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens has added classic car clubs from seven nations to its global roster of members, which now numbers 80 countries where groups are “pleading to protect, preserve and promote historic vehicles, and the culture that surrounds them, worldwide.”

“In the past year,” noted FIVA vice president for membership John Alcantara, “seven new members have joined the fold, including federations from countries with enormous potential for communicating the importance of automotive heritage, such as Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.

“Remarkably,” he added, “our member in Ukraine helped to attract a strong new partner in Russia, showing the uniting force of our passion. 

“Iran re-joined as soon as the internal situation in the country allowed, while Montenegro completed the full membership of the territories that constituted the former Yugoslavia. Last, the smallest in size but not in ambition was the admission of Macau as a FIVA member.”

In addition to Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Quatar, the new members include Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Porsches featured at Supercar Sunday

Supercar Sunday on December 19 will feature Porsches from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, California. While all cars are welcome, Porsches will be parked in a special corral area.

Zoute ‘Generations Rally’ set for March 26

Organizers of the Zoute Grand Prix vintage rally have added a “Generations Rally” event scheduled for March 26, 2022. The event is designed for parents or grandparents to pass along a passion for vintage vehicles to subsequent generations.

The event will be in Belgium and is open to vehicles produced between January 1, 1920, and December 31, 1975.

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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