Monday, September 22, 2014

A variety of shapes, colors, and abstract details that caught my eye at the Palos Verdes Concours

I've never noticed before that an Airflow had a specific coachbuilders badge

one of the Le Bestione above, full gallery at

terrific art deco side mirror, from the era of sidemounted spares and headlights on cross bars, before the 1936-37 trend change to fender mounted headlights, and spares in the trunks.

replica of a Chrysler 300 NASCAR stocker

this turned out pretty well

this is the running board of an exquisite car at the Palos Verdes Concours. It's not often I try to pull off a good photo of some detail about a car... mostly because out of hundreds of cars you only find a couple that have something worth paying attention to that you haven't noticed before and posted already, but the resemblance to a flying v formation caught my eye.  

one owner, 1935 Packard series 12 limo... just the silent film star Harold Lloyd! Stuffed away since his death in 1971

art or place to lock your bike? I don't know. Outside a dive bar in San Diego

big 26 inch rims.. small problems that the idiot owner tried to fix with welding... be careful, this moron is on the same roads you are driving on, and this rim is going to break off for sure

So don't drive behind a new Ram 1500 that's baby blue and has 26" rims

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Early 1960's Mopar lettering I came across at the Palos Verdes Concours

Icon's Buick, vintage body, modern running gear and powertrain

a 1899 Phoenix with Mr Mercedes at the tiller

7th annual 2014 Optima Street Car Invitational Challenge finals in Las Vegas (100 cars this year) at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, tickets are $30

Begins Friday night with the Detroit Speed and Engineering Road Rally from SEMA at the close of the event Friday afternoon at 4pm  to the SEMA Ignited car show at the LINQ (Big wheel) beginning at 4 until 10 pm between Flamingo Rd and Sands Ave on Koval (one block South of the strip/Las Vegas Blvd and one block North of Paradise Rd (which is the road that the convention center is on) a block and a half West of the convention center.

The SEMA Ignited is a free event that is open to the public, will have a dyno challenge, burnout competition, man made snow (Seriously how long will that remain frozen before melting?!) road course for SEMA cars,

There will be 2 Golden Ticket cars chosen at SEMA for the Optima Street Car Invitational, held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, about 15 minutes North East of Las Vegas on the 15North

The ticket to the Optima Street Car Invitational is good for the whole weekend, and the prime events will be ongoing all weekend so that each car can get a "best possible time" for each of the events;
BFGoodrich Hot Lap Challenge,
Ridetech Street Challenge Autocross,
Wilwood Disc Brakes Speed Stop Challenge,
and the Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Performance Design Challenge.

IMPORTANT parking information: All spectator parking will be on-site just off Las Vegas Blvd. Shuttles will transport guests to the competitive activities. Guest registration opens at 8:30 a.m. each day, with events beginning at 9:30 AM.

It will be taped and editted for broadcast a couple months later (like last year) on MAVTV

Info, map, and ticket purchase at