Falling in the middle of summer, July often feels like the calm before the storm. There are, of course, a number of events still taking place—and very good ones, we might add—but the primary focus is generally ahead to August and the promise of mile after mile of cars streaming down Woodward Avenue in the Midwest and an entire green of glitz and glamour on the West Coast. Regardless of your preferences, there’s something for everyone. Read on to find out more about what the HVA was up to in July and this past weekend in both Detroit and Monterey.
Concours d’Elegance of America
Often seen as something of a precursor to Pebble Beach Concours, the annual Concours d’Elegance of America, held just outside the Motor City, continually offers just as much automotive history and heritage. As the event continues to grow, more and more attendees and cars converge on the golf course. And this year was no exception. Taking home the HVA THIS CAR MATTERS Award for most historically significant vehicle was the 1955 Doretti Swallow.
Buick Club of America
In conjunction with the opening of the HVA’s new lab in Allentown, PA, this year’s national Buick Club of America meet was held on the grounds of the NB Center for Automotive Heritage. Among the hundreds of cars populating the facility were a 1960 Buick Electra 225 convertible and this 1916 Buick that took home the THIS CAR MATTERS award and the HVA/FIVA Preservation Award, respectively.
Woodward Dream Cruise
Just a few weeks later, even more people and cars made their way back to the Detroit area to take in the single largest motoring event in the world and a true mecca for anyone even remotely interested in cars—the Woodward Dream Cruise.
Even though the official event only lasts one day, the entire week functions as something of a rolling car show with a seemingly endless number of classic cars, trucks and motorcycles constantly rolling up and down this famed stretch of road. This year, the HVA was on site to present the newest addition to the National Historic Vehicle register: the very first Camaro, VIN #100001. Encased in a glass box lit up at night, the car drew hundreds of onlookers and proved to be one impressive and memorable sight in a week full of great memories.
Financial support to underwrite this project was generously provided by Shell Lubricants, featuring Pennzoil, Quaker State and Shell Rotella.
Monterey Auto Week
Arguably the crown jewel of the concours d’elegance calendar, the series of events loosely defined under the “Monterey Auto Week” header never seem to disappoint. From the Concours on the Avenue held in Carmel to the Quail to the Sunday’s main event, the week proves to be something of a car person’s paradise with the rare and exotic cars on display seemingly everywhere.
In Carmel, this 1932 Ford 3-Window Lloyd Bakan Coupe (a 1957 hot rod magazine cover car) took home the National Automotive Heritage Award.
Over at the Quail, this unrestored 1964 Ferrari 250 LM (the mid-engined Ferrari that won the 1965 Le Mans, making it the last of the marque to hold such honors) took home the HVA/FIVA Preservation Award.
Last, but certainly not least, this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance saw this 1902 Thomas Model 17 take home the pre-war HVA/FIVA Preservation Award—which also came with a special invite to Paris this fall for the FIVA World Motoring Heritage Exhibition—while this 1969 Lamborghini Miura S was awarded the post-war HVA/FIVA Preservation Award.