June is here and that means summer and the heart of car show season. Here’s a rundown of some of the events we’ve attended so far this month.
In Carlisle, PA, an always impressive array of Fords gathered again for the annual Carlisle All Ford Nationals. Elaine and Jim Pinkerton of Snohomish, WA—current owners of this 1967 Mercury Cougar—took home the HVA National Automotive Heritage Award. With serial number 500001, this isn’t any ordinary ’67 Cougar.
“Cougar 1,” as it’s come to be known, was built in 1966. The car was loaned to Dryden Motors in Moncton, New Brunswick, the oldest Lincoln-Mercury dealership in Canada. It was used as a showroom display and later put into storage at the dealership.
In 1979, all assets of the recently-bankrupt Dryden Motors were sold off, including Cougar 1. Dale Garland bought the car and reconditioned some items. In 1982, Garland attempted to sell the car to no avail. He ended up storing it in a rented Quonset hut until 1992 when Marc Ogren discovered the car through an old classified advertisement. Ogren bought Cougar 1 but decided he didn’t want to restore it. In 1994 Jim who had inspected the car for Marc in 1992 offered to take on the project and began preparing the car for a total restoration. Negotiations were made with Lincoln-Mercury to fund the restoration of Cougar 1, but never came to be. The Pinkertons began a self-funded restoration by Cascade Classics, finally completing the project in 1997.
Elegance at Hershey
Just down the road in Hershey, the Elegance at Hershey never fails to bring out a stunning array of vehicles from seemingly all eras of automotive history. Representing the early electrics was this 1908 Studebaker Electric “To and Fro” Carry-All, which was awarded the HVA National Automotive Heritage award at this year’s event. This particular vehicle was used to transport passengers through an underground tunnel between the senate office building and U.S. Capitol buildings from 1909 to 1916.
Receiving the HVA Preservation Award was this unique looking 1924 Isotta-Fraschini 8A Landaulet by Sala & Riva. The car was likely retained by the factory for chauffeur training and was hidden in storage until 2016.
San Marino Motor Classic
Over on the other side of the country, this year’s San Marino Motor Classic played host to a dazzling field of stars of street and screen. In the case of the latter, this 1937 Delage D8-120 Cabriolet body by Chapron was awarded the National Automotive Heritage Award. Currently owned by Peter Mullin, the car has a history with the New York World’s Fair as well as an appearance in the 1951 Gene Kelly film, An American in Paris. Meanwhile, the HVA Preservation Award was presented to this stunning 1956 AC Bristol.
Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance
The winner of the HVA/FIVA Preservation Award at this year’s Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance at Ault Park was this 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix SJ, owned by Scott Mancini of Cincinnati, Ohio. Still in all original condition, the has just 13,000 miles from new.
For the latest news, photos and more from events across the country, head on over to the HVA’s Facebook page. And if you’re attending a car show this summer or want to clue us in on a cool car-related event happening in your area, remember you can also share your photos and/or the event’s information over on our Facebook page, too.