Events Recap

Summer is officially here and in full swing and, with it, the usual spate of car shows, cruise ins and miles and miles of open road. A lot has happened in the last couple month, so let’s take a look at some of the most recent HVA award winners.

Greenwich Concours

Source: Greenwich Concours d’Elegance Facebook page

At the Greenwich Concours in Greenwich, CT, HVA’s Preservation Award was presented to a 1971 OSSSA, while the HVA National Automotive Heritage Award went to a 1965 Pontiac Catalina Hardtop owned by Scott Happel.

Rodeo Drive Concours

This year’s winner of the HVA Preservation Award at the Rodeo Drive Concours has quite a history. Raced by Paul O’Shea when new, this 1956 Gullwing was purchased by Jim Hall in 1957 who had the car painted and retrimmed in 1958. Now 60 years on, the car remains in pristine condition.

Elegance at Hershey

The Elegance at Hershey, as the name implies, is always a classy show with many jaw-droppingly gorgeous vehicles on display. This year, the HVA/FIVA Preservation award went to this 1937 Bugatti Type-57 Special Coupe, body by Gangloff. Built for Prince William of Sweden –  who happened to be a friend of Etore Bugatti – and now owned by Mark Smith of Monroe, PA, this Gangloff-bodied 1937 Bugatti Type-57 remains unrestored with just 60k miles.

The HVA National Automotive Heritage Award went to this 1935 Duesenberg SJ, body by Bohman & Schwartz. Purchased for her lover’s brother, this stunning 1935 Duesenberg SJ was ordered by Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton. It features Bohman & Schwartz bodywork built in Pasadena, CA, and is powered by the legendary supercharged dual overhead cam inline eight. It has led a fascinating life and was even raced at Pikes Peak in the 1950s. It is now owned by Harry Yeaggy of Cincinnati, OH.

Carlisle Ford Nationals

If you’re a fan of Ford, you already know that the Carlisle Ford Nationals is the place to be in early June. This year, the HVA National Automotive Heritage Award went to this 1965 Mercury Comet A/FX race car owned by Tommy Cronk of Odessa, TX. This 427-powered 1965 Mercury’s original drivers, Sam Auxier, Jr. and Chick DeNinno were on hand to accept the award along with former Mercury Racing Div. Manager Al Turner. The car was recently restored to its 1965 racing configuration.

Carlisle Chevrolet Nationals

A street racing legend. This 1971 Chevy Camaro heavily modified by Motion Performance and sold by Baldwin Chevrolet in 1971, took home our National Automotive Heritage Award at this year’s Carlisle Chevrolet Nationals. Unrestored featuring its original paint and iconic white stripes it is a 500+ hp time capsule to a different era! Motion was the brainchild of Joel Rosen who guaranteed this and other “Phase III” cars to run 11.50 quarter-miles, an incredible E.T. for a “stock car” in that era.

Carlisle Chrysler Nationals

In 1969, 27-year-old combat veteran, Purple Heart recipient and Detroit Police Officer, Godfrey Qualls special ordered this sinister 1970 Hemi Challenger. Qualls made sure to check just about every option box including the pistol grip four-speed, Super Track Pak Dana 60 with 4.10 rear gears, Gator-Grain top, houndstooth interior, SE package and more! When he wasn’t policing the mean streets of Detroit in the 1970s, he was street racing them with his Hemi 4-speed. And when he didn’t have the car equipped with racing slicks looking for a late-night competition, he was hauling around his Norton race bikes on a trailer behind the Challenger.

But by the late 1970s, Qualls had re-enlisted in the Army and became a Green Beret, serving his country until 2005. During that time however, the car was placed in to storage where it sat until Qualls passed away in 2015. His son, Gregory, who lays claim to a few of the Challenger’s dents from leaning his bicycle against the car as a kid, has since worked with friends and family to bring the car back out as a tribute to his father. Completely unrestored save a few maintenance items to ensure the car runs and drives safely, the Challenger has just over 45K miles. We presented the Challenger our National Automotive Heritage Award at this year’s Carlisle Chrysler Nationals.

Goodwood Festival of Speed

Finally, this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in the U.K. featured a very special guest and a once-in-a-lifetime recreation. Continuing its world tour, the original Bullitt Mustang made an appearance across the pond along with the brand-new Bullitt Mustang from Ford and a 1968 Dodge Charger. Together with the latter, the Bullitt Mustang took a lap around the track, simulating the iconic chase scene featured in the film Bullitt. And while this wasn’t the exact ’68 Charger from the movie, it was still pretty cool.