With parts of the country experiencing historic amounts of early snowfall, car shows are already little more than a fleeting memory of warm summer days, green grass and cool cars. For those lucky Americans living in parts of the country where summer-like weather extends into late fall, a handful of car shows help ease the seasonal transition. Get the rundown on a few of these events the HVA attended last month.
Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance
On Hilton Head Island, dozens of great cars gathered for the 2014 Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance. Among those in attendance was this original 1911 Weaverly Electric with only 1,500 actual miles which took home the HVA Preservation Award. Also in attendance, this original 1965 Sunbeam Tiger with 10,000 actual miles which took home the This Car Matters Award.
Winter Park Concours d’Elegance
Down in Florida, this year’s Winter Park Concours d’Elegance saw no shortage of great cars in attendance. Taking home the This Car Matters award was a 1967 Maserati Quattaporte Sedan with a wonderful story of the daughter of the vehicle’s original owner having restored the car in memory of her father before passing it along to its current owner.
LA Auto Show
At this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, HVA President, Mark Gessler, hosted the kickoff Motor Press Guild Motoring Invitational. In an effort to highlight the many examples of American car culture, the HVA interviewed a number of classic car icons, celebrities, car owners, collectors and builders in attendance. In addition to the rare appearance by iconic custom car builders George Barris and Gene Winfield, the event also featured the introduction of the 2016 F-Type with a manual gearbox driven on site by Justin Bell to Erica Enders-Stevens with her Pro Stock Championship NHRA drag car.