January may be a little slow in terms of actual car shows, but it offered enough to get the blood pumping for what’s in store during the year to come! Read on and check out the highlights.
The Arizona Concours d’Elegance, held each year at the Arizona Biltmore, may only be in its fourth year, but it has quickly established itself as a fine way to kick of the year’s festivities. Taking home the HVA Preservation Award was this 1949 MG TC with a mere 25,000 original miles. In additional, the car still retains all original tools and documentation. Meanwhile, the National Automotive Heritage Award went to this 1955 Ferrari Mondial factory racecar. The car campaigned in Italy, Venezuela, the Bahamas and later the United States before being purchased and restored by retired rear admiral Robert Phillips, who has owned the car for 56 years.
North American International Auto Show
At this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the HVA—along with representatives from the Center for Design Research at Stanford University, Shell Oil Company, Hagerty Insurance, the Welburn Group and Michigan Senator Gary Peters—delivered presentations on the future of “auto-mobility” in the face of changing tides.
The Classic Auto Show
The HVA was on hand for the The Classic Auto Show’s inaugural event, fittingly bringing out two cars steeped in California history. Along the show’s Grand Boulevard in the LA Convention Center, show-goers were able to check out Ronald Reagan’s Willys ‘Jeep’ CJ-6 and the first Meyers Manx Dune Buggy. Also on hand was Bruce Meyers himself recounting his tales of racing in Baja and building one of the most fun cars of all time.
Stay tuned for coverage of the year’s events, as well as a preview of the third annual Cars at the Capital, to be held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., from April 12-May 4, 2017.