Each month, we like to take a look back at the events at which the Historic Vehicle Association was in attendance and presented awards. Here are July and August’s big winners from a handful of events across the country.
Carlisle All-Chrysler Nationals
At this year’s Carlisle All-Chrysler Nationals, there were, as ever, no shortage of exceptional Chryslers on display. One in particular stood out, however. This 1970 ‘Cuda, equipped with a 440, white interior and “Super Performance” axle package has been owned by Mel Major since he himself special ordered it in 1970. With just over 3500 miles — Mel decided to park it in 1973 — it has never been repainted or had any major work done to it. Given its current, impeccable state, it proved a worthy recipient of our THIS CAR MATTERS Award.
Concours d’Elegance of America
The Concours d’Elegance of America has long been a favorite event for hundreds of classic car aficionados. Each year, dozens of stellar cars make their way to the Inn at St. John’s for what proves to be a clear highlight of the summer car show season. This year, the HVA’s THIS CAR MATTERS Award was presented to Tom McIntyre and his 1929 Ford Williams Brother Roadster. This unrestored “dry-lakes hotrod” reached an average of 159.7mph at Bonneville when contested in August of 1954. It was put away shortly thereafter, stored in the exact condition it had been raced, making it one of the most well preserved, dry-lakes roadsters in existence.
Monterey Auto Week
Coinciding with our Road Trip Century Celebration, this year’s events at Monterey allowed our Model T team a bit of a break from the road and a chance to take in the scores of fantastic cars on display throughout the week. At the Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue, Bruce Meyers’ 1964 Meyers Manx (perhaps better known as “Old Red” and the second vehicle added to the National Historic Vehicle Register) took home the THIS CAR MATTERS Award.
Later in the week, at the Quail – A Motorsports Gathering, David Donner’s 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC was awarded the HVA/FIVA Preservation Award.
Finally, during Sunday’s main event, Wayne Carini’s 1921 Stutz K Bearcat took home the HVA/FIVA Preservation Award in the Pre-War category, while Roger Hoffman’s 1956 Jaguar D-Type Roadster was awarded the HVA/FIVA Preservation Award in the Post-War category. All in all, it was yet another amazing week full of phenomenal cars and breathtaking backdrops.
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