Can you feel it? Summer is finally in the air and, with it…wait for it…the summer car show season! This month, the Historic Vehicle Association presented awards at four prestigious events across the country. Read on to learn more and share your events in the comments section below or over on our Facebook page.
Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance
photo credit: Michelle A.H. Cousineau
One of the most elegant and prestigious car shows in the United States, the Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance featured over 150 classic and exotic cars and motorcycles this year. During this day-long event, the HVA/FIVA Award went to Jaime Gesundheit’s 1964 Chevrolet Corvette, while the National Automotive Heritage Award went to this 1948 Lincoln Continental by Coachcraft (pictured) currently residing within the collection of the Petersen Automotive Museum.
The Quail Motorcycle Gathering
A little further up the California coast, the Quail Motorcycle Gathering brought out yet another fantastic slate of motorcycles for its annual event. This fantastic 1942 Indian Pre-War Big Base Scout owned by Gary Landeen—one of a handful of great examples of the famous Indian motorcycle brand in attendance—was awarded the HVA’s Preservation Award. The bike has an interesting history, as it was once campaigned by Ed Kretz Jr.—son of legendary motorcycle racer Ed “Iron Man” Kretz. Kretz, Jr. made a name for himself in the 1950s and 1960s as a time trialist, road-racing specialist and off-road racer. He won the 1955 Peoria TT National and was a Pacific Coast TT Champion three times. Kretz Jr. was inducted into the American Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2002.
Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance
At this year’s Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance, both the National Automotive Heritage and HVA/FIVA Preservation awards were presented to this 1967 Mazda 110 Cosmo. The car is one of only two imported to the United States. The car has a mere 17,000 km on the odometer and currently belongs to the California-based corporate collection of Mazda USA.
La Jolla Concours d’Elegance
At the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance, the HVA/FIVA Preservation Award went to this unrestored 1934 Packard with a particularly affecting familial connection. Randy Carlson’s father, Richard, purchased the car from its original owner in 1971. Randy had fond memories of riding in the backseat of the Packard, his father behind the wheel, when traveling to and from car shows. But three years before his death—when Randy was 15—Richard sold the car.
More than three decades later, Randy and his own son were perusing the rows of classics at the Palos Verdes Concours when he came face to face with the car. Knowing it in an instant, Randy was overwhelmed by a flood of emotions. He was able to purchase the car a short time later, unveiling it in front of the whole family on Christmas Eve, bringing full circle a love affair with the car that began when he was five.
The HVA’s National Automotive Heritage Award went to this 1915 Packard Twin Six. Known as “The Old Black Goose,” the car is the oldest Twin Six Packard in existence and has been owned by the Kellogg family (originators of the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club) since it was new. The car was transported to California from Detroit via the Panama Canal and came equipped with a 12-cyl engine, self-starter, a crank, a Warner speedometer, electric lights and an eight-day clock. The car has been a prominent feature at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club since the 1960s when it inspired some of the club member’s children to form “The Old Black Goose Club,” an organization devoted to cleaning up litter in and around the area.