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Friday
Aug292014

Vroom Room

Good Morning!

Its the last Friday of August, and of the Dog Days of summer. Its the Vroom Room, come in enjoy the cappuccino and biscotti join the conversation, leave a comment.

Agreed...you are probably wondering where the summer went, with our chilly weather, and now noticeably shorter days...we are wondering the same thing. The constant is that time passes by very quickly, and you control the usage of time. 

Before we forget, if you have an interest in classic cars mark the Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance held on September 13 and 14 in your calendar. From our perspective its a must attend event. 

The other day we were reading in the mainstream media a piece by folks that presumably know and understand the auto business. Although they have no clue about the craftsmanship in the showroom, that a vast number of folks are in a negative equity position on their trades, that close to 60% of new vehicles are financed over 72 months.

Fascinating how folks see points from a "vacuum" not understanding all the variables that are attached to turn the "vacuum" into reality. The best part is that mainstream media actually publishes this stuff (being polite here).

Again...you need to be your own editor. There is a lot of stuff  flying around.

Have you noticed that manufacturers are increasingly exploring "infotainment" in vehicles, while local authorities are increasingly cracking down on "distracted driving". Modern vehicles have all sorts of safety features, and all sorts of distractions. 

Have you noticed when an individual often half the age of the car, engages with an old school fully mechanical car. Especially if its a high performance version. These folks experience an epiphany in dealing with a car where the driver is the "master" of the car. 

An eclectic array of old German cars from the Legends of the Autobahn in Monterey.

Have a wonderful long week end with your family and friends. 

 

 

Tuesday
Aug262014

Corvette LT4 Engine

An informative technical briefing on the new LT4 engine, and the evolution of the "small block Chevy".

 

 

 

Monday
Aug252014

Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance

Last year we had the opportunity to attend the inaugural Cobble Beach Councours in Owen Sound.

We were pleasantly surprised, and told everyone that it was a superb Concours in a truly unique location.

This year the Concours is on September 13 and 14, if you have an interest in cars, and especially classic cars we urge you to attend the Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

Its a pleasant, scenic drive from the GTA. Once you arrive the scenery is spectacular, the amenities, and food courts will impress you.

In case you remain skeptical, take a moment to view our photo gallery from last year...click.

The official press release:

A car as old as Canada is set to compete in the 2nd annual Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Toronto – July 16… The automotive world’s elite collectors are set to return to the shores of Georgian Bay on September 13 and 14 for another installment of the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Hailed as the crème de la crème of car shows in Canada, the second annual Concours will build on the success of its inaugural competition, rolling out a can’t miss lineup of automobiles—including a model dating all the way back to 1867.

The lush fairways and a coastal backdrop of the Cobble Beach Golf Resort will set the stage for this historic celebration.  In all, over one hundred examples of rare automotive beauty and ingenuity, curated from some of the most exclusive private collections in North America, will compete head-light to head-light in twenty-one entry categories.

 “Cobble Beach is immensely proud of our success in year one. We are committed to creating a lasting, quality show that Canada will be proud of,” says Rob McLeese, founder of the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance.  “We are honoured to welcome new celebrity judges and automotive personalities from across the continent in 2014, including former Pebble Beach Concours Chief Judge Ed Gilbertson, New York Times automotive contributor Mary Chapman, and Michael Spezia, Executive Director of the Gilmore Car Museum”

Adored legend Margaret Dunning, a 104-year-young car collector will also return among distinguished guests, Chief Judge John Carlson, Honorary Chief Judge Dr. Paul Sable, and Ed Lucas as Master of Ceremonies.  Incidentally, Margaret Dunning will be featured in a new book by first-time Cobble Beach judge Mary Chapman, titled Belle of the Concours.

While the Concours d’Elegance is still in its infancy in Canada, the tradition finds its origins in 17th Century French high-society, where horse-drawn carriages were paraded through the parks of Paris. It is fitting then, given its history, that a steam buggy dating back to the year of confederation in Canada be trotted out for competition as part of the newly minted Museum Class. The Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa will enter their Taylor Steam Buggy, also known as Canada’s first car. In all, four museums will be making contributions with; The Canadian Automotive Museum (Oshawa), Gilmore Car Museum, (Hickory Corners, MI) and the Antique Automobile Club of America – AACA (Hershey, PA) rounding out the group.

Proceeds raised by Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance will go to the Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation to fund a state-of-the-art helipad on the rooftop of the Toronto hospital.

McLeese says, “Our inaugural year raised over $50,000 for the Sunnybrook Foundation. We are committed to giving our very best to support this important cause dear to our hearts and community. The Sunnybrook helipad will directly affect Grey County residents by providing trauma cases faster access to medical support, ultimately saving lives.”

Tickets are on sale now. Visit http://www.cobblebeachconcours.com/ for more info.


Saturday
Aug232014

Automotive Design History

Saturday morning automotive history...enjoy!

 

 

Friday
Aug222014

Vroom Room

Good Morning,

Its Friday, its the Vroom Room, come in enjoy the cappuccino and biscotti, join the conversation, leave a comment.

We are slowly catching up to a few items that were slightly behind, while being a little whimsical during this summer that is probably breaking records for miserable climatic conditions.

The pool with the chairs is whimsical.

Hopefully in the next few weeks we will be ahead of the 8 ball.

Simply scroll down to see our whims of this past week.

If you have not followed our Project 200K, we urge you to take a look. Why are we still tolerating this older 2003 E500 that is almost 12 years old now? As much as we can complain about the money we have spent/invested on this car (it would make monthly payments on a new vehicle). There is a patina, character, history about an older car that we find endearing, and is priceless.

Now that the Monterey events and Pebble Beach Concours are a done deal. Have you noticed that the price of some collectible cars are at "nose bleed" heights. Creating some memorable WoW moments. Lets give credit to the auction houses for their superb marketing efforts especially when it comes to establishing provenance and credibility for the various cars being sold.

The 375 MM Ferrari owned by Jon Shirley as best of show was totally cool.

Our habitual old race cars from the Rolex Monterey Reunion...enjoy!