Archive for July, 2011

Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2011

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Here’s a shot of the hot rod life style seminar (R to L): moderator Ken Gross, car collector Bruce Meyer, Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, “TV Tommy” Ivo, Dean Jeffries and yours truly. (Photo 3 by Neil Rashba)

For 16 years, good friend and all around car guy (to say the least) Bill Warner has been the inspiration and go-to at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Bill is the founder of this wonderful event which benefits Community Hospice of Northeast Florida. The annual show takes place in mid-March and is held at the Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island Golf Club, just a short hop north of Jacksonville, and this year honored 24-time CART Indy Car driver Bobby Rahal. (more…)

Astor Classics Event Center

Monday, July 18th, 2011

The 2008 auction contained more than 200 cars and 800 lots of pre and postwar memorabilia and sold for more than $15.4 million. His collection was not only massive, but extremely rare. Since the ‘40s Art Astor has been collecting cars. He has amassed vehicles that are now worth more than any new car on the market, and he hardly touched any of them. (more…)

Third Annual Nova CPP Cruise

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Robert K. Smith intentionally planned this year’s cruise to create a photo opportunity to capture a once-in-a-lifetime image of 110 Novas, four lanes wide rumbling down the 57 freeway towards CPP. I captured it using RK’s 300mm telephoto lens. RK says T-shirts of this shot are in the works. Check Steve’s Nova site for details.

The Largest West Coast Gathering of Novas!

Like two times before, the unique rumble of 110 Chevy Novas pierced the air in early March of this year, double the number of the past year’s Nova CPP Cruise. The Cruise is the brainchild of Robert K. Smith who earns his living as a scribe for the major VW magazine, but admits, “My true automotive love in life is the Chevy Nova. I got my first one back in 1989 and have been hooked on the Chevy II ever since.” Since Robert personally contributed to the popularity of the VW notchback, it is no big surprise that his vehicle of choice in the Nova lineup is the wagon fit with an original set of five-spoke Americans. (more…)

Hanging With The NASCAR Crew

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

I got to spend the day in Charlotte at the end of March, and I had a great time in NASCAR country. I was out there helping Bruton Smith’s people promote the 2nd annual Four Wide NHRA Nationals happening at zMax Dragway April 14-17. I was also talking up my sponsors, Castrol, Auto Club, Mac Tools, BrandSource and Ford Racing. (more…)