Good times were had at Pine Knot Landing on Big Bear Lake during the 29th annual Antique Wooden Boat Show Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24 and 25. Entrants began arriving Aug. 23 to participate in the poker run and allow spectators a sneak peek. Free public viewing was Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Twenty-five to 30 classic wooden boats circa 1929 to 1975 were docked at the marina. The restored and 98-point vessels ranged from 15 to 26 feet. The 98-point designation refers to top of the line boats. A few new classics were at the show this year, including a rare Healey and a 25-foot home-built mahogany known as "Ruthless Ruth". The "Step In Again 1" is coming out of storage for the first time in 30 years. "Step In Again 1" is the original 1929, 26-foot Big Bear Lake Chris-Craft tour boat. Returning favorites included Noel Blanc’s 17-foot Chris-Craft the "Bugs Bunny", Charlie Brewster’s 23-foot barrel back and a 1955 Chris-Craft Cobra that recently won three first place awards at a show in Lake Tahoe. The watercrafts were judged Saturday with awards going to People’s Choice and Skipper's Choice.

The San Diego Jaguar Club hosted another successful Concours d’ Elegance at the beautiful Spanish Landing Park. It was a beautiful sunny day in San Diego with a sparkling bay as the backdrop to all the gorgeous Jags on display, with clear skies to boot. There was an excellent turnout with 19 cars in Champion, 21 in Driven, 2 in Special and 24 cars on display. Many new club members chose to bring their Jaguars out to the park so we were pleasantly surprised with stunning new cars to admire. There were even club members from as far away as Utah who joined in the event.  Everything ran smoothly with some tough competition this year.  Jaguar of San Diego was gracious enough to bring out 4 brand new Jaguars to have on display. Stan Elman and Ken Smith tied for 1st place in the C19 Jaguar XKE Champion category each with 100 point cars!

Other 100 point winners:

Paul & Debby Novak 1990 XJ12 Saloon
Rob & Ruth Cohen 2008 XKR Coupe

In the Driven Category the 10 point winners were:

Charlie Hallums 1996 XJ6
Denise Botticelli & Pete Pickslay 2007 CK coupe

If you haven’t attended this event before, remember to mark your calendars as next years will be something you won’t want to miss.

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The classic car auctions held around Monterey, CA in August 2012 brought in about $260.3 million in sales, surpassing previous records set in 2011 ($197 million) and reached very impressive individual sales records. The sales were a result of a combination of esteemed collectors consigning special cars, with wealthy buyers open to investing in a growing market that even impresses Wall Street! Some of the best sales went for historic racing cars, which is testament to the ever-growing popularity of the vintage car racing market.

Of the numerous highlights, two of RM Auctions top sellers were a beautiful Ford GT40 Gulf/Mirage race car, and a magnificent 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder that was displayed by RM in the pictures below:

All of the auctions beat their results from the 2011 Monterey sales, particularly Gooding & Company, as shown by the 1960 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Spider, and a rare 1936 Mercedes-Benz Roadster, as shown below:

There was an impressive number of multi-million-dollar vintage car sales, with some surprisingly high dollar results that surpised seasoned analysts iof the industry! The top-10 sales from Monterey consisted of:

01. 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster, $11.77 million, a record for an M-B at auction. (Gooding)
02. 1960 Ferrari 250 GT California LWB Competizione Spyder, $11.275 million. (Gooding)
03. 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf/Mirage Coupe, $11 million, most ever for an American car sold at auction. (RM)
04. 1957 Ferrari 250 California GT SWB Spyder, $8.58 million. (RM)
05. 1955 Ferrari 410 S Berlinetta, $8.250 million. (RM)
06. 1956 Ferrari 250 GT TdF Coupe, $6.71 million. (RM)
07. 1957 Ferrari 250 GT California LWB Prototype Spyder, $6.6 million. (Gooding)
08. 1955 Ferrari 857 Sport, $6.27 million. (Gooding)
09. 1928 Bentley Le Mans 4 1/2 Liter, $6.05 million. (Gooding)
10. 1972 Porsche 917/10 Spyder, $5.83 million. (Mecum)

Gooding & Company was the champion this year (beating previous leader RM), checking in with a staggering total of $113.6 million sold in just two days of sales, with 108 of 122 cars sold, and easily beating last year’s whopping $78.2 million total in sales!

Gooding's top sale was for a magnificent 1936 von Krieger Mercedes-Benz 540K Roadster with special custom features and a fascinating history, and hit a sum $11.77 million for the week’s highest sale from all the auctions!

RM Auctions continued their highly successful sales run in Monterey, California with twelve cars breaking the million dollar mark at the legendary “Sports & Classics of Monterey” auction event, held on August 15th and 16th at the Portola Hotel & Spa in downtown Monterey.

There was a standing room only crowd for the two day sale, as over 170 collector cars crossed the block before a decidedly international audience. As the gavel fell for the final time, total sales surpassed $44 million.

“RM’s Monterey auction continues to bring together private sellers, longtime clients and end users, with cars changing hands and entering new collections where they will be enjoyed and appreciated for years to come,” said Ian Kelleher, Managing Director of RM Auctions.

“The strength of our European sales had a positive effect on the weekend’s auction with many of our international clients in attendance. The sales were in line with our expectations with several new records, and with seven of the twelve million dollar sales being vintage Ferraris, results indicate the continuing strength of the market for the world’s most famous sports and racing marque,” he added.

RM’s total sales were $44,446,761 with an average value of $304,430. Their highest sale was $4,510,000 with the lowest sale being $17,050. They offered 174 vehicles for sale and sold 146 of those, with 83 sales being over 6 figures and 12 sales being over 7 figures.

RM's Top Sales:

1968 Ford GT40 Gulf/Mirage Lightweight Racing Car: $11,000,000
1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder: $8,580,000
1955 Ferrari 410 S Berlinetta: $8,250,000
1956 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta 'Tour de France': $6,710,000
1939 Horch 853A Special Roadster: $5,170,000
1955 Aston Martin DB3S Sports Racing Car: $3,685,000
1967 Ford GT40 Mark I: $2,860,000
1938 Talbot-Lago T23 Teardrop Coupe: $2,640,000
2001 Bentley Speed 8 Le Mans Prototype Racing Car: $2,530,000
1960 Aston Martin DB4GT: $2,035,000

The Mecum Monterey Auction 2012 was held August 16-18 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa in Monterey, California, resulting in sales expected to exceed $34 million once final figures including “Bid Goes On” post-auction sales are tallied. The results represent an increase of more than 65% over last year’s figures.

Top sale at the 4th annual Mecum Monterey sale went to the Can-Am Championship-winning 1972 Porsche 917/10 Spyder at $5,830,000. Throughout the three-day event, Mecum sold a total of 30 Porsches, which contributed more than $10 Million to the weekend totals. Each day of the auction saw a standing-room-only audience as Mecum led the way in Monterey with sales figures by volume for a total of 364 vehicles sold.

Other notable results at the 2012 Mecum Monterey sale included the 1908 Simplex 50 Speedcar Roadster, the oldest Simplex known to exist, that sold for $2,014,000, the 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider, with only 21,185 miles, that brought $1,113,000, the 1974 Porsche 911 RSR IROC that fetched a strong $927,500 and the 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Lightweight that made $498,200.

Dana Mecum, President and CEO commented, “It’s great to see such incredible growth for a young sale like our daytime auction in Monterey which is only in its 4th year, and I’m happy that our team was able to produce great results for our customers.”

Mecum Monterey 2012 – Top Ten Auction Results:

01. 1972 Porsche 917/10 Spyder – $5,830,000
02. 1908 Simplex 50 Speedcar Roadster – $2,014,000
03. 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider – $1,113,000
04. 1974 Porsche 911 RSR IROC – $927,500
05. 1987 Porsche 962 – $874,500
06. 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing – $715,500
07. 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 Roadster CSX2428 – $636,000
08. 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible – $609,500
09. 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster – $609,500
10. 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Lightweight – $498,200

Gooding & Company has set 24 world records thus far in 2012, including those for a 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder that sold for $4.4 million, a world auction record for a Porsche, and a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Alloy Gullwing that sold for $4.62 million, a world auction record for an Alloy Gullwing and 300 SL. The Gooding and Company Pebble Beach Auction 2012 was held August 18-19 at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center in California, resulting in $113.7 million and an 89% sales rate. The auction total, which exceeded Gooding’s 2011 Pebble Beach results by more than $35 million, represents a world record sales total for an automotive auction.

Gooding’s 8th annual Pebble Beach auction featured 123 cars, with 24 achieving a sales price over $1 million. The top sale went to the von Krieger Special Roadster, a 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K that sold for $11,770,000, a world record for a Mercedes-Benz and a pre-war car at auction. Other notable results included a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione that sold for $11,275,000, the 1957 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Prototype that made $6,600,000, the 1955 Ferrari 857 Sport at $6,270,000 and the 1928 Bentley 4 1/2 Liter Le Mans Sports that brought $6,050,000.

“There continues to be differentiation in the market between the best and everything else and I believe that our success stems from our understanding of quality in all categories,” says David Gooding, President and Founder. “Our record-breaking results and this year’s unprecedented international interest in our auction clearly demonstrate the growing demand in high-level classic cars among new collectors and emerging markets.”

On Saturday evening, Jay Leno made an appearance to auction his personal 2012 Fiat 500 Prima Edizione to benefit the Fisher House Foundation. United States Secretary of Defense the Honorable Leon Panetta and Chief of Staff of the United States Army General Raymond Odierno joined Leno to introduce the organization that provides support to the families of wounded American soldiers. The first-edition Fiat 500, valued between $25,000–$35,000 according to the auction estimate, realized a final price of $385,000 and attracted an additional $215,000 of charitable contributions, resulting in $600,000 in fundraising for the foundation. From the William A.C. Pettit III Collection, 12 vehicles sold Saturday, realizing more than $4 million total benefiting Shriners Hospital for Children®–Tampa. Including these results, Gooding & Company has auctioned off more than $30 million in collector cars over the years benefiting charities that impact various causes and foundations around the world.

Top 10 Saturday Sales:

  1. 1960 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Competizione Spider sold for $11,275,000
  2. 1928 Bentley Le Mans 4 1/2 Liter sold for $6,050,000
  3. 1953 Ferrari 340 MM Spider sold for $4,730,000
  4. 1957 Ferrari 500 TRC sold for $4,510,000
  5. 1953 Jaguar C-Type Roadster sold for $3,850,000*
  6. 1960 Porsche RS60 Spyder sold for $3,465,000
  7. 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Coupe sold for $2,365,000
  8. 1929 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton sold for $1,980,000
  9. 1955 Maserati A6G/2000 Berlinetta sold for $1,650,000
  10. 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster sold for $1,595,000

Saturday total: $60.4M
61/68 lots sold: 90%
Average Sale Price: $990,280

QUESTION: I just bought a Series 2 E-Type. While I've owned early and late sedans before, this will be my first E-Type. With harsh winters and the dangers of rust, etc. what should I be aware of in regards to taking care of the Jaguar?

The E-type has a monocoque body, and rust can hide internally, until you investigate. It’s a big concern so make sure the car is solid and rust free. You always want to be careful about the engine temperature and not let the car run hot. Always keep the oil pressure and level up. Paying attention to the car's instruments/gaugues and operation will give you long term enjoyment from the vehicle. If you don’t do the work yourself you should refer to your local Jaguar clubs to find a place that can service your Jaguar and keep the vital signs in check. Bottom line, when you or your mechanic notices something strange, always check it out and get it fixed!

QUESTION: I have heard from several Jaguar people that they recommend 185 HR15 Vredestein Tires for a Series I E-type. Are these a better tire for my 1965 Jaguar XKE?

Yes, this is a good tire with a nice, period correct tread design, and the size is correct for a Series I E-type. They are also cost effective to purchase. You can also purchase the original Dunlop and Michelin in the same size, but they are more expensive.

How does water borne paint stand up to oil based paint?

• ANSWER: Generally speaking, fewer coats—and less time—are required to complete a job. Water borne basecoats are less flammable and less toxic than solvent-based paints. There is some evidence that water borne basecoats provide a more durable finish (e.g., less brittle and more chip resistant) than solvent-based finishes

QUESTION: I own a 1966 E Type and I want to re-upholster it to its original suede green. Do you have a recommendation as to which supplier to buy the kit from? Are their different types of kits, if so, which do you recommend?

Please be aware that while you can buy a kit, they don’t fit as well as having it custom tailored to your car. Classic Showcase has master trimmers that can make it fit perfectly in your car in all the proper materials.

QUESTION: I own a 1967 Porsche 911 Targa, and I wanted to see the different colors available with the formulas. Can you tell me where I can get a current paint code?

• ANSWER: For a fairly complete listing of color combinations available, go to the color library on TCP Global’s website for more direction:

QUESTION: I just bought a Series I E-type and I am not familiar where to jack the car.

• ANSWER: Be careful and do not put the jack on the picture frame in the front as it will bend it. Put it on the bottom of the suspension, or on the sides of the car where there is a jacking point, below the rockers. When you lift the Jaguar be careful and put something soft like old carpet on the jack to protect the car. Place a pair of wheel chocks under the wheels not being raised. If you're raising the back, place the chocks under the front wheels. If you're raising the front, place them behind the back. Lift your Jaguar at two of the lift points using your floor jacks. There is one just behind each front wheel, and one just in front of each back wheel. You will need to jack up your Jaguar by either both front lift points or both back lift points to avoid twisting the frame. You could also use a floor jack under the back near the rear pumpkin.

QUESTION: I was wondering how you determine the value of a classic car you are trying to buy or sell...

We use "CPI" which is published by Black Book. It is an incredible, informative price guide which we highly recommend!

How to Build a Show Car

A show level car is a 99 + point or better vehicle. These vehicles are generally not driven more than a few miles a year and found in a museum or collection. They may also be found in a climate controlled facility and transported in an enclosed trailer to Concours and car shows. All components are original or an exact replacement. Classic Showcase does their utmost to locate NOS (new old stock) parts for every vehicle. If a specific part is no longer available in NOS, we source the best aftermarket parts available.

This level of nut and bolt restoration may be daunting to most companies; however, Classic Showcase’s top specialists have the experience and expertise to complete these projects successfully. With our knowledge of the rules and regulations in judged events, we are able to provide unsurpassed work and craftsmanship with the proper restorations and reconstruction of our cars.

To begin, you must use the best original car as possible to achieve the best results. The more originality the car has the better it will turn out. A lot of pre-planning has to occur before beginning the project. This requires very precise workmanship through the whole project and keen attention to detail.

Similar to our other levels of restoration, we start all our projects with a complete and comprehensive evaluation. We research the vehicles history and check for any and all documentation we can find. We carefully look the vehicle over, noting what is original, what has been altered or what is not working, and what is missing. We start to assess the overall condition and document it with a complete set of photographs and notes. After doing various extensive tests and evaluation inspections on the vehicle, we then start the disassembly of the vehicle, again taking note of all parts and listing what will need replacing, restoring, or repairing, also making note of originality as we proceed.

The body is lifted away from the chassis for further examination and evaluation when possible. Custom jigs are constructed, if necessary, and the body is carefully fastened to it. The body is removed of all trim, glass, rubber and parts and stripped to bare metal. The doors, bonnets and boot are removed.

The way a door hangs or a panel fits can be a critical point on a show vehicle. Achieving the proper fit on a vehicle, to factory standards or better, takes experience, patience, time and the proper tools. Extensive hours go into the proper fit and alignment of the doors, bonnet and boot, taking into account the geometry of the vehicle from front to rear as well as rubber, seals, and door strikers that may change the fit. A door or panel can sometimes be removed and refit more than 10 times during the various stages of restoration till it meets our high standards. We ensure all the panels fit when the vehicle is in the bare metal stage, again after the vehicle has been worked and prepped, and yet again after the car has been painted.

Extreme rust is removed and replaced with new factory original panels. When these are unavailable we fabricate panels from the correct gauge sheet metal. Our most experienced specialists meticulously hand work the body into its original shape, repairing and finishing the imperfections. Our expert body technicians work the metal into a near perfect state before applying lead as needed. Even the smallest ding will be metal worked to near perfection. The body is then primered and blocked to ensure a straight and smooth panel. Often this part of the restoration is the most time consuming as we work and rework the body till it meets our high and critical standards. The body and parts are epoxy sealed then painted using the highest quality paint and products, color sanded and buffed to a lustrous rich finish.
We then go through all the hardware and items that need to be plated and separate them according to the finish it will receive. This can include but is not limited to white and yellow cad, nickel, black, and zinc oxide. Any structural hardware will be replaced with NOS (new old stock) parts or better if available. All the aesthetic hardware is refinished or replaced with NOS using proper hardware with the correct markings. Its imperative to use the right parts, they cannot be poor condition or bad reproductions, or the finished project will not turn out properly.

All new rubber, seals, gaskets and grommets are installed after they have been fit and adjusted. Often these pieces are not a perfect fit right from the factory so we sand down and treat any rough or uneven edges to make sure they will fit with a proper and equal amount of rubber or seal showing. The glass is installed after being polished or replaced. The doors, bonnet and boot are refitted insuring proper gaps and fit. The door strikers, latches, and window mechanisms are all restored or replaced and properly adjusted. The trim and bright work is replaced or re-plated. The seat frames, armrests, radio console, console cowl and many other unseen parts are refinished or powder coated to ensure durability and longevity of the vehicle. The top bows on the roadsters are fit and adjusted then powder coated. The steering wheel and horn push button are epoxy sealed and refinished to a superb condition. The wood steering wheels are restored and refinished to like new condition.

The interior, including panels, dash, seats, and carpets as well as the top on the roadsters are redone with proper high quality materials. Our upholstery department ensures the usage of proper patterns, design, stitching, color, texture, and even the hardware. Our craftsman stitch and install the pieces for a custom look and fit. Sometimes it can take up to three days to acquire the ideal fit of the top. The best carpets, leathers, and fabrics are bought for the vehicle and used on the convertible top and interior. The craftsmanship is critical to the overall look.

A new wiring harness is almost always installed. The wire loom is restored or replaced using an original style that does not take anything away from the original aesthetics. The electrical components, instruments, gauges, knobs, lights, and switches are re-screened, restored, rebuilt, or replaced.

Next, all the mechanical items on the vehicle are carefully gone through. The engine is broken down and evaluated for any damage. The block, head, crank, and cams are then sent out to the machine shop to be hot tanked, magnafluxed, measured, balanced, line bored, and blueprinted as needed. Once the engine has been set to factory standards it returns to us for a final inspection and reassembly. All the wearable parts are replaced such as pistons, piston rings, bearings, valve guides, seats, springs, seals, timing chain, etc...

All the components in the engine compartment are removed and evaluated. The parts are cleaned, restored, or replaced and painted or re-plated with the proper color or finish if needed. The following parts are rebuilt or replaced; carburetors, oil pump, water pump and generator/alternator. The radiator is hot tanked and re-cored or replaced. All the belts, hoses, filters, fluids, and hardware is replaced down to the last proper hose clamp. The stone guards and drip pans are also restored or replaced.

The transmission is rebuilt using new gears, seals, lay shaft and syncros as needed. The clutch system is rebuilt or replaced when necessary. The drive shaft is balanced. The under carriage is rebuilt, including the shocks and suspension parts. Many of the structural hardware pieces are upgraded from a grade 5 to a grade 8 for durability. All new bushings, seals, hardware, and components are used. In most vehicles the frame and suspension parts are media blasted and powder coated in the proper colors for durability and longevity. The braking system is restored from the master cylinder to the rear shoes or pads. The wheel cylinders are honed, re-sleeved in brass or stainless steel for a lifetime guarantee and new seals and pistons are installed. All the brake lines are replaced, along with the shoes, drums, pads, and rotors. The rear end gears are checked, calibrated, and rebuilt, replacing parts as needed. The gas tank is removed, flushed, hot tanked, repaired if needed, then epoxy sealed or replaced and refinished to high standards. The fuel pump is replaced or rebuilt as well as the fuel lines. A new exhaust system is fitted to the vehicle. The battery is replaced with the correct size. All five wheels are replaced or restored and trued before we mount the proper vintage style tires on them.

After the vehicle has been reassembled, our craftsmen and technicians do a complete check to make sure everything is in excellent working order. We complete a pre-service test drive, adjust the valves, re-torque the head, check the tolerances of the engine, and re-torque the nuts and bolts throughout the vehicle. Creating a Show car can take almost twice as much labor as a Driver level due to the attention needed to every detail.

Often, we take the vehicles out to various shows to win awards before offering them for sale. This helps ensure our customers receive that Pedigree show winner! Right before a vehicle is ready for its new home, we complete a final detail and show its new owners the proper way to drive, care, and maintain for their new classic.

Occasionally, people are surprised that their show vehicle does not have the same accessories as their newer vehicles or even other classic vehicles they may come across. Most of the show vehicles that Classic Showcase restores do not have outside mirrors or radios, as these were usually dealer added items.

Drain the gas or add a few drops of additive to the gas tank and run the engine so that the additive will get in to the carbs. This will ensure that your gasoline in the tank will not break down or go bad and cause problems to the carburetors or fuel pump. Marvell Mystery Oil or STA-BIL® are amazing products and you'll find that they work wonders. To add oil to the gas, put a small amount into the cylinders. Make sure the car has plenty of anti-freeze.

Disconnect the battery. If it is very cold, remove the battery completely and place on a trickle charger.

Place your vehicle on jack stands. This will save your tires from getting a flat spot from sitting. If you don't have access to a stand then slightly over inflate the tires to compensate for the amount of time they won't be in use.

Polish the car and cover it with a heavy cover to protect it from the elements, and keep your classic in a dry environment; if possible a climate controlled one. Never store a car on the dirt. When wet it can cause rust. Always try to park your car on the pavement. If you must store your car in the open elements with a car cover, please be sure to remove the car cover after a rain so that the cover does not dry over the car. If the cover is left on the car after rain, while it dries it can cause hazing in your paint.

Upcoming Events

September 22, 2012

Barrett-Jackson Auction
Las Vegas, NV

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September 22-23, 2012

Fleet Week Speed Festival • Car Show & Vintage Car Races
San Diego, CA

Support our troops and show your car! The Seventh Annual Car Show to benefit the Navy’s Morale Welfare Recreation - MWR will be held both days. Awards presented both days! The annual Fleet Week Speed Festival Car Show is held on Naval Base North Island from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday & Sunday. Judging begins at 9 a.m. with awards presented at 12:30 p.m. each day.

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September 28-30, 2012

New England Concours D’Elegance
Saratoga Springs, NY

This year's featured marques will be:

Pre-war Rolls-Royce, Shelby Mustang & Cobra (50th Anniversary),
Porsche 356, Chrysler Imperial, New York State-made Automobiles: Franklin, Buckmobile,
Pierce-Arrow, Maxwell, etc., Café Racers.

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October 3-7, 2012

MBZ Gullwing Group Nationals
Palm Springs, CA

The highlight of every Gull Wing Group year is the annual convention. Always located in a unique location in the U.S. or Canada, the convention features technical sessions, driving experiences, a car show, and an annual banquet. Members from all over the world attend and meet old and new friends with a common interest in the legendary 300 SLs. Many members bring their 300 SLs and the convention is one of the largest gatherings of the unique 300 SL Gull Wings and Roadsters in the world.

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October 6, 2012

Inland Empire Jaguar Club • Wine Country Concours
The Historic Idyllwild Inn, Idyllwild, CA

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October 7, 2012

San Diego British Car Day
Ingram Plaza at Liberty Station
San Diego, CA

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October 21, 2012

Del Mar Concours d'Elegance • Del Mar Fairgrounds and Racetrack
Del Mar, CA

The Del Mar Concours d'Elegance is held at one of the world's most beautiful locations, the Del Mar Fairgrounds and Racetrack, on the water in Solana Beach, just north of San Diego, California.

Founded in the late 1930s by horse racing enthusiasts led by legendary crooner Bing Crosby, Del Mar has emerged as one of the great beachfront locations worldwide. The facility plays home to horse racing from July to September annually, and is also home to the San Diego County Fair, along with dozens of special events year round.

Del Mar is a perfect location for a concours d'Elegance, with oceanfront beauty matched only by the automotive excellence sure to be on display this October 21, 2012. As Bing Crosby himself once sang, Del Mar is "where the turf meets the surf."

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October 28, 2012

Celebration Of The Motorcycle • Del Mar Race Track Paddock
Del Mar, CA

On Sunday, October 28, 2012, the Celebration of the Motorcycle returns to the Del Mar Race Track Paddock in Del Mar (CA). Now in its third year, the Celebration of the Motorcycle has set the new standard for antique and classic motorcycle events. It’s the event where “world legends really do gather.” For the past two years, the Celebration of the Motorcycle has been held in conjunction with the Del Mar Concours d’Elegance, producers of this event. This year, it will be held separately, a testament to the strength and popularity of this important day.

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October 27-28, 2012

Santa Barbara Concours d'Elegance

The Santa Barbara Polo Club will once again host the Santa Barbara Concours d'Elegance.  Now in it's 26th year, the Concours continues to celebrate art on wheels in a weekend-long event packed with automotive attractions, live entertainment, performance and luxury experiences that are bound to give attendees and participants the opportunity to indulge their passions for automotive, culinary and cultural artistic design.

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November 16-18, 2012

McCormick's Collector Car Auctions
The Spa Resort Casino • Palm Springs, CA

We are a family owned and operated Classic Car Auction house based in Palm Springs, California. We produce 2 large Classic Car Auctions per year here in Palm Springs. The auctions are open to the general public and dealers are also welcome. Each event features over 500 Classic & Exotic cars. The events are held in February & November each year. The venue is The Spa Resort Casino in downtown Palm Springs, just steps away from many resorts, shopping and fine dining.

Back in 1981, Keith McCormick had already become a successful entrepreneur in his native United Kingdom, but he longed to realize a dream to move to Palm Springs, California and devote his time entirely to his family...and his cars.

In 1985, Keith hosted his very first exotic car auction. A modest affair, by today's standards, but one that would start a tradition.

Today, Keith's relentless dedication to excellence and integrity has produced one of the most prestigious, respected, and successful car auctions in America.

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December 2, 2012

Sunday Drive to Flo's at Chino Airport - First Sunday of every month.

356 Club Sponsored

Meet on the Eastbound Carbon Canyon Road (corner of Carbon Canyon Road & Valencia Ave in Brea), just before 6:30 am on the first Sunday of EVERY MONTH! Departure time is 6:35 am SHARP!! All Porsches or what ever runs is welcome. Destination: Flo's Airport Cafe located at the Chino Airport. Alternatively, meet at Flo's. For over ten years rain or shine there has always been someone there to have breakfast and talk Porsche.

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December 9, 2012

Drive to Rose Canyon Cantina - Second Sunday of every month.

356 Club Sponsored

The second Sunday afternoon each month. Meet at 3:00 p.m. at Knowlwood's Hamburgers, 14952 Sand Canyon in Irvine (one block south of the 5 Freeway).

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January 13-20 , 2013

Barrett-Jackson Auctions

Scottsdale, AZ, USA

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January 16-20, 2013

Russo and Steele Sports and Muscle in Scottsdale, AZ

Scottsdale, AZ is the premier auction location that provides all of the fundamental essentials which attract buyers and sellers from around the world. Russo and Steele’s Scottsdale auction is the primary destination for automobile enthusiasts to buy and/or sell the very best in European Sports, American Muscle, Hot Rods, and Customs. Following with tradition, we are continuing with our signature “Auction in the Round” format, and will offer 5 days of Auction excitement and over 700+ classic cars. The Scottsdale auction event has a reputation for wild, action-filled, auction block excitement earning the honor of being “one of the major players in the Scottsdale scene. Rapidly upping their game in the last half decade to become a one-stop shopping venue for lovers of all manner of post-war vintage machinery, both domestic and imported” according to Hemmings Sports and Exotic Magazine.

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January 17, 2013

Bonham's Auctions • The Scottsdale Auction
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ

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January 17-18, 2013

RM Auctions • Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, AZ

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January 18, 2013

Silver Auctions • Fort McDowell Arizona Auction

Silver has skillfully established a solid reputation for auctioning affordable collector cars in this January-in-Arizona extravaganza. Silver's auction continues to grow each year because it is filling a much-needed auction alternative. Thousands of buyers and sellers want an auction where they can buy and sell in an arena that they are personally comfortable in. Silver provides that alternative for the greater Phoenix area since 1992. Silver's Fort McDowell auction offers real buyers and sellers, real cars and real deals.

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January 18-19, 2013

Gooding's Auctions • Scottsdale, AZ

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February 23-24, 2013

Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance
Boca Raton Resort and Club, Boca Raton, Florida

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March 21-23, 2013

2013 JCNA AGM/Western States Annual Meeting
Sheraton Grand Hotel • Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX

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