QUESTION: Is it beneficial to install a 5 speed transmission when you are doing the restoration, or stay with the 4 speed?

• ANSWER: Today’s driving of fast speeds on the freeways are in excess of 65 mph.  In the 1960’s the average speed was much less, more like 50 mph.  With the 4 speed, your engine is now running higher RPMs because of the faster speeds.  Your objective would be to reduce the RPMs of the engine, and in turn increase the longevity of the engine's life. It also improves your gas mileage, and the short shift makes the car more fun to drive!

QUESTION: Is it true that an Etype does not have a frame?

Yes. XKEs were uniquely designed with a monocoque, which consisted of two main tubes, made up of the sills inner/outer between front and rear wheel arches. The Bulkhead was attached forward by a tubular front sub-frame..

What are your recommendations for my exhaust manifolds on my E-type?

• ANSWER: This is really a personal preference, and depends on the application of your car. Porcelain manifolds are factory correct for the car, and are considered proper when campaigning. Heat treated manifolds function just as porcelain manifolds, but do not require maintenance. Headers increase performance, horsepower, and efficiency. Each manifold choice is correct, but it's up to you to choose what is best for your car, and your needs. Some enthusiasts have chosen to have 2 sets of manifolds, which provides an unique option from showing and driving their XKE.

QUESTION: I have two classic cars, a 1967 Porsche 911 Targa, and a Merceds Benz 280 SL, 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 was wondering how you determine the value of a classic car when you are trying to buy or sell...

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

Five Facts You Might Not Know About Jaguar Cars

The Jaguar has always been a very popular car among collectors and high end car owners alike. The long and storied history behind this classic automobile is only one of the reasons why. In fact, most people that admire Jaguars don’t even realize that they have such a unique past. From their early days when they were known simply as the Swallow Sidecar Company to their modern supercars, the name Jaguar has always been synonymous with beauty and class. Here are five facts that you might not know about this wonderful car:

Jaguar Was Not Originally Well Received Across The Board

The first Jaguar models, the SS90 and the SS100, were not the most popular among car enthusiasts. They certainly had their fans, but there were a number of folks that simply did not like them. They all seemed to love the way the car looked, but they considered the 6-cylinder engine to be too weak. When the company put out the SS100 with some extras to boost performance, the cars began to increase in popularity. Still, it is odd to think about a Jaguar starting out with such humble beginnings.

Jaguar Was Originally Built By A Motorcycle Sidecar Company

Way back in the beginning, Jaguar was called the Swallow Sidecar Company and they were not in the business of luxury sports cars. In fact, they were in the business of making sidecars for motorcycles of the time. It was not until 1926 that they started working on cars, and it was 1945 before they changed that God awful name to Jaguar as we know it today.

Jaguar Dominated The Lemans Racing Circuit In The 1950s

The Lemans 24 hours is a race that is very familiar to Jaguar fans, and the 1950s saw Jaguar winning virtually every time out. Five times the Jaguar lines took the checkered flag, and the other races they were right there. This racing history brings in a whole new group of fans and keeps the Jaguar name at the top of most Lemans discussions.

Jaguar Used The Logo To Symbolize Speed And Power

The Jaguar logo that shows a jaguar running is meant to show great speed and power. It is easy to understand why considering that Jaguar makes all their own engines themselves. This allows them to build the ultimate performance in engines up to 12-cylinders. That is a ton of power and it certainly matches that world famous logo.

The Ford Years Were A Bomb

Ford owned Jaguar for about nineteen years from 1989 through 2008. During those years, Jaguar never once turned a profit. This is probably because the name lost a ton of it’s uniqueness and luster. Jaguar is supposed to be recognized as special and different. The name Ford is anything but given that it is a car for the masses.

Jaguars are fantastic cars that certainly are considered to be better than the rest. To have that type of following, Jaguar has had to keep an incredible level of excellence over their long tenure in the luxury car business. With new models coming out all the time, Jaguar should be around for a long time to come.

Time spent taking apart the car, rebuilding the car and restoring the car to a brilliant piece of art, is time never returned. So when the car of your dreams is glistening in the sun and the engine is purring to a perfect pitch, keep it that way forever, by putting it into the storage barn for the cold winter months.

Take your car for an end of the season drive, feel the vibration of the motor racing to a top level roar, cruise along the roads and streets, enjoy the waves from people who appreciate the skill of workmanship put into the restoration of your classic car and remember the power of your car beneath your body for the long winter months ahead.

Find the right place, where your classic car, your muscle car, your dream vehicle will spend the cold, dark months in solitude. The special place could be your garage at home or it could be a private or commercial garage specializing in car storage. A perfect storage garage will have a climate controlled air system, not too cold, not too hot and not too humid.

Keeping the air at a controlled temperature will assure good ventilation throughout and around your car and decrease the possibility of rust and corrosion build up on any part of the car. If a climate controlled garage is not an option, keep the garage where you will store your car, clean, limit traffic in and out, keep windows and doors closed, no storage of items around your car, and COVER your car with a superior car cover.

Superior grade car covers allows the air to breath around your car and stop the dusk from landing on the car and then scratching small tiny lines into the car’s brilliant paint job.

1. Clean the Inside of the Car:

If you store your car for the winter, you need to make sure it is clean both on the inside and out. Remove all dirt, debris or food residue, so that insects or other animals will not target your car during the cold season. You may also apply some pest repellant.

2. Wash the Car

Wash the exterior of your car and have it waxed, so that the vehicle won’t be prone to rusting, and you’ll have a clean car when the spring comes.

3. Cover the Vehicle

Regardless of the storing area you use for your vehicle, you should drape your car in a waterproof cover. This will protect the paint.


4. Put the Tires on Jack Stands

When stored for over 1 month, it’s better if the tires don’t touch the ground. Get some jack stands, which will prevent the development of flat spots on the tires.


5. Disconnect the Battery

To preserve the quality of your battery, you should disconnect it. Even when in storage, the car may extract some electricity from the battery, and you’ll have a difficult time starting your car in the spring. Batteries need to be secured with a low amp 6-12 volt battery tender. This battery tender will keep the battery fully charged all winter long without ever turning the motor on to charge the battery

Upcoming Events

January 1-4, 2013

San Diego International Auto Show • San Diego Convention Center

Where the cars are the stars! The 2014 San Diego International Auto Show features the widest variety of new vehicles under one roof. The 2014-model vehicles showcase the newest levels of technology that enhance the driving experience, packaged in luxurious interiors and wrapped in cutting edge designs. Both new car and truck models from over 30 manufacturers are featured, as well as the cars and trucks of tomorrow with concept vehicles from a number of manufacturers. When not captivated by the cars, show visitors can participate in exciting, fun new features, family entertainment, and interactive activities.

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January 9, 2014

Bonham's Auctions • Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction • Bally's Hotel & Casino

Bonhams will return to the Bally's Hotel and Casino for the 4th annual Las Vegas Sale of motorcycles. A highlight of the sale will be the 50+ motorcycles from the extensive Wayne Pierce family museum collection.

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January 9-11, 2014

Mid America Auctions Las Vegas Antique Motorcycle Auction
South Point Casino and Exhibit Hall, Las Vegas, NV

Join us for our 23rd Annual Las Vegas Antique Motorcycle Auction & Races this coming January 2014! Many of you are very familiar with this event and we appreciate your support and enthusiasm over the years. It has helped us grow the auction into the world’s largest, and one of the most anticipated antique motorcycle events of the year with participants from all 50 states and around the world. We are very excited for the event which is just right around the corner! The 23rd Annual Las Vegas Antique Motorcycle Auction will once again be held at the spacious and accomodating South Point Hotel and Resort. We hope to see you again as well as look forward to meeting new friends in a city built for fun!

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January 12, 2014

Arizona Concours d'Elegance
The Arizona Biltmore • Phoenix, AZ

A world-class Concours d'Elegance of rare vintage automobiles has long been envisioned as a focal point for Arizona's famed collector-car auction week. On Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, the vision comes to life when the inaugural Arizona Concours d'Elegance starts off the week at the Arizona Biltmore Resort with a premium event of style and luxury.

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January 12-19, 2014

Barrett-Jackson Auctions • Scottsdale, AZ

The Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale will take place over eight days incorporating special events, displays and activities. The auction will feature more than 1,000 collector and special interest automobiles from all years being auctioned off at No Reserve, as well as daily "automobilia" auctions. Over 350 vendors and exhibitors will also be on hand.

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January 16-17, 2014

Automobilia Scottsdale
The Ballroom of The Radisson Ft. McDowell, Scottsdale, AZ

The largest automobilia show in Scottsdale, and the only time during Auction Week to find these top dealers in a single venue. Enjoy the relaxed indoor setting while buying only original vintage posters, photographs, rallye plates, badges & pins, hood ornaments, signs, original art, display items, scale models, literature & books, signed items, postcards, etc...

"Automobilia Monterey, another of 'The Weekend's' must attend events" - Road & Track

"Tony Singer's AUTOMOBILIA is a delicious mini-Retromobile, where you find all the good stuff, and charming vendors" - Martin Swig, January 5, 2012

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January 16-17, 2014

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

RM Auctions is excited to kick off its 2014 calendar of events with our return to Arizona for a two-day sale from January 16–17, 2014. The Arizona auction week is widely regarded as a barometer for the new collector car season, with last year’s Arizona sale achieving more than a 42% increase in sales, representing an all-time high for RM Auctions.

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January 17, 2014

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

Held at the luxurious Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, the Bonhams Scottsdale Auction has quickly become a major highlight on the global vintage car auction calendar. We have carefully selected the finest sports and touring cars from the past 100 years of motoring, to present to you an outstanding grouping of the most exquisite examples from the world's most celebrated marques. We invite you to be a part of the 2014 Bonhams Scottsdale Auction, where rare opportunities to acquire the world's finest motorcars await. We are most confident that we will have something truly exceptional to entice your automotive appetite.

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January 17-18, 2014

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 17-18, 2014

Gooding's Auctions • Scottsdale, AZ

An ideal winter destination, Gooding & Company has brought a refined approach to the well-established and thriving marketplace of Scottsdale. Adjacent to the Fashion Square Mall and charming Old Town Scottsdale, Gooding & Company consistently offers collections that stand apart with stunning examples across many marques and eras. Beginning Wednesday, view the diverse high-quality assortment of vehicles up for auction, and connect with Gooding & Company’s top-notch staff and fellow collectors. Over the past six years, Gooding & Company has consistently achieved the highest individual sale of the Scottsdale auction week and, in 2013, presented the highest sale in Arizona Auction Week history.

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January 17-26, 2014

Mecum Auctions • Kissimmee, Florida

Don’t miss out on one of the largest selection of collector cars in the world! More than 3,000 classic, muscle and collector vehicles plus hundreds of pieces of automotive memorabilia are on the auction block during this exciting event. Admission is $20; free for children 12 and under. Gates open at 8 a.m. daily.

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January 19, 2014

San Antonio Jaguar Club • 25th Annual Rallye to Luckenbach, Texas
El Chaparral Mexican Restaurant - 15103 Bandera Ra , Helotes, Texas

Class T2 Time speed distance rally ending at the historic post office in Luckenbach. First car out at 12:31PM, following mandatory driver's meeting at 12:10PM. Approximately 100 miles and 3 hours over 3-5 stages.

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January 22-26, 2014

Cavallino Classic • A Gathering of Automotive Excellence for Owners and Enthusiasts
The Breakers Resort Hotel, Palm Beach, Florida

This year marks the show’s 23rd anniversary, and it’s set to follow a schedule familiar to past attendees. As in previous years, the opening event will be the Cavallino Classic Competition, a two-day, on-track event held at Palm Beach International Raceway (formerly Moroso Motorsports Park), allowing owners of vintage Ferraris and Maseratis to partake of track time in a controlled and regulated environment. The event is partially open to prewar cars from other marques (such as Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, Bentley, Delage, Delahaye, Mercedes and Talbot), as well as more contemporary racing Ferraris (such as the 350 Can-Am), but participation in these classes requires prior approval. Awards are presented at the Cavallino Classic Competition Awards Party, held at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach on Friday evening.

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February 21-23, 2014

McCormick's Palm Springs Collector's Car Auctions • Palm Springs, CA

McCormick’s Classic Car Auction, it’s oft referred to by name, has become a favored local event with two large auctions each year. The party atmosphere, livened with bidding action, gives registered bidders and sellers complimentary MUMM’s champagne during a special Happy Hour and an event caterer sells an assortment of tasty items to keep guests from getting hungry. Open to the public, it attracts more than 20,000 car enthusiasts to the desert. “Only 7 percent of our attendees are bidders,” McCormick says. “About 93 percent are ‘tire kickers’, and that’s just fine because they’ll become future bidders.”

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February 21-23, 2014

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

We invite you to join us over three spectacular days February 21, 22, & 23, 2014 as we commemorate the 8th Annual Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance.The Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance the fastest growing Concours in the nation and the world's largest for charity. The Concours kicks off on Friday night with the duPont Registry Live Hangar Party. On Saturday night, we will have a Gala Dinner & Show so extraordinary that it will set the standards for all Gala events to come. Then on Sunday, the main event takes place, as an expert panel judges some of the finest automobiles and motorcycles ever built. From our very first Concours, the world-renowned Boca Raton Resort and Club has been the proud host of this prestigious event benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County.

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February 23, 2014

Desert Classic Concours d’Elegance
Desert Princess Country Club/Doral Desert Princess Resort and Spa
Palm Springs, California

An annual celebration of beauty, art, design and engineering, this 2 day premier motorsports event culminates with the prestigious Concours d’Elegance. In addition to more than 250 classic cars, featuring the finest examples of automotive excellence, exhibit areas will include displays of other collectible items such as jewelry, watches and art. Visitors will enjoy fine food, beverages and music while viewing rarely seen automobiles, many from private collections and museums.

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February 28-March 1, 2014

Atlantic City, New Jersey Classic Car Show & Auction

GPK Auctions produces The Atlantic City Classic Car Show & Auction; an annual three day event; which spent its early years at the beautiful Boardwalk Hall. By 1998 the event had out grown the 300,000 sq ft of Boardwalk Hall and moved to the spacious 500,000 sq ft of the new state-of-the-art Atlantic City Convention Center. We look forward to providing spectacular events with attractions for all car enthusiasts. Our premier classic and collectable car auctions, based on integrity, are second to none. Coming off of our most successful year and the return of Hot Rod Alley, as well as many other highlights, this year is sure to be the best in the events prestigious history; with a focus on quality, diversity, and fair pricing. Don’t miss out on the hottest auction on the East Coast!

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March 7-9, 2014

Amelia Island 2013 Concours D'Elegance • The Ritz Carlton • Amelia Island, FL

The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is an automotive charitable event held each year during the second weekend in March on the Amelia Island Golf Links at Amelia Island, Florida.

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March 7, 2014

Gooding's Auctions • Amelia Island, FL

Gooding & Company’s East Coast auction kicks off the prestigious Amelia Island weekend of collector events. Located at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, a classic Southern resort, this venue caters to the enthusiast looking for a relaxed yet rewarding springtime getaway. Held on the Friday before the celebrated Concours d’Elegance, Gooding & Company’s auction showcases a curated lineup of cars, inviting spirited bidding in a comfortable setting. Since joining the Amelia Island experience in 2010, Gooding & Company’s auction has more than doubled, building its reputation as the premier East Coast collector car auction event.

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March 8, 2014

RM Auctions • Amelia Island, Florida

Held in association with the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, collectors from across the world meet at the oceanside Ritz to celebrate the automobile.

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March 8, 2014

Jaguar Club of Central Arizona • Concours
AJ Chandler Park / Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort & Hotel • Chandler, AZ

The March 2014 Concours will be held in the A J Chandler Park, Chandler, AZ.
Our headquarters will be in the San Marcos Golf Resort and Hotel.

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March 7-9, 2014

Festivals of Speed's Motorcars & More - A Luxury Lifestyle Event & Auction
Omni Amelia Island Plantation • Amelia Island, Florida

A luxury lifestyle event & auction  with cocktails, music, motorcars automobilia & memorabilia Featured in the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Ballroom.

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March 14-16, 2014

Auctions America • Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Celebrating it’s 12th year as South Florida’s premier collector car auction, Fort Lauderdale logged sales of $17.5 million in 2013 and is poised to surpass that figure in 2014. Note: The Broward County Convention Center lies within the confines of Port Everglades. Due to new Federal security requirements, you must show your government issued picture identification (PASSPORT or DRIVER’S LICENSE) at all security checkpoints to gain access to the Convention Center.

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April 3-6, 2014

Jaguar Clubs of North America • Annual General Meeting & Weekend Festival
Hyatt Regency Cambridge • Boston, MA

Welcome to the 2014 AGM -- it will be an event to remember! It has been a long time in planning, but things are shaping up for a really fabulous JCNA AGM and a great weekend party. And our plans are not just for the delegates, but also for delegates' partners and for the general membership of all JCNA clubs across North America. As you will see in the agenda below, there will be a host of activities built around Jaguar, many opportunities to take advantage of the great things Boston has to offer, and, of course, a fine chance to meet old acquaintances and make new friends from across the JCNA world.

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April 5-9, 2014

Copperstate 1000 • Phoenix, Arizona

Bell Lexus Copperstate 1000 is one of the premier vintage car road rallies in North America. This annual event celebrates the automotive cultural legacy by featuring some of the finest working examples of vintage, sports, racing, classic and grand touring automobiles manufactured before the 1974 model year.

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April 11-13, 2014

Barrett-Jackson Auctions • Palm Beach, FL

Start your engines and pull out your wallets because Barrett Jackson’s World’s Greatest Collector Car Auction is coming to West Palm Beach this April. This classic car auction is being held at the South Florida Fairgrounds and will run from Aril 11th-13th. Both car enthusiasts and casual browsers will love all the unique cars and “automobilia” the auction has to offer.

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May 1-3, 2014

Vicari Auction's Crusin' Nocona Collector Car Auction
Nocona, Texas

If you love classic cars, live music, art, great food, and small town hospitality – this is the perfect weekend getaway for you!  Downtown Nocona is host to too many classic & muscle cars to even count!  Shine up your classic car and hit the beautiful hills of North Central Texas! If you don’t have a classic car, any car or truck will do! Cruise 130 miles round-trip through Montague County’s Red River Valley wine country, and see some of the prettiest scenery and wildflowers in Texas.  Start and finish in  Nocona, Texas, just down the road from Wichita Falls or Gainesville – and only about 100 miles from Dallas-Fort Worth!

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May 3, 2014

Worldwide Auctioneers Presents: The Houston Classic Motorcar Weekend
La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa • Montgomery, Texas

A world-class gathering of vintage motorcars and race cars in a spectacular resort setting.

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May 3-4 , 2014

18th Annual Keels & Wheels Concours d'Elegance
Lakewood Yacht Club • Seabrook, TX

Keels & Wheels established itself among the nations top concours events while in pursuit of multiple goals. The goals include raising significant funds for the charities the show supports, $1 million so far, while producing the best possible event that would draw participants and spectators from every corner of the country and even Europe. Side benefits have included an economic impact of over $3.5 million each year on the local community while simultaneously raising national awareness of Seabrook.

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May 4, 2014

Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance • Beverly Hills, CA

This remarkable event is an all marque concours for vintage and classic automobiles manufactured prior to 1975, along with a full field of motorcycles. Beyond a car show, the Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance is an all-day event featuring live music, gourmet food and beverages, high-end vendors, unique lectures, fashion shows and the rare opportunity to tour historic Greystone Mansion, which has served as the backdrop for countless motion picture and television productions.

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May 8-10, 2014

Auburn Spring • Auctions America Sale
Auburn Auction Park • Auburn, Indiana

Auctions America will return to the historic Auburn Auction Park May 8 – 10, for the annual Auburn Spring Collector Car Weekend. In addition to the more than 400 collector cars and full day of memorabilia that will cross the auction block, the event will feature a swap meet, car corral, and the return of the AACA’s Special Spring Meet.

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May 17, 2014

Jaguar Club of Florida • Concours D'Elegance
(Central Florida location to be announced; check the 'More Info' link below)

The Annual Jaguar Club of Florida Concours d'Elegance will be held in a uniquely beautiful central Florida location.

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May 17-18, 2014

Muckenthaler Motor Car Festival • Muckenthaler Cultural Center
Fullerton, California

The oldest and grandest car show in North Orange County hosts Hot Rods and a Concours d’Elegance, with the true classics of the automotive industry spread out over eight acres of lawns.

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