Today was car day. After a late start (I forgot to spring forward-thanks for the reminder anyway Bob), I spent most of the day at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. This was my second trip here and I never get tired of seeing these cars. They are works of art. This year's show is dedicated to Sam Posey, an American race car driver, broadcaster, and automobile writer who started in the sport in the 1960's. The show also honors the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Porsche 911, the introduction of the 7th Generation Corvette (and the 50th anniversary of the Corvette Sting Ray), and the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Lamborghini. Also featured were the Ford GT40 that dominated LeMans in the late 60's, the racing cars of Henry Miller that were at the top of American racing in the 20's and 30's, and Formula Jr. cars that were the training cars for future Formula 1 drivers starting in the 50's. The Concours had over 300 entries plus many non-judged cars from the honored categories. To top it all off you could, with a reservation, drive modern prodcution Porsches, Corvettes, Maserati's, Lamborghini's, Jaguars, and McClarens. I wish I had made a reservation or two. I took well over 700 pictures, but I'll spare you and won't post them all. The pictures will include a Hood Ornament "quiz". See if you can guess them all.
There is an interesting story behing the two 1955 LaSalle II "Dream Cars". Due to the serious recession in 1957 & 1958 the “bean counter” accountants took over at GM, intending to keep profits up by cutting fixed overhead. The financial decision was made to cut storage expenses for Dream Cars that had served their intended purposes. In December 1958, the 1955 LaSalle II Roadster(intended to be the new design for the 1957 Corvette) and the 1955 LaSalle II Sedan were viewed as assets that could be sacrificed and were sent to the Warhoops Salvage Yard in Sterling Heights, MI. The Roadster was cut into pieces, but thankfully not crushed. When the car at Warhoops, much of the it was actually missing. This made restoration more than just a challenge, but a process more like fabrication. It took 22 years and this was the first public display of the roadster. The next project is to restore the sedan.
To put the cherry on this Sunday, Sue and I went to dinner at Singleton's Sea Food Shack along the St. Johns River in Mayport, FL. It's a DDD that I've visited before. Fresh sea food off the boats docked along side the deck where we ate dinner. It doesn't get any better than this. Now if only the Flyers would win tonight.