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Wednesday
Sep172014

The Memory Bank

In case you did not know The Colonel was at Cobble Beach a few days ago, we heard that his memory was awaken on a few occasion. He is sharing a coffee with us this morning, lets ask him a few questions.

Q: Your memory bank was opened on a few occasions last Sunday.

A: Guys, at times small things get one to connect forgotten dots, it was a fascinating experience.

Q: You connected a few dots, care to be specific?

A: Floors shifts coming out of the floor with a black rubber booth around the lever and no console. Reminded me of a Hurst shifter with a T handle froma few decades ago.

Q: We heard that the Pontiac "honeycomb" wheels attracted you.

A: Yes...had not seen honeycomb wheels in a long time, they were the hot set up at the time, the wheel is steel, the honeycomb is some sort of plastic. Those were the days when Pontiac was experiementing with various plastics.

A: Did you sell cars with honeycomb wheels?

Q: What do you think...yes.

Q: What is it with V16 Cadillacs?

A: Goes back to when luxury cars had bigger engines, had an opportunity to observe a V16 distributor cap with 16 wires coming out of it, and a Delco Remy plate on the side of the distibutor. Had never seen a distributor cap with 16 wires before. At a later date they would have doubled the distributors having only 8 wires per cap.

Q: What is it with the plane?

A: Its a De Havilland Beaver from 1955, and I flew in one to Algonquin Park some years back, totally cool with wind up windows, radial engine, and mechanical controls. This particular plane departed from Buttonville, to Lake Joseph, to Cobble Beach.

Q: What else caught your memory?

A: The extreme simplicity of cars from almost 100 years ago, evolved to what at the time was considered complex (although still mechanical and simple) to the extreme technology of today's cars.

Q: What is the message?

A: We expect a lot more from cars, than we ever did.

 

Tuesday
Sep162014

The Digital Influence

A refreshing perspective of the digital influence in the purchase decision process. 

 

 

 

Monday
Sep152014

Cobble Beach 2014

Best of Show-1936 Delahaye Type 135 Competition CoupeIts a spectacular setting, the cars are superb...obvious we returned this year for the 2nd Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance. 

Cobble Beach presents the unique opportunity to see cars from the brass era to modern super cars, and everything else in literally a 100 year span.

We need to mention that again this year Rob McLeese, his family, the staff, the judges, and volunteers did a phenomenal job in organizing and judging the Concours. Yes...the amenities are exceptional, what else would you expect.

Even if it was a little cold, blustery, and the grass was wet, it did not dampen the spirits of the participants or the folks attending. The spectacular setting and scenery immediately raises the spirits, and dampens the cold.

Corvette Roadster 427Yes...Margaret Dunning was attending as well as her Packard.

The organiser made an effort to have different cars, different makes, and this year included micro cars with several exceptional examples, from the Isetta, Messerschmitt, and even a Vespa (car).

Which cars caught our attention.

By now you know that we have a "penchant" for V16 Cadillacs, and there were a few to again capture our attention. 

The GTO Judge convertible with the 455, and especially the honeycomb wheels really caught our attention, we had not seen honeycomb wheels in a few years. 

The Duesenberg even if it was only a J was totally cool.

The Delahaye was a wow moment in itself, yes...Best of Show...and valuable...Click.

The Austin Healys were exceptional. 

View of Class WinnersThe Plymouth Road Runner with the 440 Six Pack, monster hood scoop, no hubcaps, lumpy idle, totally jogged our memory bank. In their day they were wicked machines on the street. 

The Lola T70 with the small block Chevy, sidedraft Webers, and a Vertex magneto, a reminder of the early days of Can Am racing. 

The 1962 Bubble Top Belair with the 409, and the tachometer on the steering column...nostalgia.

Unreal how Porsches have increased in size through the years, from the early 911 with Fuchs wheels, to modern 911 that is easily 1.5 times the size. Porshces was offering drives in 911's which was cool.

The Pagani Huayra was constantly surrounded by a crowd of onlookers...not often that one gets to see a Pagani live.

At the dock besides more boats, there was a 1955 De Haviland Beaver a true collector plane.

We could keep on going and going, as you know a photo is worth...take a few minutes to peruse our photo galleries.

Our photo gallery on Strada...click

Our photo gallery on Flickr...click

 

 

 

Saturday
Sep132014

Corvette vs Porsche

Lets go back a few decades and see how a 1967 Corvette 427 comares to a 1968 Porsche 911.

Guess which one wins?

 

 

Friday
Sep122014

Vroom Room

Good Morning!

Its Friday, its the Vroom Room, the cappuccino and biscotti are served, join the conversation, leave a comment.

Its always been part of the Ferrari history that if they do well on the track, they do not so well in the showroom, and vice versa. Its interesting to see Luca de Montezemolo leave Ferrari after over 2 decades, and replaced by Sergio Marchionne. 

From our perspective de Montezemolo was part of the "old guard" under Gianni Agnelli, and Sergio is part of the "new guard" under John Elkann. Obvious the new guard is increasingly exerting its muscles and influence within the FCA empire.

Should we be worried about Luca de Montezemolo losing his job at Ferrari? What do you think?

Within the bowels of Daimler, AMG has become a jumping point for the career vector of individuals. A couple of days ago the AMG GT halo car was presented to the world. The car looks like it was done by someone on a career vector that lacks the passion, understanding, perspective of what they were trying to do. "Lets take the roof line and quarter window of a 300SL coupe, the back end of a 911, and graft it to the front of an SLS"...."As an encore we will come up with a black edition with a carbon fiber spoiler".

Fascinating to see Mercedes win on the track with a superb F1 power unit, while Ferrari philosophically never got their heads around the F1 power unit concept. 

If you are of the opinion that a Corvette Z06 is an abosolute steal for the level of performance, we agree with you.

A cool video on the new Jaguar XE...Click.

We call it the Pontiac Saga, the ongoing court case of GM Dealers vs GM that is developing in Toronto. Its always fascinating when folks start washing their laundry in public.

Tomorrow is the start of the Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

Our usual old race cars from the US Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glenn.