‘Comments From The Canyon’ Inaugural Classic Auto Show – Los Angeles

By: James Groth for The English Car Company
Image Credit: James Groth 2017

1962 First Production Shelby Cobra “Best of Show Grand Boulevard’ owned by Bruce Meyer.

Internationally known classic car owner and Founding Chairman of the Petersen Automotive Museum, Bruce Meyer opened the media event for the inaugural ‘Classic Auto Show’ at the Los Angles Convention Center. Bruce’s narration covered the history of each of the stunning black automobiles on display in the ‘Winners Circle’ many from the Margie and Robert E. Petersen Automotive Museum.

1962 First Production Shelby Cobra

1925 Rolls Royce Phantom Aero Coupe by Jonckheere of Belgium from the Petersen Museum

1925 Rolls Royce Phantom Aero Coupe

1932 Ford “Roller Coupe” owned by Bruce Meyer

Bruce shared personal stories as well. The most memorable story was about the three thousand trip he and his wife of forty-eight years took in his1932 Ford “Roller Coupe” from Beverly Hills to Victoria, Canada.This hot rod is truly a period build of the early1950’s and is without the amenities of a modern hot rod.

1932 Ford Roller Coupe

Interior of Bruce Meyer’s 1932 “Roller Coupe” hot rod

Lightweight materials and design were garnered from World War ll aircraft for this custom built 1932 Ford, even the seats are out of a military plane. The interior is comfortable per the Meyer’s but in the sense of early off-road vehicles, great for any true enthusiast. The hot rod also has a large enough trunk to carry everything for their adventurous trip.

Interior of Bruce Meyer 1932 Roller Coupe

Gurney Toyota GTP at the Petersen Museum, a similar one was on display at the Classic Car Show

An All-Star Team from Velocity TV was in full force at the Classic Car Show LA to hold a number of seminars with Q&A on collecting, restoring, detailing and valuation of collector cars. A number of the Velocity Team also attended the Petersen Automotive Museum event to honour race car driver, designer and team owner Dan Gurney.

Gurney Toyota GTP at the Petersen Museum

Foose Design 1956 Ford F100 Pickup

Among the Velocity Team I had a word with were ‘Overhaulin’ design legend Chip Foose of Huntington Beach, CA, Car restorer and host of ‘Chasing Classic Cars’ Wayne Carini was in from New England as well as Englishman, Mike Brewer co-host of ‘Wheeler Dealers, all were there to honor the legendary career of Dan Gurney and enjoy the remodeled Petersen, their exceptional collection of Gurney race cars.

Foose Design 1956 Ford F100 Pickup

1929 DuPont Model G Speedster by Merrimack

1929 DuPont Model G Speedster

1929 DuPont BoatTail Rear End

929 DuPont BoatTail Rear

1941 Chrysler Barrowback Woodie with Chris Craft Canoe ‘Best of Show Grand Boulevard’ owned by Mike Malamut

1941 Chrysler Barrowback Woodie

Custom Built Cross Continental Racer

This is one of two cars built on a fire truck chassis designed for and having competed in cross-continental endurance racing. The vehicle weighs 8,000 pounds and has a 14-litre motor. Given the lack of gas stations on these endurance runs the team had to carry five extra fuel cans on the vehicle.

Custom Built Cross Continental Racer

People Choice Award 1956 Austin Healy owned by Bill Hoyt

People Choice Award 1956 Austin Healy

Number 1 Shelby Cobra owned by Bruce Meyer

The number 1 Shelby Cobra was on display looking better than new. This car did not have a race history but is truly significant by the fact that this 1962 is the first ever production built Shelby Cobra. It’s now is powered by a Ford 289 cid rather than the Ford 260 cid motors installed in the early Cobras. The 1962 Shelby Cobra won ‘Best of Show Grand Boulevard’ for collector Bruce Meyer.

Number 1 Shelby Cobra

1932 Ford Ray Brown Dry Lakes Racer in Sherwood Green owned by Petersen Museum

1932 Ford Ray Brown

A 1950’s Mercury ‘Lead Sled’, one of the many specular custom cars from the LA Car Clubs on display

From an attendee experience, this first-time show put on by Sr. VP Mike Carlucci and his team was a success in terms of the high quality of the show cars and the impressive list of guest speakers from Velocity’s cable shows. The Los Angeles car clubs turned out in full force enabling for an exceptionally diverse collection of European, Asian and American customs and hot rods. The planned date for the 2018 show per Mr Carlucci is expected to be in March. I wish them continued success and appreciated all who presented their cars or organized this quality event.

A 1950’s Mercury Lead Sled

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