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It’s Friday – Palo Alto Concours d’Elegance

Marking the return of Ferrari Friday GALPOT returns to Palo Alto Concours d’Elegance thanks to more photographs from Geoffrey Horton.

Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina Cabriolet Series 2, Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance

The 212 Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina Cabriolet Series 2‘s built are most easily identified from the 36 Series 1 models by the vent window in the door and the absence of side vents in the front wing/fender.

Ferrari 250 GT Lusso, Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance

The 375 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso’s built between 1963 and 1964 all featured steel bodywork designed by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti, with a top speed of 150 mph they were amongst the fastest production cars of their day.

Ferrari 275 GTB, Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance

I’m not totally sure if the Ferrari 275 above is a two cam GTB version built from 1964 to 1966 or the 165mph 4 cam GTB/4 version built from 1966 to 1968, the wire wheels suggest the former because the GTB/4 was the first Ferrari not to be offered with wire wheels, which may have been fitted retrospectively.

Ferrari 330 GTC, Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance

Sharing the same chassis, motor and independent suspension as the Ferrari 275 GTB is the Ferrari 330 GTC, a refined 2+2 which was said to be the first Ferrari in which one might “enjoy the radio”.

Ferrari 365 GTB/4, Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance

Replacing the 275 series cars in 1968 was the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 better known as the Daytona model.

Ferrari Dino 246 GT, Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance

Ferrari first installed a V6 motor, inspired by his son Dino in 1957 and the following year one of many variations appeared in a two seat sports racing car, however it was not until 1969 that a V6 was fitted to a Ferrari 246 GT Dino like the one above. The Dino was the first of the mid engined Ferrari’s to be built for the road, despite misgivings that Enzo had about his customers being able to cope with the handling of such a configuration.

My thanks to Geoffrey Horton for sharing his photo’s more of which will appear next Thursday with a review of the Hillborough Concours d’Elegance.

Thanks for joining me on this “It’s Friday edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow. Don’t forget to come back now !


Americana – Palo Alto Concours d’Elegance

At the back end of June Geoffrey Horton attended the Palo Alto Concours d’Elegance, apparently there was some confusion during the prize giving thanks what appears to have been a break down in communication between the judges and marshalls which left Geoffrey unsure if he and his Jaguar XK 140 had won a prize, if so which one, or not.

Packard, Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance

Among the photo’s Geoffrey kindly sent me were several of US built machines, above a Packard which I believe might be a 1936 One-Twenty though I’ll gladly take a second opinion the top mounted wipers appear to be the most useful clue as to the date.

Cadillac, Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance

The script above the front fender trim on this Cadillac combined with the old school tail dating back to pre 1939/45 war makes this a 1947 model year and I’ll hazard a guess it’s big enough to be a Cadillac 62, if you know different do not hesitate to chime in below.

Oldsmobile Eighty Eight, Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance

The squarish liberally chrome decorated 1958 Oldsmobile Eighty Eight is relatively simple to identify, not the James Bond gadget like fuel filler hidden by the tail light.

Buick Le Sabre, Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance

Above a fine example of a 1959 Buick Le Sabre basks in the sun, unfathomably, with the roof up !

Pontiac Grand Prix, Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance

Finally the windscreen of the 1964 Pontiac Grand Prix above displayed a certificate confirming that at least 90% of this vehicle remains within it’s factory new originality, finish and condition.

My thanks to Geoffrey for sharing today’s photographs.

Thanks for joining me on today’s “Americana” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres”, I hope you will join me again tomorrow when I’ll be looking at some of the Ferrari’s at Palo Alto. Don’t forget to come back now !


2011 GALPOT Review #2 – Concours d’Elegance

One of the great joys of 2011 has been a year long correspondence with Geoffrey Horton who has introduced me to the delights of Concours d’Elegance events with some fabulous pictures from the West Coast of the United States. This post is dedicated unashamedly to Geoffrey with thanks for opening my eye’s.

Jaguar XK 140 FHC SE/MC, SF Presidio C d'E

Geoffrey is the owner of this Jaguar XK 140 FHC SE/MC, seen at San Francisco Presidio Concours d”Elegance, which he purchased as a viable rats nest for $3,000 and spent four years restoring to it’s present Concours d’Elegance award winning condition. The only problem he has experienced with his Jaguar is that no one seems to be aware exactly which way round the side light indicators are supposed to have been fitted at the Jaguar factory. If you know please chime in below, this topic will almost certainly be the subject of a future blog.

Allard J2, Palo Alto C d'E

Among the cars I have blogged about is this Allard J2 chassis # 1513, seen at the Dessert Classics C d’E in February. It turns out this car has once the property of Roy Richter the brains behind the post war success that was Bell Auto Parts. Roy was also the California Allard dealer who prepared this car and raced it just once beating the likes of Phil Hill in a Jaguar XK120. Seasons greetings are also due to Colin Warnes of the Allard Register who together ex Allard engineer David Hooper helped with a number of Allard queries through the year.

Mercedes Chevy 300SL, Sacramento State Capital Concours

At the Sacramento State Capital Concours Geoffrey met Dave multi championship winning driver and owner Dave Wolin owner of this 50 foot special Mercedes Chevy 300SL. Geoffrey put me in touch with Dave who kindly furnished me with further details for what has become the single most popular GALPOT blog to date.

Porsche 935 K3, Palo Alto C d'E

One of my all time favorite cars is the Porsche 935, and this immaculate Interscope liveried K3, as originally driven by Ted Field and Danny Ongias, seen at Palo Alto C d’E would be one of my favorite 2 of the type.

Spyker Silvestris V8 Prototype, Goodwood FoS C d'E

Goodwood Festival of Speed hosts an annual Cartier Concours d’Elegance on the lawn in front of Goodwood House, the unrestored Spyker Silvestris V8 Prototype above won this years event, proving that original patina is not necessarily a barrier to success in Concours d’Elegance events.

Allard J2R, Carmel by the Sea C d'E

In August each year Carmel by the Sea holds it’s annual Concours d’Elegance which this year filled 16 blocks. Geoffrey sent me a mouth watering selection of photo’s from the event including this one of a 1955 Allard J2R. The winning car from the event will be reprized on Friday.

Bristol Viotti 407, Greenwich BOC C d'E

At the end of August I managed to visit the Bristol Owners Club Concours d’Elegance held in the grounds of the former Naval School at Greenwich in London. 91 year old ex Bristol works director Syd Lovesy is seen here presenting one of the many trophies to Richard Vaughan owner of the unique Bristol 407 Viotti Convertible that once belonged to comic actor Peter Sellers.

Airmobile Sedan C, Hillsborough C d'E

Much to my embarrassment such was the hectic pace of life at GALPOT towers this summer that until I started to compile this review I had not noticed that I completely missed posting a blog about the Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance where one of the stranger vehicles in attendance was the unique, despite a 45,000 mile promotion drive, Airomobile Sedan C built by Carl T Doman at the request of Paul M. Lewis in 1937.

15 01 12 Amendment i originally indicated Tom Tjaarda was involved in the design however it has been pointed out to me by Tim Murray that Tom was not born until 1934 and so cannot have been involved in the design of the Airomobile.

Maverick Sportster, Palos Verdes C d'E

It’s not everyday that I receive an e-mail with photographs of five different open top sports cars about which I know absolutely zero, but i received such an e-mail from Geoffrey upon his return from Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance in September. Above is what appears to be the prototype 1952 Maverick Sportster recognizable by the absence of any doors !

Dual Ghia, Niello Serrano C d'E

Rounding out the year Geoffrey attended the Niello Serrano Concours d’Elegance where another stunning selection of vehicles was in attendance including a top selection of US convertibles. The one that gave me the biggest headache trying to identify was this Dual Ghia, although a distinct Chrysler flavor eventually gave the game away.

I hope you will join me in thanking Geoffrey for taking the time to send me so many photographs from his collection, I’d also like to thank all those who helped me in anyway, great or small, to tell the stories behind some of them. I can’t wait to see what Geoffrey turns up next year !

Thanks for joining me on this Concours d’Elegance edition of ‘Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres, I hope you will join me again tomorrow. Don’t forget to come back now !

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