People and Automobiles of the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

While I was unable to attend the festivities of Monterey Car Week due to the birth of my second son, my photographer, Mickey Wardlaw, did an excellent job of capturing some moments from the 2013 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance and Concours d’Elegance. I hope you enjoy. – Grant

 

Does this car have Bluetooth?

 

Yes, it's the Keno Brothers with their heads in a bonnet.

 

 

Is that Paula Dean?

 

 

 

 

Anyone have a spare?

 

 

 

Photo credits to Mickey Wardlaw.

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Dallas Classic Scooter Rally Gymkhana – Rocker Vs. Mod

 

The first weekend in October was the annual Dallas Classic Scooter Rally, and on Sunday afternoon a few hungover folks stuck around for the gymkhana. A gymkhana is a kind of scooter or motorized-vehicle obstacle course, if your not familiar. With no limitations on course layout, the design tests rider skill and mettle. A crazy course design usually means an increase in crashes, laughs, and overall crowd enjoyment.

We had some excellent runs and I wish I had more video of scooters crashing into the side of the garage. .

First up, we have the Rocker on a vintage Suzuki dirtbike. Our friend on the motorcycle gets a bad deal on this post because his awesome crash happened to be the only motorcycle running the course (and dumbass is referring to the sign on the door).

Then we have the Mod on a vintage Vespa Small Frame:

Who should win?

Thanks for checking out another Sir Wheelsy post. Thanks to Oliver for supplying the house and Nicky for the video.   – Grant Griffin

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Dirtbike Action

A couple of weeks ago myself and some friends went for some off-road action within the Dallas city limits.  Vintage enduros were the vehicle of choice so we could legally get to the trails. Randy of Vespa Dallas is riding his gold 1973 Yamaha CT175,  Louis of Lakewood Insurance is on the Yellow 1978 Suzuki TS175, and  I’m riding the 1978 Yamaha DT175. No police were encountered on this particular outing.

Here are some pictures from our adventure. Thanks for checking them out.   – Grant Griffin

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2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Photo Gallery

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  Automotive treasures from around the world packed the 18th Fairway for the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. This was the 62nd Concours and featured Saoutchik Coachwork, Cars of the Maharajas, the Mercer marque as well as AC and Shelby Cobras. Nothing … Continue reading

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Motorcycles of the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Don’t forgot the Motorcycles! This was the third year motorcycles were shown on the 18th fairway during the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours. The 62nd Concours featured a German Motorcycles Class.

 

This has to be one of the most stunning motorcycles I’ve ever seen and the pictures truly don’t do it justice. This 800CC BMW R7 prototype won First In Class. The bike is the only one in the world and part of the BMW Group Classic collection.

Admiring the 1934 BMW R7.

Front view of the BMW R7

 

The Daimler Reitwagen, meaning “riding wagon”, is considered the world’s first motorcycle with an internal combustion engine.

1886 Daimler Reitwagen

 

This Imme R100 received a green ribbon for making the 60-mile Tour d’Elegance a few days prior.

1950 Imme R100

 

The Opel was having brief starting troubles early in the morning before the judges made their rounds. It’s never fun when your antique bike won’t start and I could feel the owner’s nervousness.

1930 Opel Motoclub Model T

1894 Hildebrand & Wolfmüller

1965 DKW Hummel 155

1923 BMW R32

1968 Munch Mammoth

1951 NSU Konsul II 501 OS-T

 

This is a strange one. The 1922 Megola Touring has a five-cylinder, 640cc radial engine which drives the front axle directly. It’s started by pushing it or rotating the front wheel while the bike is on the stand.

1922 Megola Touring

The motor, front wheel, and gas tank of the 1922 Megola.

1953 Adler M250 at the start of the Tour d'Elegance.

 

This 1954 BMW R68 just came off the stage after receiving the Second in Class award. Sir Wheelsy thought his motoring attire was quite dashing.

1954 BMW R68

 

Lastly,another shot of the BMW R7. Here is Klaus Kutscher in action after receiving the First In Class award. – Grant Griffin

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2012 Tour d’LeMons

Car Week on the Monterey Peninsula is known for it’s multi-million dollar car auctions,  concept unveilings, glamorous parties, and of course the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The premier motoring event in the world to show off your great grandfathers 1906 Rolls Royce or that newly purchased Ferrari GTO with a long racing history, if you can get invited.

For the last few years, event organizer, Alan Galbraith, of Billetproof fame,  has led a different type of event in the area. I won’t say it punches Pebble Beach events in the nose, but definitely gives them a Three Stooges style “honk” in the you-know-where.

The Tour d’LeMons, billed as the Worst Car Event in the World, showcases some of the world’s worst heaps, odd-balls, and bizarro cars in one place. Finally you have a place to show off that mistake you purchased in 1972. This year the event was sponsored by the good-humored guys at Hagerty, who agreed to write the event insurance. They were very thankful the fire-prone Pintos and Fieros did not explode and shoot flaming K-cars all over Seaside, Californa.

This year was the first “Tour” d’LeMons. I can’t believe Alan thought driving some of these cars was a good idea, but even he bragged that there were no breakdowns, while there where six on the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance a couple of days ago.  If you ask me, that leaves a lofty goal for next year.

Here are some of my pictures from the funnest event during Car Week. The Tour d’Lemons is horribly awesome and shouldn’t be missed.

A VW Dune Buggy rolls into the "show field" from the Tour.

Not sure why anyone would spring for such a nice paint job on a Pinto.

Don't you really want it to get rear-ended?

Pete with Atomic Toasters showing off his 1977 MGB, nick-named the ZomBee.

It runs on hope and love, especially since he robbed the motor from his wife's car last week.

 

This was on loan from Mazda. No joke. Mint condition and the right color for the LeMons.

There are lot of Citroens around town, and a very rich mechanic.

 

Not sure why you'd have an AMC Pacer not painted like the Murf Mobile.

 

They had to air out this Volvo.

I saw this parked around back at Pebble Beach.

 

This Datsun was almost too nice for the show. Unless it's really a VW with a Datsun kit.

The blower was made from soup cans and a bucket. I hope I'm not blowing the owner's cover.

Have you ever heard of a DAF Daffodil? I’m sure you have, but I haven’t. It was built in Holland in 1965. The awesome owner, Mike, explained the transmission is like a jumbo mountain bike gear and would beat every car at the Tour, if they were driving in reverse. That sounds like a good idea for next year.

A DAF Dafffodil.

I'm not sure if this DKW was coming or going.

 

Vincent Vega...our man in Amsterdam.

Crosley collector,  Evelyn Fasnacht,  from Houston, Texas had a 1949 Crosley Hot Shot on display. She was kind enough to let me sit in it and I think it lowered a foot or two when I sat down.

Back side of the Crosley Hot Shot.

 

A Subaru 360 and The Beauty of All Wheel Drive.

 

I heard that bribing the voters and judges is fair game, and apparently that's true based on this Jeep's tail gate. Nothing says "vote for me" like a $1.25, some 3.5'' floppies, and Sun-warmed Corona.

Rust Bucket Award went to this International Scout. The owners wore life preservers just in case the brakes went through the rusted out floorboards and they plunged into the Pacific Ocean. The Best of Show and Most Sour award went to a nice little Sunbeam Tiger. My picture of the Tiger looked like garbage, which is unfortunate since the car was actually very clean.

Again, thanks to Hagerty Collector Car Insurance for saving the day. They do a pretty good job on insuring my antique Scooters. I’m saying this because it’s all true, not because they gave me tickets to the Russo and Steele Auction tonight.  Thanks again for checking out the Sir Wheelsy site. – Grant Griffin

 

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Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Poster Giveaway!

As we countdown the days to this year’s Monterey Car Week and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance I thought we would have a special Sir Wheelsy contest for the Pebble Beach collectible. I’ve been asked to sell mine on the flight home and have the 2008 edition framed in my son’s room.

The official posters are coveted now and will be priceless in 60 years.

To enter,  ”like” the Sir Wheelsy Facebook Page. Share this post or one of the Poster links on the Page if you already “like” us.  Links to the Facebook Page and Share boxes are at the bottom of the page,  the right side of the home page, or here.

The prize  will be one of the limited 2012 official Posters. The more people who “like” the page, the more I can give away. I’ll have a team of accountants working around the clock to make sure this goes smooth.

 

 

 

Watch the Sir Wheelsy Facebook Page for updates on Car Week events and thank you for supporting Sir Wheelsy.           -Grant Griffin

The 2012 posters:

The 2012 Concours d'Elegance poster. Copyright © 2012 Pebble Beach Company

 

The tradition of creating these posters dates back more than 60 years to the first Pebble Beach Road Race and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance held in 1950.  Car  enthusiasts have long delighted in the automotive elegance captured in these works of art. Coachwork by Jacques Saoutchik is among this year’s features, so the main 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance poster displays highly regarded automotive artist Jay Koka’s stunning image of William “Chip” Connor’s Saoutchik-bodied 1936 Hispano-Suiza J12 Cabriolet posed in front of The Lodge at Pebble Beach. Koka is a member of the prestigious Automotive Fine Arts Society.

The 2012 Tour d'Elegance poster. Copyright © 2012 Pebble Beach Company

The 2012 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance poster, painted by renowned artist Barry Rowe, depicts the excitement of early road races with an image that features Bruce and Jolene McCaw’s 1908 Benz Prince Heinrich Two Seat Race Car speeding past another car (a Stutz) near Bixby Bridge in Big Sur. Like Koka, he is a member of the AFAS.

My favorite, the RetroAuto poster. Copyright © 2012 Pebble Beach Company

The 2012 Pebble Beach RetroAuto poster, by Tim Layzell, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the AC (Shelby) Cobra, created when the legendary Carroll Shelby paired an AC Ace with a Ford V8.

A big thanks to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for the information and the photos of this year’s posters.

 

 

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The Fort Worth Cushman Shop and the last of the Dealer Family Photos.

Well, here is the last installment of the Fauber’s Family Dealer Photos. This group of photos include the Cushman motor scooters.  Cushmans were made in Lincoln, Nebraska starting in 1936.

Early models were used by United States Paratroopers during World War II. The Cushman Model 53 was one of the catalysts behind the Italian Vespa and Lambretta explosion after the War.

Somewhere in France....

 

 

 

 

Much more utilitarian and with more American-styling than their European counterparts, the Cushman still deserves it’s place in scooter history. Here are the pictures from the Fort Worth Dealership.

The sign out front on South Jennings Avenue, just south of downtown Fort Worth, Texas

  

 

I can’t keep count of how many “old school biker guys” have told me they either had a Cushman Eagle or dreamed about owning one as a kid.

This could be the greatest original caption I've ever seen.

 

A Cushman Truckster for the Sherman, Texas Police Department.

The Trailster was introduced in 1960. It could climb steep hills with it's very high gear ratio.

Man, Mr. Fauber Jr. was cool.

Thanks again for checking out the Sir Wheelsy site. Please “like” us on Facebook and subscribe to the blog. For more Cushman information check out the Cushman Club of America.        – Grant Griffin

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The Horseless Carriage Club of America’s “Visit America” Tour

Last week I was in Colorado to attend  the Lambretta Club USA’s annual meet, which unfortunately was cancelled due to the Waldo Canyon Fire west of Colorado Springs.  We personally witnessed the devastation the fires caused so a cancelled Lambretta Jamboree was the least of our worries. We still managed to see some very cool things on our Colorado adventure…

I apologize my CB antennae is in the way.

 

While en route from Lake City to Colorado Springs along historic Highway 50, with its breathtaking views of the Arkansas River, we were amazed to pull behind a Ford Model T.   Highway 50 is one of the most scenic and fun roads in the United States, but it was even better with some antique cars.  My friend, Oliver, and myself  found ourselves on the road with The Horseless Carriage Club of America’s “Visit America” Tour. My head almost exploded from Transportation Geek Overload (GTO).

A few early automobiles or “horseless carriages” were clamouring along at 40 MPH. Mind you, this is a very tight and twisty road through the mountains that’s not super easy in a modern vehicle.  We spotted them around Cotopaxi, Colorado and they had already driven over 1,000 miles from San Diego, California.

The Horseless Carriage Club of America is a nationwide motoring club whose focus is Brass Era Automobiles manufactured prior to 1916. Their goal is to “preserve originality or restore these automobiles to their original condition, use them for their original purpose of driving and completing tours, and promote the preservation of their historical value” and I’m pretty sure these guys met that goal.  The Visit America Tour is part of the 75th Anniversary of the HCCA Club.

 

A Buick pulling over to let cars pass.

Denver & Rio Grande Railway's bridge from our moving vehicle.

 

A 1912 E-M-F.

 

I thought this sign was very appropriate. We pulled over at the Cotopaxi General Store to take pictures of the cars putting by.

A big thank you to my friend, Oliver, for snapping some of the pictures while hanging upside down from the passenger window. Please “Like” the Sir Wheelsy Facebook page and thanks for checking us out.  More pictures of the cars and the Tour are found here.  - Grant Griffin

 

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A Lambretta Dealer’s Family Photo Album

As promised, here are more family pictures from the owners of the local Lambretta, Cushman, Mustang, Norton, and Ducati Dealer during the late 1950′s and ’60′s. Cushman pictures will be up soon.

A few motorcycles out front on South Jennings Avenue, just south of downtown Fort Worth.

I’ve said it before, but the Fauber’s photo album is a treasure for us who love the antique metal-bodied scooters from the 1960′s. From their photos it appears they loved their Lambrettas more than most.

Dealer lists from 1962 show just five Lambretta dealers in Texas and down to two by 1965.  We may have red 1964 Sears Allstates (the Vespa 125) in every shed and barn, but Lambrettas are still pretty scarce.

Innocenti, the parent company of the Lambretta brand, had high standards regarding the layout and organization of the dealership.  Thanks to Kyle’s Scooter Shop for saving this scarce dealer manual, “How to Organize the Lambretta Service”,  from a barn in Kansas.

The Lambretta corner of the shop with some of the famous Lambretta advertising and dealer posters.

The service entrance behind the shop. 1959 or 1960 model Series 2 LI's and a two-tone TV 175 on the right.

 

Anyone know more information about the Lambretta scooter for kids?

I imagine this guy was one happy customer as he shows off his new Series 2 LI 150. Appears to be a 1961 model.

Lambretta Series 2 TV 175

 

A strange Lambretta cut-down with Dad and the kiddos. Thanks to Crashtest for correctly identifying the family car as a Studebaker Lark.

"Helmets? We don't need no stinkin' helmets!"

 

 

Camping trip to Inks Lake in Burnet, Texas with a Series 1 LI. I love the Studebaker camping rig as well.

I think Grandpa would rather be driving...

 

A camping trip to New Mexico with a 1962 TV 175.

 

 

This 1964 LI 125 was found in a garage in Irving, Texas a couple of years ago. The second owner remembers it was always in the neighborhood and came from the local dealer, which would have been the Fauber's dealership in Arlington. This was the maiden voyage to The Dubliner after it had been sitting partially disassembled for years. The scooter is now in excellent original condition thanks to The Berglar.

 

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