It was certainly difficult to choose a best of show winner from among the competition, but the final choice seemed fitting. The Best of Show was awarded to the 1933 Marmon V-16 Convertible Coupe owned by Aaron Weiss of San Marino, California. Its rare to ever see a 16 cylinder Marmon, as very few were ever made. The timing of trying to sell a large powerful car in the depths of the great depression was not a recipe for success for an automobile company. And the winner here was the very desirable and rare convertible coupe, and in stunning black.
An elegant classic car on display was the 1928 Auburn Speedster owned by Karen Hutchinson. Karen’s husband explained to me that the car had been a birthday present from him to Karen. I had to wonder if this was one of those presents that was really for the ‘two of them’? He did explain that it was Karen’s idea to include the fine green stripe to highlight the styling of the red and maroon car. A very smart touch!
Sometimes the cars in the parking lot are as interesting as the classics on the field. My 11 year old son Cameron spied and fell in love with an original Triumph TR4A, resplendent in faded white paint with plenty of stone chips and bits of dirt and rust. In the car world, we call this a ‘rich patina’. Upon close inspection, it had a rare factory hardtop and the owner had added a row of additional gauges below the dash. This was a real driver’s car! The cars owner explained that he had owned the car since it was only five years old. He looked at little bit like Santa Claus with his full beard, and explained to us that he had driven the Triumph (about a 50 year old car) almost 300 miles from his home in Eugene, Oregon. At the end of the show, we said our goodbyes in the parking lot. He said that he had to get back on the road, so he could be on the job to deliver his mail route on Monday!