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Radnor in the Rain: The Show Goes On!

“Rain, I don’t mind Shine, the weather’s fine” —The Beatles, Rain The Radnor Concours has emerged as one of the leading car shows in the Northeast. The event takes place at the prestigious Radnor Hunt Club on the Main Line of Philadelphia. While this year was soggy, the rain did not dampen the quality of […]

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Pilgrimage to Pebble

For true car enthusiasts, the dog days of summer ultimately conclude with a pilgrimage to Northern California. Since its inception in 1950, Pebble Beach has evolved into a sacred week-long event. This venerable show occurs annually during the third week of August and culminates on Sunday afternoon at the famous 18th-hole of the Pebble Beach […]

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Car Culture According to Dr. Fred Simeone and Philip Richter

At the 2018 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, Dr. Fred Simeone and Philip Richter were interviewed by Alexander Davidis for CarCulture.tv. These two unusual video interviews articulate the passion of the car hobby and the importance of the automobile as an artistic and cultural object. Cars can be an expression of art and should be carefully preserved […]

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The Greenwich Concours: A Triumph of the Next Generation

I’ve attended the Greenwich Concours for over fifteen years and by all accounts this year represented the high water mark. For 2018, the show had all the attributes of a successful Concours d’Elegance: interesting people, breathtaking cars, decent weather and a beautiful venue on Long Island Sound. Festivities began on Friday morning with a vintage […]

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Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach: Demographics are Impacting the Collector Car Hobby

“Demography is destiny.” —Auguste Comte, French sociologist On Saturday I made my annual pilgrimage to the South Florida Fairgrounds to take in all the fun at the Barrett-Jackson car auction. This year’s successful formula was identical to last year—and the year before that. Rows of cars under tents. Hot dogs and beer. One Barrett-Jackson merchandise store after […]

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Scottsdale: Sacred Ground for Car Collectors

The Western Wall, Bethlehem, Mecca, and Scottsdale are all holy places. My first pilgrimage to the Arizona desert auctions converted me to a believer. My 48-hour trip was a transcendental experience—it was short but unforgettable. The auction events at Scottsdale are sprawled out and scattered across town. If you replace the ocean with desert, events […]

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Scottsdale 2018: Sports Car Market Insider’s Seminar

Scottsdale is the must-attend kick-off event for the collector car year. Barrett-Jackson, Gooding & Company, and RM Sotheby’s will be auctioning thousands of fine automobiles. I have been invited by Sports Car Market’s Keith Martin to participate in his Insider’s Seminar panel. I will be joined by an esteemed group of industry experts including Carl Bomstead, […]

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A Fun Unpretentious Car Show

On Sunday I attended the Katonah car show. Hosted by the Lions Club of Bedford Hills, the event has been held annually for the last nineteen years. It’s a wonderful low-key gathering that takes place in the Metro-North commuter parking lot. It’s not a show about elite judging standards or 100-point cars. Rather it’s about […]

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