California has Pebble Beach Concours d' Elegance.
Washington has the Kirkland Concours d' Elegance.
Most that don't know about either will pass it off as an elitist snob-fest for old farts that have more money than god (if he exist).
Not so. Sure some of the entrant vehicles at this show do belong to some of Washington's elite wealthy, but they are all motourheads at heart.
This year was the 6th annual Kirkland Concours at Carillon Point. As always the honourary chairman was Edward Herrmann. Sure most know him as an actor, History Channel narrator, and spokesperson, but what few people in the common world know is that he has 6 vintage automobile restorations to his credit. Currently in his garage are a Packard and a Rolls Royce that is currently undergoing restoration. He can also be found at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance of course.
There are more classes of automobiles there than one could possible think of from Lipstick Red Convertibles to Woodies to Vintage Motourcycles and Vintage Boats and European and American Classics, Horseless Carriages to Steam Cars.
This year also saw a display in an adjacent car park of a host of Porsches brought out by various members of the local chapter of the Porsche Club of America. This was another highlight for me as a fan of good ole german automotive engineering. I typically only by German cars as they last forever and never let me down. Currently I'm a member of the local chapter of the BMW Car Club of America.
Well enough rambling. I'm sure you all want to see some cars.
So here are highlights featuring my favourites from the event.
This one is the 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Coupe Touring.
It's owned by a local named Jon Shirley. This car took the Best of Show this year not only in Kirkland but also at Pebble Beach. It also had a Best of Class at Pebble Beach and a First in Class European at Kirkland.
This is my favourite. This is the 1972 Ferrari Daytona 365 GTS/4. This little gem reminds me of the free-flowing good times we all had in 80's. Listen close you can hear it................the Miami Vice theme and you can almost see Don Johnson in his pastel jackets and deck shoes.
BTW- Don Johnson is the fuckin' bomb in Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man and in The Long Hot Summer. Just needed to get that out there.
Additional little note: the Ferrari Daytona used in Miami Vice was a kit replica built on a Chevrolet Corvette Frame.
This is another one of my favourites. This is the 1958 BMW 507 hardtop converible.
I like this one as well and also am placing this one up for The Mrs. to have some eye-candy.
This is the 1952 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster.
You can also see this car (or one like it) in the movie Cruel Intentions. While that movie was neat and entertaining, it was nowhere near as good as the film that inspired it, Dangerous Liasons.
These are the multiple Porcshe enteries by local shop owner/guru Dennis Aker.
Down this row you can see (in order)
1961 356 B Sun Roof Coupe
1965 356 Cabriolet
1964 356 C Coupe
1959 356 A Convertible D
1985 Carrera Turbo Cabriolet
This is the oldest know Indian Motourcycle. This little gem was built in 1902.
Since were out on the water, there is a vintage boats display as well.
The one on the very left is the 1941 Garwood Commuter.
I can't be sure of the ones in the middle and on the right. They were two of the Chris Craft boats on hand that day.
These are some of the cars that were brought to the event that day by members of the local chapter of the Porsche Club of America.
This particular lot is a grouping of early to mid 1980's 911's.
At the very end you can see two 1970's era 914's poking their little heads out.
BTW the copper 914 down there has only 43k on the odometer and has never been restored. The owner (original owner mind you) keep this one with it's 8 other brothers and sisters in an airplane hangar and rotates driving his Porsches on the weekends so as not to put too many miles on them.
This little grouping is two 912 models (the far left and the far right) with 911 in the middle.
The green 912 is a 1975 and the white 912 is a 1968. The silver 911 is a mid 1970's. Not positive of the year on that one.
And finally this grouping is mid to late 1970's era 911's with the exception of the far right white one which is a 1971 912.
Well that about wraps up the 2008 Kirkland Concours d' Elegance.
I can't wait for the 2009 show. Although if the Porsche club has member cars there then I'll need to find out why the local BMW chapter didn't have any there and see if that can be rectified.