Sunday, December 14, 2008

Councourse d'Elegance 2005

I thought I'd get back to basics on this one. I see by my tracker that I got a lot of hits with my posting of this years Kirkland Concourse.

With that in mind, I thought I'd give you all more of what I see folks are reading about from me. This series of photos was from the first Kirkland Concourse d'Elegance that I went to in 2005 with my father in law. The photos are limited since it was raining that morning and most participants had their cars covered. This was the first year that there was a classic boats category.

First up are these three beauties. The ones on the ends are Triumphs and the one in the center is a BMW.

When I think of classic motourcycles I think of these two brands. Most yanks would look at me and ask me how I could say this of brands such as Harley and Indian.

Well it's easy. They're not the same. I like the Harley and Indian brand, but they have completely different applications.



This is a great car!! This is the Ford Fairlane Skyliner.

This was a one year only car and it had such an impact on the automotive world that has only now starting catching on in recent years.

This lovely sported a power retractable hard top that hid down under the boot.

The most noted manufacturer to use the power retractable hard top is Mercedes Benz in their SLK series.

Even though the ass end is long it still has a timeless shape to it with the slightly raised fins and centre dish tail lights.

This one is really well taken care of and drew quite a crowd even in the rain.







I found this little one interesting. This one is a Squire. I don't know much on the history of this car.

According to wiki, it was produced over a one year period and only 7 were made.

The company was founded in the 1930's by Adrian Squire formerly of Bentley and MG.

The car for it's size was too expensive to manufacture on a large scale level.



This is the sedan side of Woodie Row. They have the back section of the drive set aside every year exclusively for the woodies.












This is the wagon side of Woodie Row.













This one wasn't on Woodie row, but I loved it just the same.

This is the Rolls Royce woodie.

Even as a woodie. this Rolls still looks great and just has that certain regal look to it.






This is a Cadillac Woodie. This one really caught my attention just for the fact that I wasn't aware that Cadillac ever made a woodie wagon.











This is another one of my favourites. This is the Tucker Torpedo.

Preston Tucker was a visionary man that had a great idea that was unfortunately squashed by Detroit's big 3.

This car was an air cooled flat 6 helicopter engine, rear drive. It had seats belts (some 20 years before being required in all cars) and safety glass in the front windscreen.

It had disc brakes, fuel injection and a padded dash.
The centre light turned with the steering wheel to ensure that the driver would be able to see the direction of the turn in the darkest conditions.

If Preston Tucker hadn't been raked over the coals by the Big 3, the world would have seen great advances in automotive engineering decades ahead of time.

This lovely was brought in by the LeMay Auto Museum. This museum houses the largest private collection of autos in the world. Worth a see when you're in Washington state.


I thought this was an interesting vision. A Packard pulling a Packard powered boat.

This was the first year that there was a classic boat division in the Kirkland Concourse.










Here is a pair of twins. Cadillac V-16's.














This is a Bentley coupe.

I don't recall the year of this one.

I do like the fastback look of this one though. Definitely out of the normal for Bentley.





















This is the Cadillac Ghia. Mid 1950's build. Not sure on the year.












This Maserati was also built by Ghia coachworks. This is one is a removable hardtop coupe.












There were a few classic boats on hand this year. This one is my favourite. This is the Miss Sydney.












This is a great example of a Chord Convertible.

I saw one in white a few years prior to seeing this one. That one was a kit however and not in the shape that this one is in.









Here is a 1930's build Lincoln. This a great looking sedan. Nice size and great colour. Definitely another one of my favourites that day.

This sums up the 2005 Kirkland Concourse d'Elegace.

As you can see from this photo, most cars covered in plastic to protect them from the rain. What can you expect from this region though.

I'm sure the 2009 show will just as great as the 2008 show was. I hope that you enjoyed the limited photos from this earlier show.

3 comments:

Roland Hulme said...

I have been obsessing about the Tucker TOrpedo for a week, after discovering it in a book. AND HERE IT IS!

They only made about 30. Golly, they were BEAUTIFUL.

I like the Caddy Ghia as well, though.

mre30seattle said...

Good day Roland.

Tucker produced 50 "prototypes" before being shut down during the governments investigation.

These 50 were refered to as prototypes since all of them were hand built and each one had subtle design changes during their production.

The where-abouts of 48 are currently known and all 48 are still driveable.

Francis Coppola and George Lucas each own one of these and lent them to the production of the film Tucker.

The Tucker 48 (or Torpedo as it was dubbed)has recenlty been seen as a kit rebuild for a lot of custon hot rod builders. They'll never match the original.

Thank you as always for reading.

paisley penguin said...

All my little pretties. Hey hubs - you've been tagged.