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Hilton Head Island, SC: A haven for sand, sun and classic cars?!?


With its miles of pristine, white sandy beaches, idyllic year round weather and, what seems like, an infinite number of golf courses within its 60 square miles, Hilton Head Island is, without argue, known best as a golfer’s paradise. However, Hilton Head Island is fast becoming known for something surprising…remarkable automobiles.
 
Although the Hilton Head Island event has added to its event portfolio since its inception in 2002 to include a speed weekend in nearby Savannah, GA, a day for regional car clubs to show of their best stuff, and an array of new car displays, test drives and automotive-themed exhibits, it’s still the Concours d’Elegance that reigns supreme.
 
North America’s finest positioned under the spreading oaks and cascading Spanish moss characteristic of the famous South Carolina ‘Lowcountry’ is enough to get just about anyone’s engine going. With the beautiful setting of Hilton Head Island as the backdrop, the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance is one of the finest events in the country.
 
The 11th annual Festival is scheduled for this fall, October 26 – November 4, 2012.

 For more information, visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com or ‘Like’ the Motoring Festival on Facebook

Jack Rich, Pennsylvania Classic Car Collector

John W. “Jack” Rich of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, who maintained a large and diverse collection of vintage and Classic automobiles, died December 30 at University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. He was 86. Mr. Rich’s collection was housed in the JWR Museum, located in northeast Pennsylvania. The cornerstones of his 85-car collection were foreign Classic and large brass era automobiles. He displayed these automobiles at CCCA Grand Classics as well as at automobile concours throughout the United States.

He was the CEO of several companies, including Reading Anthracite Company, Gilberton Coal Company and Jack Rich, Inc. as well as the founder of several other corporations. He was a former director of Keystone Financial and several other public companies.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Teresa Rich. He is survived by six children and numerous grandchildren step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He attended Staunton Military Academy and Penn State University.

Mr. Rich's automobiles were displayed at car events by his museum curator, Mark Lizewskie.

Lee Davenport Passes Away at 95

Lee Davenport, a physicist who developed a radar device that helped bring Allied victories on major World War II battlefronts in Europe and the Pacific, died Friday in Greenwich, Conn. He was 95. Lee was well known as a passionate collector of antique cars and a past president of the Classic Car Association.

Click here for the complete obituary from the New York Times.

New York Times Spoof

In the last few weeks the Internet has been ablaze with a story that has polarized all car collectors. It seems the day or two before April 1st (coincidence?) there was a story circulating that a certain Senator from NY had the collector car hobby straight in his cross hairs. It was imbedded in a New York Times front-page web capture. The logo of the esteemed newspaper’s title, the font and layout of the story, all looked legit and there was even a picture to punctuate the point of the article. It dealt with the absurd notion that the government was going to go after the gains on automobiles, collector cars in particular, to satisfy the ever-increasing debt that is burdening the citizens of this fine land.

Needless to say, this caused uproar amongst our brethren and many a Classic collector ran to the proverbial shed to grab their pitchfork and join the witch-hunt. The article has taken on a life of it’s own in the past few weeks and continues to spread like a dry timber wildfire fanned by the prevailing winds.

Car club chat rooms exploded, Twitter ran amuck with angry tweets, and Facebook flushed with social network car junkies all ranting of how could this happen? Cyberspace was buzzing as the hoax took off on a life of its own.  REST ASSURED, NONE OF THE STORY IS TRUE.

An excerpt of the explanation of the origin is reprinted below, created by a fellow collector car club, with only the intent to have some fun this April fools day.  Quoting Rick Kopec from The Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC):

”While we enjoy a good April Fool’s prank as much as anyone, we never envisioned that this one could spread so quickly or so widely beyond the Shelby American Automobile Club. We deeply regret if taking this story seriously has caused anyone any undue distress or embarrassment. To keep more of that from happening we would greatly appreciate it if you could forward this message to as many car enthusiasts as possible. If they forward it to others who can forward it to even more people, maybe this second message will catch up with and overpower the first one.”

We can all sleep better knowing, as Paul Harvey would say, “and now you know the rest of the story.”

Click here to read the Collector Car Tax Spoof article.

Canadian TV Production Company Looking for Amazing Classic Car Stories for New TV Series

We are a Montreal based Production company doing a series for the History channel. We are looking for CURRENT emotional/unique/amazing stories about classic cars and their owners in Canada. Examples can include (but would not be limited to):

  • A restoration costing your life savings and/or your marriage
  • Having to abandon a restoration midway due to an unforeseen financial or physical circumstance
  • Inheriting a classic car but not knowing the first thing about restoration
  • An old junker in the barn that you want evaluated
  • Being ripped off by a restorer
  • A surprise restoration that's behind schedule

As well as this we are looking for interesting personal stories. If  you or someone you know has a story to tell, they'd love to hear it.

For more information on how to share your story email Penelope Laurence
at plaurence@pixcom.com or  call 514-931-1188 x 275.

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