Blue Belle, 'Ol Joe and The Blond...conquering the Concours.

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We took two rookies, and one veteran to this year's Classy Chassis Concours D'Elegance show and what a show it was. This show is full of the best cars to be found from around the country. There were cars here that I have never seen before and probably never will see again. It is such an honor to be invited to show off our projects amid these pieces of rolling art. Duesenbergs, Ferraris, Pierce Arrows, Mercedes, classic hot rods, vintage race cars, modern super cars... I could go on and on. The fact that Penny Weiss' 1955 Thunderbird "Blue Belle" took a first, and Mark Freund's 1951 Chevrolet truck "'Ol Joe" garnered a third place in a very tough class of restored classics is extremely humbling to me amid such a prestigious field of participants.

[caption id="attachment_582" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Three happy hot rods..."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_580" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="First Place pose"][/caption] Blue Belle, on the floor of the Reliant Stadium. Luv ya, Blue! [caption id="attachment_579" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="the encore..."][/caption]

Jeff and Ann Smith's 1957 Chevrolet "Candy Apple Blond" was invited back into the winners circle as a returning First Place winner from last year's event.

This was also a big year for us in that we had our first ever PAINTHOUSE booth at the show. We met a lot of people and planted many seeds. Time will tell if they take root and grow.

[caption id="attachment_586" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Great job, Jenn and Cassie. What will it be for next year?"][/caption] The following pics are few of the cars that "spoke" to my soul... [caption id="attachment_587" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption=" Ford 'push truck' and Bonneville "belly tank" racer."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_588" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="The Doane Spencer roadster, first hot rod at Pebble Beach"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_590" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="1967 Ferrari racer: vintage shape, new power"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_592" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="The "business" end..."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_593" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="early '30's "Minerva"...Belgium created luxury, a phenomenal restoration"][/caption] and last but not least... the "Best of Show" DeLage. [caption id="attachment_594" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="DeLage: Best of Show, 2011 Classy Chassis Concours d'Elegance"][/caption] That's all for now, folks. Stay tuned as we prepare for a trip to Powerblock, then the Columbus, OH Goodguys show, at the end of this month. Its about time to get back on the road. This time, I think ice shouldn't be a problem! until next time, Randy
Sunday, June 12, 2011

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