About Bob

Beagles & Bikes, two of my favorite things. Beagles are cool (we have two). Snoopy is the coolest beagle, and Joe Cool is the Steve McQueen of beagles. He just exudes cool. But my passion - traveling locally, regionally and anywhere in the country by motorbike, takes the cake. There is no better way to see the sights, smell the smells, and immerse oneself in the ways of life of the different areas you travel through. People approach you out of genuine curiosity: Where are you from? Where are you going? How long have you been traveling? Why a motorbike? By motorbike, people open up, invite you into their lives. Sports cars, particularly convertible Roadsters, generate the same kind of curiosity. And if The Beagles come along in their own sidecar, or convertible sports car, tails wagging and goggles and scarves billowing in the breeze,what conversations do you think would ensue........?

Cars & Coffee at the Concours

Well, here we are. It’s Saturday morning and we are amped about driving down to Amelia Island for Cars & Coffee at the Concours. Our hotel parking lot is full of folks and their cars who, like us, are staying here for the cheap rate: Porsches, Triumph TR6’s, MG’s, Nissan Versa (whaaaat? Oh, that’s us).

A short 25 minute hop in beautiful sunshine has us parked and heading to the main gate. Man, it’s great to feel that Florida sun. Following the crowd in brings us right to the entrance of the Ritz-Carlton, the host hotel for 25 years. This place is absolutely beautiful. More on that later. It’s Cars & coffee time. But before we get to that, take a look at some of the vehicular beauties parked at the Ritz:

This is not your hometown weekend Cars & Coffee. Yes, it is the peoples car show, to parade your own wheels in front of the masses. Coffee, of course, can be purchased. But that is where the similarity ends. Here, one must apply to show your ride, pay an entry fee, and your vehicle must be accepted by the governing committee. This is Amelia after all.

Everything is here: Vintage, classics, supercars, not-so-super cars. Cars of the people?

Well, let’s say some people.

The crowds were massive all weekend

The Corvair Club had quite a contingent here. Somehow, I didn’t get many pictures of them.

While walking along the lineup of Corvairs, Roo stopped, and deadpanned, “It’s not safe here. Let’s move on.” Ha! I get it!

This goes beyond vintage.

The Italian flag was flying! Alfa Romeo pulled out all the stops. I would love to see that Alfa 4C (top left & right) in my driveway.

The local Corvette Club was here. Most all models of the various Vettes were displayed from the C1 to C7. And yes, the new C8’s (there were tree of them), garnered the most attention.

What can you say about McLaren? The peoples car? No. But they had a permanent display here all weekend.

Other vehicles we came across at C&C

Before and after? Nah. Two different Porsches. Preservation and Restoration.

The rear quarter window of the real Peoples Car. This one has been to Laguna Seca! Slowest lap time?

All too soon Cars & Coffee was over. As mentioned, so many vehicles here to see, we didn’t have the time to get to them all. Just another reason to come back!

Next Post: The crème de la crème take to the show field. The 2020 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

 

 

 

 

 

Petrol Heads Paradise at Amelia

Well, with the COVID-19 virus in full swing here in the States and around the world, we’re stuck home with time to catch up on some needed house projects (yecchh!), but more importantly, to share with you all a fantastic event we recently attended.

Winter here in the Upstate of South Carolina has really sucked this year. Cold, wet, windy. Five out of seven days it rains, all day. The other two: dark, gloomy, and cold. I always wondered how the folks in the Pacific Northwest could stand living somewhere it rains all the time. Now we’re living it.

And so, the first event of the year on our calendar had a date of the first weekend in March. Best of all, the venue was in sunny and warm-ish Florida. Yeah! If nothing else, that big yellow ball in the sky will be smiling down on us. Haven’t seen ol’ Sol for weeks.

This event has been on our, dare I say, bucket list (hate that term), for a few years now.  We finally decided to pull the trigger and just go, having saved up enough sheckles to enjoy ourselves without buyers remorse. Road trip!

Our lodging for the weekend is in the small town of Kingsland, GA, just a 25 minute hop/skip to Amelia Island. Every hotel on Amelia is booked one year in advance of the next years Concours. Even if any rooms were available, prices are just stratospheric. Ranging from around $300.00 per night for the lowly Days Inn, to upwards of $1000.00 (you read that right), per night for a lovely room at the Ritz-Carlton host hotel. Next year, we’re “putting on the Ritz!” Ha! That always reminds me of the hilarious scene in Young Frankenstein with Peter Boyle as the Monster singing “Putting on the Ritz.” Never gets old.

Back to Amelia. We parked our car at a lovely residence that graciously opened their property to attendees to park for $20 (a bargain) adjacent to the 9th hole of the Amelia Island Golf Course, the venue show field for the gorgeous vehicles on display.

Walking along the golf cart path to the main gate, rounding a bend, we were greeted by these beautiful works of art:

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The Concours d’Elegance at Amelia Island is a high end collector car show. It is one of two Concours events in the USA, the other being Pebble Beach in California, that attract the crème de la crème of collector car excellence and the people that spend their money to purchase them. Amelia also hosts Sotheby’s and Bonham’s auctions so those same folks can add to their invaluable collections.

This being our first time attending, we didn’t quite know what to expect. There is so much to see and do here over the four days that it was quite overwhelming…in a good way. Besides ogling the cars and bikes, you could pay to drive a supercar (Ferrari, McLaren, C8 Corvette, among others), hot laps in a Porsche on a mini road course, dine with Roger Penske, this years Honoree, and just too much more to mention. But the crowds, and the people watching to go with it, was almost as fun as scrutinizing the cars! Folks strutting their stuff dressed to the nines competing with the cars on display. People watching at it’s finest!

Saturday and Sunday are the big days at Amelia. Saturday is Cars & Coffee at the Concours, and Sunday is the grand finale: the Concours itself, where Collector Cars vie for Best in Show (just like a dog show!).

Next post: Cars & Coffee at The Concours

 

Tryon Rolling Art Festival Part Two-The Cars

There were some beautiful pieces of rolling art in the form of automobiles at the Tryon Rolling Art Festival. Sports cars, supercars, British cars, German, American and others all managed to find their way to this small southern town. And let’s not leave out the weird and outlandish. Here is a sampling of what showed up.

No explanation needed. Ugly back in the day, very cool now.

Sports cars…then and now

1980’s stylin’.  Remember Magnum P.I.? That’s THE Ferrari 308 GTS

Now this is cool!

How about some cars from the good ol’ USA!

Smile, baby. SMILE!

The quintessential 1960’s shaggin’ wagon. Compliments of VW.

I promised you weird. Here it is. Weird even for a Rat Rod (which are way cool, btw)

Another great auto/motorcycle show in a wonderful little southern town. The setting was great, the food was delicious and the vehicles were fabulous! Way too many bikes and cars to portray here. See them all in November 2020 in Tryon, North Carolina.

 

Tryon Rolling Art Festival. Part One – The Motorcycles

On a gorgeous autumn morning, I dropped the top on my MX-5 and off we went into the mountains of North Carolina. The small town of Tryon was putting on a motorcycle, car and truck show right in downtown. This would be our first time at this show, having no knowledge of it before this. But, this show has been running for eight years!

We expected to see just a token few motorcycles amid a sea of cars, but WOW were mistaken!

This show is not a Concours style event, but it is a judged show. That said, the cars and motorbikes here are in very good shape cosmetically, primped and polished to show off their best face.

Many different genres of motorcycles were present; vintage, modern, retro, touring, café, sport etc. You name it and it was probably here. Even one that many of us may have started out on:

ENJOY THE PHOTOS!

SOME RANDOM PHOTOS

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AN INDOOR VENUE FOR THE MOTOS AS WELL!

There were many more bikes here than I took photos of. Many of these vintage beauty’s were ridden in by the locals who owned them, others were trailered from farther away. A great event with a surprisingly large moto contingent. It’s on the calendar for 2020!

Cars & Bikes Together. An Enthusiasts Nirvana.

Motorcycles and automobiles. If you are a riding and driving enthusiast, Greenville, South Carolina is the place to be the fourth Saturday of every month, all year long.

Our Cars & Coffee draws a fairly large contingent of motorcycles. Side by side, the folks who love motorcycles and cars, such as myself, can drool all over the asphalt of this large parking lot.

So, whether you are a dual enthusiast, or your petrol desires lean in one or the other direction, enjoy these machines for what they are: rolling works of art.

If you also enjoy push pedal two wheels and follow the Tour de France bicycle race each year, this license tag needs no explanation.

It’s a Mini, Mini, Mini, Mini world

That’s a Honda CB1000 motor in all that copper looking metal

My first motorcycle: 1996 Honda Shadow VLX600 (bought new)

My first car: 1968 Mercury Cougar XR7 302 V8 4 bbl (bought used in 1972)

No matter how you look at it; that’s BADASS!

That’s a reworked Mini Cooper with a Mazda Rotary engine. Very interesting!

The old and the new…….Viva Italia!

Cars & bikes. The Italians always make a statement….. Alfa Romeo 4C

Sharp looking BSA

Lotus is upping their game and producing daily driver sports cars

Here’s a few other slides of some beautiful and interesting vehicles. Enjoy!

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Gotta Go! But very slow………. Slug Bug!