Excellence Abounds at Classic Auto Show

Excellence Abounds at Classic Auto Show

A 1931 Duesenberg Model J claimed the Award of Excellence: Grand Boulevard Walk of History honors at the 2019 Classic Auto Show. The award put the finishing touch on a weekend celebration, held at the OC Fair & Event Center, graced by record attendance thanks to the display of more than 1,500 rare vintage cars. 25 awards in total were presented at the show.

The festival, a two-day long affair on its third annual incarnation, began with a special appearance by Grand Marshal Adam Corolla, who chose two vehicles from his private collection to display: Paul Newman’s Championship Triumph TR6 and the Datsun 510 “Different Drummer” Trans Am. Also featured were interviews with automotive celebrities Dave Kindig, Wayne Carini, Mark Worman, Mike Finnegan, Bogi Lateiner and Lyn St. James. In honor of St. Patrick’s day, which ran on Sunday during the festival, the usual showcase of antiques, classics, pre/post war cars, hot rods, muscle cars, lowriders, Japanese imports and more was joined by a new “40 Shades of Green” collection.

One highlight was the breathtaking display of 30 historically significant vehicles, including the 1931 Model J Duesenberg, 1962 Fiat Jolly, 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider, a 1941 Tatra T87, 1915 Pierce Arrow Model 48 Seven Passenger Suburban, 1976 Bricklin SV1 – the Canadian version of a DeLorean – a 1956 Cadillac Limousine 7533 used under the dictatorship of Generalismo Francisco Franco and more.

“The well documented love affair between Southern Californians and their cars, vans and trucks was in full-force this past weekend,” said Michael Carlucci, senior vice president at LeftField Media, the show’s producer. “Thanks to our relocation to this new venue, we were able to offer show-goers an unprecedented selection of priceless vehicles and other attractions, all under sunny skies and perfect temperatures. We look forward to returning to the OC Fair & Event Center for years to come.”

Excellence Abounds at Classic Auto Show

The Classic Auto Show wrapped up on Sunday afternoon with an awards presentation recognizing standout vehicles determined by a judging panel of celebrity guests. Honorees included:

Award of Excellence:

Grand Boulevard Walk of History 1931 Duesenberg Model J

Award of Excellence: Car Club Citroen Car Club
Award of Excellence: Private Owner 1972 Nissan Fairlady Z
Best in Show: Domestic Car Club Early Ford V8 Club of America
Best in Show: Foreign Car Club Der Blitzkrieg Kafers (DBK)
Best in Show: Domestic Private Owner 1915 Pierce Arrow Model 48 7-Passenger Suburban
Best in Show: Foreign – Grand Blvd. 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Best in Show: Foreign Private Owner 1955 VW Bus
Best in Show: 40 Shades of Green 1967 Pontiac Firebird 400
Best in Show: Antique 1915 La Bestioni Boat Trail Speedster
Best in Show: Classic Truck 1964 Chevrolet C10
Best in Show: Hot Rod 1935 Ford Roadster
Best in Show: Japanese Vehicle 1972 Toyota Sprinter Trueno TE27
Best in Show: Lowrider 1964 Chevy Impala SS
Best in Show: Modified 1927 Ford T Modified Lakes Roadster
Best in Show: Multi-Generational 1962 Ford Custom Cab
Best in Show: Muscle 1970 Oldsmobile 442
Best in Show: Paint 1961 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
Best in Show: Post-War 1969 Citroen Break
Best in Show: Pre-War 1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster Convertible
Best in Show: Roadster 1932 Ford
Best in Show: Women in Wheels 1957 Chevy Stepside
Car That Stole Our Hearts 1955 Bosley GT Mark 1
Grand Marshall Award 1962 Chevrolet Impala
Kids Choice: Grand Boulevard 1949 Mercury from the movie Grease
Most Creative Display:

Domestic Car Club Long Beach Model T Club

Most Creative Display:

Foreign Car Club 1967 Austin Mini Pickup

People’s Choice Award 1964 Mini Cooper
Special Anniversary Best in Show Mini Owners of America

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