2009 Huntington Beach Concours – Click above for high-res gallery

We returned from a secret mission in Alaska just in time to make it to one of our favorite smaller concours, the Huntington Beach Concours d'Elegance in Central Park this past weekend. Not quite as prestigious as the L.A. Concours we covered from the Rose Bowl, it's always an eclectic show, with everything from hot rods to supercars, pre-war classics to bikes. In fact, Big Dog and Nimbus Motorcycles were featured this year. Pontiac and Aston Martin were the featured automotive marques, but there were a healthy showing of Mini enthusiasts as well for the car's 50th anniversary. Not quite as many as the number at Silverstone last month, but there were about 50 of them in every color and configuration you could think of. Lots of Ferraris, muscle cars, Corvettes and motorcycles as well.

This concours always attracts mostly locals, but this year, that included seven Borgward Isabella owners! We're not sure we've ever seen more than one in any single show before so this was a bit of a treat. And there was at least one representative of each bodystyle: saloon, estate, cabriolet, and coupe. The Master of Ceremonies was local car presenter Dave Kunz and the Grand Marshall was Jim Wangers, "Godfather of the GTO," on hand to celebrate Pontiac. Although we couldn't make it on Saturday, the previous day's Grand Marshall was our MINI-mad friend, Fireball Tim Lawrence, who was at the show on Sunday as well, just not marshaling as grandly.

Highlights included the Judson-supercharged MG TD Mille Miglia, Ferrari 400 SuperAmerica, Lusso and Europa, Barbie-pink Mini, International Karate Champion Harley, BMW 501 V8, Pegaso 102, Jaguar XK120R, '31 Cadillac Convertible Coupe, Marco Rigassi's '32 Highboy, a tangerine AMX, and the Schwinn Stingray Super Deluxe and Apple Krate. Other sentimental favorites included the '81 Lancia Zagato, two Subaru SVX sports coupes, two early Mazda RX-7s, and a trio of '80s GM ragtops. It was another fun, family-oriented show that had us smiling about being car people.


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Fiat 500, Porsche 930 and others
  • Fiat 500, Porsche 930 and others
Ferrari SuperAmerica
  • Ferrari SuperAmerica
Ferrari Europa GT
  • Ferrari Europa GT
Ferrari 250 GT-L Lusso
  • Ferrari 250 GT-L Lusso
Ferrari Dino
  • Ferrari Dino
Ferrari F430 Scuderia
  • Ferrari F430 Scuderia
Ferrari California
  • Ferrari California
Lancia Zagato
  • Lancia Zagato
Maserati 3500GT
  • Maserati 3500GT
DeTomaso Pantera
  • DeTomaso Pantera
Ferrari Dino
  • Ferrari Dino
Ferrari Testarossa
  • Ferrari Testarossa
Borgward Isabellas
  • Borgward Isabellas
Borgward Isabella
  • Borgward Isabella
Aston Martin DBS
  • Aston Martin DBS
Aston Martin Vanquish
  • Aston Martin Vanquish
Aston Martin Vantage
  • Aston Martin Vantage
'34 MG NE
  • '34 MG NE
'53 MG TD
  • '53 MG TD
'63 Jaguar Mk X Saloon
  • '63 Jaguar Mk X Saloon
'38 Bently Mulliner
  • '38 Bently Mulliner
Morgan Plus 4
  • Morgan Plus 4
Jaguar XK120R
  • Jaguar XK120R
Fireball Tim Lawrence
  • Fireball Tim Lawrence
BMW 501 V8
  • BMW 501 V8
Pegaso Model 102
  • Pegaso Model 102
Alfa Romeos
  • Alfa Romeos
'65 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce
  • '65 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce
Alfa Romeo Montreal
  • Alfa Romeo Montreal
'31 Cadillac Convertible Coupe
  • '31 Cadillac Convertible Coupe
Nash Metropolitan
  • Nash Metropolitan
'68 Dodge Dart Super Stock
  • '68 Dodge Dart Super Stock
Willys CJ-2A
  • Willys CJ-2A
Willys CJ-2A
  • Willys CJ-2A
Superformance GTs and Cobras
  • Superformance GTs and Cobras
Hurst Hemi Challenger
  • Hurst Hemi Challenger
'55 Ford Sunliner
  • '55 Ford Sunliner
Muscle cars
  • Muscle cars
AMC AMX
  • AMC AMX
'83 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible
  • '83 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible
'85 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible
  • '85 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible
'84 Buick Riviera Convertible
  • '84 Buick Riviera Convertible
Thunderbirds
  • Thunderbirds
'32 Highboy Roadster
  • '32 Highboy Roadster
Tribute to first 150 mph Vette
  • Tribute to first 150 mph Vette
Pontiac Solstice
  • Pontiac Solstice
Fiesta Movement
  • Fiesta Movement
Subaru SVX
  • Subaru SVX
Mazda RX-7s
  • Mazda RX-7s
Subaru SVX
  • Subaru SVX
Karate Harley
  • Karate Harley
vintage motocross bikes
  • vintage motocross bikes
Ducatti 999R and Yamaha trail bike
  • Ducatti 999R and Yamaha trail bike
'56 Ariel Square 4 Sidecar
  • '56 Ariel Square 4 Sidecar
Schwinn Stingray Apple Krate
  • Schwinn Stingray Apple Krate
Schwinn Stingray Super Deluxe
  • Schwinn Stingray Super Deluxe

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