The First Effort for What May Become One Of LA’s Best Car Shows
2017 marked the first year for the newly-minted Classic Auto Show which was hosted at the LA Convention Center and overseen by none other than founding Petersen Automotive Museum board member and car guy extraordinaire, Bruce Meyer. This show served as a celebration of all things automotive and guests were treated to not only some of Southern California’s finest classic automobiles, but also some of the world’s most interesting automotive personalities.
Bruce Meyer brought a number of his very special vehicles out to the show including his famous black Cobra CSX2001, his Mercedes 300SL Gullwing, and his fabric-bodied Bentley. Several vehicles from the Petersen’s collection also made an appearance including the fabulous Round-Door Rolls. The event featured more than 600 cars in total with a solid mix coming from both private collections as well as several classic car dealers.
One of the biggest draws for enthusiasts was the presence of many of Velocity TV’s on-air personalities such as Chip Foose, Wayne Carini of Chasing Classic Cars, Mike Brewer of Wheeler Dealers, Dave Kindig of Bitchin’ Rides and many more. Not only were they on hand to interact with fans, but they could also be found checking out the show and displaying their own vehicles with Carini bringing out his Moal Speedway Roadster. Chip Foose brought his F100 and Madam X 1939 Cadillac Sixty Special. And Kindig brought a ’55 Chevy Nomad and a ’68 Camaro.
The weekend of the show was packed with numerous car events including the famous Grand National Roadster Show as well as our very own opening reception for “The Eagles Have Landed” exhibition which celebrates the life and career of Dan Gurney. In fact, many of the Velocity folks came to our reception to honor the man himself and see the incredible collection of Gurney Eagle vehicles and memorabilia on hand.
The man behind the Classic Auto Show, Mike Carlucci has promised that next year’s iteration of the show will be scheduled such that it avoids conflicts with other events. We’re looking forward to it already and we have more than a few ideas on vehicles that we can bring out to the show.
Photo Credit: James McKeone at NoBraking.com