Among the featured events each summer during Monterey Car Week is a gathering of German vehicles at the Legends of the Autobahn show. In 2021, a second such event is scheduled, this one in early November and on the country’s East Coast, as part of the Hilton Head Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival.
The concours and the Audi Club of North America, the BMW Car club of America and the Mercedes-Benz Club of America have announced a second Legends event for Nov. 6, 2021, at the Port Royal Golf Club, where 160 German vehicles will be displayed.
With the holidays here, spring and summer are just around the corner really, and it's time to plan for a summer car that won't break the bank. Sure, you could always get a suspiciously cheap Mystery Boxster, but everyone has a Boxster with unaddressed issues and fading paint. Likewise, everyone has a Miata that needs some parts — you won't surprise anyone with those. But you can import a coupe or convertible from Europe or Japan and be just about the only person in your time zone with that model on a budget of $15,000 or less, sometimes far less.
The late Sean Connery might have been the best-known actor to star on the big screen in the role of Bond, James Bond, but there were others, including Australian-born George Lazenby, who portrayed 007 in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” in 1969. The movie also starred Diana Rigg as Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo and featured — no surprise — an icy, dicey high-speed car chase with the Contessa’s Mercury Cougar being pursued by the forces of evil. That Cougar XR7 convertible, complete with Kneissl skis mounted on its trunk, will be offered for bidding December 16 when Bonhams stages its annual Bond Street Sale in London. (Image: Bonhams)
Valiant. Mention the name to anyone who was a kid in the ’60s and you’ll almost certainly prompt some diverse memories. “Oh, my Aunt Freda and Uncle Sid had one, it was the toughest car they ever had!” Or, “I drove one in high school, got it for $100 off a shady used car lot and it was the dullest, slowest car I ever owned!” Or, in the case of my mother, “Oh, I remember those. Chicken Delight in Davenport used them as delivery vehicles. They all had a cartoon chicken on the roof!”
Salon Prive celebrated its 15th year at Blenheim Palace, despite Covid-19 restrictions that saw virtually every other Concours around the world shut down. Here are a few of the gems of that Concours. (Image: Salon Prive)