|No, not this. ⓒ = ?|
|This: Elvis Presley's 1964 Rolls Royce|
The other cars were crammed together (some about 12 inches or less apart [30 cm]), so making photos was a challenge and even my very wide angle lens was hardly up to the task. So, mainly you will see pieces of great cars.
The Packards were stunning. The 1952 XK-120 Jaguar coupe was to die for. Loved the additional British cars, and an American brass era EMF.
|A star of the show in my opinion. 1952 XK-120 coupe. Squashed between two Packards. ⓒ = Me|
While the Elvis R-R has some interest because of its once-upon-a-time owner, I'm sorry, but that car really pales in comparison to the two Packards, which are world-class cars, like so many of their era. The Packards were mainly hand-made and stunning, but the Rolls looks awkwardly hand-made, and run of-the-mill in a way that isn't anywhere near in the same class as those Packards. Of course, the Concours winning Packards were restored by their talented owner and the Rolls wasn't, except for the work being done that I mentioned above.
One uncommon part of this event, sort of, is the fact that the restorer's wife is the one who organized the PCA affair that brought a group of us to see this collection, plus it was she who organized and led a tour of the area that turned out to be one of the most spirited drives I've ever taken on public roads, bar none. I won't say that speeds were extra-legal at times, and I won't say that I learned something about the handling of my car with a passenger aboard, and I certainly will not mention anything about details like hitting the rev limiter more than once. Those sorts of activities are not appropriate on rural roadways, so it's good that you learned nothing about such behavior from this blog since I didn't mention any of it.
Okay, let's take a look at more images.
|This is the back seat of Elvis's car that needs work. ⓒ = ?|
|That MG is really sweet. Too bad I couldn't fit it all in. ⓒ = Me|
I didn't mention that the owner and restorer of all of this also does boats. That's an ancient Chris-Craft over there with a Chrysler engine in it, I believe. There is another speedboat in the lower portion of this building that had just had its engine reinstalled. 'Gray Marine' it said on that engine, which was a marine engine company that existed from 1901, until 1967. Many of its engines for small boats were based on automotive engine blocks. Trivia aside, the work was as splendid on the boats as it is on these cars.
|The paint on all of the the owner's cars is like glass. This is a recent show winner.|
|A newer Packard. This car has a special ultra private passenger compartment.|
I drank my Mimosa from this glass. It appeared that the owner/restorer purchased about a case of these, no doubt from a session of competing down there, but I didn't think to ask - he was busy grilling hamburgers at the time. The level of quality of his cars was up to the Pebble Beach standard, so I have little doubt that he has at least shown there. He has the transport vehicles and equipment to take his cars anywhere.
|One corner of the workshop.|
|Here's proof that a bunch of Porsche owners were actually there, and that's the sacrosanct barn.|
|Here's the inside of that little MG, that we see part of above.|
|And finally, the whole Elvis limo. ⓒ = ?|