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By Dan Clarke Music was playing as I walked onto the lawn. It wasn’t a live band, but the sound system was good enough that I couldn’t be sure.
TASTE News Service, August 5, 2017 — From an unlikely partnership between lawyer Cesare Isotta and car enthusiasts Vincenzo, Antonio and Oreste Fraschini, came Italy’s most opulent automobile brand: Isotta Fraschini (Ee-So-ta fra-Skee-nee).
TASTE News Service, May 1, 2017 - As road trip season gears up, Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite— a resort two miles from the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park— is now an ideal basecamp for those traveling eco-friendly thanks to the recent installation of eight Tesla Supercharging Stations.
By Dr. Cy Conrad It is fitting that when translated into Spanish, La Jolla means “the jewel,” because La Jolla truly is the diamond of the West Coast.
TASTE News Service, February 6 2017 –A premier event in the world of hot rods and custom cars celebrates its 67th edition this month.
TASTE News Service, January 9, 2017 - Don’t ever give up. That’s the mantra longtime Barrett-Jackson customer Ele Chesney lives by, and adamantly tells the scores of girls she often addresses when asked to speak at schools.
Richard Mattei shows off his beautiful Lancia Astura photo copyright Kimball Studios/courtesy of Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance TASTE News Sevice, August 24, 2016 — The 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance concluded with first-time entrant Richard Mattei lifting the top prize high overhead soon after his 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet was named Best of Show at the prestigious competition.
1954 Kaiser Darrin TASTE News Service, August 4, 2016 - Like many young girls, Tammy wanted a “pony” – and got one at the age of 16: a black 1976 Ford Mustang. It was to be the first of many.
Ready to roll: the Barrett-Jackson team, led by Joseph Mast (right), line up on the block prior to start of auction day. TASTE News Service, July 26, 2016 - It’s a sound that draws you towards the auction arena almost as much as the powerful roar of a V12 engine. The continuous chant of the auctioneer takes you aback a bit if you’ve never heard it before, a repeating crescendo of seemingly unintelligible words leading to the climactic “SOLD!” as the gavel hits the podium.
2015's Best of Show, the 1924 Isotta Fraschini By Dan Clarke June 28, 2016 – Even though the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is still nearly two months away, a heads-up may be timely. Car buffs not terribly deeply-pocketed may need time to adjust their budgets.
Not something you see every day: this prototype 2004 Ford GT CP-1 was the very first running Ford GT assembled with a fully functioning drivetrain and interior. by Steve Magnante   June 8, 2016 - When Ford sought to properly celebrate its centennial of operations with a suitable halo offering, the reborn Ford GT was the stunningly successful result.
1956 Maserati a6g 2000 AllemanoTASTE News Service, April 1, 2016 - Named as one of the top three most anticipated Concours in the world by the prestigious British automotive magazine, Octane, La Jolla Concours d'Elegance has become a must-have "Save The Date" for automobile aficionados internationally.
1934 Kellner-bodied CabrioletBy Rich Taylor January 14, 2015 - While most of the 1678 Rolls-Royce Phantom II chassis built between 1929 and 1936 were bodied by coachbuilders in England or America, a special few high-performance Continental versions were clothed by Kellner et Cie at their fashionable factory right on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Kellner dates back to 1861, when Georges Kellner first began making carriages. He switched to automobiles in 1903. His son Georges Jr. took over in 1910.
Photo of winning Isotta Fraschini Cabriolet courtesy of Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance TASTE News Service, August 17, 2015 -- An Italian Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Cabriolet that once turned heads and garnered top prizes in the classic era glided to victory at the 65th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on Sunday. The competition drew 219 cars from 16 countries and 29 U.S. states to the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links. It also raised over $1.8 million to help people in need. Through the Pebble Beach Company Foundation, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, these charitable funds will benefit…
1949 Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta. The first Ferrari to race in the Pebble Beach Road Races when it competed in 1951. photo: Steve Burton/Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance TASTE News Service, August 8, 2015 - Ferraris return to compete on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links this August 16 when the marque of the Prancing Horse takes center stage at the 65th annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. "Our plans to feature Ferrari have been many years in the making," said Concours Chairman Sandra Button. "But it seems particularly appropriate to be showcasing this marque now, since a Ferrari…
TASTE News Service August 2, 2015 - Niello Concours at Serrano will celebrate its 12th anniversary on October 4, 2015. The setting will be Serrano Country Club in El Dorado Hills, just east of Sacramento. Featured will be Cadillac automobiles and a salute to 60 years of Ferrari in America. Deemed last year’s Best of Show was a 1952 Bentley Mark VI convertible entered by Leon Garoyan of Davis, California. Among the other presentations were the Honorary Judges Award, which went to Raymond Lacy III of Arcata for his 1957 Triumph TR 3. The Tour Award was taken by Lynn…
TASTE News Service May 30, 2014 – Featured marque at the 2014 edition of the Niello Concours d'Elegance will be Packard. The show will also be celebrating Maserati's 100th anniversary. Serrano, just east of Sacramento in El Dorado Hills, is the host venue for the October 5th gathering. A series of low-key events for car owners and car appreciators defined as Concours Raduno are summer preliminaries to the main event. These will be held at locations not too far from Serrano and are casual affairs where people can enjoy a drink and an appetizer and maybe hear a little music…
Mark will guide us through the woods by Dan Clarke We meet Mark Curtsinger in front of a restaurant on Dolores Street in Carmel. He will be driving us to our Land Rover Experience, where he will also be our instructor. His first request is that we sign papers releasing his company from liability if something bad happens to us. I've just finished a nice lunch in the sunny courtyard of Le St. Tropez and am feeling quite relaxed . . . right up to this moment at least. Driving on cliffside roads in California and on the Amalfi Coast…
Bruce Canepa with first Duesenberg by Dan Clarke Sunday was the Niello Concours at Serrano. The Serrano Country Club setting doesn't have an ocean view, but references were made to the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, nonetheless. If this 10th year tradition in the El Dorado Hills area just east of Sacramento doesn't quite have the panache of Pebble, it's still a damned fine car show. The event honored Rolls Royce, as it did in its inaugural edition a decade ago. Also celebrated at this October 6th gathering were the 50 year anniversaries of Lamborghini and the Porsche 911. This year's…
by Dan Clarke Owner is asking $46k for this '63 409 convertible. My brother and I were in Reno last week. We were there to attend Hot August Nights and the first Barrett-Jackson Auction to be held in that city. On Wednesday evening we drove out to the opening party at the Convention Center, site of the auction. As we got further away from the casinos, Reno was looking less familiar to me. The city's main street is called South Virginia after it leaves downtown, eventually becoming Hwy 395. Same road, just different definitions. I was noting all the recent…

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