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Life after the dealership


Publisher’s Note


Classics on the menu


Lance’s Column




Phil’s Column


The art and evolution of the plate


Garage News




Office Profile


Covered education


Automobilia Outlook


Garages in History


Barn Finds


Personality Profile


Business Profile


Artist Profile

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Dancing in the neon


Top ten garage facts

Custom endodontics

Peter Mullin


Lingenfelter legacy

Mark Davidson



Automobile Review


Book Reviews


Monterey guide


Matt’s Column


Garage Meanings


Garage Bazaar

The Jaguar E-Type

Regular guys, regular garages, and really cool cars

Don Williams

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Garage style Editor-Publisher Don Weberg


Art Director Web Designer – Coordinator Kari McDaniel

Mecum, Monterey, and Al


aving been at the helm of this magazine for six years now, I’ve been blessed to see a number of garages. These private spaces are each in their own regard very, very special, unique, amazing, gorgeous, and fun. Because of this magazine, people often ask me, “What’s the best garage I’ve ever seen?” The long answer is that there are elements of each one that are great, but the short story is about a little place in Pasadena, California. While I could go on and on about that particular garage, my inclination is to let a cat peek out of the bag about a potential upcoming award we’re working on for exceptional garages, The Al Award. The Al Award will be given to what a panel of esteemed collectors, garagistas, industry professionals, and friends have elected to be the Best of Show, so to speak. The details aren’t fully baked, but we’re working on them, and I hope you and your garage participate when the time comes. Why it’s been called the Al Award will likely become a little bit of a mystery in time, like the Oscars, so I’ll set the record straight here. The idea of a garage award isn’t new to the crew here at GSM – we’ve talked about it since day two, and it’s something we’ve all wanted to engage. But, as with so many small operations, we are few, and we all wear a ton of hats to keep this operation going. Because some also have lives beyond the garage, time isn’t the plentiful resource we wish it were, and projects fall to the side. In November, my wife, Michele, was asked by her boss, Steve, to manage his company in New Jersey. He also asked that she help his elderly father with daily tasks and chores, take him to dinner, and just be there for him. While Steve worked in China, Michele kept the NJ company going (in the face of Hurricane Sandy) and enjoyed her time immensely with Steve’s dad. Knowing her time there would stampede right over Thanksgiving, Steve graciously flew me and our daughter, Kaitlyn, back to NJ to spend time with Michele. It was a great trip, we had a blast, got to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and we all fell in love with Steve’s dad, Al. Al, a subscriber and fan of GSM, asked me about the idea of an award, and I told him it was on the list, but we weren’t sure exactly how to orchestrate it. Normally, this would have been the end of this kind of conversation, but not for Al – perseverance is Al himself, and he sat down and began going over ideas with me. Within an hour, we had a concept, and within three hours of me scratching on a cell phone note pad, the basic idea of “The Al” was laid out. Now to put it into gear with our friends and colleagues to make it a reality. Rest assured, the Pasadena garage won’t win because I wanted it to win – no garage will win because any one person wants it to. A garage will win because our panel has voted it in as the Best of Show. But like I said, it’s not even half-baked, and still has a lot of cooking to do. Expect to hear more, and anticipate some changes. That said, thank you and welcome to our 21st issue. I hope you like it; it’s our Monterey Issue, so it’ll give you ideas of what to do should you participate in Car Week in August in Monterey, California. You’ll be able to find the GSM crew at the Mecum Auctions at the Hyatt Hotel, the new Carmel Mission Concours at the historic Carmel Mission, and hopefully a couple other events going on that week. Of course, we’re gearing up for our own 3rd Annual Monterey Peninsula Garage Tour, and hope some of you will join us on the tour that Monday kicking off Car Week. It’s always a good time! If not, please do swing into the Mecum Auction and check out some of the beautiful cars and collectibles going under the hammer; Dana and his crew always put on a fabulous event, unpredictable and full of surprises. Enjoy! – Hope to see you in Monterey! All the best, Don Weberg Editor-Publisher

Business Development Manager Michele Weberg Columinists Lance Lambert Phil Berg Matt Stone Arts Editor Jeremiah McDaniel Contributors Robin DePry Bob Estrada John Gunnell Iain Curry Steve McCarthy Dr. Rick Rader Bill Nakasone Terry Doran T. Byrd Specialized Photographers Booker Dale Quinio Brittney Kincannon Tim Sutton Bruno Ratensperger Editorial Intern Ariana Spero Advertising – Public Relations Cindy Meitle 480.277.1864 | Advertising Doug Holland 910.398.8307 | Carmen Price 714.276.5285 | Subscriptions – Address Changes GSM P.O. Box 18479 Anaheim, CA 92817 800.999.9718 Garage Style Magazine is Published Quarterly by Weberg Media Group, Inc. 271 W. Imperial Hwy. Suite B La Habra, CA 90631 Not responsible for undelivered issues due to late change of address. Not responsible for issues delivered damaged. All rights reserved by Garage Style Magazine, Inc.


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Dancing in the Neon By

Lance Lambert


n embarrassing secret is going to be shared with you. Many decades ago, dancing was a fun activity that I engaged in on a regular basis. My high school sweetheart and I attended all of the school dances and took great pride in dancing to every song played by the band. We even created a few routines that, we thought, assured that we were considered great dancers. As a young man, I frequented a few favorite bars that had dance floors and live music. These establishments provided single gentlemen the opportunity to ask young women to dance and, if a few more dances followed, possibly the beginning of a relationship. I enjoyed dancing in those days but don’t care much for dancing in public now. In fact, I don’t enjoy it at all. The truth is that I’d rather dig ditches in my boxers during a hail storm in sub zero temperatures than dance. I’d rather walk down the middle of the freeway eating steamed liver while dressed as Dolly Parton than dance. I’d rather……well, I think you get the idea. This is why the secret that I’m about to share with you is also a mystery. I enjoy dancing in my garage. Recently, I was having a pleasant evening alone futzing in the garage. The radio was playing a country song and I was enjoying a libation. The evening was innocent and all was right with the world. My garage provides a haven where the world spins correctly and the disastrous scenarios that are unendingly yelled out of our TVs and computers are forgotten. It was then and there that it happened. I didn’t consciously decide to begin dancing; it just happened. It was so unconscious that I was shuffling around the garage before noticing what I was doing. Then it got even worse (better?). I really got into it. All of the old dance steps from high school came back to me and a sweat was being worked up. The song ended and I stood there panting in the glow of neon lights that grace the walls of the garage while I wondered what the heck had just happened. Was there a dangerously high level of carbon monoxide or neon

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gas in the garage? Were there too many paint cans with the tops left open? Had the single Corona I consumed been accidently filled with bourbon? Whatever it was, I liked it. I was alone and didn’t feel any judging eyes upon me. No one was there to correct my dance “technique” or snicker and tell me how ridiculous I looked. It was just me. Hey! Wait! That’s it! The mystery has been solved; actually, I was not alone. I was dancing with one of my best friends: the garage. The garage does not judge me; it only wants to provide a sanctuary of joy and comfort. It’s a place that is filled with great memories and promises of a great future. It only wants to take me by the hand and swing me around until I’m consumed with both peace and jubilance. It is my very good friend. This dancing activity has taken place a few more times and will likely happen again. Should I be embarrassed by this activity? Are the gyrations of a slightly overweight and aging car guy dancing amongst restored gas pumps and greasy car parts to be avoided? No, because my dance partner is as happy and carefree as I am and doesn’t care how silly I look. Excuse me garage, may I have the next dance?

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Phil Berg’s Dispatches from the Ultimate Garage Tour

Top Ten Garage Facts A

s you read this, it will be ten years since I published my first Ultimate Garages book, which actually was a 220-page, bountifully-depicted spin-off of a “Ten Best” story I wrote for Car and Driver magazine way back in 1998. That anniversary means it’s time for my Top 10 garage facts: little-known truths that I’ve uncovered in the process of featuring more than 75 dedicated car nuts in three Ultimate Garages books, as well as about 80 magazine and newspaper stories about special guys with garages. 10. Urinals are in – You’ve read it here a couple of years and a few issues ago, but I’m still impressed by the number of garages I see that now have urinals in their bathrooms, or have preserved original urinals installed during the structure’s original construction. 9. Clean up is important – The best way to clean a garage is to install wheels on all furniture. This includes tool cabinets, of course, which have always had wheels as far as I can remember. But if you screw casters to the bottom of your workbench, as well as floor cabinets, it makes the job of cleaning the floor easier by moving all of the furniture out onto the driveway. Your drill press, arbor press, and other hefty tools can also be mounted on wheels with locks, I’ve seen. 8. Floors are a mood purchase – Just when polished concrete looked like it won as the garage floor of choice, I’ve noticed plastic interlocking floor tiles have made a comeback. Some of the plastic floors that are more than ten years old have warped and faded, but others have held up well. I’m impressed. 7. Space is always a problem – Nobody has solved the space dilemma: the term “space-plus-one,” coined by car nut and expert structure-repurposer and restaurant designer Curt Catallo (who credits the observation to his late father Clarence, inventor of the “Little Deuce Coupe” ‘32 Ford) still holds. It doesn’t matter how many total cars you own, the odds are, you will probably average one more car than you have space for. 6. Livability – The best garages are those you can live in. There are the fantastic places such as John Tinberg’s loft home in Illinois above his shop in a large restored former Dodge dealership and to the home living room converted into a recreation of an Austrian BMW motorcycle dealership of Peter Nettesheim on Long Island that combine homes and


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garages. But the majority of car guys with extra-large car spaces, ones that include a bathroom and small kitchen, tell me, “I’d live here if my wife would let me.” 5. Lushability – Landscaping is important. Maybe it’s a concern for our personal carbon footprints, or just an aesthetic preference, but a lot of garages I’ve seen lately have featured live plants, inside and out. 4. Trusts and wills – Trusts protect against generation skipping. Car nuts tell us they are aware of their “disease” beginning about the age of eight. Well, former GM Vice Chairman and confirmed hot-rodder Tom Stephens told me he knew when he was five, but the average is eight. And more than likely, immediate offspring are less likely to be car nuts than grandkids, I’ve been told often. So the trick for large collections is to set up a trust for the cars that carries their ownership farther down the hereditary path. 3. Keep ‘em charged – Battery Tenders are your friend. Even with modern gel cell batteries, keeping an occasional-use car running at all times requires the sophisticated circuits of smart chargers. Our favorite solution was that of John McMullen for his 150-car collection, which was housed in seven huge garages. Each building had only two batteries kept at full charge. Each time someone would take one of the cars to drive, they would install a battery just for the trip, then remove it after parking the car. 2. Nostalgia – The reason why we love gas pumps and dealer signs that decorate our garages is simple: every car nut had a moving experience with a car during youth at either a gas station or a car dealership. Classic car owners and hot-rodders alike seem to have spent a lot of their free time as youths hanging around places with special cars. The indelible memories from these places are what we try to recreate and preserve as our lives progress, and these past experiences inspire us car nuts to think and dream and create. All valuable stuff. 1. Spread the love – Give this magazine to people who don’t understand what a car nut is. Each time one of Garage Style Magazine’s writers profiles a garage owner by detailing how such car nuts live and what they like, it gives concrete evidence to the auto aloof that there are profound and rational reasons why we all like cars. The garage owners I’ve met give these stories away like candy.


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Tailored Living offers veterans special business opportunities Military personnel can partake in a number of opportunities once they become veterans. Tailored Living, the largest wholehome organization franchise company in the nation, believes there is one pursuit in particular that military veterans are already well-prepared for: starting their own franchise business. “I can tell you first-hand that being in the military instills valuable traits in an individual that will pay dividends during their entrepreneurial pursuits,” said Dave Angers, military veteran and Director of Franchise Operations at Tailored Living. “Traits such as integrity, teamwork, commitment, and determination can all be directly applied to the business environment and will have a great impact on the success of their franchise company.” Since its founding, Tailored Living has been a part of the International Franchise Association’s VetFran program. The IFA is the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. Their VetFran program, launched during the Gulf War, was developed to encourage veterans to become franchisees using financial incentives from franchisors. Under the program, Tailored Living offers a 10% discount on the initial franchise and territory fees, and

Heacock Classic named official insurance company of SVRA For its 2013 season, the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) has named Heacock Classic as the official insurance company and the title sponsor of the final East Coast event of the season. In recognition of the partnership, the race will be named “The Heacock Classic Gold Cup presented by SVRA.” “SVRA is extremely proud to have Heacock Classic Insurance as a partner for what promises to be a watershed year for Vintage Racing,” said Tony Parella, President and CEO of SVRA. Founded in 1978, the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association has conducted vintage racing events at tracks in the East and Southeast regions of the United States, including Watkins Glen, Sebring, Virginia International Raceway, and more. In September 2012, Texas businessman and vintage racer Tony Parella acquired SVRA and embarked on a program designed to bring the sport of vintage racing to a new level. “I’m thrilled to be re-engaged with SVRA and Tony Parella,” said Ford Heacock III, founder and President of Heacock Classic Insurance. “When I hear Tony talk about the sport of vintage racing and his plans, I get very excited. I can see in him the same energy I felt over 30 years ago when SVRA was in its infancy. To come full circle with SVRA, from having birthed the organization in 1980 to now returning as one of its major sponsors, is a great feeling.” 12

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Zymol to sponsor 50th annual Ferrari Club event The Ferrari Club of America will be celebrating 50 years on July 30th – August 4th, 2013 in Elkhart, Wisconsin and Road America. In typical fashion, the club will have a host of events to enjoy and attend, from tech sessions to concours to rallys to lunches and much more. Zymol will be there in force to educate people on detailing their cars, the benefits of keeping them clean and aesthetically maintained, and assisting owners in keeping their cars sharp throughout the celebration. “We’re excited by the opportunity to support such a fantastic club, a wonderful event, and the legendary cars,” said Chuck Bennett, founder and CEO of Zymol. “Ferrari owners have long taken great pride in their beautiful cars, and they’re enthusiastic about enjoying them. That’s part of what Zymol is all about: enjoying yourself and striving to be at your best and give your best every time.” Zymol will be introducing some new products to the club and hosting detailing tech sessions, Q&A seminars, and more to engage the owners in working with their cars and discussing the benefits of using Zymol products. “The club is anticipating about 2,000 people at this year’s event, so it’s going to be huge, it’s going to be a lot of fun, and we can’t wait,” said Bennett.

Two new real estate expansion projects are underway at New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP), the Exotic Car Garages at Breighton, and the second phase of The Villas at Breighton, a trackside condominium community. Inspired by the World War II Royal Air Force base of the same name, the second phase of The Villas at Breighton are available in two new models, The Terraces and The Courtyards. Designed to provide motorsports excitement in a trackside resort setting with high-end, luxury condominium-style accommodations, The Villas offer private patios, garages, multiple bed and bathrooms, and more. The Exotic Car Garages offer owners the chance to own an actual garage on the property, providing space for race cars, collector cars, storage, and shop space. Either property provides views of NJMP’s famous Thunderbolt Raceway.

Fast Orange gets upgraded formula Permatex, the maker of Fast Orange hand cleaner, recently introduced a new formlation of the popular hand cleaner with MicroGel, a polymer emulsion synthetic solvent that eliminates the need for orange oil or petroleum-based solvents. According to Permatex, the MicroGel formulation adheres better to hands thanks to it’s gel-like consistency, and cleanses more smoothly than the previous formula. “Fast Orange is the number one selling biodegradable, waterless and petroleum-free, solventfree hand cleaner on the automotive retail market,” said Sean Lyon, Permatex Director of Marketing. “Maintaining that leadership position with the new formulation and meeting the new VOC requirements was very challenging, but our chemists found a way to get it done.”

The Jet Age planned for June Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Known locally as the Father’s Day Show, the Rodeo Drive Concours this year will be hosting a full-scale model Lear 85 in honor of Learjet’s 50 th anniversary. The Lear 85 was designed by Bombardier and is available for flexible leasing through Flexjet. “Fifty years ago, the first Learjet aircraft took flight thanks to the innovative and adventurous spirit of Bill Lear, who invented the business jet category,” said Deanna White, President of Flexjet. “Through our parent companies, Bombardier and Learjet, Flexjet is proud to further his legacy by offering fractional shares on the Learjet 85 aircraft, defining a new benchmark in the evolution of private aviation.” Situated between Santa Monica and Wilshire Boulevards on Sunday, June 16th, it will be the first time a jet has ever set wheels on Rodeo Drive. “We are excited to join Flexjet Bombardier to honor Learjet’s golden anniversary,” said Bruce Meyer, concours chairman. “The Jet Age marked a time when carmakers from post-World War II through the arrival of the supersonic Concorde in the ‘70s redesigned their automobiles to highlight the most extreme designs reflecting streamlining and speed!” In addition to hosting an airplane, the Concours will also be hosting automobiles and motorcycles reflecting the special time in American history. These vehicles are handpicked by the Concours curators and each will feature some design motif representative of the forward, future movement that was The Jet Age.

Scottsdale Automobilia 2013 Text and images by Bob Coffman, “FOTOBOB”

Let’s start this report by defining Automobilia and Petroliana once again. Automobilia is all the “stuff” that could decorate your garage or man cave associated with automobiles, except the automobile. Radiator mascots, grilles, manufacturer signage, art, racing paraphernalia, et al! Petroliana takes a special focus in the Automobilia hobby, a sharper, narrower focus, dealing only with a category of collectibles related to gas stations or the petroleum industry. Petroliana could be old gas pumps, fuel advertisements, enamel or tin signs, oil cans and tins, road maps, and more. These all did well this season! Using the first quarter of 2013 Automobilia auctions as a barometer, many of you have discovered the importance

of this category. Barrett-Jackson sales were up by more than 30%, selling more than $1,470,000 with 727 lots. That’s more than $2,000 per lot. Neon porcelain signs sold for as much as $64,350 and as little as $2,875. I make this analogy: if you had $11,000 to spend, you could have had a 1990 Yugo convertible or one or more of the 700 items that auctioned for less than that dollar amount in the Automobilia event. There were 26 items in Automobilia that went for more than $11,000! That demonstrates the competition, currently, to have the right décor items to accentuate your car collection. Rory Brinkman, who heads up this division of BarrettJackson, said the notable trend is unique, high-end gas pumps; they’ve risen significantly in value. Of the 76 gas

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pumps consigned, a few sold for well over $20,000. I think it’s always interesting to note the keen interest in bygone items of a purely regional nature. I don’t think that companies like EZE Orange Drink, Buckeye Root Beer, Bolivar Motor Oil, Dixie Oils, or Congress Tires achieved national distribution. But pieces from their storied, localized histories sold from $57.50 to $3,990. The other significant Automobilia auction in Scottsdale took place at Bonhams’ one-day event. It’s quite a different sale, with an emphasis on European artifacts, led by hood ornaments, mascots, and desk décor. Kurt Forry, Bonhams U.S. Automobilia specialist, said original linen-backed advertising posters, were strong, with a 1908 Grand Prix de l’ACF at Dieppe linen-backed, 62” x 48” advertising poster from France, selling for $17,500. If you wanted a Ferrari Dino “gutted” engine made into a coffee table (awarded to the Italian driver Ludovico Scarfiotti in 1965 for European Mountain Championhip), it sold for $16,250. For diversity, a Steve McQueen 1970 Sebring 12hour trophy, silver-plated over brass, with the silver plating all but lost due to over-polishing and age and missing the original lid (patina?), went for $17,500! Steve is still strong. More lots and higher average-hammer prices brought them from $285,287 in 2012 to $676,337 in 2013. Lest I paint a prohibitive picture, many lots were available for under $500. Automobilia and Petroliana may be “stuff” or “junk” to some, but to those who know the trade, it can be a sound investment. GSM

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Custom Endodontics – or is that Kustom Endodontics? Text by

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office and was given the opportunity to build and design an entirely new and larger space. He chose to move into the old 1914 Bismarck Grocery Warehouse on Main Street, a beautiful old brick building. Its structural integrity and design flowed wonderfully into Dr. Scherer’s official environment, and after the initial build-out, Dr. Scherer filled the space with gas pumps, posters, vintage advertising, old photos, and more, and the space again began to resemble a museum rather than a dental practice. While Dr. Scherer and his staff operate in uniforms reminiscent of mechanics’ garb of the 1940’s-50’s, the procedures and equipment is state-of-the-art. Dr. Scherer prides himself in offering a premier endodontic operation in an unorthodox venue. Dr. Scherer’s patients arrive at the front counter, or “Service Desk” as the neon sign brightly proclaims, often nervous and frightened, but they leave with their pain relieved and overwhelmed by the experience. Dr. Scherer’s office is known across the nation as one of the most unique and successful dental offices in existence. You may be asking yourself, “does Dr. Scherer ever tire of the office decorations?” Well luckily, Dr. Scherer rotates out the décor regularly to provide his patients, and himself, with a new and refreshing environment. Dr. Scherer embodies the old axiom, “Do what you love and love what you do!” Sadly, all good things must come to an end and Dr. Scherer has sold Custom Endodontics, removed the décor and moved away from the area. His former office in Bismarck, while not decorated the same, will continue to provide endodontic services to the Bismarck community and surrounding areas for years to come. In the meantime, Dr. Scherer has been given the amazing opportunity to partner with an existing practice in Lubbock, Texas and has accepted the chance to start fresh and avoid the notorious freezing winters of the Northern Plains. Rest assured, his new office will be very similar to the old one, and we can be certain that he will continue to surprise his patients with the automotive-themed atmosphere and topnotch procedures that he has become known for. GSM Top, the waiting area is eclectic with home inspiring collections; center, the employees lounge is state of the art retro; bottom, the half brick walls add to the motif.


ou walk through glass double-doors into the building, and you are immediately surrounded by signs, gas pumps, and vintage advertising pieces; you approach the front desk and are met by employees dressed in uniforms reminiscent of 1940’s-1950’s mechanics. Is this a dream? Your local parts store? Are you in the Twilight Zone? No, you have simply walked into Custom Endodontics, Dr. Steffan Scherer’s one-of-akind dental office! Those “mechanics” who appear just as apt to change your oil are actually trained dental assistants, and while a toothache may have brought you here, you soon become lost in the history, memorabilia, and atmosphere of one of the most peerless dental facilities in the world. Dr. Steffan Scherer got “bitten” by the 18

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automotive bug while in college; he purchased his first car, a 1955 Dodge Coronet, and followed it up with a plethora of additional “MoPar” products (see Garage Style Magazine Winter 2012-Discovering Hernando’s Hideaway). His passions also extend to history and collecting historical memorabilia, and it was from these passions that he arrived at a novel idea: why not combine his hobby with his career? Dr. Scherer promptly laid out an office where patients were surrounded by vintage gaspumps, signs, banners, and posters; even the practice name, Custom Endodontics, reflects the automotive theme. Initial response was, and is, astounding! Patients felt at ease by the museum-like atmosphere and many forgot they were in a dental office. His innovative idea seemed to “hit the spot!” In 2005, Dr. Scherer outgrew his first Garage Style Magazine Summer 2013


Life after the dealership



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and go, and when Bush implemented the luxury tax, we were again facing lean times,” he said. “When the 348, 550, and 360 emerged, things began to pick up again. The economy had stabilized, Washington had balanced a few things, and Ferrari was producing some of the best vehicles they ever had. We were blessed with a waiting list that spanned about eight years. It was a great time to begin thinking about selling.” Between 2004 and 2008, Tom and his brother sold off each of the dealers on both coasts, subsequently allowing them to downshift their lives and enjoy some of the fruits of their labor. During his tenure in Florida, Tom owned a number of cars,

many of which were Ferraris, but he had the luxury of housing them at the dealership. His garage at home, while nice and spacious, was nonetheless pretty basic and pedestrian in nature. He’d wanted a showplace escape garage for a long time, so when Tom bought a home in Ohio in 2005, he worked closely with Pepper Builders to create just that. “We sketched the original ideas onto a cocktail napkin,” he said. “From there, it grew and developed. Interestingly, we didn’t need permits, and although we don’t have any center support posts, the builder used a seriously reinforced superstructure to hold up the slate roof.” The idea was to create a space where Tom could enjoy the cars on a minimal scale, perform minor detailing and service jobs, but do no major work. It would have a place to keep tools and supplies out of sight so the main garage could always maintain an orderly, kept, almost showroom appearance. It would also boast an extensive, comfortable office and living quarters, a place where he could escape, enjoy some books and music, and get away. “My wife and sister-in-law, Tonya, designed the layout of the office,” he said. “They did a great job; I love the flow and overall feel.” Pepper Builders, Tom said, is a three-generation company, and very diverse. They not only provided the expert construction services, but also plumbing, electrical, cooling, and heating. Founded by Amos Miller, his four sons, Aaron, Marvin, John, and Ed, and a grandson, James, they cover all the bases and have created a well-rounded company capable of bringing a project from scratch to jewel.


oving from sunny Florida to the Ohio area presents many challenges to the psyche and physique. But for Tom and his wife, Terri, the idea of being closer to family and old friends seemed a good idea. Florida was nice, but a slower pace was calling. “We’d spent many years in Florida, built up the dealerships, and after a good run, we sold them off, and it was time for a change, time to be closer to my wife’s family,” said Tom. Tom and his brother, Steve, enjoyed racing cars and were doing very well. At the time, Tom was in real estate and his brother owned an advertising agency. They were both looking for write-offs and a neighbor was an attorney for the local Ferrari dealership. Hearing their needs and interests, he approached them about buying the dealership. The two liked the idea and moved on securing the deal. They hired a general manager, launched a marketing campaign, and in a short time, Steve sold his advertising agency and Tom too fell into working more and more at the dealership. By 1982, they’d acquired the entire business and were quickly developing a reputation not only in Florida, but across the country and at Ferrari corporate. “It all boils down to good service, knowing the product, and liking the product,” said Tom. “We were enthusiastic about Ferraris, and our customers knew that. They also knew we raced and knew cars in general; that adds a lot of trust.” Over time, they’d built a corporation that owned dealerships on the east and west coasts handling Ferrari, Land Rover, Maserati, Porsche, Jaguar, Audi, and Aston Martin. During the heyday of Miami Vice, they handled a lot of the servicing of the famous white Testarossas used by the production company. Partially, thanks to that show and Magnum P.I., the sales of Ferraris were particularly good. “They were good times, but recessions and taxes come


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Above, 4-post and 2-post lifts allow for any under car access. Red wall adds depth; below, art and a small work cart. Above the floors are chemical resistant, and the insulated doors keep out the elements; below stairs to a cozy apartment and a set of lifts.

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look. The horse hung for about 20 years on the reception desk at the dealership, and I really like that piece; they only made about 100 of them, and they really are special.” The garage parking area was another element entirely. As no major work would take place there, having extensive storage and benches wasn’t a priority. A couple of lifts, good lighting, space, and a sweet floor were the main ingredients. The floor was a bit of a sore spot, as it had to be done twice. “A local company, Signature Flooring, had to strip the old covering, which was a spray-on, petroleum-based product,” he said. “It had an aggregate in the concrete, it was black, and it was gorgeous, but it wasn’t impervious to chemicals, so it became a mess after a brief period.” For three days, Signature worked to remove the product with grinders, pads, and chemicals, grinding the bare concrete to find a clean surface. Once discovered, they laid out an impervious material with flecking and a light tone. “It makes all the difference in the world to have a good floor,” he said. “It’s nice to just wipe up a spill and not worry about if it’s going to eat through the floor.”

Two DirectLifts, a four post and a two post, were positioned diagonally in the garage, making basic under car work and detailing a cinch. To create an inviting, museum-like environment, Tom painted one wall red, the others a very light grey, and hung art and awards within. Overhead, he’s installed a designer ceiling and fluorescent fixtures for ample light. “The guest apartment over the garage is fully furnished,” he said. “We have guests over and just have a ball. I’ve had high school youth groups here, the Griffith Club was here recently, and it’s been great. We really enjoy it.” While his collection has thinned out a bit, overall he has an eclectic mix of cars that are interesting, rare, and racy. The Griffith is one, but his Kurtis is unique in that it was one of the very last built before Frank Kurtis left to work on the SR71 project. The 1962 Corvette is a team-modified Kellison Corvette which won a championship in California in the early 1960’s. And then there’s the Nissan GT-R, Camaro Z28 SS, and Shelby Mustang, taken together indicating that Tom likes fast cars that are fun. “I still like Ferraris a lot, but they are really expensive to maintain,” he said. “I’d love to get a California, or a number of others, but I’m happy where I am.” And that just may be the best way to be. GSM

Above, a cozy reading corner with Ferrari bronze; below, a place where work can be done. Above left, sparing use of art, decor, and tools creates a clean environment; above right, stained glass atop doorway to office is an interesting touch; below, the office compliments the exterior with wood and rock.

“I really can’t say enough about Pepper; they are fabulous people running a great set of companies,” Tom said. The result is a beautiful office and apartment, warm and inviting, reminiscent of the original home itself, exuding an old-world charm that’s often lacking in so many spaces. With an Amish workforce, the tasks were completed diligently, inexpensively, and to an astonishing level of quality. “Their work ethic is amazing and the level of quality they delivered was second to none,” Tom said. “By 2008, the work was done, and it was extensive, not just the scale of the project, but the level of detail.” The home Tom bought is nearly 100 years old, built largely of stones quarried locally. To match the patina and overall aesthetic, the builders bought stone and timbers from the same quarries and mills that provided the materials for the house itself decades ago. Briar Hills Stone Company cut the stones which make up the portico and fireplace, among other elements of the home and garage. The interior doors are all handmade, crafted of locally-sourced woods, and the overhead beams are cherry. The cabinetry too is all custom made of matching wood. “The doors are very heavy,” he said. “They’re beautiful; they match and contrast so well with the other woods. The entire interior has a richness to it, and it’s largely due to the level of detail paid to the design and overall look of each element.” Once completed, Tom brought in his extensive book collection and elements from the dealerships such as bronze castings and a prancing horse once offered through parts departments. “The bronzes were ordered by the dealership corporation, one bronze to represent each brand of car we sold,” he said. “The horse, I hung and had backlit, which really created a nice 24

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celebrating the motoring lifestyle

august 16 to 18, 2013 the lodge at pebble beach


Completing the ultimate automotive experience with an international array of exhibitors featuring the finest in luxury items to complement

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the motoring lifestyle.

• Rare Collectibles

Classics on the Menu

• Historic Automobilia • Books and Literature • Original Poster Art

Dining and enjoying the automotive lifestyle

• Posters, Fine Art and Photography • Restoration Services • Garage Supplies • Petroliana • Pebble Beach Concours Merchandise • Luxury Items for the Motoring Lifestyle

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e Relais Bressan Restaurant, Sunshine Coast, Australia Fancy a Ferrari with your foie gras? Perhaps a Citroen with your crème brûlée, or a Renault with your Roquefort? French food and European cars sounds like an intoxicating blend, so a restaurant nestled high in a mountainous rural area of Australia that combines the two should appeal to both your culinary and automotive taste buds. This is the unique Le Relais Bressan restaurant-cum-car museum in the small town of Flaxton, Queensland; roughly an hour north of Brisbane on Australia’s east coast, where the proprietor’s passion for cars has seen his garage tastefully encroaching on his clientele’s dining area. Dinner out while surrounded by classic machinery? If only all meal times were this interesting, we’d be far more inclined to take our loved ones out for a romantic evening. For the restaurant’s chef and owner, Thierry Clerc, it’s a classic case of mixing business with pleasure. He and his wife, Cindy, provide traditional French cuisine - the day-job that helps pay the bills - while his passion for classic cars is in full view to him and his customers as his garage, Le Garage

Du Bressan, neatly adjoins the dining area. So in between courses, customers can grab their glass of Bordeaux Grand Cru and wander amongst the range of autos crammed into the impressively expansive custom-built garage add-on. Most GSM readers will understand that when you give a garage owner an inch he’ll take a mile, and Thierry is no different having utilized nearly every possible square centimeter of floor space of his beautifully light Man Cave to display his toys both large and small. It’s certainly a big garage, but most will nod knowingly when I confirm most of the cars have been maneuvered into wall-touching positions and there’s only just room to walk between each classic car. There were numerous challenges with this garage build, with possibly the most important ensuring it was constructed in a similar style externally to the main house and restaurant. The impressive French farmhouse-style home features shuttered windows and half-timbered construction, with a subtle yellow hue for the brickwork. The garage replicates this successfully with its external metal framing in black against that same yellow colour for the masonry. Importantly, the garage seems

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to add to the property visually as opposed to standing out like the proverbial sore thumb beside it, and Thierry and family have the extra bonus of the garage’s roof now offering a lovely open balcony BBQ area across its rear half. Many garages suffer from being somewhat dark and claustrophobic, no matter how good their artificial lighting is, but Thierry has opted to make best use of Australia’s bountiful natural light by fitting expansive windows and glass folding doors. Le Garage Du Bressan benefits immensely from these easy to slide folding doors, which quickly concertina into place to allow the cars easy access to and from the garage with minimal shifting around. A few neatly placed metal ramps means the cars don’t have to struggle negotiating the journey from gravelled driveway up the curb and into the mini museum, so overall, freeing the classics even right at the back of the garage is never terribly time consuming. Inside, the floor is simple painted concrete, which is preferable for Thierry as these cars are all licensed and registered so are often being taken in and out for thrill rides on the local twisty roads. This means dust, road grime, and the odd drop of fluid will be brought in, making the likes of polished tiling less practical. A single metal supporting beam has been needed from floor to ceiling, but it’s a small price to pay to enable such a sizeable space with the useable balcony on the roof above. The garage literally leads straight into the restaurant’s dining area, accessible once more through folding glass doors. One table (the one I chose to enjoy a meal at, as it happens) sits so close to a très chic yellow 1958 Renault Dauphine that you can enjoy a subtle aroma of vintage engine oil with your entrees. No bad thing for a car lover, but perhaps the wife would prefer to sit a little further away from the machinery Above, a Morgan backs up near a Dino; below, Renault Dauphine and decor match.


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Above, as decorated, it’s an outdoor-brought-inside feel; below, cozy seating.

while supping on champagne. As for the car collection itself, Thierry bought the rural Flaxton house and restaurant eight years ago having relocated from the large city of Brisbane, and the beautiful undulating countryside surrounding his new home proved a catalyst for owning classics to enjoy here. “Since I was a little boy, I dreamed of owning a Citroen Traction Avant,” he said. “A friend helped me find one in Sydney, and from then it was like a drug: I had one classic and I wanted more.” Thierry’s collection has an obvious French bias as the chef originated from the eastern side of France, so he counts a 1956 Fregate Grand Pavois and 1961 Floride alongside the Dauphine in his Renault arsenal, while a 1921 Trefle, 1975 DS23, and 2CV are his prized Citroens. A perfectly Parisian 1966 Motobecane VeloSolex is his sole two-wheeled toy, while there’s a bit of Britain, Germany, and Italy thrown in with a 1974 Morgan 4/4 1600, a 2001 MGF, 2004 Porsche Boxster, and (shouldn’t every collection have one?) a bright red Ferrari in 1976 Dino 308 GT4 guise. Some vintage motoring photography and metal automobilia signs grace the garage walls, while Thierry is especially proud of his scale model car collection featuring surely every variant of Citroen’s Traction Avant there has ever been, from open top sports examples to a wartime ambulance. Much like the food in this place, everything is beautifully presented, and there’s a wonderful feeling of genuine Frenchness here, rather than pastiche, that can only come from the owner being a true native with an appreciation

for France’s unique flair. The food at Le Relais Bressan would no doubt make this place a success in its own right, but such is its location in one of Australia’s favorite driving regions, plus its classic car collection draw card, means business is brisk among enthusiasts. “The restaurant attracts car clubs very often,” Thierry said, “including last year, the Ferrari Club Australia hosted its national meeting here. We had 62 Ferraris parked in front of the restaurant and next door, and the sound when they all left was just incredible.” With so many restaurants competing for our business these days, it’s no wonder Thierry’s French eatery in the

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“I don’t need to be the guy who wins trophies. I just want to be the guy who collects bikes and shows them so people can enjoy seeing them and talking about them, especially at charity shows where kids can see them.” garage floor? They are autographed by their former riders. The building also has built-in tool cabinets designed by Delson Products to look like the race carts that they build to house tools for NASCAR. Boyle’s dream building even contains a barbecue grill from Snap On Tools awaiting an occasion to fire it up. Continuing the fun, Boyle had a 400 square-foot “man cave” designed and built on the second floor. The cave provides Boyle and his friends a relaxing environment to talk over business or just watch movies on the large screen television. Complete with overstuffed chairs and sofas, the room also houses a shower and bathroom. A handful of Boyle’s plethora of trophies and awards for everything from the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance to the Best of Britain Award for Best Motorcycle, as well as numerous charity show awards, decorate the room. “I don’t need to be the guy who wins trophies,” said Boyle. “I just want to be the guy who collects bikes and shows them so people can enjoy seeing them and talking about them, especially at charity shows where kids can see them.” Perhaps this harkens back to Boyle’s childhood longing to be around and especially own motorcycles. Subscribing to a “Bikes as Art” philosophy, Boyle has several wall-mounted mini bikes in the man cave that serve as décor. Whimsically, the base of a glass-top table is the motor from a Honda 650. Even the bar sports inset motorcycle gears and road plates. Boyle has three full-time employees – two keep the buildings and the bikes clean and one maintains registrations and “keeps the paperwork straight.” One employee was busily matching bikes with registrations the day of this interview.


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“Every year when the registrations come in, it’s a crazy day around here.” Regarding the motorcycles, “I like a little of everything.” That explains his recent acquisition of a black and lime green 1972 Arctic Cat snowmobile he had shipped from Michigan. “Why a snowmobile?,” I asked. “Just for fun,” Boyle replied as the little boy who yearned for his own motorcycle shined through. Boyle is President and CEO of General Sealants. His father, Bud Boyle, was an avid automobile collector who started the company in 1957. “Because of the success of General Sealants, I have the luxury to live my childhood dream,” said Boyle. Brad has also been a serious collector of vintage, classic, and custom cars for close to 20 years. He owns many cars built from 1932 to 1950. “I own Fords, mostly. My dad started collecting the cars. He liked Fords,” said Boyle. Because Boyle’s boyhood desire was to own a Bultaco Pursang, “that’s the first bike I bought when I had the means to start collecting.” Now his collection includes several Bultacos and 60 to 70 Husqvarnas. “I even have a trial Huskie that is the only one in the world because it’s a prototype that was never put into production,” he said. Why so many Bultacos and Huskies? “Originally, I bought them to clean them up, restore them, admire them, and get them back out the door, but they never did seem to make their way out again,” laughs Boyle. Many of the bikes were owned and/or ridden by famous names in the movie business or racing industry. “I like to collect bikes that have some attachment to their famous owners or riders,” he said. He also likes to collect as many autographs as possible

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ore often than not, childhood dreams stay just that – dreams and wishes of a child. Most of us change them as we mature or we simply forget about them. Not so with Brad Boyle. Boyle’s childhood dream was owning a motorcycle to ride, polish, and tinker with. “My family didn’t have much money when I was growing up, so I didn’t get to actually own a motorcycle, but I got to ride my friends’ bikes. Today, at age 55, I’m living my childhood dream,” said Boyle with a boyish grin during a recent conversation in one of his four garages full of his childhood dreams. Boyle owns more than 700 motorcycles built between 1950 and 2012. He keeps them in unassuming buildings converted into garages in industrial areas throughout Southern California. Boyle purchased and gutted the 6600 square foot building we visited, and equipped it to house and maintain one quarter of his motorcycle collection. The flooring, immaculately maintained blocks of black and white tile, shines with the reflections of nearly 70 years of motorcycle models from all over the world. The walls are covered in vintage garage


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Top, parts always make good decor; above, Brad at his office.

signs. Perhaps the most noticeable of all the artwork is a 20 by 20 foot photograph of Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Jack Nicholson in “Easy Rider,” the iconic motorcycle road movie of 1969. In addition to the image, Boyle owns the bikes that were used to promote the movie. The famous triumvirate sits amid Boyle’s extensive collection. What sets them apart on the

Above, Brad’s crest; below, a jangle of bikes. A scene from Easy Rider hangs in the background, while the famous bike hides in the foreground.

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Left, a unique bike with a unique history; right, the famous tank is signed by Peter Fonda.

to go along with his bikes. For example, Boyle has Malcolm Smith’s autographed motorcycle and all the bikes in Boyle’s collection that sport Preston Petty fenders are signed by Petty. In addition, he owns two of Steve McQueen’s Husqvarnas, including the 1926 “Flying Squirrel.” “Von Dutch restored it for Steve. He pinstriped and lettered it as well. When Steve got sick, he gave the bike to Von Dutch,” said Boyle. Boyle’s collection also comprises many one-of-a-kind motorcycles such as an Italian MV Augusta Grand Sport, the only one like it in the world. Also among Boyle’s more unique bikes is a Rokon that shifts automatically. “It has a pull start, a rope starter that you pull like a lawn mower.” Yamaha is also a headliner in Boyle’s collection. “I have

the first Yamaha 250 Enduro, as well as 50 different years of Yamaha bikes.” Among his international presence is a Cooper from the early 1970s, the only Mexican dirt bike ever made. An oddlooking machine stands out from among the crowd. It’s a Kawasaki KX400 with a front-mounted radiator. “It was way before its day,” said Boyle. Boyle’s enjoyment comes from collecting the one thing he didn’t have an opportunity to own when he was a young man. And he looks to a legacy for future young people when he reflects on his “toys.” “I want to leave something when I’m gone, something that makes people say, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me! They rode those things way back when?’” GSM

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Iowa, and Rhode Island followed suit later that same year. Iowa became the first state to require the state abbreviation to be placed on the license plates. Cincinnati, Ohio started issuing brass plates in 1907, and Pennsylvania delegated the responsibility to the county governments. This caused a bit of confusion because there could be a number 1 plate in every county in the commonwealth!

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n the beginning, license plates were designed to keep track of speeders and reckless drivers and weren’t seen as a source of income for the states. Back in the early 1900’s when the automobile was in its infancy, the common remark whenever these new machines broke down was “Get a horse!” Once cars became a bit more reliable, the next step was how to keep track of them. The next phrase hollered was “Get a license plate.” Automobiles and license plates have shared a rich history. The first license plates were leather pads with metal numerals riveted onto them. Today, license plates often sport amazing graphics depicting everything from cheering on a favorite sports team to funding research projects. Some people are so fascinated by these “pieces of tin,” that they collect hundreds, even thousands of them, often displaying them in garages, bars, and dens.

In the Beginning

Long before municipal standards, license plates were made from all kinds of materials, including brass, wood, and tin with numbers painted onto them to create a vehicle license plate. People even turned to their local blacksmith to make 36

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a metal tag to hang on the back of their horseless carriages, and with the horse and buggy fading from the landscape, blacksmiths were happy to have the work making these new, rectangular plaques. Some people actually painted numbers directly onto their automobiles or bumpers, but no matter how they were created, the plates were called “per-states,” meaning they were made by the vehicle owner, not issued by a government agency. In 1901, New York became the first state to issue leather license plates statewide from a central office. Leather was one of the most common materials because it was durable, yet pliable and wouldn’t tear or rip easily. It could be drilled or stitched, and rivets were used to attach the numbers. Big cities such as Chicago started a standard of actually keeping records of the numbers issued to certain vehicles in 1903. This required the car owner to register a plate number with city hall and to mount the number on a suitable material. To prevent fraud, the city required specially-made digits not available in hardware stores. During the same year, Detroit enacted a similar system, and Minnesota started issuing plates on a county-by-county basis. Washington D.C. started issuing license plates in 1904; the city required residents make their own license plates. Maryland,

collect fire-related plates; an amateur radio operator might try to obtain a call sign license plate from every state. Some collectors might even look at plates from Canada to broaden their scope.

License Plates as Art

Building on the collector realm, recent years have seen artists turn these pieces of state-issued metal into striking works of folk art that have been hung everywhere from doctor’s offices and radio stations to museums. Everything from road signs to lamps have been made from these pieces of tin, and very recently, women’s purses have been made of license plates, and very commonly, license plates have been shaped into state maps, even maps of the entire United States. Some plate collectors are devastated by this use of license plates, while others see this as a unique use for plates that are otherwise not worth very much to anyone outside of the plate collecting realm.

A collection of early number New Jersey plates.

The art and evolution of the plate

Top left, one of the earliest plates; top right, a collection of handicap plates from around the country at the Orange Grove Center in Chattanooga, TN; bottom left, a rare war era plate.

Setting the Standards

In 1955, the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) decided to make 6” x 12” a standard dimension for all license plates used on vehicles in the United States. This was a request by vehicle manufactures who wanted to design a specific place on a vehicle to securely mount a license plate. New Jersey and Delaware were the last two states to convert to the 6” x 12” format. New Jersey used the old format until 1959, and issued tabs every year from 1953-1956. During 1957 and 1958, motorists received windshield validation stickers, but kept the 1956 tab on their plates. New registrations in ’57 and ’58 received the undated 6” x 12” orange and black plates. Then, in 1959, New Jersey started the black on straw base which lasted until 1979. Today, even though the size of license plates in all fifty states remains the same, the registrations vary from state to state. Some states have stickers with the county and year expiration in the corners of the plate; other states like Missouri have the validation sticker right down the center of the plate. Over the last several years, interest from different nonprofits and special-interest causes have risen to have a license plate promoting and supporting their causes. A portion of the registration fees go to supporting the groups, and ultimately market the cause. Even college boosters have worked with Department of Motor Vehicle offices to develop plates to fund alumni programs. Sometimes these make the most interesting collector license plates. Collectors often look for license plates that reflect another aspect of their lives. For example, a volunteer firefight might

Automobile License Plate Collectors Association

The Automobile License Plate Collectors Association (ALPCA) was founded in 1954 by Dr. Cecil George, a psychoanalyst from Massachusetts, and Asa Colby, a postmaster from New Hampshire. Dr. George read an article in the “Boston Post” about Mr. Colby, who’d started collecting plates in 1949. Dr. George was intrigued by this because he too had started collecting plates a few years earlier and had no idea there were others with similar interests. Dr. George wrote to Mr. Colby offering to exchange some of his duplicate plates for some of his, and this started a friendship that endured until Mr. Colby passed in 1973. Their common interest spurred them into discovering if there were others with a similar passion. Mr. Colby placed advertisements in several automotive hobby magazines and stamp collecting periodicals, and shortly thereafter, their common passion grew into an organization which has risen to more than 11,500 members all over the world. The two held the first convention at Dr. George’s home, which attracted 17 like-minded individuals. Dr. George was assigned membership #1 and Mr. Colby took #2.  Today, ALPCA produces a full-color bi-monthly magazine filled with articles and pictures about license plates and the different aspects of license plate collecting to serve the some 3,000 active members. The club hosts a yearly national convention in different cities across the United States, and has 23 regions throughout the United States that hold local gatherings several times a year. The ALPCA has also spawned companion clubs in Europe and Australia. For more information on how to join, please visit the club website at GSM Garage Style Magazine Summer 2013



“Flat Out” Bruce Canepa Builds the Ultimate Garage

Porsche 934, a Porsche 935, and a Porsche 962). Wherever he showed up, he would earn the respect of the seasoned veterans with his innate talent, competitive spirit and “flat-out” driving style. It is here that he learned race craft and racecar preparation. His business training was just as intense. His family owned multiple car dealerships and Bruce began detailing cars at the age of 10. During his formative years, he would learn every phase of the automotive retail business from paint and bodywork to mechanical servicing and repair, from sales and leasing, to accounting and cost control, etc. By his mid-20s, he was the General Manager of the familyowned dealerships. By the time he hit his 30s, Bruce decided to branch out on his own. “My Dad wanted to slow down,” Bruce said. “I wanted to speed up. I ended up with a Porsche-Audi dealership in Monterey (Peninsula Porsche), as well as a MaseratiLamborghini dealership in Santa Cruz.” Life was good, but Bruce wanted to exercise more of his creative side. He started Canepa Design in 1980 as an adjunct business to his successful dealerships, and embarked on a number of interesting and innovative projects such as designing aerodynamic prototypes for Kenworth, constructing custom semi-trailer racecar transporters, building custom high performance SUVs, developing emission-compliant engine mapping and improved performance for the Porsche 959, and a host of other custom projects that fueled his appetite for creative engineering excellence. By the early 1990’s, Bruce divested himself of the dealerships, and put all of his efforts into Canepa Design. Seven years ago, Bruce left his original skunk works in Santa Cruz and purchased the current 70,000 square foot location in Scotts Valley and transformed it into the premier facility that

Top, a Porsche race car undergoing prep work; below, the showroom and sales office.

it is today. Canepa is the culmination of his life’s work and his desire to surround himself with only the finest automobiles, hire the best automotive technicians and craftsman, involve himself with the most challenging projects, and align himself with the most discriminating and knowledgeable customers. The showroom area is on the ground floor of the building. It is here that you will find everything from the 1982 Sebring and Daytona winning Porsche 935 to a pristine 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra, a 1947 Mercury Woodie to a 1993 Jaguar XJ220, and

The Canepa Campus in Scotts Valley, CA. Text by

Bill Nakasone

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t has been rumored that when Bruce Canepa was in his teens, he drove a top fuel Dragster at flat out speed down the main street in the sleepy town of Scotts Valley, California. A distressed witness called the Police Department to report the incident crying out, “I think there has been a plane crash. Something just flew down the street making a lot of noise. There was a lot of smoke and flames!” When the Police got to the scene, all they found were two wide tire stripes on the south bound lane resulting from a quarter mile long burn out (mysteriously, the plane and driver were nowhere to be found). Bruce Canepa neither confirms nor denies the story. When asked about this incident from his youthful past, Bruce merely replies with a chuckle and a grin. What can be confirmed with certainty is that Bruce Canepa is one of the most highly respected and influential persons in the collector car world. He currently owns and operates Canepa, a 70,000 square foot facility that showcases the crème de la crème of some of the most significant cars in the world. More than just an automotive destination, Canepa is considered by many as the mecca for all things cool in the automotive world.


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He has incorporated into one facility the Canepa collector car showroom and restoration shop (complete with in-house paint/ body, metal fabrication, and upholstery services), the Canepa Motorsports Museum, Canepa Motorsports (historic racecar restoration, maintenance, and track preparation), and Canepa Design, an automotive research and design division (he can literally design and build you anything you desire). Recognized for more than just the vast array of services, it is the pinnacle of quality in each of these disciplines that has become the Bruce Canepa trademark. How did Bruce manage to create such a dynamic business model that has required such a diverse and varied set of skills, knowledge, and abilities? One could say that it was his destiny. His entire life has followed two parallel tracks; actively competing in automobile racing and learning the car business hands-on. Starting at the age of 10, Bruce began racing go-karts. He was a “natural,” and moved quickly up the ranks starting from sportsman, to super modifieds, to sprint cars. He would eventually go road racing on a professional level and compete in the IMSA and Trans-Am series (driving a

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Top, Canepa houses many cars long term with catacomb lifts; below, the workshop is immaculate.

if you keep looking, you will discover over 60 more cars of equal provenance. Walk upstairs to the Canepa Motorsports Museum and you will find the legendary So-Cal Coupe, a Gulf-Wyer Porsche 917K, Richard Petty and Dale Earnhart NASCARs, a 1953 Indy Roadster driven by Cal Niday, and a Cooper Formula Junior raced by Steve McQueen, just to name a few. Canepa Motorsports, in the back of the building, performs track preparation, maintenance, and repair and restoration duties on historic racecars. I watch as Bruce’s crew refurbishes the Penske Porsche 917-10 that won the 1972 Canadian American Challenge Cup Series with George Follmer. There is a Ferrari 250 GTO (one of 33 in existence) in for servicing and presentation at Pebble Beach. I look over to the next service bay and find a Chevrolet HHR being prepared for a land speed record attempt at Bonneville where Bruce hopes to eclipse 300 mph. I realize the significance of my surroundings. I’m looking at a Porsche and a Ferrari that created history – I’m also looking a Chevrolet HHR that is about to make history. Equally as legendary as his driving talent and his business acumen is his tireless work ethic. Says one of Bruce’s employees, “Bruce is the first to arrive at work and very last to leave; he is so busy, he has lunch delivered and eats in his office while mulling over current projects and returning phone calls. He asks a lot of his staff, but he asks the most out of himself. Bruce only operates at one speed: flat-out.” I realize that this dream facility has been a result of the successful marriage of Bruce’s hard work, passion, innovation, and instinct. That is what makes Bruce Canepa such a


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formidable force in the automotive world. Canepa is an interesting paradox. On one hand, they are preserving the automotive past with a reverence for originality using time-honored methods of craftsmanship and assembly. On the other hand, they are at the cutting edge of automotive technology using engineering innovation and thinking outside the box to find speed and efficiency. When asked what is on the future horizon of Canepa, Bruce replies, “to continue doing what I am doing right now. I just love what I do.” GSM Canepa 4900 Scotts Valley Drive Scotts Valley, CA 95066 831.430.9940 |

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overcraft started manufacturing custom-patterned car covers in 1965 when the European sports car craze was at its peak. Enthusiasts thought companies like MG Mitten and Vilem B. Haan made their own car covers…..but they all came from Covercraft. Over the years, production technology has changed and fabrics have improved dramatically. The “old standard” Polycotton and flannel fabrics are still used by some die-hards but newer fabrics will last longer, provide better protection and are easier to keep clean.


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While outdoor fabric covers can be used indoors as well, their primary function is to provide protection from the elements when the vehicle is parked outdoors: UV, bird droppings, tree sap, etc. The most damaging outdoor element is probably UV since the sun can damage both the exterior and interior of your vehicle: the paint, trim, dashboard, and interior components. For maximum UV protection, the fabrics listed on the chart under “Intense Sun” are all synthetic solution dye materials. The term solution dye is a little misleading since it really has

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Georgie Stoll with the newly purchased 1936 SSJ Duesenberg.

Georgie and Dallas Stoll at The Coconut Grove in the Ambassador Hotel Los Angeles 1955.

Benedict Canyon garage - home to the SSJ 1940 -1949. The house and garage are now listed on The National Register of Historic Places.

Third Street garage Los Angeles - home to the SSJ 1936-1940.


t was their first date. August 1942. She was tall, blond, and beautiful. He was charming, talented, and dashing. The car was one of a kind, large, powerful, and hard to ignore on the road. It was a date that resulted in a 42-year-marriage, an actual “death do us part” union. Let’s start with the car. A 1936 Supercharged SSJ Duesenberg roadster in gleaming Yukon Yellow and Chocolate Brown. Seeing the car, you would not know if you should drive it or eat it. This was no ordinary Duesenberg, (are there really any ordinary Duesenbergs?). This car had been produced as a promotional item and loaned to Clark Gable for his use. After a few months, Mr. Gable declined Duesenberg’s offer to purchase the car below cost. News of this offer somehow rumbled through the MGM Studios lot that year and was finally heard by a young musician and music director named Georgie Stoll. Georgie liked everything fast: his orchestra’s tempos, his clothes, and his cars. Some time in 1936 – 1937, Georgie took title of the car and drove


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1936 SSJ Duesenberg restored today.

it to his home and garage on Third Street in Los Angeles. This was his daily drive to and from MGM Studios in Culver City. In the spring of 1940, he learned of a foreclosure property in the Benedict Canyon section of Beverly Hills. I would like to think he drove the SSJ to Benedict Canyon to look at the house but I have no proof of this. His impression of the house and property was positive and he purchased the note for the estate for $19,500.00, almost four times what he paid for the Duesenberg. The new garage in Benedict Canyon looked very similar to his former garage on Third Street. The SSJ had a new home. The woman on the date was Merian Davis, known to all her friends as “Dallas,” a nickname pointing to her hometown. A young 26 year old actress looking for her Hollywood break, she lived like many other young women similar to her in the The Montecito Apartments located on Franklin Avenue in Hollywood. It was a memorable first date. Dallas spent hours prepping for this evening: hair, makeup, and best outfit. Georgie pulled up to the Montecito Apartments in the SSJ with the top down. This was his custom; very seldom did he put the top up on the car, rain or shine, and many accounts recall seeing him speeding down Benedict Canyon with his “musician’s hair” blowing behind him. From the Montecito Apartments to Sunset Boulevard, the Supercharged SSJ showed no mercy to Dallas’s hours of date preparations. Within minutes, her hair and makeup were in tatters and their life together was about to begin.

Cock 'n Bull Restaurant menu and custom chinaware (left); The Montecito apartments in Hollywood (right).

For a first date, Georgie had picked a popular Hollywood hangout, The Cock 'n Bull Restaurant, an ersatz English Pub frequented by Hollywood types, mostly writers. The restaurant is long gone but a few items remain, menus and custom chinaware. The details of the dinner are unknown, but I can only assume that a great deal of it was consumed by Dallas trying to restore her hair and makeup. When the dinner was over, the check arrived. There was an awkward pause as Georgie reached for a wallet that wasn’t there. More awkward pauses ensued and finally Dallas reached into her purse and paid for the dinner. Georgie’s charm and flashy Duesenberg suddenly didn’t look so good. Dallas recalled thinking, “…musicians, never date musicians.” The chilly ride home probably had less to do with the top down on the car and a cool California night than the awkward restaurant tab. Was there a kiss at the door of the Montecito Apartments? Dallas never said, but she did recall an unannounced knock at her door the next day. Standing at the door was Georgie, handing her back the money for the previous night’s dinner. If hearts are won by a single gesture, then I believe this was the moment. Four months later, Georgie and Dallas were married over the Thanksgiving weekend in Mexico and they never looked back. Georgie passed away in 1984. The Cock 'n Bull Restaurant in 1987. Dallas in 2001. The 1936 SSJ Duesenberg is still running and, hopefully, still ruining some young girl’s hair and makeup.

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2013 Carmel Valley Fiesta




AUGUST 3rd, 2013

On the grass at the sunny Carmel Valley Community Park All pre-1972, Special Interest Cars & Motorcycles welcome Car and motorcycle check-in starts at 8 AM Art, Craft, Game and Food Sposored Trophies will be awarded at 3 PM Vendors will be on hand SPACE IS LIMITED TO 100 CARS, SO REGISTER NOW!

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The power of Cyril Edwards Power


Text by

Don Weberg Images by

Gary Wales and Bonhams Auctions


ometimes it’s just a matter of being in the right place at the right time. For Gary Wales, it was just that. Roughly 20 years ago, Gary bought a small print of a classic car swooshing along a green pasture for a few bucks. He slapped it on the wall of his garage, and there it hung. Interested in clearing out some of his collection, he pulled that print down and took it to Toby Wilson, head of Automobilia at Bonhams, for an opinion. “Mr. Wales believed the print to be worth little more than $20,” said Wilson. “I identified the print as much more valuable than that and advised him that it was very likely suitable for sale in our specialist print sales in London.” Turning the print over to Rupert Worrall, the head of Prints at Bonhams, confirmed that it was indeed worth considerably more than $20. It was more like £40,000£60,000. The print was called Speed Trial, by Cyril Edward Power (British, 1872-1951), a linocut printed in viridian, permanent blue and Chinese blue on buff oriental laid tissue, signed and titled and numbered 7/60. The car in the image is based on Malcolm Campbell’s Bluebird, which broke the land speed record in 1931. Bonhams sold the print April 16, 2013 in London for £60,000 at the hammer, £81,000 with buyer premium – that works out to about $110,000 gross. “I’m astonished, the best automotive treasure I ever had was on the wall the whole time,” said Wales. “When they told me their estimates, I about passed out. You hear about this happening to other people, but you never expect it for yourself. I’m thrilled.” 50

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Top, the print; center, a shot of where the print lived for 20 years; bottom, Gary Wales holds the catalogue containing the print.

According to Worrall, the auction room was busy with about 50 people in attendance, bidding on various prints, but Speed Trial was of particular interest. “The Power created quite a stir in the saleroom,” he said. “There were three main bidders

chasing it.” Other Powers impressions have been at auction recently, so this price is truly remarkable, according to Worrell. “I thought it would actually sell for about £40,000- £45,000, it exceeded my expectations, and I was happy with the final result,” said Worrell. Either way, it beats twenty-bucks, and gives us all pause to wonder what’s in our garage? GSM

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Above left, original engine started with help; above right, less than 48,000 original miles; below right, AM club sticker still on window; bottom center, original emblems all still intact; bottom left, interior shows nice patina.

1964 Aston Martin DB5 Text by

Don Weberg

Images Provided by

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n occasion a barn find pops up that hits all the emotions. It’s one of the right cars, with a slick story and few scraps of paper sketching the broader strokes of the car’s history, and sometimes even the owner’s. Regardless, we can’t help but feel somehow akin to it – as if the discovery of the car just puts you in sync with the person who owned it prior to your discovery. For some reason, Aston Martins have been popping up with alarming frequency as barn finds. Matt Stone very recently told us the story of a DB 2/4 Mark II that’d been languishing in a Malibu, California garage for decades before being brought out for an auction sale, and now, Bonhams tells us the story of chassis number DB5/1760/R, discovered similarly in a quiet coastal town in Southern England. Sporting what appears to be its original coat of Sierra Blue Metallic, this DB5 was part of a five-car collection belonging to David Ettridge, a motoring enthusiast who passed away in March, 2011. The family called on Bonhams to assess and liquidate the cars, and according to James Knight, group motoring director of Bonhams, it was really an enchanting tale. “The garage was a relatively old structure, forming part of the house that was situated precariously on a hillside about two miles inland. It was a nightmare for anyone having to drive


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Top, the DB5 as found in Southern England; above, the interior is immaculate.

a lorry down there to retrieve the cars,” James said. “The cars were squeezed in, door-to-door, with one car across the back wall, and while they were all interesting cars, the DB5 was by far and away the jewel of the fleet.” W.E. Douglas-Osborn of Stourbridge, Worcester took delivery of the DB5 on December 5th, 1964 from Cyril Williams Motors Ltd of Wolverhampton. Well-equipped with the ZF 5-speed transmission, adjustable rear shocks, heated rear window, and a radio, W.E. only kept the car for three months. The car changed hands a few times until 1972, when David Ettridge bought it. According to the family, Ettridge first saw the car outside a service garage in Sidmouth, and telephoned the owner-at-the-time, Charles Hill, to enquire about buying the car, and after some Q&A, and an inspection, Ettridge bought the car for £1,500, about £14,000 in today’s money. “Coming with the car in the sale are several papers documenting its history and mileage,” said Knight. “One of which is the original notes of Mr. Ettridge’s first inspection of the car. Apparently he dictated his thoughts to his wife, who wrote them down for him!” Despite living in the coastal climate, the DB5 is in remarkably good shape, according to Bonhams. The chrome has small pits, and the paint is seemingly rubbed thin in a few areas, but overall the metal is in excellent condition. Inside, the leather is showing a beautiful patina, along with the rest of the interior. Bonhams

took the time to soak the engine over the Christmas holiday, prime and oil, and it turned over well, although the exhaust is in need of serious assistance. “In all, it’s a lovely, honest find, one that anyone would be privileged to become the next caretaker for,” said James. “In the past, Aston Martin itself has purchased one of the vehicles we’ve sold, and if they moved on this one, I think they’d likely repair what truly needs repairs, and preserve it as is. I don’t think they will though, as they like to showcase a total and this car should not be a candidate for that. We hope the new owner of this time-warp, no matter who it is, will preserve as much of its original integrity as possible.” The DB5 is consigned for the 14th Annual Bonhams sale of Aston Martin and Lagonda motor cars at the factory’s Works department in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, England, on Saturday, May 18, 2013. “It’s a magnificent sale and a tremendous event to sell this car,” James said. “Works gets all cleaned up on Thursday, making the shop very presentable. Bonhams steps in to build the sale area, and by 4pm Friday, everything is set. By 6pm, the viewing begins, and Saturday is the auction. A major part of this is set forth by Kingsley Riding-Felce, the managing director of AM Works. He really is the lynch-pin between the future of the brand and the heritage of it, and he organizes much of the event including the Aston Martin Owner’s Club involvement and Bonhams. He’s a great guy, and this event is always extraordinary.” Bonhams estimates the car will sell between £150,000 and £200,000. Garage Style Magazine Summer 2013




Mullin’s office is a personal museum with many brass era cars. His office is above.

Peter Mullin Text by

Don Weberg

Defining Concours d’Elegance

Images by

Dale Quinio


eter Mullin has spent a major portion of his life collecting and safeguarding tangible elements from the Art Deco era, specifically those from France and Italy. Well renowned for his collection comprised of Bugatti, Delage, Delahaye, Voisin, and Hispano-Suiza automobiles, more recently he’s been involved in furthering the knowledge of these vehicles, and the era from which they hail, by founding the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California. Fashioned in the industrial style prevalent in the 1920’s and ’30s, the museum not only showcases beautiful vehicles and artifacts of the era, but serves as an educational and preservation resource for the era. “It’s an honor to be a caretaker of these cars,” Peter said. “For future generations, these cars will tell of another time, and maybe help define futures and inspire design. That’s important.” The South Pasadena, California native discovered his love for the Art Deco-era automobiles by allowing a photo shoot at the front yard of his home. “They were using my home as a backdrop, and when I came home from work, they were all set up and working, and there was this green car that was just one of the most beautiful vehicles I’d ever seen in my life,” he said. “It was the Delahaye 54

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Peter Mullin talks about early motoring; below, Peter looks out upon his collection from his office.

135MS, and it absolutely astonished me.” Striking up a relationship with the owner, they partnered on a restoration of a Talbot, which they entered into the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance together and were awarded 3rd. Soon, Peter was in the position to purchase the Delahaye that stole his heart. “I’d always liked cars, but I’d never been exposed to a car like that,” he said. “It was something out of a dream, so to be able to buy it was a real privilege.” With his growing and honing interest in Art Deco, Peter began to study closely the entire movement, ranging from transportation engineering to glass art to fashion, and is continuing to learn, but is very well versed in the era. While many engineers and designers from the time have captured his fancy, in particular it would seem that Gabrielle Voisin would be his favorite. “He was an amazing man; he not only built what was at the time the world’s most expensive automobile, but he also developed arguably the first controllable airplane; very interestingly, he developed anti-lock brakes for airplanes,” he said. “Especially back then, airplanes had a tendency to tip onto their nose if the brakes were applied to hard, so having a system that alleviated some of the brake pressure was very effective. His company built about 10,000 aircrafts for the Axis Powers in World War I, and in about 1919, he began working with automobiles. He also put up the money for Corbusier to redesign Paris, a project that was never accomplished due to its expense and involvement, but the effort behind the idea is tremendous.” Not unlike Voisin, the student seems to emulate the teacher with Peter. He’s a driven and passionate personality

with an otherwise subdued, subtle tone. His devotion to the Art Deco era and efforts to preserve and share it with others speaks volumes for his drive. Professionally, his work in founding a company that re-insures insurance companies who cover high net worth clients, M-Financial, and working on the boards of many well-known companies demonstrates an interest in forwarding projects and making a difference for the future to follow. In spite of his business prowess, Peter seems most comfortable talking about cars, engineering, travel, wine, and olive oil, the latter two of which he owns vineyards for in Europe. “Business is work, but when your work is enjoyable and provides something sustainable, that’s when it’s more than enjoyable, it becomes fulfilling, satisfying.” Touring the Mullin Museum easily reflects a major bit of Peter’s interests, lending insight to his overall mindset. While his interest in Voisin is borderline obsessive, nearly the same can be said for his interest in the Bugatti family. He’s devoted a lounge and special areas to the work of the Bugattis, which includes various pieces of exquisite furniture and art pieces, and, of course, the cars. One Bugatti of particular interest is the 1925 Bugatti Brescia, a sporting car that spent about 70 years on the floor of Lake Maggiore on the Italian-Swiss border. The history is what legends are made of, and the museum’s efforts to preserve the vehicle and halt further erosion is evidence of its interest in securing knowledge for the future generations. Also included in the Mullin Museum are several examples of Talbot Lagos and a few Delahaye and Delage vehicles. But, it’s interesting to note that Peter’s personal office in West Los Angeles serves as a private museum itself, but not to the swoopy, gleaning machines of the Art Deco period; rather, the

“Business is work, but when your work is enjoyable and provides something sustainable, that’s when it’s more than enjoyable, it becomes fulfilling, satisfying.” Garage Style Magazine Summer 2013 55

early efforts from Renault, Hispano, and more call the office home. These early cars are swathed in brass, with bulging radiators, colossal headlights, massive tires, comically tall profiles, and ground clearances to make a monster truck proud. The interior of the building itself closely resembles an original exhibition hall in Paris, reflecting an industrial revolution motif with steel beams overhead, expanses of glass-look ceiling, and mood lighting. He’s even installed the Mullin Rouge Café and Bar. “These cars are very special; not only are they some of the earliest examples, but in being so, they were the precursors of things to come,” he said. “Some of the technology found in the later cars began with these cars.” Once again, he illustrates the important role history has played in shaping futures, and that it’s still largely important to continue doing so. “We need to preserve history if we’re going to ensure a future,” he said. GSM

Top, Mullin examines and discusses how to operate an antique car; center left, at the museum there are many artifacts and awards; center right, the Lago Bugatti; bottom, the Mullin Museum in Oxnard.


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Lingenfelter Legacy

Fanning the flames of performance engineering Text by

Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Images by

Isaac Ireland

Main image, a Lingenfelter custom TransAmAro sits before the shop; on right, the collection boasts a Saleen S7.


ingenfelter Performance Engineering (LPE) is legendary in its dominance of performance-tuning of Corvettes, Cadillacs, and Camaros. Hot-rodders, racers, and exotic car enthusiasts around the globe, who all are fervent about highperforming vehicles, know and respect the Lingenfelter brand. LPE is headed by CEO Ken Lingenfelter, who took the helm in 2008 from the late John Lingenfelter, whose illustrious racing career provided the springboard for the company. Since then, LPE has spread wings that span continents. The sheer breadth of its offerings has smoothly bridged the gap between racing and private ownership of stylish, highperformance automobiles for the everyman. This reputation of success is due in large part to Ken’s commitment to and investment in the technology, research, design, and testing necessary to target design excellence in engine packages and aftermarket components. An avid racer since his youth, his passion encompasses all aspects of performance cars, drag racing, and road racing. “My aim is to keep the Lingenfelter legacy securely intact and positioned at the leading-edge of performance refinement


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right down to the smallest detail, which means delivering unrivaled power, speed, and control with every Lingenfelter Performance Engineering vehicle we touch,” he said. “I can point with complete confidence to our talented employees and worldwide customer base as proof.” Highly regarded for tuning GM products, LPE provides expertise running the gamut of automotive services for racers and performance enthusiasts. Engine building, engine and chassis tuning, and installation for performance-style vehicles are among the roster of offerings as are product development and services for manufacturers, aftermarket, and original equipment suppliers. “Every member of the Lingenfelter Performance Engineering team is an expert in performance engineering and is passionate about the craft and the automotive industry,” he said. “My team is meticulous about every piece of technology engineered.” The company also offers services for automotive visionaries such as prototype and preparation of product development vehicles, late product life-cycle performance improvements, and show and media event vehicles.

And LPE’s engine-building prowess is the stuff of legends. Reputed to design and build the most powerful and durable engine packages in the world, the company’s engine packages include professional installation by Lingenfelter’s expert technicians for a factory-installed appearance. As such, these packages are so specialized that they garner the vehicle’s owner the highly sought Lingenfelter side badge, available only for LPE installed packages. What’s more, many of the company’s innovations have been instrumental in establishing performance thresholds. “Every vehicle we build is qualified to have these exclusive Lingenfelter high-quality chrome metal badges, which come complete with certificates of authenticity with raised stamping to ensure authenticity,” Lingenfelter said. For many muscle-car aficionados, the crown jewel of the Lingenfelter name is the Lingenfelter Collection, located in Brighton, Michigan. Carefully amassed and catalogued under Ken’s watchful eye, the collection is a stunning compilation of historically significant Lingenfelter cars, muscle cars, Corvettes and exotic European vehicles filling 42,000 square-feet with

automotive rarity, elegance, and beauty. “I was raised the son of a General Motors executive and grew up with an appreciation for such stunning highperformance automobiles as my first Corvette, which I bought in 1977,” he said. “That vehicle didn’t completely satisfy my passion for these cars – it further fanned the flame.” Ken’s father also had performance blood running though his veins and was instrumental in developing the pilot program for the Olds Tornado in the 1960’s when he worked for Fisher Body. Although today the Lingenfelter name is synonymous with Corvettes, the vehicle that truly started the Lingenfelter Collection was not Ken’s first Vette – it was a 1969 Jaguar XKE, which has since been sold to make room for numerous other outstanding vehicles that are now a part of the collection. Over time, additional cars were acquired and Lingenfelter’s penchant for vehicles personally important to him grew along with the collection. While Corvettes and other Chevy muscle cars form the backbone of the Lingenfelter Collection, it also pays homage to some phenomenal new and classic editions.

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l’art et l’automobile

Decorating the automobile enthusiast office, home, garage,museum and race track since 1975.

A new ZR-1 in testing.

A Ferrari, Bugatti, and Lamborghini call the Lingenfelter Collection home.

Porsche 356C poster, cutaway illustration 29.75” x 22.5” $195.00

Original WWII propaganda poster by W. Richards 1942 30.75” x 42.25” $450.00

Free standing double-sided metal advertising sign, c.1960 24” wide, 35” high, 12.5” base $450.00

Original dealer showroom poster, 1956 24” x 29.5” $225.00

Original dealer showroom banner, USA, 1953 37” x 42” $425.00

The lab where great cars are modified.

According to Lingenfelter, although there are more than 200 cars in the collection, there is a story behind every one. “Each vehicle represents the very best example I could find of each car, but there are six vehicles that are personally special to me,” he said. These include a ’53 Supercharged Corvette, the first supercharged Corvette, a ‘54 Duntov Test Mule, which is considered the first true high performance Corvette, a ‘77 Corvette Coupe, which is the first Vette collected, and a new 2010 Lingenfelter-powered ZR1. In addition, several vehicles in the collection are among the rarest automobiles in the world and include Ken’s personal favorites: a 2007 Bugatti Veyron, an Enzo Ferrari, and a 2008 Lamborghini Reventón. Ken and his team keep the collection growing, continually searching for the rarest exotics and the most exquisite muscle cars. But their aim is not to keep all this grandeur from the world. Although it is not open to the public, the Lingenfelter Collection has opened its doors for tours and private showings

Ken Lingenfelter at the Collection.

to actively advocate for such philanthropic organizations as those dedicated to breast cancer and juvenile diabetes research, youth organization support, and occasionally for carclub specialty showings. For more information, call (248) 486-5342 Ext. 10, and view the entire Lingenfelter Collection at www. GSM

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Original poster, 1966 Yugoslavian motorcycle races 25.25” x 37” $650.00

1924 Record Mondiale bronze trophy/sculpture won by O.M. $11,500.00

1920’s Brough Superior Alpine sculpture by Jim McCoin, USA 12” x 5” base, 7” high overall $1,350.00

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“The made us mix the paints from traditional colors; it was a great learning experience.” He still uses those traditional techniques from time to time, painting in oil, but most of his works are created using acrylics, because they are “forgiving.” The cars and their drivers are the main characters in his paintings, but in his process of creating, they are added last. Surprisingly, Davidson describes the process of painting as mundane. “The fun part is doing the research, laying it out, and connecting the colors,” said Davidson. Another hidden gem to many of his works are the way the colors seem to match each other. Davidson has paint chips from a number of ‘50s and ‘60s cars and he uses them to get the color on the cars he paints as accurate as possible. But he also uses those colors to tie in skylines, landscapes, and even clothing. In his painting, “Wild Mustangs,” the colors of the cars match the factory specs, but the trick is that the blue matches the water on Lake Tahoe and the green matches the forest. As the perspective pulls you out across the lake, he is able to bring in the lighter blues.


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Mark Davidson themes, and crafting an accurate representation of the time. Davidson mostly sticks to the ‘50s and ‘60s, and a number of his pieces are set in California. This gives him an excuse to escape his 9 to 5 job working with title and escrow, grab his wife, pack their ’66 convertible Corvette, and take a drive. When the location is too far for a weekend getaway, he gets creative. For his painting, “The Great Ones,” he didn’t drive all the way to the Black Hills of South Dakota to get his inspiration; he simply ordered a few postcards from the Mt. Rushmore gift shop and had them shipped to him. While Davidson tries to keep as many things as accurate as possible in his paintings, he does take some creative liberties, throwing in a parking lot where one wouldn’t exist, or changing a view to fit the composition better, but that too is all part of the journey he takes you on with his paintings. Having grown up a military kid, Davidson found himself traveling all over the world with his family. Like almost all artists, he knew he could draw at an early age. When his father was stationed in Japan for three years, he enrolled in art classes taught by Japanese instructors. “They taught in a very traditional way,” said Davidson.


e’ve all got our hobbies; chances are, if you are reading this, cars fall somewhere into that hobby field. Those extracurricular activities help us escape the mundane activities we as humans have made necessary in our lives. They make all of our day-to-day interactions bearable. Traffic, cubicles, the man, computers that magically lose all your weeks’ work, but never seem to misplace your mother-in-law’s phone number, that season finale spoiler guy, the punk who takes up two parking spots at the grocery store, women talking way too loud on their cellphone in church, mowing the lawn, emails, meetings…oh god the humanity…but I digress. Hobbies keep us sane, and most of all, they give us an opportunity to create something with our own two hands that we can show the world and say, “yes, I made this, I am the master of my domain.” There is no greater feeling than pulling up to a light after slaving under your car for months, feeling that cam lope, the exhaust purring like a dragon, your foot on the accelerator staring at the signal as you imagine it’s a tree and you’ve only got a quarter mile of glory ahead of you. Just as the lights are about to drop, you notice your competition, a baby blue Prius in the lane next to you. Out of the corner of your eye you see it, the thumbs up, the universal sign signaling his envy and appreciation. And as you leave him in a cloud of dust and rubber, it happens: you forget about everything. Mark Davidson has a hobby; well he has many, but one in particular that seems to draw untold numbers to his website each year. He is a painter. He crafts scenes from the heyday of muscle cars and intertwines all that Detroit muscle with beautiful landscapes from his favorite locales. Davidson is also a history buff and in many of his works, that passion can be seen. Take, for instance, his painting, “Birds of the Bay.” It not only depicts a beautiful scene of three Thunderbirds overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, but if you look closely at the skyline, you will see period matching buildings, paint


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colors, and other nuances. There are lots of subtleties in his works that make them not only fun to look at, but also to explore. You can start with the title, which is not so subtle, and work your way through the entire image. One of the men is wearing an Oakland Raiders shirt, where the team would have been in the ‘60s before moving to L.A., and then back. The kites flying pay tribute to the Peace Movement that engulfed San Francisco in that time, even the freighter in the bay is accurate to the period. Those little things are Davidson’s calling card. “I try to put little things in that many people wouldn’t notice, but some do and collectors like to look for those secret things,” said Davidson. For Davidson, adding those little extras is what makes it fun. He likes doing the research to find what buildings would have been present in a specific time, connecting societal

Davidson only began selling his paintings in the 1990’s and never planned to get rich off of them. He sells them locally and online and says that a lot of people collect them not only for the cars, but also for the scenery. “It’s not a super profitable thing for me, but it makes others happy and it’s a lot of fun.” In recent years, Davidson hasn’t been painting as much as he’d like to, stating that seven grandchildren tend to take up a lot of his time. He dabbles here and there and promises himself that he’ll get back to it, but as with everyone, life tends to get in the way. That is the great thing about a hobby: it never really goes away; it’s like a shadow, following you throughout your day waiting until you need it. Davidson’s hobby, an escape from his rigors, walks a unique line, one where it helps him cope with the stresses of telemarketers, taxes, taking the trash out, that creaky step, angry customers, dropped calls, gas prices, bills…sorry, I am projecting…and helps you find that instant where you forget everything. GSM

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hen you initially approach the Jaguar E-Type “XL,” your first impression is that it’s an ex-factory / works race car restored to a Concours d’ Elegance standard. The competition cues are numerous. Starting from the front end, there are flush fitting driving lights integrated into the nose reminiscent of the limited production factory lightweight E-Types that battled in their era against the Ferrari 250 GTO, the Aston Martin DB4 Zagato, and the AC Cobra 289 FIA. As you stroll down the car and get a side view, you immediately see a pair of beautiful side exhaust pipes along the rocker panel that hark back to LeMans winning D-Type and C-Type Jaguar. Also immediately noticeable are the alloy disc wheels with their three-prong knock-off center locks that were originally installed on both the D-Type race cars and the E-Type competition models. Move further down the car to the rear quarter panel and you notice widened and flared wheel arches and a competition style gas filler cap. I open the front bonnet to inspect the engine. I notice the bonnet is aluminum, giving me further validation that this is a rare competition model. I immediately see a trio of Weber 48 side-draft carburetors, a multi-core aluminum radiator, tubular headers, and braided steel hoses with anodized fittings all telling me that this car has race-bred provenance. I ask myself the following question: 68

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“I think I know my Jaguars, but I don’t remember this exact specimen. Has this car been taken out of long term captivity and been recently restored to compete on the vintage racing circuit? Or, has it been restored to such a high standard to compete for presentation awards at such prestigious events as Amelia Island and Pebble Beach?” As it turns out, I’m wrong on both counts. This car is a bespoke Jaguar that has been created by the maestro Jason Len at his XK’s Unlimited, Inc. workshop in San Luis Obispo, California. This car started out as a standard series 1 Jaguar XK-E coupe. When the owner approached Jason Len about a doing a resto-mod version of his iconic E-Type, he did specify four requirements. First, find a creative way to increase headroom in the cramped cabin to accommodate his tall stature. Second, eliminate the extensive rust corrosion that was compromising the structural integrity of the vehicle. Third, increase performance in terms of acceleration, top speed, handling, and braking. Fourth, make it gorgeous and give it a competition vibe. The car is a resounding success on all four counts. “Purposefully elegant” are the best words to describe it. The curved body lines have a feminine sensual beauty; the competition cues and stance have a decidedly masculine theme; it’s not a mixed metaphor car, but an integrated package that oozes both performance and beauty. It is hard to imagine that this car started out as a virtual basket case due to rust. The majority of the rusted monoque was removed and replaced with new sheet metal. Jason

solved the limited headroom problem by installing the floor section 2 inches lower than the standard location. This creative solution enabled an additional 2 inches of headroom without altering the exterior silhouette of the car. It did, however, create an underside clearance problem for routing the exhaust system. Once again, Jason found a creative way of using this to his advantage: he routed the exhaust system along the rocker panel on the driver’s side of the car. This particular exhaust arrangement is both an engineering achievement as well as a bold but functional styling cue. In terms of handling, the suspension was upgraded with improved componentry and the center of gravity was optimized (remember, he lowered the floor 2 inches). Stopping power was dramatically increased with the installation of Wilwood Brakes (vented & cross-drilled rotors and 6-piston calipers) replacing the obsolete Girling units that were standard issue in the early 1960’s. Engine output has been increased to match its competition appearance. Jason Len has created another masterpiece. His pallet was a rusted E-Type that many would have walked away from. Jason saw it as a blank canvas from which to create something exceptional. This is truly an E-Type that has undergone “resurrection to perfection.” XK’s Unlimited, Inc 850 Fiero Lane San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 805.544.7864 |

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California Gold: The Legendary Life of Troy Ruttman



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From pastoral travels to Racing legends to some very special cars By


An Omelette and Three Glasses of Wine Andrew Brodie

This book is a compilation of 8 outstanding road trips produced for various magazines over the last 20 years. The book combines the beautiful motoring photography of Martyn Goddard with the evocative writing of three excellent motoring journalists: Phil Llewellin, Dale Drinnon, and Paul Horrell. Mr Llewellin, who wrote most of the stories, was a very well regarded motoring and travel writer and these stories - journeys or adventures really - are all charmingly told and very accurate in the depth of detail. Several are taken from the iconic classic car magazine, Super Car Classics. They recount

trips in classic cars, mainly wonderful Citroens. But it is not just about cars; the trips are also about people and places and most importantly, food and wine, as discovered in different parts of France. The majority of the photographs have never been seen before and are a stunning mix of reportage and beautifully crafted car images. Included are trip notes that give some background to the stories. A great read for anyone who loves cars, travel, adventure, or food and wine in any combination.

The Jalopy Journal #2 The Jalopy Journal (in print) isn’t a magazine. It’s a book. And it’s a book unlike anything you’ve ever read before. Flipping through it is akin to walking through a museum. It has white walls, white floors, gorgeous abstract art, and a furiously inebriated curator. And that’s really the best way I can describe it. To get a real feel for this thing, you need to hold it in your hands and flip through the pages yourself. It’s a tactile experience created by over 190 pages wrapped in a bonded leather cover that harkens back to the days when publications 70

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were built to last. And then there are the little details like the sewn binding and the bookmark ribbon. All of it put together by a few guys that were truly passionate about creating a book. A real, honest-togoodness book. Of course, there’s also the content... all of it pretty much exclusive to one idea: Spreading the gospel of traditional hot rods and customs to hoodlums world wide.

The full story of the brilliant but tortured Troy Ruttman, one of the most successful, versatile, accomplished drivers in the history of American auto racing, who soared despite the demons of alcoholism, injury, and loss. At 15 years old, Troy started racing at Ash Kan in California and he won his first race; as a teenager, he conquered the Hills of the Midwest, and he climbed to the top of the mountain by winning the 1952 Indianapolis 500 at 22 years old. His real success was his ability to apply the “never give up” attitude from the race track to life. Hard cover, 248 pages, B&W photos from the Ruttman Family Collection.

Lunches With Mr. Q Kevin Nelson

Lunches With Mr. Q is a story about automobiles and so much more. It is the funny, poignant, alwayscompelling story of a series of lunchtime conversations and adventures between Kjell Qvale, a 92-year-old multi-millionaire automobile entrepreneur and pioneer, and the author. A Norwegian immigrant with a passion for sports cars and speed, Qvale (pronounced Cavalli) shares a lifetime of wisdom on automobiles, business, the value of optimism and taking risks, and so much more. Told in a charming and entertaining way, this beautifully illustrated volume features 80 photographs and full color throughout. It is for anyone who loves cars and loves life, and who, like Mr. Q, has set out to achieve a dream and won’t stop until they do.

As a Matter of Fact, I am Parnelli Jones Parnelli Jones (with Bones Bourcier)

Lola T70 The Design, Development, and Racing History Eric Broadley’s wonderful T70 was a sensation when it appeared in 1965. In this book, you will find the story of its progress from a CanAm spyder to a World Championship coupe. Over 600 color and black and white photographs, plus the individual history of all ninety-nine T70s originally produced by the factory. A must have for the Sports Car racing fan.

For race fans who know the sport’s history, “Parnelli Jones” is synonymous with speed. Jones’ journey from California jalopy wars to victory lane at the Indianapolis 500 is the stuff of American motorsports legend. Now, at last, Parnelli tells the story of his incredible racing life. Each chapter is introduced by Bourcier to set the scene and ends with a personal reminiscence by a racer, owner, or friend who was there, including A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Bobby and Al Unser, Bud Moore, Johnny Rutherford, Tony Stewart, and more. Hard cover, 288 pp, B&W and color photos

Created, conceived of, and printed right here in the USA. Limited quantities available. Garage Style Magazine Summer 2013


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or four years, our loyal readers have enjoyed our annual Monterey Cicerone highlighting events held each August during the most significant week on the global collector car calendar. For those who’ve recently discovered Garage Style Magazine, we can’t emphasize enough the amazing experience it is to journey to Monterey, California to catch these world-class events. Please make sure to say hello and introduce yourself at one of our Garage Lounges. The best part of the Monterey experience is seeing old friends who share our passion for all-things-garage, and making new friends along the journey.

Automobilia Monterey Serious Automobilia collectors make a point to attend this two-day show where more than 45 of the top international Automobilia dealers offer rare and unique items in a relaxed setting. You will see badges & pins, hood ornaments, signs, original art, scale models, vintage posters, literature & books, postcards, stamps, unique scarves & ties, signed items and more. The 11th annual event benefits Monterey Rape Crisis Center and offers a great silent auction. GSM is already assembling items to contribute to this auction that garage enthusiasts will love and we hope you will support the cause by bidding.


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Details Tuesday, August 13, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Wednesday, August 14, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. The Ballroom of the Embassy Suites. Seaside, CA. Admission is $15.00 for one day, $20.00 for both days. Blessing of the Cars at Carmel Mission This new event promises upwards of 50 classic cars on display along with wine tasting from local vintners. This is an opportunity to visit the historic grounds of the beautiful Carmel Mission and enjoy a small, intimate, quality Concours-style event. Stop by and visit the GSM booth, fondly referred to as our “GSM Garage Lounge.” Proceeds benefit Knights of Columbus Carmel Mission Council 4593. Details Wednesday, August 14, Noon to 5:00 pm. Carmel Mission, Central Courtyard. $25.00 entry fee includes wine tasting and much more. The Little Car Show Last year this event featured British marques with great success. The fourth annual event features French vehicles and is limited to the first 100 fossil fuel-powered micro, mini,

and arcane vehicles under 1,601 cc and all electric vehicles. Details Wednesday, August 14, Noon to 5:00 pm. Lighthouse Avenue in downtown Pacific Grove between Fountain and 16 Street. Free to the public. Carmel-Concours-on-the-Avenue Over 175 multi marque cars from 1940 to 1973, with Porsche and Ferrari through 1989 will be strategically displayed along Ocean Avenue and multiple streets in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea amidst galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. Groups of juried classes including Luxury Cars, Hot Rods, Muscle Cars, and Sports Cars will be judged and awards will be presented in the afternoon. The real treat is the Concours in the Windows where shops expend a great deal of time and effort to deliver car-themed window displays. It’s a friendly competition with cash prizes going to charity. You will find unique books, toys, clothing, jewelry and other goods for sale with a car-theme that typically aren’t offered during the year. The Concours benefits the Carmel Foundation. Details Tuesday, August 13, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Ocean Avenue and surrounding blocks of downtown Carmelby-the-Sea. This event is free to public viewing. Concorso Italiano This year, Concorso celebrates 50 years of Automobili Lamborghini and the special centerpiece should be nothing short of spectacular as they assemble the rolling history of what some argue is the world’s first supercar. Bring spending money as rows of vendors offer Automobilia to delight any automotive enthusiast, particularly those with a passion for Italian cars. Details Friday, August 16, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Laguna Seca Golf Ranch in Monterey. (Note: Do not set your GPS for Laguna Seca Golf Ranch, it is the wrong entrance for spectators who will park and enter at Hwy 68 and Pasadera). $125 general admission. $325 CI Club Package, only 400 Packages available. Legends of the Autobahn Legends has relocated to Pasadera Country Club this year, near Concorso Italiano and held the same day. German car club members representing BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Porsche gather to admire one another’s incredible cars and you might find something you like at a club booth as well. Details Friday, August 16, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Pasadera Country Club in Monterey. Free to the public. The Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance Presented by Rolex Initiated to showcase the elegance of the automobile in motion, spectators are invited to view the spectacular cars along key points including Ocean Avenue in Carmel. It’s important to note that the Tour plays a hand in the Pebble Beach Concours. If two vehicles in a class tie, the one that has completed the Tour will win as it completed the Tour. If you

can’t stay until Sunday to visit the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, catch the cars here. Details Thursday, August 15, Noon to 2:00 pm. Tour cars are on display in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The Tour covers portions of 17-Mile Drive and more and viewing is free along the route. Bring a camera! Mecum Monterey: The Daytime Auction Mecum Monterey is the site of our second GSM Garage Lounge. In addition to great cars, Dana Mecum’s focus on Automobilia has resulted in phenomenal offerings at his auctions, certain to please the most discerning collector. Discovery’s Velocity will air these events live as Mecum Muscle Cars and More. Come check out the cars and the memorabilia and make sure you say hello at our booth. Look for the Automobilia! Details Thursday, August 15, 10:00 am. Friday, August 16, 10:00 am. Saturday, August 17, 10:00 am. Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course. Free for all buyers, sellers and spectators to attend the auction and check out the preview area on the Del Monte Golf Course. Auction seating may be reserved for registered visitors only. Check website for bidder fees. Bonham’s Quail Lodge Auction This auction has been a mainstay at the Quail Resort for more than two decades. Now situated in a tent on the western lawn of the Quail Lodge property, the auction is held within close proximity to the posh Quail Motorsports Gathering. We like the 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster on offer with alloy block and disc brakes. We’re keeping our eye on the Frank Lockhart Daytona trophies as well. Bonham’s will deliver the Automobilia portion of their auction at 10:00 am sharp so get there early. Details Friday, August 16, 10:00 am, Automobilia sale begins; Motor sale begins at 11:00 am on the west lawn of the Quail Lodge & Golf Club off Carmel Valley Road in Carmel. The auction is limited to registered bidders and consignors. See website. The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering Motorsports enthusiasts from around the world enjoy rare collections of fine automobiles and motorcycles in this garden-

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Quick View Calendar Monday Garage Style Magazine’s Monterey Peninsula Garage Tour Tuesday Carmel Concours on the Avenue Automobilia Monterey, day one

party setting on the greens of The Quail. If you have to ask how much the “all-in” ticket is for this event, you probably don’t belong there. We’re excited to see the Tribute to the California Mille in honor of good friend, the late Martin Swig. Charities include Voices of Children, CHP 11-99 Foundation and more. Details Friday, August 16, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel. Visit the website for details as tickets are issued early in the year by lottery. RetroAuto at Pebble Beach At this three-day event, enthusiasts will find collectibles and memorabilia from the automotive past, along with the latest luxury and technology goods and gadgetry meant to enhance the driving experience. RetroAuto exhibitors represent a variety of retail and manufacturing categories, including auto parts, photography, posters, books & literature, fine art and more. Check out the fullyrestored Texaco Gilbert & Barker visible gas pump Jacques will have on offer at his L’art et L’automobile booth. Details Friday, August 16, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Saturday, August 17, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Concours Sunday, August 18, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. Adjacent to the pedestrian entrance to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Free to the public. RM’s Monterey Auction RM Auctions has held this Monterey event for two decades and it’s always a class act. The auction is limited to registered bidders and consignors, but a real treat awaits all who visit the Portola Hotel lobby, where a jaw-dropping setting of auction vehicles is always on display. View the auction cars in the plaza for a fee. We like the 1953 Maserati A6G/2000 Spyder by Frua. Details Friday, August 16. Saturday, August 17. Hours TBA-check website. Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center Monterey. $50 for a pass to view the cars in the Plaza. Check website for auction fees. Russo and Steele Monterey Auction at the Wharf This auction offers a great mix of Muscle Cars and Sports 74

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Cars and a great atmosphere situated on the Monterey Wharf. Automobilia will be offered prior to automobile sales at each sale this year.

Details Thursday, August 15 through Saturday, August 17, 10:00 am. $20 General Admission, $100 Club Russo ticket includes food and beverage service in VIP area, $150 credentials bidder and guest and includes official pocket guide and drink tickets. Bidders who show credentials from other Monterey auction events can preview the automobile area free throughout the event.

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Think of this event as a living automotive museum where approximately 550 cars are accepted to compete in classes on the track based on the car’s authenticity, race provenance, and period correctness. This year, Chevrolet Corvette celebrates its 60th anniversary and will be the featured marque. A massive number of vendors offer incredible finds and you are certain to find Automobilia related to your favorite marque, and if you are a Corvette fan, this is the time to shop at the track as Chevrolet celebrates the 60th anniversary of Corvette and is the featured marque. Expect to see these cars swarming all over the Peninsula as well. Details Friday, August 16, Saturday, August 17, and Sunday, August 18, 7:00 am. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Concours d’LeMons Gremlins, Pacers and Pintos! Take in the worst car event in the world! This year the Concours d’LeMons goes mobile with Hagerty’s Tour d’LeMons, spreading gear oil and rusty parts all over the Monterey Peninsula. View this automobile debacle at the park before the cars sputter down the road, or a little later in the afternoon when the survivors limp back! This is true FUN. Details Saturday, August 17, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Award Ceremony Noon to 1:00 pm. Laguna Grande Park. Seaside, CA. Bring a camera and a sense of humor to this free event. Automotive Fine Art Society at Pebble Beach Upon its introduction, the automobile became more than transportation; it was a symbol of affluence and style, but the art world was not as quick to take to cars. AFAS was formed to bring credibility to the automobile through fine art. The annual tented display is located right on the Pebble Beach Concours

d’Elegance field. Several members were car designers earlier in their career, and it’s exciting to see the latest works of each artist. Member artist Tom Fritz was recently honored with a commission by the government to create original artwork for the recent series of Muscle Car postage stamps available from the U.S. Postal Service. Also, be sure to check out Ken Ebert’s canvas of the Pebble Beach Concours Poster, depicting one of the featured marques, Lincoln. Who better to create that poster than Eberts, who spent some of his early years working in the Lincoln Studio helping create some of the fabulous Lincolns of the mid- to late-1960’s? Details Sunday, August 18, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. AFAS tent located on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach. Your ticket to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance admits you to the tent. The Pebble Beach Auction Presented by Gooding & Co World records are continually shattered at this two-day auction such as achieving $113.7 million in sales in just two days. Here, you will see many of the finest examples of motorcars to have ever graced the automotive world. We are lusting after the 1948 Alfa Romeo Corsa Franco Rol 6C 2500 Competitione. Details Saturday, August 17, 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Sunday, August 18, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Peter Hay Hill at Pebble Beach. $40.00 admits one person to all events. $100 catalogue purchase admits two. $200 bidder fee. The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Two hundred of the world’s most pristine cars and motorcycles will be on display at the annual automotive equivalent of the Olympics where the best-of-the-best from around the world compete for the coveted Best of Show award. We’re excited about this year’s Aston Martin Centennial celebration, French Motorcycles, Lincoln Custom Coachwork and Vanvooren Coachwork. Wear your Sunday best and bring a camera. Details Sunday, August 18, 10:30 am. Awards from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm on the 18th Fairway at Pebble Beach. Tickets are $225.00 in advance, $275.00 at the event, or $600.00 for a fully-loaded Club d’Elegance ticket. All tickets include entry to the AFAS exhibit.

Wednesday Automobilia Monterey, day two Carmel Mission Blessing of the Cars (Visit our Garage Style Magazine Garage Lounge) The Little Car Show Thursday Mecum’s Monterey Auction day one (Visit our Garage Style Magazine Garage Lounge) Russo and Steele’s Auction at the Wharf Day One Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance Presented by Rolex Friday Concorso Italiano The Quai: A Motorsport Gathering Bonham’s at the Quali Mecum’s Monterey Auction, day two (Visit our Garage Style Magazine Garage Lounge) RM’s Monterey Auction, day one RetroAuto at Pebble Beach, day one Rolex Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway Saturday RetroAuto at Pebble Beach, day two Mecum’s Monterey Auction, day three Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway, day two RM’s Monterey Auction, day two Russo and Steele Auction at the Wharf, day three Concours d’Lemons The Pebble Beach Auction, Presented by Gooding & Company, day one Sunday RetroAuto at Pebble Beach, day three AFAS Display at Pebble Beach Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion at Mazda Laguna Raceway Laguna Seca, day three The Pebble Beach Auction, Presented by Gooding & Company, day two

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Regular guys, regular garages, and really cool cars By

Matt Stone


few issues back, this page talked about my very ordinary two-car garage that I fixed up a bit, with a photo of me sitting in it, spending time with a couple of my cars. And according to Editor Weberg, you liked reading about something in addition to wealthy persons with fabulous collections of cars building their ultimate Car Barn. So here’s more… Meet Kirk and Jeff, two regular guys with very regular garages, each containing a couple of very cool cars.

Meet Jeff

Meet Kirk

Kirk and I go back nearly 30 years; we became fast friends way back when by being active members of the same car club. We’ve done countless car things together over the years, and are Pomona Swap Meet regulars. Kirk has great taste in cars, and more often than not, he indulges it. He and his wife each have solid careers with big incomes so he’s hardly poor, but he’s very frugal about how he spends it. Neither this Corvette nor his Porsche were bought new – he’s a big fan of the magic of depreciation (as am I), only pursuing nice examples of great cars wearing relatively few miles and only a percentage of their original window stickers. Smart. His garage couldn’t be more average; you will note that this great pair of automobiles shares space with luggage, wreaths from holiday seasons gone by, and all of the garagenalia that one accumulates over the years and decades. There are numerous workbenches in here, but he can’t work on any of them. I think there are several bookcases in there too, and I dare you to find a single book housed in any of them. 78

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The other guy is Jeff, whom I met via working with Kirk. Your eyes do not deceive you; neither the garage, nor the Alfa or Cayman are scale models; Jeff is just 6’7”. Lest you think the ’74 Spider is a barn find, Jeff began with the notion of repainting the fuel tank; out it came, along with most of the rest of the back of the car in a detail and refreshing project that now includes said fuel tank and removal and cleaning or replacement of nearly every rubber seal and gasket from the doors aft. Jeff’s absolutely average two-car garage is filled with much the same household crap as Kirk’s – or yours. Again, “regular guys, regular garages, cool cars.” Jeff gets his hands pretty dirty working on them too; I don’t think he rebuilds engines there, but my point is that you can get a lot done in a pretty average space if you so commit. How many landmark racers and hot rods have been built in drafty, dirt-floored leantos? Many. This magazine lives to celebrate the Greatness of the Garage, but my point here is that they don’t have to be flashy, marble-floored spaces to be special, or serve the garage’s most basic purpose. We’d love to know more about your hallowed garages; email us a high res jpg photo or two, and tell us your garage’s greatest story. They all have one, you know. Garage Style Magazine Summer 2013




In the Garage with Cindy Meitle

Don Williams Founder of Blackhawk Museum Don Williams started his career as a classic car salesman at the age of 21 in Los Angeles, working for the largest classic car dealership west of the Mississippi. In the ’70s, he acquired his own dealership and became the largest supplier of studio vehicles and period correct cars appearing in movies and TV series such as Chinatown, Grease, The Waltons, and The Sting. In 1979, he relocated to Arizona and along with Tom Barrett, Russ Jackson, and Brian Jackson became one of the founding partners in Barrett-Jackson. He next relocated to Northern California to assemble a classic and post-war car collection for millionaire and land developer Ken Behring. In 1981, the Blackhawk Museum was created to showcase the collection to the public. Williams next partnered with longtime friend Richie Cline to establish “The Auction,” one of the most prestigious automotive events ever held in the United States and the two also established The Auto Collections at the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, the largest classic car sales showroom in the USA. Williams conducted the first American-style classic car auction in Europe with friend Erich Traber, held in in Geneva, Switzerland. He was the first person to sell a classic car for more $1 million dollars. As current owner of the Blackhawk Collection, he buys more million-dollar cars than anyone else in the world and knows the world’s major collectors on a first-name basis. It is safe to say that the majority of the world’s most significant cars have passed through the hands of Don Williams at one time or another.

tweets. There is no emotion or compassion except in-person or on the phone. I love just looking at the cars as I go from one area to another. It constantly reminds me just how much I loved each car when I first acquired it. The people and the stories stay with the car forever. 3) What is the most unique or obscure item in your garage and how did you acquire it? I have a lot of unique things in my garage. My passion is one-of-a-kind automobiles so the RollsRoyce Inskips cars are currently my favorite. They made two and they’re both beautiful. I try to stay away from obscure, but I do have an extensive headlamp collection (Marchal, Stephan Grebel, Zeiss, etc.) and to me, they are sculptures in their own right and can make the identity of a car. I became an accidental collector as a result of being held hostage over a pair of Stephan Grebal headlamps to finish a car restoration for Pebble Beach many years ago. I vowed I would never have that happen again so I bought every great example of them as they came up and the collection grew. I also have trains, gas pumps, etc. like any other obsessed collector. Most unique to me is my desk. It’s E.L. Cord’s original desk from his office at home in Auburn, Indiana. I acquired it from the family in 1974. It made a return trip in 1994 when the Museum did an exhibit and tribute to E.L. Cord and I loaned it to them for the exhibit.

1) How do you feel when you’re in your garage? Other than watching golf on television, I am relaxed when I am with the cars I have. We’re really just custodians of them, taking care of automotive treasures for a brief period of their history – hoping the next owners will continue to do the same so these great cars are around for a very long time – so our future generations can enjoy them. Just like your children, they occasionally come home to relight the fire that was always there.

4) What’s your favorite item in the garage and why do you like it so much? It’s the Lorin Tryon Award I received from the Pebble Beach Concours in 1999 as the first recipient. Lorin was a very dear friend of mine for 40 years. We met in 1970 and because of him, I started taking cars to Pebble Beach in 1972 and have entered cars every year since. He was the Chairman of the Pebble Beach Concours. Because of both his car knowledge and his personality, the top collectors from around the United States and then the world would enter great cars into Pebble Beach. I truly believe because of his efforts, Pebble has become the best show in the world.

2) What are you typically doing when you’re in the garage? I spend a lot of time on the phone. When I don’t have visitors, I am calling friends all over the country and also around the world to see who’s doing what with their cars. In today’s world of text and tweets etc., I like the old school conversation with people. I always have and always will. You can get more out of one 30 minute phone call with a friend than you can with 30 emails or

5) Give me a statement about the Garage and why it’s important to you. I have been passionate about classic cars since I was 20. That passion grew and is as strong today as it was back then. These great automotive art sculptures continue to bring excitement and life to me…and that’s a good thing. Where else can I always find this except in my Garage?


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MAGIC HAPPENS A reader at the recent Mecum Auction in Anaheim, California, spotted this family enjoying the excitement of an auction. What a day! Garage Style Magazine and SEMA encourage you to take a kid to a car show! Share the passion and enjoy time with one another in a great setting! Send us your youth-related car show stories and an image to



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