Category Archives: Contemporary automobile photos, pre war
Today we have the pleasure of showing you more images by Becca Parker of the UK with another selection of her work done at different vintage car events. Included in this post are photos from the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival both of which were held in Chichester in West Sussex County in the south of England. Also included are photos taken at the Bugatti Owners Club Rally held this past June and one photo of a trials event. Visit with Becca Parker’s site and see much more of her exceptional work. And stay tuned, as we will feature some of her black and white images in the future. You can also look back at an earlier post showcasing her work here.
The second week of January in Arizona has long been the start of the collector car auction season and this year to kick it off there will be a new event added to the calendar. The inaugural Arizona Concours d’Elegance has chosen 80 exceptional automobiles that will compete for awards on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at the Arizona Biltmore Resort.
Organizers of the first annual event have chosen Packard and Maserati, which celebrates its 100th anniversary during 2014, as the honored marques. Both pre and post-war examples of competition and road cars from Maserati’s history will be on display at the Concours. Packard will also have a strong presence on the field.
The complete list of accepted entries, selected from more than 150 applicants, features rare and historic vehicles from all eras. They will be displayed to the public in a unique setting next to the art deco elegance of the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Arizona Biltmore that hosts the event.
Among some of the featured pre-war cars that will appear at the Arizona Concours are:
- 1907 Renault AI 35-45 – A racing car ordered by William K. Vanderbilt.
- 1924 Hispano-Suiza H6 – with Swiss coach work by Swiss Hermann Graber.
- 1937 Maserati 6CM- Grand Prix racing car.
- 1937 Cord 812 – Owned and driven by silent-screen film star Tom Mix.
A team of concours judges led by Chief Judge John Carlson, will select winners in 15 classes that range all the way from early pre-1916 cars to post-war sports, racing and exotics autosmobiles.
The inaugural Arizona Concours is a charity event with proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish Arizona, the founding chapter of the national organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. For tickets and more information, visit with www.ArizonaConcours.com.
Surely this is one of the most recognizable cars of the classic era. Likewise, it’s history is very well known, so we won’t rehash it here today. Suffice to say that Phil Wright’s groundbreaking design caused a sensation when it was unveiled at the New York Automobile Show in 1933 and paved the way for the rest of the industry to follow in subsequent years. We’re content to let Richard Owen’s excellent photos from the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours speak for themselves.
In 1934, an attempt was made to capitalize on the attention the Silver Arrow attracted by introducing a more conservatively styled model using the same name. A rear view of it from Automobile Trade Journal of January, 1934 can be seen in the center image below. Although it lacked some of the show car’s distinctive features, it’s fastback coupe body and integral trunk still presented a dramatic contrast to other more conservative Pierce models.
Although they couldn’t prevent the eventual demise of Pierce, the 1933 Silver Arrows accomplished their intended purpose of resuscitating interest in the luxury car maker’s products, if only temporarily. But their striking appearance was not enough to counteract the powerful economic forces that drastically reduced Pierce’s market share. We are indeed fortunate that, of the five examples built, three have survived for us to enjoy today. You’ll find many more Pierce-Arrow posts on The Old Motor. Color photos courtesy of Supercars.net.