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Art Center's "Car Classic" 2006........Coachbuilding
By L.Marvin : Editor........................All Photo Copyrights L.Marvin 2006
Aug 15, 2006, 18:50 PST
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People in a garden of classics of style

Well it's July and time for another visit to Art Center College of Design's....Car Classic 2006.

Maserati's Zagato A6G never looks its' age, now 50

This year the theme is Coachbuilding, featuring Walter Murphy coachwork designs. Murphy became famous for the many movie stars that were clients. So Art Center chose to honor the Murphy Coachworks. Coachbuilding is and always will be art the heart of any great car from the past and future. So regardless of what the power source or materials. Coachbuilders provide the spark in consumers that triggers the blue flame of automotive desire.

Lagonda V12 , Class winner

Also as Art Center's Car Classic is about providing the widest spectrum of excellence of historical perspective. The gathering of examples of automotive coachwork concepts is again a joyful experience.

Bugatti project

Also every year Art Center hosts speakers of the automotive industry. This year the featured key note speaker, was Patrick Le Quement, Senior Vice President Corp. Design, Renault. Mr.Le Quement jioned Renault after 17 years at Ford Motor Company. During his time at Renalut. He doulbled the in-house design staff, and created many new key directors in the development and fabrication departments. Due to the investment of Renault in Nissan, Mr. Le Quement's infulence will be seen and felt around the automotive world for some time.

Again a ALFA classic enduring the test of time and fashion

Some of the featured great examples inattendance were as follows, ( no particular order)

1950 Abarth 205 Vigale Berlinetta, 1943 Packard Twelve Town Car, 1941 Tatra T-87 4-Door Sedan, Steve Moal's "Speedway Special", 1927 Bugatti Typo 38A Roadster /Murphy Body / J.Leno, 1938 Alfa Romero 8C 2900B Touring Spyder, 1935 Duesenberg SSL Supercharged Roadster, 1937 Bugatti 57/59 Supersport Roadster / D. Holls Body / R. Kellogg, Chip Foose, Chrysler Hemisphere & P-32 Custom, 1956 A6G 2000 Maserati-Zagato, 1961 Alfa Romero Sprint Zagato, 1963 250 GTL Lusso, 1967 275 GTB / 4 Berlinetta, 1972 246GTS Dino Ferrari, 1955 Lanica B-20 Aurelia, 1929 Mercedes-Benz 710 SSK / Murphy Body, 1939 Lagonda V-12 Rapide Tulipwood Body.

Zagato A6G

These are only a few of the truly exotic examples of coachwork beauties that were on a very small lawn in front of Art Center's main building. So if your a serious student of automotive history or car nut, the Car Classic is a must see event.

People sharing Art Center experience

The mood of the event is very friendly and almost as warm as the July temperatures. This year Art Center positioned umbrellas, which were a real god send, to help hide from the strong sun. Often temperatures reach 100 to 105 as seen last year.

Honey, can you here me now?

If your lucky and get into the lecture hall you will get entertained and edcuated by some of the industries leaders in automotive design, who in most cases are former students for Art Center.

This Bugatti captures peoples imaginaton

What we notice is which cars effect people. While every car is interesting some of these cars really to create excitement. One of the real favorites of the public was the Bugatti 57 / 59 Special Roadster, owned by Ron & Sonia Kellogg of Whitter. This car was entered in the same class as the custom's of Steve Moal & Chip Foose and came our the winner. No surprise as this Bugatti recently took Best of Show at the Muckenthaler Auto Show, in Fullerton Ca. 

Class Winner Best Custom


Chip Foose was very busy doing interviews all day, and as always very friendly and willing to talk to anyone that could get close enough to ask a question. Almost everyone is familar with Chip's retro style custom roadster. One Chip's most recent creations, was winner of Best in Show at the Grand National Hot Rod Show just a few months ago. 

Chip Foose being interviewed about the P-32

So no matter what you personal passion, you will almost always find a renewing of your love of all things automotive. We found a couple of really stunning examples of Ferrari on the hill above the main lawn. One was the Pinifarina bodied 275GTB / 4 Berlinetta, a 2 seater. Restored by Allen Bishop of Pacific Palisades, Ca. Owned by Ned Taben.

One of the best 275 GTB's I seen in a long time.


Right next to it was flawless 1972 246 Dino GTS, Owned by Dennis Williams of Altadena, Ca Also the 1963 Ferrari Lusso Berlinetta, rumored to be a former Steve McQueen car, in a bronzish color that is breath taking.

The beautiful Dino, we found in the shade

Still on of the great ALFA's

The award winners of the Car Classic 2006 are as follows:

Each listed recieved the Designers Showcase Award or Specific Class Designer Choice Award.

Designers Showcase Awards

1925 Double Series E Roadster / Murphy Body

1929 Mer-Benz SSK Roadster

1938 Alfa 8C 2900 Touring Spyder

1940 Coachcraft Roadster

1950 Abarth 205 Vignale Berlinetta

1955 Maserati A6G 2000 Zagato Coupe

1959 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham Pininfarina

The most amazing grill and craftsmanship of a bygone age

Designers Choice CLass Awards

Pre-1950 1930 Cord L-29 ( Front Drive ) Town Car / Murphy Body

Post-1950 1963 250 GTL Ferrari / Lusso Berlinetta

Customs 1937 Bugatti Typo 57 / 59 Supersport Roadster

Students Choice Award 1957 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing

Peoples Choice Award 2001 Lambroghini Diablo 6.0 Coupe

Bentley's elegance still a timeless charm

So make a point to get yourself to Art Center next July and be ready to spend all day enjoying this rare event.

This Mercedes Benz defines the german stlye of it's day

As Art Center's Car Classic brings our some of the most exotic and wild creations on 2, 3 and 4 wheels. Just look at this tricycle. 

Yes, this is ROAD KILL

Also there are always some seriously "outside the box" examples. Best and most extreme was the cycle based entry know as "Road Kill".

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