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Write the caption: '59 Country Squire

Posted by Bill Griffith March 30, 2011 04:56 PM


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  • "I think I can, I think I can," said this 1959 Ford Country Squire wagon, seemingly in position to tow the car hauler for Juliano's Hot Rods in Ellington, Conn.

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Classic conversion: '49 Buick meets '94 Crown Vic

Posted by Bill Griffith March 29, 2011 05:17 PM


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When police cruisers reach around 100,000 miles after five or six years of service, they're stripped of their police gear — radios, decals, light bars, computers, spotlights, and cages — and sent off to auction.

There, they tend to be bought up by taxi fleets, other police departments, or private citizens. After a paint job and some mechanical work, they're usually put back on the road unless a fleet manager has them cannibalized for replacement body and mechanical parts.

In the fall, we ran into a retired Rhode Island cruiser that found new life beyond an "undercover" vehicle. It had come back as a 1949 Buick, one that was a far cry from the typical "Your Father's Buick."

Most folks at the "Cars & Coffee" gathering at Herb Chambers Lexus in Sharon thought it was what it appeared to be: a '49 Buick hot rod, complete with a "skunk" hanging from the outside driver's side mirror and electric wolf whistle.

But John Johnson, of Mansfield, who retired after 30 years as an Amtrak maintenance supervisor, mated that '49 Buick body with a retired police car, a 1994 Ford Crown Victoria chassis and powertrain.


Pebble Beach 2010: White Delage takes out black Bentley

Posted by Peter Bourassa August 18, 2010 12:56 PM


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Jim Patterson stands next to his "Best of Show" 1933 Delage.

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif.—On a green baize dotted with 250 multihued cars and motorcycles from 14 countries, some thought she was too white. Some believed she was too delicate, too feminine to conquer the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. In the end, the color of virtue triumphed.

Seventy-seven years after she was delivered to a lady in Paris, The Patterson Collection of Louisville, Ky., brought the white 1933 Delage D8S to Pebble Beach and won the most important prize in the world of car collecting: Best of Show. Owner Jim Patterson has won with other cars at other concours, but said "this is the one that really matters."

"This car could do it all," said Pebble chairwoman Sandra Button. "It did 100 miles per hour in its day. It embodied style, speed, and comfort."


This is why you sleep past 'Cars and Coffee'

Posted by Peter Bourassa April 14, 2010 12:58 PM


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On a cold morning, this Toyota Highlander was among the event's best finds.

SUDBURY—There are only two things that will get a middle-aged man out of bed at 7 a.m. on a 45-degree Saturday morning. And cars are one of them.

“Cars and Coffee” is a California concept that has migrated east and has landed locally at the new Herb Chambers BMW dealership on Rte 20 in Sudbury. The idea is to get car people to kick off their weekend by dragging their cars to a large parking lot conveniently located near free coffee, have them open their engine bays, and take admiring glances. Most people stay for a while, drift off, and are replaced by others who slept in. Thus, the show is always changing.


New Englanders win at Amelia Concours

Posted by Peter Bourassa March 23, 2010 12:05 PM


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New Englanders won significant awards at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance held on March 14 in Florida.

Brookline resident Joe Freeman, with his son Zack, received the prestigious Tony Hulman Award for his 1915 Duesenberg. Only presented at Pebble Beach and Amelia Concours, this award is given to the participant who presents the most historically important authentic race vehicle. Freeman may be the only double winner, as his 1936 Little Six Indy racer won at Pebble Beach.


Ayer shop brings Kurtis, Bocar to Amelia

Posted by Peter Bourassa March 14, 2010 12:08 PM


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This 1959 Bocar Stiletto will be shown at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.

A Concours d'Elegance is generally a show at which cars are judged and awarded based on how well they conform to pre-determined standards. A race track is generally a noisy, often dusty venue at which cars are tested to their limits and are constantly changing for myriad reasons. They are not similar car experiences. However, race cars are often invited to Concours events to add noise and color.

KTR European Motorsports, a premier vintage auto racing support facility located in Ayer, brought two cars to the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance today: a 1953 Kurtis 500 roadster and a flame red 1959 Bocar Stiletto racer. Both are frequently used by their owner, Dudley Cunningham, and since they're part of an exhibit and won't be judged, they require little preparation for the trip.


Fraud, failure bring rarity to 1948 Davis

Posted by Peter Bourassa March 11, 2010 07:50 PM


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Wayne Carini, host of the popular television show "Chasing Classic Cars," is bringing a very rare and special car to the Amelia Island Concours this Sunday.

The car, a 1948 Davis, is one of ten survivors of the 13 ever built. Wayne is restoring it from its current purple color to its original light green and will display it in the "Motor Trend Cover Cars" category. It will be a hit.

The story of the Davis Motor Car Company is as extraordinary as the car itself.

By May of 1948, the dream was coming to an end for Glen Gordon (Gary) Davis. In a cross- country trip transporting two Davis Motor Car prototypes, he had convinced investors and established dealerships to invest over $1.2 million in his extraordinary new car. The three-wheel Davis Automobile was an attractive, ultra-modern looking automobile that sat four abreast in its single front seat and sold for only $995.


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Clifford Atiyeh is an automotive writer and car enthusiast . He has spent his entire life driving cars he doesn't own.
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Bill Griffith is a veteran Boston Globe reporter, having reviewed cars for more than 10 years and serving as assistant sports editor for 25 years. He was also the paper's sports media columnist.
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