HOT ROD HEAVEN: DEUCES ON 101!

HOT ROD HEAVEN: DEUCES WILD!
’32 Fords flock the Zaca Creek Golf Course fairway for the Deuces On 101 Inaugural Car Show. CGC’s Jim Palam runs the numbers: 3+2 = ‘10-out-of-10.’ Let’s check his math. Henry Ford didn’t like the numbers. The Great Depression and higher horsepower competitors like Chevrolet had broken his monopoly of the American automotive industry. So he decided to double-down: 1932 would be the year to introduce the Model B and Model 18 – and Ford’s new V8 motor – to lead the cylinders war and fire-up sales...
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8TH ANNUAL: MONTECITO MOTOR CLASSIC!

8TH ANNUAL: MONTECITO MOTOR CLASSIC!
CGC’s Jim Palam goes coastal to rein-in a Moto-Match report from the Santa Barbara Polo Fields. Here are highlights. It dawned on me as I hit Field 1 at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club early Sunday morning, that moving the 8TH ANNUAL: MONTECITO MOTOR CLASSIC! off the asphalt in Montecito and onto the turf in Carpinteria was just a clever way to stomp the divots! No need to ask polo fans to come on the field and soil their Jimmy Choos – we’ll just roll about 300 tons of expensive Ameri...
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10TH ANNUAL: VINTAGE TRAILER BASH!

10TH ANNUAL: VINTAGE TRAILER BASH!
CGC’s Jim Palam gets his gypsy on to join the Caravanners in Buellton, California. You don’t need to be a nomadic gypsy or itinerant preacher to find yourself footloose on the backroads of America – hitched to a vagabond dream and a vintage travel trailer. No, you just need to put the mail on hold, hook-up your caravan, fill your gas and propane tanks and kiss your 9-to-5 goodbye. 10TH ANNUAL: VINTAGE TRAILER BASH! Caravanning for leisure finds its roots in Europe and South Asia in the 1800s. I...
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MONTEREY MADNESS: IT’S A WRAP!

CGC’s Jim Palam wraps up Monterey Car Week 2019 with a bevy of weird & wonderful deserts, perfect for savoring the hobby’s preeminent seven-day smorgasbord.
CGC’s Jim Palam wraps up Monterey Car Week 2019 with a bevy of weird & wonderful desserts, perfect for savoring the hobby’s preeminent seven-day smorgasbord. If you’re on a diet, you may want to skip this story. By now, car guys around the globe have consumed a veritable smorgasbord of news stories, video posts and water cooler tales about Monterey Car Week 2019. It’s appropriate that this ballyhooed extravaganza is at its purest construction a seven-day experience; this aligns nicely with a...
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MONTEREY MADNESS: AUCTION ACTION!

MONTEREY MADNESS: AUCTION ACTION!
CGC's Jim Palam raises his camera – not paddle - at RM Sothebys, Gooding & Company & Mecum and grabs twenty standouts. By now you’ve heard the reports: 2019 Monterey Car Week auction results were soft. Not Charmin soft or Pillsbury Doughboy soft, but financially soft – like my timeworn leather wallet. Other analysts described the results as depressed. Not a depression like Shelly’s Frankenstein monster struggled with, or depressed like the seat of a plastic-webbed lawn chair. No, depress...
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MONTEREY MADNESS: PEBBLE & THE QUAIL!

MONTEREY MADNESS: PEBBLE & THE QUAIL!
CGC’s Jim Palam ‘captures’ 20 gems from Monterey Car Week’s lauded treasure troves. How do you do it? How do you pick just twenty cars from two of the highest-profile Monterey Car Week events – the 69th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering – now in its 17th year? It’s a daunting task, much worse than selecting your favorite faux meat snack or all-time best action hero. But car guys do what they gotta do: MONTEREY MADNESS: PEBBLE & THE QUAIL! So I started b...
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SHOWTIME: BENT AXLES STREET RODS!

SHOWTIME: BENT AXLES STREET RODS!
Car Guy Chronicle’s Jim Palam fights an urge to swerve to the vineyards and instead, uncorks a tasty car show report from Old Town Orcutt, CA. SHOWTIME: BENT AXLES STREET RODS! I’m going to give it to you straight: As I headed North from Solvang to Orcutt, CA on the 101, my thoughts were less about street rods and more about the ribbons of grape vines carpeting the rolling hills East and West of the freeway. It was Saturday, sunny and seventy degrees. Man, I could exit the freeway right now and ...
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SHOWTIME: RODS AND ROSES 2019!

SHOWTIME: RODS AND ROSES 2019
Thousands of people attended the 22nd annual hot rod, custom and specialty car show in Carpinteria, CA, including our intrepid photojournalist, Jim Palam, who managed to smell the roses while capturing the essence of the car culture. Summer is the time that car shows are in full-bloom all over America. Experienced Car Guys have an uncanny ability to sniff-out the best local shows by following the residual scent of high-octane fuel – left behind when pedals hit the metal. Ahh, but in seaside Car...
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WEST COAST KUSTOMS: CRUISIN’ NATIONALS!

WEST COAST KUSTOMS: CRUISIN’ NATIONALS!
It’s all about fins and flames at the Fairpark, blogs CGC’s Jim Palam! Let’s call it a mash-up of pinstripes, cuffed-denim, fins and flames – tucked and rolled into a colorful celebration of Kustom Kulture at the Fairpark in Santa Maria, CA. Now in its 38th year, the family-friendly 2019 WEST COAST KUSTOMS: CRUISIN’ NATIONALS! proved once again that interest in and passion for customized American cars continues to sizzle. Thousands of show-goers participated in WCKCN events, including the popul...
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SANTA BARBARA: STREETS OF PARADISE!

SANTA BARBARA: STREETS OF PARADISE!
The 2019 State Street Nationals was all about great cars, puddles and panache, blogs CGC correspondent Jim Palam. It was raining as I motored south on Hwy 101, heading to Santa Barbara and the State Street Nationals Car Show. Promoters had promised over 300 cars this year, the 20th since California car guys starting showing their hot rods, classics, sports and exotics on this famed central artery of the city they call Paradise. I parked at the North end of the 10 block State Street strip design...
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