2019 AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS: SHOWTIME!

2019 AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS: SHOWTIME!
After more than two decades, the unstoppable Bill Warner and his minion of magicians continue to outdo themselves year after year. Maureen & Mike Matune were on the show field representing CGC. And this is what it all comes down to: the Best in Show presentation. How the judges are able to distill a field of automotive jewelry into two choices is awe-inspiring. Taking home the Ritz-Carlton trophies this year were the ‘57 Ferrari 335 S of Cavallino Investments and the ‘35 Mercedes 540K Autob...
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HEACOCK INSURANCE: CARS & COFFEE AT AMELIA!

HEACOCK INSURANCE: CARS & COFFEE AT AMELIA!
When one of the premier Concours in the country also boasts a Cars & Coffee, you can expect Concours quality cars. That’s exactly what the Matunes found when covering Amelia. Normally each year we attend the Saturday morning seminar while at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance (AICE), but this year we decided that was too much like school. So instead, we went to Cars & Coffee at the Concours sponsored by Heacock Insurance. We weren’t disappointed with our choice to play hooky! Let’...
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HERB ADAMS: GRAY GHOST PONTIAC RIDES AGAIN!

HERB ADAMS: GRAY GHOST PONTIAC RIDES AGAIN!
Fans at the annual Pre-Reunion, held a week prior to the annual Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, were given a real treat - the return to active competition of the Gray Ghost. Mike Matune was on the track for CarGuyChronicles. A team of moonlighting Pontiac engineers took Herb Adam’s wife Sandy’s ‘64 Pontiac Tempest and went racing in the 1971 SCCA Trans Am series. It’s back! Power comes from a 303 cubic-inch Pontiac V8 built by LJ Speed & Machine, making a...
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FIFTIES FLASHBACK: LITTLE LE MANS!

FIFTIES FLASHBACK: LITTLE LE MANS!
Lime Rock Park offered racers and fans a domestic, economical version of a downsized 24 Hours of Le Mans. If the name Little Le Mans rings a faint bell, you are probably not alone. In its seven-year history, the races attracted strong support from manufacturers, distributors/dealers and racers themselves. Frequent CarGuyChronicles contributor Mike Matune has penned an article on the subject for the Sep/Oct issue of Vintage Motorsport magazine. In it, he focuses attention on an important saga in...
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2018 RADNOR HUNT: CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE!

2018 RADNOR HUNT: CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE!
The Matunes brave torrential rains to bring us coverage of one of the highest quality Concours in the U.S. For the first time in its 22-year history, the Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance suffered a rain event of epic proportions on show day. While boots, raincoats and umbrellas became de rigueur, and it may have dampened some of the enthusiasm among exhibitors and spectators, it certainly didn’t extinguish it. “This is fitting tribute to what Mike Tillson, the Concours Staff and legions of volun...
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PEBBLE BEACH: JAPANESE AUTOMOTIVE INVITATIONAL!

PEBBLE BEACH: JAPANESE AUTOMOTIVE INVITATIONAL!
A new event this year was the Japanese Automotive Invitational held on the grounds adjacent to the Pebble Beach Concours; the Matunes were on-site representing the Chronicles. A cooperative effort between Infiniti and Motor Trend Group, the JAI showcased significant milestones in the history of Japanese cars. Among them was Caroline & Tommy Kendall’s 1982 Malibu Grand Prix Mazda RX-7 racecar. In its competitive lifespan, it would garner five season championships for three different drivers ...
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2018 PEBBLE BEACH: CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE!

2018 PEBBLE BEACH: CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE!
You could publish a lavish book about the cars displayed this year at Pebble Beach. Since we don’t have the space, here are some of the highlights from Mike & Maureen Matune, our shooters ‘on the green.’ Best of Show: David & Ginny Sydorick Beverly Hills, CA, Copyright Kimball Studios / Courtesy of Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. It was about sunrise when this photo was taken, hours before the Concours would officially open. As the cars are moving onto the show field, crowds are alre...
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ROLEX MOTORSPORTS REUNION: LAGUNA SECA!

ROLEX MOTORSPORTS REUNION: LAGUNA SECA!
Historic racecars come out of the woodwork worldwide once a year to challenge each other and the legendary Corkscrew at Rolex Motorsports Reunion: Laguna Seca. It’s the most important vintage-racing event in the US. Mike and Maureen Matune captured highlights for us. If it’s August, it must be time for the 2018 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca! An annual pilgrimage for many of the automotive faithful, the event serves as one bookend for the extravaganza know...
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HISTORIC RACING: PITTSBURGH VINTAGE GRAND PRIX!

HISTORIC RACING: PITTSBURGH VINTAGE GRAND PRIX!
Almost 1,400 volunteers, city officials, law enforcement and local merchants turn out to showcase vintage racing at its best at Schenley Park, and welcome locals as well as visitors, blogs Mike Matune. On Labor Day 1983, a group of enthusiasts brought their dream to fruition by staging a vintage race through the streets of Schenley Park in downtown Pittsburgh. Thirty-five years later it has grown to incorporate two race weekends with a dizzying array of car events stretched out in between. O...
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FATHER’S DAY: SHOWTIME AT SULLY!

FATHER’S DAY: SHOWTIME AT SULLY!
Maureen and Mike Matune bring us highlights from the Sully Antique Car Show, one of the oldest car shows in Virginia. For 45 years the George Washington Chapter of the Model A Club in cooperation with the Fairfax County Park Authority (Chantilly, VA) have sponsored a car show to coincide with Father’s Day. Held on the lush green tree lined grounds of the Sully Historic Site, it features something for everyone. In addition to countless classic and antique cars, crowds are treated to antique, car...
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