2019 CARLISLE FORD NATIONALS

2019 Carlisle Ford Nationals
The 2019 Carlisle Ford Nationals hosted a record-breaking 3,196 cars, nearly 60,000 guests, Ford GTs and spectacular displays of Boss 302 and 429 Mustangs. Cars spanned 112 years of Blue Oval production, blogs CGC’s Mike Matune. It’s June and summer is beginning to set in. A sure sign of that is the 2019 Carlisle Ford Nationals at the fairgrounds in Carlisle, PA. You may wonder why one attends shows anymore considering the vast wealth of information and items available for sale online, from the ...
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SUMMIT POINT: 2019 JEFFERSON 500!

SUMMIT POINT: 2019 JEFFERSON 500!
CGC’s Mike Matune is trackside at Summit Point for the 25th running of one of the East Coast’s premier vintage racing events. SUMMIT POINT: 2019 JEFFERSON 500! The 2019 Jefferson 500 hosted a paddock brimming with competitors from VRG (Vintage Racer Group). The late Bill Scott and renowned race driver, Brian Redman, combined to host the first event and, as is often said, the rest is history. Over 200 vintage racers ran under bright sunny skies to the organizers’ great relief following last year...
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CHEVY II: DEUCES WILD AT THE SALOON!

CHEVY II: DEUCES WILD AT THE SALOON!
Chevy II took on Jaguar Mk II, plus all the usual suspects, in the legendary 1962 British Saloon Racing Series. CGC contributor and racing historian, Mike Matune, brings the story to life in the latest issue of VINTAGE MOTORSPORT. Car Guy Chronicles’ Mike Matune has penned an article on a couple of Chevy IIs that took on the British saloon car racing world in 1962, appearing in the latest issue of Vintage Motorsport. Continuing his work in chronicling the early road racing history of American s...
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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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