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Had a great time last weekend at the Santa Fe Concorso, the biggest auto show in the southwest. I love old cars (our family never had enough money to own a car when I was a kid, so I walked and rode the bus and assembled plastic models of cars when other kids were building fighter planes), and there were some amazing ones on display.

The best of show can be seen on the Concorso's website, here:

http://santafeconcorso.com/about.html

Beautiful cars, no doubt, though there were so many on display that I would have been hard pressed to pick if I had been a judge.

I did take pictures of some of my own personal favorites.

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Those were all cool -- especially that 300SL Gullwing, a car I loved when it was only a plastic model on my desk in 1962. Got to love that Tucker too. I mean, hell, a Tucker.

The BEST part of the weekend, though, was the Concorso invited me to exhibit my own new wheels, a custom-painted Tesla Model S.

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I am pleased to say that my Tesla was the hit of the electric car division (not that the Volt and the Leaf that flanked me provided much competition), and always seemed to have a curious crowd around it.

FWIW, I bought the Tesla a couple of months ago, but with my recent trips to France, Switzerland, San Diego, Scotland, England, and LA, I have hardly had time to drive her. Something I am looking forward to doing over the next few months. But, yes, she's gorgeous, she's comfortable, and she goes like a bat out of hell.

(And yes, I still have my old Mazda RX-7 too. What can I say? I hang on to things. And it won't be long until that RX-7 is old enough to count as an antique too).

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cerseilannister
Oct. 5th, 2014 02:31 am (UTC)
Must be nice. Givin' the Lannisters a run for their money with those wheels.
trippfulton
Oct. 5th, 2014 02:58 am (UTC)
Badass rides all (including yours, truly a machine worthy of the name). Can't believe there was a Tucker there, they've fascinated me since I read about Leland Gaunt's Tucker Talisman in Stephen King's Needful Things (I know the Talisman was never actually made but still).

Question: what's the car in the third picture with eagle/hawk/whatever type bird for the hood ornament? Makes for one hell of a modern day sigil.

You ever consider collecting classic cars, give Clive Cussler a run for his money?
Steven Sidore
Oct. 8th, 2014 09:27 am (UTC)
That hood ornament
I believe that's this baby, a DuPont: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/1929-lalique-glass-eagles-head-hood-ornament-jack-pumphrey.html
acciochocolate
Oct. 5th, 2014 03:03 am (UTC)
Car shows are fun! Thanks for the pics. :) Would like to hear more abt the Tesla, when you have time.
Justin Bush
Oct. 5th, 2014 05:48 am (UTC)
Tesla
I saw the Tesla at the 2014 Detroit auto show, and I can say sir that I am immensely jealous of your wheels. Especially being that yours is purple. The enormous touch screen blew my mind when I saw it at the auto show, sigh... If only they were cheaper.
mhpr262
Oct. 5th, 2014 06:01 am (UTC)
Glad to hear you are enjoying your new car. I have been a long-time fan myself (and shareholder, so extra thanks :-D)

The best way to store your battery for long periods of time is 50-60% full and plugged in all the time. Btw do you know of the book "Owning Model S" by Nick J. Howe? Lots of tips, tricks and troubleshooting advice from on of the best experts on the car.
mizkit
Oct. 5th, 2014 06:07 am (UTC)
I know nothing at all about cars except to enjoy admiring beautiful ones, and wow, those are all beautiful. And your Tesla! I have Tesla envy! Ai!
ebudae5
Oct. 5th, 2014 10:30 am (UTC)
Old cars
Wow. The older cars have much greater variety in appearance than modern ones do. Some of them remind me of super villains for some reason.
titanic
Oct. 5th, 2014 03:42 pm (UTC)
47 of the original 50 Tuckers are still on the road
And I know they crashed one on purpose. I'm betting the other two were destroyed in freeway accidents and none of them have in fact worn out through use.
ext_1669084
Oct. 5th, 2014 04:41 pm (UTC)
While modern cars are safer and more eco-friendly, there is just something special about the old ones made of chrome, leather, round headlamps and such. Sitting in one of those takes you back to another time. I wonder if future generations will feel the same nostalgia for present day cars.
thistle_chaser
Oct. 5th, 2014 06:44 pm (UTC)
That color is amazing! I've always wondered why there weren't more purple cars. I'd happily buy one!
parsleigh
Oct. 5th, 2014 07:21 pm (UTC)
Beautiful car!
milkforfree
Oct. 6th, 2014 12:26 am (UTC)
Beautiful. Off-topic, but I just finished The Crofter and the Laird by John McPhee. Have you read it? A few echoes of the books (Queenscrown particularly.)
xkot
Oct. 6th, 2014 01:46 am (UTC)
Your purple Tesla is pimp as hell!
Rebecca Dornsife
Oct. 6th, 2014 03:24 am (UTC)
Purple People Eater
Love the color of your Tesla - did they mix that for you or can anyone order it in purple? (That Gullwing is amazing.)
gameof_throwns
Oct. 6th, 2014 06:02 am (UTC)
Cool Cars :)
I really like the red one in the fourth picture and the cars in the third picture. I don't know much about cars, but I really like how those types of cars look. Definitely my favourite classic cars.

Your Tesla looks pretty rad (I know nothing about cars, but I like the colour purple, so there's that).

:)
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