Saturday, April 30, Matt O’Connor organized his fourth Supercar run in Arizona to Prescott. Lamborghini’s participated in the run along side Nissan GT-R’s, Ferrari’s, Maserati’s and other capable vehicles for a total of 50 participating cars.
The run began at the Scottsdale Vault at 9:00 a.m. with a drivers meeting shortly after to go over the route.
The journey to Prescott took around two hours and consisted of mountain grades, twists and turns. All the the participants seemed to have enjoyed the drive as the group arrived at Cracker Barrel, in Prescott, to enjoy lunch.
At the conclusion of lunch the group split into several smaller groups based on the area of the Phoenix they were returning to.
Held at the Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, TX2K is an event that was developed to simulate what would go down during a highway street racing battle.
For Tx2K16, entries were limited to around 130 cars that are narrowed down to the top 16 qualified cars in three classes: Unlimited, Super Sport and Sport. Elimination rounds consist of two cars using 700 feet of the strip to get up to 60 mph before the start flags. At the marked start, each car can be no more than a half a car length apart and must be within five miles per hour of each other or a re-race occurs. The race then travels 1,500 feet to finish, however the total length covered is 3200 feet.
TX2K trap speeds ranged from 165 mph to 200 mph, depending on class.
Hosted by the Art of Speed Events, Kilts and Kars is a monthly open car show staged at the Tilted Kilt in Boca Raton, Florida. What separates this car show from your typical local car show is the welcome diversity among show attendees and the cars on display. We saw an array of classic cars with seemingly every sub-culture within the hobby represented.
This diversity can be attributed to the hosts. At the helm of Art of Speed Events is John Zeilinga, chief executive and founder. Based in South Florida, Zeilinga said his mission is to produce car shows and racing events. He and his company also produce private-label car shows for local business’ and car clubs.
In addition to Kilts and Kars, Zeilinga organizes the Palm Beach Cars and Coffee events, which may be the largest cars-and-coffee gathering in the country with an estimates 2000 cars in attendance each month.
Held at Knott’s Berry Farm in the Buena Park section of Los Angeles, the 31st annual Fabulous Fords Forever show is regarded as one of the largest one-day car shows in America and the biggest Ford gathering on the West Coast.
The all-Ford event is the byproduct of Johna Pepper’s efforts along with support from Ford and assistance from seveval Southern California Ford and Mustang clubs. In 1983, Pepper had retired from a 23-year career with Ford Motor Company and was appointed to be Fords “Ford Car Club Coordinator” as a retirement job. The first Fabulous Fords Forever show at Knotts Berry Farm was held April 13, 1986 and attracted over 1,300 vehicles placed in 42 show classes.
Thirty-one years later, and now organized by the Ford Car Club Counsel of 46 member clubs, over 1,800 Ford, Mercury, and Lincoln vehicles registered for a 2016 show which showcased everything from a 1903 Model T
A few weeks ago I got invited to come check out the 36th annual Southwest Unique Little Car Show by my friend, Scott Coletti. You may remember his small but mighty Subaru 360 Van, featured as Car Street Journal’s June 2015 Ride of the Month.
I arrived at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel in Phoenix Arizona around 10:00 a.m. to a sea of little cars.
Every car at this show was quite literally, little and unique in its own way. There were the obvious Mini Cooper’s and Subaru 360’s that I have always admired and that I expected to be there, but, there were so many unique vehicles that I had never even heard of before this show.
The highlight of the show for me was the Amphicar. Conversations that surrounded this little vehicle were pretty funny yet straight forward, “is it a car? Or is it a Boat? Actually it is both. It’s the Amphicar.”
Over the course of 20 years, Arizona Bike Week grew from a small gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts into one of the biggest motorcycle gatherings in the United States, attracting over 100,000 bike week participants.
Spanning April 6-10, events were held across the Phoenix area, most notably at WestWorld of Scottsdale, the town of Cave Creek, Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson in North Phoenix, and at the Westgate Entertainment District.
According to Sgt. Ben Hoster, a Scottsdale police spokesman, officers typically see an increase in motorcycle accidents during Bike Week because of the number of riders on the road.
During Bike Week over the past three years there have been 13 motorcycle accidents with injuries, one resulting in the death of two riders. Seven of the 13 injury accidents occurred during last years Bike Week.
Despite Bike Week having passed and a diminishing amount of riders on the streets as the weather warms up, Arizona is