Earlier today ( 8 /27/2017 ) myself and my buddy ( also named Chris ) had the pleasure of attending the Summer Stampede car show, hosted by the Lakewood Chamber Of Commerce. At this show variety was the rule of the day, as there was something for everyone.
This was a big show and I took a TON of pictures. In order to avoid making this post too long, I’m breaking it down into multiple segments. This is the first.
The European segment was well-represented by this eclectic assortment- a 1961 Porsche 356, an Alfa Romeo Giulia / Giulietta of undetermined vintage, a late 80’s / early 90’s Ferrari 512 TR, and a late-model Ferrari 458 Italia.
The crudely riveted-on fender flares the Alfa wears aren’t my cup of tea, but it does enhance the homegrown road-race vibe the car exudes.
The wide wheels, fat low-profile rubber, shaved bumpers, tow hook, top-mounted filler neck, and jungle-gym roll cage indicate that this Alfa sees some serious track work from time to time. The Porsche still sports stock tires and seats, despite its psuedo-race car appearance.
The 512 TR is a slightly improved version of the original Testarossa, boasting slightly better aerodynamics, improved handling and braking, and of course more power.
The 458 looked a little out of place among all the vintage iron, but it was still nice to see.
This nifty 1940 Packard was parked next to an Army recruiting booth, as well as a concession stand selling old war memorabilia.
All the specs.
The interior is pretty stock, but the aftermarket seatbelts are definitely a welcome addition.
The view from the rear. Note the nifty “Packard” script stamped into the chrome-plated steel bumper. Does any modern automaker still do neat little details like that?
This super slick Chevy Luv belongs to local street / drag racing legend “Fast Ass Tyrone” who hails from Compton, Ca.
The little LUV is back-halved, tubbed, and sports a VERY healthy 6.0 liter LS powerplant. I don’t know any of this vehicle’s specs, but I’ve seen it run and it’s a real beast.
Through the window you can just barely make out the pro-style rool cage, Monster tach, and ratchet shifter. Thanks to the LUV’s extremely cramped interior, Tyrone had to get rather creative with the seating configuration. You’re basically sitting right on the floor. OK for the quarter-mile, not so great for commuting.
That wheelie bar and parachute aren’t there just for looks. Trust me.
I fell in love with this gorgeous ’59 Caddy.
All-original drivetrain, with not a single anodized, engraved, or billet piece in sight.
That big bench seat looks mighty inviting, doesn’t it?
This has to be one of the coolest, neatest, and most unique vintage rides I’ve ever seen- a 1950 Willys Jeepster with a matching period camping trailer. The only thing cooler would have been a vintage Airstream trailer painted to match.
Surpriiise! Rather than the ubiquitous small block Chevy, or the new-school-cool GM LS, this one sports Rat power- more than enough oomph to move this rig.
Not a fan of the flamed steering wheel, but everything else is A-OK.
The view from the trailer’s front door.
All the comforts of home.
Everything- INCLUDING the kitchen sink…
If this were my rig, I’d probably stick with steelies and baby moons for my rolling stock, but it’s still pretty sharp nonetheless.
The semi-matching wheels on the trailer are a nice touch.
Come on in!
Given my deep love of the Oldsmobile brand, I never forgive myself if I didn’t take some shots of this lovely Olds Vista Cruiser.
The engine room, looking as sharp as the outside.
The Vista Cruiser’s trademark-the glass-paneled roof. I think this option was available in some of the General’s other models. I can’t remember what they were called though.
With gobs of prodigious Olds torque, this is the view you’re most likely to see- at least until the road gets twisty.
In stark contrast to the Olds is this cute, charming little MG-TC.
British sports cars from the days of yore always had a certain rustic charm, possessing a certain “vintage” feel even when they were brand new. That could be a good or bad thing, depending on what you’re into.
I apologize for not getting any shots of the interior. The back still looks nice though.
I don’t want to make this post too long, so I’ll end part 1 with this killer threesome- a ’65 Chevelle, a ’65 Impala, and a ’56 Bel Air 210.
Stay tuned for part 2…