The List #1 – Factories to Tour (Europe)

We have been lucky to tour several Car Factories and Museums in the US including; BMW, Mercedes, Panoz and Shelby.  A dream trip to Europe would include these factories and museums.  Until we make the trek across the Atlantic We will have to enjoy these virtual tours that can be found online.
  1. Ferrari Factory and Museum (Italy)
  2. Ducati Factory and Museum (Italy)
  3. BMW Factory, Welt and Museum (Germany)
  4. Porsche Factory and Museum (Germany)
  5. Mini Factory (England)

You can check out the US factories and museums we have visited at our Photo Gallery.

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Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix-2011

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix has been around for 29 years. I have a vague memory of it from living in Pittsburgh but never had the chance to attend. Well things are no different this year. I was stuck in Phoenix but Debi convinced her father and brother to take a couple of hours on a hot and humid Saturday morning to attend the event in Schenley Park while she was visiting Pittsburgh for the week.

The event is truly a mega-event with racing, car and motorcycle shows and multiple satellite events during the week at local spots sharing the bounties of Pittsburgh.  This year Porsche was the featured marque and there were quite a few that came out for the fun–with many owners proving their classic 356s and 911s were built for racing by doing time on the roads of Schenley Park.

The park lies at the edge of Carnegie Mellon University and my Alma Mater Pitt and becomes the ultimate urban road course for this particular event every year. The Cathedral of Learning (Pitt) is in the background of the photo below.

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
The vintage racing portion of the event starts the week out at the BeaveRun Motorsports Complex and finishes the week on the Schenley Park road course. Throughout the week in between the racing there are cruises, parades, galas, rallies and lots of car talk.
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
This all black BMW race car is from the Sewickley Car Store. I grew up very close to the dealership and constantly drooled over the BMWs and Porsches that lined their lots. Auto fanaticism starts early and runs deep.
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

Given the magnitude of the event this motorized couch looks as if it would be the ideal way to get around. Suzuki brought this eco-friendly couch to display electric drive technologies. It is not as stylish as a Tesla Roadster but you probably could get really comfortable.
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

Check out photos from the show and the race along the grounds of Schenley Park in the PVGP Photo Gallery. Special thanks to Doug, Debi’s brother, for contributing some of the photos in the gallery.

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Transportation through Time Car Show

I had the opportunity to stop at a small car show in downtown Phoenix this last weekend.  The car show was called, “Transportation through Time” and featured cars from the early 1900′s through 1980.  The show was held in Heritage Square which features several historic buildings and the science center–a great place for a small car show.
Transportation through Time Show
I was impressed with the number of cars from the earlier years which included some rather unique vehicles including; a REO (being restored), Willy(s) and a Ford Touring Wagon.  The show also featured a few motorcycles, fire engines and travel trailers.
Transportation through Time Show
The organizers did a great job in keeping true to the show’s name by making sure there was a nice mix of a few vehicles from all of the decades.  They also limited the number of heavily modified/hot rodded cars to allow for a true view of motoring across the decades for the attendees.
Transportation through Time Show
Take a few minutes and check out the photo gallery from the event.

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My Other Car is a BMW #2

This poor chap must be asked about his classic Honda 600 so much he invested in a special license plate and graphic (Calvin peeing on a H)  to answer the question.  The car is really an Austin Seven, just one of the many various incarnations of the Mini brand over the years.  Check out larger photos from the inset in this gallery.

Mini not a Honda

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