Report and photos by Martin Swig
Each year, Art Center has a very special car show on their hillside campus overlooking Pasadena. The focus is on significant design, with special emphasis in 2011 on designs originating in Southern California.
Several car manufacturer Southern California design studios brought prototype designs. Peter Brock was honored, and an impressive group of his creations were in attendance. Bruce Meyer brought his Doane-Spencer 1932 Ford. Bruce Meyers brought a Meyers’ Manx dune buggy. Richard Mattei brought his 1942 Alfa Romeo 6c 2500 Touring and Tim Walker countered with his 6c 2500 Villa d’Este also by Touring.
The Petersen Museum brought a pristine 1951 Plymouth Suburban. It was placed near an MC-TC. Larry Crane brought a new Bentley Continental. Steward Reed, Art Center’s head of transportation design, invited an original fastback early-‘50s Continental to park alongside to give context.
There is a place for any significant design, so they welcomed my Giugiaro-design 1992 Subaru SVX. Driving the 800-mile round trip between my Sausalito home and Pasadena reminded me how great a car that AWD 3.3 flat-six was, as I cruised down Highway 5 at 3,100 RPM – about 93 mph – protected by my Valentine One.
The range of car design represented by this show make it a “don’t miss.”
Art Center Car Classic 2011 – Photo Gallery (click image for larger picture)
[Source: Martin Swig]