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YEAR 2012

San Francisco International Auto Show

November 19-26 2011
San Francisco, Cailfornia
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Some of the extreme and not so extreme vehicles available are the Audi A7, BMW's 6 Series Coupe, Cadillac's XTS, the Dodge Mopar Charger, the 2013 Ford Taurus and Escape, plus the Mustang Boss 302, Hyundai's Veloster, the Jeep JK8 Pickup, the Mini Coupe S, Nissan's Versa, the Scion iQ, Subaru's Impreza, the new Toyota Camry and Volkswagen's Beetle and CC.

Also among the alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles, many of which are new introductions: The BMW Active-E electric, Chevrolet's Volt, Frisker's Karma, Ford's BEV electric, Escape and Fusion Hybrids, Honda's Civic IMA-L Hybrid, Insight and Civic Natural Gas vehicle, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, the 2013 Lexus GS 450h and Lexus RXh, Mitsubishi's IMIEV electric car, Nissan's LEAF, Toyota's Camry Hybrid, Highlander Hybrid, Prius and new Prius V.

Also the EV-X11 race car, the E-Kart and E Assist bicycles.

Sponsored by the 100% electric Nissan LEAF, attendees can do the The drive electric tour and drive a LEAF on an indoor course on the show's main floor.

Now in its 54th year, the San Francisco International Auto Show will display vehicles representing 38 manufacturers for the year 2012 and beyond.


Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d'Elegance 2012
Hilton Head Isle, South Carolina, USA
November 4, 2012
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Over 400 cars attended the eleventh Concours D' Elegance at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, 210 at the Saturday Club event and 196 on the Concours Sunday, held November 4th 2012. In addition the Concours features race events at Savahanna, tours of the South Carolina Low Country and various other attractions for people who enjoy the pleasure of the automobile. This year close to thirty thousand such people attended the weekend display of classic vehicles.

The featured car for 2012 was the Model T Ford and the display was outstanding.

A total unique vehicle specially flown in from Milan, Italy for this Concours, A 1931 Alfa Romeo Gran Sports Spider Corsa was awarded People's Choice

Pebble Beach 
Concours d'Elegance®

62th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance®
Pebble Beach, California
August 19, 2012
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From all over the globe, people arrive with their priceless automobiles to compete or simply enjoy the day and all that is the 'event', known as The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

On the third Sunday in August, golfers give way and the famed eighteenth fairway is transformed as a stage for one of the most competitive events in the automotive world.

2012 is The 62nd Annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and the stage for the Cars of the Maharajas, Mercer, Fiat, Saoutchik Coachwork, AC and AC Cobra, Sport Customs, and German Motorcycles.


7.1.12 Pebble Beach, California, USA:
Cars from William A. C. Pettit, III Collection, "Museum of Motoring Memories" in Natural Bridge, Virginia, will be sold at Gooding & Company's Pebble Beach Auction this August during the Monterey automotive week.

The collection includes:

"Blue J," a 1929 Duesenberg Model J Dual-Cowl Phaeton Chassis No. 2292; Engine No. J-27

1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom l Derby Speedster Coachwork by Brewster & Co.

1925 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Pall Mall Tourer Coachwork by Merrimac Body Company

1931 Stutz DV-32 Convertible Sedan Coachwork by LeBaron

Proceeds from the sale of the cars from Bill Pettit's collection will go to the Shriners Hospital for Children®.

The car will be auctioned off by Gooding & Company's 2012 Pebble Beach Auctions on Saturday and Sunday, August 18 & 19 at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center. The full story is available here

The 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance will feature:
• Cars of the Maharajas: Rolls-Royce, Daimler, Hispano-Suiza, Maybach, Bugatti, Duesenberg, Minerva and others.
• Mercer: The Mercer Automobile Company of Hamilton, New Jersey, famous high-performance cars of the era.
• Fiat: Special classes, hugely powerful Grand Prix racers, coachbuilt prewar classics, and small postwar cars. Other Special classes will include:
• Saoutchik Coachwork: Jacques Saoutchik (SOW-chick), a coach building company in 1906 in France.
• AC and AC (Shelby) Cobra: .
• Sport Customs (1930s-1950s): This class will feature one-of-a-kind cars built in the United States on modified American production chassis or hand-built chassis.
• German Motorcycles:

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Concorso Italiano®

Laguna Seca Golf Ranch
Monterey, California
August 17, 2012
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Beautiful Cars, Beautiful People, Beautiful Surroundings. Three things that describe the CONCORSO ITALIANO.

A day on the 'Green' enjoying all that is Italian. The Cars, The Fashion Show, The Cars, The People and the Food. All that is missing is the HOT Italian Sun. This is the CONCORSO ITALIANO.

This year will celebrate Bertone's Centennial Anniversary and will have the over the top concept car, The "Nuccio", based on a famous mid-engine V8 Chassis, and previously shown at Geneva and Beijing Auto shows.

Pagani Huayra 2013

Pagani Huayra 2013

6.8.12 Monterey, California, USA:
Pagani Automobiliwill be honored at The 2012 Concorso Italiano. this August 2012

Mr. Horacio Pagani, will bring his newest Huayra super car to the field and will be available to meet the Italian car enthusiasts.

The Huayra is being certified for the North American Market and will be ready for sale in 2013. The Huayra is being called one of the top supercars in the market today.

Concorso Italiano 2012

Concorso Italiano Review 2012

The Concorso Italiano manifests itself as a gathering of all things Italian, but foremost it is a showcase of Italian automobiles. Italian cuisine, fashion, motorcycles, boats, and other aspects of Italian culture can usually be found on display at the Concorso. Exotic and classic automobiles of non-Italian make are also welcomed and usually make up a significant part of the Concorso Italiano.
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Essen Techno Classica 2012

Essen Techno Classica 2012
Essen, Germany

Writer and photographer Patrick Wheeler shares his take on his visit to the top shelf classic auto show in Essen from back in 2012.

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Little Car Show Pacific Grove 2012

Little Car Show
Pacific Grove California
August 15, 2012
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The Little Car Show in Pacific Grove, California, is held on the weekend of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance® and is a street show that is a bit counter to the over indulgence of the show on the famed lawn at the Pebble Beach Club.

Wilton Classic and Supercar show 2012

Wilton Classic and Supercar show 2012
Wilton House Estate
5 August 2012
Salisbury, UK
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The 4th annual Wilton Classic and Supercar show at the Wilton House Estate on Sunday 5th August 2012.

Modern Supercars on the 460 year old Wilton House Estate of the Earl of Pembroke. Set in 22 acres of parkland Wilton Classic and Supercar show featured "The EFG International Paddock" presenting of some of the worlds most beautiful and important classic cars.

Wilton House has been the ancestral home of the Earl of Pembroke for over 460 years contains one of the finest art collections in Europe. For all things motoring, this is THE family event to attend.

Balkanska Minijada 2012

Balkanska Minijada 2012 2012
Belgrade, Serbia
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The fourth Minijada or Mini Meet. Minis from all over Europe were assembled in front of the Belgrade City Assembly.

Le Mans Classic 2012

Raby Castle Car Show
Staindrop, Darlington, Co. Durham. UK
24 June 2012
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1939 Grand Prix Belgrade Celebration 2012
Belgrade, Serbia

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The City of Belgrade was the site of the 79th year reunion of the Belgrade Grand Prix, that only ran once, in 1939. In September, 2012, people came from all over Europe for the first celebration of this race, which also had the distinction of being the only Grand Prix event to be held during World War II.

Muzej automobila Ferdinand Budicki na otvorenom

Muzej automobila Ferdinand Budicki na otvorenom
Museum Oldtimer Ferdinand Budicki 2012

Zagreb, Serbia
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The exhibition, 'Museum Oldtimer Ferdinand Budicki vehicles' in the open, displays some interesting cars for all to come and see.

32nd Americana International Festival 2012

32nd Americana International Festival 2012
County Showground,
Winthorpe Nr. Newark, Nottinghamshire, UK
5-9 July 2012
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Autosport International Auto Show 2012

Autosport International
Auto Show, 12 to 15 January, 2012
NEC, Birmingham, UK
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Featuring Every Level of Motor Racing

The show also had a Senna tribute showing many of his race winning car from Lotus and McLaren and including a kart from where he began. Next to this is the Coys car auction, entry is ticket only but the public will be able to watch the bidding and of course the cars.

California Mille 2012

1000 miles throughout Northern California over 4 days
May 2012
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The run leaves the Fairmont and travels across the Golden Gate Bridge and through the California Gold Country Hills to Incline Village just over into Nevada at the north end of Lake Tahoe. The route then goes around the Lake Tahoe area and dives back into Nevada stopping at the Reno's National Automotive Museum.

Back in California, heading for the coast, the tour drives through the Northern Central Valley and into the world famous Napa Valley Wine Country. The route moves into the costal hills and ends back at the top of the wine region at Calistoga, for the end of the 4th day. Old Cars. Back roads. Sunshine. California!

VW Buba Beograd 2012

VW Buba (Beetle) gather in
Belgrade (Beograd), Serbia 2012
May, 2012
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Around the world the VW Beetle (Buba) has its hard core fans, who take on an almost fanatic love affair and embrace any opportunity to come together to enjoy the car and its owners.

Association of 
Automotive Historians  Belgrade, Serbia 2012

6th Annual Meeting of Association of Automotive Historians
Belgrade, Serbia 2012
May, 2012
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The event is the largest regional gathering of starovremenskih vehicles. The assembly of over 180 vehicles exceeds the capacity of the Faculty of Transportation.

Benghazi Classic Car Show 2012

Benghazi Classic Car Show 2012
Benghazi, Libya
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The Benghazi, Classic Car Show is held Mid-July of each year and is supported by the Classic Car Club, Benghazi, Libya.

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