Monday, October 27, 2014

Art Center Car Classic 2014 Street to Screen

McLaren P1 Coupe





The Annual Art Center Car Classic 2014 took place yesterday at the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Ca. I have attended this car show the last few years and I always enjoy the variety of classic and custom cars that the Art Center invites to the show.

This year's theme was Street to Screen. Many of the vehicles on display were either in movies or owned by celebrities. Vehicles from Steve McQueen, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra and others were all parked on the lawn. In addition to the celebrity cars, the Car Classic also featured unique vehicles that the committee prized for their design or performance excellence.





The Car Classic is not the largest car show in Southern California, but it always brings out cool and unique automobiles for us auto enthusiasts to enjoy. The phrase, "I haven't ever seen one of these before" is always heard from spectators on the grounds.

Grubb Rocket 3

1949 Kurtis next to the 1948 Buick Convertible built by ICON.




Jay Leno brought out his Chrysler Turbine

1963 Chevy Corvette Split-Window

1969 Porsche 917K Racecar




The hood ornament on a 1958 Buick Limited Convertible


1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham Sedan


1929 La Salle 328 Sport Phaeton












1989 Nissan Pao Sedan



This is a common sight at the Car Classic. One of many students who were sketching vehicles on display at the show.



1921 Duesenberg Dual Cowl Phaeton



Another perk of the Car Classic is that attendees get to tour much of the Art Center's campus, galleries and classrooms. The school has a notable list of alumni that have designed cars for manufacturers and the motion picture industry. The featured vehicles at this year's show included three of the past Batmobiles, two of which were designed by Art Center graduates.


If you follow California Car Cover on Instagram you will recognize this car. It was just at our store to pick up a car cover. It is a 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II that was once owned by Elizabeth Taylor.

GM Futurliner that was coverted into a car hauler


Auto aficionados Jay Leno and Chip Foose discussed car customization and classic cars during an interview at the show.

1941 Chrysler Barrelback Wagon











In addition to all of the amazing automobiles, there were plenty of custom motorcycles and vintage bicycles on display.

1937 Talbot Tear Drop

Thank you to everyone at the Art Center and Car Classic committee for hosting another great event. California Car Cover looks forward to being back at this unique car show again next year.