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Sunday, November 26, 2017

HERSHEY ELEGANCE 2012 A LOOK BACK

The Elegance at Hershey is probably CARHUNTER'S favorite Concours D' Elegance event 
 
The event is regular folk friendly with a very reasonable admission fee, it seem to me some of bigger ones are trying to keep the riffraff out with almost $100 or more general admission!  










The setting is the Hershey Hotel just across the road from Hershey Park
You may or may not know the cars must be invited and can only be displayed once - the chosen cars are always an eclectic variety of the most unusual and worthy standards














 Why does CARHUNTER like this event? The car owners love talking with us common folk and this one spotted me examining the car up close confirming my observation that is was all original!!
Certain other Concours rope the cars in big circles so you just get a distant view and barely can see it!    
























Very rare Horch, unrestored and I have also seen it at the owners collection in NY - it is believed to be a high ranking NAZI officers car which was acquired by a US serviceman after the war. Story goes traded for an Buick under protest that the trade was uneven for the Buick guy so he just stuck it away just as it sits for years. The cars current value is very high as they are very rare. How did the NAZI part of the story start?







More rolling art than car!

























































Caught a car returning from The Grand Ascent - a hill climb is part of the event





















 

 Can it be any more exciting then being a U2 spy plane jockey?  
You could have also been driving one of these real spiffy cars around the runway 

NASA in the house too!!
Part of the U2 squadron involves chase cars, FAST CHASE cars 
These things are not the most graceful when landing and other pilots chase the planes down the runway to help get it's feet on the ground!







I had to add these last too, why? They are cool!
If you are in the Air Force you take to the sky even if you can't fly! 
 
 


How could I have not used the Packard Henney ambulances built for the US Air Force?

 

 Said to be the 1st concept car The 1938 Buick Y Job
The car is safe and sound in the GM Heritage center and I have seen it myself!
 Rare sighting of the headlamps exposed, they were hidden behind panels that closed
 That is Harley Earl who was the man behind many a concept car, the man with a vision of design!
 It is said Mr. Earl actually would drive concept cars as regular transportation. He brought us Project Opel which became the Corvette and also introduced us to Tailfins!


 Imitation is the greatest form of flattery and this is recreation of the Y job!

 

Meet Darryl Starbird
The Rod and Custom Hall of Fame is at Mr. Starbird's home in Oklahoma and CARHUNTER has been there 
The man has built many a custom bubble top car.  
The museum is a tribute to all the custom car builders and just overwhelming so maybe we need to get that posted ASAP in an upcoming blog! 



The Predicta started life as a wrecked 1956 T-Bird
A parting note CARHUNTER was welcomed in to this collection back in 2012 and I will try to feature it in a future blog
It is closing and the cars are being auctioned off
 
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