First Blush

Reflections and sightings from [almost] daily jogging at dawn

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Sunrise 5:49 am: Cars like you've never seen 'em



The Dawn Joggers and Cassie walked over to the 40th annual Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance, a fundraising event for local charities put on by the Lions Club. This year's theme featured Chryslers (lots of 60s era Imperials!) and 'lovable British cars" but there were plenty of crowd-pleasing Cords, Corvettes and Packards as well.

Two cars from the UK caught the DJs attention. One was a 1955 Allard JR, thought to be the last in existence, which had been built to provide Sydney Allard with a competitive car to use in British hill climbs and spring races. It continued to be raced in North America, outfitted with a Cobra engine.The other was a 1964 Trident Peel produced by Peel Engineering on the Isle of Man. This diminutive, three-speed charmer cost $760 new; it's motto was "almost cheaper than walking." Biggest drawbacks were listed as "sauna-like interior" and "uncontrollable mirth." It still could draw a crowd.

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