CLASSIC CAR CLUB OF AMERICA – ARIZONA REGION
This April, the Arizona Region of the Classic Car Club of America and the Rolls-Royce Owners Club gathered together for a special docent lead tour of Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion at the Phoenix Art Museum. This fascinating look at Dutch designer Iris van Herpen’s contemporary fashions revealed her use of 3-D printing and was enjoyed by all. Our joint club outing continued with a review of the exceptional Mercedes-Benz collection of Dr. Phillip Lutfy. His hospitality and wonderful garage full of post-war Mercedes was surely a highlight for all the passionate collectors from both clubs. Phil’s collection includes a 300SL “Gullwing” and a 220 SE Coupe, both purchased new by his parents! The day concluded with a delicious lunch on the patio at the Biltmore. With many [...]
The Arizona Region of the Classic Car Club of America held its seasonal garage tour at the Dennis Wise Collection in Scottsdale. His Denali Motorsports facility houses many custom cars and hot rods, as well as a few classics. Seventeen members braved a warm day out and many drove their vintage cars. The spotless facility included an engine building area, shop, and “showroom”. Snacks and drinks were provided as we made our way among the cars. Thank you to John Nobile, the collection manager, for opening up the facility and making us feel at home. After a morning of cars, nothing beats a little lunch, and many of the attendees proceeded to California Pizza Kitchen for some nourishment and comradery.
The Arizona Region made its annual appearance at the Pavilions Car Show this past Saturday, March 3rd. With over ten vintage cars attending, we had a fine showing on a warm and sunny winter afternoon. As is the case when we bring out our classics, the crowd showed their appreciation with many questions asked of the car owners. Additionally, each year the club collects a donation from all cars attending and presents the money to the Ronald McDonald House Charity. Over twenty CCCA members gathered for lunch at Babbo's prior to showing their cars. Immediately after, we lined up to be parked in our reserved spots in front of McDonalds. Thank you to Ed Winkler for organizing the outing this year. [...]
Saturday, February 24 brought a bright but cold start to the 2018 Arizona Region Poker Run. A small field of about ten cars lined up for the start to five stops where each car would select a playing card at random. The final stop was a delicious breakfast or lunch (depending on your taste) stop where the final playing card was selected and the car with the best five-card poker hand deemed the winner. New York Bagels N' Bialys served up a wonderful deli inspired menu and provided the perfect gathering point to crown our 2018 winner of the poker run - Dee Pellegrini. As the day warmed up it turned out to be a great opportunity to dive some wonderful old cars and visit with [...]
A beautiful Arizona morning greeted over 60 attendees to the annual Arizona Region CCCA auction week breakfast. Joining members of the region at the McCormick Ranch Golf Club for breakfast were roughly a dozen CCCA members from sates such as California, Colorado, Washington, and Missouri. After everyone was good and full, we headed up the road to preview the fantastic cars on offer at Bonhams' Scottsdale Auction. Thank you to Gary Capra for coordinating the event and to the folks at Bonhams who made our group feel most welcome. It was the perfect way to celebrate our passion for cars with friends from around the country, and we hope to see everyone back again in 2019.
The Classic Car Club of America's Scenic West Caravan kicked off on Saturday evening, October 14, at the Carefree Resort and Conference Center in the picturesque western town of Carefree, Arizona. Hosted by the Arizona Region, more than 60 Club members and guests from across the U.S. convened in the resort's grandiose 11,000-square-foot Opera House for cocktails and a delicious buffet dinner. The caravan began under serene blue skies as 35 drivers started their classic motors and purred down the Beeline Highway north to Payson, Arizona. The first leg of the trip was nearly uneventful until the first of a handful of tire blowouts and vapor locks occurred on State Route 87, just outside of Payson. Thanks to the two trouble trucks bringing up the rear [...]