CLASSIC CAR CLUB OF AMERICA – ARIZONA REGION
From the beginning, the stars born of the Hollywood movie industry have wanted to be seen in the best cars available. Richard Dix, seen here posing with a 1928 Packard 443 custom eight roadster, was just such a leading man. Born Ernest Brimmer, he studied to be a surgeon, but his talent for acting blossomed in drama club at school. Dix went on to become one of the few stars to transition successfully from silent pictures to the “talkies.” This picture is dated February 25, 1930, and the featured Packard would already have been a used car. The shot is clearly taken on the set of a movie lot; if you look carefully, you can see the backdrop is a prop. I suspect that the Packard may [...]
The Arizona Region of The Classic Car Club of America wishes everyone a wonder Christmas and a Happy New Year!
About two dozen hardy souls gathered for the Arizona Region's Autumn Picnic on Sunday, November 8. The day started out cool but sunny, and then the clouds rolled in. The cold, and a little rain, didn't dampen spirits as we enjoyed seeing one another, our picnic lunches, and some wonderful treats brought by Dee Pellegrini and Dana Rapoport. Thank you to everyone who help organize the event. Dale and Marylin Lillard drove their Cord, Jim McDowell brought the 1942 Packard Darrin that has been in his family for 50+ years, and Ed Baldwin drove his 1937 Chevrolet. Peter Hartmann brought the Packard Twelve he's had since he was teenager and Harry and Heather Clark arrived in their 1968 Cadillac convertible. Ed and Karen Winkler came in [...]
All duPonts are unique as only an estimated 600 total cars were produced by the duPont Motor Company in the thirteen years they were in business. E. Paul duPont founded the company to produce marine engines for the Allied war effort in World War I. They introduced their first automobiles at the 1919 International Salon held at the Commodore Hotel in New York City. The series G was introduced in 1929, with a 125hp straight-eight engine. These luxury cars were bodied by some of the day's best firms, with Merrimac being the largest, supplying over 120 bodies. The Merrimac Body Company, a spin-off of parent company J.B. Judkins was named for its location – Merrimac, Massachusetts. The company got its start in 1920 when Judkins couldn't [...]
This mighty Locomobile was photographed by member, Robert Evans, in 1958 at a "Duster's Meet" on the grounds of the Larz Anderson Estate in Brookline, MA. This model 48 was owned at the time by James Demone of Southboro, MA, and wears a very distinctive body by Farnham & Nelson. The iconic model 48 was introduced by Locomobile in 1911. Locomobile didn't build its own bodies - instead, one could buy the chassis and have a custom body created by the coachworks of your choice. Alternatively, you could have a standard body, from the catalog, built at the direction of Locomobile by one of two local firms: Bridgeport Body Company or Blue Ribbon Body Company. Both of these enterprises were located in Bridgeport, CT, along with [...]
It is with deep sadness that I inform our Region members of the passing of my close friend, Clive Cussler. He passed away at his home in Paradise Valley on Monday, February 24th. Clive was 88 years old. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be private. His life passion was his writing, family, and Old Cars, including many of our beloved CCCA recognized classics. Naturally, his world famous best selling books included old cars as an integral part of the plot, especially the adventures of his fictional character, Dirk Pitt. Clive was always generous in hosting CCCA events, both for the Arizona and Colorado Regions. Along with his wife Janet (who he successfully converted into a car person), the couple hosted two recent events at The [...]