The second Annual L.A. Classic Auto Show is now history and for the first time LCOC members were a part of the event, joining about 1,000 cars on two floors of the massive L.A. Convention Center.
The show held March 2-4 was a big success, as was our display of eight beautiful Lincolns. It wasn’t easy getting our cars to the Convention Center and leaving them there for three days, but it was well worth the effort and very rewarding. Every one of the cars was a standout on its own; from Jack Jones’ 1941 Zephyr Club Coupe to Ron Anast’s 1977 Town Coupe. Many thanks to Jack and Ron, as well as Jim Ayres, Don Torrence, Will Ramirez, Jeffrey Frank, Jason Moreno and Ron Olsen for not only bringing their beautiful Lincolns, but also for helping with the booth and being great spokespeople for the club.
Out exhibit and booth drew a great deal of interest and many potential members signed our guest book. We hope the sampling of our cars at the show encourages other owners or just Lincoln aficionados to become a part of LCOC.
The show featured both classic and customs, offering something for almost every automotive enthusiast. On the main boulevard gorgeous classics from area museums dominated, but there were also classic collector cars from individual owners, customs, trucks and even three-wheel vehicles on the floor.
Many of the personalities from popular Velocity Channel shows were there including Mike Brewer host of Wheeler Dealers. Mike has now moved from the U.K. to Orange County and attends drive-in car events in the area. One of the episodes of Wheeler Dealers a few years back featured a 1963 Lincoln sedan that Mike purchased in Northern California but took back to the U.K. for refurbishment and resale. Some of the things they fixed on the show were the vacuum lock system and reservoir, as well as the wood-look door inserts. The car got a new paint job and some custom wire wheels before going to a new home. Of course, the team made a profit on the resale!
The black 1965 Lincoln convertible seen on the HBO program Entourage was on display adjacent to our exhibit area and a striking teal blue 1958 Lincoln convertible that was customized by Velocity host Dave Kindig was another star attraction.
The show was so big one could hardly see everything in a day, especially after talking with car owners, vendors, club members and attendees along the way. The show’s success amply demonstrates that the California car culture is alive and well even in this hi-tech age.