New Hope Classic Auto Show 2012

1964 Ford GT40 MK I …this one is an excellent Superperformance replica

This year was the 55th year for the New Hope Auto Show. The event, started in 1957, and held in New Hope Pennsylvania, is one of the premier events of the local  auto show season. Proceeds from the show go towards scholarships for the students of the New Hope – Solesbury High School, which is where the event has been held for as long as I can remember.

We went to the show on Sunday, 12 August, and, though the day was sunny and warm, it wasn’t hot and muggy, or raining, like it has been in recent years. All in all it was a fine day to go view some beautiful automobiles

1954 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

The show primarily features antique and classic cars. There are some muscle cars displayed however they are restoration projects as opposed to hot rods seen at other area shows such as the “Moonlight Memories” show held in Hatboro, PA third weekend in July.

I had written in the previous post “What We Do” about how the classic machinery, with its’ brass fittings, polished aluminum and copper tubing were like fine works of art or mechanical sculpture. Case in point are the engine work, interiors or dashboards of some of these vehicles.

1962 Triumph TR3A … 1991cc inline 4 engine
1957 Oldsmobile ‘Super 88’ convertable dashboard … there’s more controls on this than the Space Shuttle

The following is a gallery of  some of the cars at this year’s show…

1957 Porsche 356 Speedster


This vehicle has a racing pedigree…


A beautiful 1969 Jaguar XKE Coupe


The heart of the beast……..the 5.3 litre V12


Some of the restored muscle cars at the show…

a 1969 Dodge Super Bee


with a 426 ci “Hemi” engine

the 1971 Plymouth Road Runner

with the monstrous 383 ci engine and 4 barrel carburetor

You may notice the designation “ci” after the engine size vice “cc” or litre.  “ci” stands for “cubic inches” In comparison, a 5.0 litre engine is 5 litres or 5000 cc’s which translates to 302 ci. A 5.7 litre is 350 ci.

I kind of feel sorry for kids these days, when I see them running around in there little Japanese pocket rockets with the annoying “Foster’s Lager” can exhaust that make the car sound like a fat angry bee with a flatulence problem. These are the cars we drove when we were teens. Big steel cars with huge engines, massive horsepower outputs and big loud rumbling exhaust notes … and totally inadequate suspension, steering and seat belt systems. These were great straight line machines, as proven on many a Friday night drag race up York road from Hartsville to Jamison. But don’t try to run a twisty back road or you may wind up in the woods or some farmer’s field. It’s a wonder a lot of us survived those years driving these beasts.

Some modern cars were on display from various dealerships. Porsche sponsored the event and brought their Carrera GT model:

The Fisker Karma was on display as well:

The wheels on the Karma are driven by individual electric motors. There is a 2.0 litre gasoline engine but this only comes on to maintain the battery charge. The roof has a solar panel which is used for running the cabin electronics, radio, heater and air conditioning fans, etc.  Pretty cool technology and the car is beautiful and sexy looking.

So, I think this show is one of the better events of the season. If you’re a motorhead, you’re into automotive history, you appreciate fine engineering, or, you just like good looking cars I definitely recommend you keep some time open in your August calendar to attend this event.

I leave you with a few last photos….

…the “Boy Racer” dreams of greatness…
at the wheel of a 2005 Ford GT


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