It’s fairly exhausting to have the phrase “Trump” in any story and never stir controversy. So when the Palos Verdes Concours moved from the Trump Nationwide Golf Membership in Palos Verdes, the place it’d been held for 25 years, to an airport in close by Torrance, you may need thought politics had one thing to do with it.
Not so, mentioned Concours chairman Ray Johnson.
“Politics had nothing to do with it,” Johnson mentioned.
Trump Nationwide Golf Course, the place the Concours had been held since 1991, overlooks the attractive blue Pacific, with Catalina Island floating out on the horizon. The climate is at all times good. The surroundings is astounding. However the course was set to carry a PGA occasion, Johnson mentioned, and the PGA was not going to permit vehicles to park on the fairways.
“We had been disinvited,” mentioned Johnson.
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So Concours organizers began on the lookout for a brand new place. There’s one other golf course simply across the nook on the identical Palos Verdes Peninsula, referred to as Los Verdes. It too has spectacular views of the Pacific, and also you would possibly even have the ability to see Catalina. The climate is likewise at all times splendid.
“The place was good, they’ve a very good group of individuals working it,” Johnson mentioned. “However logistically it was difficult.”
Getting individuals and even present vehicles out and in of Los Verdes can be awkward. Individuals must be bussed in from distant parking areas. So the committee saved trying. They checked out different golf programs, they checked out different areas. And so they determined they couldn’t get it executed final yr.
“So we took the yr off,” Johnson mentioned.
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Then the committee heard from Kurt Robinson, of Robinson Helicopter Co., maker of these cool small helicopters you see.
“Kurt made his facility out there,” mentioned Johnson.
The ability is a large helicopter manufacturing unit that fronts the tarmac on the former Torrance Municipal Airport, now referred to as Louis Zamperini Subject. It was named after the Olympian and battle hero featured within the film “Unbroken.” The Concours subject is massive however is contained within the house between the hangars and the runways, so it’s lengthy, or vast, relying in your perspective.
“As quickly as we realized, ‘Hey, we’re on an airport, we will have airplanes,’ we determined to incorporate airplanes,” mentioned Johnson.
In order that’s what they’ve now. I don’t learn about you, however I like airplanes. Perhaps lots of people who like vehicles additionally like airplanes. In any case, they’d some cool airplanes together with all the same old cool vehicles.
Corvettes guard the Tomcat.
Let’s begin with the vehicles. There was an excellent combine, from Pebble Seashore entries and a variety of big-grilled CCCA (Traditional Automotive Membership of America) juggernauts to post-war sports activities vehicles. The theme of the present was “Magnificence and Velocity.” The featured marques had been Packard and Porsche, 19 courses in all.
The vehicles had been cleverly grouped round airplanes from their respective ages. American Classics surrounded an American-made Beechcraft Mannequin 17 Staggerwing, as an illustration. Jaguar E-Sorts and European sports activities vehicles encircled a Hawker Siddley T.four Harrier. Shelbys and Corvettes defended a Grumman F-14 Tomcat.
Since Southern California is dwelling to so many aerospace companies, the Concours was capable of get the Northrup YF-23 Prototype Air Automobile 2. And Robinson Helicopter had three of its choppers parked outdoors its hangar. It was all fairly cool.
Greatest in Present went to Aaron Weiss’ 1936 Mercedes 290 Cabriolet. Weiss places on the San Marino Motor Traditional each June. Airborne Better of Present went to the P-51D Mustang. It was a novel and promising debut on the present’s new location. Think about all of the cool planes and funky vehicles that might caravan to Torrance? Like all the pieces in larger LA, it’s freeway-close.
“I preferred it and thought the venue had nice potential to construct upon,” mentioned collector Bruce Meyers. “There are such a lot of automobile reveals on the grass, and mixing it up with fabulous planes is a enjoyable method.”
“I feel this present has a powerful future,” mentioned co-emcee Ed Justice Jr., president and CEO of Justice Brothers. “It’s not as landlocked because it has been previously, and I feel that helps attendance.”