Palo Alto Concours

It took me a little while just to find the Palo Alto Concours D’Elegance as it was moved to a different, more hidden location at Stanford since the last year I went to the show (2001). At last, I found it in a field somewhere between the Med School and the Stanford Shopping Center, and the search was well worth it. I was amazed at how large the event has gotten since I went there last, with hundreds of top-quality restorations and originals. This year had a special emphasis on British iron, which of course made me happy. In addition to classic cars there were also several exotic supercars; e.g., the Ferrari Enzo shown here. With good weather and a band playing music in the background, it was a festive atmosphere and a pleasant way to spend a Sunday morning.

MGA and MGB.Triumph TR4 and TR3.Jensen Healey and Ferrari Testarossa.  I had almost bought the former in 1995, before I purchased GoldieA Peel Trident.  The owner's motto: "Almost cheaper than walking!"The Austin Healey is fairly large for a British sports car, but looks rather small next to a Dodge Charger.Delorean.Your tax dollars hard at work: two Porsches for the California Highway Patrol.There were even John Deeres present.A Mercedes flexible-fuel offered me a free test ride of their $2499 electric scooter (top speed: 30 mph, range: 60 miles/charge).The Wrightspeed X1 was another electric vehicle.  It looked just like an Ariel Atom, because the X1 (only a prototype) used the Atom's body and chassis.A real AC Cobra.Lamborghini Murcielago.Ferrari Enzo.Ferrari Challenger Stradone.The latest Saleen supercar, probably the only car at the show faster than the Enzo!Choppers.

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