The Baltimore Architecture Foundation, where I am VP of the Board, has an annual golf outing and classic car “concours d’elegance”. The members and friends of BAF bring their classic cars for display on the club’s gorgeous green lawns, and everyone stops to admire them – from the club’s chef to the little boys and girls learning to play tennis.
I love how the wing-mirrors are attached to the spare tire! This car even has a special storage compartment for golf clubs.
This is another Packard. It was the most beautiful shade of navy blue and had the most stunningly elegant lines. The hood ornament on the blue Packard was a cormorant, the symbol of the car. The detailing and pin-striping on the spare tire was amazing. The owner told me that this steering wheel is made of Bakelite, and is called the banjo because of the style of the three spokes. Here it is driving off into the early evening for its trip home. When I first saw this car arrive, it struck a note of familiarity with me… and not just because it’s a Volvo! It is because the original owner of the car lived in the house behind ours for many years, and he kept the car in his garage, which was across the lane from ours. His son now owns it. This car just says mid-century, mid-America to me. This is just plain sweet. Beautiful shade of blue. Perfect condition and formerly owned by the artist Norman Rockwell… but not exactly what I’d have thought he’d drive! If the keys had been in the ignition of this Mercedes, I’d have driven it right out of the place!
A couple of great old Porches. Mid to late 1960’s.