Bringing you up to speed!

Bringing you up to SPEED!

By Greg Riley

March 23, 2020

It seems like we just spoke yesterday, and my how the world has changed since then.

I never heard the phrase "social-distancing" before two week ago, although some may claim I've been practicing it for years 🙂 Toilet paper hoarding? Who'd a thunk it a month ago.

Will trade for pristine '68 Camaro, only L78 big-block 4-speed cars considered 😉

I reluctantly cancelled my annual sojourn to Amelia Island. This is my annual fully self-indulgent time of automotive overload. My bride Ronnie has had a multitude of health conditions over the last two years and we have repeatedly been warned of how serious or perhaps fatal some sort of infection could be. Therefore, I cancelled. Yep, I'm still snuffling over this one, but I know it was the right thing to do. Hopefully they'll have me next year.

Thanks to our good Amelia friend Chris Brewer I can share a few tidbits with you later in the "broadcast" lol. Scroll down to read.

GarageDLX.FM and Tales from the Garage

Speaking of broadcasts, don't forget to catch our weekly Podcast-Tales from the Garage on GarageDlx.FM with the Three Stooges of the automotive world, Scotty (me,) Natan Tazelaar one of Europe's leading automotive journalists who joins us from the Netherlands, and our resident millennial Jesus Garcia from Laredo, Texas. The show broadcasts every Saturday from Noon-2pm, and again at 7-9pm, and every weekday Noon-2pm.

We always play all sorts of great music, automotive news, car reviews, etc. Pull up an engine block and join us in The Garage.There are always multiple ways to listen; At the Direct Link GarageDlx.FM
You can find us on the Live365 App as Garage D L X
Or on any Alexa device. Say "Alexa, Play Live 365" - It will ask you which station, and say "Alexa play Garage D L X"

Remember our station is up 24/7-365 playing the music car people love 24/7-365.

Keels & Wheels Rescheduled

Today it was announced that our local Houston area Concours d'Elegance, Keels & Wheels has been rescheduled for the fall.

"The 25th Annual Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance has announced that the Concours scheduled for May 2-3, 2020 has been rescheduled as has 11th Annual Uncorked preview event due to the health threat from the Coronavirus.

The Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance weekend-long, nationally acclaimed classic car and vintage boat show originally scheduled for May 2-3 2020, will now take place on October 17-18, 2020 at the Lakewood Yacht Club in beautiful Seabrook, TX.

The 11th Annual Keels & Wheels Uncorked event originally scheduled for Thursday, April 2, 2020 from 6-11 p.m. at the Lone Star Flight Museum, will now be held on Thursday, October 1, 2020."

Groesbeck Grand-Prix

I've been asked to be the car show chairman of the premiere Groesbeck Grand-Prix. This is a Texas event styled on the Goodwood Festival of Speed to be held at historic Fort Parker labor day weekend. We'll have lots more detail shortly.

Visit the web site for more info:

Updates on projects at GarageDLX

I try and complete one major car project each month. The last month I didn't get very much done. The engine is now in Cool Breeze, Herby's engine is coming together slowly, and a friend asked me to look into fuel delivery problems on their 1958 Chevy.

New engine installed in Cool Breeze and running!

Hopefully Herby's new engine runs as good as the block looks!

Not my usual thing, but I like new challenges

GarageDLX at the private collection of Mike Ames

Recently my old friend Mike Ames and I had a very surprising revelation. When I was but a wee spud of 20 I took care of the collection of Mike's late brother Eddie. Eddie was a wonderful creative man, with a wonderful collection of cars, and he was taken from us much to soon. I was devastated all those years ago when I heard of Eddie's passing, and never made the connection to his brother Mike until a few weeks ago.

Several months ago I was visiting a local exotic car dealer, and there sat on of Eddie's prize cars a Citreon SM still wearing the same license plates as when I last saw it over thirty years ago in his garage.

A short time ago, The Gentleman Racer (Mike Satterfield) and I had the chance to visit with Mike at his stunning collection. We'll have a full write-up on Mike and his cars in the near future.

Eddie Lee takes delivery of new $3Million Koenigsegg Regera from Park Place Premiere

Koenigsegg Dallas Delivers First Koenigsegg Regera to Eddie Lee. The $3 million Mega Grand Tourer is 1 of only 80 Worldwide. In the Swedish language Regera means “to reign” or “to rule” and this 1,500 horsepower hypercar will rule the road or track, rocketing effortlessly from 0-to-60 mph in 2.8 seconds… 0-to-249 mph in less than 20 seconds… making it the fastest-accelerating car in the world. All Koenigsegg chassis are consecutively number from 01 onward. The Lee’s Regera is number 24 of 80… chassis number 168, which is a very fortunate set of numbers in Chinese culture. The number is believed to be lucky because in Cantonese it sounds similar to: “one path to prosperity.” The number one is “one.” Six represents “path.” And eight sounds like “Prosperity.” To commemorate this Koenigsegg made a specialized logo just for Lee's Regara.

Eddie & Laura Lee with Park Place Premier Collection GM Heath Strayhan with $3Million Koenigsegg Regera. Photos courtesy of Tony Valadez and Aardvark Communications.

$3Millions Koenigsegg Regara. Photos courtesy of Tony Valadez and Aardvark Communications

Special logo unique to the Lee's Koenigsegg Regara. Photo courtesy of Tony Valadez and Aardvark Communictions.

Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

Courtesy of Chris Brewer-Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

3/8/2020 Jacksonville, FL - A 1929 Duesenberg J-218 Town Limousine and 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder were crowned this year’s Best in Show on March 8, 2020 at the 25th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. In celebration of the event's Silver Anniversary, the concours featured a special "homecoming" of alumni honorees. At the center of the celebration was famed racer, team owner and international businessman, "The Captain" Roger Penske.

1929 Duesenberg J-218 Town Limousine and 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder. Image courtesy Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

A full list of winners can be found HERE

Wait there's more!

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See you in the funny papers (and out of quarantine) very soon!