Saturday, October 19, 2013

Around Lake Mirror

The Lake Mirror Classic is a  huge car show.  I would guess that there were at least 500 cars in all, with some of the best examples of classic, vintage, customized, and dazzling beauties on display.  The people who do this show are amazing.

Without further ado, here’s some of what I saw.

1950 Rolls Royce - one of only seven built

1950 Rolls Royce – one of only seven built

1925 Rickenbacker

1925 Rickenbacker

1941 Lincoln Continental

1941 Lincoln Continental

1940 LaSalle

1940 LaSalle

1922 Cadillac

1922 Cadillac

1938 Delage

1938 Delage

1947 Chrysler Town and Country

1947 Chrysler Town and Country

1950 Jaguar XK 120

1950 Jaguar XK 120

1966 Ford Mustang GT - The car that gave Bobby Cramer his nickname.

1966 Ford Mustang GT

1984 Chrysler LeBaron

1984 Chrysler LeBaron

1988 Pontiac 6000 LE Safari

1988 Pontiac 6000 LE Safari

A couple of notes on the cars pictured above. The 1938 Delage was built for a French industrialist. It was seized by the Nazis when they occupied Paris in 1940 and sent to occupied Denmark. After the war, the Danish government turned it over to a Danish relief organization, and then was sold to an American in the mid-1950’s and sent to Sarasota, Florida. It was sold this year to its current owner.

The 1922 Cadillac served as a prop in Hollywood for a number of films and TV shows, including several episodes of I Love Lucy.

The Rickenbacker automobile was a short-lived (1922-1927) company that was started and named for World War I flying ace — and later head of Eastern Air Lines — Eddie Rickenbacker.  The car was the first in America with four-wheel brakes, which, at the time, was rather controversial.

The 1966 Ford Mustang GT is the car that gave Bobby Cramer his nickname.

These pictures only touch the surface of what was on the field and the streets surrounding Lake Mirror in Lakeland, Florida. It is by the far biggest car show I’ve been to, and probably one of the best… so far.

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