The Virginia Festival of the Wheel was recently held at the Boars Head Resort in Charlottesville, Virginia. This 3-day event hosts concours level classic and collector cars to raise money for the UVA Cancer Center Patient Care Fund. Charlottesville is in the top 3% of Cancer Centers in the nation and treats thousands of patients each year. Donations from the event assist the UVA Cancer Patient Care Fund which helps cancer patients and their families who are dealing with financial hardship as well as coping with emotional and physical trauma.
Auto Appraisal Group has been a co-sponsor for this event since its launch in 2018 and considers the car show to be a highlight of the year! This year’s auctioneer at the Saturday night Gala was President of AAG, Larry Batton! 13 items were sold at the auction raising over $14,000! We are waiting for the final total from this year’s event but so far the Virginia Festival of the Wheel event has raised over $76,500 for this worthy cause since its first show in 2018. We will post an updated total as soon as it’s available.
The theme of the event changes every year. In 2021 the theme was “Ford vs. Ferrari”. This year it was “Cars of the Autobahn” featuring classes for Porsche, BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz.
There were also classes of American Sports, American Post-War, British Sports Cars, Classic Pre-War, Foreign Sports Cars, Foreign Production Cars, Vintage Race Cars, Custom Cruisers of the 50s and 60s, and Vintage Motorcycles.
This year’s guest of honor was Hurley Haywood, a retired American race car driver. Haywood has won many events and is currently the honorary chief driving instructor at the Porsche Track Experience. Haywood said that the Virginia Festival of the Wheel was one of the best events he has attended!
We want to thank each and every person who came out and supported this awesome charity event!
The Detroit Autorama hosts the most prestigious competition in the custom auto world: the Don Ridler Award and the Great Eight finalists. The competition highlights the most beautiful, meticulously customized vehicles in the world, and winners can boast membership in the most prestigious group of custom designers in the industry.
In 2020, Auto Appraisal Group had the privilege of appraising one of the Great Eight Finalists, the Hess 1956 Oldsmobile 98 OLDSSLED. There isn’t a whole lot left of the original Oldsmobile 98, a testament to the excellent craftsmanship and workmanship displayed in this gorgeous custom car. This Pro Design Hot Rods custom was a crowd favorite at the show, showing off a SPARC design in a beautiful midnight blue paint job with a luxurious hardtop that grabbed the imaginations of the spectators.
Owner Jeff Hess fashioned his OLDSSLED with a 1950s aesthetic in mind, devoting years to build the custom vehicle and setting the bar for a 1950s-style custom. The design includes triple-plated chrome by Advanced Plating of Nashville, Tennessee, and components of the vehicle are painted in HOK Way Past Midnite Blue, including the boxed frame with air-ride suspension. The Oldsmobile 98 features a fuel-injected first-generation Chrysler Hemi engine, and the fully custom interior is impeccable, fabricated, and upholstered by Bill’s Auto Upholstery.
Details abound and impress in every feature. The Oldsmobile 98 sports a Carson padded removable hardtop, shaped bumpers, modified Corvette style grille, and a Frenched continental kit built into the trunk. Spectators were justifiably impressed by the metalwork on the vehicle and the general sense of luxury and attention to detail that is impossible to ignore.
AAG is honored to appraise such spectacular custom builds as the OLDSSLED. Our 30 years in business has provided us the opportunity to appraise many nationally recognized custom vehicles, factory prototypes, one-offs, and professionally customized vehicles. While the OLDSSLED didn’t win the 2020 Ridler Award it is company founder, Larry Batton’s pick as AAG’s Custom Car of the Year. Check out the links in the article to see interviews of the owner and builder as well as high lights from the 2020 Detroit Autorama.
Auto appraisers know that car auctions can be an indicator of market value trends. Motivated sellers by the hundreds will descend upon Carlisle Fairgrounds for the Annual Fall Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet & Corral event on October 2nd through the 6th. Of special interest will be Thursday night’s & Friday night’s auctions. This is one of the best buying opportunities of the year. Look for great values as sellers are motivated to sell before winter sets in. Don’t miss out. Savvy shoppers could buy at Carlisle and sell the next week at the AACA Eastern Fall Nationals in Hershey on October 9th through the 12th. Both will present great buying opportunities with motivated sellers. Let us help you negotiate the best deal. AAG’s pre-purchase inspections and appraisal report can help you save money. Stop by our tent and check out our appraisal specials.
When we were first approached about sponsoring the Virginia Festival of the Wheel car show in Charlottesville Virginia, we thought “It’s about time!” While there are a number of local car shows in the area and many of them support local non-profits, this event’s mission was to raise awareness and support for the UVA Cancer Center, which has made a difference in the lives of many people in Virginia and beyond. While raising awareness and financial support for the Cancer Center, this show provided participants with a concours level event in a world-class venue with a program comprised of many local enthusiasts and supporters of the old car hobby.
The show made it possible for our office staff to meet fellow car lovers in person and combine their forces to make the event a success. We were honored to have a 1936 Rolls Royce Phantom III Drophead Coupe as the featured automobile in our tent. We have had the privilege of appraising this memorable automobile several times as time has passed. It is owned by a local family who has been involved in local and national car clubs for many years. Just one of the collectible autos in his stable, this one was purchased by his father in the early 1960’s and won Best in its Class at the Amelia Island Concours d ’Elegance a few years ago.
Other notable autos at the event included the following winners:
The Virginia National Bank Best in Show Trophy – Brant Halterman for his 1965 Shelby GT350 Mustang.
The Albemarle Co. Rotary Club People’s Choice Trophy was a tie – Louise McConnell for her 1964 Ferrari 250 Berlinetta Lusso and Allan Becker for his 1930 Packard 745 Roadster.
The Chairman’s Choice Trophy - William Alley, 1955 Jaguar D-Type Roadster
The Packards, Featured Marque of the 2019 VFOTW – 1st Place Allan Becker,1930 Packard 745 Roadster; 2nd Place, Allen Richards,1931 Packard 845 Convertible Coupe
Vintage Race Cars – 1st Place, Eric Anderson, 1932 Hudson-Martz Indy Car; 2nd Place, Phil Williams, 1960 MGA Racer Convertible
The Cadillacs – 1st Place, Frank Nave, 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille; 2nd Place, Joel Loving, 1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible
Brass Era Cars – 1st Place, Paul Wilson, 1899 Marot-Gardon Open Car
Post-War American Production Cars – 1st Place, Doug Caton, 1955 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible; 2nd Place, Zach Straits, 1961 Ford Starliner Fastback
Exotic Sports Cars – 1st Place, Brian Fox, 2004 Acura NSX Targa; 2nd Place, Tom Farley, 1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello 2 Dr. Coupe
German Sports Cars – 1st Place, Michael Copperthite, 1953 Porsche Type 356 Coupe; 2nd Place, Robert Guenther, 2016 Porsche 911 GTS Club Coupe
American Sports Cars – 1st Place, Daniel Miller, 1962 Chevrolet Corvette; 2nd Place, Edward Szeliga, 1964 Chevrolet Corvette
Post-War Foreign Production Cars – 1st Place, David Lowen, 1959 BMW 600 Sedan; 2nd Place, Christopher Thompson, 1959 Alfa Romeo Guilietta Sprint Coupe
Preservation Class Cars – 1st Place, Louise McConnell, 1964 Ferrari 250 Berlinetta Lusso; Tie for 2nd Place, Chris Overcash,1946 Packard Sedan – 2nd Place, Michael Chiavetta, 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Convertible
American Hot Rods – 1st Place, Don Cullen, 1935 Ford Cabriolet Roadster; 2nd Place, Bobby Hilton, 1931 Ford Roadster
British Sports Cars – 1st Place. Jim Ellis, 1956 Austin Healey 100M; 2nd Place, Jim Cheatham, 1957 MGA Coupe
Fundraising totals have yet to be finalized, but the result is expected to be very close to this year’s goal of $30,000. The success of the event is a testimony to the dedication and efforts of the event’s organizers under the leadership of Mike Baldauf. His vision of combining an interesting and informative program with a nice venue to create a positive experience for all participants was superbly realized. We are looking forward to next year’s event during Labor Day weekend 2020. Great job Mike!
Having just celebrated the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, many of us have turned to someone and said “Can you believe it has been 50 years since 1969?” This weekend at Corvettes at Carlisle, we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Corvette. This Stingray was well-received with its new larger 350 CID 300-hp engine as standard with a 350-hp version available.
AAG will be hosting two seminars at the show this weekend on Friday & Saturday mornings at 9:00 AM. Play along with our Trivia and Fact or Fiction review of recent 1969 Corvette sales to see how current your value trend skills are. Stop by the booth on the Midway to check on our show specials. We look forward to seeing you at one of the largest Corvette events in the country!
Come and see AAG at Spring Carlisle and let us help you check out your next great buy! Spring Carlisle Auction takes place April 25th and 26th in Carlisle, PA which offers something for everyone. Reasonable cars at reasonable prices. Attend the show and stop by the auction to find your first collector car or one more to add to your collection. The Carlisle Auctions provide a great opportunity to get into the hobby at an affordable level.
AAG will be in Spaces P18- P21 and can provide prepurchase inspection on vehicles in the auction or car coral.
AAG will be sponsoring the UVA Cancer Center at the First Annual Virginia Festival of the Wheel, October 7th at the Sprint Pavilion.
The Virginia Festival of the Wheel will showcase a collection of 80 of the finest vintage and collectors cars in the region and will exhibit vehicles including a retired NASCAR vehicle and an award-winning dragster. The event will also include food trucks and other vendors to make the day complete.
In addition, military, first responder’s and cancer survivors, as well as kids 12 and under, will be admitted free! Come down and enjoy some remarkable vehicles, all while benefiting the UVA Cancer Center!
AAG is gearing up for the Annual AACA Club Meeting in Philadelphia next weekend!
One of the highlights of the weekend is the wide variety of seminars given by AACA members about various aspects of the hobby. AAG’s founder, Larry Batton, presents a Value Trends Seminar each year that documents and highlights current value trends for a variety of automobiles. The Fact or Fiction portion of the seminar features selected vehicles from recent auction sales during the Scottsdale Auction week. Overall sales were down from previous years but lots of interesting and notable automobiles crossed the block last week in Scottsdale.
“The AACA Meeting is a great event that allows us to meet with the volunteer leadership from AACA clubs around the country during the two-day trade show that coincides with the seminars” commented AAG’s Fort Lauderdale agent John Delaney. AAG agents are available to share a portion of the Value Trends Seminar with local clubs by appointment. Contact our Headquarters for more information at 434-295-1700.
Having just gotten back to the real world after my week at Hershey, I can’t help but reflect on what a great time we had again this year. Except for the brief thunderstorm and subsequent run-off that washed our cooler out of the tent and the Saturday afternoon rain, the weather was nearly perfect. If you’ve never been and you like old cars, you have to put it on your bucket list. If you have been, maybe you could add your comments about what you love about Hershey. There are three things that stand out for me this year.
The People – Interacting with many of the AAG agents face-to-face rather than on the phone. I spend a lot of time on the phone. Talking with clients, talking with agents, talking to whoever wants to talk with me. It’s fun to be able to hang out with the agents and get to know each other outside of the appraisal business. Not that we don’t talk shop, but we can relax and talk cars, family and other fun stuff too. Hershey is also a great place to see old friends, clients and meet lots of new people. Life’s all about relationships.
The Cars – Of course being able to visit the car coral and see what bargains are out there and what cars keep coming back year after year, is a great way to spend the day. But the best part is Saturday morning, watching all the cars drive onto the show field for judging. Where else are you going to see 900 antique cars being driven into place with period costumes, a little gray smoke and lots of smiling faces? This is the culmination of a lot of blood, sweat and tears. Whether restored and detailed by their owners or a recent purchase and first time entrant, it makes me feel good to see so many living the dream and participating in the hobby.
The AACA – How many volunteers does it take to host 300,000 people? And how many shows are hosted by the AACA on every level throughout the country each year? How many hours are given to make your local, regional and national club a place that allows people to live out their passion for the history of the automobile and the old car hobby? The AACA helps owners to restore, maintain and drive those old cars while hanging out with friends and building community around that passion. By supporting the AACA we are really supporting one another. Thank you to the AACA for another great event.
Watch for record attendance at the next all-Ford Nationals in Carlisle on June 5-7. This year we celebrate 50 years of the Ford Mustang and that includes honoring 50 years of the Shelby GT350 as well as a special GT-40 display.
As one of America’s favorite collector cars, the Mustang has seen an uptick in value as its anniversary celebration continues. The Auto Appraisal Group will host two seminars focused on value trends for the Mustang and Shelby GT350 over the past 50 years. Come early to get a good seat and be prepared to participate in our classic car value “Fact or Fiction” fun. Friday’s seminar is at 12 Noon and will review 50 years of Mustang values. Saturday at 1PM we will cover 50 years of Shelby values.
Don’t miss this special weekend presented by Carlisle Events, one of our country’s largest and most welcoming car show hosts.