ArtCenter Car Classic 2017: Red White and Blue

Pasadena CA, Oct 22 2017 - Inspired by the international auto racing colors of rosso corsa, white with Cunningham stripes and Bleu de France, The ArtCenter Car Classic 2017 was divided along lines of color.

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Every year one wonders what the ArtCenter folks are going to do differently to change it up - what's the heart grabbing theme that will be remembered compared to so many other great years? Red, White & Blue is a multi-nation tribute to the automotive design giants of Italy, United States of America and France.

Miquel Galluzzi, Jason Castriota, Tom Peters and Jay Leno at Red White and Blue theme Art Center Car Classic 2017

Miquel Galluzzi, Jason Castriota, Tom Peters and Jay Leno

The Car Classic organizers' challenge to field representative cars was somewhat more difficult this year given the color combination matches with one particular country's cars.

1951 Ferrari 340 America Berlinetta by Touring at Red White and Blue theme Art Center Car Classic 2017

1951 Ferrari 340 America Berlinetta by Touring

Finding a red Italian car in southern California is a slam dunk short list of phone calls.

1959 Chevrolet Impala Convertible at Red White and Blue theme Art Center Car Classic 2017

1959 Chevrolet Impala Convertible

Finding a field white American classic design automobiles would be achieved with a whisper in the wind.

1932 Bugatti Type 55 at Red White and Blue theme Art Center Car Classic 2017

1932 Bugatti Type 55

Filling the infield with blue French cars in particular, however - would be a worthy challenge. Blue cars are like blue flowers - while blue is the top half color of our world view, you just don't see it much on moving petal or metal. Alas, French cars have not sold as well here either - design quality notwithstanding.

1938 Bentley 4.25 L Special Roadster "Black Prince" at Red White and Blue theme Art Center Car Classic 2017

1938 Bentley 4.25 L Special Roadster "Black Prince"

Special Car Store spoke to a few of the American designers in attendance. Grant Delgatty of URB-E fame showed off a electric chopper bicycle project; Pete Callaway polishes off the shooting-brake design on the new Callaway Corvette Aerowagen, and Gary Wales waxes eloquently about "Black Prince" - a custom design based on a 1934 Bentley.

2016 Callaway SC757 Aerowagen at Red White and Blue theme Art Center Car Classic 2017

2016 Callaway SC757 Aerowagen

The ArtCenter Car Classic is a lifetime experience packed in a day of well organized displays and presentations. We give thanks to the faculty and students for bringing color to our world.

Electric Chopper Bicycle Hybrid by Grant Delgatty at Red White and Blue theme Art Center Car Classic 2017Electric Chopper Bicycle Hybrid by Grant Delgatty

Electric Chopper Bicycle Hybrid by Grant Delgatty

1965 Ford F250 Crew Cab at Red White and Blue theme Art Center Car Classic 2017

 1965 Ford F250 Crew Cab

 2018 Bugatti Veyron at Red White and Blue theme Art Center Car Classic 2017

2018 Bugatti Veyron

Cal State LA (CSULA) 2016 Chevrolet Camaro 1LT EcoCAR 3

Cal State LA (CSULA) 2016 Chevrolet Camaro 1LT EcoCAR 3

1960 Facel Vega Facellia Convertible at Red White and Blue theme Art Center Car Classic 2017

 1960 Facel Vega Facellia Convertible

1947 Dreyer Sprint Car at Red White and Blue theme Art Center Car Classic 2017

 1947 Dreyer Sprint Car

Art Center Car Classic 2017: Judge Choices

by Randy Berg 

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