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More scenes from the Art Center Car Classic

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Published on Sun, Nov 3, 2013

By: The LACar Editorial Staff

Inspired by Nature at the 2013 Art Center Car Classic (John Grafman)

Inspired by Nature at the 2013 Art Center Car Classic (John Grafman)

Pictures by John Grafman Animal style. No, we’re not talking about In-and-Out Burgers. Last week, Art Center Car Classic 2013 focused on automobiles that drew design inspiration from living creatures—fish, fowl, felines, and other examples from the animal kingdom. “Inspired by Nature” was the theme, and nearly 2,000 came to the Art Center campus to enjoy the event—designers, car collectors, hobbyists, members of the general public, and editor John Grafman, who captured the automotive animal kingdom on camera.


Inspired by Nature at the 2013 Art Center Car Classic (John Grafman)

About Art Center College of Design Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for various ages and levels of experience. Best knowned for its ties to the automotive industry, Art Center received the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, providing opportunities for students to create design-based solutions for humanitarian and nonprofit agencies around the world. During the College’s 83-year history, Art Center’s alumni have had an impressive impact on the automotive culture as well as popular culture in general.


Inspired by Nature at the 2013 Art Center Car Classic (John Grafman)

ATTENDEE CHOICE AWARD WINNERS Kids’ Choice Award 1961 Chevrolet Corvette Mako Shark Owner: General Motors Design Student’s Choice Award 1964 Alfa Romeo TZ (Tubolare Zagato) Owner: Ron Hein People’s Choice Award 1917 La Bestioni 14-liter 900 cubic inches Boat Tail Speedster Owner: Gary Wales Inspired by Nature Award 1959 Chevrolet Corvette Racing Stingray Owner: General Motors Design Meguiar’s Best Finish Award 1934 Bugatti Type 57 Aravis Owner: Paul Emple


Inspired by Nature at the 2013 Art Center Car Classic (John Grafman)

BEST IN CLASS Big Bold American 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS 409 two-door coupe Owner: Tony Garcia Classic Beauty 1934 Bugatti Type 57 Aravis Owner: Paul Emple 1939 Bugatti Type 64 Coupe Owner: Peter and Merle Mullin 1938 Alfa Romeo 6C2300B Mille Miglia Berlinetta Owner: Barry Hon Hot Rod & Custom 1946 Lincoln Club coupe ICON Derelict Owner: Jonathan Ward Sports & GT 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray split-window Owner: Bill Galloway


Inspired by Nature at the 2013 Art Center Car Classic (John Grafman)

1953 Siata 208S Spyder Owner: Richard Darling 1956 Ferrari 250 GTZ Berlinetta Zagato Owner: David Sydorick Motorsport Innovation 1976 Tyrrell P34 F1 Owner: Bruce Canepa Exotic 1976 Lamborghini Countach LP400 Owner: Chuck Gayton Innovation on Two Wheels 1912 Indian Board Track Racer Owner: Larry Freese Designer’s Choice 1930 Bugatti Type 46 Petite Royale Gaston Grummer Faux Cabriolet Owner: Richard Adams 1960 Ferrari 250 Pininfarina Coupe Owner: Paul Colony


Inspred by Nature at the 2013 Art Center Car Classic (John Grafman)

1947 car hauler with three Nash cars inside, pulled by a 1949 GMC Owner: Peter Dunkel 1929 Bentley 4.5-liter Tourer by Vanden Plas Owner: Bruce Meyer 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra Owner: Ben Reiling 1937 Rolls Royce Phantom III Sport Saloon Owner: Chuck Swimmer 1937 Cord 812 convertible coupe Owner: Aaron and Valerie Weiss 1963 Lotus Elite two-door coupe Owner: Shin Yoshikawa A complete exhibitor list and photos are available on the 2013 Car Classic website.

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