What a busy few weeks.
First, there was the annual Geneva motor show, the first significant show of the year in Europe. Lots of automotive executives attended, and hundreds of production cars from around the world were on display.
No sooner had press days ended in Geneva than the world-famous American hot rod show, Autorama, opened its doors to about a hundred thousand spectators who flocked to downtown Detroit to view nearly 1,000 specialty vehicles.
And just as we recovered from those two events, the 10th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance was held outside Jacksonville, Fla. It was a huge event for a brand new concours that was started by Bill Warner and still has his personal stamp.
It is amazing that those three events, each so important to its participants, are so different yet so similar:
There is a common passion for automobiles.
All those shows celebrate the automobile in one form or another - whether it is a production car, someone's idea of how to improve that vehicle 50 years later, or an automobile that has withstood the test of time and become a true classic that everyone can enjoy.
There are not many times during the year when three such distinct motor shows are held within days of one another.
It's a wonderful time to celebrate the automobile and its importance to our society, whether you do it in Switzerland, Detroit or Amelia Island.
It was a grand time for the automobile.