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Historic San Marcos Golf Resort to host 2015 Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year Awards

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Posted 29 Jul 2015 — by Sam Haymart
Category Events

SanMarcos1An exciting, luxurious and historic Arizona resort venue will be home for the twelfth annual Carspondent.com Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year awards program. Raising the profile and provenance of the two-day test drive and awards event October 16-17, home base will be the historic San Marcos Golf Resort in Chandler, Arizona.

Built in 1912, the architecturally rich resort was home to the very first grass links in Arizona and now sits in the very heart of historic old-town Chandler. Restored with authentic charm, it has been the playground for many known celebrities and dignitaries during its 103 year history.

Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year has previously been held at Local Motors in Chandler, Arizona. The company has been a key partner for many years and has contributed to the event’s success.

“For the past three years Local Motors has been a wonderful host to our program. But as both organizations have grown significantly, we chose a new venue which offers us the space and ancillary services we need to keep ALV moving forward.”, says event Co-Founder Nina Russin.

The new venue adds a vibrant atmosphere to the event and provides a home base for out-of-town quests with event festivities, dining, and room accommodations all in one location. Several restaurants, shops and local attractions are also found within walking distance.

SanMarcos3Launching from the San Marcos Golf Resort also brings new and improved drive routes that will provide an enhanced experience for jury panel members. The new routes provide for a genuine mix of city and freeway driving in a warm and colorful home town atmosphere.

It all starts on Friday October 16th with a full press-day for local media including members of the Phoenix Automotive Press Association to drive and judge the palette of vehicles. Saturday October 17th hosts the big event where elite and recreational athletes test dozens of crossovers, SUVs, trucks and other vehicles catering to active lifestyles.

Judged by the very group of consumers they’re marketed to, vehicles awarded gain a seal of approval that goes above and beyond just that of the automotive journalists and experts who help lead the evaluation process.

The jury will award top-picks in eight categories with a new electronic judging system which will be faster scoring and provide more in-depth detail. An awards ceremony will be held at the San Marcos Golf Resort on Saturday afternoon at end of festivities.

Participants planning to stay at the San Marcos Golf Resort during the event must reserve online by September 15th by using the group block link: Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort

A Phoenix based event, the Active Lifestyle Vehicle Awards has consistently grown in size and prestige since its inception in 2004. The event brings the perspectives and opinions of over 100 consumers who live the active lifestyles automakers market their products to, culminating into top awards in multiple categories.

The group of athletes, celebrities and active lifestyle enthusiasts act as a valuable focus group for automakers and industry experts alike. With this year’s event moving to a new data rich electronic scoring system, the outcome of consumer perspective metrics for manufacturers will be more comprehensive than ever.

Event Contact: Nina Russin

PAPA auction preview moves to concours venue

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Posted 31 Jan 2015 — by Cathy Luebke
Category Events
2015 auc panel                               (L-R) Larry Edsall, John Carlson, Dave Kinney, Tom Cotter (Photo by Randall Bohl)

 

By Tim Sharp

PAPA’s sixth annual “Arizona Auction Week Preview” took a major step forward this year when it moved to the Arizona Biltmore resort to become one of the Saturday events held in conjunction with the Arizona Concours d’Elegance. Many classic car enthusiasts already were at the Biltmore for the concours and the RM Auction later in the week, so even more car collectors were able to attend and hear words of wisdom from the auction panel experts.

PAPA’s Larry Edsall, himself an esteemed automotive author, was moderators a panel discussion involving concours head judge John Carlson, classic car appraisal expert Dave Kinney and barn-find book author Tom Cotter.

This year’s panelists were serious car guys. Carlson is not only an expert judge of concours pre-war cars, but an avid muscle car collector. Kinney is not only a world renowned classic car appraiser, but the author of The Hagerty Price Guide. Kinney is also has a large Avanti collection. Cotter is not only the author of a fascinating series of barn find books, but an expert on motorsports marketing.

However, serious questions by the moderator Larry Edsall did not always get serious answers. More often than not, they elicited an entertaining and informative story from the panelists. This was what made the event so much fun!

Below are a couple of examples of the Q & A during the panel discussion:

Q. Edsall:   “Tom, six books on barn finds. What’s the big deal?”
A, Cotter:  “Well, I don’t understand how a guy buys an old rusty car and spends a half a million dollars restoring it.” However, Cotter did explain that he does enjoy the thrill of the hunt, the discovery and the satisfaction when you do find that one great preservation car which has been buried in a barn for decades. That Cobra in The Barn.

Q. Edsall:   “John, how do you judge a Preservation car?”
A. Carlson:! “Preservation means basically untouched. It varies by concours, but a 10 percent maximum amount of repainting will be allowed at most venues, less at others.”

[I guess this means the damage inflicted on my 2006 Chrysler 300C by snow birds in the Bash’s parking lot will disqualify it for future consideration in a Preservation class.]

Q. Edsall:   “Dave, are there bargains at auction?”
A. Kinney:    “Yes, one example is a 1969 Corvair I bought at auction for $16,000. Well worth it because it had only 161 miles on it!” (Not a misprint: 161 original miles and Dave Kinney would be the man that would know if the clock had been turned back). “I would also say, don’t look for a specific car. Look for a fish out of water” (like an old Packard at a muscle car auction).

Q. Edsall: “Tom, what is happening in vintage racing?” (Tom also races vintage cars).
A. Cotter: “SVRA (Sportscar Vintage Racing Association) has gone national. Sonoma and Coronado are now with SVRA.” (They also have Indy and Circuit of The America’s F1 track). “Old race cars were once junk, now they are gold!”

[Let’s hope so, I have three vintage race cars I may want to sell some day.]

Q. Edsall:  “What is the next hot car at auctions?”
A. Carlson: “Acura NSX, I bought one here last year, a Zinardi Edition.”
A. Cotter:   “240Z, MGB and obscure British cars.”
A. Kinney:  “Avantis of course! Or, Ferrari Testrossa or rare Fox-body Mustangs (like the first Ford SVT Cobras or other limited models).

Want more expert advice on what to buy at auction? Attend the “PAPA Arizona Auction Preview” next year in early January and be prepared for Arizona Auction Week.