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The Concorso d'Eleganza ranks as the world's most exclusive showing of collectable cars, held for about 60 lucky owners at the Villa d'Este hotel on the shores of Italy's Lake Como. It's a celebration of automotive history on the playground of the world's wealthiest people — and yet many of the treasured cars were once someone else's trash.

Take the ceremonial star of the show, a 1925 Rolls-Royce Round Door coupe, which hasn't left the grounds of the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles in several years. Famed for its Belgian-built body that stretches into the horizon, and lovingly restored at least twice, the car would fetch an eight-figure sum at any auction.

Buddy Pepp, the museum's executive director, says some of his most frightening moments involve the few hundred feet he's driven the car. Yet a few decades ago, the Rolls-Royce was rusting in a New Jersey junkyard, where it was discovered by an entrepreneur in the 1950s who slapped a coat of gold paint on it and charged $1 to see it. Only after a massive rebuilding by Bob Petersen did the car's true value emerge.

Wrecked, abandoned, forgotten — it's a story told by many owners at the Concorso, from the 1939 BMW 335 Cabriolet pulled from an Italian barn after a few decades of neglect to the 1962 Maserati 5000 GT discovered by a diamond merchant in Venezuela as its then-owner's street-parked, dusty jalopy. (The restoration took 10 years.)

What unites these owners isn't so much wealth as a commitment to their cars that goes beyond a monetary value. Even cars that have been preserved for decades, such as the 1968 Ford GT 40, need extensive care to stay in drivable shape. The organizers of the Concorso take pains to choose cars unique among their peers, rejecting two-thirds of those who apply to show up and keeping the field far smaller than the more famous Pebble Beach event.


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If some of you plan on attending the Houston Auto Show this year.  Here is some additional information in case you need to plan your day to go out.

Show Dates
Wednesday, January 25 - Sunday, January 29, 2012
Show Hours and Location
Wednesday thru Thursday : Noon - 9:30 p.m.
Friday : Noon - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday : 10:00 am - 9:30 pm.
Sunday : 10:00 am - 7:00 pm.
Please Note: 
There will be no admittance 45 minutes prior to the close of the show!

Reliant Center
One Reliant Park
Houston, TX 77054
(832) 667-1400

Adults - $10.00 (cash only)  There is an ATM on-site. 
Children 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult.

Tickets are sold at Reliant Center box office.  The box office opens 15 minutes prior to show opening and closes 1 hour prior to show closing. There are no advance sales of tickets.

Tickets can be purchased by credit card through TicketMaster
(click here for the link to Ticket Master website)
Discount coupons cannot be used with this service.


Cars like the new Lexus LFA and Lamborghini Aventador will be on display the entire show.  These are some very high performance vehicle, don't miss out on this opportunity!

For more information check out the Houston Auto Show page at:



First Look: Acura NSX Concept

Acura used the Detroit show to reveal the NSX concept, a long-awaited return of the Japanese company’s legendary supercar. The wait isn’t quite over, as the real NSX won’t debut until at least 2015, but this aggressive concept gives serves to whet our appetite. The wide, low coupe wears Acura’s signature shield front grille, with wide rear haunches, and plenty of aggressive air intakes. Propulsion will come from a new hybrid drive system: a V-6 engine powers the rear wheels by way of a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, while a pair of electric motors turns the front wheels. Total system power is a solid 400 hp.

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