How to Judge Classic Cars Chris Bock: 12 Things I Love About Classic Cars 100 Years of Lincoln at Greystone Mansion Concours Photo Gallery Phil Hill Tribute and Book Launch Chris Bock: 12 Things I Love About Classic Cars by CCSeen | Nov 1, 2016 | 12 Things I Love About Classic Cars Pebble Beach legend Chris Bock talks about his favorites... the sights and sounds and feel of the Classic Car experience Chris (at left) with the late “J” Heumann at a Pebble Beach Concours press conference. 1. Driving big-engined Classics with seemingly endless low speed torque. 2. The incredible quality, workmanship, and detail of the original upholstery on closed bodies from the late 1920’s and 1930’s. 3. Driving early Packards with the ‘singing transmissions' as they go through the lower gears….’30-’31 Packard 4-speeds are the best! Photo courtesy of conceptcarz.com 4. The sound of a big Classic era motor idling with the exhaust cutout open. Editor’s note: This Mercer predates the Classic era. It introduces the engine cutout that races the hearts of appreciative Classic Car lovers everywhere with the Stutz Super Bearcat, the Duesenberg and the Packard speedster series, among others. Photo courtesy of conceptcarz.com 5. The use of beautiful interior woodwork on top end Classics. 6. The universal appeal of Classics. The ability of the Classics to start conversations with passersby, young and old, in almost any situation. 7. The “Barn Find." Prying open a long closed garage or barn door to find a true Classic hidden inside! (Barn find recreation at the Mullin Automotive Museum.) 8. Navigating “Classic-era” roads. Driving winding two lane country and mountain roads appropriate to the era of our cars. 9. Reading the original sales literature and advertising from when our cars were new. 10. Watching old movies and spotting significant classics, often from the old Pacific Auto Rentals fleet. 11. The lineage of Classic automobiles. Tracing the history of a particular car back, sometimes, to the original purchaser. 12. Finally, THE PEOPLE... The fellow collectors, authors, restorers and all those who I have met along the way.