The Keeneland Concourse in Lexington, KY is not something you should overlook.  You would have wanted to be there this July, 2016.  The cars are elegant and surreal and the automotive art.

This past July 13-16, the Keeneland Concours crowned the 1934 Bugatti Type 57 as best of show.  It’s the only 57 known that was fitted with dual rear-mounted spare tires.  Talk about thinking ahead!

1934-Bugatti-Type-57 Keeneland Concours

On the showfield were three classes of this year’s featured marque, Chrysler, plus a class of winged warriors, the Dodge Daytonas and Plymouth Superbirds that were prominent in NASCAR in the 1970s. The cars on display ranged from a 1908 Lozier to a 2016 Mercedes AMG GT, with a special class of Hollywood cars and group of horse drawn carriages built by companies that later constructed bodies for automobiles.  Click on Beautiful Keeneland Overview video.  But come back as I have more to say!

While this collector car drama was building across the showfields, there was a pitched competition among some of the very top automotive artists in the country.  Names like Tom Hale, Dan McCrary, the reclusive Gerald Freeman and our own Charles Maher.  The Charles Maher who happened to win said art competition with his painting “Santa Loves You.”  It’s the big image at top of page.  You can own a print now.

The painting makes you create an instant story about why a Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing is parked in the snow in front of an outdoor illuminated Christmas Tree.

Click on Charles Maher gallery to see the insane range of his work .  You will love what you see, I’m betting.

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