Thunder silences the avenues of California

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Trans-Am cars topped the billing at last month’s Carmel-by-the-Sea, in the USA, as 16 of the legendary racers rumbled into the display area of the Concours on the Avenue.

Accompanied by the local Highway Patrol, the cars represented most of the teams and brands that competed in the classic era of Trans-Am racing (1966-’72).

They were joined by nearly 200 other entries, including a tribute to Carroll Shelby with 13 genuine Cobras, covering the full model range, paying their respects.

Top honours, though, went to a European in the form of Larry and Juana Carter’s 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 ‘NART’ Spyder (above), which took Best in Show.

In all there were 15 major awards, going to cars such as a Lloyd 2-cylinder van finished in period PanAm airlines livery, a stunning Ferrari 250 GT Lusso (below) and a Duesenberg-powered ‘Wonder Bread Special’ 1934 Indy Car.

Pictures: John Straub

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