3:20pm

Thu July 18, 2013
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Can't Get Enough Of That Cadillac Stuff

Just in case you were wondering, this is a 1966 Cadillac convertible.
Credit Dave S. / Flickr, Creative Commons

Classic cars are once again on display this weekend at Keeneland in Lexington.  The annual Concours d’Elegance  includes a public show Saturday at the scenic track.  Lexington restaurant executive Mike Scanlon is a car collector with an interest in old Cadillacs.

“If it’s nice weather, I’m in an old car.  You know, we rotate them, because old cars want to be driven because if they sit long they start to act up.  So, we exercise them and drive them every chance I get,” said Scanlon.

The featured car at this weekend’s Concours d’Elegance is the Ford Mustang.  Scanlon says most car collections have a personal story behind their fascinations with old automobiles.

“Most real car collectors I know, it’s personal.  There’s memorabilia involved, there’s a family memory, or it reminds them of something.  Their uncle had one or they saw one when they were a kid,” added Scanlon.

Scanlon considers himself well equipped for fix-up projects around the house, but he leaves classic car maintenance to the experts.

“When I put together a car, I want it exactly the way the factory made it, so we have all the original manuals for the cars I have and they restore them back to the original condition.   And there are people who are so much better at that than I am,” explained Scanlon.

The Concours d’Elegance is open to the public this Saturday.  The car show is an annual fundraiser for Kentucky Children’s Hospital.