Fourth Camelback Motor Show November 1 is a Virtual Success
Held virtually because of COVID-19 precautions, the fourth Camelback Motor Show went live November 1 on YouTube and Facebook. Two Valley car lovers, the event’s founder, businessman West Kenyon, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper, co-hosted the biannual event, which celebrated the great cars of the early part of the 20th century.
“Every car and every owner made for a truly spectacular show,” says Kenyon. “The pandemic forced out-of-the-box thinking that inspired a broader reach to car enthusiasts and reshaped the future of the Camelback Motor Show for years to come.”
The sponsors were led by Hagerty Insurance Agency LLC, the world’s largest provider of collector car insurance. Others included Highline Autos, Griot’s Garage, Camelback Bible Church, Repro Parts (D-Jetronic), Flo’s, Acclaim Collector Car & Transmission and AZ MetroScapes Inc.
Owners of the 14 cars participating appeared and Kenyon congratulated them as they received their awards and a collection of premium car care products from Griot’s Garage. Cooper FaceTimed his congratulations.
Mike Griffine’s 1930 Cadillac La Salle was Best of Show. He was awarded the Alice Cooper Best of the Best “Diamond” encrusted piston, the Camelback Motor Show Best of Show Crystal Award, the Griot’s Garage G-9 Orbital Master Kit, one year of Hagerty Drivers Club membership and a first-place Camelback Motor Show concours ribbon.
Well-known pre-1915 car restorer, Alan Travis, took second for his 1913 Bugatti T-22. He drove home with the Griot’s Garage Ultimate Wash Wheel and Tire Kit, one year of Hagerty Drivers Club membership and the Camelback Motor Show second-place concours ribbon.
Janet Cussler placed third with her 1919 KisselKar Gold Bug. She received the Griot’s Garage Concours Lawn Kit, one year of Hagerty Drivers Club membership and the Camelback Motor Show third-place ribbon.
No money was raised for charity during this event because of the low number of cars allowed, following COVID-19 guidelines. “This was more of a precursor for future Alice Cooper Solid Rock Teen Center car shows we hope to hold each fall,” says Kenyon. Cooper and his wife Sheryl started the program 25 years ago, providing young people free training in music, dance, sound and recording, lighting and staging, video production and art in a supervised facility.
“Trying to start a new event for a great cause (Solid Rock) during a pandemic could be viewed as crazy. We did it anyway,” says Cooper. “Future shows will have different themes: muscle cars, foreign sports cars, etc. I’m a ‘motor head’ from Detroit, so it’s in my DNA.”