We spent the day at the 10th Annual Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival held on the streets and around beautiful Mirror Lake in Lakeland. We spotted this film crew for Dennis Gage, star of SPEED Channel's poplar weekly program and Gage's blog, My Classic Car. The car that's getting his attention is a gorgeous 1959 Chrysler Imperial Crown Southhampton Coupe, a featured vehicle in the festival's salute to the Golden Anniversary of cars built in that year. It was a pure delight to see its luxurious design-excesses ( by the brilliant automotive designer Virgil Exner, the man behind Chrysler's "Forward Look" styling) such as the 1950s era fins, chrome, stainless steel and massive grill. The careful and meticulous restoration would lead you to believe this car had just left the factory. The entire festival was filmed for a 30-minute episode devoted entirely to this year's event.
The car to the top left is a huge departure from America's car-craze and love affair in the 1950s with swooping bodies, slabs of chrome and aircraft-size fins; a 1931 Chevrolet Beach Racer.
The car on the bottom left is a 1958 BMW Isetta 300 Deluxe in two-tone and pulling its own tiny speedboat on a trailer. It was the ideal combination for its prestige location up near the lakefront. The car is seriously cute and was a real showstopper and was voted Best of Show by Mrs. Tampa DP. (Click HERE to see my show post and more cars at Tampa Daily Photo.)