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Join us on Friday, March 31, 2023, at 7:00 pm for From Across the Pond — a lively discussion with Wayne Carini and Michael Arnolt, moderated by Ken Gross at Savoy Automobile Museum, in Cartersville, GA.
The American postwar enthusiasm for sports cars exploded in the late 1940s. British sports cars like the MG, Jaguar, Austin-Healey, and Triumph landed on our shores. Compared with the big, clunky American cars of that era, these English speedsters were light, nimble, sporty, and sexy — and they quickly found a following. The Sports Car Club of America soon began organizing road races at tracks like Watkins Glen and Lime Rock. On the West Coast, the California Sports Car Club led the way on tracks from Santa Barbara to Willow Springs.
Chicago-based Stanley H. “Wacky” Arnolt, like Sidney Allard, was one of a few pioneers who built his own “hybrids,” using Italian bodies designed by Carrozzeria Bertone — and they used British engines. The result was the legendary Arnolt-Bristol Bolide and the snappy Arnolt-MG. Arnolt also built an Arnolt-Bentley Continental R for his wife. While other marques like Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Lancia, and Mercedes-Benz soon joined the fray, it was the British who led the way. The irrepressible MINI, slender supermodel Twiggy, Ian Fleming’s suave James Bond spy hero and rock groups like The Beatles catapulted an appreciation for all things British into the public consciousness. But it all started with the cars…
A members-only private reception with the speakers will begin at 5:30 pm in the Savoy Café. Member tickets for the reception and program are $20 plus tax. The deadline to purchase tickets for the reception/program is Friday, March 24. Member tickets for the program only are $10 plus tax. Legacy Level Members receive complimentary admission to the reception and program but must sign up. Tickets to the program for non-member are $25 plus tax and includes admission to the museum. Seating is limited; the member’s reception is limed to the first 200 people and the program is limited to 275 people. Advanced tickets are recommended. Savoy is located at 3 Savoy Lane in Cartersville, GA, 30120.
About Wayne Carini
Wayne Carini, car enthusiast, collector, and expert restorer is the host of “Chasing Classic Cars.”
About Michael Arnolt
Michael is the son of Stanley H. Arnolt, the force behind several sports cars, including the legendary Arnolt-Bristol. He earned a B.A. in Journalism from IU Bloomington in 1967. Michael, a former journalist, spent the first five and a half years of his professional career as a reporter.
About Ken Gross
Ken Gross is a Guest Curator at Savoy and is the past Director of the Petersen Automobile Museum, curator, author, and for 30 years a Chief Class Judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.