Showing posts with label Rolls Royce. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rolls Royce. Show all posts

Monday, November 25, 2013

Almost Everything's Annual San Francisco International Auto Show Give Away

Join Almost Everything Autobody at the 2013 San Francisco International Auto Show and win FREE PRIZES. Once every hour, the first person who finds Frank Barnard, President of Almost Everything, and says the magic words, "Almost Everything. . . and Nothing Else!" will win the Grand Prize worth over $1000. Every runner-up will receive a certificate good for $100! Details below.

Supercar, MP12C, San Francisco Auto Show
Current Supercar, McLaren MP12C
McLaren MP12C at San Francisco Auto Show
2013 McLaren MP12C
San Francisco Auto Show, Talbot Lago
Old school Supercar, 1930's Talbot Lago!
San Francisco International Auto Show, Talbot Labo
Which do you prefer? The McLaren or the Talbot Lago? If you're like us, you simply want BOTH
Ferrari, San Francisco Auto Show, Car Painting
Almost Everything's lovely volunteer model enhances the Ferrari display
Rolls Royce, Car Restoration
Now THIS is a Rolls Royce!
Rolls Royce, San Francisco Auto Show
Makes the current Rolls Royce look a bit mundane, don't you think?
Duesenberg J, San Francisco Auto Show
So what could be better than a Rolls Royce? Duesenberg afficionados can debate the point with you.
1920s Cord, 2011 San Francisco Auto Show
1920's Front Wheel Drive Cord
1960's Front Wheel Drive Oldsmobile Toronado
V16 Cadillac--yes, 16 Cylinders.
Not to be outdone. . . by anyone. V32 Stutz.
Art Center College of Design student draws cars
Art Center College of Design student car design sample


  1. Contest open to all San Francisco Auto Show attendees 18 years of age and older excluding Almost Everything employees and friends and relatives of Almost Everything employees
  2. To win, contestants must locate Frank Barnard at the show. He will be looking at cars like you will. When he hears you say, "Almost Everything. . . and Nothing Else!" he will automatically award you with a prize. Frank is easy to spot. He has red hair and will be wearing clothes with the Almost Everything logo. 
  3. Contest runs Sunday, December 1, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  4. Grand Prize consists of a certificate good for a free Urethane Paint service plus Urethane Sealer plus Light Chip & Scratch Repair from Almost Everything, retail value $1060.00
  5. A maximum of 3 Grand Prize Certificates will be awarded.
  6. Grand Prize will be awarded to the first person during each hour of the contest who Frank hears say, "Almost Everything. . . and Nothing Else!" If it happens that Frank hears multiple contestants utter the correct phrase at the same time, Frank may, at his sole discretion, determine the Grand Prize winner using a coin toss to determine if a contestant advances toward the Grand Prize. If Frank does not hear a potential contestant or a potential contestant does not utter the correct phrase, a prize will not be awarded.
  7. Runner-Up Prizes consist of a certificate good for $100 in free goods or services from Almost Everything with any order of $399 or more before discounts. 
  8. A maximum of 50 Runner-Up Prizes will be awarded.Be one of the lucky ones to win the Grand Prize worth over $1000. Good Luck!
  9. Limit of one prize per household.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Fender Bender Extraordinaire--Rolls Royce Phantom Side-Swiped

If you're having a bad day, these photos might help put a different perspective on it. Almost Everything's Wreck of the Day is a recent Rolls Royce Phantom with custom bodywork from what looks like a low wall hit at high speed. The air bags are deployed and the car was spotted abandoned by the side of the road in China.  At roughly $500,000.00, the car may not be a total loss like any normal car would be. On the bright side, if you had to be in a vehicle that was going to be in a major accident, this tank of a car is probably a good choice.

Thanks as always to who sent these gems to us.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Rolls Royce Silver Cloud Unintentional Snow Plow

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Almost Everything's Wreck of the Day is an early Rolls Royce Silver Cloud. When I think of Rolls Royces, this is always the car I imagine. I like the classic, flowing lines of the single headlamp version more than the later dual headlamp models. It lost control on the highway in Monts-Verts, France. Hopefully it will be put right and be back on the road again.

Thanks to for the photos and alerting us, as always, to the destruction of another exotic car.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Cars of the Royal Wedding

1977 Rolls Royce Phantom VI Mulliner Park Ward Limousine, #PGH101
Carried Princess Kate & her dad to the wedding.

Older photo of the same 1977 Rolls Royce Phantom VI presented
to the Queen on her Silver Jubilee in 1978
The Queen's 2002 Bentley State Limousine.
Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Phillip's ride for the wedding.
Photo by S. Foskett

Interior of Queen's Bentley State Limousine
Photo by Bebop 4
1950 Rolls Royce Phantom IV presented to Princess Elizabeth
(before she became Queen). Almost Everything's favorite of the bunch.

The Queen's 1950 Rolls Royce Phantom IV.
Prince Charles and  Camila rode to the wedding in this one.

Most fun car of the day, Prince Charles'
1969 Aston Martin DB6 Volante Mk II
1969 Aston Martin DB6 Volante Mk II on loan to the newlyweds. 

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Getting the Most Out of Your Car

The Allen Swift 1928 Rolls Royce Phantom I Picadilly Roadster
Mr. Allen Swift knew how to take care of a car. He drove the same one from 1928 until his death at 102 years old in 2005. This is the longest car ownership we have ever heard of and we think must be the world record. When he died, he left the car to the Springfield History Museum, along with $1 million to buy a new building. Shows what you can do if you save your money instead of buying a new car!

Allen Swift and his 1928 Rolls Royce Phantom I

The car itself, even without its special history, is an amazing vehicle. It is a Rolls Royce Phantom I Picadilly Roadster, serial number S273 FP. It is one of the few Rolls Royces made in the USA in Springfield Massachusetts between 1921 and 1931, a "Springfield Rolls,"

Brewster Body manufacturing plate from Swift's Rolls Royce

Swift drove the car for over 80 years and museum directors say that it still runs well and very quietly after 170 thousand miles. In later years it mainly did parade duty. The car was originally a gift from Swift's father in return for giving up college to stay with the family business.

Allen Swift and the Rolls Royce P1 Picadillly he owned from new

The car was repainted in 1988 by Automotive Restorations, Inc. and Swift, already 85, drove it home with the top down.

Friday, December 4, 2009

San Francisco International Auto Show

I spent a day at the San Francisco International Auto show with my father & friends this past weekend. SF Gate magazine actually published a photo of some of us, David Lehrer & his kids, in front of a Mini Cooper. David has been a great friend for 30 years and has probably been to the car show with me 25 times.

Let Downs:

Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead--I think my father got it right when he called it "a Dodge Ram on steroids." It's a whale of a car that isn't as ugly as the current Phantom but this 2-door convertible is surprisingly ungainly up close and one of the few cars that looks better in photos than it does in real life.

Acura--what happened to those beautiful cars from just a couple of years ago? I've gotten used to the "beaks" on the hood and I am drawn to the looks of the TL on the freeway but at the car show I got inside the cars for the first time. They seemed cramped and the interiors weren't as elegant as the previous models. The changes to make the RL look like the rest of the model line are pitiful. I can't be the only one to think so because I don't think I've ever seen one on the road.
Nissan & Infiniti--Where were they?


Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon--in the past few years I've really come to love station wagons. The CTS is a world class car and the Sport Wagon means you can have a lot of driving fun and still haul everything you need. This may be the best Cadillac since my favorites from the 1920's & 1930"s.

Honda Crosstour--Essentially a fastback version of the Accord. This updated design gives the car a handsome, unified look.

Hyundai Equus--A great follow-up to the well-received Genesis, the Equus is a very big car. It looks like the best from Lexus. The interior appears the equal or superior to any luxury brand and the exterior is (with the exception of the anime version of the "Spirit of Ecstasy" on the hood) is sleek, restrained & imposing in just the right way. The spokesperson at the display said that previous versions of the Equus were used by diplomats & statesmen in Korea.

Aston Martin--Okay, no real surprises here. Aston makes the most gorgeous cars on the planet right now.

Jury is Still Out:

Jaguar XJ--I have been a Jaguar fan my entire life. I still aspire to own a 1966-1968 S-Type and I think the exterior of the 2003-2009 aluminum-bodied XJ to be the most handsome evolution of the original 1968 body style (even if the interior wasn't.) The 2010 XJ is a big change and I'm not sure I like the gaping mouth on the front but I'm warming to it. The design, and especially the headlamps, work better than they did on the XF. The interior, from what I could see of it, looks intriguing: dark and a bit Blade-Runner/Matrix/5th Element-ish but with subtle splashes of chrome & sparks of light. I guess I'm convincing myself. Let's drive it!
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