You know it’s officially car season when Super Car Saturday returns for the year (first Saturday of each month until September). We had a gorgeous day with summer-like weather and a nice turn out for the show at the Arboretum in South Barrington. While the title Super Car Saturday invokes visions of hyper exclusive cars capable of mind bending performance, the truth is there is all kinds of stuff that shows up to these meets, not just the super cars. Coming off of the previous week at Nuccio Auto Group’s great show, which was wall to wall exotics, I think I was finding myself a bit bored of the mega posh machines, as unlikely as that seems. As such, I found myself unconsciously seeking out and shooting things that seemed anything but super cars at the meet. No worries though, still plenty in the gallery of the six figure variety. My highlights though, you will see carry more humble price tags. Enjoy!
One of the first more down to earth, “every man” performance chariots that I spotted was this E28 M5. The M5 has throughout it’s history sought to be the benchmark for the best driving experience in something that had four doors and could carry around five smartly dressed businessmen. This was the first generation of the M5, and right from it’s inception it was the fastest sedan money could buy. A muscular and silky smooth straight six, produced just shy of 300 horsepower of thrust to the rear wheels, coupled to a competent chassis that made a sports car out of something no one really had considered worthy of such a thing, the executive’s sedan. This M5 that I spotted at SCS this weekend was unbelievably clean, like showroom new clean. I was a fan of the “respect your elders” sticker in the back, a truly appropriate tag line for a car that would birth some of the mightiest sports sedans you can buy to this very day, and perhaps one that gave birth to the concept of a sport sedan at all.
There are quite a few folks that deride Honda’s as simple A to B transport, with all the soul and fun of a household appliance. Even among that crowd though, the CR-X often emerges as the exception. It’s small stature, short wheel base and tidy wedge appearance, makes it an almost universally recognized “fun car”. To see one in clean, good running condition today is becoming a bit of a rarity due to the onslaught of corrosion, thefts, and the general carnage that claims everyday cars. The one that rolled into Saturday’s meet was even more special because it was not only incredibly clean, but an actual JDM market car. Wearing a set of Mugen CF48 wheels seemed to accentuate it’s JDM-ness, and added a bit more salience to the boxy two-seater. While not especially quick by today’s standards, this CR-X’s light weight, short wheel base, and the punchy B16A engine under the hood, give it plenty of pep and a great foundation to build on. On the inside, a three spoke black leather wrapped steering wheel ties in to the exterior Rio Red paint echoing the red hue on the spokes and stitching. A pair of Recaro seats with power adjust and seat heaters, while not original to the car, seem to compliment the period correct look of the whole package. It’s not often attention is drawn away from a first generation NSX, this CR-X was parked right next to one and I still bee-lined for the CR-X. And why not? Who doesn’t love a CR-X?
So here’s a little something about me; if you’ve been paying attention to my posts, I tend to have a pretty clear bias towards Japanese cars and some European models as well. However, in my early pre-adolescent years, I knew nothing of Japanese cars, and didn’t have posters of Ferrari’s, Lamborghini’s or Porsche’s. What I did love though, was the C3 Corvette, the shape and styling of it had me completely enamored. It was the first car I could remember being a “dream car”. At a local carnival, instead of a giant teddy bear, a painted mirror that depicted a C3 Corvette with a checkered flag and tag line of “wrap your ass in fiberglass” was my prize of choice when my dad won. (I must have been pretty young, since my dad censored “ass” telling me it read “yourself” instead.) To this day, that childhood wonder and awe hits me when I see one, and this particular ’68 convertible was no different. It is in unbelievable condition, and all original. Even today, I think for me this is the best looking Corvette ever made, and one of the best looking cars in general.
So there you have it, Super Car Saturday and I somehow managed to highlight none of the super cars. Don’t worry, this post is not completely void of super cars, keep scrolling to get your fix and see more of the days highlights below, including the super cars. Also, check out highlights from Rise and Drive that same weekend. Thanks again for reading!
-photos and writing: Robert Sixto