Invite-Only Classic Car Events Near You
Meet other passionate classic car enthusiasts, and get a chance to participate in invite-only automotive events.
DRIVE YOUR CLASSIC CAR
Don’t just drive to and from the car show. Drive at the show! An R.S. Pepe event helps you do just that. “Cars are made to be driven”.
MEET INCREDIBLE PEOPLE
Some of the people who have appeared at past events.
(Barry Mequiar – Mequiar’s Car Wax, Don Weberg – Editor Garage Style Magazine, Karen Mequiar and Rich Pepe)
CURATED BY RICHARD PEPE
Co-Founder of the Carmel Mission Classic and most recently, the hugely successful Peekskill Vintage Grand Prix.
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ABOUT RS PEPE EVENTS
I caught the car bug early on in life when I tagged along with my older brother as he drag raced his 1960’s muscle car. Helping him by getting him tools and moving tires gave me a spectator’s view from the pits.
Then when I was old enough to drive, I also wanted to go fast. Only I choose the legal route and became a police officer. Working for the NYPD in the Highway Patrol unit I was involved in moving traffic within the speed limit and in devising traffic plans and planning escorts for President’s and Pope’s. This background gave me an amazing sense of the skills needed to organize cars. And in turn, car events.
So fast forward to the parking lot of St. Columbanus church where I assembled a bunch of local hot rods for a Saturday afternoon car show. Once that was a success, there was no turning back.
While on vacation in Monterey, California one year for Car Week I was amazed at all the shows that were happening. So I decided to add to the mix. With my best friend we co-founded the Carmel Mission Classic which is held in the picturesque courtyard of a 300 year old Spanish mission. When they say location, location, location. You can’t get any better than that.
In just a few short years that show has become a must-attend event and we have donated close to a quarter of a million dollars to the Knights of Columbus and their charities. Not bad for two kids from Brooklyn.
Next up was something a little closer to home. So from the California coast to the banks of the Hudson River. The Peekskill Vintage Grand Prix was born.
It was not a race. It wasn’t a Rally. It was something in the middle. An event where you got to be part of the show. Because it’s ok to drive your car to the car show and then back home from the car show. But here you got to drive “IN” the car show. And after all, isn’t that what it’s all about?
“Cars are made to be driven" - Rich Pepe
Peekskill Vintage Grand Prix
October 15, 2017
Vintage Grand Prix Impressions by Rob Markovich
For me, the Peekskill Vintage Grand Prix essentially began as I rushed to get my recently restored 1953 Austin-Healey 100 registered for the big day. “Restored” in this case meant as good as I could get it mechanically—in other words, better, safer, and more reliable than any 64-year-old British sports car was when new—and as good as I could make it esthetically with a limited budget and my own two hands. In this case, though, “Grand Prix” didn’t mean a race. It would be a spirited driving event, as organizer Rich Pepe put it, so that Peekskill’s governing officials, its inhabitants, and the friendly folks who insure our cars might rest a little easier. Yet even that description doesn’t quite capture the experience of that particular October day.
Instead, it seemed as if nearly 60 vintage cars and their owners had managed to slip through a wrinkle in time to a simpler era when Healeys, MGs, Alfas, and Porsches battled it out on road courses as race fans watched from fence rails and lawn chairs. The hay bales and tire chicanes were there just as they were in the early days at Lime Rock or Watkins Glen. So were the peeling rubber and tire smoke as the Camaros, Corvettes, Mustangs, and Road Runners strutted their high-horsepower stuff at the start of a two-mile route that ran through town, down along the Hudson, and back again over several well-monitored laps. Grouping all this vintage metal and fiberglass by country—Alfas with Fiats, MGs with Triumphs, a fire-breathing Rambler (yes, really) with a race-ready Shelby Daytona—seemed to complete the weird and wonderful impression of time travel as I tailed an early TVR along the undulating course, both of us up-shifting, down-shifting, braking, and accelerating in a sort of carbureted choreography.
Not that this wasn’t also an impressive car show in its own right. There was ample opportunity to engage with admiring spectators, answer questions, ask questions of other car owners, and even watch an impromptu pit stop to repair an MG brake line that had leaked, as old British brake lines sometimes will. And in the end, all car shows are a time trip as you listen to the oldies music and revel in your own private time machine during the drive there and back. What this inaugural Peekskill Gran Prix did was make that journey startlingly real, if only for a few hours.
Carmel Mission Classic
August 16, 2017
INTERVIEW WITH BARRY MEGUIAR
INTERVIEW WITH DON WEBERG
INTERVIEW WITH FRANK DIPAOLA
LETS GET TO KNOW RICH PEPE