Contributed by Allan Weinstein
My beloved late father, Fred Weinstein, instilled the love and thrill of the antique car hobby in me, when I was a very young child. My father and I bought the 1941 Hupmobile Skylark in the mid 1980's. It was our second Hupmobile, already the proud owners of a 1938 Hupmobile. We were able to upgrade the car over time to a good amateur mechanical and cosmetic condition. My dad sadly passed in 2010, and I moved to Sarasota in 2015 with Penny, the love of my life. My dad and I always wanted to take the Hupmobile to the next level, and compete in National Shows, but the Hupp Skylark would need lots of work.
Penny and I were attending a car show in Zephyrhills in 2017, where I met Brando Pistorius from Pistorius Collectible Cars. We formed an immediate bond and now a long-term friendship. I explained to Brando my visions for the Hupp Skylark, and Brando painstakingly made it come true over the next 12 months. Brando made sure the car was 100% mechanically safe and improved the cosmetics of the car greatly.
After the restoration was finished, Brando encouraged me to enter the car in our first Concours de Elegance. We entered and were accepted to the Concours de Elegance in Lakeland in Oct 2018. We won first in our class; Penny and I were ecstatic. We received an invitation a month later, to show the Hupp Skylark in the 2019 Concours de Elegance in Boca Raton in Feb 2019. Jay Leno and Wayne Carini were guest judges. We were lucky enough to win our class again. We were invited and accepted to show the Hupp Skylark at the inaugural Gasparilla Concours de Elegance in Tampa in April 2019. We did not win our class due to the tough competition, but we were honored to be part of this amazing new show. We later entered the Hilton Head Concours de Elegance in Nov 2019. We received an early acceptance from the show and were very excited to attend. As we found out from many judges, many of them had heard about the car, but none had ever seen one.
We were also invited to show the car the day before at the Concours Show at the Hilton Head Airport, where they had a special exhibit of antique cars and antique airplanes. We had crowds of people around the car the entire day admiring the Hupp Skylark. Penny and I dressed up in period clothing. Although we did not win our division because of the very tough competition, Penny and I won best dressed period couple and got to drive the Hupp Skylark up onto the judges staging area in front of the crowd. The Hupp Skylark has come full circle. I dedicate this article to the memory of my parents, Dr. Fred and Elaine Weinstein, who instilled the love for antique cars inside me forever.