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|In the early 1900's, at the dawn of the automotive motorsport age, one of the most significant race venues was the Prinz Heinrich Tour, named after Prince Albert Wilhelm Heinrich of Prussia, automotive enthusiast and brother of German Emperor Wilhelm II. In 1907, the German Imperial Automobile Club organized the first annual Prinz Heinrich Tour which is often seen as a precursor to the German Grand Prix. Among the races' most notable winners were Fritz Erle who won the 1908 race in a 50 hp Benz, and Ferdinand Porsche who in 1910 was successful in this endurance tournament in a 85 hp Austro-Daimler. Commemorating Erle's victory, Benz produced the 'Prinz Heinrich' cars from 1908 to 1910 in various engine configurations. Still running strong, two of the cars from the Prinz Heinrich legacy will drive onto the field at the 18th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance on Sunday, March 10, 2013. Both Prinz Heinrich Benz models are presented in museum quality. One, the 21/80 horsepower 1910 racer comes directly from the Mercedes-Benz Museum collection in Stuttgart, Germany. The other, from Bruce McCaw's private collection here in the U.S. Newly restored by Mercedes-Benz Classic, the dark green 1910 21/80 Prinz Heinrich car wearing race number '38' is considered by many automotive historians to be 'the first true sports car'. Viewed in the technological context of its contemporaries, it's easy to see why. Bruce McCaw's Prince Heinrich Benz is part of a pure breed of Benz factory racers with a pedigree that, according to the Indianapolis Hall of Fame Museum, also touches the earliest days of international motorsport competition. The Prinz Heinrich Benz was a technological barrier breaker with overhead valves and a, at the time radical, shaft drive that eliminated the Edwardian-era chain drive. The whole package was capable of nearly 100 mph. The Prinz Heinrich Benz was fast enough and advanced enough that it was sent to the United States for the 1911 Vanderbilt Cup races. Perhaps more significantly, it raced in the inaugural Indy 500 on May 30, 1911. Billy Knipper qualified the Prinz Heinrich Benz 40th and finished 18th overall against strong competition. In later years, the car was owned by Lindley Bothwell who, according to reports, often used the car for his early racing demonstrations. In the 1960's, McCaw's Prinz Heinrich Benz went into the Indianapolis Hall of Fame Museum collection, where it was extensively restored in the 1990's to its current configuration, replicating the 'Indy 500' appearance, even wearing the original competition number 46 from the very first Indy 500. The 18th Annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance marks the first time in history that these two Prince Heinrich cars meet in public at the same event. About The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Now in its second decade, the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is among the top automotive events in the world. Always held the second full weekend in March, 'The Amelia' draws nearly 250 rare vehicles from collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile like no other. Since 1996, the show's Foundation has donated over $2 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other deserving charities on Florida's First Coast. The 18th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is scheduled for March 8-10, 2013. For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org or call 904-636-0027.|
|Spectacular 1936 Delahaye Type 135 Competition Court Coupe and 1969 Ford GT40 MKI take Best in Show at the Concours d'Elegance of TexasHouston, Texas. May 17, 2013. Last weekend, the award winning La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa in Montgomery, Texas, played host to the biggest celebration of vintage motoring in Texas, welcoming thousands of visitors through its doors for The Houston Classic Weekend and 2nd annual Concours d'Elegance of Texas. The weekend got off to a high-octane start when Concours participants took to the open road on the Texas Tour d'Elegance, led by Richard Rawlings of Fast N' Loud fame, in a newly re-s....|
|Celebrating A Milestone At Porsche: 100,000Th Panamera Leaves The FactorySuccess story based on innovative power and teamwork|
Stuttgart / Leipzig. The Porsche plant in Leipzig, Germany, is producing the 100,000th Panamera today. Back in 2009, the decision to produce this new Porsche model series and manufacture the first customer vehicle started a success story.
'In over 120 countries, Panamera customers drive a Porsche that is 'Made in Leipzig' and sport this quality seal around the globe. The team and I are very proud of this,' said Siegfried B....
| Pinehurst Concours Economic Impact Approaches $2 MillionVILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. (May 13, 2013) – The inaugural Pinehurst Concours d'Elegance and the events surrounding the vintage auto showcase attracted more than 5,000 fans, and its economic impact approached $2 million despite unseasonably cool temperatures the first weekend of May, officials said.|
'Having an event the caliber of a Concours in Moore County is significant, especially as it grows in recognition and importance in the Southeast,' said Caleb Miles, president and CEO of the Pinehur....
| American Classics from the Richard and Linda Kughn Collection Featured at RM's Annual Michigan Sale• RM Auctions returns to Plymouth, Michigan, July 27, for its well-established St. John's sale|
• Single-day auction in automotive heartland features more than 80 historic collector cars
• Sale headlined by a wonderful selection of automobiles from the distinguished collection of Richard and Linda Kughn
• Auction acts as prelude to the Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's on Sunday, July 28
BLENHEIM, Ontario (May 7, 2013) – RM Auctions, the official auction house of the Conc....
|Legendary Car Designer Peter Brock Named Grand Marshal Of The 2013 Palos Verdes Concours D'EleganceRANCHO PALOS VERDES,CA -- Peter Brock, the legendary designer of the Corvette Stingray, the Cobra Daytona Coupe and other iconic high-performance automobiles, has been named Grand Marshal of the 2013 Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance, to be held at the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA on Sunday, September 15. |
Brock will drive his Superformance Coupe, a modern version of the famed Daytona Cobra Coupe, in the Concours' Pleasure Road Rallye on September 14, and the car ....
| Amelia Island Concours Video Born Of A Blue Sky Available OnlineThe 16-minute video Born of a Blue Sky, recounting the 18th Annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, is available now on the web through a link at www.ameliaconcours.org or at www.bornofabluesky.com.|
'Born of a Blue Sky has the same sort of visual presence as an impressionist painting,' said Bill Warner, Chairman and Founder of The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. 'The video captures that special quality of light Amelia Island has on an early spring morning that makes c....
| 1938 Steyr Roadster Wins Best in Show at Pinehurst ConcoursA rare 1938 Steyr Roadster captured the 'Best in Show' at the inaugural Pinehurst Concours d'Elegance as more than 5,000 car enthusiasts strolled the fairways at Pinehurst Resort, viewing a show field of 118 pristine vintage automobiles. |
Peter Boyle of Oil City, Pa., owns the winning automobile that was entered in the American/European Classic 1925-48 Class. Boyle purchased the car two years ago, restored it in 2012 and won Second in Class at the Pebble Beach Concours last August before capt....