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|Edsel Ford's 'continental car', a custom boattail speedster, will take its rightful place in the Sports Car Class of the 18th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. In the shape of Edsel's seminal speedster is the genesis of Ford's legendary design department. Edsel Ford was hardly 'a chip off the old block'. The acorn fell well away from the mighty oak that was Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company. Edsel was not just the President of Ford, he was a car guy to his core. His tastes and passions still resonate in the lines of Ford's contemporary cars. Edsel was enchanted by European sports cars. His trips to Europe, he called it 'the continent', triggered visions of Fords with 'continental' styling. In 1934 what would become Ford's in-house design department created his first 'long, low and rakish continental car' (as Edsel described it to his designer and confederate E.T 'Bob' Gregorie) on a '32 Ford chassis. His boattail speedster had Ford V-8 power and running gear wrapped in a sleek, all-aluminum boattail body made by Ford's aircraft division. It was just what Edsel Ford wanted and had described. No running boards and a steeply raked split windshield that disguised Edsel's continental car's humble assembly line origins. The Continental name stuck. Within the decade, the radical new Lincoln Continental was a stylish world class luxury contender. When the 1939 Lincoln Continental debuted, the world famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright called it 'the most beautiful car in the world'. All because Edsel Ford wanted a sports car when he came home from Europe. 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. When Edsel's boattail speedster was resurrected and restored more than seven decades later, the new owners, Jim and Bonnie Gombos, spent five years returning it to Edsel's original specifications. They even painted it 'gunmetal gray', Edsel's favorite color.|
| STARS, STRIPES AND VICTORY FOR 'THE AMELIA'S' AUSTIN KIMBERLY IN BRITISH ROAD RACING CHAMPIOSNHIPAmerican teenager Austin Kimberly scored his first victory in the 2013 Avon Tyres National FF1600 Championship season at the 2.1 mile Anglesey road racing circuit in Wales (UK) last weekend (May 12). After qualifying third, the young American racer led every lap of the 25.1 mile championship race for 1600cc Formula Ford racers. |
A go-kart racer since the age of nine, Austin opened the British Racing Sports Car Club's 2013 national Formula Ford Championship season with two podium appearances....
|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....|
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DETROIT – The all-new 2014 Sierra full-size pickup truck spent more development time in a wind tunnel than any GMC pickup before it, resulting in design changes that benefit both fuel efficiency and interior quietness.
To achieve improved airflow, aerodynamic engineers like Diane Bloch examined every millimeter of the truck to find areas of improvement, debunking some popular myths along the way.
| ACURA NSX PRODUCTION SITE SELECTED IN OHIO05/14/2013 - MARYSVILLE, Ohio|
Acura today announced that the all-new NSX supercar will be produced at a new Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio, a $70 million advanced production facility encompassing 184,000 square feet to be housed inside Honda's former North American Logistics facility and located in the midst of Honda's existing R&D and production engineering operations.
The site for the new production facility, which will be Honda's third auto plant in Ohio, is only a few mi....
| 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 ....