|Edsel Ford's Speedster Stars at 'The Amelia'|
|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.|
| FORD MUSTANG FROM FILM ‘NEED FOR SPEED' FETCHES $300,000 AT BARRETT-JACKSON FOR HENRY FORD HEALTH SYSTEM◾Custom Ford Mustang GT, auctioned at no reserve at Barrett-Jackson in Florida, commands $300,000 for charity|
◾Proceeds to benefit Henry Ford Health Systems' efforts to provide access to healthcare for more people
◾The silver Mustang was featured in the movie 'Need for Speed'; it boasts a custom-designed wide body rolling on Forgiato 22-inch alloy wheels
A custom 2013 Ford Mustang GT that starred in the blockbuster movie 'Need for Speed' was sold by Ford Motor Company for $300,000 on Saturd....
| FORD MUSTANG RETURNS TO NEW YORK TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS; 1967 SHELBY GT500 MUSTANG FASTBACK WINS BEST IN SHOW◾Ford executives bring the all-new Mustang to the site of the 1964 World's Fair, where the original Mustang debuted 50 years ago|
◾Hundreds of area Mustang club enthusiasts celebrate the iconic pony car, with 94 classic Mustangs on display in front of the Unisphere at Flushing Meadows Park
◾1967 Shelby GT500 Mustang fastback owned by David Davidson is chosen by Moray Callum, Ford vice president of design, as best in show
Ford Mustang fans and company executives gathered at Flushing Meadows P....
|JAGUAR TO OFFER 2015 XK FINAL FIFTY LIMITED EDITION TO U.S. CUSTOMERS◾2015 model year will be the final production run for the Jaguar XK|
◾The 'XK Final Fifty' limited edition will be the last XKR models produced exclusively for the US market
◾This limited edition will be based on the 510hp XKR model
◾'XK Final Fifty' limited edition will consist of 25 XKR coupes and 25 XKR convertibles Inspired by the final 50 special-edition run of the E-Type in 1974
◾All painted Ultimate Black with special trim
◾All fifty will be equipped with Performance Pack and Dynamic....
| 2014 Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance Increases Classes to 22Chrysler designs by Virgil Exner added|
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA – April 17 , 2014 - The 22nd annual Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance at the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, California on Sunday September 14 has increased the number of its classes from 20 to 22. The changes result from adding a class for Chryslers designed by Virgil Exner and dividing Post War American into two classes - 1957-1958 and 1959 to 1966.
The event will celebrate automotive innovation ....
| All-new Alfa Romeo 4C Debuts at the 2014 New York Auto Show, Marks the Iconic Italian Brand's Return to North America•2014 New York Auto Show debut of all-new 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C coupe and limited-edition 4C Launch Edition marks the Italian sports car brand's return to the North American market|
•Mid-engine proportions and inspiration from the brand's racing traditions highlight Alfa Romeo 4C's purposeful design for maximum performance
•Alfa Romeo engineers leveraged advanced materials and technological solutions from Formula 1, including a carbon fiber monocoque, aluminum chassis structures and a composite bo....
| McQueen's Famous 1956 Jaguar Coming to Pinehurst ConcoursVILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. (April 16, 2014) – A 1956 Jaguar XKSS owned by movie legend Steve McQueen, now housed at the world famous Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, will make the cross country trip from California to North Carolina and be displayed at the 2014 Pinehurst Concours d'Elegance.|
McQueen, called 'The King of Cool,' became the highest paid movie star in the world in 1974 and starred in such movies at 'Bullitt,' 'The Great Escape' and 'Papillon.' McQueen, who was al....
| Sir Stirling Moss to be Featured Guest on Saturday of Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion• Legendary Driver to Participate in Q&A and Celebratory Parade Laps|
MONTEREY, Calif., April 15, 2014 — Arguably the greatest all-around racing driver of his time and a true icon of the motor racing world, Sir Stirling Moss will be the honored guest at the Picnic in the Park at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion on Saturday, August 16. Historian Murray Smith will conduct the always engaging noontime session in the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca marketplace where fans may bring t....