|A Piece of Hollywood and Jaguar History|
|Clark Gable's 'Best in Class' 1949 XK120 This weekend, a very special XK120 graced the judging field at the 62nd Pebble Beach Concours d' Elegance. This particular XK120 is significant, not only because it was named 'Best in Class,' but because its first owner was none other than Hollywood icon Clark Gable, a devoted Jaguar enthusiast. Gable's XK120, chassis No. 670003, was judged 'Best in Class' in the 'Postwar Sports Open' category. The car is owned by Mr. Jeff Lotman, of Los Angeles and was restored and prepared for the Pebble Beach Concours by Derek Hood of JD Classics in Maldon, Essex in the U.K. Gable was a self-admitted 'car nut,' who was already the proud owner of a Jaguar Mark IV Drop Head Coupe. When the XK120 was announced, Gable said that 'he wanted it like a child wants candy!' A friend of West Coast Jaguar distributor Charles Hornburg, Gable went to International Motors on Wilshire Boulevard in Hollywood and insisted that he be sold the very first XK120 to arrive on the West Coast. Gable was initially disappointed as the very first XK120 delivered to International Motors was for display purposes only and could not be driven or sold. In fact, the 3.4 liter XK engine in the car did not even have a crankshaft. The cars were at a premium after their unveiling at the Earl's Court Motor Show in 1948. In fact, as would later happen again with the Jaguar E-Type a decade later, Jaguar thought they could probably sell 250 of the new cars. But demand was so high, 240 hand-beaten aluminum bodied cars were made to fill some of the outstanding orders until the actual production tooling for steel bodied cars could be installed. While most of the early aluminum-bodied XK120s were intended for racing, this XK120 was the first customer car to leave the Holbrook Lane production line in June 1949. Built as a left-hand drive car, Gable's XK120 was exported to California in September 1949 to Charles Hornburg's Los Angeles distributorship before finally reaching International Motors, the Hollywood dealership of Roger Barlow. Originally painted Suede Green, the car was re-sprayed to Gable's specifications. Its unique color is known as 'Gable Grey' and it was actually mixed by Roger Barlow and Clark Gable. During the restoration process, UK classic car specialist JD Classics then recreated the color as part of its painstaking 17-month restoration of the vehicle. While researching this car, JD Classics discovered a feature article written by Clark Gable himself in the March 1950 issue of Road & Track magazine. In it, he mentions his attempt on one of Southern California's dry lakes to reach the XK120's official 132 mph top speed, which was a world record at the time for standard production vehicles. He managed to 124 mph in his completely stock and unmodified car. Derek Hood, the driving force behind JD Classics, found Gable's XK120 outside of Dallas, Texas, where its then owner had disassembled the car and had parts in baskets, scattered between three sheds. At that point, chassis No. 670003 had been 'lost' for many years. It is the only one of the three XK120s Clark Gable owned to be found and verified as one he had owned. Jaguar Cars and the Jaguar Heritage Trust are delighted that this car has now been restored and has taken its rightful place among some of the most exquisite cars in the world as a winner at this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.|
|Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Announces 2015 ScheduleMONTEREY, Calif., Oct. 24, 2014 – Fan favorites, international series and historic racing are on the calendar as Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca announced its 2015 race schedule today.|
The 2015 season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is as follows:
• TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (May 1-3)
• eni FIM Superbike World Championship, GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round (July 17-19)
• Moterey Pre-Reunion (Aug. 8-9)
• Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (Aug. 13-16)
• Pirelli World Challenge (Sept....
|Porsche Announces Rennsport Reunion V• The World's Largest Gathering of Porsche Race Cars and Drivers Come Back to Monterey for an Encore |
ATLANTA – Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca announced today that the next Porsche Rennsport Reunion will again take place at the famed California racetrack the weekend of October 9-11, 2015.
Hosted by PCNA, Rennsport Reunion V will, once again, bring together an extraordinary gathering of significant Porsche vintage and current racecars, as well t....
|HILTON HEAD ISLAND MOTORING FESTIVAL TO FEATURE CARS OF THE RICH & FAMOUSThis year's 'Life' exhibit puts the spotlight on cars with headline heritage|
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d'Elegance, one of the nation's largest and fastest-growing automotive and motorsports enthusiast event weeks, takes a more glamorous approach with its annual 'Life' exhibit and presents Life of the Rich & Famous sponsored by Marriott Vacation Club. Life of the Rich & Famous is the sixth annual 'Life'-themed exhibit on the Fe....
|AUCTIONS AMERICA PRESENTS ‘BIDANYWHERE': AN ALL-NEW, EXCLUSIVELY ONLINE COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION• Auctions America launches all-new, exclusively online collector car auction|
• 'BidAnywhere' provides a convenient, trustworthy online bidding solution; expert condition reports accompany each lot to provide a level of confidence unmatched in the industry
• Scheduled November 21 at auctionsamerica.com, Auctions America's first BidAnywhere sale to feature approximately 75 quality vehicles
• Early highlights include an as-new 1991 Ferrari Testarossa, an extremely low mileage 1987 Buick GNX, an....
|PORSCHE'S 914 HONORED AT 20TH AMELIA CONCOURS d'ELEGANCEThe 20th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance will honor the first mid-engine production Porsche, the 914 in all its variants. |
At first some Porsche purists lamented the Porsche 914's seemingly humble origins. They whispered the 'V-Word' . . . Volkswagen. The reality was that the 914 is a blood descendant of the seminal Gmund Porsche, the first car to wear the family name and the crest, a pure sports car designed around a Volkswagen-sourced air-cooled flat-four and a mid-engine con....
|Concours d'Elegance at Stan Hywet Hall & GardensThe inaugural Concours d'Elegance at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens welcomed over 180 rare and exclusive automobiles, motorcycles, and bicycles on the well-manicured 70-acre landscape. The backdrop for this elegant affair was the 6th largest historic estate open to the public - the Stan Hywet – which has the reputation as being the home of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. co-founder F.A. Seiberling. |
On the day of the concours, the weather report predicted rain. Instead, the enthusiasts and colle....
|2014 HILTON HEAD ISLAND MOTORING FESTIVAL & CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE CONTINUES RECORD GROWTHFrom test drives to test flights and automotive firsts, this year's event promises to delight visitors with the largest number of new features and sponsor activities in its history |
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d'Elegance (HHIMF), one of the nation's largest and fastest-growing automotive and motorsports enthusiast event weeks, is preparing an ever-expanding lineup of exhibits and activities for visitors at the upcoming event, October 2....
|McLAREN 650S SPRINT TO MAKE COMPETITIVE DEBUT FOLLOWING CONFIRMATION OF GLOBAL RACE ELIGIBILITYThe new 650S Sprint by McLaren GT is set for its global competitive premiere this weekend at the penultimate round of the GT Cup race at Donington Park, UK. The 650S Sprint is developed and optimised for the track, and eligibility has now been confirmed to race in the NARRA US GT series, the SCCA GT Championship and the UAE GT series. McLaren GT factory driver Rob Bell will be joined by German-based journalist Dale Lomas, for the weekend's triple-header.|
The covers were pulled off the McLaren....