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The Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's, a world-class exhibition of Classic, rare, and magnificent automobiles, has a distinguished history of showing some of the most fascinating, beautiful and unique vehicles from different eras. One of the events preceding the concours was the City of Northville Preview Party. Historic downtown Northville displayed several Concours-quality vintage automobiles, many of which are past Concours d'Elegance of America show cars. Along with show cars, visitors were treated to swing music in Northville's beautiful town square.
This event, held on the day before the Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's in Plymouth, enjoyed great weather and an equally impressive turn-out of auto enthusiasts. In attendance were cars from Lamborghini, Ferrari, Lancia, Dual Ghia, DeTomaso, and over 70 Alfa Romeo's. Along with a good amount of quantity, there was a great deal of quality. There was a plethora of examples that helped paint a picture of vehicles designed and produced in the country of Italy. An Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS in attendance was the second of four SSZ prototypes produced. Only two still exist. It was the first car with a tilt front, has an early low nose configuration, lightweight body panels, and perplex windows. There was a great turn-out of competition Alfa GTA's. A sleek and exotic DeTomaso Mangusta rested in close proximity to a pair of DeTomaso Pantera's and was closely flanked by brightly colored Lamborghini's. Along with the modern Lamborghini's, there were three Lamborghini Jalpa's. The Jalpa's were the replacement for the Lamborghini Silhouette and they wore styling courtesy of Bertone who had used the styling-cues from the Silhouette. The result was a super car that was not as angular as its predecessor but with a more modern appeal. Like many other Lamborghini's, the name Jalpa was borrowed from a breed of fighting bulls. An eight-cylinder engine was mounted mid-ship providing 255 horsepower to the rear wheels. With this being the second edition of this event, we did not expect it to be as good as it was. We were pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed the enthusiasm and turn-out.
2014 was the 32nd edition of the annual Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP) is the nation's largest vintage race event and a 10-day festival of car shows, races and motorsport activities. 'The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is all about keeping the history of cars alive while supporting two very important charities, Allegheny Valley School and the Autism Society of Pittsburgh,' said Dan DelBianco, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. The story with the 2014 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix presented by the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation began with the weather. The practice and qualifying session was a challenge, with rain throughout much of the day. The volunteers stepped up in grand fashion to redirect traffic, protect the golf course and get the show underway. The following day - the day of the race - had nearly perfect weather. Every year the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix selects a car to be honored as the Marque of the Year. This year's Marque was Mini, and a special Mini race was held for Vintages up through 1972. The last time Mini was marque was back in 2003. Mini's of all years were featured throughout all ten days of the event. The car show at Schenley Park saw over 300 Mini owners and enthusiasts participating in the celebration of the Mini.
Nestled among the skyscrapers several of downtown's most prominent addresses opened their courtyards for a sparkling preview of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix weekend's shows and races. The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix hosted a parade and 4 distinct car displays in downtown Pittsburgh. The parade started at Station Square, where cars will stage in the parking lot next to the Gateway Clipper. In 2013 this event netted nearly $15,000 for our charities!
The Grand Prix's Waterfront Car Cruise has grown in popularity every year since it was moved to the Waterfront in 2001. Each year you can see more and more different and unique cars. Located in the parking lot area between Steak ‘n Shake and First Commonwealth Bank along East Waterfront Drive it's one of the largest specialty cruises in Pittsburgh. Located a few miles from Schenley Park it's a perfect warm-up for the vintage races on the upcoming weekend. There were nearly 750 cars on display at the annual cruise at the Waterfront in Homestead. The car show took place from 5:00 until 9:00 PM in the parking lot along Waterfront Drive. For those who are unfamiliar with a cruise – it is basically a large car show open to anyone who wants to show off their ride -that includes old cars, new cars, trucks and motorbikes. You don't actually cruise around, but upon arrival you park immediately and become part of the show. The PVGP Car Cruise is a fantastic place for auto aficionados, hot rodders, gearheads, car crazy people as well as families to gather for a few hours and enjoy the cars, the people and the stories.
The PVGP Historic Races at the Pitt-Race Complex (previously known as BeaveRun) started in 2004 and has grown over the past decade into a vintage race event that stands alone. Pittsburgh International Race Complex is the ideal venue for racing the big thunderous Mustangs, Corvettes and Jaguars – cars that need a big track to test the mettle of these ground pounders. Also racing were open wheel competition with Formula Fords and Formula Juniors. The best of Europe was represented by BMW, Porsche, Jaguar, Lotus and Alfa Romeo. The Pittsburgh International Race Complex is a purpose-built track, 40 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. It has recently come under new ownership and has been renamed from BeaveRun. Plans are underway to add the South Track extension in late 2014, stretching the track from 1.6 miles to a full size 3.4 miles. Many other improvements have already been made. PIRC's North Track is ideally suited to high performance driver training, racing of all types, vehicle demonstrations and testing. The track is 1.5 miles in length and has 12 turns. With a layout that flows over hilly natural terrain, the course offers exciting elevation changes and several blind-entry turns that challenge the abilities of drivers and riders alike.
The fourth annual presentation of The Elegance of Hershey was held in the beautiful backdrop of the Hotel Hershey in Hershey, PA. The large English garden, which includes fountain-laden ponds, well-manicured lawns, flowers, and beautiful porticos, certainly enhanced the ambiance and elegance of the automobiles. More than sixty rare collectible vehicles from many eras were on display while talented and educated judges reviewed the participants' cars. Visitors to the event were invited to select their favorite vehicle in attendance - their 'People's Choice' award. The most elegant vehicle at the event, as chosen by 'the people', was the 1954 DeSoto Adventurer II Concept owned by Paul Gould. The vehicle was a design exercise that was built by Ghia for Chrysler. It was given features of a European GT coupe with power from an American-built engine. The design was courtesy of Ghia engineer/designer Giovanni Savonuzzi under the guise of Chrysler's head of styling, Virgil Exner. It made its debut at the Turin Auto Show and in late-1956 it was the centerpiece of the Brussels Auto Show in Belgium. The judges selection of most elegant vehicle, and awarded with Best of Show honors (The Governor's Cup), went to the 1935 Duesenberg SJ Speedster, also known as the Mormon Meteor, owned by Harry Yeaggy. It was also the recipient of the 'Most Elegant American Open Pre-War' award. The car, which won Best of Show honors at the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, is a masterpiece in all respects, from performance to design. It proudly carries the name of Ab Jenkins on its side, right in front of the driver's cockpit. Jenkins drove this Duesenberg Special to a number of land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats proving to all that its supercharged 420 cubic-inch eight-cylinder engine which produced an astonishing 400 horsepower was among the fastest automobiles on the planet.
Over 250 classic and exotic cars from local car clubs were on displayed on the 10th and 18th fairways of the Golf Club of Amelia Island to participate in the Cars & Coffee at the Concours presented by Heacock Classic Car Insurance. Vehicles were pre-registered to participate and admission was free.
This was the second year for this event and in that short amount of time has grown into a very popular and well attended event. A large selection of Chevy Corvettes, Dodge Vipers, BMWs, Jaguars and Porsches were on display.
Festivals of Speed Motorsports Display was held at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation resort in Amelia Island, Florida. The activities began with a Luxury Lifestyle Cocktail Reception featuring smooth jazz, open bar, themed food display, and a live and silent auction benefitting Communities in Schools of Nassau County. The Luxury Lifestyle display featured fashion displays, fine jewelry, unique timepieces, collectable artwork, exotic travel destinations and much more. The venue for the automobile portion was held on the 9th fairway of the Oak Marsh golf course. The well-manicured lawn overlooking the marsh provided the perfect platform to showcase the vintage and modern masterpieces. There were hundreds of exotic automobiles, custom motorcycles, and luxury lifestyle companies for enthusiasts to admire and enjoy. Vehicles on display included Bugatti, Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Porsche, Mercedes Benz, Fisker, Ducati and many others. This year, the event celebrated the 50th anniversary of Lamborghini and the 100 year anniversary of Aston Martin.
The 19th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance was held at the Ritz Carlton and the Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach, Florida. It is regarded as one of the premiere automotive events in the world and one of the most innovative shows due to its eclectic classes of unique vintage cars. The event showcases cars from private collections across the United States and the world. More than 29,000 automotive enthusiasts were in attendance to view over 330 cars and rare motorcycles, including some of the cars from this year's honoree, Jochen Mass. Mass is one of just 15 drivers to win the 24 Hours of LeMans and a Formula 1 race. Along with the cars of Jochen Mass, other featured categories at this year's event included Beach Cars, Underslung, BMW CSL, Chrysler Concepts, Packard Concepts of Ralph Marano, Offenhauser Power, 50th Anniversary of McLaren, Cars of Zagato Design, and Porsche 904/962. Highlights on the field included the presence of BMW's rare 'Batmobiles' racing coupes, which included Alexander Calder's famed 1975 Le Mans 3.0 CSL, 1975 Sebring 12 Hour and 1976 Daytona 24 Hour winners. The rarely seen Maserati 450S Le Mans 'Costin Coupe,' which Sir Stirling Moss raced at Le Mans in 1957 also graced the field, while Chrysler's La Comtesse Concept Car was introduced to the public after an extensive restoration by the Chrysler group. In addition, attendees were entertained by the exceptional Packard concept car collection of Ralph and Adeline Marano, rare beach cars, and Zagato-bodied masterpieces.
Phoenix, Arizona (January 22, 2014) – At Russo and Steele Collector Car Auctions, we are thrilled to announce the achievement of outstanding results and world-record sales at our January 15-19 Scottsdale, Arizona Sports and Muscle auction event. Throughout the event's five action-packed days, beautiful weather helped draw record attendance numbers, estimated at 35% higher than 2013 levels. At the time of writing, preliminary sale results exceeding $21 million were generated with a very strong preliminary sell-through rate approaching 70%. With our specialists continuing to work hard to complete a multitude of pending post-block sales, we expect those figures to increase. Representing classic European Sports and GT cars, the fastest-growing segment in today's market, we are thrilled to announce the world-record-setting sale of one of Lamborghini's very first road cars, the 350 GT, at $742,630 including commission. One of 120 mostly hand-built cars and boasting Giotto Bizzarrini's 35-liter DOHC V-12 engine, a race-bred chassis designed by Gian Paolo Dallara, and Touring's famous Superleggera bodywork penned by Franco Scaglione, 350 GT Chassis 211 was comprehensively restored to original standards with no detail overlooked, including an engine rebuild at Bob Wallace Cars, the shop of the late former Lamborghini chief test driver Bob Wallace. Another new world record was set with the highly anticipated sale of a legendary 1963 Pontiac Tempest Le Mans Super Duty drag racing car, 1 of 2 known examples remaining today of the original 6 Coupes built by Pontiac to contest the NHRA's wild A/Factory Experimental (A/FX) class. Raced by Detroit's Stan Long Pontiac and tweaked with a heavy-duty driveline to handle the 421 engine's massive power and torque, the car remains famous as 'The World's Fastest Tempest' after driver Stan Antlocer blasted to a brutal 11.93-second ET at 123.95 mph at Martin, Michigan's US 131 Dragway. After sending the Chevy, Ford, and Mopar contingents back to their respective trailers in 1963, the Tempest fell out of sight and in 2008, it was saved from the crusher and then expertly restored to its former glory by Scott Tiemann's Super Car Specialties. When the frenzied bidding finally ended, the Tempest garnered a world record-setting $335,630 including commission.
Barrett-Jackson, The World's Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, announced today the strongest sales results in the 43 year history of the Scottsdale car auction. Over the course of six days, nearly 1,400 vehicles were sold at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale event totaling more than $113 million in sales. Barrett-Jackson's auction week attracted numerous celebrities, top car aficionados and collectors alike with some of the world's most valuable collectible and coveted vehicles. Among other notable celebrities, Sir Stirling Moss made an appearance and rode across the block in the third highest selling car, the 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe. 'This was a huge year for Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale. We kicked it off with a great opening night gala, christening the new Westworld facility. The Scottsdale auction had the highest sales in the history of our company – exceeding $113 million,' said Craig Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. 'We sold some great cars for charity, attendance exceeded 300,000 and the celebrity turnout was great. Scottsdale 2014 witnessed an increase in the value of Americana cars as well as the general strengthening of the value of the cars we sold. We think that this trend will continue throughout 2014 and look forward to these increased numbers at our other 2014 auctions. As our brand becomes more global, as our reach enters new media markets and as consignors and bidders engage in our lifestyle events as well as our website, we anticipate strong participation at our upcoming auctions.' The lineup of notable celebrities included Rusty Wallace, Jeff Gordon, Rick Hendrick, Patrick Peterson, Bubba Watson, Mike Bibby, Pat Burrell, Justin Uptown, Billy Baldwin, Gene Simmons, Shannon Tweed, Don Prudhomme, Tom McEwen, Sir Stirling Moss, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Reggie Jackson, Linda Vaughn, Frankie Muniz, Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Arie Luyendyk Sr.
• RM Auctions 15th annual Arizona sale generates more than $45.5 million in sales with 85 percent of all lots sold • Two-day sale features exceptional offering of 125 automobiles, one boat and one motorcycle • Ten automobiles achieve million-dollar plus results with multiple new auction records set • Top-seller: 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider sells for an outstanding $8,800,000 • Full results are now available online at www.rmauctions.com • RM continues its 2014 auction calendar with its debut sale in Paris, France, February 5 during the world famous Retromobile week
• 11 new auction records set at Gooding & Company's two-day sale in 2014
• Six cars sell above the $2 million mark and 13 cars sell above $1 million
Scottsdale, Ariz. (January 19, 2014) – Gooding & Company, the auction house acclaimed for selling the world's most significant and valuable collector cars, realized more than $49.4 million during its Scottsdale Auctions. The auction house sold 110 of 117 lots, which resulted in a 94% sales rate and an impressive average price of $449,650 per car sold. Eleven new world auction records were established with six cars sold above the $2 million mark and 13 cars sold above the $1 million dollar mark during the well attended two-day auction at Scottsdale Fashion Square. These superb results demonstrate the ever-increasing demand for the rare, best-of-category collector cars that Gooding & Company specializes in bringing to market. David Gooding, President and founder of Gooding & Company: '2014 looks brighter than ever for the high-end collector car market. Supporting this trend, Gooding & Company broke nine world records during Arizona Auction Week. Our team of Specialists is devoted to finding the most exceptional examples in the industry and we believe these results speak for themselves.'