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Sports & Classics of Monterey by RM Auctions
Preeminent international auction house, RM Auctions, continued their highly successful sales run in Monterey, California on the weekend with twelve cars breaking the magic million dollar mark at the legendary ‘Sports & Classics of Monterey' auction event, August 15th and 16th.
Held at the Portola Hotel & Spa in historic downtown Monterey, it was standing room only at the two day sale as over 170 investment quality collector cars crossed the block before an international audience. As the gavel fell for the final time, total sales surpassed $44 million.
'RM's Monterey auction continues to bring together private sellers, longtime clients and end users, with cars changing hands and entering new collections where they will be enjoyed and appreciated for years to come,' said Ian Kelleher, Managing Director of RM Auctions.
Gooding & Company
• GOODING & COMPANY POSTS RECORD-BREAKING RESULTS OF $64.2 MILLION AT 2008 PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE AUCTIONS
• 1937 BUGATTI TYPE 57SC ATALANTE COUPE SETS NEW $7.92 MILLION NORTH AMERICAN RECORD
Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the 58th annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance®, captured total sales of $64.2 million including several of the world's rarest and most spectacular automobiles during its two-night auction on August 16 and 17. An international crowd of collectors and spectators were captivated as 140 lots crossed the auction block including top private collections, vintage racing cars and individual automotive objets d'art such the 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante Coupe, which sold for a stunning $7.92 million -- setting a record for the highest price ever paid for an automobile at a North American auction.
'Our auctions at Pebble Beach this year represent the finest grouping of cars we have ever had the honor to offer, and the strong sales results reflect that exceptional quality,' said David Gooding, president and founder of Gooding & Company. 'We're proud to have set the North American auction record with the $7.92 million sale of the 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante Coupe, and to have reached noteworthy milestones in a host of other categories as well.'
The Gooding & Company auction on Saturday and Sunday included 20 cars that sold for more than $1 million - 5 of which sold over the $2 million mark.
Bonhams & Butterfields Sale of Exceptional Motorcars and Automobilia
Appropriately named, the Bonhams & Butterfields sale of 'Exceptional Motorcars and Automobilia' had another extremely impressive event during a very busy automotive weekend in August of 2008. Held in conjunction with 'The Quail, A Motorsport Gathering' event, there are plenty of activities that draw the collective automotive community and enthusiasts to California during this time. With many of the other top auction companies in town, this is certainly the time and place to buy and sell.
Total sales reached $21.7 million and achieved three world records in the process. The at-capacity crowd of collectors and motoring aficionados from around the world bid enthusiastically for the extremely rare and historic competition machines from noted private and institutional collections.
Ex-Dan Gurney/Walt Hansgen, Jack Brabham and Bruce McLaren, 1960 Jaguar E2A Le Mans Sports-Racing Two-Seater Prototype, sold for a record breaking $4.95 million. The sale was the highest ever achieved by a Jaguar at auction. This 'missing link' prototype car has a racing history that includes a visit to LeMans and the United States SCCA racing scene.
Eastern Division AACA National Fall Meet
The Eastern Division AACA National Fall Meet takes place each year during the 1st full week in October. The Hershey Region began hosting the show in 1955 and has done so each year since then.
The meet is located in beautiful Hershey, PA on the Hershey park and Giant Center parking lots and surrounding grounds. The show is considered one of the largest antique automobile shows and flea markets in the United States.
It consists of over 9,000 flea market spaces, over 1,000 car corral spaces, and approximately 1,500 show cars. Each year the show attracts visitors from all over the United States and many countries throughout the world. Some of the most unusual cars and parts can be found at Hershey. If you love antique cars, Hershey is the place to be.
Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles
For over a decade, the Glenmoor Country Club of Canton, Ohio has played host to the 'Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles.' It is a breath-taking location with 381 acres of well manicured greenery, a par 72 championship Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, world-class European Health Spa and fitness facilities, Olympic-size swimming pool, tennis courts and a beauty salon. A long and elegant driveway leads visitors to the clubhouse, a 167,000 square foot Gothic-style building that is as inviting as it is impressive. Located behind the building is the golf course and the location for the Concours d'Elegance.
'When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.' This popular phrase typically means when life deals something sour, turn it sweet or to make the best of a poor situation. This is what the organizers of this years Glenmoor Gathering were faced with when rain on Friday and Saturday made their picturesque golf course show field impossible to drive upon on Sunday. So, organizers looked to the front of the clubhouse, trading greenery for concrete. With precious little time, the driveway and two adjacent parking lots became the new location for the event.
This year's event celebrated GM's Centennial, sixty years of the Porsche Sports-Car Company, and the Ford Model T. With nearly 30 classes, the selection was very diverse covering the vintage to the exotic, from motorcycles to customs, and from concepts to muscle cars. Though the rain had scared away several scheduled exhibitors, the classes were well fielded and the new show location was more than adequate to provide the necessary real-estate required to house these masterpieces.
Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance & Motoring Festival
Brass Shines Brighter Than Gold at the Hilton Head Concours d'Elegance
The Seventh Annual Hilton Head Concours d'Elegance was jammed packed with 'tributes' this year with the Honored Marque being Brass Era Cars (pre-1916). The 100th Anniversary of GM and Morgan, the 100th Anniversary of the Great Savannah Races and Ford Model T, 60th of the Porsche, and 50th of Edsel were also recognized. Other categories included Micro cars, Performance vehicles, European luxury, Hot Rods, Orphan marques, Classics, Racers, and Motorcycles.
The Hilton Head Concours is more than a one-day show. It is a multi-faceted event that includes racing, driving tours, auction, car clubs and 'quest for speed' display. As stated by the chairman of the event, Dr. Paul L. Doerring, 'If you happen to attend all events, you will have seen over 600 automobiles.'
Hilton Head Sports & Classic Car Auction
There was much speculation about what might happen at this year's Hilton Head Sports & Classic Car Auction presented by the Worldwide Auctioneers. A remarkable array of vehicles had been assembled, arguably their best to date at Hilton Head. The list of automotive masterpieces complimented the Hilton Head Concours d'Elegance very nicely with many similarities between the two. What had many on edge was the current state of the economy and the proximity to the presidential election (it was held just a few days before the United States chose its next president.)
As many expected, bidders were hesitant (and in many cases unable or unwilling) to part with their money. Sellers were also cautious, evident by the fact that only 8 vehicles were listed without a reserve (last years sale had 61 vehicles listed without a reserve).
Hot Rods, classic and vintage, racers, modern, collectable, and everything in-between was up for sale. Cars from the 1950s and 1960s built in Detroit did rather well with bidders. Post-war European novelties, such as the Jaguar XK Series, MG TD, Porsche 356, Mercedes-Benz 190SL, and Triumph TR4 sold well. The exclusive and well preserved lots generated much interest, though it was very evident that bidders were unwilling (or unable) to outbid their competition in opulent fashion. On many occasions, bids rose by the bare minimum; buyers were hoping for a bargain.
Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours on the Avenue
Once a year, the automotive community descends upon the Monterey area in search of the rare, the exclusive, and the expensive. Their efforts are rewarded with auctions, car shows, racing, driving tours, parties, and many more activates. It is a flurry of events that spans many days and includes The Quail - A Motorsport Gathering, the Monterey Historics, Concorso, and the Pebble Beach Concours. A newcomer to the list was added in 2007, called the 'Carmel-by-Sea Concours on the Avenue held in Carmel, CA.' It featured 130 vehicles with a different flavor than the other events held during this time. The vehicles in attendance were affordable, built between 1946 and 1971, and were household names that achieved serial production. Spectators reminisced about the showcars with many commenting that they had owned similar examples or remembered seeing them on the roadway. 'I remember when....' was a popular phrase as was 'Back in my day...'. Another interesting feature to this event was its admission price; most activities during this time are expensive, the 'Concours on the Avenue' is free.
Early in the morning, the show cars are corralled onto a side-street a few blocks away from The Avenue. When all is ready, the cars are led into the village of Carmel-by-the-Sea and carefully positioned at an angle, plenty of space is left between each vehicle, and a clay pot with a live flower placed in front. A full lane was made available for pedestrian traffic to leisurely meander through the timeless wonders. The seven blocks of show-field in the little village had quaint shops, critically acclaimed restaurants, galleries, and charming boutiques as the backdrop that carefully envelope this relaxing event. The shops participate by displaying pictures and memorabilia in the spirit of the concours; awards are given to the best display.
The inaugural event was so successful that organizers added a second day and twice as many vehicles. The list included a vivid mix of post-World War II American and foreign cars ranging from sports cars to luxury cars, and from super cars to micro cars.
Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey by RM Auctions
RM Auctions held their 2nd Annual Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey at the famous Hershey Lodge. The collector car market eagerly awaited the outcome, since the current economic climate on the global hobby has raised several important questions. Wall Street had a very shaky week and many feared this would have a profound impact on the outcome of the sale. Those fears were laid to rest as total sales surpassed $6.9 million with 88% of the vehicles finding new ownership.
'Despite recent fluctuations in the financial markets, collectors and enthusiasts remain positive about the classic car market,'
said Ian Kelleher, Managing Director of RM Auctions following the auction.
'RM continues to be the barometer for the industry and strong sales results coupled with an increase in international interest – namely European bidders - at our Hershey event are a good indication that the market for alternative investments remains strong,'
The highlight of the sale was the 1933 Duesenberg Model SJ La Grande Phaeton. It was the only car of the auction expected to fetch over a million dollars, and possibly as much as $2.4 million. Bidding was rather lively and, as expected, quickly rose above the magical million dollar mark. That euphoria soon left as bidding peaked at $1.425 million. After several minutes of coaxing the crowd, the car was rolled off the stage; the high bid was not enough to satisfy the vehicle's reserve. Later it was announced the car was sold, netting $1,688,500 including buyer's premium.
58th Annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
The 58th annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance was a spectacular event that celebrated the 100 years of General Motors, Lancia's Centenary, 45 years of Lamborghini, as well as veteran cars that had participated in the original London to Brighton road rally. Though classic cars remained the core, there were many postwar automobiles, as this was the best representation of several of the featured marques.
Throughout the day, fog and clouds covered the sky and scenery. Last year's temperature were the hottest to date for the event and this year, it was the opposite - cold and overcast. A few days prior to the concours was the Tour d'Elegance. This event also had the misfortune of being blanketed with fog and hiding much of the Pacific Ocean and the breathtaking California scenery.
Radnor Hunt Concours d'Elegance
The 100 Motor Cars of Radnor Hunt Concours d'Elegance is an assemblage of 100 of some of the world's finest automobiles. The list of cars covers a very broad spectrum, ranging from antiques and classics, to muscle cars and modern supercars. This year's event honored the Art and Colour of General Motors, Italian coach builder Zagato and sporting and race bikes from BSA Motorcycles. All of the vehicles in attendance are by invitation only, are very rare, and are truly worthy of the recognition bestowed upon them by this world class show.
GM was certainly the star of the show with many examples on display from their long history. The list included the eye-catching Motorama cars, the legendary V16 masterpieces, and some very early racing cars. From 1930 through 1960, the 'General' was the largest manufacturer in the world. They are leaders in automobile design and have a history of breaking new ground with elegant designs and unrivaled engineering. The revolutionary V16 engine, the work of engineer Owen Nacker, was smooth and powerful and when bodied by such greats as Fleetwood, became the new pinnacle for luxury.
Near the close of the 1930s, under the direction of chief designer Harley Earl, the world was introduced to the first concept car, the Buick Y-Job. It would be the first of many 'dream cars' to follow. During the early 1950s, GM displayed a selection of these cars throughout the country in their Motorama shows. These cars introduced new technology and showcased new designs. At Radnor, there were two very special and rare show cars, the Chevrolet Corvette EX-122 prototype and a Buick Roadmaster Prototype. The Roadmaster appeared to be stock, but was in fact a one-off prototype built for the Motorama.
Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook
A magnificent line-up of historic automotive treasures crossed the block on the weekend as RM Auctions hosted their annual ‘Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook' event in Rochester, Michigan. Held in conjunction with the famed Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance, the single-day sale attracted collectors from across the continent as it kicked off Autopalooza month in Detroit in grand style.
Canadian-based RM Auctions continued their coveted summer calendar of events on the weekend with the return of their Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook event to Rochester, Michigan.
Held August 2nd on the grounds of the majestic Meadow Brook Hall estate at Oakland University, the single-day event showcased a magnificent line-up of vintage automobiles, placing a spotlight on a historic range of prewar classics and local Michigan-built automotive treasures. Over 100 motor cars crossed the block during the six-hour auction to account for a respectable $9.9 million in total sales.
The 23rd Annual Concorso Italiano showcased some of Italy's finest and exciting automobiles, such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Fiat, and Lancia. This year's event celebrated 45 years of Lamborghini, 40 years of the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona, and the creations of designer Marcello Gandini.
Organizers went looking for a new venue for their event after learning that the on-going hotel and golf course construction at Bayonet Black Horse would restrict the space required to hold the event. Many locations were examined on the Monterey Peninsula before selecting the Marina California Airport as the new location. It is located a mere 10 miles north of Monterey and was well suited for the low-to-the-ground exotics. In years past, it was not uncommon for the cars to get stuck while traveling to-or-from the show field. The terrain often made it difficult for the wide, low-profile tires to get grip, often failing to find traction on the grass and muddy paths. This year, the cars were treated to flat and paved surfaces on the expansive runways making it easy for cars to travel in and out. There was plenty of parking for spectators, ample room for the vendors, and endless terrain in which to expand. Though the terrain was ideal for driving and parking, it was flat, had no rolling fairways, no towering pines, and was not as scenic as in the past. The openness allowed for higher winds, cooler temperatures and some grumbling amongst show-goers.
Though it was a new venue, the popular aspects of the show were retained such as the fashion show, the on-stage commentary with owners and celebrities, music, Riva yacht displays, and the festive atmosphere. Vintage aircrafts and professionally-catered food and beverages were added this year for the first time at Concorso.
PVGP Car Shows
The first Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP) race was in 1983. Since that time, the Grand Prix has expanded into a ten day celebration of cars shows, two races, autocross, gala's, parades, car cruises, and more. These extra events serve several purposes with perhaps the most important being to raise awareness about the Grand Prix and to raise funds for the charities.
Each year the PVGP honors a marque, a French word for manufacturer. This year, things were slightly different; instead of selecting just one manufacturer, organizers selected Italian Cars. The list of cars born in Italy include such memorable names as Maserati, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, and Lancia. At several of the car shows throughout the week, the 'Italian Marques' were grouped together and given the prime real estate on the show field.
This year, the first event of the celebration was a kick-off rally followed by racing and autocross events at BeaveRun Motorsports Complex. A Black-Tie Gala was next on the agenda followed by several days of car shows. The Walnut Street Car Show, the first of the many car shows to transpire, was the most exclusive of these gatherings as the cars on display were by invitation-only. It was held on Walnut Street in Shadyside, PA in the heart of Pittsburgh's East End. The neighborhood is residential with boutiques, shops, restaurants, and lounges. The show featured a vast array of classics, customs, exotics, street rods, and supercars.
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
This is the only vintage race in America held entirely on city streets. It is an event that has a long and proud history with nearly three decades under its belt. This year began with a slight technical glitch and rain delay. As the Star Spangled Banner began playing over the loud-speakers, the audio cut out. The tune was carried to its completion by the course workers and PVGP officials picking up where the music left off. This was followed by a tribute to the late Myron Cope, one of the founders of the event, and then by rain. The event was not a total wash, as the first three groups ran the course before the rain began, and the final three groups were able to wait-out the hour-long rain delay.
The first of the six groups on the course was the Pre-War category. Ben Bragg in the Reuter V8 Special led early, but would finish in second after loosing a cylinder and a few spark plugs. Frank Mount in an MG TB would take top honors; he has finished in second place for the past two years.
The Group 2 'Under One Liter' race was won by Norman Berke in an Elva Courier. Second went to James Lyles in a Cooper MK8 followed by Elad Shraga in an Abarth 207A.
Monterey Historic Races at Laguna Seca
Some of the greatest automotive racing cars in history make the annual journey to Laguna Seca in August for several intense days of racing. The cars that circle the scenic course are worthy of display in museums; in fact, many of the cars are the center piece of exhibits when they are not turning laps at one of the more challenging course in the United States. The Monterey Historic Races evolved from road racing in the Del Monte Forest north of Monterey, California during the early 1950s. In 1956, due to complaints and growing safety concerns, racing through the Forest was banned. So the activities were moved to the Laguna Seca Raceway located just miles away. This year, the track celebrated its 50th year of operation with the Monterey Historics being apart of the track for the past 35 years.
The Historics are held during the same weekend as the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, along with the many other automotive related activities and events that occur during this time. The Historics is now a four-day event, with the first day of activities including practice runs and qualifying for the Ferrari / Maserati Historic Challenge. The final three days are for the fourteen racing groups. There is much to see and do during this time, with hundreds of legendary racing machines going all-out at Laguna Seca.
This years Monterey Historic honored Mario Andretti, Formula Junior's 50th anniversary, and the Alfa Romeo marque.
The Blackhawk Collection at Pebble Beach
The Blackhawk Exposition Sale offers auto aficionados a chance to peruse and purchase over 50 of the world's greatest automobiles.
The Blackhawk Collection is one of the world's foremost companies specializing in the acquisition and sale of both American and European classic, coachbuilt and one-of-a-kind cars. It seeks to acquire automobiles of singular beauty and historic distinction, automobiles that are unrivaled in their importance, as well as their condition.
The Blackhawk Exposition Sale debuted at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 1990 and it has a devoted following. Many enthusiasts who regularly attend the Concours and related events, head first to the Blackhawk venue, hoping to secure the automobile of their dreams.
Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance
The Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance is one of the premier concours's in the world as a result of its ability to attract top judges and top collectors. The result is a show field that does not disappoint with some of the finest and best prepared motorcars in the world. It guarantees that each vehicle in each class will be thoroughly analyzed and expertly critiqued by the judges with the paragon of the group placed appropriately on a pedestal amongst its peers. At the end of the day when the Best of Show is announced, one can rest assured that the vehicle chosen is most deserving.
The 30th Annual Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance showcased over 230 brilliant classic cars and motorcycles, plus 50 brand new vehicles including the newly introduced Saleen S5S Raptor Concept, Ferrari's, Maseratis, a Bugatti Veyron, and a freshly built Lamborghini Reventón. The Reventón had just arrived in the US only a few days prior to the event and is the 12th of 20 to be produced and certainly was one of the highlights and surprises of the concours. Another spectacular creation that was making a debut was the Alfa Romeo BAT 11 which borrowed many classic design cues of the original BAT cars. On the concours lawn the lists included significant Ferraris, 16-cylinder cars, 8-Liter Bentleys, a salute to General Motors' 100th Anniversary, and a dizzying array of histories finest.
This year saw attendance figures reach levels not seen in more than a decade, with over 12,000 visitors strolling the concours lawn. Equally impressive were the number of top collectors who brought their prized possessions to one of America's greatest castles, Meadow Brook Hall. Since the first Meadow Brook Concours, held in 1979, funds generated through the concours have reached nearly $6 million which have been used to preserve historic Meadow Brook Hall, an important part of Oakland County's rich heritage.
PVGP Historic Races at BeaveRun
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is a multi-weekend event that has been in operation for over two-and-a-half decades. It is a ten day celebration packed with car shows, dinners, parades, races, and numerous other activities. It is the largest volunteer-based event in vintage racing and the longest running vintage race event in the nation, now celebrating its 26th consecutive year.
The first event was a kick-off Rallye which had car enthusiasts match their driving skills against a 'mystery course' through the streets of Pittsburgh, PA. It was a 2-3 hour activity that tested both driving and navigational skills.
The next event in the 10-day celebration was the 4th Annual PVGP Historic Race at the BeaveRun MotorSports Complex track. The BeaveRun Historics is a welcomed compliment to the PVGP, as it provides a second racing venue which attracts an even wider audience of drivers and vehicles. Unlike the PVGP course, the BeaveRun circuit is very forgiving with sand traps and plenty of run-off areas. The PVGP is run through Schenley Park - and although every precaution has been taken to make the course as safe for drivers, spectators, and the cars - it is a public park and there are trees, barriers, and obstacles which could potentially do harm. With the BeaveRun circuit, risks are lower which occasionally fosters greater speeds and another variety of vehicles.
Simeone Foundation Museum
The Simeone Foundation Museum, located in Philadelphia, PA is home to one of the greatest collection of automobiles in existence. The list includes the significant, the rare, and the accomplished. It traverses the evolution of the sports car, with emphasis on racing, from the early endeavors to the mid-1970's race winners. The floor layout is arranged as though each vehicle and display reinforces the next, telling the same story but in a different way. It showcases the most advanced cars of their era in historically correct, life-like dioramas and street scenes to establish a local context for the history of the automobile.
The museum is the personal collection of Dr. Fred Simeone, the former chief of neurosurgery at the Pennsylvania Hospital. The collection is based on the central theme 'The Spirit of Competition' and houses over 60 rare and significant sports cars chosen by Dr. Simeone for their significance in history and design.
Perhaps the hardest detail to comprehend is not the significance of each vehicle in the collection, but rather the consistency of the theme from beginning to end. Each sports car in the collection, except one, has lights, fenders and is capable of road usage. It is hard to imagine that a life time of collecting has been so devoted, focused, and unwavering.
Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio
Team Penske Reigns Supreme at Mid-Ohio
Traditionally a strong team at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with 1-2 finishes in CART races using Honda power in both 2000 and 2001, Team Penske's Ryan Briscoe led teammate Helio Castroneves to a third Honda-powered victory sweep in Sunday's Honda Indy 200.
Starting on the outside of the first row alongside pole-qualifier Castroneves, Briscoe was the final driver to change over to dry weather racing slicks after late-morning showers led race officials to declare the event a 'wet' race, requiring the entire 26-car field to start on treaded 'rain' tires on a damp, but rapidly drying, track. Most of the field changed over to slicks on the fourth and fifth laps, but Briscoe didn't make the swap until Lap 6, dropping him to 15th.
Acura Sports Car Challenge
'Hot, hot, hot' was the theme of the day at the Acura Sports Car Challenge, as Michelin technical partner teams swept all four classes and the first 14 places overall in an exciting race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The Audi R10 TDI diesel claimed its first victory at Mid-Ohio and a 1-2 finish as Lucas Luhr and Marco Werner claimed their third overall race victory of the season and fifth consecutive win in the LMP1 class, finishing 7.717 seconds up on their teammates Dindo Capello and Emanuele Pirro.
Finishing first in the P2 class and third overall was the #7 Penske Porsche RS Spyder driven by Romain Dumas and Timo Bernhard. Dumas withstood a furious closing charge by Lime Rock Park winner David Brabham, who teamed with Scott Sharp aboard the #9 Patrón Highcroft Acura to finish second in P2 and fourth overall.
Adrian Fernandez in the #15 Lowe's Fernandez Acura gave race sponsor Acura, which hosted thousands of employees from its nearby Ohio facilities, some solace, as they claimed the final P2 class podium spot ahead of a trio of Porsche RS Spyders. The Penske Porsche RS Spyder of Patrick Long and Sascha Maassen was followed by the twin Dyson Porsches of Guy Smith/Chris Dyson and Marino Franchitti/Butch Leitzinger.
Le Belle Macchine d'Italia
The tranquil hills of the Pocono Mountains are a popular destination for visitors around the northeast, including New York City and Philadelphia. The region offers a host of state parks, game lands, natural areas, and a national park. What has become a tradition for over two decades, some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring Italian cars ever created, descend upon this area to celebrate the Le Belle Macchine d'Italia, meaning 'The Beautiful Machines of Italy.' Throughout this peaceful mountainous region, the familiar high-pitched 'whine' of these finely tuned Italian cars can be heard from great distances as owners often explore their cars abilities through the many winding hills. Their first destination of the weekend was the grand historic Skytop Lodge where the Le Belle Concours and several other events were held. The climax of this Italian car celebration was the high-speed driving event at the Pocono Raceway, located just a short distance away.
The concours included several club reunions, and Regional and National Meets. The list includes Ferrari, Maserati, Iso Bizzarrini, Pantera, and Allante. As an added bonus, the event organizers often arrange for a special reunion or gathering of unique vehicles to heighten the allure. Last year, a pair of ItalDesign Aztecs were in attendance. Two years ago, the only three Maserati 8CTF vehicles ever created were on display, marking a historic reunion that had not occurred in decades. This year, the event celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Maserati Birdcage concept. An example of each Tipo was on display, allowing visitors to admire the beauty, craftsmanship and evolution of the Series.
Other celebrations included honoring the 45th Anniversary of the founding of Automobili Lamborghini, SpA, and the 40th Anniversary of the Lamborghini Islero and Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona.'
Mid-Ohio Vintage Grand Prix
SVRA, the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association, has upwards of 400 participants spanning ten groups of race cars with vehicles from around the world. Most of the cars are period-correct, racing in the same configuration as originally raced many years ago. The cars are arranged into groups based on a number of different criteria and offer spectators a wide variety of racing to enjoy. The list includes vintage stock cars, production-base GT racers, open-wheeled Formula cars, and more. Most events feature 10 groups of racers competing in 30 minute Sprint Series races. There are often several featured MotorCheck Enduro Series races plus several special events, which would place either a marque or type of car in the spot light.
Recently, the SVRA took to Mid-Ohio's 2.4-mile, 15-turn racing circuit as they battled a rain-soaked weekend in quest for the checkered flag. The Austin Healey Sprite and MG Midget were the features and highlights of many of the weekend activities, including a 50th Anniversary race on-track and the 10 Annual British Car Showdown.
There were two Enduros with the first held on Friday and the second on Sunday. John Deford led the way in his well-tuned Porsche 914/6 and would maintain that position until the last corner of the last lap. After seventy-five minutes of racing, first and second place were separated by only 00.114 seconds. The Porsche 914/6 driven by Ron Zitza and Gregg Frey took the coveted top spot. Third place went to John Schrecker in a Porsche 356SC Roadster.
EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio
While it poured Saturday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley of Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney found a ray of sunshine.
Gurney passed Matt Plumb on the outside with nine laps remaining in the 76-lap (two hours and 45 minutes) and went on to win his first Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 victory of 2008 in the EMCO Gears Classic presented by KeyBank.
Gurney and Fogarty, the defending Daytona Prototype champions, had not visited the podium since finishing second in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally
Rally car racing is extreme, unpredictable, and possibly the most grueling event where rubber meets road. It is an all-season event that traverses a vast terrain, from gravel to snow and everything in-between. The modified road cars cover more than 100 miles in each race and often are divided by mere seconds from the next competitor. This year's Waste Management Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally, presented by Citizens & Northern Bank and sanctioned by Rally America, ran in early June on very hot days (temperatures exceeded 110 degrees inside the cars), in Wellsboro PA. Most drivers consider a finish without major damage a notable accomplishment. Notable announcements were made including
as a new sponsor, as well as a two-day format that includes competition on Friday and Saturday.
2008 marked the 32nd running of the STPR and much has changed even since last year's event. The big news in 2007 was the cancellation of stages and the shortening of the event from 10 competition stages down to eight. Last year's delays and cancellations were due to spectators. This year, on nearly ever page of race literature distributed at the event, there were spectator guidelines, notices of 'no alcohol', 'safety reminders', and 'how to spectate'. In other words: pleas for proper behavior, so that all stages could be run.
Another cancellation was the event's premier stage, the 'Subaru Splash', also known as the 'creek crossing'. This stage had become the STPR's hallmark and identity. As the reigns were being tightened and it seemed everyone feared the worst, the clouds of creativity opened and the Subaru Super Special Stage at the Tioga County Fairgrounds was born.
31st Annual Ault Park Concours d'Elegance
On a very early Sunday morning, the sun positioned just high enough to displace some of the morning's darkness, a large number of volunteers' cars were parked along the roadside of Ault Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. A few show cars arrived early and were ushered onto the vast show field where they would spend most of the day. Polishing, cleaning, and detailing began immediately. Volunteers tended to various duties, and although this event takes place only once per year, it ran as if it were done on a daily basis.
Even during the very early hours of the morning, the temperature had many worried. It was hot and there was very little breeze. As the day progressed, the heat continued to escalate. Many frequently visited the drinking fountains and shaded areas.
This year's event featured Grand American Classics. In addition, there were sixteen other classes of automobiles ranging from brass-era antiques and full classics, to racecars and modern supercars. All net proceeds of the event benefit The Arthritis Foundation, Ohio River Valley Chapter.
19th Annual Concours d'Elegance of the Eastern United States
The show is called the Concours d'Elegance of the Eastern United States, but is commonly known as the Burn Prevention Concours, the Bethlehem Concours, and the Eastern Concours of the US. The event is held in Bethlehem, PA, which is a city in the Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania. It is centrally located between Harrisburg (the capital of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania) and Philadelphia (the largest city in PA and the sixth most populous city in the United States). It has been in existence for the past 19 years and its venue has changed several times since then; its home is now at the campus of the Northampton Community College. The money raised from this event helps support the Burn Prevention Foundation and the Foundation's 'Home Safe Home' initative.
The theme of the 19th Annual event was 'A Century of Automotive Innovation' which included a special exhibit of 'The Evolution of the Tailfin.'
The theme highlighted styling, engineering, technology, and design innovation of the past century. The special celebration examined the evolution of the 'tailfin', which first appeared on the 1948 Cadillac. GM stylist Harley Earl is credited with beginning this aircraft-inspired styling craze, and was taken to the extremes by Virgil Exner, Dave Holls and other greats. The theme would continue for several years before losing interest with the public in the mid-1960s.
Watkins Glen HSR
As usual, Friday was mostly made up of practice with the 'Klub Sport Porsche Challenge' closing out the day's actives.
The day's final on track activity was the Klub Sport Porsche Challenge that took to Watkins Glen International Raceway for their 7-lap contest. Taking the checker flag in the weekends first race was Jim Hamblin, piloting his, No. 18, ‘68 Porsche 911, with John DeFord, in the No. 51, ‘70 Porsche 914/6, taking second and Cliff Berry drove the No 02, '71 Porsche 914/6 to the third spot.
Saturday was all about qualifying for all groups, with the Anglo American Challenge taking to the track shortly after lunch, with the Historic Stock Cars taking to the track for their first race of the weekend, and the 1-hr Rolex Classic GT/Historic Enduro closing out the day's activities.
Automobiles of Amelia Island, RM Auctions
The 10th annual Automobiles of Amelia Island hosted by RM Auctions was another successful and entertaining event. Held in conjunction with the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, the vintage car event saw over 100 rare automobiles cross the auction block, with four breaking the magic million dollar mark.
The auction preview, (held on the day prior to the auction), and the auction day itself, had very unusual weather. High winds made the large tents feel like kites - expanding and contracting - under the enormous pressure. Additional reinforcements were made where necessary to keep the tents safe and secure, not to mention the numerous rolling treasures of which they stored. The threats of hurricanes did not seem to slow interest, as nearly every seat and standing area was filled during the auction. Over 91% of the vehicles that crossed the auction block were sold.
More than $16.8 million in automobile and memorabilia was auctioned. Highlights included a rare 1931 Duesenberg Murphy Convertible, which sold for $2.64 million, and an historic 1934 Ford Model 40 Special Speedster, custom built for Edsel Ford, which sold for $1.76 million. A gorgeous 8-Liter Bentley Open Tourer with coachwork by Harrison sold for $2.2 million and a LeBaron bodied Duesenberg went for $1.21 million.
New York International Automobile Show
The New York Auto Show attracts more than 1.2-million visitors a year, more than any other auto show in the country. This is an amazing accomplishment as most of the residents in the surrounding neighborhoods do not own automobiles. The event is held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in midtown Manhattan overlooking the Hudson River. The 1000-plus vehicles are housed in the Javits Center's 846,000 square feet of display space and on several floors.
Innovation and desperation have historically brought about some of the quickest changes in the automotive history. The electric starter introduced in the early 1910s meant the question of steam or electric power was no more, and the gasoline engine would rule supreme. The muscle car era of the 1960s came to an end due, in part, to an impending oil embargo. Recently, fuel-efficient technology has become a very hot issue as the cost of fuel continues to skyrocket. A new trend in the US has also been developing - an attraction towards cars, mainly smaller cars. This was very evident at this year's New York Auto Show. These fuel-sipping automobiles are growing in appeal and popularity over the larger cars, suvs and trucks. The show floor was full of automakers' attempts at the subcompact market, with most new introductions being either small cars or fuel-efficient technology. Probably the most important subcompact introduction at the show was from Honda, who introduced an updated version of its 'Fit'.
12 Hours of Sebring
The 2007 American Le Mans Series was a magical one for Penske Racing. The 2008 season may be even better if Saturday was any indication. Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas and Emmanuel Collard drove to an historic overall win at the 56th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida.
The win was the first overall at Sebring by an LMP2 car and saw 27 overall lead changes, a race record, and three lead-lap finishers, tying a race record. Dumas took the checkered flag by 1:02.084 over Dyson Racing's trio of Butch Leitzinger, Marino Franchitti and Andy Wallace in their Porsche RS Spyder. The Audi Sport North America trio of Dindo Capello, Allan McNish and Tom Kristensen finished third overall and first in LMP1.
Third in P2 class and fourth overall was the second Dyson Porsche of Chris Dyson and Guy Smith as the P2 class took three of the top four spots.
Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
The Amelia Island Concours, for a second year in a row, was held during the weekend of Daylight Savings time, when an hour was lost as clocks were moved forward. This meant that it was still very dark just a few hours prior to the spectators being allowed onto the field. Golf carts quietly traveled under battery power over the vast field, making standing and walking a very difficult and dangerous activity for those trying to get the cars assembled. As the show cars were being brought onto the field, a very loud rumble began to emanate. If racing improves the breed, then the Amelia Island Concours is the finest. Concours d'Elegances, meaning 'Parade of Excellence', is a lineup of special events that often feature the most exquisite automobiles ever created. This year's Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance had a different scene than one would expect; it began with a sound more fitting for a race track than a high-class event. Approximately forty Trans-Am racers could be heard throughout the Concours weekend with their loud, ground shaking thunderous voice that was often followed by a ferocious roar and uncontrollable spinning of tires.
The Amelia Island Concours puts a strong emphasis on honoring the legends of racing and the cars that chased the checkered flag. This year, there were probably more cars that had a racing pedigree or been designed for sporty driving, then were the antique, luxury, and classic cars. Accompanying the three designated Race Car categories were special groups for Beach Racers, Corvette Race Cars, Porsche Racing Cars, race cars of Parnelli Jones, three categories of Sports Cars, and two categories for Trans-Am racing legends. With so much raw horsepower on the field, it was almost a shame to have them just basking in the sun all day. The muscle cars chosen for awards had to cut their engine as they entered the awards area, because they easily overpowered the PA-system. All watched as the car was re-started and the owner did all that was possible to slowly ease out the clutch, give it a little gas, finding the delicate balance of not stalling or not having the rear-end tear up the grass.
This was the 13th edition of the annual Amelia Concours event, and American racing legend Parnelli Jones was chosen as the honoree. 'When one talks about versatile race car drivers, the name Parnelli Jones is right at the top of the list for most people,' says Bill Warner, Concours founder and chairman. 'We're thrilled to have him at our event. He was a champion in Indy, Trans-Am, sprint cars, stock cars, USRRC, and off-road racing. There aren't many drivers who can claim that kind of a record.' Among his racing accomplishments were winning the Indianapolis 500 in 1963 and 1967, and the Trans-Am series against fierce competition in 1970. Other victories include the Pikes Peak Hillclimb and the Baja 500 and 10000 races, among numerous other victories in four-wheel competition. His legacy extends further than just racing, with one of the more recent automotive endeavors being the signature, Saleen Mustang Parnelli Jones limited-edition. In recognition of his racing accomplishments, around ten cars from his career were featured on the show field. These ranged from dirt-track racers, Indy cars, Trans-Am cars, and even an off-road Baja 1000 racer. The Cooper Monaco was chosen by the judges as their 'Best in Class.' It was even hand-signed by Jones during the Concours.
Cavallino Classic XVII
The Cavallino Classic is a Ferrari-only event held on the lawn at the Breakers Hotel in West Palm Beach, Florida. Due to landscape that has flourished in the past few years, the event is segregated into two distinct sections, an 'upper' concours and a 'lower' concours. The upper concours, closer to the Breakers Hotel, houses around 30 of the earlier works of the Ferrari marque and the stars of the show. Around one-third had been raced at Moroso Raceway during the Historic Races the days prior to the concours, and with only a day's turn-around, were cleaned-up to concours quality. The Lower Concours began with the 275 GTBs and 330s, followed by the 365 Daytonas, and the Dino Ferraris. As the lawn opened up the farther one traversed, the lineage of the Prancing Horse continued into the modern era, including the 308, 348, 355, 512, Testarossa and ending with such models as the 360 and 430.
This year, the Cavallino Classic 17 celebrated the 50th anniversary of the 250 GT California and the 250 GT Tour de France (TdF) models. On the 'Lower Concours' area the 'Daytona', officially called the 365 GTB, was celebrated and had been produced from 1968 through 1971. The name 'Daytona' was used to commemorate Ferrari's triple success in the 1967 '24 Hours of Daytona.'
Two years ago at the Cavallino Classic 15, the event celebrated the Best of Show winners of the past 15 years. The following year, Cavallino 16, was a celebration of the 166, 250 TR, and the F40. The 166 Models dates back to the early inception of the Ferrari marque while the 250 TR with bodies by Scaglietti are among the more exotic and breathtaking Ferraris ever created during the 1950s. Coming off these two exciting and stellar years, how can these ever be topped? Really!! How can any event compete with the past 15 years worth of 'Best of Shows?' It seems that within each Ferrari (at least the ones with a few decades under their belt), there are interesting tales that accompany them.
Classic Sports Sunday
A few years ago during the Cavallino Classic Weekend, there was an event called the Palm Beach International Concours d'Elegance. Part of the allure of the event was an auction run by Gooding & Company. The concours and auction were around for only a couple of years. This is really unfortunate due to their ability to attract some well-known collectors and showcase many magnificent automobiles. Since that time, there have been a few events that have come into existence to help fill the gap. One of more recent is the 'Classic Sports Sunday' run by the Cavallino Events, Inc. The name 'Classic Sports' is very suitable and easily explains the theme of the event. Since it was hosted by the staff that organizes the Palm Beach Cavallino Classic, it was almost certain that the attendees, vendors and collectors were assured a quality event.
The location for the inaugural Classic Sports Sunday was convenient and accommodating; it was at the Hilton Hotel at Palm Beach International Airport. Though the cars were enough to keep ones attention, the planes flying overhead and the occasional threat of rain had many looking skyward. During the early morning hours, rain made good on its threat, but stayed only momentarily, enough to have exhibitors sprinting to their car to roll-up windows and reposition their convertible tops.
Approximately 150 show cars were on display; the large parking lot was more than accommodating to these numbers. Various 'fun' awards were presented with categories including 'Newest', 'By Age', 'By Mileage', 'Prettiest Body Style', 'Boring Body Style', 'Peoples Choice', 'Best of Show Racing' and 'Best of Show GT.' Most of these categories are subjective but worked well for this type of event as many of the cars on display had little in common with each other. Various qualities differentiated the vehicles in the same categories, such as decades, body styles, and pedigree. There were a few similar vehicles; the Corvette Club had nearly 15 examples from multiple years aligned side-by-side. Four vipers, all in different colors, attracted a strong crowd throughout the day. Various Porsches, Mercedes-Benzes, and BMWs sat in close proximity to each other. Two Radical racers, a Chevron B17, a Lola T70, and a Huffaker Ferrari 308 had similarities in their exotic racing bodystyles and construction. A pair of Lotus Esprites, a Jaguar XJ220, Lamborghini Diablo SV, a Mosler MT900S, Dodge Vipers, and a slew of Ferraris were some of the more attractive supercars on display. The Mosler MT900S was easily the highlight of the show. Its owner had just taken possession of the car and racked up only a few miles. The car was so new, the owner had not yet had time to figure out how to operate the radio. Granted, the radio was as technically advanced as the car, so a little experimentation is naturally understood.
Palm Beach Supercar Weekend
The third annual Palm Beach Supercar Weekend, hailed as the worlds largest waterfront supercar show, was held on Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach overlooking the peaceful waterfront. This Intracoastal Waterway housed more than 400 high-end super cars and some of the most exclusive and powerful vehicles on the planet. In preparation for this well advertised, well attended, and much anticipated event, many of the city streets were temporarily closed to traffic to accommodate the show cars. There were many highlights, including the world's fastest street-legal production car, the SSC Ultimate Aero TT, the one-off Pinifarina designed Ferrari P4/5, Ferrari Enzo, Ferrari FXX, Buggati Veyron, Spyker C8, and even a McLaren F1.
This show provides an educational experience for all ages, allowing onlookers to understand and appreciate the passion and visions behind many of the world's greatest automobiles.
When the term Supercar was first coined in the 1960s it was used to describe the most prestigious designs and engineering advances applied to the common form of transportation, the automobile. The majority of Supercars are hand- made, tailored and designed to push the limits of speed. Often Supercars are not profitable for manufacturers. Some examples are valued at over $10 million dollars, and limited quantities are produced; thus many specimens become part of major collections which never see the light of day. Supercar Weekend carefully selects and invites Supercar owners from around the world to display their automobiles in a unique, prestigious and exciting atmosphere.
Shell Ferrari Historic Challenge at Moroso
The Start of the Cavallino Classic Celebration
Enthusiasts from all over the country and the world make the annual journey to the West Palm Beach area during January to watch and partake in one of the largest Ferrari automotive gatherings in the country. The Cavallino Classic, now in its 17th year, attracts more than 500 registrants with around 400 cars from 33 states and 12 countries. The Palm Beach area is a suitable location as its warm weather and gorgeous beaches only heightens the allure. Recently, additional events have been added to the weekend making attendance irresistible.
Enzo Ferrari's company, along with his early racing career, was centered around racing. His road going cars were initially created to finance his track efforts. It is only appropriate that the day-long Cavallino Classic celebration is precluded by four-days of racing, the first two being completely private and closed to the public. This event is for cars that bare the prancing horse emblem; a select few Alfa Romeo and Maserati's are also welcome because of their association with Ferrari. Many of the cars wore license plates, meaning they were street legal. A few were driven to the track, raced, and driven home, especially in the GT and Sport group. This was a fitting tribute to the versatility of the Ferrari marque.
Detroit Auto Show
A Shift, From Mean to Green
The birthplace of the muscle car era sang a new tune this year as mounting concerns about global warming, record high oil prices, and tough new federal fuel economy laws going into effect, have the collective auto industry moving down the same road. This year's Detroit Auto Show could be summarized by the words: 'eco friendly', 'green', and 'alternative fuel sources.' Nearly every automaker had joined the bandwagon and proudly proclaimed their allegiance to alternative fuel sources and improved fuel economy.
The theme of the show was solidified when Hummer introduced their new concept, the HX. Hummer has a reputation for being large and gas-hungry; this image may improve slightly with their new HX Biofuel Concept. The Hummer HX Concept runs on E85, fuel that is 85% ethanol, and has a stature much smaller then its other siblings.