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The GM Heritage Center serves as a showplace for the vehicles of the GM Heritage Collection, and as the home of the Heritage and Media Archive. Located in an 81,000 square foot facility in Sterling Heights, Michigan, the Center has approximately 200 vehicles on display, while the Archive houses 15,000 linear feet of shelving containing significant documents, manuals, brochures, and artifacts documenting GM's rich history of innovation. The GM North American Heritage Collection is made up of approximately 600 cars and trucks. Many reflect GM's industry firsts, like the first electric self-starter, used on the 1912 Cadillac, the first production V8 that powered the 1915 Cadillac, and the first air bag, found on 1974 Buick, Cadillac, and Oldsmobile models. Others are technological experiments like the first American gas turbine-powered car, Firebird 1, or the world's first hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle, the 1966 Electro-van. Concept cars and special-interest styling/performance one-offs are part of the mix, along with significant race cars and milestone production vehicles such as the first production 1966 Olds Toronado featuring General Motors' front-wheel drive.
- RM Auctions ‘Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey' event posts $8.8 million in total sales with 100% of all lots sold - Top-seller: 1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe brings $748,000 - Brass Era automobiles attract strong interest, with many lots well-exceeding pre-sale estimates - RM rounds out 2010 auction calendar with ‘Automobiles of London', October 27 and ‘The Milton Robson Collection', November 13. RM Auctions, the world's largest collector car auction house, achieved a successful 100% sell-through rate at its Hershey, Pennsylvania sale last week, with all 297 lots presented exchanging hands for a total of $8.8 million in sales.
The Sixteenth Annual Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles in Jackson Township, Ohio, celebrated the Duesenberg Company, the Cars of Italian designer Giotto Bizzarrini, and the Historic Motorcars of Cleveland. Visitors were treated to more than 200 vehicles in a wide array of vintages and styles, organized in nearly 2 dozen categories. The Jack Nicklaus designed Signature Golf Course and the brick clubhouse in the background adds to the ambiance of this exclusive event. Inside the clubhouse, there are high vaulted ceilings, ornate windows, Gothic styling, and a ballroom that can accommodate 350 guests. The location is tranquil with plenty of room to house the vintage masterpieces. As guests arrived at the event, they were welcomed by a modern supercar display with such household names as Saleen, Lotus, Tesla, Ferrari, and Lamborghini. The Classes With nearly two dozen organized classes and 200+ vehicles on display, the Glenmoor Gathering had plenty of vehicles to admire.
This year is the 28th Annual Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP), and the final event in a 10-day automotive celebration. Since 1983, racers and enthusiasts have flocked to Schenley Park to witness racing through city streets, a phenomenon that has become a rarity in modern times. The event draws over a quarter-million people each year and since its inception, has raised over $2.5 million for the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School. This is truly impressive, as the PVGP is a free-event (no cost to spectate) and is organized by an army of 1,200 volunteers. The first event of the celebration was the Kick-Off Rallye. Over 75 drivers were challenged on a type of scavenger hunt on wheels, following a route that took them through the streets and neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, PA and its suburbs. Trivia questions were presented along the way, and the drivers were scored on how close they followed directions and stay within the posted speed limits and reached the finish line. Prior to the start of the 'scavenger hunt', the cars were on display in the scenic South Craig street in Oakland, PA. In proper Grand Prix style, the finish line held a party and awards ceremony for the participants. In 2004, the event grew to include the Historic Races at the BeaveRun Motorsports Complex. This track is more forgiving and properly suited for larger displacement cars. It is situated a short distance away from the city of Pittsburgh, PA and has proven to be a perfect venue for expanding the list of vintage and historic racers.
RM Auctions and RM Auto Restoration both experienced great success at the Monterey Automotive Week with the Sports & Classics of Monterey auction and the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. At the auction an impressive 95% sell-through rate was achieved, while on the show field the top honors were given to a 1933 Delage D8S Roadster by De Villars restored by RM Auto Restoration. At Sports & Classics of Monterey, top-sellers included an exquisite 1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C Lago Speciale with coachwork by Figoni et Falaschi and an exceptional 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Berlinetta, the fifth of only seven examples built, each selling for $4,620,000. In addition, a rare 1948 Tucker 48 Sedan set a new world record for a Tucker sold at auction, selling for $1,127,500. Overall sales amounted to $67 million for the most significant auction offering ever presented on the Peninsula, and 16 lots achieved over $1 million each. Complementing the Best of Show win by the Delage from the Patterson Collection was a Third in Class win by the 1929 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton, owned by Charles Letts of Detroit, Michigan and also restored by RM. A 1934 Packard Sports Coupe restored by RM, owned by Ralph and Adeline Marano of Garwood, New Jersey, also made a strong showing at the concours to round out what was a historic and memorable weekend for the RM group of companies.
Fans that attend this weekend's Glenora Wine Cellars U.S. Vintage Grand Prix presented by Welliver McGuire will not be disappointed with the wide variety of vintage racecars that will be in attendance. This weekend the track expects over 400 entrants to hit the track - making it one of the largest vintage racing events in the country. This highly-anticipated weekend combines the best in vintage racing on the 3.4-mile road course at The Soul of American Road Racing with a special tribute to the racing career of Elliot Forbes-Robinson, and the Antique Auto Show presented by Chemung Canal Trust Co. 'The fact that we are yet again one the largest vintage racing events in the country, is a testament to the drawing power our historic road course,' said Michael Printup, president of Watkins Glen International. 'There is no better place to celebrate the history of racing and the career of Elliot Forbes-Robinson than in this great town of Watkins Glen, and no better time of year than to honor these cars than in the fall in Upstate New York.' Don't miss the Chemung Canal Trust Co. Antique Auto Show on Saturday, where fans can display their antique cars in friendly competition and take a parade lap around the historic track on Saturday afternoon. Tickets for the auto show are $70 and include one three-day general admission ticket, vehicle entry into the show, a parade lap, and a special gift. Participating cars must be at least 25 years old and the show is limited to the first 400 entries.
The Quail Lodge Resort and Golf Club is located in the heart of the Monterey Peninsula and nestled on 850 aces of lush fairways, oak-studded meadows and scenic, sparkling lakes. With rolling green lawns and rugged mountain peaks, the location offers an incomparable atmosphere of serenity, luxury and exclusivity. For the eighth year in a row it has been home to 'The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering,' an exclusive event that showcases many rare and collectible automobiles, along with a gastronomical feast. A culinary team headed by Executive Chef Julio Ramirez prepared a delightful array of food that spans the globe with offerings from Italy, Germany and France, together with homegrown favorites from central Texas and of course, Carmel Valley. There was an assortment of the best wines and Champagne by Roederer Estate. Their culinary presentation was able to please even the most demanding palate. The Quail sells a limited number of tickets, allowing for an intimate affair and plenty of room for car connoisseurs to examine and enjoy each vehicle on display. This year's featured themes were Milestone Cars of 1934, 45 Years of the Shelby Mustang, Alfa Romeo Special Coachbuilders, and Nurburgring. As in years past, they continued the tradition of The Great Ferraris along with Pre and Post-War Sports, Pre and Post-War Racing, Sports and Racing Motorcycles and Super Cars, as well as adding a few surprises. The vehicles on display were an eclectic mix of old and new, encompassing a wide spectrum from road-going cars to racing specials. Modern high-end vehicles, such as Bentley, Bugatti, Ferrari, Land Rover and Porsche were also on display. Porsche brought their new GT3 Hybrid, Ferrari brought a 458 Italia and 599GTO, and Bugatti stole the show by bringing two of their 267 mph Veyron Super Sports.
The 2010 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (formerly known as the Monterey Historics) had entrants representing 13 countries and over 600 historic cars competing at the annual event held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Prior to the start of the races, big changes were announced, including the news that Steve Earle and his company General Racing had not organized the event. The task that Earle had performed since 1974, was handed over to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca owner SCRAMP (Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula). Though the event was as smooth and well organized as it had been in prior years, there were changes. The most noticeable was the new name: the 'Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.' Another day of racing was added to the agenda to accommodate the record number of entrants and 19 racing groups. Thursday and Friday were practice and qualifying sessions, with races held on Saturday and Sunday. Another change was the race-day morning sessions, which were switched from warm-ups session to qualifying races. SCRAMP's goal was to take one of the greatest historic automobile race events in the world to a whole new level for the participants as well as the spectators. They accomplished this by having a paddock full of activity with more days of racing, more cars and more excitement. They expanded features in the Yamaha Marketplace by adding The Oasis, Power Alley, Ocean Avenue Boutiques and the Land Rover off-road experience as new activities to the event, offering something for everyone. 'Our vision heading into this year is to provide guest friendly new experiences for everyone to enjoy,' explains Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. 'There are more exhibitors than ever before to add to the overall enjoyment.' Racing Features This annual Mecca for vintage racers is an invitation-only event with a plethora of organized categories and classes. There were categories that included the FIA Manufacturer Championship and IMSA GTP cars, Can-Am, Sports and Racing Cars, Formula Juniors, Formula 1, Trans-Am, GT Cars, and Pre-War. There were groups based on engine displacement sizes, years of production, body styles, and purpose-built racing cars. The cars that raced along the 2.24 mile road racing track experienced a spectacular and challenging course that included 300 feet of elevation changes and eleven turns, including the famous 'Corkscrew.'
A 1933 Delage D8S De Villars Roadster owned by The Patterson Collection in Louisville, Kentucky, was named Best of Show at the 60th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance held Sunday on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links®. Additionally, proceeds from raffles, auctions, sponsorships and ticket sales helped contribute more than $1 million to charity for the fifth consecutive year. 'There are so many things about this car that are special,' said owner Jim Patterson, who founded Long John Silver's restaurant and contributed to the founding of the Rally's Hamburger chain. 'We've won (with other cars) at a lot of concours, but never here. This win at Pebble is the ultimate. This is the one win that really matters.' Competitors from 33 states and 14 countries brought their prized automotive possessions to the California's Monterey Peninsula for judging in 29 classes. In the end, the white, streamlined 1933 Delage with coachwork from De Villars was judged the best.
Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, sold more than $64.59 Million** in collector cars over the weekend at its annual prestigious Pebble Beach Auctions, achieving its highest-ever recorded sales total in its Pebble Beach history. Extraordinary results for the high-end collector car market with only 106 lots sold, Gooding & Company's price per car averaged an outstanding $609,000, a market leading number that demonstrates the overall quality of the auction house's automotive consignments. Three bright stars that sold for more than $6 Million each, the 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider, 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza, and 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta SEFAC Hot Rod impressed an audience of enthusiasts and media by achieving new world sales records during the live auction. 'We went into this year's Pebble Beach Auctions with high expectations because of the sheer number of extraordinary cars we had consigned,' says David Gooding, President and founder of Gooding & Company. 'In addition to a packed auction tent brimming with new guests and enthusiasts from around the world, our highest-ever Pebble Beach weekend results at $64.59 Million speak for themselves and I couldn't be happier.' Complementing the sheer volume of multi-million dollar cars sold, Gooding & Company achieved six impressive world records over the weekend, listed as follows:
This was Concorso Italiano's 25th anniversary, and the second year of their restoration of the Concorso. Building upon last year's success and the positive response of spectators and exhibitions, the event continues to grow by leaps and bounds. At the heart of this success are the special guests, unique cars, and the new venue at the beautiful Laguna Seca Golf Ranch in the Monterey Peninsula. Two years ago, the venue (an airport runway) proved unimpressive compared to the caliber of the event and the vehicles in attendance. A new, separate event was spawned, but lasted just one year. With Concorso returning to the beautiful manicured lawns of the golf course, with the undulating fairways complementing the beautiful cars, harmony was restored. This was Concorso's silver anniversary and Alfa Romeo's 100th. As would be expected, the Alfa Romeo gathering was very impressive, with one of the highlights being an 8C 2900B that won the Pebble Beach Concours in 2008. Special guests included Richard Gadeselli, Vice President Communications Fiat Group Automobiles SpA, and Sefano Agazzi, Head of Alfa Romeo's Historic Activity Department and Alfa Romeo Museum Curator. These individuals participated in judging of the Alfas on display, selecting the most historically relevant Alfa Romeo.
Automotive and motorsports enthusiasts have been descending on the Monterey, California peninsula to enjoy some of the world's finest cars. The Pre-Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was the first event during classic car week and the two-day race kicked off the week in style. There were 312 vintage race cars in ten race groups preparing for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports race. The first car show of this hectic week was the Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue. In years past, this event has spanned sixteen blocks of downtown Carmel with over two-hundred collector cars and motorcycles. This year - until recently - the event was canceled. In the eleventh hour, a team of a dozen volunteers worked aggressively to make the event happen. The result was a relaxed, scaled-down version of past years, with the show cars positioned on just a couple blocks of real estate. Past years have been a full day affair; this year it was two hours long. There was no judging and no awards handed out. Despite all of this, the event felt very well organized and orchestrated. Though a smaller group of cars than in past years, the organizers were able to recruit a number of quality machines. There was a row of Porsches, several Ferraris, a Maserati, and even a Citroen. Detroit power was also well represented, with a 427 Chevy Impala SS, Chevy Chevelle SS, Shelby Mustang 350H, and Pontiac GTO. A popular theme at previous years had been the micro-car display; this year was no different. The oddly shaped three-wheeled Davis Divan owned by TV personality Wayne Carini (who also brought a British Bus) was a popular attraction. The design was originally created by Frank Kurtis, later to be known for his Kurtis Kraft Indy race cars in the 1940s. After the War, Gary Davis put the car into production. Around 15 hand-built examples were created before various lawsuits brought production to an end.
Wild weather across the Motor City failed to dampen the enthusiasm of car collectors at RM Auctions' Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook event on July 24, as spirited bidding in the room, on the phone and via the internet saw total sales climb over $10 million for the 98-car offering, with a strong 85% sell-through rate. Well-attended by motoring enthusiasts from across the continent, the single-day sale was highlighted by an abundance of American classics as it celebrated the Midwest's impact on the automobile. Once again, the auction launched the renowned Meadow Brook vintage car weekend, culminating with yesterday's Concours d'Elegance of America at Meadow Brook event. 'The Meadow Brook weekend is always a favourite on the RM calendar and we were delighted to see such strong interest and enthusiasm from Midwest collectors,' says Ian Kelleher, President and Chief Operating Officer, RM Auctions.
Celebrating the proud American heritage of an automotive original, the 55,000-square-foot Walter P. Chrysler Museum features three stories of more than 65 antique, custom and concept vehicles interspersed with interactive displays and historical exhibits that tell the story of the automaker's contributions to automotive design, technology and innovation, as well as the automobile's impact on American culture. The Museum also houses a movie theater and a gift shop. The Museum features three continuously-running short films: •The Early Years: The Life and Times of Walter P. Chrysler explores the background, creations and contributions of the automotive industry leader. •Speed and Power highlights the corporation's performance vehicle breakthroughs. •Inside the Tech Center follows the development of new vehicles within Chrysler Group LLC's Auburn Hills, Michigan Tech Center, on the grounds it shares with the Walter P. Chrysler Museum.
The Meadow Brook Concours - now called The Concours d'Elegance of America at Meadow Brook - proved once again that it is among the world's most prestigious classic automobile exhibitions. The event celebrates heritage, automotive history, enthusiasm for the old car hobby, and quality of restoration. This years featured groups included GM's Motorama Cars, Celebrity Owned Cars, Altered Factory Experimental Cars from the early days of Drag Racing, Speedsters and Roadster, Space-Age Sport Coupes, and Woodys. Along with a name change, there was another big announcement. After 31 years of calling the Meadow Brook Hall home, the event will move to a new location for 2011. The Concours' new home is the Inn at St. John's in suburban Plymouth, Michigan, a location that includes a conference center, an 118-room hotel and 27 hole golf course. The hotel room and the conference center were a significant factor in the decision to move. 'As times have changed, the economics of producing an event such as ours necessitates the presence of an on-site hotel with conference facilities specifically designed for large events,' Peter Heydon, the concours chairman, said in a statement. From the Brass Era to Muscle Cars, the Concours of America encompassed all eras of automobile production, and had a very strong presence of cars built in America, celebrating Michigan's rich automotive history and culture. Except for the 'European Luxury and Sport' and the 'Sports Car' categories, nearly every other group were American-car exclusive.
The Kohler International Challenge is an annual peak-of-summer tradition for both partcipants and spectators. For spectators it's a blend of art on wheels and great competition between everything from cult favorites to priceless limited production models. For participants its the chance to mingle on and off the track with fellow vintage enthusiasts and special guests including event host Brian Redman. Whether it's pushing the limits on Road America's legendary 4-mile circuit, touring in a sports car or entering the race car and sports car Concours d'Elegance, this weekend is all about vintage cars. No other vintage event in the country draws more eyes or wheels.
The 2010 Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio consisted of three Enduros, a Trans-Am feature, and all 10 SVRA (Sportscar Vintage Racing Association) classes. Datsun/Nissan was the featured marque and the famed Datsun/Nissan driver John Morton was the Grand Marshal. In addition to the vintage racing along the 15-turn, 2.4-mile track, there were numerous Car Club Corrals and the 12th Annual British Car Showdown and a Concours d'Elegance. Datsun / Nissan Datsun and Nissan has earned over 80 SCCA racing titles during its career in the sport, a win at LeMans and four consecutive wins at Daytona, as well as off-road victories in the Safari Rally. These iconic cars have been piloted by legendary drivers such as Bob Sharp, Paul Newman, Walt Mass, Frank Leary and John Morton. In honor of this company's accomplishments, the GP at Mid-Ohio featured a special Datsun/Nissan exclusive race with over a dozen cars from the company's past, ranging from the tiny Fairlady 'roadsters' and Bluebird sedans, to the revolutionary 240Z and its successors.
The Legends of Motorsports event is a historic racing series in North America that was founded by 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner and three-time CART Champion Bobby Rahal, professional driver and JMI CEO Zak Brown and historic racing enthusiast and businessman Peter Stoneberg. Several of the greatest road courses in North America have been chosen; the inaugural race weekend was staged at the Barber Motorsports Park. The second event of the season was at Watkins Glen International Raceway, often credited as being the soul of American road racing. The Watkins Glen International race weekend welcomed Vic Elford as their Grand Marshal, and Porsche as the featured marque. The theme for the event was a 'celebration of all things 1970s,' and featured a 70's-themed disc party. Other activities throughout the weekend included live music, autograph sessions, and activities for the kids. The event could best be described as quality over quantity, as around 50 cars were grouped into four race categories, including USRRC/Can-Am/FIA Championship of Makes, F5000/Classic Monoposto, IMSA GT/2 Liter Sports Cars/Thunder & Lightning/Group C/GTP and Formula Libre.
- First Le Mans exploit with Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG) - New distance record thanks to efficiency and reliability - All three Audi R15 TDI cars in top three places INGOLSTADT, Germany, Jun 13, 2010 - For the ninth time Audi has won the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans and thus equalized Ferrari's position in the roll of honor in the French endurance classic. Only Porsche's track record reflects more victories. At the 78th edition of the race, efficiency and reliability were the decisive factors yet again – both are special fortes of the Audi brand which has a reputation of developing highly efficient automobiles. The three Audi R15 TDI cars of Audi Sport Team Joest ran without the slightest technical problems over the entire distance and occupied the top three places after the fastest Le Mans race of all time. After 2000, 2002 and 2004, Audi thus managed to achieve a one-two-three triumph at Le Mans for the fourth time.
Antoine L'Estage and co-driver Nathalie Richard, from St.-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, survived a big rain storm that came through North Central Pennsylvania early Saturday evening to win the 2010 Waste Management Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally (STPR) presented by Citizens & Northern Bank. This is Antoine's second win in three years at STPR in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, and expands his points lead over Nashua, NH's Bill Bacon and co-driver Peter Watt, who finished second in their Mitsubishi Evo IX. The two favored, factory-backed entries – the Ford Fiesta of Ken Block/Alex Gelsomino and the Subaru Impreza of Dave Mirra/Martin Headland – both failed to complete the rally, leaving the top spots up for grabs for the Mitsubishis. Block was leading the event until he lost his transmission on stage #10, while Mirra went off the road at high speed on stage five, bending both the front and back of the car. Mirra was okay, and co-driver Headland was taken to Wellsboro Hospital with back pain, but was treated and released.
For over a century, the automobile has been a means of transportation and entertainment. It has been an evolutionary process that has seen its share of exceptional and elegant creations along with the unorthodox 'out of the box' disasters. For the past 15 years, the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance has been celebrating this history and educating thousands of show-goers with a vast array of vehicles. It has proven to be one of the nation's most innovative vintage auto event show-casing many rare and classic vehicles from seldom-seen private collections nationwide. For their 15th year anniversary celebration, the Amelia Island Concours (held at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida) invited stock car legend Richard Petty 'The King' as their Honoree. In addition, the event honored the 40th anniversary of Porsche's inaugural victory at the 24 Hours of Daytona and Le Mans with their 917, a model that is considered by many to be one of the most significant racecars of the modern era. This year's event also honored Sir Stirling Moss and the 50th Anniversary of Moss' victory in the last Cuban Grand Prix. The celebrated Marque was Mercedes-Benz. There was a collection of iconic Mercedes-Benz automobiles including the legendary LeMans-winning 1952 300SL and 1956 300 SL 'Gullwing' Coupe, along with the newly introduced 2011 SLS AMG. 'The SLS AMG and Gullwing displays at the 15th anniversary of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance are top examples of Mercedes-Benz historical significance and major contributions with the automobile industry,' said Stephen Cannon, VP of Marketing, MBUSA. 'The iconic 1954 Gullwing represents the leading innovation Mercedes-Benz is known for throughout history and the SLS AMG sets a new standard for supercars of the future just like the 300 SL did over 50 years ago.'
- RM posts over $19 million in sales at 12th annual ‘Automobiles of Amelia Island' auction - Top-seller: 1930 Duesenberg Model J Sport Berline by Murphy brings $1,705,000 - Four cars sell for more than $1,000,000 each with historic Ferraris dominating top-seller's list - RM announces two private collection sales for June 2010 RM Auctions, the official auction house of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, continued its strong track record in Florida this weekend, posting in excess of $19 million in total sales with an impressive 88% sell-through at its 12th annual Automobiles of Amelia Island event.
Gooding & Company, the internationally-recognized auction house, garnered more than $16.1 Million* in sales, with a total of 58 out of 71 lots sold, at its inaugural Amelia Island Auction on Friday, March 12, 2010 at the Amelia Island Plantation. The auction's top-seller was the star 1931 Voisin Mylord Demi-Berline that sold for $2.75 Million, an outstanding sale and world record for the Best of Show 2009 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance winner. 'One of my favorite moments at this auction was watching the incredible 1931 Voisin Mylord Demi-Berline set a world record up on our stage,' says David Gooding, president and founder of Gooding & Company. 'With more than $16.1 Million in total sales this evening and a strong showing by many of our collectors and clients, I am very pleased with the results from our debut Amelia Island Auction.' Many collectors and enthusiasts from around world attended and expressed their enthusiasm for Gooding & Company's new presence in Florida, eager for the auction house to build Amelia Island into its annual auction calendar as a permanent fixture. The highly espected classic car collector Michael Schudroff stated, 'Gooding & Company did a wonderful job this evening…The presentation and production was high class and a great crowd attended. We definitely look forward to seeing them in Amelia Island next year.'
The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, a National Historic Landmark, opened its doors at Noon on Saturday, July 6, 1974. The museum is the former Auburn Automobile Company's national headquarters building, were many of the cars they house were designed and developed. MSNBC News named the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum one of the 'Top Ten Gearhead Destinations in the United States.' There are over 120 cars ranging from 1894 to 1999 and automotive displays on three floors. The ACD Museum is home to a wealth of historical information pertaining to the Auburn Automobile Company, Duesenberg, Inc., and Cord Corporation. It houses the greatest and most extensive collection of Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg automobiles in the world, and features the largest exhibit of Duesenberg automobiles on public display on the planet. On April 8, 2005 the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Facility was designated a National Historic Landmark by Secretary of the Interior, Gale A. Norton. It is the highest designation in the country.
One of the most distinct characteristics of the Philadelphia International Auto Show has long been its consistency. For years, the show has featured the same makes of cars, the same displays of custom and vintage autos, and the same family-friendly atmosphere that makes the event a joy even for people with only a modest interest in cars. But over the years, the show began to seem too consistent. Each show became too much like the last, leaving many spectators wishing for a more dynamic and exciting event. The old shortcomings of the Philly Auto Show were difficult to avoid. Many of them were due to the show being put together by the Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia, instead of by actual carmakers. The ADAGP is a large group, with the 2010 show involving over 500 dealerships from southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and northern Delaware. The group, though, has never had the means to sponsor a show with the advanced concept cars and glitzy new vehicle debuts that are found at more prestigious shows like Detroit, where manufactures themselves spend big money to ensure the public's positive reception of new cars. The dealers would do their best to bring the most exciting cars they could, but too often the main portion of the show wound up feeling like little more than a large, multi-make, new car showroom in the Philadelphia Convention Center. Luckily, the 2010 event managed to shake off much of that old oversized showroom feeling. The cars were fresher, the displays were more impressive, and the domestic brands as a whole put on a better show than they have in years. The changes made to the Philly Auto Show for 2010 were reflections of a changing auto industry and the changing attitudes of consumers.
Winter in West Palm Beach, Florida is made even more enjoyable by the Cavallino Classic, a convention for Ferrari owners and enthusiasts. The event is nearly a week long and includes several track days, a Tour of Palm Beach, an exclusive Jet Reception, a Concorso d'Eleganza at The Breakers Resort Hotel, and concludes with the Classic Sports Sunday at The Mar-a-Lago Club. The first major activity for the 19th Annual Palm Beach Cavallino Classic was the Florida Trophy, a two day track meet at the Palm Beach International Raceway. Underlining Ferrari's extraordinary accomplishments in competition, this was a fitting activity to begin the Cavallino Classic celebration. Since the event was open to vintage and modern Ferraris, the cars were separated into three categories. The Drum Brake group was reserved for cars that had left the factory equipped with drum brakes. Cars in this group spanned nearly 3 decades, from the 1930s until the late 1950s. The Disc Brake category included several memorable competition cars including the GTO, the Daytona, 250LM, and the BBLM - all fitted with disc brakes. The Sport group was basically opened to drivers who wanted to drive their Ferraris at speed (or at least their comfort level), rather than to race. Both Disc and Drum brake groups seemed smaller than in prior years. There were just a handful of cars participating in the drum brake group, with most of the cars being from the mid-1950s. The oldest car (and in a league of its own) was the Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3. The only other open wheeled car throughout the weekend was the Maserati 250F, which easily and gracefully navigated the twists and turns skillfully. The car that brought the most smiles in this group was the exotic, pontoon fendered 250 TR.
• $33.9 MILLION IN COLLECTOR CARS ARE SOLD AT GOODING & COMPANY'S FIRST TWO-DAY 2010 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION
• Seven Lots Sold for More Than $1 Million Each and Two New World Records Achieved
• Gooding & Company Donated a Significant Portion of its Proceeds to the American Red Cross and Hosted a Donation Center to Raise Funds for the International Response Fund Relief Efforts in Haiti
Gooding & Company, the internationally-recognized auction house, collectively garnered $33.9 Million in sales, with a total of 114 out of 125 lots sold, during its two-day Scottsdale auction held on Friday, January 22 and Saturday, January 23. This year's top-seller was the 1956 Jaguar D-Type Sports Racer that sold for $3.74 Million, a star for its noteworthy provenance and stunning restoration. The sale of the D-Type marks the third consecutive year that Gooding & Company has sold the top-selling car of Scottsdale Auction Week.