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The annual Monaco Grand Prix Formula One event, held on the Circuit de Monaco, began in 1929 and has become one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world. The narrow streets of Monaco serve as the temporary 2.075 mile track, featuring tight corners, elevation changes, and even a tunnel. Today, drivers still navigate the uphill climb to Casino Square, before turning down to Mirabeau and the Loews Hairpin, before entering the famous tunnel that runs into the harbor-side chicane, a notorious spot for accidents. From there, drivers sprint past many of the harbor's large yachts toward La Piscine and the swimming pool that the corner is named after. This is followed by a quick right turn into La Rascasse before a run down into the Boulevard Albert and to the finish line. This demanding course requires drivers to change gears 54 times per lap, or 4,200 times over the course of the 78-lap race. In 1997, a one-off Monaco Historic Grand Prix (Grand Prix de Monaco Historique) was held, later becoming a bi-annual event beginning in 2000. This year, the event once again paid tribute to its past, with the 8th Monaco Historic Grand Prix. Organized by the Automobile Club de Monaco, the 7-race program was filled with drivers from 20 difference countries. 87 British drivers and 31 Americans had the strongest presence, following by 23 French, 19 Italian, and 10 German drivers. 14 Monegasque drivers defended the colours of the Principality throughout the various races. Six of the seven races were won by drivers from Great Britain, with United States driver, Duncan Dayton winning the Pre-1973 Formula 1 group. Drivers from Great Britain were certainly the most successful of the weekend, earning 14 of the 21 podium finishes. Italian drivers captured 3 podium finishes followed by two USA podium spots.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Glenmoor Country Club and the 18th edition of the Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles. Over the years, the Glenmoor Gathering has evolved into an automotive celebration spanning several days, including a driving tour, Gala dinners, cooking demonstrations, auction, seminars, art display, and car show. Last year's event attracted 4,500 auto enthusiasts and this year even more flocked to see the 215 automobiles and motorcycles on display. This highlights included the 1935 Duesenberg SJ roadster, more commonly known as the 'Mormon Meteor', which set speed records on the Salt Flats in the 1930's. Another crowd-pleaser was the 1930 Packard 740 Roadster owned by its 102-year-old care taker (Margaret Dunning of Plymouth, Michigan), a job that she has had for 60 years. The Packard was the first car to receive a perfect score—100 points—from the Classic Car Club of America. Another crowd favorite was a 1948 Tucker '48' from the Driehaus Collection in Chicago. They were kind enough to unite the Tucker with its original owner, Rudy Schroeder of Missouri. In attendance was a rare, one-of-a-kind Packard that was built in 1952 for Ed Macauley, director of Packard styling. Intended as a concept car, it was known by several names—Packard Panther, Phantom II and Macauley Special Speedster. The 359 cubic inch Packard eight is bolstered by a McCullocch supercharger. This was the first Packard to feature a wrap-around windshield.
The 27th Edition of Concorso Italiano, as in years past, brought the best of Italy to the spacious greenery of the Laguna Seca Golf Ranch in Monterey, California. This year's feature attraction was the Cars of Bertone in honor of their 100th anniversary. The event also celebrated the 55th anniversary of the Fiat 500. Concorso Italian showcases the passion of many enthusiasts for the Italian built automobile. They recognize them as Sculptures in Motion and engineering marvels. From the exotic to the utilitarian, the cars of Italy are always well represented. Senses are overwhelmed walking from row-to-row of exotic Lamborghinis, Maseratis and Ferraris. Italy certainly produced some of the finest, exotic, and sportiest automobiles. The history of the Bertone Company dates back to November 1912. Honoring their work in the industry, the centerpiece at Concorso was the Bertone Nuccio concept car. This concept (which made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show), is an 'extreme' sportscar that puts an evolutionary imprint on the concept that is built into Bertone's DNA: the mid-rear engined berlinetta. Formally, the Nuccio takes its layout from the low, muscular one-box design that is part of the company's historic tradition. At the same time, it displays a styling language of strong emotional impact that projects the brand's identity into the future.
The 2012 edition of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion featured a field of over 550 historic race cars divided into 17 race groups. This year's feature celebrated Historic Stock Cars and the 50th anniversary of the Shelby Cobra. The Shelby Cobra In honor of the anniversary and the late Carroll Shelby, a group of 45 Shelby Cobras that once competed in the 1960s raced around Mazda Raceway's Laguna Seca 11-turn track. The tribute race was to honor the Cobra's originator Carroll Shelby, who had planned on attending the event, but, sadly, died in May of this year at the age of 89. The wave of the green flag was performed by celebrity starter Edsel Ford II. When the checkered flag dropped signaling the end of the race, it was Jim Click in his 1964 Cobra 289 in the lead followed by Lorne Leibel and James Farley in their 289 Cobras. After the race, Jim Click said 'I knew Carroll Shelby; he did so much for racing and for Ford, so it is an honor for me to have won this race for Mr. Shelby. This is the biggest win of my life.' Click started third on the grid, but the second-place car broke down, leaving a 1964 Cobra 289 for the lead. 'I was chasing car #81 (also a 1964 Cobra 289) for the lead, and I knew I was faster going through the turns; he is a really good driver, but he finally made a bit of a mistake exiting a corner, so I was there to take advantage,' said Click. Along with the celebration on the track, hundreds of Shelby Cobras were on display in the paddock, surrounding corrals, and even in the museum-quality Heritage Display. Inside the Heritage Display as Cobra serial number CSX20001, the very first production built, among its 12 historically Cobras that helped map the heritage of the iconic marque.
Luxury British sport car maker Aston Martin has confirmed a stunning line-up of its latest models to appear at Salon Privé from the 5th to 7th of September at West London's Syon Park. The line-up will feature the exclusive V12 Zagato, One-77 hypercar, new Vanquish super GT, luxurious Rapide four-door sports car and a show debut of the remarkable One-77 Cycle. Aston Martin CEO, Dr. Ulrich Bez will also sit on the judging panel of the Chubb Insurance Concours d'Elégance at Salon Privé. With a price tag of £400,000, the limited edition V12 Zagato is sure to become one of the most exclusive and desirable sports cars in the world. Powered by Aston Martin's 510bhp 6.0-litre V12 engine, the Zagato reaches 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 190mph.
The sun rose early today over the 62nd annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Following this morning's 'Dawn Patrol', the official welcome and judging introduction for all participants at sunrise, the field was set and ready to kick off the 2012 edition of this famed event. Gleaming automobiles, some of the world's finest, awaited spectators and guests on the 18th fairway of The Lodge at Pebble Beach. As the Concours is the place to see and be seen during Monterey Classic Car Week, people dressed to the nines, many in period, with elegant hats and caps dotting the crowds. As judges made their rounds, classical music set the tone while the sun held the coastal fog at bay for most of the morning. The Concours event, judging vehicles for their historical accuracy, technical merit, style and elegance, has grown into one of the most competitive collector car shows in the automotive world. The event aims to recognize and encourage proper preservation of the world's great automobiles. The Pebble Beach Concours is distinguished by the fact that all participating cars are still drivable. Thursday's compliment event, the Tour d'Elegance presented by Rolex, allows participants to display these mobile works of art in action, also providing an opportunity for extra points on Concours Sunday for those who partake. True International Elegance Over 220 vehicles were present on the Pebble Beach field today, an international auto anthology of truly stunning proportions. Among this year's Special Classes were the Cars of the Maharajas, featuring automobiles once owned by Indian Royalty. One of these remarkable cars was a 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Thrupp & Maberly All Weather, also known as 'The Star of India,' owned by Yuvraj Saheb Mandhatasinh Jadeja of Rajkot, Gujarat, India. Saffron in color, this unique car has an incredible history, having been built for the Maharaja of Rajkot and later sold and sent to Europe in 1968. Mandhatasinh Jadeja, a former prince of Rajkot and great-grandson of the Maharaja, recently acquired the car as a birthday present for his father, returning it to India for the first time since it was sold 44 years ago.
Today was the day everyone was waiting for, or at least the 30 or so thousand people flocking to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion were waiting for it: the chance to see 45 competition Shelby Cobras charging around California's famously challenging 2.238-mile road course known as Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The Cobras are part of the Reunion's celebration of the Shelby Cobra's 50thAnniversary, and besides those signed up for racing, there were hundreds more in the paddock, surrounding corrals, and even in a museum-quality Heritage Display, not to mention those driving the streets in Monterey these past few days as their owners went to and from Classic Car Week's concours events, tours, car shows and auctions that are now signature around the world as among the finest in the automotive world. The featured Cobra race was one of nine official Rolex Races held after lunchtime today, and it had to be the most watched, running chills up spines with the rage of roaring engines made more intense at the wave of the green flag by celebrity starter Edsel Ford II. It was billed as a tribute race to honor the Cobra's originator Carroll Shelby, who had planned to be here, but, sadly, died in May of this year at the age of 89. For Jim Click, who drove his 1964 Cobra 289 to win, that poignant fact made his victory a significant moment in time. Back in the paddock, celebrating with his crew and race fans who had surrounded his car, he said, 'I knew Carroll Shelby; he did so much for racing and for Ford, so it is an honor for me to have won this race for Mr. Shelby. This is the biggest win of my life.' Click explained that he started third on the grid today, but the second-place car broke down. 'I was chasing car #81 (also a 1964 Cobra 289) for the lead, and I knew I was faster going through the turns; he is a really good driver, but he finally made a bit of a mistake exiting a corner, so I was there to take advantage,' said Click. Race day drama was heightened when a rare Daytona Coupe suddenly wound up off-track as well with apparent damage to its front end. The Coupe, one of only six ever built, had held a seemingly comfortable third-place position for the first half of the 20-minute race. At the Rolex Driver's Club, which allows a birds-eye view of the 'Andretti Hairpin' turn 2 and the short straights leading into and exiting turn 3, the atmosphere could not have been more electric, and after the checkered flag, the reverence of fellow drivers from the 16 other classes here was made clear as the Cobra's slowed their pace to loud cheers and waving caps in recognition of their collective accomplishment.
To millions of motorsports fans around the world, a cobra isn't a snake. Instead, it is one of the most iconic and replicated cars of all time. From August 16-19 in Monterey, Calif., the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Shelby Cobra, Ford Motor Company's now-vintage race car developed by Carroll Shelby, who passed away earlier this year. The four-day event is not only a cornerstone of Classic Car Week, which draws hundreds of exquisite cars and thousands of car lovers annually to the Monterey Peninsula, but also the only occasion where automobile enthusiasts can enjoy their vintage favorites racing as they were meant to be, wheel-to-wheel in 17 period-appropriate classes, starting with pre-1940 Sports and Racing Cars and representing nearly every era of motorsports history through to 1990 Stock Cars. The Shelby Cobra exudes raw horsepower and elegant design with a racing heritage that is unparalleled, and on Saturday, August 18, an impressive grid of 45 authentic series CSX 2000 and 3000 Shelby Cobras will take to the challenging 2.238-mile road course that is Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, thrilling spectators with a ground-shaking performance that has never before been witnessed. At this dedicated race, the green flag will be waved by none other than Edsel Ford II, great-grandson of Henry Ford, and fans will watch as entries from the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Canada and across the U.S. finesse their way with precision through 11 turns and 300-foot elevation changes that include the notorious 'Corkscrew,' famous for its five-story drop. The den of Cobras at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion will include two of only six extraordinary Cobra Daytona Coupes ever built by Shelby American in the early 1960s. One will be racing on Saturday and another will be included in the Shelby Cobra Heritage Display.
America's most popular form of motorsports will nudge its way onto the vintage race scene this summer when 27 historic stock cars participate in the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Scheduled for August 17-19 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula, the event will feature the Shelby Cobra as its traditionally feted annual marque, but the addition of the stock cars promises to add a new dimension to the hundreds of sports and race cars entered in the historic race. Familiar brands such as Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Ford Thunderbird, Buick Regal, Pontiac Grand Prix, Oldsmobile Cutlass and Chevrolet Nova, among others, will recreate a rich history that was made famous by superstar drivers. Above the car doors, fans will recognize names such as Rusty Wallace, Dale Earnhardt, Darrell Waltrip, Ricky Rudd and Richard Petty. The group is limited to 1974-1990 stock cars with disc brakes and includes the 1988 Daytona 500-winning Buick Regal that was driven by Bobby Allison; Richard Petty's 1979 season-winning Chevrolet Monte Carlo; and the 1989 Pontiac Grand Prix road car that Rusty Wallace used to capture the 1989 Winston Cup Championship.
The 34th Annual Concours d'Elegance of America at St. Johns was held at The Inn at St. John's in Plymouth, Michigan. Last year, the Concours moved to its new home after 32 years at Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester, Michigan. The new location was highly praised by attendees, exhibitors and sponsors. With the larger show field, onsite hotel, beautiful weather and many ancillary events, the 2011 Concours was deemed a great success. This year's event was equally successful. The name, 'Concours d'Elegance of America' is a bold title, but one that describes the event perfectly. There are traditional 'Concours d'Elegance' classes featuring elegant creations of talented designers and skilled craftsman that were often fueled by unlimited budgets. There are also non-traditional classes, many of which pay tribute to the Motor City's heritage and their role in automotive history. Examples include drag racing cars, muscle cars, and Jet-Age station wagons. What are included in these groups, in true concours fashion, are some of the best and rarest examples in existence. Featured classes included 'Pioneer Cars: Before 1900', SCCA Trans-Am cars, Cord Cousins, Slingshot Rails, Jaguar vs. Corvette, Micro Cars and Jet-Age Station Wagons.
June 1, 2012 Pittsburgh, PA - The PVGP roars into its 30th year leaner, faster, and more cemented as a respected and reliable motorsports institution than nearly any other vintage event out there. The only one run entirely on city streets, the longest continually-running event in the nation, this small endeavor that started on a 1983 Labor Day afternoon now draws hundreds of thousands of spectators and dollars every year to raise awareness about autism and severe mental disabilities 'It's an amazing event with a rich history,' noted Communications Chairperson Chris Sandvig. 'We really didn't have professional staff until 2003. Even now, we can't pull this off without the graciousness of the city, the undying loyalty and love of our 1,200-strong volunteer family, and people who are now bringing their grandkids to help out.' The Grand Prix still boasts volunteers that have been here since the very beginning – outlasting the go-go eighties, dot-com nineties, and the worst recession in decades.
This was the second annual presentation of The Elegance at Hershey, and though it is still in its infancy, is already a very mature, well established, and well-coordinated event. It is amazing that an event this young has been able to attract a plethora of quality collector cars. But pulling back the curtain - even just slightly - has one saying 'oh, that's why!' Two instantly obvious reasons are the location and the list of judges. The event is held at The Hotel Hershey, a Four Star and Four Diamond resort, located in Hershey, PA. It is a venue with an expansive recreational complex, premium guest cottages, boutique shops, meeting and banquet space, and a beautiful garden. It has the space to accommodate this growing event, enough activities to keep the entire family entertained, and a beautiful backdrop to enhance the elegance of the showcars. The list of judges includes many knowledgeable and talented individuals. They bring a wealth of knowledge about the automobiles and the collector car market, as well as relevant and abundant information about judging and organizing major concours events.
The Rockstar Energy Drink Team of Antoine L'Estage, of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, and Nathalie Richard of Halifax, Nova Scotia, took the top podium finish in this weekend's Waste Management Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally®, presented by Citizen's & Northern Bank today with a time of 1:39.15.5, repeating their victories from 2010 and 2008. STPR® was the fourth round of the Rally America National Championship. Starting first, they had to battle to regain position after fellow Canadian Leonid 'Crazy Leo' Urhlichich, of Thornhill, Ontario, and co-driver Carl Williamson of Ammanford, Wales, gained 30 seconds in Stage 3 in their 2007 Subaru and moved into first on Day 1 of STPR®. And hot on both team's heels was the 2012 Subaru WRX STI, of the Subaru Rally USA Team of David Higgins, of the U.K.'s Isle of Man, and co-driver Craig Drew, of Bristol, U.K. It did not take long for L'Estage to recoup the lead. After suffering overheating problems yesterday, his crew diligently worked through the night replacing the engine in the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X to bring the car back into prime condition.
Cernobbio. Last weekend, Cernobbio on Lake Como once again became a magnet for car and motorcycle fans from far and wide. On display at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este were a range of classic automobiles and cutting-edge concept cars that thrilled the crowds who had flocked there. Visitors were already making a beeline for the grounds of Villa Erba on Saturday to witness the motorcycle Concorso. At the end of another marvellous weekend on the shores of Lake Como, the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este proclaimed its worthy winners on Sunday. The judges and the public were of one mind: the Alfa Romeo, 6C 1750 GS, 6th Series Coupé, Figoni of 1933 claimed the Trofeo BMW Group presented by the jury, and thus the Best of Show accolade, while also securing the public prize, the Coppa d'Oro Villa d'Este. In the Concept Cars and Prototypes category, meanwhile, the winner was the Alfa Romeo 4C. Appearing out of competition in this year's line-up was the BMW Zagato Coupé, making a highprofile world debut.
The 2012 edition of the Ferrari Tribute to Mille Miglia was a three day affair, lasting from May 16 to the 20th. It began and ended in Brescia, Italy, with the 1992 Ferrari 512 TR driven by Gino Verghini and Lamberto Fuso claiming the overall victory. The 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet of Carlos Lopez and Maria Eugenia Prieto were winners in the Classic car Category. The cars were segregated into groups, with a category for 'Modern Cars', produced between 1982 to 2012. The 'Classic Car' group included vehicles produced between 1958 to 1981. Image Credits: Ferrari S.p.A.
This weekend, the Laguna Seca circuit in California hosted the third Ferrari Racing Days of the year, the event that brings together on track all the main areas of activity of the Maranello marque's Corse Clienti department. The busy programme included free practice sessions for drivers taking part in the XX and historic F1 programmes as they tackled this thrilling track that was the perfect backdrop for them to experience driving at speed in a safe environment, as well as benefiting from the support of professional racing drivers such as Marc Gene, who was there as a tutor. Also on track at Laguna Seca the twenty eight drivers entered in the third round of the Ferrari Challenge North America tackling free practice and the first round of races at the wheel of their 458 Challenge cars. Ferrari of Fort Lauderdale's Alex Popow was fastest in the Trofeo Pirelli in 1.27.561, beating Onofrio Triarsi (Ferrari of Central Florida) and Harry Cheung (Ferrari of Beverley Hills,) while in the Coppa Shell, three Ferrari of Ontario drivers topped the time sheet: Ryan Ockey took pole in 1.28.882, followed by Robert Herjavec and Damon Ockey. The grid order was more or less confirmed in Race 1, with Popow winning the Trofeo Pirelli, followed home by Triarsi and Cheung, while in the Coppa Shell, the win went to Ryan Ockey, who took the flag ahead of his brother Damon and Robert Herjavec.
Gary Paffett (THOMAS SABO Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) won the 2012 DTM season opener at Hockenheim from sixth place on the grid with a 4.7- second lead on Jamie Green (Mercedes AMG C-Coupé). It was Paffett's 18th Victory in the DTM and his fourth at Hockenheim. It was the British driver's 26th podium in the 82nd DTM race of his career and his seventh in a DTM race at Hockenheim. With 18 wins and a winning rate of 22%, Paffett has achieved the greatest number of victories among those drivers currently contesting the DTM. Paffett and Green secured the 100th one-two victory for Mercedes-Benz in the DTM since 1988. It was the sixth consecutive Mercedes victory at their home race in Hockenheim (opener and finale), and their third win in a row at a DTM season opener (Paffett 2010 and 2012, and Bruno Spengler, 2011). Overall since 1988, Mercedes-Benz has won 32 of 65 DTM races at the Hockenheimring. During the same period, Mercedes-Benz drivers were victorious 166 times in 343 DTM races. Paffett's victory was the first success in the new DTM era in the three-way battle between the three premium brands Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz and the first victory for the new DTM Mercedes AMG C Coupé, the successor to the AMG Mercedes C-Class, which is the most successful vehicle in the history of the DTM with 85 victories in 159 races.
On the R18 TDI's farewell performance Audi managed a brilliant start into the new FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). With victory by Dindo Capello/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish the brand celebrated its tenth overall success in total at the famous Sebring 12 Hours in the U.S. state of Florida. New signing Loïc Duval completed Audi's one-two victory together with his team-mates Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas. Suspense through to the end: In a race that was interrupted by a total of eleven caution periods, Capello/Kristensen/McNish in the Audi R18 TDI designated as car number '2' had to work hard for their victory. Their rivals from their own team in car number '3' consistently remained within a striking distance with gaps of a few seconds in the first ten of the race's 12 hours. The safety car repeatedly reduced the gaps of the trio at the front but Bernhard/Dumas/Duval lost four laps shortly before the end of the race due to body contact with a competitor. At the same time, Audi Sport Team Joest kept its opponents at bay with perfect tactics. The squad set alternating pit stop intervals for its two best Audi R18 TDI cars which consistently kept their quickest rivals from HPD-Honda one lap behind the two diesel-powered sports cars. The race was dominated by heavy traffic and a large number of accidents in the field of 63 entrants but thanks to the precision-work of the drivers the victorious R18 TDI managed to cover the whole distance without any body damage.
RM Auctions, the official auction house of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, continued its strong track record in Northern Florida this weekend, generating more than $23 million in sales before a packed house at its well-established sale at the Ritz-Carlton. The 88 percent sell through rate saw 92 of the 106 pre- and post-war motor cars changing hands, with six automobiles achieving million-dollar-plus results and spirited bidding leading to the establishment of numerous new auction records. Top honors went to a stunning 1929 Cord L-29 Special Coupe by The Hayes Body Corporation – a stunning, one-off design statement by Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky, widely recognized as the most significant L-29 in existence. An outstanding example of Classic Era styling, the ‘Hayes Coupe' garnered strong attention from bidders in the room and on the phones, selling for an impressive $2,420,000 to applause from the crowd. 'This year's Amelia Island weekend was once again a great success for the RM team with over $23 million in sales and more accolades for RM Auto Restoration. We're very pleased with the results achieved both in the auction room and on the show field, as well as the strong global interest in the sale - bidders hailed from 16 countries around the world,' said Rob Myers, Chairman & Founder, RM Auctions.
The 1938 Bugatti Type 57 and the 1962 Ferrari 330 LM took home the Best In Show honors on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at the 17th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, which attracted about 23,000 spectators and 295 vehicles. The coveted Concours d'Elegance award went to the stunning 1938 Bugatti Type 57, owned by the Off Brothers Collection from Richland, Mich. One of only three surviving Aravis Drophead Coupes bodied by Gangloff, this green Type 57 arrived in the U.S. in 1961 and was fully restored in 2009. Bugatti produced the Type 57 between 1934 and 1939, ceasing production of the world's fastest stock production car shortly after the beginning of WWII. The rare 1962 Ferrari 330 LM, or '3765' GTO, owned by Jim Jaeger from Indian Hill, Ohio took home the Concours de Sport award. The 330 GTOs were Ferrari's in-house hot rods: prototype Grand Touring cars with four-liter V-12 engines instead of the GTO's traditional 3-liter V-12. Just two were built – a cross between a pure prototype and a road-going Grand Touring car. Assigned to Ferrari Engineer and racer Mike Parkes and factory F1 and sports car ace Lorenzo Bandini, Jim Jaeger's 4-liter GTO appears as it did on June 23, 1962 when gridded seventh at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Gooding & Company, the acclaimed auction house celebrated for selling the world's most significant and valuable collector cars, is thrilled to announce more than $36 million in sales from 70 out of 77 lots sold at its Amelia Island Auction yesterday, more than doubling its results from 2010 and establishing a new auction record for Amelia Island. Led by many extraordinary Porsche racing cars that were part of the Drendel Family Collection, 11 world records were achieved. The top-selling lot of the weekend in Amelia Island, the 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder sold for $4.4 million and is now the most valuable Porsche ever sold at auction in the world. President and founder David Gooding and Auctioneer Charlie Ross entertained guests throughout the day's many auction highlights, which included lively bidding wars, more than ten individual sales over a million dollars and a surprise stage appearance by Derek Bell. The renowned race car driver introduced the significant 1984 Porsche 962, which he piloted in one of the most competitive races in Daytona history. In addition to the exceptional 17 Drendel Family Collection Porsches that sold for more than $17.7 million, Gooding & Company auctioned off a wide variety of unique collector cars, such as the 1955 Porsche 550/1500 RS Spyder that sold for $3.685, the 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe that sold for $1.375 million and the 1948 Tucker 48 that sold for $1.32 million.
Michael Shank Racing Captures Historic 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 At Daytona On his ninth attempt, team owner Michael Shank finally captured America's most prestigious sports car race – the 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 At Daytona. The team of Oswaldo Negri, John Pew, AJ Allmendinger and Justin Wilson in the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Ford Riley survived a tight battle for the lead in the final hours to take home the grueling twice-around-the-clock challenge by a 5.198-second margin of victory.
Barrett-Jackson Auction Company, The World's Greatest Collector Car Auctions, announced today that it generated more than $92 million in gross sales of rare, high-end collectible vehicles, exotics, customs, classics, hot rods and resto-mods during its 41st annual Arizona auction at West World of Scottsdale, Jan 15-22, 2012. Additionally, a record number of ecstatic attendees including buyers, consignors and enthusiasts totaling more than 270,000 were on hand to partake in the excitement. This represents a 32 percent increase in sales and a 16 percent increase in attendance versus 2011. An astonishing 1948 Tucker Torpedo (Lot #5008) from the Ron Pratte Collection, one of only 51 ever made, was the top selling vehicle, garnering $2.915 million; a world record for the sale of a Tucker. Following the Tucker in top sales was an ethereal 1947 Bentley Mark VI Coachworks by Franay (Lot #5005) with a sale price of $2.75 million. Rounding out the top three was a breathtaking 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing with only 4,159 original miles—the lowest mileage model known to exist. This exceptional Mercedes also represents a world-record for the highest-selling price for a steel-bodied 300SL Gullwing model. All three vehicles sold on Saturday, Jan. 21 and were part of the new Barrett-Jackson Salon Offering Collection, a selection of ultra-rare and highly-sought classic cars.
Gooding & Company, the acclaimed auction house celebrated for selling the world's most significant and valuable collector cars, is pleased to announce $39.8 million in sales for 116 out of 118 lots sold, its most successful Scottsdale Auction results to date. The Gooding & Company team soared through its Friday and Saturday auctions, selling lot after lot as guests cheered 13 world record-breaking cars, the immense bidding excitement in the room and Auctioneer Charlie Ross' joyful entertainment. For the fifth consecutive year, Gooding & Company sold the most valuable car of all the auction houses during Arizona Auction Week, with an exceptionally-rare $4.62 million 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Alloy Gullwing. An extraordinary matching-numbers example, this iconic sports car is among the most coveted of all 300 SLs and one of only 29 alloy bodied models in existence. 'Thirteen of our cars broke world records and our top lot, the $4.62 million sale of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Alloy Gullwing, showed us that collectors continue to seek rarity and provenance,' says David Gooding, President and founder of Gooding & Company. 'I am thrilled with the overwhelming enthusiasm and increased attendance of our guests this year in Scottsdale, as well as the exuberance our new and returning bidders demonstrated.' Over its Friday and Saturday auctions, Gooding & Company sold more than seven extraordinary cars for $1 million each, including the notable 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider that sold for $3.905 million, a $2.64 million 1930 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing-Top Convertible Coupe, and a $2.145 million 1929 Bentley 4 ½ Litre Dual Cowl Sports Tourer, all of which created much excitement and chatter among enthusiasts watching in attendance at the auction or online via webcast.
RM Auctions kicked off its 2012 calendar on a positive note in Arizona last week, posting over $25.5 million* in sales with a strong 89 percent sell-through at its annual Arizona Biltmore sale in Phoenix. Now in its 13th year, the well-established auction presented a magnificent roster of 140 blue-chip motor cars – spanning the spectrum of the collector car market – before a standing-room only crowd. Illustrating RM's global clientele, bidders represented 21 countries around the world, with a strong showing of European enthusiasts. 'Our Arizona sale proved to be a great kick start to what is shaping up as another terrific auction year. We are very pleased with the results of the sale and were delighted to welcome the world's premiere collectors back to the Arizona Biltmore,' said Rob Myers, Chairman & Founder, RM Auctions.