Trans-Am, Can-Am featured at inaugural Laguna Spring Classic

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Vintage Trans-Am race during the Rolex Reunion | Nicole James photos

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has added a vintage racing event to its 2017 calendar, the Spring Classic set for May 19-21. The three-day event was created to showcase racing in nine classes from several different era,s but the primary focus is on race cars from the 1970s, ‘80s, and ‘90s.

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Busted! Taking a ride around Mercedes’ ‘Wall of Death’

Three Mercedes-Benz, including a 1984-era motorcoach, on the high-banked test track
Three Mercedes-Benz, including a 1984-era motorcoach, on the high-banked test track | Daimler photo

We were in Germany for the introduction of a new Mercedes-Benz, or perhaps it was one of the automaker’s press previews of the company’s newest technology. On second thought, I think it was a technology-based event because my recollection is that we had just watched a pre-production 500SL slammed into a solid wall as part of the crash-testing program all vehicles must endure before they can be sold to the public. Continue reading

Oh Deere: Huge collection fills Gone Farmin’ auction docket

Ron Drosselmeyer's collection of more than 175 vintage John Deere tractors going to auction | Mecum Auctions photos
Ron Drosselmeyer’s collection of more than 175 vintage John Deere tractors going to auction | Mecum Auctions photos

Like so many youngsters who grew up on family farms, Ron Drosselmeyer was sitting up atop a tractor from the time he could keep from falling out of the metal seat. But not everyone who grew up on a family farm is still there, nor have they made a hobby of collecting vintage tractors as Drosselmeyer has. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1931 Dodge Brothers house car

The roof of the Dodge house car lifts up about two feet
The roof of the Dodge house car lifts up about two feet

Back in the 1920s and ’30s, motorhomes and campers were generally known as “house cars,” a fairly accurate description of the house-on-wheels approach of the day. Some of them were more like gypsy caravans with motors, while others were relatively sophisticated camping vehicles.

The Pick of the Day is a 1931 Dodge Brothers house car with a then-unusual elevating roof, which presages today’s motorhomes and trailers with rising or extending sections. When driving, the roof lies flat for a lower and more-aerodynamic profile. When parked, the roof can be raised about two feet, a fabric structure providing the four walls. Continue reading

Pre-auction estimates exceeded at Bonhams’ bike sale

Barn-found 1949 Vincent White Shadow sell for $210,000+ at Bonhams auction in England | Bonhams photos
Barn-found 1949 Vincent White Shadow sell for $210,000+ at Bonhams auction in England | Bonhams photos

With a barn-found 1949 Vincent HRD 988cc White Shadow Series-C project bike selling for £163,900, which is more than $210,000 and nearly three times its high pre-sale estimated value, Bonhams motorcycle department enjoyed its Spring Stafford Sale on Sunday with a 90 percent sell-through rate and total sales of £2,132,257 (more than $2.73 million).

The sale was held in conjunction with the Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show. Prices reported include buyer’s fees. Continue reading

Bonhams mounts 18th annual Aston Martin auction

The Bonhams sale is led by a 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante | Bonhams photos
The Bonhams sale is led by a 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante | Bonhams photos

For the 18th year, Bonhams holds its all-Aston Martin auction at the legendary British automaker’s ancestral home at Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, with the sale taking place on May 13 and offering vehicles spanning more than six decades of the exclusive and very valuable motorcars.

The Aston Martin sale, which includes the associated Lagonda marque, is highlighted by a rare 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante, a drophead (British for convertible) with a pre-auction estimated value between £700,000 and £900,000 ($896,000 to $1,152,000). Continue reading

Record-setting ’33 Napier-Railton on display in London

1933 Napier-Railton Special out for a test drive | Brooklands Museum photos
1933 Napier-Railton Special out for a test drive | Brooklands Museum photos

The 1933 Napier-Railton Special that broke 42 speed records in its heyday will represent classic cars at the 2017 London Motor Show, scheduled for May 4-7 at Battersea Evolution in England’s capital city.

Like most auto snows, the London event will feature around 130 new cars from a variety of automakers. But it also will showcase the car that in 1935 recorded a lap at 143.44 miles per hour around the Brooklands Outer Circuit. Continue reading

Best British car ever? Experts pick the Mini

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‘There surely can’t be anyone in Britain whose life hasn’t been touched by a Mini’ | Auto Express photos

Britain’s largest weekly automotive magazine, Auto Express, and a panel of automotive experts have selected the Mini as the Best of British, the all-time best car produced on the island nation. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1970 Ford Torino King Cobra

Ford built a pair of these 1970 Torino King Cobras as part of a proposed NASCAR project
Ford built a pair of these 1970 Torino King Cobras as part of a proposed NASCAR project

Crank the way-back machine to 1969 and the “aero wars” taking place in American stock car racing between Chrysler and Ford. Chrysler had its Dodge Charger 500 and Ford responded with the Torino Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II with Boss 429 powerplants. So Chrysler upped the ante with the high-winged, pointed-nose Dodge Charger Daytona and Plymouth Superbird. Continue reading

Poll Results: Fifty years ago, the following cars made their debuts. Which of these 1967 models would you most want to add to your collection?

The Question of the Week for the week of April 17th, 2017 asked you: Fifty years ago, the following cars made their debuts. Which of these 1967 models would you most want to add to your collection?

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