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ClassicCars.com staff races back to the ’20s in Scottsdale event this weekend

The ClassicCars.com car created by Vintage Kart Company in Arizona
The ClassicCars.com car created by Vintage Kart Company in Arizona

ClassicCars.com is pleased to announce that not only has it partnered with the second annual Grand Prix of Scottsdale, it has   entered the race this weekend with a team.

The Grand Prix of Scottsdale is a celebration of the Jazz Age era  during the weekend of November 4-6, 2016. The  weekend features Jazz Age fashion, a Gatsby Lawn Party and, on Sunday at 10:30 a.m., American-made vintage mini-racers from Vintage Kart Co. will race through downtown Scottsdale.

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A brief history of classic American presidential limousines

President Kennedy was riding in a 1961 Lincoln Continental when he was assasinated | Photos courtesy of LeMay - America's Car Museum
President Kennedy was riding in a 1961 Lincoln Continental when he was assasinated | Photos courtesy of LeMay – America’s Car Museum

(Editor’s note: This feature was written by Renée Crist, collections manager at LeMay – America’s Car Museum, for Classic Car News in recognition of the upcoming presidential election.)

When the subject of presidential limousines comes up, many Americans conjure images of John F. Kennedy waving from the stretched 1961 Lincoln Continental convertible in Dallas, Texas, prior to his assassination. JFK’s limo is arguably the most famous and talked about limousine in American history. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Orson’s 1973 Volkswagen Super Beetle

Orson couldn't afford a real woodie, so he built his own
Orson couldn’t afford a real woodie, so he built his own

I always  wanted to own a woodie wagon but I never could afford one, I thought.

So I got the idea of using the next best thing — a Volkswagen bug. It had the running boards and outside fenders and look of the vehicles from the ‘40s. Continue reading

John Fitch archive, momentos donated to racing research center

John Fitch racing an MGTD in June 1950 at the Linden, New Jersey, airport | International Motor Racing Research Center photos
John Fitch racing an MGTD in June 1950 at the Linden, New Jersey, airport | International Motor Racing Research Center

The remarkable life of racer and engineer John Cooper Fitch is reflected in the myriad of items that recently were presented to the International Motor Racing Research Center at the Watkins Glen, New York.

The gift from Fitch’s sons, John, Christopher and Stephen Fitch, significantly enlarges the John Fitch Collection created at the Racing Research Center in 1999, when papers were donated relating to his career as a safety designer and consultant, with particular emphasis on the Fitch Inertial Barrier and the displaceable guardrail. Fitch died on Oct. 31, 2012, at the age of 95. Continue reading

Grand Prix of Scottsdale: Meet the teams (part 5)

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Racers on the streets of Scottsdale | Photos courtesy of Grand Prix of Scottsdale

Editor’s note: This is the final in a five-day series featuring teams fielding Vintage Kart Mini Racers in the second annual Scottsdale Grand Prix, to be held November 4-6 on the streets of Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona.

The streets of downtown Scottsdale will be transformed November 4-6 into a modern Great Gatsby-inspired version of the roaring ‘20s as Vintage Mini Races hit the streets in the second annual Grand Prix of Scottsdale. Continue reading

ClassicCars.com offers free auction tours at Hilton Head Motoring Festival

Andy Reid conducting an Auction Tour at RM Auctions
Andy Reid conducting an Auction Tour at RM Auctions

If you are attending Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival this November you have a unique opportunity to  catch up with auction analyst, sports car expert and ClassicCars.com East Coast editor Andy Reid  at a free and exclusive auction tour of Auctions America. Continue reading