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Nicole James has been involved in the automotive world her entire life. Her dream car is a 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe. She currently drives a 2005 Mustang affectionately known as Marilyn and uses the car to participate in track events, car shows, and explore the world around her. Nicole joined the ClassicCars.com Content and Marketing team in 2014. Nicole is an automotive journalist and the creator of Pretty Driven - an online source for car culture and news for millennials, as well as a contributor for ClassicCars.com. Follow Nicole on Instagram and Facebook - @Nicoleeellan

Prancing Ponies make their Monterey debut

Prancing Ponies Ferrari and BMW | Nicole Ellan James photos
Prancing Ponies Ferrari and BMW | Nicole Ellan James photos

The Prancing Ponies Car Show, an inaugural event held during Monterey Car Week in Carmel-by-the-Sea, was created by women for women and featured many female owners presenting their vintage and exotic cars. Continue reading

Vintage racers, fans swarm to Monterey for Rolex Reunion

1964 Mercury Comet Caliente | Bonhams photos
1964 Mercury Comet Caliente | Bonhams photos

Rolo Malschafsky has always enjoyed the sport of racing – “I’ve done it all my life,” he said, “work permitting.” This year, Malschafsky, local to the Monterey area, plans to take on the legendary Corkscrew at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 17-20, behind the wheel of his 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente hardtop coupe.

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Pick of the Day: 1987 BMW 3 Series

M3, Pick of the Day at 2016 Legends of the Autobahn | Nicole Ellan James photo
M3, Pick of the Day at 2016 Legends of the Autobahn | Nicole Ellan James photo

What happens to the race cars that are replaced, the cars that become outdated, ineligible to compete, or that never saw much success? Some may go into collections or museums, while others get a second life through vintage racing.

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Pick of the Day: 1967 Shelby GT500

1967 Shelby GT500
1967 Shelby GT500

Mustangs have been on my mind a lot lately. Between my quest for a new daily driver and my social media feeds exclusively displaying all things Mustang, and the upcoming Team Shelby Monterey trip, I couldn’t help myself from browsing ClassicCars.com to see what was listed.

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MAG sets the stage with barn finds and customs for second sale  

1968 Shelby Mustang GT500KR left at repair shop | MAG Photos
1968 Shelby Mustang GT500KR left at repair shop | MAG Photos

Barrett-Jackson left big shoes to fill and high expectations when they announced they would not return to Reno, Nevada, for Hot August Nights. To fill the void, four local collector car enthusiasts worked together to create a new auction company, Motorsport Auction Group (known as MAG Auctions) and held their inaugural event in 2016 alongside Hot August Night’s 30th-anniversary celebration.

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Pick of the Day: 1967 Plymouth GTX

1967 Plymouth GTX
1967 Plymouth GTX

The Plymouth GTX was first offered in 1967 as a performance variation of the standard two-door Belvedere, and it combined performance and style to achieve its status of “gentleman’s muscle car.” It came standard with Plymouth’s 440 cid V8 or the acclaimed 426 Hemi, along with heavy-duty suspension. The car’s sharp-edged design made it stand out.

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Vintage racing: SCRAMP readies for 8th Rolex Reunion

Vintage racers at Laguna Seca during 7th Motorsports Reunion | Nicole James photo
Vintage racers at Laguna Seca during 7th Motorsports Reunion | Nicole James photo

It was announced earlier this year that the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula would continue to manage Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for at least another three years. Now,  the senior management structure has been reorganized less than four weeks before the eighth annual Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, scheduled August 17-20 during Monterey Car Week.

This year marks the track’s 60th anniversary season. Continue reading