SVRA’s Spring Vintage Festival revs up Road America

A 1969 Z28 Camaro ready to take on the Mustangs | William Hall photos
A 1969 Z28 Camaro ready to take on the Mustangs | William Hall photos

The unique thing about race tracks is that they combine the many interests of the classic car hobby all in one place. There are the sights, smells and sounds of competition cars being utilized to their maximum potential. There is a flurry of fascinating mechanical activity taking place in the paddock. And there is an interesting variety of amazing street cars in the parking lot. It’s one-stop shopping for classic car nirvana.

SVRA’s Spring Vintage Festival races at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, traditionally signals the start of the vintage racing season in the upper Midwest. Despite a practice session of unseasonably cold and wet weather, entrant attendance indicated continued enthusiasm for the classic car hobby and amateur racing. Continue reading

Mecum scores biggest total at 30th anniversary Indy auction

A rare, high-performance 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 EVO was the top-selling vehicle at Indy | Mecum Auctions
A rare, high-performance 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 EVO was the top-selling vehicle at Indy | Mecum Auctions photos

With a rare Porsche high-performance 911 coupe leading the way, Mecum Auctions reached $55.6 million at its Original Spring Classic collector car sale in Indianapolis, Indiana, the highest total yet for the auction as it celebrated its 30th anniversary.

The sale last weekend sale sent 1,665 vehicles over the block, with 1,208 of them selling for a 73 percent sell-through rate. Continue reading

Syd Mead looks 30 years into the future

EyesOn Design poster by Syd Mead depicts vehicles in 2047 | EyesOn Design images
EyesOn Design poster by Syd Mead depicts vehicles in 2047 | EyesOn Design images

Frequent readers know that I enjoy it when the worlds of art and automobiles collide. And I mean collide in a positive sense. The impact between the two can be sudden, even violent, but also creative and beautiful, even wondrous. Continue reading

Vintage aircraft, Lindbergh’s helmet on Artcurial docket

Italy's Piaggio did original design of this 1960 Focke-Wulf airplane | Artcurial photos
Italy’s Piaggio did original design of this 1960 Focke-Wulf airplane | Artcurial photos

With the International Paris Air Show — Salon du Bourget — running June 19-25, Paris-based auction house Artcurial will offer 250 lots at its annual Aeronautical Sale, scheduled for June 13 in Paris.

The docket includes three vintage aircraft, furniture with aeronautical designs and the flight helmet Charles Lindbergh wore on his historic flight across the Atlantic Ocean on May 20-22, 1927. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1972 Ford Bronco

1972 Ford Bronco
1972 Ford Bronco

As enthusiasts anticipate the debut of the new Ford Bronco, interest in early models continues to build. From the factory, the Bronco is a pretty fun machine, but when you swap in a 5.0-liter Coyote, it’s taken to an entirely new level of fun and is one of the driving forces behind what made this the Pick of the Day.

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2018 Pebble Beach Concours will be pushed back a week

Pebble Beach spectators admire a 1964 Iso Grifo A3/C at last year's concours | Bob Golfen
Pebble Beach spectators admire a 1964 Iso Grifo A3/C at last year’s concours | Bob Golfen

The game of golf will intrude on the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2018 because, after all, the world-famous concours is held on a golf course.

Next year, the gathering of great vintage vehicles and well-dressed people will take place on the fourth Sunday of the month, August 26, rather than the customary third Sunday, to make way for the United States Amateur Championship, August 13-19, on the Pebble Beach Golf Links. Continue reading

Russo and Steele debuts new online bidding at Newport Beach

A 1932 Ford street rod will be sold during the Private No Reserve Collection sale | Russo and Steele photos
A 1932 Ford street rod will be sold during the Private No Reserve Collection sale | Russo and Steele photos

Russo and Steele heads back to Southern California for its fifth annual Newport Beach sale June 2-4 at the Newport Dunes Waterfront resort, where more than 250 collector cars are scheduled to cross the block.

The California auction will introduce a new online bidding platform, according to Russo and Steele, with real-time bidding, video streams, online catalogs with direct highlighted lot notifications, and mobile apps available through iTunes and the Google Play Stores. Continue reading

Vendors go to court seeking money from Finest auctions

The auction venue for The Finest sale last year in Aspen | The Finest auction photo
The auction venue for The Finest sale last year in Aspen | The Finest auction photo

The Finest Automobile Auctions, still wants to pursue its goal of interactive, online sales of collector cars, but for now the company is not staging additional on-site auctions and is being sued by several vendors for nearly $600,000.

“In a holding pattern,” a spokesman for the auction house said. “The board is deciding what to do next. We may restructure.” Continue reading

Event roundup: Greenwich readies double-dip concours weekend

A 1932 Studebaker President won last year's Greenwich Concours best of show | Green Concours
A 1932 Studebaker President won last year’s Greenwich Concours best of show | Greenwich Concours

The Greenwich Concours d’Elegance is actually two separate concours events, one for American brands dating to the dawn of motoring and the other for European sports and luxury cars. Each event has its own class, people’s choice and best of show award winners.

A total of 250 vintage cars, classics and modern supercars will be on hand, with 125 cars and motorcycles on the field for each concours day at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Connecticut. Continue reading

So many parallels in collecting automobiles and art

A 'mechanical art gallery' is one way to describe a Gooding & Company auction tent | Larry Edsall photo
A ‘mechanical art gallery’ is one way to describe a Gooding & Company auction tent | Larry Edsall photo

Gooding & Company recently distributed a video featuring car specialist Justin Gosaynie. In the video, Gosaynie says his first car was a 1971 Alfa Spider that he had to restore if he wanted to be able to drive it. That led to work as a restoration specialist, then for several major collections, and finally to the collector car auction house. Continue reading