Category archives: Concours & Events

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

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

Goodwood to feature Ferraris, game-changing race cars

Goodwood Festival of Speed to celebrate Ferrari's 70th anniversary | Goodwood House photos
Goodwood Festival of Speed to celebrate Ferrari’s 70th anniversary | Goodwood House photos

Ferrari’s 70th anniversary and “game-changing” racing cars of all marques will be the featured themes of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, scheduled for June 29-July 2 at the Goodwood House in West Sussex, England. Continue reading

Prototypes, Porsches featured in Mitty Speedfest

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2009 No. 230 Corvette Daytona Prototype to race at MItty | HSR photos

Prototype sports cars from the last six decades join featured-marque Porsche as headliners at the 40th annual Speedfest at the Classic Motorsports Mitty vintage races, scheduled April 20-23 at Road Atlanta.

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Georgia military academy hosts inaugural Champions and Heroes

The Champions and Heroes Time Trials will highlight the weekend | William Hall
The Champions and Heroes Time Trials will highlight the weekend | William Hall

(Editor’s note: The Riverside Military Academy Champions and Heroes event has been postponed until June 2018 because of massive traffic jams created by the fire and collapse of a section of Interstate 85 in Atlanta.)

Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Georgia, will host on June 2 to 4 the inaugural Champions and Heroes, a vintage car weekend consisting of a rally, time trials and concours d’elegance, in the small lakeside town one hour northeast of Atlanta.

The venue on the 206-acre campus of the military prep academy aims to approximate in setting and style the European-estate feel of such events as the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England. Continue reading

Level 5 Motorsports heads to Auburn auction

2012 Ferrari 458 GTD used by Level 5 Motorsports | Photos courtesy Auctions America
2012 Ferrari 458 GTD used by Level 5 Motorsports | Photos courtesy Auctions America

Level 5 Motorsports, founded in 2006, was regarded as one of the most successful privateer teams in recent memory in sports car racing and was known to use the best of everything -– cars, drivers, equipment. Working directly with the court-appointed monitor on the upcoming sale, Auctions America is selling the entire racing team collection at no reserve during the Auburn Spring sale, May 11-13 at Indiana’s historic Auburn Auction Park.

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Desert Classic at Phoenix to feature vintage Indy cars

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Driven by Roberto Guerrero, this car won the 1987 Checker 200 at Phoenix Raceway | Classic Racing Times photo

Some of the most legendary cars in open-wheel racing history will be displayed, both on and off the track, as part of the Vintage Desert Classic, an added feature to the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix weekend April 28-29. Continue reading

What will be the fate of this Fast and Furious car at auction?

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1968 Dodge Charger used in Fast and Furious movies | Carlisle Auctions Photos

The Fate of the Furious, the eighth movie in the Fast and Furious series, opens this weekend in theaters across the country. And just a week later, fans of the films will be able to bid on a screen-used car from the movies during the three-day Spring Carlisle auction in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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Benedict Castle awards top concours news this week

The 1936 Mulholland Speedster and a 1930 Cadillac 452 V16 won Best of Show honors | Benedict Castle Concours d’Elegance
The 1936 Mulholland Speedster and a 1930 Cadillac 452 V16 won Best of Show honors | Benedict Castle Concours d’Elegance

The 1936 Mulholland Speedster and a 1930 Cadillac 452 V16 won Best of Show honors at the fourth annual Benedict Castle Concours d’Elegance in Riverside, California. Continue reading