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Eye Candy: Concorso Italiano

The 50th anniversary of Lamborghini Miura was celebrated during Concorso Italiano | Bob Golfen photos
The 50th anniversary of Lamborghini Miura was celebrated during Concorso Italiano | Bob Golfen photos

With some of the world’s greatest Italian sports cars from the past and present standing nearby, Ruben Ruiz’s minivan was a source of constant attention. Of course, this was Concorso Italiano and this was no ordinary minivan.

Ruiz was more than happy to give curious spectators tours of his 1958 Fiat Multipla 600, which he called “the most visited car in this whole place.” Continue reading

McPherson College welcomes Pebble Beach Class of 2023

Students at McPherson College will restore this Mercedes 300S with hopes of qualifying for Pebble Beach in 2023 | Larry Edsall photos
Students at McPherson College will restore this Mercedes 300S with hopes of qualifying for Pebble Beach in 2023 | Larry Edsall photos

Folks involved with McPherson College’s automotive restoration program unveiled a vehicle Saturday they hope students will have restored so well that the 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S convertible will be invited to be judged on the 18th fairway at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance come 2023.

You read that number correctly — 2023 — as in seven years from now. Continue reading

Preserving the past: Blain Foundation cars racing at Laguna Seca

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1905 National Model C in the paddock at Laguna Seca | Nicole James photos

As the largest event during Monterey Car Week, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is a museum in motion with 550 authentic, period correct cars with varying degrees of racing provenance competing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in California.

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Auction records fall for British and American cars

Le Mans-winning Jaguar sets record for price paid at auction for a British car | Larry Edsall photo
Le Mans-winning Jaguar sets record for price paid at auction for a British car | Larry Edsall photo

“Numbers are expected to climb as those auctions move higher into their dockets today and overall figures should soar Friday as Bonhams stages its one-day auction at The Quail and RM Sotheby’s opens its two-day sale in downtown Monterey.”

— Classic Car News, Friday, August 19 report from Monterey Car Week

Well, there’s a prediction that proved correct — and then some — as records were set Friday for the most ever paid at auction for both an American car and a British car, and where the star car at yet another sale also sold for a big number.

The huge numbers were posted in a packed-to-overflowing auction area in downtown Monterey, where a bidder at RM Sotheby’s reached $21.78 million for the 1954 Jaguar D-type XKD501 that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans and where someone ponied up $13.75 million for the first 1962 Shelby Cobra (CSX2000). Both were world auction records for cars from their respective countries. Continue reading

Eye Candy: 14th annual The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering

The crowd at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, mingles under the watchful eye of the giant Pageboy of Peninsula Hotels | Bob Golfen photos
The crowd at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, mingles under the watchful eye of the giant  Peninsula Hotels Pageboy | Bob Golfen photos

Legendary driver Jackie Stewart smiled with joy as he listened to the deep metallic thrum of an ancient Ferrari competition V12. This was a call of the wild for the enthusiasts at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, and a crowd quickly formed around the stunning performance machine from a lifetime ago as the owner revved the booming engine.

The car was a 1953 Ferrari 375 MM Pinin Farina Spyder with a lush patina of age and use. A short time later, it became apparent that this Spyder was special indeed as the concours judges declared it best of show winner for the 14th annual Quail. Continue reading

Eye Candy: 3rd annual Porsche Werks Reunion

A group of Porsche fans discuss the merits of a well-restored 912 | Bob Golfen photos
A group of Porsche fans discuss the merits of a well-restored 912 | Bob Golfen photos

The Porsche Werks Reunion continues its soaring popularity as Porsche owners from around the country converged for a massive gathering of the faithful Thursday at the Rancho Canada Golf Club in Carmel, California.

Now in its third year, the Werks Reunion has established itself as a mainstay of Monterey Car Week, with the booming values and collectability of Porsches happening at just the right time for this single-marque event. Continue reading

Monterey auctions under way, a vintage motorcycle leads pack

Bidder assistant has arm raised for his client as auctioneer looks for higher offers at Mecum | Larry Edsall photos
Bidder assistant has arm raised for his client as auctioneer looks for higher offers at Mecum | Larry Edsall photos

Monterey Car Week auctions opened Thursday with Mecum Auctions and Russo and Steele starting their sales, which insurance and vehicle value tracker Hagerty reported as tracing very close to 2015 numbers. According to Hagerty observers at both venues, Mecum did $3.7 million in sales at an average vehicle price of $30,541 last year, while the respective numbers Thursday were $1 million and $29,144. Continue reading

Lost and Found: The ‘King of Rock-n-Roll’s BMW

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Ulrich Knieps, Director of BMW Classic, presents Elvis’ 1957 BMW 507 | Nicole James photos

BMW produced only 253 examples of its 507 sports car in 1957 and one of them, chassis 70079, has taken a particularly mysterious journey. Recently discovered in northern California and  restored in Munich, Germany, the car formerly owned by Elvis Presley was shown to the public for the first time Thursday during the Rolex Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, where the brand is celebrating its centennial celebration during Monterey Car Week.

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‘Fast from the Past Motorcycles’ opens at the Simeone

Vintage motorcycles of various genre are featured in new exhibit at the Simeone museum | Simeone photos
Vintage motorcycles of various genre are featured in new exhibit at the Simeone museum | Simeone photos

Beginning Saturday and running through September 9, the Simeone Automotive Museum features a motorcycle exhibit, the “Land of the Rising Sun, Mid-Century Motorcycles and Fast From the Past.” The collection has been put together by John Lawless and his cadre of bike enthusiasts to showcase competition flat-track racers, motorcycle drag racers, Japanese motorcycles from 1960-1989 and mid-century modern motorcycles that demonstrate the optimism of early postwar design. Continue reading

Best of Bob’s picks at RM Sotheby’s in Monterey

The first Cobra built by Carroll Shelby is among RM Sotheby's auction cars | Bob Golfen photos
The first Cobra built by Carroll Shelby is among RM Sotheby’s auction cars | Bob Golfen photos

Among RM Sotheby’s fantastic array of collector cars are some real stars. First off, there’s the 1955 Jaguar D-type that was the overall victor in the 1956 24 Hours of Le Mans, and which remains intact and original after its busy racing career, raising its value to the stratosphere.

The curvaceous race car with its famous asymmetrical tailfin — the auction house calls the most important Jaguar in the known universe — is valued at $20 million to $25 million. Continue reading