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Santa Monica road races remembered

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Vintage race car | Peter Darnall Photo

From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 17 at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows, the Santa Monica History Museum will celebrte the historic 1911 Santa Monica road races.

Santa Monica, California, was the site of early auto races from 1909 through 1919 and the 1911 race will be the subject of presentations from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 17 at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows in Santa Monica. Continue reading

Celebrity Ferrari set for Russo and Steele Monterey sale

The 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 was formerly owned by Adam Carolla | Russo and Steele
The 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 was formerly owned by Adam Carolla | Russo and Steele

A 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 formerly owned by comedian and media personality Adam Carolla will cross the block at the Russo and Steele auction next month in Monterey, California.

The Series II model, powered by a Columbo V12 engine, is one of 455 examples built and, according to Russo and Steele, one of the best known of surviving examples with a history of prominent ownership since new. The Ferrari is a “matching numbers” example with fully documented mileage and with all services up to date, the auction says. Continue reading

Pininfarina adds book, lifestyle accessories to 85th anniversary celebration

Italian leather goods producer The Bridge worked with Pininfarina on this travel bag | Pininfarina photos
Italian leather goods producer The Bridge worked with Pininfarina on this travel bag | Pininfarina photos

Pininfarina is making the most of its 85th anniversary celebration.

On June 11, at the start of a four-day anniversary celebration, it revealed a massive — 304 pages thick in a hardbound cover and 12×15-inch format — book on the history of the automotive design and coachbuilding company and many of its most outstanding vehicles.

The anniversary celebration was an outdoor motor festival in Turin, Italy, and included the Concorso d’Eleganza Pininfarina, an exclusive concours at Valentino Castle for Pininfarina-designed vehicles and a grand parade through 14 kilometers of streets closed to any other traffic. Continue reading

Mecum realizes $12 million in sales at its inaugural Denver auction

1989 Porsche 911 Speedster sells for $165,000 | Mecum Auctions photos
1989 Porsche 911 Speedster sells for $165,000 | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions’ ability to find success in new geographic areas continued last weekend with its inaugural Denver Collector Car Auction, which counted 396 cars sold — at a 66 percent sell-through rate — and overall sales of more than $12 million.

“We were excited to bring the Mecum Auction action to the Denver area, and the reception from nearly 14,000 enthusiasts in the Rocky Mountain Region and beyond was overwhelmingly positive,” company founder and president Dana Mecum said in a post-sale news release. Continue reading

Museums celebrate Fourth of July weekend

The Wild Child at the Owls Head Transportation Museum | OHTM Photo
The Wild Child at the Owls Head Transportation Museum | OHTM Photo

You can celebrate this Fourth of July at the World of Speed in Wilsonville, Oregon, where every car in the museum will have its hood up in a 93-car salute to America. Additionally, the museum’s curatior will rev up two cars from the collection — a 1979 Markley-Bruins Top Fuel dragster and the 1995 Jeff Gordon No. 24 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, a NASCAR Sprint Cup car.

Meanwhile, the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, will be open late for an “old fashioned July 4th event. Admission t will be $7 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a great view of the Hershey Fireworks and Ice Cream available. Continue reading

Nissan North America to celebrate 28th annual ZCON

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Classic Z cars from the 2014 Zcon | Photo provided by Nissan North America

Nissan North America celebrates the 28th annual International Z Car Convention, or Zcon, enthusiasts invited to participate July 7 on a 220-mile cruise, the #NismoRoadTrip, from the Nissan headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee, to a Beale Street celebration in downtown Memphis.

The cruise will travel via Tennessee byway roads. Prior to the 9 a.m. departure, a cars-and-coffee gathering will be held. Continue reading