On October 5, and for the fourth year in a row, Bonhams will conduct a “Preserving the Automobile” auction at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia. Museum founder Fred Simeone, a renowned surgeon, has been a champion of preserving rather than restoring historically important vehicles, and Bonhams notes in its news release that the sale “is wholly distinct in its focus on authentic, historically accurate and unrestored motorcars.” Continue reading
The Oregon Festival of Cars celebrates its 20th anniversary September 18-20 and will focus on The Need for Speed as the theme of its big car show at the Broken Top club in Bend, about 180 miles southeast of Portland. Continue reading
Last year, organizers of Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run altered the course a bit to include the Harrods Stop at Crawley, where the Honda Gatwick dealership cleared the new cars out of its garage area so those on the tour could enjoy some refreshments and perform any needed running repairs out of the wind, wet and cold.
“While the participants were happy with the warm and dry environment from which to enjoy their well-earned refreshments, the local community felt rather short-changed,” the organizers reported in a recent news release. Continue reading
The National Street Rod Association has announced winners for the “Outstanding Use of Color” award, given at the Street Rod Nationals held in Louisville, Kentucky.
With Mecum and Bonhams each reporting more $40 million in sales, with Gooding at $128 million and RM Sotheby’s soaring to $172.9 million, the top-end of the collector car auction action on the Monterey Peninsula was very strong again this year. And that strength could be reinforced once Rick Cole Auctions reports the results of its bid-by-smartphone sale.
According to Hagerty, which not only insures classic cars but tracks their value (in part by monitoring in person each auction venue in January in Arizona, in March at Amelia Island and in August at Monterey), previously tabulated all auction sales on the peninsula last week as totaling some $396.8 million. Continue reading
Mercedes-Benz is the featured marque at the Wheels and Wings Festival, scheduled September 12 at the Vail Valley Jet Center in Vail Valley, Colorado. The car show is part of the 6th annual Vail Automotive Classic, September 11-13.
Tonight in Grand Junction, Colorado, the Allen Unique Autos Museum offers an outdoor movie screening of Disney’s original The Love Bug. Volkswagens will be will be on display and attendees will have the option to enter to win a ride in “Tammy’s original Herbie” as well as enjoy summer food, concessions, and a kids bounce house. Gates open at 7:30 p.m., with the movie starting at dusk. Admission is $5.
After a weekend of terrific Ferrari sales in Monterey, RM Sotheby’s comes back with two more thoroughbred stallions for its London auction on September 7.
In January, a group in Australia set a Guinness record for the “world’s largest simultaneous car tire burn out.” The official count was 103 cars.
The Steve McQueen magic strikes again, this time at Mecum’s auction last week in Monterey, where a 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera that was the last special-order car owned by the late film icon raised the roof with an incredible sale price of $1.95 million.