Cars and bikes aren’t the only things up for bidding during Monterey Car Week –- a letter handwritten in Italian by Enzo Ferrari is offered during a charity auction at the 19th annual Ferrari Owners Club gathering, “Welcoming the Prancing Stallions Back to the Corral,” to be held August 20 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Barnyard in Carmel.
The NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, is offering a class called “High Performance Drivers Introduction” to provide basic preparation for driving on the race track, adjacent to the National Corvette Museum.
Sixty-seven pre-war Aston Martins gathered from across Europe to celebrate pre-war Aston Martin specialist and parts manufacturer Ecurie Bertelli’s 40th anniversary last month at the company’s headquarters in Olney, England.
One of the most-beautiful cars at Pebble Beach this year, a 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster, won’t be seen on the grass at the famous concours d’elegance but at the nearby Gooding & Company auction tent.
The Bugatti, which competed in Italy’s iconic Mille Miglia in 1932, is among the leading stars of the top-end Gooding auction. The sleek roadster, described as being in immaculate restored condition, naturally commands a towering price tag, in this case a pre-auction estimate of $10 million to $14 million. Continue reading
‘1,000 Horsepower” is the title of Auctionata’s next collector car sale, schedule for September 10. The sale will be the first held in neighboring Austria by the Berlin-based auction company. Continue reading
My buddy and I drove 18,000 miles round the USA last summer, 4000 miles of it in a 1972 Pontiac Catalina Safari station wagon I bought on eBay from a dealer in Peru, Illinois. Continue reading
‘Before there was a Danica Patrick. Before there was a Lyn St. James or a Janet Guthrie. Before there was a Denise McCluggage or a Louise Smith. Before all of them, there was Joan Newton Cuneo, whose success racing cars in the early days of the American automobile made her a national celebrity.”
I wrote those words in 2013 as part of a review of Elsa A. Nystrom’s book Mad for Speed: The Racing Life of Joan Newton Cuneo. Nystrom, a college professor, had started research on a book about why Americans love to race cars when she stumbled across Cuneo, who became a national sensation, racing against and beating many of the best men racers in the country, in the early days of American motorsports. Continue reading
Acclaimed car-finder and automotive author Tom Cotter recently hit the road to promote his two new books – Route 66 Barn Find Road Trip and The Cuban Car Culture – that will be released at the end of August.
Cotter, a former Road & Track contributor and motorsports and auto-industry PR man, has made a second career of unearthing and documenting interesting classic cars and motorcycles across America. And what better way to promote books about road trips than to embark upon another one? Continue reading
Andre Weber was a scrap medal dealer who also had a gas station on land in what was a rural area on France’s national road 14 a few dozen miles from Paris. As Paris grew, so did Weber’s businesses, which added more filling stations as well as Lancia, Autobianchi and Honda dealerships.
But Weber’s passion was for American cars of a bygone era, and over a period of some 50 years he bought and repaired and maintained and drove them, and now they are being offered at auction from his estate. Continue reading
Monterey isn’t the only place to be in mid-August. There’s the Woodward Dream Cruise in the middle of the country and at the far end of the nation from California, the 39th annual New England Auto Auction takes place at the Owls Head Transportation Museum on the coast of Maine.
The museum will host an auction vehicle preview August 15-19 with the cars and automobilia up for bidding on the 19th and 20th. This is the inaugural year for automobilia at the sale. Continue reading