Category archives: News

Aspen/Snowmass results endorse new auction house’s mission

Balloon festival vantage of The Finest's Aspen/Snowmass auction venue | The Finest auction photos
Drone provides overhead vantage of The Finest’s Aspen/Snowmass auction venue | Aerial photos by Kyle Blaney of Proxibid

One of Bradley Farrell’s missions in launching the immodestly named Finest Automobile Auctions company was to break some traditions. One of those traditions was “grinding,” putting pressure on consignors to lower their reserve prices when bids on their vehicles were falling short of those levels on the auction block.

Instead, Farrell would extend the bidding period, by as much as 72 hours after action on the block had ended. He believed that someone who would bid only to a certain level during the public auction would be willing to increase a bid when away from the heated auction environment. Continue reading

Motorcycle Cannonball celebrates record ride centennial

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Bikes participating in Motorcycle Cannonball | Nicole James photos

Participants in the coast to coast “Race of the Century,” organized by the Motorcycle Cannonball, faced with rain, strong winds and 60-degree temperatures as they made their Thursday way from Page to Williams, in northern Arizona. Continue reading

RM Sotheby’s highlights historic Duesenbergs at Hershey auction

The 1930 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton is known as the 'Mexican Duesenberg' | Darin Schnabel / RM Sotheby's photos
The 1930 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton is known as the ‘Mexican Duesenberg’ | Darin Schnabel / RM Sotheby’s photos

RM Sotheby’s holds its 10th annual auction in Hershey, Pennsylvania, next month in conjunction with the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Eastern Division Fall Meet. The sale is headlined by a pair of significant Duesenbergs owned by the same family for more than 50 years.

One of those Duesenbergs, a 1930 Model J Dual-Cowl Phaeton that is one of only three of the open cars originally bodied by coachbuilder Walter J. Murphy, is the highest valued car at the auction, estimated at $1.6 million to $2 million. Continue reading

Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival: Report and photo gallery

A vintage Harley-Davidson passes Lancia Aurelia B20 coupe in Elkhart Lake | William Hall photos
A vintage Harley-Davidson passes a Lancia Aurelia B20 coupe in Elkhart Lake | William Hall photos

Amateur auto racing is an activity whose lifeblood is discretionary income, and as such it’s often a barometer of a healthy economy. If the huge field in attendance at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin’s Road America Vintage Festival last weekend was any indicator, enthusiasm for classic cars is at an all-time high, and things are looking pretty good.

Now in its 31st year, the Vintage Sports Car Driver’s Association Vintage Festival takes advantage of mild late-season weather over the backdrop of this quaint resort town to present a true connoisseur’s event. Continue reading

Museums participate in Smithsonian free day

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The ACD Museums 1934 Duesenberg dual-cowl phaeton in the Education and Exhibit Plaza | ACD Museum photos

The 12th annual Smithsonian Magazine “Smithsonian Museum Day” is Saturday, September 24.  To celebrate, museum goers who present a “Museum Day Ticket” will be granted free admission to participating museums across the country.

The ticket is available online and can be used several participating car museums. Continue reading

Hilton Head going Hollywood for festival, concours

1976 Lotus Esprit from 'The Spy Who Loved Me' among Hollywood cars | Hilton Head festival photos
‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ ’76 Lotus among Hollywood cars | Hilton Head festival photos

Each year, the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance reserves an area for a special exhibit under the theme of “Life.” For example, last year it was “Life in the Suburbs” featuring family vehicles from the 1950s and early ‘60s.

This year the theme is “Life on the Silver Screen” and will feature four-wheeled celebrities in an exhibit sponsored by the South Carolina Film Commission. Continue reading

Barn-find recovery of Jaguar E-type recorded in photos

The Jaguar XK-E coupe sits in the barn where it has been parked for more-than 40 years | H&H Classics photos
The Jaguar XK-E coupe sits in the barn where it has been parked for more-than 40 years | H&H Classics photos

The extraction of an early Jaguar E-type 3.8-liter coupe from a sodden wooden barn in the English countryside, where it had languished for four decades, was captured beautifully in photographs taken by H&H Classics, which will auction the car next month in England. Continue reading

Students will go from Gilmore museum garage to The Great Race

High school students will finish Gilmore museum's 1935 Packard and take on The Great Race | Larry Edsall photos
High school students will finish Gilmore museum’s 1935 Packard and take on The Great Race | Larry Edsall photos

Next summer, The Great Race for vintage vehicles will approximate one of the historic Dixie Highway routes as it runs from Jacksonville, Florida, to Traverse City, Michigan. Continue reading

Come for the cars, but stay for the art

Children draw images of the 1934 Packard 1107 Twelve Convertible Victoria | Larry Edsall photos
Children sketch the 1934 Packard 1107 Twelve Convertible Victoria | Larry Edsall photos

Back when I was a daily newspaper sports editor in Michigan, I’d be sure to assign myself to cover a couple of Notre Dame football games each season. No, I wasn’t a fan of the Fighting Irish football team — “no cheering in the press box” is the sportswriter’s creed — but I was a fan of the campus. Continue reading

Bonhams’ White sale generates nearly $4 million for charity

1930 Bentley brings $411,472 at single-consignor auction for charity in England | Bonhams photos
1930 Bentley brings $411,472 at single-consignor auction for charity in England | Bonhams photos

Cars, motorcycles, watches, cameras and automobilia were among the several hundred items sold Monday at a single-owner collection auction in England, where the former possessions of Robert White generated nearly $4 million at a Bonhams auction for cancer-fighting charities on the south coast of England.

Robert White founded one of England’s largest photographic retailers and had become close friends with Jay Leno after selling the American entertainer and car collector a Brough Superior motorcycle. White died last year of cancer and instructed that his collection be sold to benefit the cancer centers at two British hospitals. Continue reading