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Now 50, first Camaro added to National Historic Vehicle Register

The first prototype Chevrolet Camaro has been restored to original | Historic Vehicle Association
The first prototype Chevrolet Camaro has been restored to original | Historic Vehicle Association

After many months of secrecy, the first Chevrolet Camaro emerged from the General Motors Assembly Plant, located in Norwood, Ohio, on May 21, 1966. This was the pilot car, the Number 1 prototype Camaro of 49 that were built in preparation for mass production of a new kind of sports Chevy.

Camaro would be officially launched in Detroit in August 1966 and a month later, Chevy’s sporty compacts rolled into dealer showrooms to begin their important mission: to chase the runaway success of Ford Mustang, which was more than two years and well over a million cars ahead.

The current owner transports the first Camaro in a see-through trailer | Corey   Larson
The current owner transports the first Camaro in a see-through trailer | Corey Larson

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Camaro, the Historic Vehicle Association is documenting this first car, which wears VIN 100001, to enter the National Historic Vehicle Register, making it the next iconic vehicle with American historic significance so honored with permanent inclusion in the Library of Congress. Continue reading

Lamborghini Countaches lead Silverstone UK auction

A 1983 Lamborghini Countach 5000 S topped Silverstone's auction at more than $400,000 |Silverstone Auctions photos
A 1983 Lamborghini Countach 5000 S topped Silverstone’s auction at more than $400,000 |Silverstone Auctions photos

A pair of millennial-favorite Lamborghini Countaches from the 1980s were the top sellers at Silverstone Auctions’s May Sale on Friday at the Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, UK.

Silverstone’s sale reached a total of £3.2million ($4.64 million at the current exchange rate) with 70 percent sold out of the 68 cars offered. Continue reading

Richard Petty to attend Carlisle Chrysler Nationals

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Richard Petty at 2012 Carlisle Chrysler Nationals | Carlisle Events photo

Widely accepted as the “king” of NASCAR, Richard Petty is scheduled to attend the 2016 Chrysler Nationals in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where he will allot time for photos, signing autographs and meeting with fans on July 16.

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Futurliner No. 3 to cross MAG auction block at Hot August Nights

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1939 GM Futurliner showcasing Allison J-35 jet engine | MAG photos

A 1939 General Motors Parade of Progress Futurliner headlines Motorsport Auction Group’s inaugural sale and is set to cross the block August 6 during Hot August Nights’ 30th anniversary celebration in Reno, Nevada.

“If you’re a car collector, this is the Mack Daddy,” MAG spokesman Frank Yaksitch said of the Futurliner. Continue reading

Ferrari opens museums in Italy to virtual tours

Ferraris from TV and film star in a current Museo Enzo Ferrari exhibit | Museo Enzo Ferrari
Ferraris from TV and film star in a current Museo Enzo Ferrari exhibit | Museo Enzo Ferrari

In case you haven’t made it over to Italy to tour the fabulous Ferrari museums, Google Maps presents the means to visit from the comfort of your own computer. Three street-view tours are available of both the Museo Ferrari in Maranello and the Museo Enzo Ferrari in Modena. Continue reading

Museums: Gilmore celebrates its 50th anniversary

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Exhibit featuring the Donald Gilmore Collection | Gilmore museum photo

The Gilmore Car Museum celebrates its 50th anniversary with a car show Saturday to honor its founder, Donald Gilmore, at the museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan. The show, “The Donald Gilmore Classic,” showcases cars from 1896-1942 and includes a driving tour today and a swap meet Sunday. Continue reading

Al Unser Sr., Ray Evernham add charity vehicles to Motostalgia’s Brickyard auction in Indianapolis

The 1964 Plymouth NASCAR racer from Ray Evernham was driven by country music star Marty Robbins | Motostalgia
The 1964 Plymouth NASCAR racer from Ray Evernham was driven by country music star Marty Robbins | Motostalgia photos

Four-time Indianapolis 500 champion Al Unser Sr. and legendary NASCAR crew chief Ray Evernham are each donating vehicles from their personal collections to auction for charity at Motostalgia’s sale June 18 during the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association Brickyard Invitational. Continue reading

Inaugural British GP reunion set for Royal concours

1926 British Grand Prix | photo courtesy Royal Automobile Club
1926 British Grand Prix | photo courtesy Royal Automobile Club

A reunion of cars that raced in the inaugural British Grand Prix will be part of the Royal Concours of Elegance scheduled for September 2-4 at Windsor Castle, where some 1,000 cars are expected to take part in what will be part of the celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday. Continue reading

Barrett-Jackson to help celebrate Indianapolis 500 centennial with special auction

The Stinger has been autographed by nearly 250 Indy 500 veterans | Window World photos
The Stinger has been autographed by nearly 250 Indy 500 veterans | Window World photos

What is likely the most unique souvenir in the history of the Indianapolis 500 — a real Indy racing car autographed by nearly 250 people who have driven in the world’s most famous race — will be auctioned Wednesday evening, May 25, to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The car is The Stinger, a contemporary racing car wearing the colors of the Marmon Wasp that carried Ray Harroun to victory in the first Indy 500 in 1911. Though the centennial of that race was held five years ago, the race this year will be the 100th running of the event, which was not held during war years. Continue reading