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Bondurant school to teach autocross with new Fiat 124s, 500s

A 2017 Fiat 124 Spider painted in the Bondurant school colors | Bob Golfen
A 2017 Fiat 124 Spider painted in the Bondurant school colors | Bob Golfen photos

Autocross instruction will be offered at the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Chandler, Arizona, using 2017 Fiat 124 Spider sports cars and 500 Abarth coupes made available through the school’s partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

The program was announced recently during Concorso Italiano in Seaside, California, the perfect place to show off Fiat’s reborn 124 – the original Fiat 124 roadster was celebrating its 50th anniversary at Concorso – as well as introduce the Italian-style performance at Bondurant. Continue reading

Mercedes making original-spec new parts for pre-war S models

Steuerradsatz für Benzindruckpumpe, nitriert, in Königswellen-Ausführung. Für Mercedes-Benz S, SS, SSK, SSKL (W 06). Nachfertigung von Mercedes-Benz Classic nach Originalspezifikation, 2016. ; Timing gear set for petrol pressure pump, nitrided, vertical-shaft version. For Mercedes-Benz S, SS, SSK, SSKL (W 06). Reproduced by Mercedes-Benz Classic according to the original specification, 2016.;
Timing gear set for vintage gasoline pressure pump | Mercedes-Benz Classic,

Restoring a pre-war Mercedes-Benz just got a little easier as Daimler AG has announced that its Mercedes-Benz Classic department will reproduce original-quality spare parts for such pre-war classics as the S, SS, SSK and SSKL. Continue reading

Petersen announces new exhibits, sets 5-year targets

1936 Bugatti Type 57C Atlantic and a Rembrandt Bugatti sculpture | Larry Edsall photos
1936 Bugatti Type 57C Atlantic and a Rembrandt Bugatti sculpture | Larry Edsall photos

In keeping with its mission of being an educational institution as well as a car museum, officials of the Petersen Automotive Museum shared details at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance of upcoming exhibitions and of the museum’s five-year plan. Continue reading

Two museums to benefit from Leake’s Detroit auction

Sale of 1931 Ford Model A-400 will benefit CCCA Museum | Leake Auction photos
Sale of 1931 Ford Model A-400 will benefit CCCA Museum | Leake Auction photos

Two classic car museums will benefit from the sale of three cars at Leake Auction Company’s inaugural MotorCity auction scheduled for September 9-10 in downtown Detroit.

A 1931 Ford Model A-400 will be sold to benefit the Classic Car Club of America Museum while proceeds from the sales of a 1941 Cadillac Series 62 and a 1989 Cadillac Seville will go to the Cadillac & LaSalle Club Museum. Both museums are located on the grounds of the Gilmore Car Museum in southwestern Michigan. Continue reading

Renault returns to Bonneville with Etoile Filante and Dauphine

The way it was 50 years ago when Renault brought the turbine-powered 'Shooting Star' to Bonneville | Renault Classic photos
The way it was 50 years ago when Renault brought the turbine-powered ‘Shooting Star’ to Bonneville | Renault Classic photos

In September 1956, the streamlined Renault Etoile Filante set four world speed records on the Bonneville Salt Flats, two of which still stand.

Earlier this month, the Etoile Filante (Shooting Star in French) was back on the alkaline surface in Utah, and along with it the French automaker sent a Renault Dauphine, a car celebrating the 60th anniversary of its first sale in the American automotive marketplace. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1955 Jaguar D-type replica

The Jaguar D-Type looks like the real thing
The Jaguar D-Type looks like the real thing

Many of us are still shell-shocked by the monumental prices fetched by the top cars at the Monterey Car Week auctions, with seven selling for more than $10 million. These include the top sale of the week, that of the historic 1955 Jaguar D-type roadster that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1956 and went to a new owner at RM Sotheby’s auction for a stunning $21,780,000 (including fees).

Now that’s a chunk of change, which 99.9 percent of us would be hard-pressed to pony up. The Pick of the Day offers another, more-affordable route for those who would like to celebrate the majesty of Jaguar’s fabulous endurance racer, just not with an eight-figure price tag. Continue reading

Driven: 2016 Ford Transit Connect Wagon

2016 Ford Transit Connect Wagon has room for people and stuff | Larry Edsall photos
2016 Ford Transit Connect Wagon has room for people and stuff | Larry Edsall photos

I’ve been fascinated by the Ford Transit Connect ever since I did a short drive in the initial Turkish-built version that first arrived in the United States several years ago. More compact commercial vehicle than minivan, the tall and roomy trucklet seemed a more versatile and practical alternative to the typical grocery getter while also providing a great canvas for the delivery needs of the small business owner or contractor.

I liked the Transit Connect so much that last year I inquired of Ford if one equipped with seats and windows instead of delivery racks and windowless side panels might be available for my annual summertime trip, with a daughter or two and assorted grandchildren, to Florida to visit my mother. Continue reading

Atlanta ready to launch its inaugural concours d’elegance

Chateau Elan and its winery are site of inaugural Atlanta Concours d'Elegance | Chateau Elan photo
Chateau Elan and its winery are site of inaugural Atlanta Concours d’Elegance | Chateau Elan photo

Now that we’ve survived Monterey Car Week and the Woodward Dream Cruise, is there anything left on the horizon before much of the country has to put its collector cars away for the winter? Continue reading

Salvadori’s Frazer-Nash ‘Replica’ on Bonhams’ Goodwood docket

Roy Salvadori raced, crashed and raced again in this 1951 Frazer-Nash Replica | Bonhams photos
Roy Salvadori raced, crashed and raced again in this 1951 Frazer-Nash Replica | Bonhams photos

In 1949, a Frazer-Nash finished third in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, prompting the car company to produce some 50 Frazer-Nash Le Mans Replica for the road and, well, for the race track as well, as it turned out.

One of those cars, a 1951 model formerly owned and raced by Britain’s Roy Salvadori, will be offered for sale September 10 at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival auction at the Goodwood racing circuit in Chichester, West Sussex, England. Continue reading

Price plateau on the peninsula for Monterey auctions

Gooding & Company wraps up the public auction action Sunday night on the Monterey Peninsula | Andy Reid photos
Gooding & Company wraps up the public auction action Sunday night on the Monterey Peninsula | Andy Reid photos

The “best of the best” cars did very well at the auctions held during Monterey Car Week 2016 with seven selling for $10 million. But between them, those seven accounted for nearly a third of the $344.9 million in sales at the five auctions, according to preliminary figures compiled by Hagerty, the insurance and vehicle value-tracking company that has observers at each of the sales.

World record auction prices were paid on the Monterey Peninsula for American, British, French and prewar cars. Continue reading