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Goodguys head to Scottsdale for final 2016 event

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Classic Mercury on Goodguys Scottsdale show field | Photos by Hans Marquez

Over 3,000 hot rods, customs, classics, street rods, muscle cars and trick trucks, all pre-1972, will be showcased in Scottsdale, Arizona, from November 18-20 for the 19th annual Southwest Nationals, the final Goodguys event of the 2016 season.
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McLaren F1 selected as ‘greatest supercar ever’

McLaren F1 takes the title as 'greatest supercar ever' | Classic & Sports Car show photos
McLaren F1 takes the title as ‘greatest supercar ever’ | Classic & Sports Car show photos

In conjunction with the opening day of the Classic & Sports Car Show at the Alexandra Palace in London, the McLaren F1 was honored as the “Greatest Supercar Ever” in a voting process that included more than 17,000 votes from the car-enthusiast public around the world.

The three-seat McLaren beat out the likes of the Jaguar XK120, Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing,” Lamborghini Miura and Countach, and Bugatti Veyron. Continue reading

ArtCenter Car Classic: A garden of earthly delights

1938 Delage D8 120S Pourtout coupe among the hand-built cars featured at the ArtCenter Car Classic | Larry Crane photos
1938 Delage D8 120S Pourtout coupe among the hand-built cars featured at the ArtCenter Car Classic | Larry Crane photos

The ArtCenter Car Classic was launched a bit over a decade ago to collect and exhibit the most intriguing automobiles seen in Los Angeles car culture and to celebrate the ArtCenter College of Design’s leadership in that creative adventure.

As succinctly described in the event brochure: “More than just another high-profile car show, this popular public event celebrates the very best in automotive design, showcasing the College’s strong ties to industry and honoring many of our noteworthy alumni.” Continue reading

John Fitch archive, momentos donated to racing research center

John Fitch racing an MGTD in June 1950 at the Linden, New Jersey, airport | International Motor Racing Research Center photos
John Fitch racing an MGTD in June 1950 at the Linden, New Jersey, airport | International Motor Racing Research Center

The remarkable life of racer and engineer John Cooper Fitch is reflected in the myriad of items that recently were presented to the International Motor Racing Research Center at the Watkins Glen, New York.

The gift from Fitch’s sons, John, Christopher and Stephen Fitch, significantly enlarges the John Fitch Collection created at the Racing Research Center in 1999, when papers were donated relating to his career as a safety designer and consultant, with particular emphasis on the Fitch Inertial Barrier and the displaceable guardrail. Fitch died on Oct. 31, 2012, at the age of 95. Continue reading

Vehicles that powered the working class featured at LeMay

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1942 GMC State Truck in exhibit | ACM Photo

Fifteen vintage work vehicles will be on display at the LeMay – Americas Car Museum, located in Tacoma, Washington, as part of a new exhibit, Tools of the Trade –- Powering the Working Class. The exhibit is set to open on November 5 and aims to showcase vehicles that helped shape America.

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Pick of the Day: 1987 Dodge Charger/Shelby GLHS

The Dodge Charger / Shelby GLHS is bedecked with dams, spoilers and the Shelby logo
The Dodge Charger / Shelby GLHS is bedecked with dams, scoops, spoilers and the Shelby logo

The Pick of the Day is a genuine, low-mileage Carroll Shelby performance machine with an asking price of just under 7,000 bucks. But no, it’s not a V8-enhanced AC Ace sports car or a done-over Ford Mustang. And to my knowledge, it is part of the only Shelby series with a transverse 4-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive.

This is a 1987 Shelby GLHS, one of 1,000 Dodge Chargers that Shelby purchased from Chrysler Motors and transformed into hot little hatchbacks at his factory in Whittier, California. The effort to capitalize on the Shelby name, and have some fun doing so, came after the previous year’s similar transformation of 700 Dodge Omnis into Shelby GLH models. Continue reading

Mecum rolling into Dallas with four-day, 1,000-vehicle auction

A 1960 Chevy Corvette roadster is part of  the Ron Whorter Collection | Mecum Auctions
A 1960 Chevy Corvette roadster is part of the Ron Whorter Collection | Mecum Auctions photos

With a contingent of around 1,000 vehicles ranging from farm tractors to muscle cars, Mecum’s sixth annual Dallas auction seems to fulfill the “something for everyone” credo that animates its nationwide sales.

The auction starts Wednesday with the sale of 130 cars from the Ron Whorter Collection, most of them at no reserve. The Ruidoso, New Mexico, real-estate developer has compiled an enviable trove of desirable cars that heavily favors Chevrolet Corvettes but also includes some fantastic street rods, muscle cars and American classics, including pre-war models. Continue reading

‘Throne room’ Rolls headed to Bonhams Bond Street auction

1926 'Phantom of Love' Rolls-Royce was a gift to Woolworth heiress | Bonhams photos
1926 ‘Phantom of Love’ Rolls-Royce was a gift to Woolworth heiress | Bonhams photos

The 1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I commissioned by American Clarence Gasque as a gift for his wife and Woolworth’s heiress, Maude, is the star car for the Bonhams Bond Street Sale scheduled for December 4 in London.

Bonhams terms the Rolls as being “more like the throne room at Versailles than a car” because of its stunning artistic interior features. Continue reading

NY World’s Fair Thunderbird takes Magic Skyway ride to Hershey

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Car entering the Magic Skyway | Disney Wikia photo

Once upon a time, a 1964 Ford Thunderbird convertible seemingly transported people through “time” at the 1964 World’s Fair held in New York. The car was part of the Magic Skyway within a Ford Rotunda that spanned several city blocks at the fair grounds.

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‘Unblemished’ Porsche 904 racer listed for Bonhams’ auction

The Porsche 904 GTS was originally part of the Brumos racing team | Bonhams
The Porsche 904 GTS was originally part of the Brumos racing team | Bonhams photos

A 1964 Porsche 904 GTS endurance racer with an “unblemished history” will be one of the stars of Bonham’s sixth annual Scottsdale auction in January, the auction company announced.

No. 98 of 106 produced, this 904 was part of the famed Brumos Porsche racing team of Jacksonville, Florida, but was retired after just a few races. The streamlined, mid-engine coupe eventually was sold to a prominent Porsche collector in Europe, where it has remained for the past 28 years. Continue reading