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London to Brighton returns to Crawley High Street

London to Brighton competitors stop last year at Honda Gatwick | Oliver Edwards photos for Bonhams London to Brighton
London to Brighton competitors stop last year at Honda Gatwick | Oliver Edwards photos for Bonhams London to Brighton

Last year, organizers of Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run altered the course a bit to include the Harrods Stop at Crawley, where the Honda Gatwick dealership cleared the new cars out of its garage area so those on the tour could enjoy some refreshments and perform any needed running repairs out of the wind, wet and cold.

“While the participants were happy with the warm and dry environment from which to enjoy their well-earned refreshments, the local community felt rather short-changed,” the organizers reported in a recent news release. Continue reading

Recap shows $403.2 million in auction sales at Monterey

David Gooding and auctioneer Charlie Ross on the block with a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider | Gooding photo by Jensen Sutta
David Gooding and auctioneer Charlie Ross on the block with a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider | Gooding photo by Jensen Sutta

With Mecum and Bonhams each reporting more $40 million in sales, with Gooding at $128 million and RM Sotheby’s soaring to $172.9 million, the top-end of the collector car auction action on the Monterey Peninsula was very strong again this year. And that strength could be reinforced once Rick Cole Auctions reports the results of its bid-by-smartphone sale.

According to Hagerty, which not only insures classic cars but tracks their value (in part by monitoring in person each auction venue in January in Arizona, in March at Amelia Island and in August at Monterey), previously tabulated all auction sales on the peninsula last week as totaling some $396.8 million. Continue reading

Movie screening, auction this weekend at museums

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1974 Challenger crossing the block at museum auction | OHTM photo

Tonight in Grand Junction, Colorado, the Allen Unique Autos Museum offers an outdoor movie screening of Disney’s original The Love Bug. Volkswagens will be will be on display and attendees will have the option to enter to win a ride in “Tammy’s original Herbie” as well as enjoy summer food, concessions, and a kids bounce house. Gates open at 7:30 p.m., with the movie starting at dusk. Admission is $5.

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McQueen magic lifts Porsche Turbo sale to stunning $1.95 million

The final price of the Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera once owned by Steve McQueen was a record breaker by far| Bob Golfen
The final price of the Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera once owned by Steve McQueen was a record breaker by far| Bob Golfen

The Steve McQueen magic strikes again, this time at Mecum’s auction last week in Monterey, where a 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera that was the last special-order car owned by the late film icon raised the roof with an incredible sale price of $1.95 million.

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