The third annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance will lead the nation’s celebration of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016 with a showing of significant Indy race-cars from the past, a display of historic artifacts and a very special spectator event, all of which preview the 100th running of America’s greatest motorsports spectacle. Continue reading
Cars built during this century may be too new to be considered classics, but there are some models produced during the past 15 years that are especially popular among car collectors as their weekend drivers, according to research by Hagerty, the insurance and valuation company.
Hagerty’s graph shows which of these cars are most popular among holders of the company’s classic car insurance for their older collector vehicles. Led by Chevrolet Corvette and Ford Mustang, naturally, the top 10 are mostly sporty domestic cars with three German brands also making the cutoff.
Most of the cars are also a nod to the past as the latest versions of models that have long been favorite vintage collector cars.
Classic Grand Touring, a British company that specializes on driving tours to classic motoring events, has announced its 2016 schedule, which focuses on some of Europe’s most important vintage racing events.
The company is led by Thomas Brimblecombe, whose father, Nick, launched the Grand Touring Club and was considered a pioneer in the field of organizing classic car driving tours.
“We have planned a series of tours to sensational new locations and events as well as the old favorites,” Thomas Brimblecombe said in a news release.
As has become tradition, tours will be offered to the Monaco Historic and Le Mans Classic races as well to Retromobile, the Grand Prix de Pau Historique, the Mille Miglia and the Circuit des Remparts at Angoulême.
New tours will head to the Vernasca Silver Flag in Italy and the Chantilly Arts et Elegance Concours in France.
Participants can drive their own classic vehicles on the tours, or Classic Grand Touring can arrange classic vehicle rentals.
For more information, visit the company’s website.
For the first time in sixth months, the Hagerty Market Rating of the health of the classic car marketplace is up for November. The new figure is 71.04 compared with 70.78 for October. Continue reading
Crossing the block at the 29th McCormick Palm Springs Collector Car Auction, scheduled for November 20-22, are a pink 1959 Cadillac, a 1962 Ford Thunderbird and nearly 600 other cars ranging from Ferraris to hot rods, from muscle cars to antiques.
A rare 1991 XJ220 Jaguar supercar led the bidding at Silverstone Auctions’ sale held during the UK’s popular Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show this past weekend in Birmingham. Continue reading
Just days before their inaugural collector car sale, set for Thursday in New York, Keno Brothers Fine Automobile Auctions has announced a multi-year agreement to stage another classic car auction as part of The Elegance at Hershey concours d’elegance, beginning in 2016. Continue reading
The Heritage Motor Centre, home in Gaydon, England, to the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, is changing its name to better reflect its mission. The new name is the British Motor Museum.
The centre/museum houses the world’s largest collection of historic British cars and will be closed from November 30 until February 16, 2016, when a new $6.9 million Collections Centre opens and the current facility undergoes a $1.7 million refurbishment of displays. Continue reading
The SEMA show in Las Vegas, Nevada is exhausting and can put even the most experienced show goers in a zombie like trance. However, there is a cure: a ride along in one of the insanely powerful Superformance Cobras.
“Mr. Reynolds will see you now,” said a public relations guy as three journalists followed him down a hallway to the room where Burt Reynolds, best known for his role as Bo “Bandit” Darville in the 1977 pop culture hit Smokey and the Bandit, sat awaiting our questions. We were greeted by an instantly recognizable but older actor, sitting at the far head of a table and wearing rose colored glasses, elephant leather boots and two gold Florida State University football championship rings.