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Eye Candy: Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2016

The 1938 Delahaye 165 receives its best of class award at Pebble Beach | Bob Golfen photos
The 1938 Delahaye 165 receives its best of class award at Pebble Beach | Bob Golfen photos

Walking once again between rows of yesterday’s automobiles at the 66th annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance brings something akin to déjà vu. Yet even after repeated annual visits to the granddaddy of all American concours, the show always seems fresh, with a surprise around every turn.

This year, if you looked toward scenic Stillwater Bay, there was a stunning lineup of 17 champion Ford GT40 endurance racers, including the three that crossed the finish line 1-2-3 in 1966 to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 50th anniversary of which was celebrated at Pebble. Continue reading

1936 Lancia Astura takes Best of Show at Pebble Beach

Richard Mattei's 1936 Lancia Astura drives up to receive its Best of Show award | Larry Edsall photo
Richard Mattei’s 1936 Lancia Astura drives up to receive its Best of Show award | Larry Edsall photo

A 1936 Lancia Astura cabriolet with coachwork designed by Pinin Farina won Best of Show honors Sunday at the 66th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Runners-up in the strong more than 200-vehicle field were a 1931 Stutz DV-32 convertible Victoria by LeBaron and a 1938 Delahaye 165 cabriolet with coachwork by Figoni et Falaschi. Continue reading

Seven cars from historic race reunite at Rolex Reunion

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1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 No. 15 takes on a 1968 Ford Shelby Trans Am Mustang | Nicole James photos

In 1972, the Sports Car Club of America Trans-Am racing series staged the fourth event of its season at Watkins Glen International in upstate New York. The series was in its seventh year and, in hindsight, is considered to the end of the series’ golden era. Continue reading

Another major auction record falls at RM Sotheby’s

1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B sets world record for auction price for prewar car | Larry Edsall photos
1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B sets world record for auction price for prewar car | Larry Edsall photos

Records continued to fall at the collector car auctions Saturday on the Monterey Peninsula. Friday, RM Sotheby’s was the site of the highest prices ever paid for a British car and an American car sold at public auction. Saturday, an RM Sotheby’s bidder paid a record price for a prewar car when a 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider sold for $19.8 million.

Observers from Hagerty, the insurance and vehicle valuation-tracking company, also reported what they called “another amazing result” as an alloy-bodied, long-wheelbase 1959 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider went for $18.5 million at Gooding & Company, which also got $13.5 million for a 1960 250 GT SWB Competizione Coupe in a post-block transaction. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Concorso Italiano

The 50th anniversary of Lamborghini Miura was celebrated during Concorso Italiano | Bob Golfen photos
The 50th anniversary of Lamborghini Miura was celebrated during Concorso Italiano | Bob Golfen photos

With some of the world’s greatest Italian sports cars from the past and present standing nearby, Ruben Ruiz’s minivan was a source of constant attention. Of course, this was Concorso Italiano and this was no ordinary minivan.

Ruiz was more than happy to give curious spectators tours of his 1958 Fiat Multipla 600, which he called “the most visited car in this whole place.” Continue reading

McPherson College welcomes Pebble Beach Class of 2023

Students at McPherson College will restore this Mercedes 300S with hopes of qualifying for Pebble Beach in 2023 | Larry Edsall photos
Students at McPherson College will restore this Mercedes 300S with hopes of qualifying for Pebble Beach in 2023 | Larry Edsall photos

Folks involved with McPherson College’s automotive restoration program unveiled a vehicle Saturday they hope students will have restored so well that the 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S convertible will be invited to be judged on the 18th fairway at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance come 2023.

You read that number correctly — 2023 — as in seven years from now. Continue reading

Preserving the past: Blain Foundation cars racing at Laguna Seca

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1905 National Model C in the paddock at Laguna Seca | Nicole James photos

As the largest event during Monterey Car Week, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is a museum in motion with 550 authentic, period correct cars with varying degrees of racing provenance competing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in California.

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Auction records fall for British and American cars

Le Mans-winning Jaguar sets record for price paid at auction for a British car | Larry Edsall photo
Le Mans-winning Jaguar sets record for price paid at auction for a British car | Larry Edsall photo

“Numbers are expected to climb as those auctions move higher into their dockets today and overall figures should soar Friday as Bonhams stages its one-day auction at The Quail and RM Sotheby’s opens its two-day sale in downtown Monterey.”

— Classic Car News, Friday, August 19 report from Monterey Car Week

Well, there’s a prediction that proved correct — and then some — as records were set Friday for the most ever paid at auction for both an American car and a British car, and where the star car at yet another sale also sold for a big number.

The huge numbers were posted in a packed-to-overflowing auction area in downtown Monterey, where a bidder at RM Sotheby’s reached $21.78 million for the 1954 Jaguar D-type XKD501 that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans and where someone ponied up $13.75 million for the first 1962 Shelby Cobra (CSX2000). Both were world auction records for cars from their respective countries. Continue reading

Eye Candy: 14th annual The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering

The crowd at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, mingles under the watchful eye of the giant Pageboy of Peninsula Hotels | Bob Golfen photos
The crowd at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, mingles under the watchful eye of the giant  Peninsula Hotels Pageboy | Bob Golfen photos

Legendary driver Jackie Stewart smiled with joy as he listened to the deep metallic thrum of an ancient Ferrari competition V12. This was a call of the wild for the enthusiasts at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, and a crowd quickly formed around the stunning performance machine from a lifetime ago as the owner revved the booming engine.

The car was a 1953 Ferrari 375 MM Pinin Farina Spyder with a lush patina of age and use. A short time later, it became apparent that this Spyder was special indeed as the concours judges declared it best of show winner for the 14th annual Quail. Continue reading

Eye Candy: 3rd annual Porsche Werks Reunion

A group of Porsche fans discuss the merits of a well-restored 912 | Bob Golfen photos
A group of Porsche fans discuss the merits of a well-restored 912 | Bob Golfen photos

The Porsche Werks Reunion continues its soaring popularity as Porsche owners from around the country converged for a massive gathering of the faithful Thursday at the Rancho Canada Golf Club in Carmel, California.

Now in its third year, the Werks Reunion has established itself as a mainstay of Monterey Car Week, with the booming values and collectability of Porsches happening at just the right time for this single-marque event. Continue reading