To promote recycling and reuse of old car parts, a new exhibit, Car Part Art, opens today at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Andree Rudloff, the museums guest curator, helped develop the exhibit by securing artists to showcase in the exhibit which will run through till January 8, 2016.
In 2005, Terry Yamaguchi and her husband Koji, noticed that the different Japanese car clubs in California didn’t really mingle outside of their brand or model of vehicle. “In japan it’s very different, they are all classics, they are all vintage and they come together,” she said. “We decided to host the show to bring in everyone and bring all of our cars together.”
Aston Martins did very well at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival auction last weekend. So did Scarab racing team vehicles, a car with rock ’n’ roll history, and even a couple of re-creation cars. On the other hand, only half of new Top Gear host Chris Evans’ 12-car consignment went to new owners.
Despite sales figures at high-dollar auctions last month on California’s Monterey Peninsula, the Hagerty Market Rating of the collector car marketplace is down for the fourth month in a row. The August index number is 71.11, which Hagerty reports as an indication that the market continues to expand and thus is in a healthy place, neither flat nor superheated. Continue reading
In 2003, Peter Mullin acquired one of the three Type 64 chassis created by Ettore Bugatti’s son, Jean, who died at age 30 before he could complete bodywork for the last of those Type 64 chassis. Mullin, the consummate car collector, made it a mission to complete what Jean Bugatti had begun. So he commissioned Stewart Reed, long-time head of vehicle design at the Art Center College in Pasadena, California, to render drawings of a car befitting Jean Bugatti’s spirit.
Mullin then turned to Mike Kleeves to bring Reed’s drawings to life in a three-dimensional work of automotive art.
Kleeves and his team of three other metal crafters and two painters work out of shop in the small community of Kimball, near the eastern knuckle of the “Thumb” section of Michigan’s mitten-shaped Lower Peninsula. Earlier this year at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Kleeves received the inaugural Phil Hill Trophy for his research and restoration of a 1960 Aston Martin DB4 GTZ owned by the Helena Collection of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Continue reading
Although Janis Joplin sang “Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes-Benz? My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends,” the truth is that the star of the psychedelic era of American music did, indeed, drive a Porsche. Her unique 1965 Porsche 356C 1600 cabriolet has been consigned for sale to RM Sotheby’s upcoming New York auction.
In addition to announcing the inclusion of Joplin’s car, RM Sotheby’s announced a new name and new date for the auction. Earlier advertised with a different name and a November 28 date, the sale has been titled “Driven by Disruption” and will be staged December 10 in Sotheby’s New York showroom. Continue reading
Nissan will participate for the first time in the 11th annual Japanese Classic Car Show, scheduled for September 19 in Long Beach, California. The automaker will include the show in its heritage summer tour by showing several vehicles from its corporate collection.
It’s not only automobiles that will be offered at Bonhams’ “Preserving the Automobile” auction October 5 at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia. Several historic railway locomotives that have spent the past 80 years at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago also will be part of the auction.
With the world in turmoil, you might think this would be a great time to reset the clock to the Happy Days of Leave It to Beaver. And you can at the 14th annual Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, where the annual “Life” exhibit will focus on suburban living in the middle of the 20th Century and the vehicles that were part of the lifestyle. Continue reading
Of all the American brands from the Classic Era, none rivals that of Duesenberg, then or now. The third-annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance honors “Duesie” with its own featured class on Sunday, January 24, 2016, and a number of spectacular examples already have been entered.