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Cool Mercury customs featured at Pebble Beach Concours

The chopped and channeled Mercury set the style of early ’50s cool | Pebble Beach Concours
The chopped and channeled Mercury set the style for early ’50s cool | Pebble Beach Concours

Ken Gross remembers watching the coolest guy at Salem High School drive down the street, all James Dean with a pack of Lucky Strikes rolled up in his sleeve, at the wheel of his customized, chopped-top ’51 Mercury. Looking at that ride, with its flipper hubcaps catching the light, its rumbling exhausts, and a customized body all sleek and mean, Gross thought, “Man, I’d love to be that guy.”

More than half a century later, Gross – now a celebrated automotive historian, museum curator and author, as well as a Selection Committee Member and a Chief Class Judge for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance – has made it his mission to bring a measure of cool this year to the 18th Fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links. Gross has put together the first-ever postwar class of Mercury Customs to be shown at the Concours, which takes place Sunday, August 16. Continue reading

1962 Chevy bubbletop takes Barrett-Jackson Cup

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Ultimate Best of Show winner 1962 Chevy Bubbletop | Photography by Matthew Fink

A 1962 Chevolet “bubbletop” owned by Randy and Lisa Wilcox and built by CAL Automotive Creations took the 2015 Barrett Jackson Cup in Reno, Nevada. The Barrett-Jackson Cup has been part of Hot August Nights since 2013 and is awarded in conjunction with the company’s Reno auction. Continue reading

Silverstone Classic to celebrate Can-Am anniversary in 2016

Can-Am cars invited to roar again at Silverstone track in 2016 | Silverstone Classic photos
Can-Am cars invited to roar again at Silverstone track in 2016 | Silverstone Classic photos

Buoyed by their first six-digit attendance figures, organizers of the 25th anniversary Silverstone Classic vintage racing weekend in England already are planning for 2016, when they will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Can-Am Challenge Series. Continue reading

Milwaukee Masterpiece adds watercraft class

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Exhibition class of boats to be viewed during the 2015 Concours d’Elegance | Milwaukee Masterpiece Photo

The Milwaukee Masterpiece will include an exhibition of classic  boats  during the 2015 Concours d’Elegance. This is the first time in the event’s 11-year history that watercraft will be showcased alongside the cars on Sunday, August 23.

“We’re in a perfect setting — adjacent to Lake Michigan — to host a display of some amazing boats, many constructed of wood or fiberglass,” said Leon Flagg, chairman of the Masterpiece.

Entries to the show include a 1920 Zebcraft Gold Cup Racer, 1935 Gar Wood Speedster, 1940 Chris Craft Sportsman, and a 1955 Century Palmino Roundabout among others.

’70 ’Cuda convertible stars at Mecum auction in Monterey

The 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda convertible was originally presented to the car’s designer | Mecum Auctions
The 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda convertible was originally presented to the car’s designer | Mecum Auctions

“One of the most coveted muscle cars of its time” is how Mecum Auctions describes the 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda convertible that will play a starring role in next week’s “Daytime Auction” in Monterey, California.

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Track events, demo days set at museums this weekend

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Ferrari racing legends 2014 Demo Day | Simeone Museum Photo

Today, August 7, “Just Track It” will run on the full 3.15-mile course with the track day event at the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park  in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The open track event is set to allow all driving levels multiple 30-minute sessions on the track. Instruction via in-car coaching followed by classroom sessions will be provided to all novice drivers. The cost to participate in the event is $275.

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Exclusive: Barrett-Jackson replaces Spanky as lead auctioneer

Young champion auctioneer Joseph Mast will lead Barrett-Jackson bidding starting with the Reno sale | Barrett-Jackson
Champion auctioneer Joseph Mast will lead Barrett-Jackson bidding | Barrett-Jackson

Barrett-Jackson watchers will see a few key changes on the auction stage during the third annual Hot August Nights sale, which starts today at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada.

A new lead auctioneer has been identified by Barrett-Jackson. The award-winning Joseph Mast will head the team of auctioneers and bidder assistants starting with the Reno event.

Mast replaces long-time lead auctioneer Spanky Assiter, known for wearing spectacles on his forehead, who had been with the Scottsdale-based auction house since 1992. Also gone from the stage is Assister’s wife, Amy, a bidder assistant whose charismatic presence was popular among Barrett-Jackson regulars.

Barrett-Jackson recently severed ties with Assiter & Associates, auctioneers of Amarillo, Texas, reportedly over a contract dispute. But auction chairman Craig Jackson said in an interview with ClassicCars.com that a change in the most-public face of the auction was “inevitable.”

“I’m trying to move onward and upward and bring on fresh blood and energy,” Jackson said of his choice of the young Mast to lead the show. “He’s a hot shoe.” Continue reading

Coachbuilt beauties offered at Gooding auction in Pebble Beach

The 1962 Ferrari 250 GT was a one-off design by acclaimed stylist Giorgetto Giugiaro | Gooding photos
The 1962 Ferrari 250 GT was a one-off design by acclaimed stylist Giorgetto Giugiaro | Gooding photos

Two of the greatest and most-evocative examples of custom coachwork, one a pre-war American classic and the other a famous Italian beauty, will cross the auction block during Gooding & Company’s annual sale August 15 and 16 adjacent to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

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