Category archives: News

Former curator returns as AACA Museum executive director

Jeff Bliemeister takes the wheel as executive director of the AACA Museum | AACA Museum photos
Jeff Bliemeister drives backl as executive director of the AACA Museum | AACA Museum photos

Jeffrey E. Bliemeister is returning to the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum as executive director of the institution in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Bliemeister was the museum’s curator from early in 2003 through November 2011.

Bliemeister, which starts his new position December 12, succeeds Mark Lizewskie, who left in August. Lizewskie became general manager of D.L. George Coachworks, a restoration facility. Continue reading

Marketplace declines for fourth month in row, says Hagerty

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The monthly Hagerty Market Racing dropped for the fourth consecutive month in November, though the 0.02 slip was very small. Nonetheless, the classic car insurer and value-tracker reported in its news release that the drop “continues the gradual slowdown we have seen since May 2015.”

The preliminary mid-November rating is 66.89, subject to adjustment when national economic figures are released at the end of the month. Continue reading

Best of French and Italian car owners endure the dust and heat

Dare we call this a passel of Facel Vegas at the Best of France and Italy car show? | Larry Crane photos
Dare we call this a passel of Facel Vegas at the Best of France and Italy car show? | Larry Crane photos

‘Best of France and Italy” is not a concours d’elegance. It is a chance for Los Angeles area owners and fans of a specific, under-served, group of enthusiast cars to assemble and share stories, to find help — and rare pieces — as well as buyers and sellers. Continue reading

Jaguar Classic unveils brand-new 1957 XKSS roadster

The Jaguas XKSS was re-created with a dedication to authenticity | Jaguar Classic photos
The Jaguas XKSS was re-created with a dedication to authenticity | Jaguar Classic photos

While the world’s auto manufacturers prepare to show off their latest creations at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Jaguar was busy a few miles away at the Petersen Automotive Museum rolling out something completely different, a spectacular piece of its motoring heritage made new again.

Jaguar Classic, the automaker’s heritage division, unveiled the first of its completely new 1957 XKSS roadsters built to the exact specifications of the six-decade-old design, what Jaguar calls a “new original” re-creation of what’s considered to be the first post-war supercar. Continue reading

Museums: Cars are growing fins and are ready to fly

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1940 Packard 120 in one of the buildings at the Packard Proving Grounds | Larry Edsall Photos

Running through Sunday, the Packard Proving Grounds plays host to an “Auto Design Art Show” to honor Bill Robinson, a designer who worked to create concept car drawings for the Packard Motor Car Company in 1951. The era was a time when cars looked as if they were ready to take flight with growing fins, grilles like fighter-jets, and afterburner-like exhaust.

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Carlisle Events showcases Novas in new event

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Chevrolet Nova at 2016 GM Nationals | Carlisle Events photo

Carlisle Events has replaced its GM Nationals show with the Carlisle Chevrolet Nationals which will include “Novas at Carlisle,” a gathering of the National Nostalgic Nova Club. The event is to run three days, starting June 23, 2017, at the Carlisle Fairgrounds in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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Pick of the Day: 1952 Allard K2 roadster

The Allard roadster has a Mercury flathead V8 under its hood
The Allard roadster has a Mercury flathead V8 under its hood

Long before Carroll Shelby dreamed up the idea of shoving an American V8 into a British roadster, Sidney Allard created fantastic sports cars for street and competition with a similar formula starting in 1948. Only a few more than 100 were produced, and they are revered today by collectors, rallyists and vintage racers.

The Pick of the Day is a 1952 Allard K2 roadster powered by its original Mercury flathead V8 engine, one of just 12 built with that powerplant; most of the K2s used Ford, Cadillac, Chrysler and Oldsmobile engines. Continue reading

Austin Healey 100S racer set for Bonhams’ Scottsdale auction

The Austin Healey 100S was restored by a marque expert
The Austin Healey 100S was restored by a marque expert

A 1955 Austin Healey 100S, a limited-production race car restored to original specifications, has been consigned to Bonhams’ sixth annual Scottsdale sale on January 19 after being with its current owner for a half century.

The right-hand-drive sports racer, chassis number AHS 3610, was one of 55 competition cars produced by the factory during 1954-55. Five were kept for the factory team and the rest went to private owners, where they were popular for club racing and international competitions. Continue reading

It’s a $341,700 homecoming for famed British bike

Philip Vincent on the 1938 Rapide, with Ray Pett standing | H&H Classics photos
Philip Vincent on the 1938 Rapide, with Ray Pett standing | H&H Classics photos

One of Britain’s “Holy Grail” motorcycles has returned home sold for
£275,000 ($341,700) at H&H Classic auction this week at Donington. The 1938 Vincent-HRD Series-A Rapide was built by Ted Hampshire and at one time was owned by Alan de Cadenet.

The bike, one of only 78 produced between 1936 and 1939, was discovered recently in a “job-lot” collection in Japan. Only 50 of the Series-A Rapides are known to still exist, H&H Classics reported. Continue reading

Racing History Project announces 2017 events

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Pair of SCCA Trans-Am Mustangs at Laguna Seca vintage race, Trans-Am series was created by John Bishop | Nicole James photos

The Racing History Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting auto racing history, has announced its 2017 schedule, which includes three events, all taking place at the Wally Parks NHRA Museum in Pomona, California.

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