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Autojumble at Beaulieu celebrates its 50th anniversary

More than 36,000 people and nearly 2,400 vendors jammed 50th International Autojumble at Britain's National Motor Museum | Beaulieu photos
More than 36,000 people and nearly 2,400 vendors jammed 50th International Autojumble at Britain’s National Motor Museum | Beaulieu photos

On our side of the pond, we call them swap meets. Ah, but once again, the British have a way with words and thus the 50th International Autojumble last weekend, with more than 36,000 people going to the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu to buy parts and pieces and assorted automobilia from 2,378 vendors.

Many of those vendors’ booths were decked out in gold trim to recognize the 50th anniversary of the largest such event in Europe. The weekend included a Bonhams auction. Continue reading

Corvettes cruise into Dan Kruse’ 42nd Hill Country Classic

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Ten rare 2009-10 Corvettes to be auctioned | Dan Kruse Classic photos

Ten rare 2009-10 Corvettes from a single private collector are to be offered September 10 at Dan Kruse’ 42nd Hill Country Classic auction at the Palmer Events Center in Austin, Texas.

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Car show to celebrate ididit’s 30th anniversary

 

Custom steering column producer celebrating 30th anniversary | ididit photos
Custom steering column producer celebrating 30 years | ididit photos

Ken Callison’s first hot-rod project took a 1938 Chevrolet coupe that had been used as a chicken coop and turned it into a rolling work of art that’s still on the road today. That’s right: coupe to coop and back to coupe.

After serving as a machinist in the Navy, Callison went to work at Ford in 1970, but continued to produce parts for his and friends’ car projects. But 30 years ago, Callison got a request for a billet aluminum steering column, and an automotive aftermarket specialist company was born. Continue reading

Best in Britain: 1938 Hispano-Suiza H6B Dubonnet Xenia

Bobbies and a Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport cabriolet at Windsor Castle for the Concours of Elegance | Concours photos
Royal Guards and a Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport cabriolet at Windsor Castle for the Concours of Elegance | Concours photos

A one-off 1938 Hispano-Suiza H6B Dubonnet Xenia was awarded Best in Show honors at England’s Royal Concours of Elegance, held this year at Windsor Castle as part of Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday celebration. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1956 Lincoln Capri custom

The Lincoln Premiere has been turned into a long, low car show queen
The Lincoln Premiere has been turned into a long, low car show queen

Long, low and minty fresh. This imaginatively customized 1956 Lincoln Capri hardtop coupe has to be one of the most outrageous builds ever featured as Pick of the Week.

The Lincoln is a stunning car, which seems more like an entry in a national custom car show than a vintage classic looking for a new home. From the photos, the proportions look spectacular and the interior crosses over between that of a concept car and a funky low rider. Continue reading

Stolen Mercedes gives Bonhams big boost at Chantilly auction

Heirs reunited with 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster sell it at Bonhams' auction | Bonhams photos
Heirs reunited with 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster sell it at Bonhams’ auction | Bonhams photos

A year ago, Bonhams’ inaugural auction in conjunction with the Arts & Excellence event at Chantilly, France, produced $7.5 million in total sales. This past weekend, the auction house’s second sale at the Chateau de Chantilly posted more than $10.04 million in sales, more than half of it coming from a single vehicle.

That vehicle was a 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster offered with a great story. Continue reading

RM Sotheby’s heads to UK for its 10th annual London auction

$40,ooo to $65,000 is pre-auction estimate on barn-found 1967 Iso Grifo GL Series I | Auctions America photo by Tim Scott
$40,000 to $65,000 is pre-auction estimate on barn-found 1967 Iso Grifo GL Series I | Auctions America photo by Tim Scott

Fresh from its record-setting sale in Monterey and its participation in Auction America’s huge Labor Day event in Auburn, Indiana, RM Sotheby’s is back at it September 7 with its 10th annual London Auction, again being held in conjunction with the Concours of Elegance, which this year is being held at Windsor Castle as part of Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday celebration. Continue reading

Ephrain Hillclimb in Wisconsin will race to the top for second year

An early Austin-Healey leads the field in an  orientation run of the hillclimb course | William Hall
An early Austin-Healey leads the field in an orientation run of the 2015 hillclimb course | Peter Gloede

As classic car events become more numerous, many strive for that elusive quality of “authenticity” that separates them from the pack. The famous Goodwood Revival vintage race in England plays upon the British people’s sense of history and frolic, requiring participants to wear period attire to access the paddock, creating a seamless panorama of the automotive past.

Here in the New World, we former colonists have been reticent about playing dress-up and eschewing modern conveniences. So how does the Ephraim Hillclimb and Concours, which will be held Saturday in the village of Ephraim, Wisconsin, succeed where others fail in capturing the full essence of a vintage motoring event? Continue reading

Eye Candy: Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance

Ferraris pose with a backdrop of the Milwaukee skyline | William Hall photos
Ferraris pose with a backdrop of the Milwaukee skyline | William Hall photos

They had the yachts, they had the waterfront, and they certainly had the beautiful cars. They even had the fog. Pebble Beach? Nope. The Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance…one week later and 2,276 miles apart.

The event, now in its 11th year, is under new leadership and has a new name. Formerly known as the Milwaukee Masterpiece, the re-brand reveals the event’s aspirations to become the premier concours d’elegance in the Midwest. Continue reading

Inaugural Leake auction joins the Detroit renaissance

Hot-rod renaissance: The D-Rod is a modern interpretation of a '32 Ford classic | Leake Auction photos
Hot-rod renaissance: The D-Rod is a modern interpretation of a ’32 Ford classic | Leake Auction photos

Even though he was skeptical when the invitation was extended, and even though he knows it will take two or three years for a new event to grow to critical mass, Leake Auction Company president Richard Sevenoaks is eager to catch the wave of the Detroit renaissance with Leake’s inaugural sale September 8-9 at the MotorCity casino hotel near downtown Motown. Continue reading