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Museums: Gearing up for Father’s Day activities

Father and Son look at car | ACM photo
Father and Son look at car | ACM photo

Father’s Day at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles includes the opportunity to take a family photo inside a classic Petersen vehicle, to explore engines with ‘Hoods Up’ on select vehicles, and a visit to the Discovery Center where the little ones can create a trophy for Dad. Drago, the museums’ restaurant, will have a Father’s Day lunch on the Petersen’s rooftop penthouse with a special menu as well.

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Japanese car show July 1 at Donington

Japfest attendies look at Nissan GT-R | Japfest photos
Japfest attendies look at Nissan GT-R | Japfest photos

Alongside the Fast Car Festival, a second “Japfest” event is planned for July 1 after the first such show at Silverstone, England drew over 20,000 attendees, making it the largest celebration of Japanese cars and culture in Europe.

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Pick of the Day: 1955 DeSoto Fireflite Sportsman hardtop

The DeSoto Fireflite hardtop gleams with yards of chrome trim
The DeSoto Fireflite hardtop gleams with yards of chrome trim

Chrysler introduced the Fireflite in 1955 as the top-of-the-line model for the restyled cars of the premium DeSoto division, lavishing it with chrome accents, exotic styling details and modernistic features.

The Pick of the Day is a 1955 DeSoto Fireflite Sportsman hardtop in two-tone red and white, and looking very clean in the photos with its ad on ClassicCars.com. Like most U.S. cars of the era, the two-door hardtop version best shows off Fireflite’s expressive styling, and the Sportsman package adds another layer of trim. Continue reading

Vintage motorcycles hit jackpot for Mecum in Vegas

Terry Gambill and Clara Baker examine a 1950 Harley-Davidson | Bob Golfen photos
Terry Gambill and Clara Baker examine a 1950 Harley-Davidson | Bob Golfen photos

The Mecum motorcycle auction rolled into Las Vegas last weekend for the second time this year, adding the sale of about 400 vintage bikes to the nearly 1,000 that crossed the block in January. This was the first spring Vegas motorcycle auction for Mecum, and with $4.4 million in sales (not including auction fees) and an 80 percent sell-through rate, it most likely won’t be the last.

“Once again, Las Vegas proves itself as the premier vintage-motorcycle enthusiast gathering place,” said Ron Christenson, president of the Mecum motorcycle division. Continue reading

Classic car show honors famed NASCAR champion

A Plymouth Superbird and Dodge Coronet R/T both look great in blue
A Plymouth Superbird and Dodge Coronet R/T both look great in blue | William Hall photos

When 1986 NASCAR Rookie-Of-The-Year driver Alan Kulwicki arrived in Charlotte, North Carolina, he had a borrowed pickup truck and little else. A devout Roman Catholic Polish-American from the Upper Midwest with an engineering degree, he stood in stark contrast from the Good Ol’ Boy image prevalent in stock-car oval racing at the time.

Known to walk the pits carrying a briefcase, he applied scientific principle and determination to become the 1992 Winston Cup Champion. He died the following year in a light-aircraft crash in Tennessee at the age of 38, cutting short a promising career but setting a new standard for driver professionalism and preparation in NASCAR. Continue reading

Concours and Events: Hershey, The Great Race coming up

A pre-war Mercedes-Benz SSK roadster at last year's Elegance at Hershey | Elegance at Hershey
A pre-war Mercedes-Benz SSK roadster at last year’s Elegance at Hershey | Elegance at Hershey

The three-day Elegance at Hershey weekend takes place in the Pennsylvania chocolate capital from Friday through Sunday at the Hotel Hershey, featuring vintage race car hill climbs, a Cars and Coffee get together and a full-blown concours d’elegance.

The Grand Ascent hill climb pits an array of historic competition cars racing against the clock and each other. The raucous racing takes place Friday and Saturday on a serpentine back road behind the hotel, with plenty of locations for spectators as well as tickets available to ride along. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1979 MGB Limited Edition

The MGB Limited Edition was an effort by the British automaker to put a special spin on the long-live sports car
The MGB Limited Edition was an effort by the British automaker to put a special spin on the long-live sports car

By the mid-1970s, the MGB was getting long in the tooth. The sports car had grown heavier due to DOT crash regulations, which included awkward rubber bumpers front and rear, and slower due to EPA emissions regulations. But the British automaker had no money for a redesign or to substantially upgrade any part of the car to bring the poor MGB’s performance even up to the level from when it was introduced. Continue reading

Bonhams does $7.38 million at 10th Greenwich auction

1990 Euro-spec Ferrari F40 tops Bonhams' Greenwich sale | Bonhams photos
1990 Euro-spec Ferrari F40 tops Bonhams’ Greenwich sale | Bonhams photos

Bonhams celebrated its 10th anniversary as the auction house for the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance with a sale this past weekend that posted a 92-percent sell-through rate and total results of $7.38 million.

“We are very pleased with today’s results,” Eric Minoff, Bonhams’ head of sale for the Greenwich event, said in a news release. “We had an excellent selection of unique collectors’ cars with sensible estimates and a beautiful and convenient venue. Continue reading

Barn-found vehicles score at H&H sale at motorcycle museum

1912 Buick Model 35C Tourer emerges from barn | H&H Classics photos
1912 Buick Model 35C Tourer emerges from barn | H&H Classics photos

Highlighted by several barn-found vehicles, many from “time-capsule” collections, H&H Classics inaugural auction late last week at Britain’s National Motorcycle Museum produced sales of £872,000 ($983,590).

“Once in a while, doing what I do, you stumble across a collection which is pure magic,” Damian Jones, head of sales for H&H Classics, said of the Home Farm Collection in a news release. Continue reading

53rd annual LA Roadster show heads to Pomona

Delivery Roadster decked out in flames | La Roadster Club photos
Sedan delivery decked out in flames | La Roadster Club photos

For the 53rd year, the LA Roadsters Car Club holds its annual show at the Pomona Fairplex on June 17-18. The club has grown to be one of Southern California’s most dedicated and historic car clubs and — with over 800 cars showing — attracts the largest gathering of pre-1936 hot rods and roadsters in the world.

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