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Hot day, cool cars at the Concours of America

Classics were there, too, but Concours America also includes Can-Am racers and other classes | Steve Purdy photos
Classics were there, too, but Concours America also includes Can-Am racers and other classes | Steve Purdy photos

Classic and collector car enthusiasts, and folks who just appreciate the beauty, engineering and historical context of old and not-so-old cars, swarmed the fairways of the golf course surrounding the Inn at St. John’s near Plymouth, Michigan on another hot, bright summer day at the end of July. Over 300 cars basked in the sun while throngs of show-goers strolled by. This is the 39th presentation of this world-class exhibition of excellence formerly known as the Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance, now the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s. Continue reading

Motor City madness: A cars ‘n’ coffee of concours quality

Since Fiat Chrysler design boss Ralph Gilles was honored  as Enthusiast Of The Year, and since Vipers are finished, they brought a few to show | Jim McCraw photos
Since Fiat Chrysler designer Ralph Gilles was honored as Enthusiast Of The Year, and since Vipers are finished, they brought a few | Jim McCraw photos

The Saturday morning Cars & Coffee event that normally takes place at M1 Concourse, the new luxury garage and race track complex in Pontiac, Michigan, where a GM plant used to stand, was moved to the grounds of The Inn At St. John’s on the last weekend in July because the Concours d’Elegance of America was taking over the place for the weekend and it seemed appropriate to M1, to sponsors Car and Driver and Road & Track and the other normal sponsors of the gathering. Concourse meets Concours. Continue reading

Kenosha celebrates automotive heritage with AMC Homecoming

A 1940 Nash and an AMC Gremlin outside Nash Elementary School in Kenosha | William Hall photos
A 1940 Nash and an AMC Gremlin outside Nash Elementary School in Kenosha | William Hall photos

Kenosha, Wisconsin, is a city that has never fully recovered from the 1987 loss of its American Motors manufacturing plant. Like an amputee, scars have healed and life goes on, but not without daily reminders that something is missing.

So, it was bittersweet to see the iconic cars that represent the city’s halcyon days rumble through town during the seventh AMC Homecoming, an event that has taken place irregularly since 1998. This year’s reunion benefited the Kenosha History Center, which has a renewed mission to preserve the automotive history of the city, which once was America’s second Detroit. Continue reading

Museums: Beaulieu to fire up famed BRM V16 engine

1950 BRM will roar back to life | National Motor Museum photo by Samantha  Samantha Cook Photography
1950 BRM will roar back to life | National Motor Museum photo by Samantha Samantha Cook Photography

If you want to draw a crowd, simply start the engine of a vintage racing car. The unmuffled sound is magnetic. Crank it and they will come.

You may recall the celebration that surrounded the repair and restarting in 2014 of the engine in Malcolm Campbell’s “Blue Bird” Sunbeam 1924 speed-record car, and the crowd that gathered a year later when the car made another run on the Pendine Sands. Continue reading

Historic vehicle register added to Library of Congress website

Meyers Manx dissected on Library of Congress website | HVA / Library of Congress images
Meyers Manx dissected on Library of Congress website | HVA / Library of Congress images

At last, you can click over to the Library of Congress website and see the National Historic Vehicle Register. Well, at least four of the 19 vehicles already selected through the work of the Historic Vehicle Association are available, with the others to be added as soon as the library can get to them.

The register was launched in 2014 in a partnership between the HVA, the Department of Interior’s Historic American Engineering Record and the Library of Congress. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1980 AMC Eagle

The all-wheel-drive AMC Eagle was based on the humble Hornet wagon
The all-wheel-drive AMC Eagle was based on the humble Hornet wagon

AMC was struggling against the power of the Big 3 when it pulled out its ace-in-the-hole. That wild card came from AMC’s ownership of Jeep and its famed four-wheeling technology, which the Kenosha automaker’s engineers and stylists adapted to create the first mass-produced passenger car with full-time all-wheel drive.

The Pick of the Day is a 1980 AMC Eagle from the first model year of the bold experiment. While all-wheel-drive cars and trucks are fairly routine today, the Eagle 4X4 was revolutionary in 1980, combining as it did the trail-ready capability of a Jeep with the comfort and versatility of a car-based station wagon. Continue reading

Ex-Elton John Ferrari Daytona tops Silverstone sale

1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona formerly owned by Elton John | Silverstone Auctions photo
1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona formerly owned by Elton John | Silverstone Auctions photo

A 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona formerly owned by Elton John sold for £551,250 ($728,422) at Silverstone Auctions’ three-day collector car sale held in conjunction with the Silverstone Classic Motor Racing Festival in England. Continue reading

Sports cars and scale models featured at Schloss Dyck auction

A group of Ferrari models is one lot at Schloss Dyck auction | Coys photos
A group of Ferrari models is one lot at Schloss Dyck auction | Coys photos

There will be 80 sports cars — assorted Ferraris, Porsches, etc. — but Coys’ auction Saturday at Schloss Dyck, a 17th century castle in Germany, also will feature the 450 model-car collection assembled over 30 years by Michael Digiacomo of New York.

Offered at no reserve, the model cars come in various sizes and competition periods, including cased and hand-build examples, the auction house said. Continue reading

Bookshelf: A boy buys his dream car

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I’ve been outvoted. While I liked Sebastien Chebret’s illustrations in Bobby’s got a brand-new car, I was less impressed by Zidrou’s story about a boy who decides he’s going to buy a car, a real car, pays for it with his “magic card,” and then drives his parents around after reminding his father to “Put your seat belt on!” Continue reading

MAG sets the stage with barn finds and customs for second sale  

1968 Shelby Mustang GT500KR left at repair shop | MAG Photos
1968 Shelby Mustang GT500KR left at repair shop | MAG Photos

Barrett-Jackson left big shoes to fill and high expectations when they announced they would not return to Reno, Nevada, for Hot August Nights. To fill the void, four local collector car enthusiasts worked together to create a new auction company, Motorsport Auction Group (known as MAG Auctions) and held their inaugural event in 2016 alongside Hot August Night’s 30th-anniversary celebration.

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