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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

Hagerty graph shows Porsche top brand at Monterey auctions

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Hagerty

For the first time, Porsches surged into the lead as the most prevalent brand seen at the collector car auctions this year during Monterey Car Week, upending the usual dominance of Chevrolet, according to the latest graph from Hagerty collector car insurance and valuation. Continue reading

Museums: Owls Head Vintage Motorcycle Festival

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Gathering of motorcycles at museum show | Owls Head museum photos

Known to attract antique, custom and racing bikes from all over New England, the Owls Head Transportation Museum’s annual Vintage Motorcycle Festival and Antique Aeroplane Show takes place Saturday and Sunday. Owners of pre-1996 motorcycles are encouraged to show for free.

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Dodge signs as Mecum Auctions’ automotive sponsor

A 1970 Dodge Challenger Hemi R/T convertible sold at Mecum in Florida for $1.65 million | Mecum Auctions
A 1970 Dodge Challenger Hemi R/T convertible sold at Mecum in Florida for $1.65 million | Mecum Auctions

Hellcats and Vipers will soon be roaring at Mecum Auctions as Dodge becomes the exclusive automotive sponsor for the auction company, Mecum said Wednesday. The new partnership starts next week with Mecum’s inaugural sale in Louisville, Kentucky.

The performance brand for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Dodge will become part of Mecum’s auctions, advertising, publications, online presence and social media, Mecum said in a news release. Part of the deal is for Dodge to offer thrill rides and demonstrations with 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcats and Charger SRT Hellcats, as well as the V10-powered Dodge Viper at some Mecum events, starting with Louisville. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1969 Jaguar XK-E Series II

The Jaguar E-type finds itself in a lush yard of tall grass
The Jaguar E-type finds itself in a lush yard of tall grass

OK, I admit it. The only reason I chose this Pick of the Day is so I could run this exceeding weird picture. It shows a Jaguar XK-E convertible awash in tall grass looking like a stricken ship at sea, stuck behind some old buildings where it’s apparently been for some time, barely visible because of the foliage.

The vibrant graffiti art on the brick walls only adds to the eerie strangeness of this shot. Continue reading

Mecum Auction heads for Kentucky loaded with muscle cars

A 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS454 LS6 convertible leads the stars in Louisville | Mecum Auctions photos
A 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS454 LS6 convertible stars in Louisville | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions continues its busy schedule with the inaugural Louisville, Kentucky, sale September 8-10 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. More than 1,000 collector cars, trucks and motorcycles are expected, according to Mecum.

American muscle cars and ’50s classics will be featured at the sweeping event, the 12th of 17 auctions that Mecum has scheduled this year, including tractor and motorcycle sales. The most recent Mecum sale in Monterey, California, resulted in total sales of $50 million. Continue reading

Britain celebrates cars and fashion at Salon Prive

Morgan will unveil electric 1909 Editon EV3 model at Salon Prive | Salon Prive photos
Morgan will unveil electric 1909 Editon EV3 model at Salon Prive | Salon Prive photos

The 11th annual Salon Privé, self-proclaimed as England’s “most prestigious luxury supercar show & concours d’elegance” opens today and runs through Saturday at Blenheim Palace, where it promises “something for everyone, including crowning the finest classic cars, celebrating high-fashion and experiencing modern-stay supercars at close quarters.” Continue reading

Galpin Motors launches search for long-lost 1952 custom Ford

The custom 1952 Ford convertible as seen in the pages of 'Motor Trend' | Galpin Motors
The custom 1952 Ford convertible as seen in the pages of ‘Motor Trend’ | Provided by Galpin Motors

Galpin Motors of Southern California has launched a search for a memorable piece of the auto dealer’s history, a long-lost 1952 Ford convertible known as the Galpin Custom that was the dealership’s first customized car, built to showcase future design possibilities.

The original dealership, Galpin Ford, celebrates its 70th anniversary this year and would like to have its unique “Ford of the future” to display. Galpin Motors and Galpin Auto Sports is offering an unspecified reward for information to help locate the car, including any photos, magazine articles, original parts or the car in its entirety, in whatever condition it is in. Continue reading

Auctions America staging festival atmosphere for Auburn sale

1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator among featured cars at Auburn | Auctions America photos
1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator among featured cars at Auburn | Auctions America photos

While the 60th Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival is the main attraction for car enthusiasts to head to northeast Indiana for the Labor Day weekend, the annual collector car auction at the Auburn Auction Park just south of the city has become something of a mini-festival in its own right. Continue reading