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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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Pick of the Day: 1928 Chevrolet AB National Roadster

The Chevrolet AB National was restyled for 1928 by the new GM Art and Colour Studio
The Chevrolet AB National was restyled for 1928 by the new GM Art and Colour Studio

Chevrolet launched its 1928 AB National into direct combat with Ford’s new Model A, the long-awaited replacement for the ubiquitous Model T. Anticipating the hot competition, GM had the Chevy AA Capitol from the previous year restyled by its recently organized Art and Colour Studio, headed by the iconic Harley Earl.

The result was the Chevy AB National with a refreshed look, brakes on all four wheels, improved headlights and a four-inch longer wheelbase, to 107 inches. The base-model car retained the four-cylinder engine, although with marginally more power, and mechanical underpinnings of its popular predecessor. Continue reading

Hot Corvettes, Camaros star at Mecum’s Portland auction

The 1965 Chevrolet Corvette convertible is a three-time NCRS Top Flight Award winner | Mecum Auctions photos
The 1965 Chevrolet Corvette convertible is a three-time NCRS Top Flight Award winner | Mecum Auctions photos

While green Portland, Oregon, is most-often considered the land of Subarus and vintage Volvos, Mecum Auctions returns to the Northwest city June 16-17 with a sale featuring a pair of high-performance Corvettes. Continue reading

Saab story: Swedish cars prominent at Carlisle Import show

Saabs of all shapes, sizes and vintages were among the cars shown at Carlisle's annual Import and Performance event | Andy Reid photos
Saabs of all shapes, sizes and vintages were among the cars shown at Carlisle’s annual Import and Performance event | Andy Reid photos

The annual Carlisle Import and Performance is a show that is a bit different from others on the classic car calendar. It celebrates marques that most other shows ignore.

The stars of this show are Saab, Volvo, TVR, Citroen, Renault, Fiat, Opel, Lancia, and Audi. Groups of such vehicles are on a show field that also includes Porsche, Jaguar, Triumph, MG, Datsun/Nissan, Honda, Land Rover, Toyota, BMW, and Mercedes. Basically, everyone is welcome. Continue reading

All in the family: Leake Auctions celebrates 45 years (and more)

Richard and Nancy Sevenoaks and company founder James Leake | Leake Auctions archives
Richard and Nancy Sevenoaks and company founder James Leake | Leake Auctions archives

In the early 1960s, Nancy Leake’s mother discovered that her husband (Nancy’s father), James, had been hiding his growing car collection in some of the family’s grocery warehouses.

“We had warehouses all over the state,” Nancy (Leake) Sevenoaks recalled. But as roads in Oklahoma improved and deliveries to stores could be made from a centralized location, all those tertiary warehouses were not needed and were put up for sale.

“Daddy had been hiding cars in them and my mother took a puff of her cigarette and said, ‘Jimmy, you have to get rid of some of those damn cars!’ ” Continue reading