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Europe’s largest all-Japanese car show set for Silverstone

Visitors check out the cars at 2016 all-Japanese car show | Japfest photos
Visitors check out the cars at 2016 all-Japanese car show | Japfest photos

Europe’s largest showcase of classic Japanese cars is scheduled April 30 at the Silverstone racing circuit in England.

The event known as “Japfest” moved to Silverstone last year and drew a record 20,000 people

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Grand opening: Motorsports Hall Of Fame Museum

Motorsports Hall of Fame honors all forms of motorized competition | Jim McCraw photos
Motorsports Hall of Fame honors all forms of motorized competition | Jim McCraw photos

This has been a long time coming. The Motorsports Hall Of Fame started life way back in 1989 in an old building in Novi, Michigan, a few miles west of Detroit, with a handful of old race cars on display.

Its mission was and is to recognize greatness in American racing, in every kind of racing, from Indy to NASCAR to drag racing, aviation, boats, sports cars, and motorcycles, with induction ceremonies of a new class every spring. Continue reading

Top 10 Hollywood movie cars: What are they worth?

Auto  experts pick 'Back to the Future' DeLorean as No 1 movie car | HPI Valuations photos
Experts pick ‘Back to the Future’ DeLorean as No 1 movie car | HPI Valuations photos

Suppose you had a collection that included what some experts rate as the most iconic of Hollywood movie cars. What would your collection be worth as we roll into the annual Oscar awards this weekend?

According to HPI Valuations, a British vehicle valuation-tracking company based in West Yorkshire, your collection would be worth £3,002,500 ($3,740,000), and had you bought those 10 cars when they were brand new, your investment would have been a mere £30,362 ($37,815). Continue reading

News updates: Catching up on Barris’s 67-X, convertible tops, concours, back issues of AQ, and more

Barris-designed 67-X on display in the Royal BC Museum | Royal BC Museum photos
Barris-designed 67-X on display in the Royal BC Museum | Royal BC Museum photos

As part of the Canadian centennial celebration, Expo 67 in Montreal, oil and gas producer and retailer Esso commissioned George Barris to create a futuristic vehicle. Barris used an Oldsmobile Toronado as his canvas for the 67-X.

Four such cars were produced, and after Expo 67 they were given away in a contest. The only one known to have survived is on display through March 12 at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, British Columbia, as part of a celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. Continue reading

Packard museum offers special Fat Tuesday Dixieland concert

Packard  hood ornament
Packard hood ornament

National Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio, presents a “Fat Tuesday” concert and celebration  February 28,  from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Music will be provided by the Packard Dixieland Band conducted by Daniel Carioti and the museum will be decked out “New Orleans style” with cabaret seating during the concert.  The event is free and open to the public. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1972 Maserati Indy

The Maserati Indy is a low-mileage car said to be in excellent condition
The Maserati Indy is a low-mileage car said to be in excellent condition

One of the most beautiful four-seater coupes ever produced was introduced by Maserati in 1969, the streamlined Indy designed by the great Giovanni Michelotti for Vignale. A more-accommodating alternative to the fabulous Ghibli, the Indy was conceived as a fast luxury transporter for long-distance touring.

The Pick of the Day is a low-mileage 1972 Maserati Indy in the striking color combination of Arancia (a pale orange) with a black leather interior. The St. Louis, Missouri, dealer advertising the Masser on ClassicCars.com describes it as being in “spectacular condition.” Continue reading

Inaugural Mecum auction at Pomona scores $9.3 million

A 2006 Ford GT was the high seller, hammered at $305,000 | Mecum Auctions
A 2006 Ford GT was the high seller, hammered at $305,000 | Mecum Auctions

A trio of modern classics from the U.S. and Italy led the bidding at Mecum Auctions’ inaugural Los Angeles collector car sale, where 283 vehicles sold for more than $9.3 million, a strong result for a first-time event and despite the rainy weather.

The two-day auction held at the Fairplex in Pomona, an iconic location for Southern California hot rodders and customizers, also included the sale of 116 pieces of Road Art automobilia. Continue reading

After 104 years, Badger Motor Car Co. back in business… sort of

Custom cars and motorcycles belly up to the old factory housing the micro-brew pub | Badger Motorcar Company photos
Custom cars and motorcycles belly up to the old factory housing the motor-themed tavern | Badger Motorcar Company photos

At the turn of the century, hundreds of wannabe industrialists jumped into the burgeoning horseless-carriage industry. One such startup, the Badger Motor Car Company, began production of its 1910 30-horsepower, 4-cylinder, 3-speed-transmission car in the rural Midwestern town of Columbus, Wisconsin. Continue reading

‘Painter laureate’ Rolls-Royce on Aussie auction docket

1936 Rolls-Royce was owned by famed portrait artist | Mossgreen photos
1936 Rolls-Royce was owned by famed portrait artist | Mossgreen photos

A 1936 Rolls-Royce former owned by the artist known as “Britain’s painter laureate” headlines Mossgreen Auctions upcoming sale May 28 in Melbourne, Australia. The auction will include around 20 vehicles.

“The F.O. Salisbury Rolls-Royce, not surprisingly is a work of art in itself,” Mossgreen said in its news release. Continue reading