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Vicari celebrates Appreciation Day with Louisiana driving tour

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Classic cars cruising | Vicari Auction photo

To celebrate National Collector Car Appreciation Day Friday July 8, Vicari Auctions has organized an inaugural Louisiana Driving Tour, which is being held with support from state Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser’s office.

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Barrett-Jackson hits jackpot at inaugural Northeast auction

A 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L-88 coupe was the top-selling car at the Northeast Auction | Barrett-Jackson photos
A 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 coupe was the top-selling car at the Northeast Auction | Barrett-Jackson photos

While it’s often hard to measure success for new collector car auctions, Barrett-Jackson’s first sale in the northeastern United States seems to have rung the bell on any number of levels. Continue reading

Forrest Grove Concours to show 22-mile 1964 VW Beetle

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1964 Volkswagen Beetle with 22-miles | Forest Grove concours photos

Among the anticipated 300 collector cars entered in the 44th annual Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance, July 17 at the Pacific University campus in Oregon, is a 1964 Volkswagen Beetle with 22 original miles.

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U.S. Senate approves ‘Collector Car Appreciation Day’ for July 8

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Overview of a 2015 event on Collector Car Appreciation Day | SEMA Photo

The U.S. Senate may be gridlocked on many issues, but it passed Senate Resolution 507 marking July 8 as the seventh annual “Collector Car Appreciation Day.” The annual event was created by the Specialty Equipment Market Association to recognize the role automotive restoration and collection plays in society.

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July 1st marks 16th annual ‘Drive your ‘Vette to Work Day’

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TJ Kmetz with his 2000 Extreme Corvette, sharing it at the day care he works for | National Corvette Museum photo

‘Drive your Corvette to Work Day” is celebrated annually by Chevrolet sports car enthusiasts on the Friday closest to June 30th, the day the first Corvette was produced back in 1953. This year the 16th annual celebration falls on July 1.

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Historic but decrepit, Aston Martin scores at Bonhams auction

The Aston Martin was left out in a garden for decades before being stolen and later recovered by police | Bonhams photos
The Aston Martin was left out in a garden for decades before being stolen and later recovered by police | Bonhams photos

Despite a history of neglect, theft and abandonment, a shabby 1949 Aston Martin DB team car that raced at Le Mans sold Friday at the Bonhams Festival of Speed Sale in England for an impressive £679,100 ($928,941 at the current exchange rate; price includes buyer’s premium).

The Aston race coupe, serial number UMC 65, had been left in a garden for decades before it was stolen in 2002, according to Bonhams. It was recovered by police a decade later and finally returned to its rightful owners, who consigned it to the collector car auction held during the Goodwood vintage-car celebration in West Sussex. Continue reading

NY-to-Paris winning 1907 Thomas Flyer joins historic register

1907 Thomas Flyer still running more than a century after winning New York to Paris race in 1908 | HVA photos
1907 Thomas Flyer still running more than a century after winning New York to Paris race in 1908 | HVA photos

The 1907 Thomas Flyer that won the 22,000-mile New York to Paris event in 1908 is the latest vehicle to join the National Historic Vehicle Register, the Historic Vehicle Association announced Thursday.

“The 1908 New York to Paris race was a daunting challenge given the lack of road infrastructure and state of automobile technology of the period,” Mark Gessler, HVA president, said in a news release in conjunction with the official ceremonies honoring the Thomas Flyer during The Great Race. Continue reading

Muscle cars lead Mecum’s first Portland auction

The top selling 1965 Shelby GT350 fastback cross the block at Mecum in Portland | Mecum Auctions
The top selling 1965 Shelby GT350 fastback crosses the block at Mecum in Portland | Mecum Auctions

Mecum Auction’s inaugural sale in Portland, Oregon, was dominated by American muscle (including a Ford-V8-powered exotic) that filled the top 10 list of highest sellers among the 300 cars that sold for a total of $9.3 million, with a 67 percent sell through rate. Continue reading

Goodwood Festival opens by unveiling BMW centennial sculpture

Gerry Judah's 20th central  feature with three historic BMW's soaring above Goodwood House | Goodwood photos
Fireworks celebrate Gerry Judah’s 20th central feature with historic BMWs soaring above Goodwood House | Goodwood photos

The latest of sculptor Gerry Judah’s stunning central features was unveiled Thursday night at the kickoff of the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The soaring sculpture celebrates the centennial of BMW, the honored marque this year at the festival held at Lord March’s Goodwood House in West Sussex, England. Continue reading

Museums team up to present ‘Hoosier Made: World Driven’ exhibit

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Gallery of classics at ACD Museum | ACD Museum photo

In honor of Indiana’s bicentennial, three automotive museums — the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, the Studebaker National Museum and the Kokomo Automotive Museum — have teamed to present an exhibition titled, Hoosier Made: World Driven.

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