Category archives: News

Porsches reign but Ferrari wins at Carmel Concours

A fleet of Porsche 356 Speedsters attracts a crowd | Bob Golfen photos
A fleet of Porsche 356 Speedsters attracts a crowd | Bob Golfen photos

Porsches, Porsches everywhere. The booming popularity of nearly everybody’s favorite German sports car was powerfully evident Tuesday at the Concours on the Avenue in Carmel, California, an event considered to be the launch of Monterey Car Week.

Definitely the most-represented marque by far, Porsches packed the shady streets of the upscale burg – 911s by the score, including many intriguing customs and all-out race cars, plus an impressive collection of the earlier 356 models, with a gaggle of Speedsters, plenty of coupes and cabriolets, and an absolutely stunning 1951 356 coupe in dark maroon, a survivor from the early days of Porsche. Continue reading

What Larry likes at Mecum’s 2017 Monterey auction

Mecum Auctions seems to have something to satisfy every automotive taste | Larry Edsall photos
Mecum Auctions seems to have something to satisfy every automotive taste | Larry Edsall photos

Many of the 600 or so vehicles that will start crossing the block as early as Wednesday afternoon had not been unloaded when we wandered through the huge tents and around the fairways of the Hyatt Regency Monterey hotel and spa that provides the venue for Mecum Auctions annual sale during Monterey Car Week. But there was still plenty of sheet metal to see and to appreciate, and to share some of it here to whet your appetite, and perhaps even your urge to raise your hand once the bidding begins. Continue reading

McLaren’s newest 570S Spider costs only $79.99

McLaren push car priced at less than $80 | McLaren Automotive photo
McLaren push car priced at less than $80 | McLaren Automotive photo

Talk about an affordable instant classic for the future car collector in your family: McLaren Automotive is offering the newest version of its 570S Spider for only $79.99!

The British supercar producer teamed with The Step2 Company, a toy manufacturer from Ohio, to produce the 570S Step2 Push Sports Car “designed with family in mind, providing practical support for modern living by allowing parents to carry out their daily tasks or simply enjoy a leisurely stroll in the park without needing a conventional stroller.” Continue reading

Rally cars featured at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival auction

1961 Austin-Healey 3000 MK I works rally racer headed to auction | Bonhams photos
1961 Austin Healey 3000 MK I works rally racer headed to auction | Bonhams photos

The 1961 Acropolis Rally class-winning Austin Healey 3000 MK I works rally car is among the consignments for Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival Sale, an auction scheduled for September 9 at the annual motorsports festival in England.

Also on the docket are a 1935 Lagonda LG 45 Monte Carlo works car and the 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 raced by “Gentleman Jack” Sears in British touring car competition. Continue reading

Shropshire Lad’s motorcycles, sidecars headed to auction

Nimbus Model C among combinations going to auction | H&H Classics photos
Nimbus Model C among combinations going to auction | H&H Classics photos

Bill Ward was an apprentice at Sentinel Works in Shrewsbury, England, when he, his wife and baby daughter rode his motorcycle and sidecar to visit relatives over the holidays in London.

“Bill says he preferred motorbike and sidecar combinations,” H&H Classics notes in a news release announcing the sale of Ward’s “Shropshire Lad” collection of motorcycle/sidecar combinations at its auction September 2 at Britain’s National Motorbike Museum. Continue reading

Rally organizer adds Scotland, Pyrenees to driving calendar

Pyrenees Rally will tackle this series of hairpin turns | Bespoke Rallies photos
Pyrenees Rally will tackle this series of hairpin turns | Bespoke Rallies photos

British-based Bespoke Rallies has added a pair of long-distance driving tours to its 2018 schedule — The Highland 1000 from May 18-21 and The Pyrenees 1000 from September 13-16. Continue reading

Street Rodders list Louisville event award winners

1941 Willys coupe among 'best use of color' winners |NSRA photos
1941 Willys coupe among ‘best use of color’ winners |NSRA photos

The National Street Rod Association has announced award winners from the recent Street Rod Nationals held at Louisville, Kentucky. Awards include “Outstanding Use of Color,” from Fuel Air Spark Technology, the FAST Revolution Award, and the “Pro’s Picks.” Continue reading

Museums: O.J. Bronco on display at Alcatraz East

The infamous O.J. Bronco is on display and has not been sold | Alcatraz East Crime Museum photo
The infamous O.J. Bronco is on display and has not been sold | Alcatraz East Crime Museum photo

This may have been the most unusual car-related news release ever sent by a museum — and it didn’t even come from a car museum!

“Recent news headlines have stirred rumors of O.J. Simpson’s famous white Bronco being sold on an episode of the show Pawn Stars, the news release began. “While the rumors swirl, the Bronco remains on display at the Alcatraz East Crime Museum. Continue reading

Petersen, ClassicCars.com to showcase lowriders at Monterey

Lowrider on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum | Petersen photos
Lowrider on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum | Petersen photos

ClassicCars.com and the Petersen Automotive Museum launch a strategic partnership during Monterey Car Week, where they will stage a special exhibit of lowriders at McCall’s Motorworks Revival and at The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering. Continue reading