Vintage racers, fans swarm to Monterey for Rolex Reunion

1964 Mercury Comet Caliente | Bonhams photos
1964 Mercury Comet Caliente | Bonhams photos

Rolo Malschafsky has always enjoyed the sport of racing – “I’ve done it all my life,” he said, “work permitting.” This year, Malschafsky, local to the Monterey area, plans to take on the legendary Corkscrew at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 17-20, behind the wheel of his 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente hardtop coupe.

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Cars from acclaimed Astor collection at Russo and Steele

A handsome 1932 Packard 902 coupe roadster is part of the Devotion Collection | Russo and Steele photos
A handsome 1932 Packard 902 coupe roadster is part of the Devotion Collection | Russo and Steele photos

Broadcasting pioneer Art Astor was a remarkable presence in Southern California, and the entire country, for that matter. As broadcaster and owner during the heyday of rock ‘n roll AM radio in the 1950s and ’60s, he built the presence of his stations, which eventually became the Astor Broadcast Group, and they continued their power and appeal into this century.

As his wealth grew, Astor became an inveterate collector of cultural artifacts, such as vintage radios, toys, slot machines, juke boxes and autographed photos of Hollywood stars. Most notably, Astor was a collector of great old cars, which numbered into the hundreds. Astor died in December at the age of 91. Continue reading

F1 Ferrari, Indy Lotus among historic racers at Bonhams auction

The 1964 Lotus Type 34 is known as the winningest Indy Lotus of all time | Bonhams photos
The 1964 Lotus Type 34 is known as the winningest Indy Lotus of all time | Bonhams photos

Bonhams, which has dubbed its 2017 California auction “Year of the Race Cars,” has announced two more historic competition cars -– an F1 champion Ferrari and an Indy 500 Lotus –- to its docket for the 20th annual collector car sale at the Quail Lodge in Carmel during Monterey Car Week. Continue reading

Ferrari hits 70 with birthday party set for Pebble Beach Concours

A 1959 Ferrari 250 TR 59/60 Fantuzzi Spyder at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours | Bob Golfen
A 1959 Ferrari 250 TR 59/60 Fantuzzi Spyder at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours | Bob Golfen

Ferrari marks its 70th anniversary during 2017, and the North American celebration will be held in an appropriate location: the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California.

Four classes of Ferraris will compete on the 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links on Sunday, August 20, including special classes for Ferrari Major Race Winners and Ferrari One-Off Spéciales. At the same time as the Pebble Beach Concours, Ferrari North America will be hosting the Ferrari 70th Anniversary Concours, with more cars lined up on the golf course’s first fairway. Continue reading