Italian cars, bikes from J Geils estate to be auctioned by Mecum

A 1961 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 is among the J Geils collection | Mecum Auctions photos
A 1961 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 is among the J Geils collection | Mecum Auctions photos

Just about everybody knows J Geils as the leader of the rock band that created such popular hits as Centerfold, Freeze Frame and Love Stinks. But not so many know that Geils, who died in April at 71, was a car guy who founded KTR Motorsports in Carlisle, Massachusetts, to service Ferraris and other mostly Italian exotics.

John “J” Geils also was an avid car collector who focused on his passion for Italian cars and motorcycles after the band broke up. In August, eight of the vehicles from his estate will be auctioned by Mecum at its sale in Monterey, California. Continue reading

Swiss hillclimb recreated as Das Kurze Klausenrennen

A Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and others line up to tackle the course | William Hall photos
A Pebble Beach-winning Ferrari 212 Export was among the cars that tackled the course  | William Hall

In the age of social media and the internet, there are very few secrets. But for nearly the past three decades, a group of sports car enthusiasts have quietly gathered each May to stage a vintage hillclimb in a small town in southern Wisconsin without fanfare or paparazzi.

Das Kurze Klausenrennen (“The Short Klausen Run”), a.k.a. The New Glarus Hillclimb, is inspired by the famous Klausenrennen hillclimb that took place at Klausen Pass in the canton of Glarus, Switzerland, from 1922-1934. Continue reading

Gooding moving up Pebble Beach auction to end before concours

Some of the cars at Gooding & Company's 2016 Pebble Beach auction | Larry Edsall photo
Some of the cars at Gooding & Company’s 2016 Pebble Beach auction | Larry Edsall photo

Gooding & Company is moving its Pebble Beach auction up this summer, with the two-day sale scheduled for Friday, August 18, and Saturday, August 19.

The auction traditionally has been held on Saturday and Sunday, with the Sunday sale taking place during and after the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Gooding has the only collector car auction staged on the Pebble Beach golf course property, at its Equestrian Center. Other auctions are held at various venues on the Monterey Peninsula. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1991 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce

The Alfa Romeo Spider was redesigned for 1991
The Alfa Romeo Spider was redesigned for 1991

The Alfa Romeo Spider had one of the longest running product lifespans of any sports car. Introduced in 1966 as the Duetto, it was immortalized by Dustin Hoffman, who drove it in the movie The Graduate.

As time passed, the car lost much of its stunning looks while struggling to comply with federal crash regulations, such as receiving larger and uglier non-integrated bumpers to comply with federal rules. Continue reading

Duesenberg, Alfa Romeo bests of show at Amelia Island Concours

An Alfa Romeo roadster and a Duesenberg dual-cowl phaeton won the top prizes at the Amelia Island Concours | Bolb Golfen photos
An Alfa Romeo roadster and a Duesenberg dual-cowl phaeton won the top prizes at the Amelia Island Concours | Bolb Golfen photos

A pair of gleaming black pre-war classics were selected as best of show Saturday at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, which was moved up a day on short notice because of stormy weather expected Sunday on the Florida coast.

The Amelia Island Concours customarily awards two top winners – Best of Show Elegance and Best of Show Sport – that recognizes the two main branches of the collector car hobby. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1991 Alfa Romeo 164S

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1991 Alfa Romeo 164S

I’ve taken a stronger notice of Alfa Romeo and have been following the Italian automaker ever since I had the opportunity to drive a 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider during Monterey Car Week in August. The Alfas that have caught my eye tend to be classic or very modern without much in between, but as I sorted through ClassicCars.com, I stumbled upon the Pick of the Day, a 1991 Alfa Romeo 164S.

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Ferrari’s 1934 P3 Alfa grand prix racer heading to Paris auction

Second of nine Second Series Alfa racers heads docket for RM Sotheby's Paris auction | RM Sotheby's photo by Tim Scott
Second of nine Second Series Alfa racers heads docket for RM Sotheby’s Paris auction | RM Sotheby’s photos by Tim Scott

A 1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3 campaigned by Scuderia Ferrari, a 1954 Osca MT4 1500 and a pair of more recent Le Mans racers are early highlights of the RM Sotheby’s docket for the auction house’s annual Paris sale February 8 during Retromobile 2017. Continue reading

Driven: 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

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2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider on Laureles Grade | Nicole James photos

Just as I thought my recent time at Montery Car Week couldn’t get any better, I found myself bombing up and down the Laureles Grade, a 10-mile stretch of mountain road near Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, sitting in a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive, Italian sports car weighing less than 2,500 pounds.

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Coys set for its inaugural Schloss Dyck auction

1942 Alfa Romeo Le Mans Berlinetta among cars on the Schloss Dyck auction | Coys photo
1942 Alfa Romeo Le Mans Berlinetta among cars on the Schloss Dyck auction | Coys photo

A 1942 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sprint Le Mans Berlinetta that won best of show at the Spa Italia concours last year is among the more than 80 collector cars being offered for sale Saturday at Coys’ inaugural auction at Germany’s Schloss Dyck. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1967 Alfa Romeo 1600 Spider ‘Duetto’

The early Alfa Romeo Spiders with their tapered tails and covered headlights are most desirable
The early Alfa Romeo Spiders with their tapered tails and covered headlights are most desirable

Fifty years ago, Alfa Romeo launched its most-famous post-war sports car, the “Duetto” Spider. Not everyone liked the Spider’s new Pininfarina styling initially, but over the years, these strikingly beautiful roadsters have caught on, and they are now considered landmark designs.

The Pick of the Day, a 1967 Alfa Romeo 1600 Spider Duetto, was originally sold in Frankfurt, Germany, according to the Atlanta, Georgia, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com. Although it is titled as a 1968 model, the year it was sold, the VIN verifies that it is actually a 1967 Alfa. Continue reading