Porsche GT3R Hybrid by Spark – Model Car Profile

Porsche 997 GT3R Hybrid model car

By Will Silk Spark Models has been around for a little over a decade now, and recently the company released a 1:43 scale replica of Porsche’s all new GT3R Hybrid racing car.  Selecting the GT3R Hybrid to model in 1:43 scale offers Porsche enthusiasts the opportunity to snatch what is probably the most technologically innovative car to ever emerge from the Stuttgart firm. The 997 GT3R Hybrid made its public … [Read more...]

Packard Super Eight – Classic Cars for Sale

Ad featuring a vintage Packard Super Eight Convertible Sedan

By Will Silk When conversing about American premium luxury automobile manufacturers, no conversation would be complete without the mention of Packard; the focus of this edition of Classic Cars for Sale with a 1937 Super Eight Convertible Sedan found in the 1965 catalog of the Vintage Car Store. Packard’s history is lengthy and indeed worthy of a feature length story in its own right.  In brief, the company was … [Read more...]

Chuck Jones – Interview and Profile

Derek Daly in Ensign F1

Interview by Will Silk and photos from Chuck Jones The name Chuck Jones is one that perhaps failed to capture the notoriety in racing that other car owners and managers have enjoyed in the past, but Chuck’s amazing story is one well worth telling. Chuck Jones was raised in Southern California in the 1940s and came of age in the immortal post war era of hot rods and specials. Jones set his sights on Formula 1 at … [Read more...]

The 1000 Mile Dream – Book Review

Cover of "The 1000 Mile Dream" by J. Fontana

By Will Silk James Fontana’s new book The 1000 Mile Dream is a fictional piece that parallels the actual running of a Mille Miglia event during those glorious days of the early 1950s.  While purists and historians will have to take a moment to perhaps adjust from time to time in reference to how close the author gets to the actual event, the story is nonetheless very entertaining and filled with action and … [Read more...]

Silver Clouds: The 1934 Grand Prix Season – Book Review

Silver Clouds Book

By Will Silk Silver Clouds: The 1934 Grand Prix Season written and illustrated by renowned motorsport artist Paul Chenard of Halifax, Nova Scotia is a nicely crafted and creatively packaged piece that any automotive historian or Grand Prix enthusiast will find incredibly entertaining.  Chenard’s short, but insightful; forty-four page book provides a historical snap shot of one of the most epic seasons the Grand … [Read more...]

Frazer Nash Targa Florio – Classic Cars for Sale

Frazer Nash Targa Florio For Sale

By Will Silk This edition of Classic Cars for Sale comes from the pages of a 1965 dealer catalog that features a beautiful 1953 Frazer Nash Roadster up for offer. The story of Frazer Nash is often a misunderstood tale at best. Many in the collector car hobby believe that Frazer Nash was part of Kaiser-Frazer or the classic American manufacturer known as Nash, however that is not the case as there is no affiliation … [Read more...]

Bugatti Type 50 – Classic Cars for Sale

Bugatti Type 50 Classic Car for sale

By Will Silk Bugatti is one of the most famous marques in the history of automobile manufacture, and Classic Cars for Sale takes a look at a Bugatti Type 50 that was offered in the the August 1957 issue of Motor Trend magazine. The classified advertisement displays a Bugatti Type 50 roadster sporting the blown 4.9 liter engine.  It was perhaps the engine that truly set this car apart and helped Ettore Bugatti … [Read more...]

Castaway Critters Exotic Car Show – Report and Photos

Maseratis

By Will Silk with Photos by Christopher Walsh The first annual Castaway Critters Exotic Car Show was held Saturday April 30, 2011 on the grounds of the Hershey AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Ninety-nine exotic cars showed up to participate in the event, with six classes being established for the participants. The sun was out thankfully, though the day got off to a chilly start with cool temps and a … [Read more...]

Chuck Tatum – Interview and Profile

Tatum Special at Stockton Field 1953

Interview by Will Silk and photos courtesy of Forgotten Fiberglass Chuck Tatum was what you could say “at the right place, at the right time” by living in California in the early 1950s. It was the golden days of hot rodding, and there were no rules in regards to what or how you built your machine. Coming out of the Second World War with a Bronze Star for his actions in the Battle for Iwo Jima, Chuck set about … [Read more...]

Townsend Typhoon Mk IV – Restoring an American Special

Townsend Typhoon Mk IV in action circa the mid 1960s

The period that followed the Second World War was perhaps one of the most creative time periods in the history of race car construction in the United States, and the Townsend Typhoon Mk IV exemplifies the latter part of that historical period to a “T”. The story of Townsend’s cars originates from Tucson, Arizona in the early 1950s. Frank Townsend was attending high school at the time when he created a wooden model … [Read more...]

Auto Union Type C Streamliner by Schuco – Model Car Profile

Auto Union Type C Streamliner by Schuco

By Will Silk The Schuco Rennsport-Legenden Auto Union Type C Stromlinienwagen (Stream-line car) is a leap back to the way toys were produced before 1960, to the days when Schuco was producing a variety of wind-up cars and motorcycles.  Schuco is a toy company that was founded in the early 20th century by Heinrich Schreyer in Nuremburg, Germany.  With the help of a young toy visionary by the name of Heinrich … [Read more...]

Radical – Vintage Racing Car for Tomorrow

Early Radical showing use of the second seat

By Will Silk While many may hold the opinion that road racing has lost quite a bit of its luster in recent years, one does not have to look far, but perhaps just a bit closer at some exciting machinery that has been created in the past decade to carry on the great tradition of on track glory that once was seemingly found to be occurring at tracks all over the world.  In the mid 1990s, a few racing enthusiasts … [Read more...]

BMW 507 – Classic Cars for Sale

BMW 507

By Will Silk The latest Classic Cars for Sale is a 1959 BMW 507 found in the September 1978 issue of Hemmings Motor News. While the BMW 507 may be viewed as a contemporary German masterpiece by some, it was actually much more American in spirit than many will give credit for.  The early 1950s were a struggling time for much of the world, as many nations were still rebounding from the effects of World War II.  … [Read more...]

Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV – Model Car Profile

Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV by Auto Art

By Will Silk With Alfa Romeo celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2010, Auto Art released a line of Alfa replicas in 1:18th scale diecast metal.  While many will remember the Italian manufacturer for the 1967 1600 Duetto Spider that appeared in the American film classic “The Graduate”, hard core enthusiasts will gravitate more towards the Milan auto maker’s production coupes of the 1960s, known at first as the … [Read more...]

Six Lola F5000 Tubs Discovered in Michigan

Lola F5000 Tub

By Will Silk It’s not everyday that one comes across a vintage race car in the back of a garage or shop, but veteran F5000 driver Eric Haga has managed just that by finding and procuring six vintage Lola F5000 tubs, as well as several other key parts to go along with the monocoques.  Eric is no stranger to Formula 5000, as he competed in the original series in 1970 and 1971, and today he continues to compete in the … [Read more...]