BMW Celebrates 40 Years of Art Cars

The BMW Art Cars by Jeff Koons, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella and Alexander Calder in the special BMW Art Car exhibition during the Concorso d'Eleganza weekend

Lichtenstein. Warhol. Koons. Stella. Calder. Rauschenberg. Holzer. Elíasson. Since a BMW 3.0 CSL painted by Alexander Calder lined up for the Le Mans 24-hour race 40 years ago in 1975, the BMW Art Car Collection has fascinated both art and design enthusiasts as well as car and technology fans all around the world. Since the invention of the motor car, artists have drawn inspiration from the thrill of speed, from … [Read more...]

New Book Honors Gabriel Voisin

1936 Voisin C28 Aerosport profile at night

A new book celebrating the life of designer, inventor and visionary Gabriel Voisin has emerged. VOISIN: La Différence is a modern retrospective on Gabriel Voisin and his avant garde designs and pioneering inventions, documenting his life with stories and photography of many of his most important innovations. Created in partnership with the Mullin Automotive Museum, VOISIN: La Différence was authored by the world’s … [Read more...]

New Heritage Division at Land Rover

1970 Range Rover Classic

Jaguar Land Rover launched a new Land Rover Heritage division to support vehicles 10 years out of production across Land Rover’s global sales network. Complementing the recently established Jaguar Heritage division, Land Rover Heritage will offer original Land Rover vehicle parts for a variety of heritage models. John Edwards, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, said, “We are delighted to … [Read more...]

New Heritage Department at Lamborghini

Lamborghini Miura SV

Automobili Lamborghini is relaunching its restoration center under the name of Lamborghini Polo Storico. The new department includes the brand's historical archives, the vehicle restoration center, vehicle certification, and guarantees the availability of numerous genuine spare parts for all historical Lamborghini models. With its new Polo Storico, Automobili Lamborghini emphasizes the importance of preserving its … [Read more...]

The Pure Fun, Adventure and Freedom of Motorcycles

Thor Motorcycle

By Jeff Walker, Chubb Collector Car Insurance It’s no secret that classic car values generally have been on the rise for the past decade or more. Depending on the type of vehicle you like, appreciation can exceed 50% within a relatively short time. It’s starting to become less of a secret that the popularity and values of classic motorcycles have been on the rise for some time. To get an idea of how much … [Read more...]

Revs Institute Adds Tom Burnside Collection

Ferrari and NART garage at Sebring, 1962 (photo:

The Revs Institute for Automotive Research acquired famed automotive photographer Tom Burnside's collection of images chronicling decades of automotive racing, personalities and car collections. The collection, which numbers some 40,000 negatives and prints, will become part of the ever-growing archive at the Institute’s research center in Naples, Florida. “Tom Burnside’s work has been highly regarded for decades … [Read more...]

Busy Schedule for Audi Tradition in 2015

Audi V8 DTM

Audi Tradition will be present at more than 20 national and international events and will be celebrating numerous anniversaries in 2015. Fifty years have passed since the Audi was reborn. In 1965, the company with the four rings, then still under the name of Auto Union GmbH, ended its era of two-stroke engines by bringing out a new model with a four-cylinder, four-stroke engine, which it called the Audi. Several … [Read more...]

The Magnificent Monopostos – Book Review

Alfettas at Spa in 1951

The Magnificent Monopostos - Alfa Romeo Grand Prix Cars, 1923-1951 By Simon Moore, Edited by Malcolm Harris, Parkside Publications, Seattle, 2014 Review by Rick Carey, Auction Editor It is impossible to be sufficiently lavish in praise for the third of Simon Moore's definitive compendia on Alfa Romeos, The Magnificent Monopostos. Simon set himself a daunting task twenty-eight years ago of presenting … [Read more...]

Classic Car Auction Yearbook 2013-2014 – Book Review

Classic Car Auction Yearbook 2013-2014

In the collector car auctions' relentless series of events there is rarely an opportunity to sit back and take stock. At most it becomes an occasional consideration of the major events of Scottsdale, Retromobile, Amelia Island or Monterey. Adolfo Orsi and Raffaele Gazzi provide the opportunity each year with their Classic Car Auction Yearbook to reconsider all the major sales in one thoughtful, illustrated, well … [Read more...]

Vic Elford Receives 2015 RRDC Phil Hill Award

Bobby Rahal (l) presents Vic Elford with the RRDC Phil Hill award for 2015

Vic Elford, considered one of the fastest race car drivers of the 1960s and '70s, was honored by the Road Racing Drivers Club with the 2015 Phil Hill Award. RRDC president Bobby Rahal made the presentation at a dinner prior to the running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the season opener of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. The Phil Hill Award has been presented annually since 1993 to the person who the … [Read more...]

Lotus Exhibition at AACA Museum

1959 Lotus Seven Series I, Van Racing Team

The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania will present "Lotus: The Art of Lightness" from January 24th to April 26th, 2015. This exhibit will offer a selection of Lotus road cars and racing cars throughout their 66-year history covering over 15 models from a 1956 Mark VI to the 2014 Evora and will also include representative examples of Lotus engineered vehicles. … [Read more...]

Top 20 Most Popular Stories of 2014

1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL W 194 Carrera Panamericana

This was another powerful year for Sports Car Digest. There was rarely a dull moment in 2014 as we covered hundreds of historic rallies, vintage races, classic car auctions and events around the world. And we offer sincere thanks to our audience of historic car enthusiasts for actually reading them! Leading the way in popularity for 2014 was the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, followed by the photo galleries … [Read more...]

Ferrari 250 GTO Restored by Classiche

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, chassis 3445 GT

The 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO (chassis 3445 GT) owned by American Chris Cox has emerged from a more than two-year renovation at the Ferrari Classiche department in Maranello. The GTO was restored to the original engine and bodywork configuration in which it was delivered to Bologna-based publisher Luciano Conti in 1962. After its maiden race, the Bologna-Passo della Raticosa, 3445 GT was sold in June 1962 to Count … [Read more...]

BMW M1 Procar Restored by BMW Classic

Masakuni Hosobuchi is driving the BMW M1 Procar at BMW Welt

It was a rare sight on the BMW Welt “Premiere”: On this platform, where customers from all over the globe usually collect their new model vehicles, a 1979 BMW M1 Procar was recently presented to its owner. The unique car had been restored over the years by the BMW Group Classic customer shop and BMW M GmbH, and is now virtually as good as new. Proud owner of the historic race car is Masakuni Hosobuchi of Japan. … [Read more...]