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...]

RRDC Elects New Members for 2014

Howden Ganley

Fifteen race-car drivers and motorsports professionals have been voted into the Road Racing Drivers Club in 2014. The group includes 10 Regular Members from the open-wheel and sports-car racing ranks, three Associate Members and two Honorary Members. The current roster of RRDC members now numbers 460. Voting was held among all current RRDC members. "This year's lineup of new Regular Members includes professional … [Read more...]

Project Car Exhibition at Porsche Museum

Porsche 918 Spyder prototype rolling chassis

A peek behind what have been up to now closed doors is offered by the Porsche Museum at the "Project: Top Secret!" special exhibition, running through January 11, 2015. For the first time, 16 unique vehicles will be on exhibition, which for the most part have never been shown. The range of automobiles being presented includes secret concept cars, camouflaged prototypes as well as one-of-a-kind record, test and … [Read more...]

Jaguar Heritage Driving Experience Launched

Jaguar Heritage D-Type 1955

Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations recently introduced the Jaguar Heritage Driving Experience, which will give participants the opportunity to take the wheel of cars including Le Mans-racing legend Jaguar D-type, E-type up to the latest F-Type R Coupe. Starting November 2014, the Jaguar Heritage Driving Experience will open at an established 200-acre testing facility, Fen End, in Warwickshire, England, where … [Read more...]

Revs Digital Library Now Available Online

Revs Digital Library at Stanford

Stanford University's new Revs Digital Library provides a web-based tour through the world of the automobile – its past, present and future. In 2011, Stanford University and The Revs Institute for Automotive Research, Inc. in Naples, Florida established a partnership designed to provide access to the historic collections curated by the Revs Institute. As a result of this partnership, the new Revs Digital Library … [Read more...]

Jaguar Buys British Classic Car Collection

James Hull Collection

Jaguar Land Rover purchased the largest privately owned collection of British cars, which was assembled over many years by British enthusiast James Hull. The Hull Collection includes 543 mostly British classic cars and features many significant Jaguar models including XK SS, C-, D- and E-types. The cars in the collection will be actively used to support Jaguar brand and experiential marketing to develop the brands … [Read more...]

Maserati Parade at 2014 Silverstone Classic

Stirling Moss and Maserati 250F

The 100th Anniversary of Maserati was honored at the 2014 Silverstone Classic, held 25-27 July at the Silverstone Circuit in England. As the Silverstone Classic’s official Celebration Marque, Maserati celebrated its centenary in style with hundreds of cars taking part at the Northamptonshire circuit. Racing legend Stirling Moss OBE led out the largest collection of Grand Prix cars ever assembled to mark the … [Read more...]

Maserati Centennial Exhibit at Enzo Ferrari Museum

Maserati 250F

An exhibition dedicated to the Centennial of Maserati will be held at the Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena, Italy through January 2015. The "Maserati 100 - A Century of Pure Italian Luxury Sports Cars" display retraces the story of the Italian car manufacturer through an exhibition featuring some of the Trident marque’s most significant road and racing cars. The exhibit also offers an engaging show employing 19 … [Read more...]