Sports Car Digest - The Sports, Racing and Vintage Car Journal http://www.sportscardigest.com Sports Car Digest focuses on Classic Car Auctions, Concours d’Elegance, Vintage Car Racing, Road Rallies and other historic automotive events. Tue, 26 May 2015 01:22:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 http://www.sportscardigest.com/wp-content/uploads/SCD-Logo-Circle-554d0d5av1_site_icon-32x32.png Sports Car Digest - The Sports, Racing and Vintage Car Journal http://www.sportscardigest.com 32 32 HMSA Barber Historics 2015 – Report and Photos http://www.sportscardigest.com/hmsa-barber-historics-2015-report-and-photos/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/hmsa-barber-historics-2015-report-and-photos/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 14:00:56 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=79846 The inaugural Barber Historics was staged May 15-17, 2015 at the 15-turn, 2.38-mile Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Lotus was the featured marque of the event staged by Historic Motor Sports Association (HMSA) in association with ZOOM Motorsports and Barber Motorsports Park.

The Barber Historics 2015 was patterned after the peerless Barber Vintage Festival, now in its 10th year, held each fall for historic motorcycles. Using a similar recipe, the team at Barber is working with HMSA to make the Barber Historics one of the three top historic automotive events in the country.
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Packed Grid at Le Mans Legend 2015 http://www.sportscardigest.com/packed-grid-at-le-mans-legend-2015/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/packed-grid-at-le-mans-legend-2015/#respond Mon, 25 May 2015 13:00:53 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=80042 Ford GT40 starting lineThe extended age range for the Le Mans Legend 2015 historic car race has allowed seven Ford GT40s to join the packed historic grid that will race Saturday 13th June on the full Le Mans circuit, a few hours before the start of the modern 24 Hours endurance race.

A field of 61 cars, dating from 1949 to 1968 and representing 26 different marques, will take to the track in a live-action showcase covering two decades of motor racing history. No fewer than 14 of the cars entered actually raced at Le Mans in period, and the remainder of the grid boast their own competition histories.
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RM Sotheby’s Concorso Villa d’Este 2015 – Auction Results http://www.sportscardigest.com/rm-sothebys-concorso-villa-deste-2015-auction-results/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/rm-sothebys-concorso-villa-deste-2015-auction-results/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 00:30:04 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=80054 1952 Ferrari 212 Export Barchetta

1952 Ferrari 212 Export Barchetta sold for €6,720,000

The RM Sotheby’s Villa d’Este 2015 sale was held 23rd May at Villa Erba on the shores of Lake Como, Italy, resulting in €26,714,530 ($29,920,273 USD) in total sales and an 89.75% sell-through rate. A roster of 37 of cars, along with two vintage Riva boats, were featured at RM’s biennial auction staged over the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este weekend. Bidders hailed from 26 countries, including Russia, the United Arab Emirates, and Hong Kong; 27 percent of bidders represented first-time clients at the two-and-a-half hour sale.

“We had another incredible collection of cars on offer at Villa Erba. It’s always a stylish and well-attended sale; the setting, the atmosphere and the quality of vehicles we consistently consign to this auction make it a clear highlight of the European auction calendar,” said Max Girardo, Managing Director RM Sotheby’s Europe. “From the auction preview through until the end of the sale, the energy was fantastic and translated into some great prices. It’s a great honour being the official auction house of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.”
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Mille Miglia 2015 – Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery http://www.sportscardigest.com/mille-miglia-2015-behind-the-scenes-photo-gallery/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/mille-miglia-2015-behind-the-scenes-photo-gallery/#respond Fri, 22 May 2015 14:00:26 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=79754 The Mille Miglia 2015 took place 14-17 May in Italy on the historic roads from Brescia to Rome and back to Brescia. This year’s 1000 Miglia featured a wonderful selection of 438 entrants built between 1927 and 1957 challenging each other and themselves in the modern revival.

Far more than a historic car rally, the Mille Miglia Storica is a virtual step back to the era of 1927 to 1957 when these racing cars roared across the Italian countryside and towns at the hands of such greats as Nuvolari, Marzotto, Biondetti, Caracciola and Moss. And as the pictures attest, spectators of all ages enthusiastically support and cheer the cars and drivers.
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Mecum Houston 2015 – Auction Report http://www.sportscardigest.com/mecum-houston-2015-auction-report/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/mecum-houston-2015-auction-report/#respond Fri, 22 May 2015 13:30:00 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=79950 Mecum Auctions, Houston, Texas, April 17-19, 2015

$101,763,166.

That’s how many dollars worth of collector vehicles Mecum Auctions has sold since its first auction in Houston in 2012. Mecum did it by selling 2,588 lots with an average transaction value of $39,321.

It is a remarkable achievement, from nothing in 2011 to three Texas sales a year in 2015, Houston in spring, Dallas (also since 2012) in September and Austin (new in 2014) in December. The three Mecum auctions in Texas in 2014 racked up just shy of $80 million in transactions.
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Mecum Indianapolis 2015 – Auction Results http://www.sportscardigest.com/mecum-indianapolis-2015-auction-results/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/mecum-indianapolis-2015-auction-results/#respond Fri, 22 May 2015 13:00:49 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=80045 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster sold for $1,000,000

1967 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster sold for $1,000,000

The Mecum Auctions Original Spring Classic 2015 auction was held May 12-17 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, resulting in $42,878,210 in total sales and a 65 percent sell-through rate. Dana Mecum’s 28th annual Spring Classic sale was headlined by muscle cars, Corvettes and individual collections, with 1,404 vehicles offered in total. Top sales were populated by a mix of modern and vintage, foreign and domestic.

Friday saw 18 low-production vehicles from the Don Davis Collection cross the auction block with his restored 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster (Lot F183) bringing $1,000,000 and becoming the auction’s number one highest seller.
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First Alfa Romeo F1 Victory Remembered http://www.sportscardigest.com/first-alfa-romeo-f1-victory-remembered/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/first-alfa-romeo-f1-victory-remembered/#respond Thu, 21 May 2015 14:00:00 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=79601 The first World Championship Formula 1 race of the modern era was staged May 13, 1950 at the Silverstone Circuit in Silverstone, England. Giuseppe “Nino” Farina won the Grand Prix of Europe with his Alfa Romeo Tipo 158 ‘Alfetta’ in convincing fashion.

Alfa Romeo fielded a team of four “Alfetta” to the Silverstone track for the debut World Championship Formula 1 race in 1950. They were entrusted to Giuseppe “Nino” Farina, who became the world champion at the end of the season, and to Luigi Fagioli, Juan Manuel Fangio, the rising Argentine star who won the world title in ’51 again with the Alfetta, and Reg Parnell, a British driver chosen in honour of the country hosting the first Championship.
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Mille Miglia 2015 – Report and Photos http://www.sportscardigest.com/mille-miglia-2015-report-and-photos/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/mille-miglia-2015-report-and-photos/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 17:00:00 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=79289 The Mille Miglia 2015 was held 14-17 May over 1,600 km (1,000 miles) of Italy’s most beautiful regions, starting and ending in Brescia. This year’s 1000 Miglia – the 60th event to be held under this name since 1927 – took participants along a ride between historic villages, following an itinerary which although featuring some variations with respect to the previous editions, kept with the tracks of the twenty-four editions held from 1927 to 1957.

The 33rd retrospective edition saw a great field of historical automobiles celebrate the legendary Mille Miglia endurance road race. Of the 438 entrants at the Mille Miglia 2015, a total of 67 took part in at least one original Mille Miglia racing edition. The cars at the Viale Venezia start included more than 60 different marques, with the lion’s share goes to Mercedes-Benz and Alfa Romeo with 38 cars, followed by Jaguar with 36, Fiat with 34, Porsche with 30 and Lancia with 22 entries.
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New SVRA Race at Amelia Island Concours http://www.sportscardigest.com/new-svra-race-at-amelia-island-concours/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/new-svra-race-at-amelia-island-concours/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 13:00:01 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=79622 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance 2015A new vintage car race will be held in association with the 2016 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) will stage a race the week following the Concours at the nearby Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport in Florida. The 2016 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, scheduled for March 11-13, will be followed by the inaugural SVRA Amelia Island Vintage Grand Prix on March 17-20.

The SVRA Amelia Island Vintage Grand Prix will use Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport to create a 2.4-mile road course. One of the runways will remain open to accommodate vintage aircraft as part of the show. The addition of motorcycle racing to the program will also mark SVRA’s debut into the vintage bike competition.
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Early Entries at 2015 RM Sotheby’s Monterey http://www.sportscardigest.com/early-entries-at-2015-rm-sothebys-monterey/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/early-entries-at-2015-rm-sothebys-monterey/#respond Tue, 19 May 2015 14:00:00 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=79559 The 2015 RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction will be held August 14-15 at the Portola Hotel and Monterey Conference Center in California. Approximately 150 collector cars will cross the block during RM’s annual Monterey Classic Car Week sale. In addition to the previously announced Ferrari 275S / 340 America Barchetta, RM Sotheby’s will also offer a Maserati Ghibli 4.7 Spider Prototype and the original U.S.-specification Ferrari Daytona, among others.
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Donington Historic Festival 2015 – Report and Photos http://www.sportscardigest.com/donington-historic-festival-2015-report-and-photos/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/donington-historic-festival-2015-report-and-photos/#respond Tue, 19 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=79577 The Donington Historic Festival 2015 was held 2-4 May at the 11-turn, 1.979-mile Donington Park in Leicestershire, England. The 5th annual event staged near Castle Donington was home to a motorsport nostalgia-fest, as this year’s Festival unleashed the sights, sounds and smells of over 400 historic racing cars dating from the 1990s back to the 1920s.

The nostalgic element was further strengthened by the presence of hundreds of classic cars in the infield and by the historic rally cars and karts which put on a storming display on the Melbourne Loop. Anyone standing in the middle of the race paddock could enjoy with one ear the sound of racing cars on track and, with the other ear, the noise of rally car tyres squealing on the Loop. At lunchtime, the air around the track crackled with unmistakable engine notes as Formula 1 cars from the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s – including an ex-Ayrton Senna Toleman and an ex-Schumacher Benetton – circled the track.
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Bonhams Greenwich 2015 – Auction Preview http://www.sportscardigest.com/bonhams-greenwich-2015-auction-preview/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/bonhams-greenwich-2015-auction-preview/#respond Mon, 18 May 2015 14:00:22 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=79535 The Bonhams Greenwich 2015 auction will be held Sunday, May 31st at the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance in Connecticut. Held at the waterfront Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Bonhams’ 8th annual sale will feature more than 90 automobiles and a wide-ranging selection of automobilia.

A supercharged 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Cabriolet with coachwork by Gangloff will headline Bonhams’ 2015 Greenwich Concours sale.
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Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2015 Update http://www.sportscardigest.com/monterey-motorsports-reunion-2015-update/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/monterey-motorsports-reunion-2015-update/#respond Mon, 18 May 2015 13:00:25 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=79550 The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2015 will be held August 13-16 at the 11-turn, 2.238-mile Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in California, again serving as an anchor event of Monterey Classic Car Week. Organizers have again limited an enormous number of entry requests to 550 period-correct cars for the 42nd consecutive year of vintage car racing on the Monterey Peninsula in August.

“Sports car racing on the Monterey Peninsula began shortly after World War II when returning GIs were looking for a place to race their recently acquired MGs, Morgans or Jaguars,” said Doug Sallen of Monterey, California, who has competed at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion for 18 years.
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RM Sotheby’s Concorso Villa d’Este 2015 – Auction Preview http://www.sportscardigest.com/rm-sothebys-concorso-villa-deste-2015-auction-preview/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/rm-sothebys-concorso-villa-deste-2015-auction-preview/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 14:00:36 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=79408 The RM Sotheby’s Villa d’Este 2015 sale will be held 23rd May at Villa Erba on the shores of Lake Como, Italy, as part of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este weekend. A roster of 37 of cars, along with two vintage Riva boats, will be featured at RM’s biennial Concorso Villa d’Este auction.

A 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider will headline the RM Sotheby’s Concorso Villa d’Este 2015 auction. Chassis number 2505 GT is one of 16 open-headlight versions, and the 18th of 56 SWB California Spiders produced. Unlike most examples that were delivered to the United States, 2505 GT was a European delivery car, sold new by the official dealership in Milan. It remained in Italy up until 1974 when it was sold to a Swiss collector, who kept the car for the next 20 years.
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New Book Honors Gabriel Voisin http://www.sportscardigest.com/new-book-honors-gabriel-voisin/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/new-book-honors-gabriel-voisin/#respond Fri, 15 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=77871 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 leading Voisin experts and historians, Philipp Moch, Pierre Vanier, Reg Winstone and Philippe Ladure. The book chronicles the compelling stories of Gabriel Voisin and his ingenious creations in bi-lingual text (English and French), and features a wealth of previously unpublished modern and historic photography. The book showcases nine of Voisin’s most iconic automotive designs, including the incomparable 1935 Avions-Voisin C25 Aérodyne, and celebrates Voisin’s remarkable contribution to the defining technologies of his century.
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