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. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:45:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Winter Marathon Rally 2015 – Report and Photos http://www.sportscardigest.com/winter-marathon-rally-2015-report-and-photos/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/winter-marathon-rally-2015-report-and-photos/#respond Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:00:08 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=73474 The Winter Marathon Rally 2015 was held 22-25 January at Madonna di Campiglio in the Dolomite Mountains of Italy. A field of 120 historic car teams challenged this year’s reliability trial that once again proved to be an exciting combination of cold weather, snowy conditions and lots of curves. This year’s Winter Marathon covered 427 kilometers, from the most beautiful streets of Trentino Alto Adige to the most challenging Dolomite passes — four of them over 2,000 meters high.

The cars entered in this year’s rally were built before 1968, except for a selection of special interest cars built through 1976 that made history in 1970s rallies, such as the 1974 Lancia Stratos of Tonoli-Bresciani, the 1976 Renault Alpine A110 1800 of Pasquale-Roggeri, the two Fiat 124 Abarth Rally built in 1975 driven by Stancari-Valentini and Simone Bertolero, the 1970 Lancia Fulvia Coupee Rallye 1.6 HF of Lyveroulaz-Trossello and some well-known Porsche 911 models.
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Date Change for 2015 Porsche Rennsport Reunion V http://www.sportscardigest.com/date-change-2015-porsche-rennsport-reunion-v/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/date-change-2015-porsche-rennsport-reunion-v/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:00:32 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=73548 Group 5 Stuttgart Cup - 5 2006 Penske Porsche RS Spyder driven by Christian ZugelPorsche Cars North America and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca announced that the next Porsche Rennsport Reunion 2015 will now take place at the California racetrack the weekend of September 25-27, 2015, two weeks earlier than originally planned. The date change is due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict with the World Endurance Championship racing series.
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Bonhams Scottsdale 2015 – Auction Report http://www.sportscardigest.com/bonhams-scottsdale-2015-auction-report/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/bonhams-scottsdale-2015-auction-report/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:00:58 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=73478 Bonhams, Westin Kierland, Scottsdale, Arizona, January 15, 2015

Bonhams kicks off the catalog auctions at Scottsdale with its sale at the Westin Kierland Thursday mid-day. Attractively presented in a park-like setting, the cars preview well in the entry marquee and space between it and the auction tent.

Bonhams’ venture into the Valley of the Sun began only four years ago. The first year’s sale was a bit tentative, but built steadily in 2013-14 to where it now is an important factor in the only all-auctions week on the annual auction calendar. This year they missed by only a paddle-wave having their 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C take the Scottsdale week’s top sale. The sale total is four times what changed hands in 2012; in fact, the 275 GTB/C alone was half again 2012’s total sale, pointing out the quality of consignments assembled by Bonhams’ crew.
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1935 Delahaye 135 S – Car Profile http://www.sportscardigest.com/1935-delahaye-135-s-car-profile/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/1935-delahaye-135-s-car-profile/#respond Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:00:29 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=73273 The vehicles for Delahaye’s new strategic direction were the Superluxe and its sports sibling, the Delahaye Type 135. The Superluxe’s and Type 103’s engine, a long-stroke, pushrod-operated, overhead-valve, four-main-bearing, F-head inline-six, was designed by Jean François, under the direction of Delahaye’s technical director, Amédée Varlet, and it would become one of the most versatile, long-lived engine designs in history.

At the same time, Delahaye engineer Jean François was hard at work on a new chassis, the Type 135, which would complement the more powerful engine. The chassis was a particularly advanced assembly for its time, with boxed rectangular rails, a central cross-member, and a welded-in floor, which contributed to additional stiffness and rigidity. The front suspension was independent and used its transverse leaf spring as the lower control arm.
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Mecum Kissimmee 2015 – Auction Results http://www.sportscardigest.com/mecum-kissimmee-2015-auction-results/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/mecum-kissimmee-2015-auction-results/#respond Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:00:02 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=73475 1971 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T sold for $640,000

1971 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T sold for $640,000

The Mecum Kissimmee 2015 auction was held January 16-25 at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida, resulting in $68,801,987 in total sales for the 10-day event. A total of 2,404 vehicles crossed the auction block at Mecum’s 2015 Kissimmee sale, with 1,772 hammering sold for a sell-through rate of 74 percent.

The Wellborn Muscle Car Museum Collection was among the headline offerings at the Mecum Kissimmee 2015 auction. The sale of the Collection kicked off when owners Tim and Pam Wellborn, of Alexander City, Alabama, rode onto the block in their 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona.
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Variety of Grids at Donington Historic Festival 2015 http://www.sportscardigest.com/variety-grids-donington-historic-festival-2015/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/variety-grids-donington-historic-festival-2015/#respond Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:00:08 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=73180 Cooper T38 and Jaguar D-typeA new line-up of grids aimed to create even more spectator enjoyment are among the highlights at the Donington Historic Festival 2015, the historic race meeting to be held May 2-4 at the 12-turn, 2.5-mile Donington Park in Leicestershire, England over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Festival organiser Duncan Wiltshire said, “Regardless of what era they’re into, historic motorsport fans will find something to thrill them at the Donington Historic Festival. Each of the three days has a full line-up of races, and the off-track attractions and demonstrations will ensure non-stop entertainment. I’m particularly excited about the first ever round of the new HSCC Jaguar Heritage Challenge, and it will also be fantastic to see 1950s and ’60s Grand Prix cars out at the Festival for the first time. The 2 1/2 hour 1000 km endurance race should be something really rather special too.”
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Cavallino Classic 2015 – Report and Photos http://www.sportscardigest.com/cavallino-classic-2015-report-and-photos/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/cavallino-classic-2015-report-and-photos/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:30:33 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=73269 The Cavallino Classic 2015 was held January 21-25 at the Breakers Resort Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida. Celebrating its 24th anniversary in 2015, this five-day gathering for Ferrari owners and enthusiasts saw participants and their 400 exotic and classic cars attending from the United States and Europe.

The first event of the gathering was the Cavallino Classic Competition, a two-day track meet at Palm Beach International Raceway. A select field of competition Ferraris, Maseratis, Alfa Romeos and Bugattis tackled the 11-turn, 2.043 mile race track, including a Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione Speciale; Ferrari 250 GTO 3705GT; Ferrari 250 GTO 3445GT; Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta 2729GT; Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0756TR; Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0748TR; Ferrari 290 MM 0616; Maserati 300S 3072; a pair of Alfa Romeo Tipo C 8C-35 models and a great selection of Bugatti Type 35 and 37s; among many others.
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Stutz Super Bearcat at Bonhams Amelia Island 2015 http://www.sportscardigest.com/stutz-super-bearcat-bonhams-amelia-island-2015/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/stutz-super-bearcat-bonhams-amelia-island-2015/#respond Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:00:55 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=72431 1932 Stutz DV-32 Super Bearcat

1932 Stutz DV-32 Super Bearcat

A 1932 Stutz DV-32 Super Bearcat with coachwork by Weymann will be among the headline offerings at the Bonhams Amelia Island 2015 auction, to be held Thursday, March 12th at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club in Florida. The Stutz was formerly part of the Dr. Frederick A. Simeone collection.

Stutz was inspired by its racing success at 24 Hours of Le Mans to create the Super Bearcat as a way to promote its technologically sophisticated DOHC, 32-valve, 8-cylinder, “DV-32” engine.
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Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona 2015 – Report and Photos http://www.sportscardigest.com/rolex-24-hours-daytona-2015-report-photos/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/rolex-24-hours-daytona-2015-report-photos/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:30:21 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=73361 The Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona 2015 was held January 24-25 at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. The 12-turn, 3.56-mile track is made up of portions of the NASCAR tri-oval and an infield road course.

Excitement at the 53rd Rolex 24 At Daytona went down to the wire. An engaging battle between the leading Prototypes was kept alive to the last by an incident bringing the safety car onto the track with 15 minutes to go. Scott Dixon held off the challenge of last year’s winner, #5 Action Express Racing to win; #02 Chip Ganassi racing eventually winning out by 1.333 seconds. In PC class, #52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsport was all but handed victory when longtime leader #54 crashed out with less than 20 minutes to go. The #3 Corvette Racing held on to win GTLM, and in GTD it was #93 Riley Motorsport. Along with their respective trophies, all winning drivers were rewarded for their herculean efforts with the ultimate in motor sport prizes, a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona.
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Spa Six Hours 2014 – Racing in the Rain Photo Gallery http://www.sportscardigest.com/spa-six-hours-2014-racing-in-the-rain-photo-gallery/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/spa-six-hours-2014-racing-in-the-rain-photo-gallery/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:00:49 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=73272 The Spa Six Hours 2014 was held September 19-21 at the 4.352-mile, 20-turn Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. In addition to the competitive field of more than 600 historic racing cars, rain was a frequent guest at the 2014 edition of the Spa Six Hours. The heavens opened up intermittently throughout the event, making the legendary track in the Ardennes countryside even more challenging.
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Vic Elford Receives 2015 RRDC Phil Hill Award http://www.sportscardigest.com/vic-elford-receives-2015-rrdc-phil-hill-award/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/vic-elford-receives-2015-rrdc-phil-hill-award/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:00:09 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=73274 Bobby Rahal (l) presents Vic Elford with the RRDC Phil Hill award for 2015

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 RRDC feels has rendered outstanding service to road racing. The recipient may be a driver, entrant or outstanding member of a sanctioning body.
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Goodwood Breakfast Club 2015 Information http://www.sportscardigest.com/goodwood-breakfast-club-2015-information/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/goodwood-breakfast-club-2015-information/#respond Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:00:20 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=72737 Goodwood Breakfast Club 2010The 2015 season of the Goodwood Breakfast Club events will see a diverse mix of themes when Goodwood stages on five occasions from May to November. The 10th annual series for car and motorcycle enthusiasts will continue to be entry free for everyone.

Five Breakfast Clubs will be held in 2015, each one taking place on the opening Sunday of the month. As in 2014, due to the close proximity of major Goodwood events, there will be no Breakfast Club in July or September.
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Barrett-Jackson Pratte Collection 2015 – Saturday Auction Report http://www.sportscardigest.com/barrett-jackson-pratte-collection-2015-saturday-auction-report/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/barrett-jackson-pratte-collection-2015-saturday-auction-report/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:00:53 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=73244 Barrett-Jackson, WestWorld, Scottsdale, Arizona, The Pratte Collection, Saturday, January 17, 2015

The thirty premier cars in Ron Pratte’s collection crossed the Barrett-Jackson auction block in Prime Time early Saturday evening.

There were high expectations, not only on account of B-J’s heavy promotion of the collection but also because these were vehicles that had headlined many prior Barrett-Jackson auctions, some selling for eye-watering prices making their re-sale something of a test … of the market, of the power of the Ron Pratte collection’s provenance and of Barrett-Jackson’s ability to market successfully an important collection within the context of its 1,600+ vehicle Scottsdale docket. All eyes in Scottsdale were firmly focused on the WestWorld auction block.
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Zandvoort Grand Prix 2014 – Pre-1966 GT Photo Gallery http://www.sportscardigest.com/zandvoort-grand-prix-2014-pre-1966-gt-photo-gallery/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/zandvoort-grand-prix-2014-pre-1966-gt-photo-gallery/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:00:08 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=73086 The Zandvoort Grand Prix 2014 was held 29-31 August at the seaside Circuit Park Zandvoort in the Netherlands. This year’s Zandvoort GP featured the Gentlemen Drivers Pre-1966 GT race, a Masters Historic Racing series that offered a wonderful spectacle as pace and team strategy unfolded towards the chequered flag.

Frank Stippler was inspired in the Gentlemen Drivers Pre-’66 GT race, handling Georg Nolte’s Bizzarini 5300 GT solo. However, despite leading the opening stint, his pit stop was three seconds too short and hence was forced to serve the balance with a stop-go penalty. His stop-go was also short, so a further penalty ensued.
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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2015 – Auction Results http://www.sportscardigest.com/barrett-jackson-scottsdale-2015-auction-results/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/barrett-jackson-scottsdale-2015-auction-results/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:30:55 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=73234 The Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction 2015 was held January 10-18 at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Arizona, resulting in more than $130 million in gross sales. The total from the 44th annual event was the highest in company history, with 1,611 vehicles sold during this year’s Arizona Auction Week sale.

“This year’s Scottsdale auction was on a scale unlike anything in our 44-year history,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson.
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