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. Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:00:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Goodwood Members’ Meeting 2014 – Photo Gallery http://www.sportscardigest.com/goodwood-members-meeting-2014-photo-gallery/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/goodwood-members-meeting-2014-photo-gallery/#respond Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:00:21 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=75777 The inaugural Goodwood Members’ Meeting was staged March 29-30, 2014 at the 2.4-mile Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex, England. The Goodwood Members’ Meeting is a new style of motor racing event, conceived by Lord March to recreate the atmosphere and camaraderie of the original BARC Members’ Meetings held ‘in period’ at Goodwood through the 1950s and 1960s.

In advance of this month’s 73rd Goodwood Members’ Meeting, scheduled for March 21-22, 2015, we decided to take one last look at the 72nd Meeting through the lens of photographer Günter Biener. We split up Günter’s stirring pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, all displayed in the full-width view of Sports Car Digest, while the second gallery can be found by clicking here and gives a comprehensive view of all photographs.
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Bonhams Amelia Island 2015 – Auction Preview http://www.sportscardigest.com/bonhams-amelia-island-2015-auction-preview/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/bonhams-amelia-island-2015-auction-preview/#respond Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:00:19 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=75793 The inaugural Bonhams Amelia Island 2015 Auction will be held Thursday, March 12 at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club on Amelia Island. More than 80 automobiles will be offered at Bonhams’ debut sale held during the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance week.

Headlining the 2015 Bonhams Amelia Island sale will be a 1930 Cord L-29 Town Car; 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster; 1932 Stutz DV-32 Super Bearcat; 1911 EMF Model “30” Factory Racer; 1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500S; 1908 American Underslung 50HP Roadster; 1992 Ferrari F40 and 1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K Four-Passenger Tourer; among others.
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Gooding and Company Amelia Island 2015 – Auction Preview http://www.sportscardigest.com/gooding-and-company-amelia-island-2015-auction-preview/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/gooding-and-company-amelia-island-2015-auction-preview/#respond Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:00:37 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=75790 The Gooding and Company Amelia Island 2015 auction will be staged Friday, March 13th at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Florida. Gooding’s 6th annual Amelia sale will see more than 85 cars cross the block, with eight automobiles estimated to exceed $1,000,000.

The headline entries at Gooding’s 2015 Amelia Island sale include a 1956 Maserati 200 SI; 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4; 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet; 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC; 1934 Duesenberg Model SJ Touring Berline; 1932 Lincoln KB Custom Stationary Coupe; 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RSR; 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS Lightweight; 1953 Fiat 8V Coupe and 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster; among others.
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F5000 Drivers Association 2015 Schedule http://www.sportscardigest.com/f5000-drivers-association-2015-schedule/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/f5000-drivers-association-2015-schedule/#respond Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:00:04 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=74053 The Formula 5000 Drivers Association announced its vintage car racing schedule for 2015, highlighted by an invitation to participate in the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

According to Seb Coppola, president of the Formula 5000 Drivers Association: “I am thrilled to be able to announce another season of superb racing events at great U.S. race tracks.”
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RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island 2015 – Auction Preview http://www.sportscardigest.com/rm-sothebys-amelia-island-2015-auction-preview/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/rm-sothebys-amelia-island-2015-auction-preview/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:00:59 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=75514 The RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island 2015 auction will be held Saturday, March 14th on the grounds of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Amelia Island, Florida. As the first auction for the new partnership between RM Auctions and Sotheby’s, the united team has gathered 100 automobiles and select memorabilia for the single-day auction, which will again act as a prelude to the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

A total of fourteen automobiles offered at the 17th annual RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island sale have pre-sale estimates exceeding $1 million and no less than ten cars are estimated to sell for $2 million or more.
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Porsche Rennsport Reunion 2015 Information http://www.sportscardigest.com/porsche-rennsport-reunion-2015-information/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/porsche-rennsport-reunion-2015-information/#respond Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:00:56 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=74905 Group 4 Carrera Trophy - 59 1977 Brumos Porsche 935 driven by Bruce Leven -The Porsche Rennsport Reunion 2015 will be staged September 25-27 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. Requests for entry to participate in Rennsport Reunion V are now open.

Hosted by Porsche Cars North America, Rennsport Reunion V will bring together a gathering of Porsche vintage and current race cars, as well those who have designed, engineered, and driven them to victory in the world’s most famous sports car races. The three-day program of on-track competition will be complemented by autograph sessions, a Concours d’Elegance and special activities celebrating each of the six decades of Porsche race cars.
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Silverstone Auctions Race Retro 2015 – Auction Results http://www.sportscardigest.com/silverstone-auctions-race-retro-2015-auction-results/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/silverstone-auctions-race-retro-2015-auction-results/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:00:06 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=75786 1991 Ferrari Testarossa

1991 Ferrari Testarossa sold for £202,500

The Silverstone Auctions Race Retro 2015 sale was staged 21-22 February at Stoneleigh Park near Coventry, UK, resulting in £3.62 million in total sales and a 78 percent sell-through rate. The first Silverstone Auctions event of 2015 achieved four record prices.

Classic Ferraris remain in high demand, with two cars by the marque breaking world records at the Silverstone Race Retro 2015 auction.
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Hans Stuck Named Grand Marshal at 2015 Sebring 12 Hours http://www.sportscardigest.com/hans-stuck-named-grand-marshal-at-2015-sebring-12-hours/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/hans-stuck-named-grand-marshal-at-2015-sebring-12-hours/#respond Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=75778 Hans Stuck in the BMW CSL

Hans Stuck in the BMW CSL

Three-time Sebring winner Hans Stuck will serve as Grand Marshal of the 63rd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, scheduled for March 21, 2015 at the 3.74-mile, 17-turn Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Florida.

Stuck has a varied career in motor racing with 81 Formula One starts and numerous endurance racing wins, including twice at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
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Poppy Regularity Rally 2015 – Preview http://www.sportscardigest.com/poppy-regularity-rally-2015-preview/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/poppy-regularity-rally-2015-preview/#respond Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:00:09 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=74613 Over sixty crews will start the fourth running of the Poppy Regularity Rally based in Ieper (Ypres), Belgium on the 21st of March 2015. The event has an international feel to it with crews taking part from all over Europe. On its last running in 2013, ‘The Poppy’ as it is known even attracted entries from as far away as Canada and Japan.

The event has many driving tests, some of which are held on closed roads, in addition to the regularity sections, where competitors have to maintain an average speed over set distances. Even though The Poppy is a relatively short event it is intense, the navigation becomes increasingly difficult as it progresses.
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Mazda Featured at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015 http://www.sportscardigest.com/mazda-featured-at-goodwood-festival-of-speed-2015/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/mazda-featured-at-goodwood-festival-of-speed-2015/#respond Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:00:42 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=75752 The motoring achievements and innovation of Mazda will be featured at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015, scheduled for 25-28 June at Goodwood House and the 1.16-mile Goodwood hill climb in West Sussex, England.

This year’s Festival will honour the Japanese manufacturer with a ‘Central Feature’ created by sculptor Gerry Judah and Mazda. Set against the Goodwood House, the installation will celebrate Mazda’s 95-year history and its numerous international motor sport achievements.
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McLaren P1 GTR to Debut at Geneva http://www.sportscardigest.com/mclaren-p1-gtr-to-debut-at-geneva/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/mclaren-p1-gtr-to-debut-at-geneva/#respond Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=75755 The track-dedicated McLaren P1 GTR will debut at the 85th Geneva Motor Show in limited production form with only minor modifications to the Design Concept presented six months ago. The most noticeable change is the livery that the Geneva show car will be sporting. It is one which will be available to the fortunate few who will be joining the McLaren P1 GTR Driver Programme that kicks off at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain later this year. The design is homage to the yellow and green McLaren F1 GTR, chassis #06R, which has claimed its own place in history as one of the five F1 GTRs that dominated the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the historic debut by McLaren 20 years ago.
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F5000 Tasman Cup 2015 – New Zealand Grand Prix http://www.sportscardigest.com/f5000-tasman-cup-2015-new-zealand-grand-prix/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/f5000-tasman-cup-2015-new-zealand-grand-prix/#respond Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:00:41 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=75499 Ken Smith and fellow MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival series fast-man Steve Ross both had reason to celebrate after the final round of the 2014/15 series at the New Zealand Grand Prix meeting, staged February 13-15, 2015 at Manfeild circuit in Feilding, New Zealand.

For three-time former series title holder Smith, 73, from Auckland, it was a new category lap record and his third round clean-sweep of the season driving his Lola T332. For southern man Ross, a relative youngster compared with Smith at just 58 years of age, it was winning the MSC F5000 series for a third time with his McRae GM1.
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Legend Boucles de Bastogne Rally 2015 – Report and Photos http://www.sportscardigest.com/legend-boucles-de-bastogne-rally-2015-report-and-photos/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/legend-boucles-de-bastogne-rally-2015-report-and-photos/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:00:41 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=74903 The Legend Boucles de Bastogne 2015 was held 20-21 February outside the town of Bastogne in Belgium. The field of participants in the 9th annual regularity rally was again greeted with demanding conditions that made navigating the Belgian Ardennes countryside even more difficult.

The famed Boucles de Spa Rally was held between 1953 and 1990, known for its snowy weather and a landscape that challenged the world’s best rally participants. Revived in 2006, the 2015 edition saw the base of the rally move from Spa to the town of Bastogne, bringing with it new and longer routes and more space for spectators and participants.
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Remembering Yutaka Katayama (1909 – 2015) http://www.sportscardigest.com/remembering-yutaka-katayama-1909-2015/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/remembering-yutaka-katayama-1909-2015/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:00:22 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=75538 Mr. K put together the key concepts for the Datsun Z-car

Mr. K put together the key concepts for the Datsun Z-car

Nissan legend Yutaka Katayama, the man known as “Mr. K,” has died at the age of 105. Katayama, the first president of Nissan Motor Corporation U.S.A, passed away on February 20, 2015.

Katayama ran Nissan’s U.S. operations in the 1970s and is widely known as the father of the Datsun Z, the world-class affordable sports car. He retired from Nissan in 1977.
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Sebring Saga – 1965 Sebring 12 Hours Profile http://www.sportscardigest.com/sebring-saga-1965-sebring-12-hours-profile/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/sebring-saga-1965-sebring-12-hours-profile/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:00:24 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=74577 Sebring Saga – The Story of Two Bizzarrini Iso Grifos at the 1965 Sebring 12 Hour Grand Prix

By Louis Galanos | Photos as credited

In March the Sebring International Raceway (SIR) will celebrate a couple of anniversaries that are part of the significant motorsports history of that legendary track.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first win by BMW with the overall honors going to British driver Brian Redman and Australian Allan Moffat who started the race in their BMW 3.0 CSL. The racing CSL’s were very successful in the European Touring Car Championship as well as the IMSA GT Championship in the 1970’s. With their full aerodynamic package they also went by the nickname “Batmobile”. BMW is planning a celebration of that win at Sebring this year.

2015 is also the 50th anniversary of the overall victory by Texans Jim Hall and Hap Sharp who delivered an unexpected win in their American-made Chaparral 2A. Prior to 1965 the last time an American-made car had won at Sebring was the Cunningham C4R of John Fitch and Phil Walters in 1953.
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