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, 27 Mar 2015 15:03:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Goodwood Members Meeting 2015 – Picture Gallery http://www.sportscardigest.com/goodwood-members-meeting-2015-picture-gallery/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/goodwood-members-meeting-2015-picture-gallery/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:00:50 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=77294 The 73rd Goodwood Members’ Meeting was held March 20-22, 2015 at the 2.4-mile Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex, England. The Members’ Meeting was revived in 2014 for Members of the Goodwood Road Racing Club to continue the tradition of the 71 club motor sport events held at Goodwood from 1948-66.

The Goodwood Members Meeting 2015 featured twelve races, including the Gerry Marshall Trophy for Group 1 production saloons from 1970 to 1982; Les Leston Cup for 1960 to 1966 British sports cars; John Aldington Trophy for pre-1966 2-litre Porsche 911s; Earl Howe Trophy for pre-1935 Grand Prix racers; Bruce McLaren Trophy for pre-1966 Can-Am and Group 7 prototypes and the Salvadori Cup for 1955 to 1960 Sports Prototypes. This year’s Meeting also saw sensational on-track displays from 1970s high-airbox Formula 1 cars, McLaren F1 GTRs and Group C Le Mans monsters.
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Bugatti Type 57C at Bonhams Greenwich 2015 Auction http://www.sportscardigest.com/bugatti-type-57c-at-bonhams-greenwich-2015-auction/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/bugatti-type-57c-at-bonhams-greenwich-2015-auction/#respond Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=77272 A supercharged 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Cabriolet with coachwork by Gangloff will headline the Bonhams Greenwich 2015 auction, scheduled for May 31 at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Introduced in 1934, the Type 57 represented a new era for the company under the direction of Jean Bugatti, son of “Le Patron,” Ettore Bugatti.
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Flywheel Festival – New Motoring, Aviation and Military Event http://www.sportscardigest.com/flywheel-festival-new-motoring-aviation-and-military-event/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/flywheel-festival-new-motoring-aviation-and-military-event/#respond Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:00:42 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=76236 A new event aims to capture the spirit of all things great and British in the world of historic motoring, aviation and military endeavour. Scheduled for 20-21 June 2015, the ‘Flywheel’ festival will be the first major public event to be held at the UK’s best preserved Second World War bomber station – Bicester Heritage in Oxfordshire.

“Flywheel will celebrate the three parallel themes of motoring, aviation and military endeavour, with attractions from the pre-jet age era,” said Duncan Wiltshire, Managing Director of event organisers Historic Promotions. “The event takes the best elements of air shows and historic motoring to create something new, in a very special location.”
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Revs Institute Adds Tom Burnside Collection http://www.sportscardigest.com/revs-institute-adds-tom-burnside-collection/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/revs-institute-adds-tom-burnside-collection/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:00:20 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=76202 Ferrari and NART garage at Sebring, 1962 (photo:

Ferrari and NART garage at Sebring, 1962

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 and will add still more depth to our photographic history of the automobile,” said Miles Collier, president of The Revs Institute for Automotive Research, Inc.
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Bonhams Goodwood Members Meeting 2015 – Auction Results http://www.sportscardigest.com/bonhams-goodwood-members-meeting-2015-auction-results/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/bonhams-goodwood-members-meeting-2015-auction-results/#respond Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:30:24 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=77007 1959 Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupe sold for £470,000

1959 Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupe sold for £470,000

The Bonhams Goodwood Members Meeting 2015 was staged 21st March at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in Chichester, England, resulting in total sales of £4,311,722 and a 75% sell-through rate.

The ex-Kitty Maurice 1959 Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupe was the top result, selling for £470,000. Bonhams debut sale at the 73rd Goodwood Members’ Meeting also showed a trend for 1980s sports cars, achieving a new world auction record for an Audi Quattro as the hammer fell at £287,100 for the 1985 Sport SWB Coupe model.
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Gooding & Company Amelia Island 2015 – Auction Report http://www.sportscardigest.com/gooding-company-amelia-island-2015-auction-report/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/gooding-company-amelia-island-2015-auction-report/#respond Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:30:31 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=77210 Gooding & Company, Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, Florida, March 13, 2015

Gooding & Company’s sixth consecutive auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation showed a complete disdain for superstition: it was Friday the Thirteenth.

No slashers wielding machetes or aetherial ectoplasmic forms materialized in or near the Gooding tent village, although a somewhat supernatural rain deluge created an interlude that challenged rationality. The inundation quickly receded and a large crowd kept David Gooding and auctioneer Charlie Ross busy on the block. [There may be some skeptics who correlate adverse weather with auction success: it keeps the crowd in the tent paying attention to the cars and bidding.]

Gooding presented several of the ‘barn-find’ cars that have become regular highlights of its auctions. They bring handsome prices that often defy logic, but they are prized these days by a segment of the collecting community that often is willing to pay dearly for dirt, diametrically opposed to the often less than the cost of restoration prices that brilliantly restored cars bring.
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Bonhams Amelia Island 2015 – Auction Report http://www.sportscardigest.com/bonhams-amelia-island-2015-auction-report/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/bonhams-amelia-island-2015-auction-report/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:00:09 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=77046 Bonhams Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach Golf Club, Amelia Island, Florida, March 12, 2015

Bonhams returned to Amelia Island in 2015 after a long absence, having previously stuck its toe in the water in 2000 with a sale under the Brooks Auctioneers banner at the Amelia Island Plantation.

After selling just nine lots for a total of $1.2 million, Brooks beat a strategic retreat but Bonhams will not have to reconsider Amelia for 2016, having secured an excellent location and put together an exceptionally successful first time sale. Two of the lots sold in 2015, the mouth watering Cord Front Drive L-29 Murphy Town Car and the American Underslung 50hp Runabout, each sold for one-third more than the total sale in 2000.
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RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island 2015 – Auction Report http://www.sportscardigest.com/rm-sothebys-amelia-island-2015-auction-report/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/rm-sothebys-amelia-island-2015-auction-report/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 17:00:13 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=77010 RM Sotheby’s, Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida, March 14, 2015

Only 28 auctions have recorded higher sale totals than RM’s 2015 Amelia Island auction total of $60,122,000. It is by nearly 50% the highest auction total ever at Amelia.

Only 18 have recorded higher median transaction values than RM Amelia’s $258,500, only 25 have higher average transaction value than its $607,293.

RM announced in the week following the sale that the two cars unsold during the auction were placed in post-block transactions (albeit with undisclosed values that prevent them from being included in the aggregate stats), an unprecedented accomplishment in a multi-consignor auction with 55% of the lots offered with reserves.

What better way for Rob Myers and his team to kick off the newly-announced acquisition of a 25% interest in RM Auctions by Sotheby’s?
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Goodwood Members’ Meeting 2015 – Graham Hill Trophy http://www.sportscardigest.com/goodwood-members-meeting-2015-graham-hill-trophy/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/goodwood-members-meeting-2015-graham-hill-trophy/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 01:30:16 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=76924 The Graham Hill Trophy at the Goodwood Members’ Meeting 2015 was held March 20-22 at the 2.4-mile Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex, England. The race for closed-cockpit Grand Touring cars from the golden era of 1960 to 1966 was named in honor of great Graham Hill.

A magnificent grid full of AC Cobras, Jaguar E-Types, Aston Martins and more powering around the circuit with their lights ablaze highlighted the Graham Hill Trophy. When the chequered flag dropped, it was the AC Cobra Le Mans Coupe of Shaun Lynn and Emanuele Pirro that came home first, followed by the Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe of James Cottingham and Joe Twyman and the Iso Grifo A3/C driven by Jamie McIntyre and Bobby Verdon-Roe.
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And Then The Rains Came – 1965 Sebring 12 Hours Race Profile http://www.sportscardigest.com/1965-sebring-12-hours-race-profile/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/1965-sebring-12-hours-race-profile/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:00:46 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=76186 And Then The Rains Came – The 1965 Sebring 12 Hours Grand Prix of Endurance

Story by Louis Galanos | Photos as credited

Whether driver, crew member, race official or spectator, no one who attended the 1965 running of the 12 Hours of Sebring will ever forget that race.

A record crowd of over 50,000 race fans came expecting a race to remember, and the foremost sports car race in this country didn’t disappoint them. The drama that ensued both on the track and off became the stuff of legends and is still talked about and written about today.

This was the era known at the Golden Age of Sports Car Endurance Racing where it was customary that the majority of the cars on the grid would be owned and piloted by what was referred to as “privateers” or gentlemen (and sometimes lady) racers.

These privateers and their cars were very different from today’s drivers and race cars because what you saw on the track and in the pits back then were entrants without the ubiquitous patches, logos and graphics that make today’s race cars and drivers look like moving billboards. It was a simpler time, and perhaps, a better time.
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Famed Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR at Lime Rock Historics 2015 http://www.sportscardigest.com/famed-mercedes-benz-300-slr-at-lime-rock-historics-2015/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/famed-mercedes-benz-300-slr-at-lime-rock-historics-2015/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 13:00:30 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=76203 The historic Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR that Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson piloted to victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia will be featured at the Lime Rock Historics 2015, scheduled for September 3-7 at the 7-turn, 1.5 mile Lime Rock Park road course in Connecticut.

Wearing number 722 indicating a 7:22am start time in the Mille Miglia, the famed 300 SLR will be joined at Lime Rock with a Mercedes-Benz W196 Formula One Grand Prix car of the type that Juan Manuel Fangio and Moss finished first and second in the world championship the same year.
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Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2015 Information http://www.sportscardigest.com/concorso-deleganza-villa-deste-2015-information/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/concorso-deleganza-villa-deste-2015-information/#respond Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:00:27 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=76906 1936 Lancia Astura Type 233 Pinin Farina CabrioletThe Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2015 will be staged on the weekend of 22-24 May on the grounds of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este and neighboring Villa Erba on Lake Como in Cernobbio, Italy. The 2015 edition will again see an intimate selection of 50 historic automobiles displayed against the incomparable backdrop of Lake Como.

First held at the same location in 1929, this year’s Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance will celebrate the glitz and glamour of the 1970s with the theme, “Seventies Style – the Jetset is Back”. The Concorso di Motociclette will take its place in the programme for the fifth time, alongside other highlights including a look back at 90 Years of the Rolls-Royce Phantom.

Taking centre stage at the three-day 2015 Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance is the beauty contest, in which historic cars and motorcycles of outstanding class and with a fascinating past battle in a number of competition categories.
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Amelia Island Concours 2015 – Best of Show Winners http://www.sportscardigest.com/amelia-island-concours-2015-best-of-show-winners/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/amelia-island-concours-2015-best-of-show-winners/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:00:26 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=76911 The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2015 was held Sunday, March 15th on the fairways of The Golf Club of Amelia Island next to the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island, Florida. With more than 315 cars and motorcycles in attendance, the judges at the 20th annual Amelia Island Concours were tasked with a difficult job of not only picking class winners, but also awarding the Best of Show Winners. The Concours awards Best of Show for two designations — Concours d’Elegance and Concours de Sport.
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Gooding and Company Amelia Island 2015 – Auction Results http://www.sportscardigest.com/gooding-and-company-amelia-island-2015-auction-results/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/gooding-and-company-amelia-island-2015-auction-results/#respond Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:00:39 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=76331 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 sold for $3,300,000

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 sold for $3,300,000

The Gooding and Company Amelia Island 2015 auction was held Friday, March 13th at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Florida, resulting in $26,967,150 in total sales and an 89% sell-through rate.

The top result at Gooding’s 2015 Amelia Island Concours auction went to the 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 that sold for $3,300,000, followed by the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet that brought $2,090,000. Out of the 85 cars offered during the sale, seven sold for values in excess of $1 million.
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RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island 2015 – Auction Results http://www.sportscardigest.com/rm-sothebys-amelia-island-2015-auction-results/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/rm-sothebys-amelia-island-2015-auction-results/#respond Mon, 16 Mar 2015 01:30:08 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=76328 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet sold for $6,380,000

1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet sold for $6,380,000

The RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island 2015 auction was held Saturday, March 14th on the grounds of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Amelia Island, Florida, resulting in $60,360,050 in total sales and an updated (see below) 100 percent sell-through rate. This result represents not only the highest total ever for a sale held during the Amelia Island week, but also exceeds the combined total of all other auctions this week.

The top result of the day and of the 2015 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance week was the 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet, chassis no. 1945 SA, that achieved $6,380,000 to set a new record for the model at auction. Proceeds from car’s sale will benefit the consignor’s charity for the education of children.
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