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, 30 Sep 2014 18:23:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 RM Auctions Hershey 2014 – Auction Preview http://www.sportscardigest.com/rm-auctions-hershey-2014-auction-preview/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/rm-auctions-hershey-2014-auction-preview/#respond Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:00:15 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=69857 The RM Auctions Hershey 2014 sale will be held October 9-10 in Hershey, Pennsylvania during the AACA Eastern Division Fall Meet. The two-day auction will feature a selection of more than 160 automobiles, two boats and select memorabilia. The offering is headlined by two North American collections, the Cars of John Moir, featuring the A-to-Z Collection, and the Jeffrey Day Collection.

The Cars of John Moir comprise a series of 37 vehicles, all offered without reserve. The group is headlined by the A-to-Z Collection, representing each letter of the alphabet but also a century of automotive design from 1900 to 1999.
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Shelby’s First Ride – 1949 MG TC http://www.sportscardigest.com/shelbys-first-ride-1949-mg-tc/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/shelbys-first-ride-1949-mg-tc/#respond Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=69583 Before the Mustangs, before the Cobra and even before driving to victory at Le Mans, Carroll Shelby drove a little MG TC, this very car. He had to start somewhere, after all. In May of 1952, there was a road race held in Norman, Oklahoma. The event featured a race for smaller cars and one for bigger automobiles like Jaguars and Allards. A man named Ed Wilkins planned to drive up from Dallas to the event and enter his TC. He asked a high school friend, a certain 29-year-old Mr. Carroll Shelby, if he might like to join him. Shelby had never raced anything, but convinced Wilkins to give him a go at it.
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Rick Cole Monterey 2014 – Auction Report http://www.sportscardigest.com/rick-cole-monterey-2014-auction-report/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/rick-cole-monterey-2014-auction-report/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:00:56 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=69978 Rick Cole returned to the Monterey auctions this year after a long absence, bringing with him a new format with on-site previews and on-line only bidding.

Rick was the first to hold a collector car auction in Monterey, conducting the first one in 1986 and continuing well into the next decade. Until Christie’s appeared on the grounds at Pebble Beach, the Rick Cole auction in Portola Plaza was the only game in town, the place to be late on Friday and Saturday evenings long after racing at Laguna Seca had concluded for the day.

The 2014 version of the Rick Cole Auction was very different. Just 37 cars were previewed in the ballroom of the Marriott Hotel (formerly the site of the Russo and Steele auction now relocated to Fisherman’s Wharf), bidding was conducted entirely on-line with the bidding progress continually updated and a cutoff of midnight on Saturday.
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Coronado Speed Festival 2014 – Report and Photos http://www.sportscardigest.com/coronado-speed-festival-2014-report-photos/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/coronado-speed-festival-2014-report-photos/#respond Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:00:48 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=70035 Report and photos by Victor Varela

What a great way to end the summer of 2014 than to spend it outdoors with the sounds of thunderous vintage race cars! With the start of Fleet Week, the Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, California, played host once again to the sights and sounds of vintage race cars at the 2014 Coronado Speed Festival on September 19-21. A wide variety of historic race cars participated in this year’s road race event, including a multitude of Shelby and other Ford Mustangs in celebration of the car’s 50th anniversary.

This year marked the 17th year of this annual ‘Race at the Base’, which provided these historic race cars a temporary 1.7 mile course – constructed each year on the runways and taxiways of the Naval Air Station. Race fans enjoyed a weekend of racing with the various race classes that participated, as well as an open paddock – where the cars and drivers prepared for their time on the track.
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London to Brighton Veteran Car Run 2014 Information http://www.sportscardigest.com/london-brighton-veteran-car-run-2014-information/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/london-brighton-veteran-car-run-2014-information/#respond Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:00:46 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=70029 1903 AutocarThe London to Brighton Veteran Car Run 2014 will be held Sunday, 2nd November in London. For only the second time in more than half a century, hundreds of veteran cars will start this year’s annual 60-mile adventure from London to Brighton by driving down The Mall, London’s ‘Red Carpet Drive’.

Although a regular part of the route in earlier years, The Mall has only been used once since 1962 – that was in 1996 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the original Emancipation Run.
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Goodwood Revival 2014 – Picture Gallery http://www.sportscardigest.com/goodwood-revival-2014-picture-gallery/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/goodwood-revival-2014-picture-gallery/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:00:20 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=69868 The Goodwood Revival 2014 was staged 12-14 September at the 7-turn, 2.4 mile Goodwood Motor Circuit located on the estate of Lord March’s Goodwood House in West Sussex, England. Picking out the highlight moments is a tricky task. The Goodwood Revival is a weekend when everything seems to be exceptional. From the racing and the circuit to the performers and entertainment to the owners, drivers, mechanics, families and friends. Everything and everyone plays their part.

Maserati is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2014, and its racing pedigree was in evidence throughout the weekend.
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Sam Pack Car Collection Offered at Auction http://www.sportscardigest.com/sam-pack-car-collection-offered-auction/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/sam-pack-car-collection-offered-auction/#respond Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:00:43 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=69977 Sam Pack Car CollectionRM Auctions, in association with Auctions America, will offer the Sam Pack Car Collection on November 14-15, 2014 at the Pack Automotive Museum located near Dallas, Texas. The event will feature more than 130 of Pack’s automobiles during the single-vendor auction.

Sam Pack’s museum collection represents more than a dozen years of acquisition. It also reflects Pack’s lifelong love affair with the automobile, a passion he shares with his family.

“I’ve had a love affair with cars since I was a teenager, it’s in my DNA,” says Pack. “Fortunately, for me, it’s continued through my professional and business career. It’s a passion shared and supported by my family – they get as much joy out of the cars as I do.”
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Maserati Centennial Gathering 2014 – Report and Photos http://www.sportscardigest.com/maserati-centennial-gathering-2014-report-photos/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/maserati-centennial-gathering-2014-report-photos/#respond Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:00:56 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=70031 The Maserati Centennial Gathering 2014 was staged September 18-20 in Italy, starting in Modena and ending in Turin. The three days saw a succession of exhibitions, parades, a regularity race, a track test, a visit to the two Maserati factories and a Concours d’Elegance. Cars and collectors from all over the world were in attendance to retrace the brand’s history and celebrate 100 years of the company.

The first day of the Maserati Centennial International Gathering, involving over 200 Maseratis and over 500 Maserati collectors and clients from 30 countries across the world, was dedicated to the city of Modena. Vintage and modern Maseratis began making their way into Modena in the early hours, lining up in Piazza Grande in the shadow of the Ghirlandina, the white stone bell tower that is the symbol of the Emilian city.
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Classic 24 Hour Daytona 2014 Information http://www.sportscardigest.com/hsr-classic-24-hour-daytona-2014-information/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/hsr-classic-24-hour-daytona-2014-information/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:00:28 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=69856 The traditions of the 24 Hours of Daytona will be revived and relived at full speed on the high banks and infield road course of Daytona International Speedway from November 12-16, 2014 at Historic Sportscar Racing’s inaugural Classic 24 race weekend.

The inaugural HSR Classic 24 Hour Daytona vintage races are dedicated to cars and drivers that raced in Daytona’s classic endurance races of the past. High speeds, high banks and a long night of six period-correct race groups competing on a rotating schedule, the Classic 24 is open to all significant Daytona sports cars that raced from 1961 through 2010.
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Silverstone Classic 2015 Information http://www.sportscardigest.com/silverstone-classic-2015-information/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/silverstone-classic-2015-information/#respond Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:00:54 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=69854 Ferrari 246S at Silverstone ClassicThe Silverstone Classic 2015 will be staged 24-26 July at the historic 18-turn, 3.6 mile Silverstone Grand Prix circuit in Northamptonshire, England. Next year’s vintage race car festival will celebrate 25 years of the Classic.

The first International Historic Festival took place at Silverstone on 28-29 July 1990. The concept of a flagship race meeting dedicated entirely to historic motor sport was an instant success. Indeed that pioneering revival is hailed as the one which paved the way for the similar events that are now staged at circuits not only throughout the UK.
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Goodwood Revival 2014 – Photo Gallery http://www.sportscardigest.com/goodwood-revival-2014-photo-gallery/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/goodwood-revival-2014-photo-gallery/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:00:49 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=69747 The 2014 running of the Goodwood Revival was held September 12-14 at the 7-turn, 2.4-mile Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex, England. This year’s weather was in stark contrast to last year’s wet and wild conditions. The crowds were rewarded with a feast of racing from stars of the past, present and future.

The Goodwood Revival celebrates all things from 1948 to 1966, the active years of the circuit. This year’s Meeting paid particular homage to the Jaguar D-Type and Maserati 250F, both from the mid-1950s, both celebrating their 60th anniversary. The Goodwood Revival 2014 also honored American muscle with the Shelby Cup races, while the tribute to motorsport legend John Young “Jackie” Stewart naturally deserves mention as well.
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Mecum Dallas 2014 – Auction Results http://www.sportscardigest.com/mecum-dallas-2014-auction-results/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/mecum-dallas-2014-auction-results/#respond Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:00:53 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=69852 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible

1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible sold for $680,000

The Mecum Dallas 2014 Auction was held September 3-6 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, resulting in $31,428,039 in total sales and a 66.3% sell-through rate. In only its fourth year, Mecum’s Dallas auction has become one of the largest sales on the Mecum Auctions’ calendar with 1,155 cars offered.

The top seller at the 2014 Mecum Dallas sale went to a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible (Lot S108.1) that hammered at $680,000.
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Bonhams Quail Lodge 2014 – Auction Report http://www.sportscardigest.com/bonhams-quail-lodge-2014-auction-report/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/bonhams-quail-lodge-2014-auction-report/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:00:26 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=69409 Coming off the ten-car Thursday sale of no-reserve Maranello Rosso Ferraris, marked by the Monterey week benchmark sale of Ferrari 250 GTO s/n 3851GT, Friday’s Bonhams auction had high expectations to meet.

And meet them it did.

Bonhams offered 105 cars on Friday, selling 95 of them, a 90.5% sale rate and $41,550,100 in total sales.

The total is $10 million more than last year’s record Quail Lodge auction, $30 million more than 2012. The sell-through is 6.5 points better than last year and so much better than 2012 and earlier it barely resembles the same auction.
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Goodwood Revival 2014 – Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery http://www.sportscardigest.com/goodwood-revival-2014-behind-scenes-photo-gallery/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/goodwood-revival-2014-behind-scenes-photo-gallery/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:30:35 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=69628 The Goodwood Revival 2014 was staged September 12-14 at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex, England. A sell-out crowd of 148,000 guests enjoyed the 16th annual historic motor race that’s the finest of its type in the world.

While seeing the staggering array of vintage race cars battle the 7-turn, 2.4-mile Circuit is undoubtedly the main draw at the Revival Meeting, it’s the little details curated by Lord March and his team that make this event the best. Since its beginning, fashion has long been an integral part of the annual historic motor racing event, with most attendees dressing in period attire from the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s for the occasion. Additionally, off-track recreations of Brighton Pier, Stonehenge and BMW’s 1950s Park Lane showroom combined to make the event the largest celebration of vintage culture in the world.
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Bonhams Simeone 2014 – Auction Preview http://www.sportscardigest.com/bonhams-simeone-2014-auction-preview/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/bonhams-simeone-2014-auction-preview/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:00:31 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=69618 The Bonhams Simeone Museum 2014 auction will be held Monday, October 6th at the Simeone Automotive Museum in Philadelphia. Now in its third year, this auction, which is devoted to the hobby and specifically to “Preserving the Automobile”, features important original, preserved and correctly restored historical automobiles as well as related spares and memorabilia.

The headline offering at the Bonhams Simeone 2014 sale is the FC Deemer ‘honeymoon’ 1907 American Underslung Roadster that is estimated to sell for $900,000 to $1,300,000. Of the four noted ‘Deemer’ American Underslungs, this 107-year old example is the first that FC Deemer, a Brookville, Pennsylvania oil man purchased and took on his honeymoon in 1907 – an experience that would lead to his acquiring another American car for each of the successive three years.
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