Reviews of books, model cars and automobilia, plus stories and information about other automotive collectibles.

New Book Honors Gabriel Voisin

1936 Voisin C28 Aerosport profile at night

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 … [Read more...]

Revs Institute Adds Tom Burnside Collection

Ferrari and NART garage at Sebring, 1962 (photo:

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 … [Read more...]

The Magnificent Monopostos – Book Review

Alfettas at Spa in 1951

The Magnificent Monopostos - Alfa Romeo Grand Prix Cars, 1923-1951 By Simon Moore, Edited by Malcolm Harris, Parkside Publications, Seattle, 2014 Review by Rick Carey, Auction Editor It is impossible to be sufficiently lavish in praise for the third of Simon Moore's definitive compendia on Alfa Romeos, The Magnificent Monopostos. Simon set himself a daunting task twenty-eight years ago of presenting … [Read more...]

Classic Car Auction Yearbook 2013-2014 – Book Review

Classic Car Auction Yearbook 2013-2014

In the collector car auctions' relentless series of events there is rarely an opportunity to sit back and take stock. At most it becomes an occasional consideration of the major events of Scottsdale, Retromobile, Amelia Island or Monterey. Adolfo Orsi and Raffaele Gazzi provide the opportunity each year with their Classic Car Auction Yearbook to reconsider all the major sales in one thoughtful, illustrated, well … [Read more...]

The Longest Day Book Project

The Longest Day Dunlop Bridge

Do you remember the moment when you fell in love with cars and racing? For Chris Workman, the author / illustrator of a new children's book project called The Longest Day, his passion for racing was born when he attended his first live race event. “I kept thinking about the excitement I felt when I went that first IndyCar race at Road America with my father and older brother, and how I fell in love with racing … [Read more...]

Revs Digital Library Now Available Online

Revs Digital Library at Stanford

Stanford University's new Revs Digital Library provides a web-based tour through the world of the automobile – its past, present and future. In 2011, Stanford University and The Revs Institute for Automotive Research, Inc. in Naples, Florida established a partnership designed to provide access to the historic collections curated by the Revs Institute. As a result of this partnership, the new Revs Digital Library … [Read more...]

Classic Car Auction Yearbook 2012-2013 – Book Review

Classic Car Auction 2012-2013 cover

Review by Rick Carey, Auction Editor It isn’t until page 12 of the 2012-2013 Classic Car Auction Yearbook that authors Adolfo Orsi and Raffaele Gazzi slip in the paragraph that defines their conservative, reasoned take on the 2012-2013 auction results: “The question is: Are we at the crest of a wave with some of these high prices? Those who have been so kind to read our comments over the years probably noted … [Read more...]

Papers – Buying the Ulmann Sebring Boxes

1949 telegram from George Rand

By Rick Carey, Auction Editor “Paper”, in the collector sense, is a term that describes the original, physical, written, history of an object. Most times “paper” is a mundane succession of registrations and titles, records that describe a car’s ownership history. “Paper” in that sense may translate to “provenance”, the succession of recognized collectors and museums through which it has passed and reinforce … [Read more...]

Andy Warhol Mercedes-Benz W196 Painting Offered

Mercedes-Benz W 196 R Grand Prix Car, Andy Warhol

Christie's is offering Andy Warhol's Mercedes-Benz W 196 R Grand Prix Car at its upcoming Post-War and Contemporary Art sale, scheduled for November 12, 2013 in New York City. This work of nearly fourteen feet tall, utilizing synthetic polymer and silkscreen inks on canvas, was produced for the Daimler Art Collection on the occasion of the automobile’s centenary in 1986. It is estimated to sell for $12 to $16 … [Read more...]

The MotorBinder Photo Book Project

MotorBinder Project

As keepers of the flame here at Sports Car Digest, we relish in the glory of cataloging and sharing classic sports car imagery. Some would argue that digital technology makes our jobs easy. Digital tools are certainly taken for granted these days. Imagine then, what it was like in the late 1950’s to mid 1960’s for Bev Spencer, a prominent San Francisco car dealer. Bev had the forethought to document the golden era … [Read more...]

Suixtil Apparel and Gear – Product Review

Fangio in a F3 Race 1966 with Suixtil as a primary sponsor.

They say time machines don't exist.  Perhaps they don't understand the classic sports car phenomenon or perhaps they should hitch a ride on the Mille Miglia, Colorado Grand, California Mille or Targa Florio. As far as we're concerned, time machines are real.   Of course the vintage driving experience includes divinely mechanical sounds, the sensation of speed, and the scent of old leather. A premium … [Read more...]

Automobilia Monterey 2013 Information

Automobilia Monterey

The Automobilia Monterey 2013 will be held Tuesday, August 13th and Wednesday, August 14th at the Embassy Suites in Seaside, California. Long a mainstay of Monterey Classic Car Week, the 11th annual Automobilia Monterey is the preeminent North America event for collectors of original, vintage automotive collectibles. … [Read more...]

Mercedes-Benz SL Model Cars Through the Years

Mercedes-Benz SL Models

Fascination with miniature versions of something grand, like an automobile, may seem frivolous, silly even. Items like this, arguably little more than trinkets, serve very little if any practical purpose. While they may be faithful recreations of something larger, they are just that, recreations. By the same token, though, our ceaseless and at times almost obsessive fascination with the larger automobiles themselves … [Read more...]

The Stewardship of Historically Important Automobiles – Book Review

The Stewardship of Historically Important Automobiles Book Cover

Review by Rick Carey, Auction Editor Everyone involved in the collector car hobby – mechanics, restorers, parts suppliers, archivists, judges, historians, concours organizers, transporters and most especially owners, even (and maybe most importantly) owners of mass-produced Model As and Chevy 3100 pickups – should acquire, read and contemplate this book. “Stewardship” is, like the cars it talks about, that … [Read more...]

The Little Red Racing Car Interview

The Little Red Racing Car Profile

As the father of two young boys and the publisher of what I consider my other baby (but obviously not as important as my real children), Sports Car Digest, I hope that by sharing my affinity for classic cars with my kids and their future children, they will in turn become part of the larger classic car community. Thus, I am constantly searching for new ways to help kindle that interest. Queue Dwight Knowlton, a … [Read more...]