Vic Elford Receives 2015 RRDC Phil Hill Award

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 … [Read more...]

Lotus Exhibition at AACA Museum

1959 Lotus Seven Series I, Van Racing Team

The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania will present "Lotus: The Art of Lightness" from January 24th to April 26th, 2015. This exhibit will offer a selection of Lotus road cars and racing cars throughout their 66-year history covering over 15 models from a 1956 Mark VI to the 2014 Evora and will also include representative examples of Lotus engineered vehicles. … [Read more...]

Top 20 Most Popular Stories of 2014

1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL W 194 Carrera Panamericana

This was another powerful year for Sports Car Digest. There was rarely a dull moment in 2014 as we covered hundreds of historic rallies, vintage races, classic car auctions and events around the world. And we offer sincere thanks to our audience of historic car enthusiasts for actually reading them! Leading the way in popularity for 2014 was the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, followed by the photo galleries … [Read more...]

American International Racing – Chevrolet Corvette L88

james garner american international racing team

In late 1967, three 1968 model year Chevrolet Corvettes were prepared to L88 specifications and finished in Le Mans Blue for James Garner's American International Racing team (AIR) to race at Daytona in February. To pick up the three COPO-ordered racers Dick Gulstrand, Bob McDonald and Perry Moore flew out to St. Louis and then drove the cars back to California while doing a little development and setup work, getting … [Read more...]

Jaguars Sold at Auction in 2014

1955 Jaguar D-Type

Jaguar, the brand known for its leaping feline mascot, enjoyed plenty of air time this year within the collector car auction world. Well represented at nearly every single collector car auction in 2014, Auction Editor Rick Carey witnessed the good, bad and the ugly from the Coventry-based car firm. Not surprisingly, the Jaguar E-Type made up a majority of the Jaguar offerings at auction in 2014. After a … [Read more...]

Mercedes-Benz Sold at Auction in 2014

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster at RM Amelia Island

Mercedes-Benz has long represented a great choice for enthusiasts that want a beautiful, well-engineered automobile that will actually crank on a cold morning. As the world's oldest automaker, the brand's history is littered with numerous important open and sporting cars like the famed White Knights, the dominating Silver Arrows, the elegant 540K series and the blue-chip 300 SL Gullwing and Roadster. The level of … [Read more...]

Porsches Sold at Auction in 2014

1968 Porsche 907 Longtail (photo: Eric Fairchild / Gooding)

Porsche products resonate with enthusiasts. Whether it's the remarkable story involving a seemingly perpetual product that's enjoyed over a half century of development or their deep motorsport heritage, the iconic brand has cemented itself as one most enthusiasts aspire to experience at one point in their life. For some, they need more than one taste of the brand, evidenced in 2014 by what seemed like an endless … [Read more...]

Finding Automotive Treasure – Interview

Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider

It was in the West of France that the team from Artcurial's collector car department made an extraordinary discovery. Forgotten for almost fifty years, the team at Artcurial found some 60 automobiles originally curated with devotion in order to create a private museum that would pay tribute to this great human invention. This unique collection will be offered for sale at the Artcurial Retromobile 2015 auction, … [Read more...]

Ferrari 250 GTO Restored by Classiche

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, chassis 3445 GT

The 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO (chassis 3445 GT) owned by American Chris Cox has emerged from a more than two-year renovation at the Ferrari Classiche department in Maranello. The GTO was restored to the original engine and bodywork configuration in which it was delivered to Bologna-based publisher Luciano Conti in 1962. After its maiden race, the Bologna-Passo della Raticosa, 3445 GT was sold in June 1962 to Count … [Read more...]

Ferraris Sold at Auction in 2014

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

Auction Editor Rick Carey reported from 30 different auctions in 2014, starting with the Scottsdale, Kissimmee and Paris sales, moving quickly into the Amelia Island sales and continuing on a frenetic pace throughout the rest of the year. Ferraris -- the unquestioned epicenter of the collector car market -- were a huge focus of Carey's reports, with no less than 169 of Maranello's finest methodically examined in … [Read more...]

BMW M1 Procar Restored by BMW Classic

Masakuni Hosobuchi is driving the BMW M1 Procar at BMW Welt

It was a rare sight on the BMW Welt “Premiere”: On this platform, where customers from all over the globe usually collect their new model vehicles, a 1979 BMW M1 Procar was recently presented to its owner. The unique car had been restored over the years by the BMW Group Classic customer shop and BMW M GmbH, and is now virtually as good as new. Proud owner of the historic race car is Masakuni Hosobuchi of Japan. … [Read more...]

Project Car Exhibition at Porsche Museum

Porsche 918 Spyder prototype rolling chassis

A peek behind what have been up to now closed doors is offered by the Porsche Museum at the "Project: Top Secret!" special exhibition, running through January 11, 2015. For the first time, 16 unique vehicles will be on exhibition, which for the most part have never been shown. The range of automobiles being presented includes secret concept cars, camouflaged prototypes as well as one-of-a-kind record, test and … [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...]

1964 Argentine Touring Car GP – Profile

The Argentine Touring Car Grand Prix, 28 October to 7 November 1964: one-two-three victory for Mercedes-Benz. The perilous fords, known as vados, were popular places for spectators to gather. The water sprayed high in the air as Eugen Böhringer and Klaus Kaiser, the eventual winning team, drove through one in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SE (W 112).

Fifty years ago Mercedes-Benz dominated the 8th Argentine Touring Car Grand Prix -- VIII Gran Premio Internacional de Turismo Super Nafta YPF -- with yet another sparkling performance. At the end of the race, which ran from 28 October to 7 November 1964, the model 300 SE 'Tailfin' Saloons (W 112) occupied the first three places in the overall rankings. It was the fourth win in a row for the Stuttgart-based brand in … [Read more...]