Collier Collection Now Open to Public

1914 Mercedes Grand Prix Car

The Revs Institute for Automotive Research, Inc. in Naples, Florida is now open its automobile collection to the public on a limited schedule, by reservation only. The Collier Collection consists of over one hundred significant automobiles built between 1896 and 1995. "The automobiles on display at Revs are some of the rarest and most important cars ever built at anytime, anywhere. They are the ones that variously … [Read more...]

BMW Group Classic Comes Home

New location of BMW Group Classic - Gatehouse at Moosacherstrasse in 1924

A move to a new location for BMW Group Classic marks a return to the company’s historic roots. BMW AG has acquired a plot of land covering more than 13,000 square metres in the Milbertshofen district of Munich. Previously part of a Knorr-Bremse AG facility, it won’t be long before the site finds its feet as the first port of call for fans of historical cars and motorcycles from the BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands. … [Read more...]

Le Mans Exhibition at Porsche Museum

First Time on Display - Porsche 908/02 Spyder LH

A new comprehensive exhibition at the Porsche Museum in Germany will highlight the company's many successes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Held from March 26 to July 13, 2014, the "24 Hours for Eternity" display in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen will also highlight Porsche's present-day Le Mans commitment with a display of the Porsche 919 Hybrid. The car celebrated its premiere only three weeks ago at the Geneva Motor Show. … [Read more...]

Adding Lightness at Sports Car Digest

Sports Car Digest Site Upgrade

For the first time since April 2011, we have updated the look and feel of Sports Car Digest. Readers will benefit from larger pictures and gallery functionality, better image captioning, more interactive search functionality and easier navigation throughout the site. Similar to previous updates, the biggest changes are under the hood as we moved to a beefier platform that allows us to better manage the site going … [Read more...]

Impressions From a First Time Auction-Goer

RM Auctions Arizona (photo: RM Auctions)

Aside from escaping this particularly bitter New England winter for a few days, getting to experience the solid week of collector car auctions in and around Scottsdale, Arizona this year was refreshing in its own way. I say refreshing because it reminded me just how alive this strange hobby (some might dare to call it a lifestyle) of ours is, and just how many kindred spirits we have across the country and indeed the … [Read more...]

Big Plans for Audi Tradition in 2014

1936 Auto Union Type C Grand Prix at Monaco

Audi Tradition is stepping on the gas for the 2014 season. Car enthusiasts will be able to see the historic vehicles at more than 25 events all over Europe. In Monaco, legendary Formula 1 driver Jacky Ickx will himself be at the wheel when the 1938 Auto Union Silver Arrow Type C from 1938 takes to the roads of the principality. At the Eifel Rallye Festival, Stig Blomqvist is celebrating the 30th anniversary of his … [Read more...]

My First Visit to the Ferrari Factory

Ferrari Factory Entrance

By Stephen Mitchell I was talking to a Ferrari friend coordinating a visit to the Ferrari factory in Maranello for another Ferrari friend and it looks as though my friend will get to enjoy his Ferrari tour but what became clear is how different things are today than they were in Enzo Ferrari's time. My visits to the factory weren't planned, choreographed, orchestrated or stage managed; I just showed up. … [Read more...]

The Focus of Driving

Bandit Mazda MX3

By Bill Bounds What I like most about driving cars is the purity of focus it gives me. Whether that’s nailing a heel-toe downshift, coaxing a car into that finicky second gear, or being within inches of every cone on an autocross run; I haven’t been able to find that kind of focus anywhere else in my life. A couple of years ago I got a concentrated dose of that focus, courtesy of a 24 Hours of LeMons race. … [Read more...]

Enzo Ferrari Museum Reopened

Enzo Ferrari Museum Reopenin

The updated Enzo Ferrari Museum (MEF) in Modena, Italy was reopened 18 February 2014 by Luca di Montezemolo and Piero Ferrari, the son of the man who started off the story of the famed Italian marque. The choice of 18 February for the reopening of the MEF was in recognition of the anniversary of Enzo Ferrari’s birth on 18 February 1898. … [Read more...]

Ferrari 250 GT Lusso – My First Drive

Ferrari 250 GT Lusso

By Stephen Mitchell After a year or so of Jaguar E-Type ownership ('There's nothing like Jaguar motoring!" D.S. Jenkinson was fond of writing in Motor Sport magazine), I had grown weary of breaking down at the side of the road albeit in some very picturesque locations -- the California desert, the Malibu coastline, along Route 66 in Arizona -- not to mention my driveway when starting off on a much-anticipated … [Read more...]

1970 SAAB 96 Rally – Car Profile

1970 SAAB 96 Rally

By Leigh Dorrington World Rally Champion Sebastian Ogier’s victory in the 2014 Monte Carlo Rally in a Volkswagen Polo R was Ogier’s first at Monte Carlo and the first for Volkswagen. First victories in the world’s oldest and most famous rally have lifted countless drivers to prominence—and presaged record-breaking motorsport success to come for manufacturers including Mini, Lancia and Audi. Another example of … [Read more...]

Trevor Ely Joins Sports Car Digest as Director of Sales

Trevor Ely with a 1997 Porsche 911 GT1 Evolution

Trevor Ely has joined Sports Car Digest and SCD Motors as Director of Sales, where he will help grow and manage business relationships with our enthusiast base, in addition to offering marketing and strategic planning expertise. In a scene dominated by an older generation, Trevor will bring a fresh, young contrast to the world of historic automobiles. Following his experience in the high-end vehicle sales, he … [Read more...]

Letters to the Editor – February 5, 2014

Ol' Yeller II at the Goodwood Revival

Keep up the incredible work and always great stories ... and creative angles into Motorsports... Ernie Nagamatsu / 1959 Old Yeller II Buick Special We’re big fans of your Old Yeller that you so actively enjoy at the great events. We'll keep it up if you keep bringing the car out. Thanks to you for sharing such a prized piece with the general public. … [Read more...]

Hurley Haywood Receives 2014 RRDC Phil Hill Award

Hurley Haywood and Bobby Rahal

Hurley Haywood, winner of more endurance classics than any other driver in racing history, was honored by the Road Racing Drivers Club with the 2014 Phil Hill Award. RRDC president Bobby Rahal presented Haywood with the award at a dinner prior to the running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the season opener of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. The Phil Hill Award has been presented annually since 1993 to … [Read more...]

What Are Your Automotive Traditions?

1960 Porsche RS60 and 1957 Maserati 450S at Amelia Island Concours

I like cars because of tradition. I enjoy participating in the history of a vehicle. You never truly own a car, you're just a custodian adding your own polish to the steering wheel every time you take a turn. I turned the third CRX I owned into a race car and during the build it was named "Bubba". That name lives on today, even though it's three owners past me, along with many of the other small things that I added … [Read more...]