Remembering Yutaka Katayama (1909 – 2015)

Mr. K put together the key concepts for the Datsun Z-car

Nissan legend Yutaka Katayama, the man known as “Mr. K,” has died at the age of 105. Katayama, the first president of Nissan Motor Corporation U.S.A, passed away on February 20, 2015. Katayama ran Nissan’s U.S. operations in the 1970s and is widely known as the father of the Datsun Z, the world-class affordable sports car. He retired from Nissan in 1977. … [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...]

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...]

Remembering Brian Lister (1926 – 2014)

Brian Lister

Brian Lister, one of Britain’s greatest unsung racing car builders, died aged 88 on December 16, 2014. From its inception in 1954, Lister quickly became a benchmark for the front-engined sports racing car. The Lister ‘Knobbly’, as it was known, had few competitors. Brian Horace Lister was born on 12 July 1926. He and his brother Raymond were the two sons of Horace and Nell Lister. Horace had joined the family … [Read more...]

RRDC Elects New Members for 2014

Howden Ganley

Fifteen race-car drivers and motorsports professionals have been voted into the Road Racing Drivers Club in 2014. The group includes 10 Regular Members from the open-wheel and sports-car racing ranks, three Associate Members and two Honorary Members. The current roster of RRDC members now numbers 460. Voting was held among all current RRDC members. "This year's lineup of new Regular Members includes professional … [Read more...]

Ralph Lauren Car Collection – Photo Gallery

Ralph Lauren Car Collection

The Ralph Lauren Car Collection was featured at the 2014 Lime Rock Historic Festival, held August 29th to September 1st at Lime Rock Park. Among the Lauren automotive treasures on display at the picturesque road course in Connecticut were a 1929 Birkin Blower Bentley; 1964 Ferrari 250 LM; 1956 Jaguar XKSS; 1953 Morgan Flat Rad and 1959 Porsche RSK. … [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...]

Happy 85th Birthday to Sir Stirling Moss

British Grand Prix in Aintree, July 16, 1955. Winner Stirling Moss (start number 12) racing at the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz W 196 R monoposto.

Sir Stirling Moss is an exceptional motor racing talent. Born September 17, 1929, Sir Stirling Craufurd Moss OBE is still going strong at a young 85, serving as Brand Ambassador for Mercedes-Benz, among many other duties that find him at events worldwide to the delight of his fans. In the 1955 season, the Brit started out for Mercedes-Benz, racking up wins in the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR in sports car races and in … [Read more...]

Pur Sang Argentina – An Introduction

Pur Sang 8C 308

By Rick Carey, Auction Editor | Photos by author and Rhonda Kiblinger Wind back the clock on your DeLorean to 1930 or so, eighty-plus years ago. Your [great] grandparents might still have been dancing the Charleston. It was the time of Machine Age design. Craftsmanship, dedication, style, design and ingenuity were its hallmarks. It persists today at Pur Sang in Paraná, Entre Rios, Argentina. And it is … [Read more...]

Maserati Centennial Exhibit at Enzo Ferrari Museum

Maserati 250F

An exhibition dedicated to the Centennial of Maserati will be held at the Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena, Italy through January 2015. The "Maserati 100 - A Century of Pure Italian Luxury Sports Cars" display retraces the story of the Italian car manufacturer through an exhibition featuring some of the Trident marque’s most significant road and racing cars. The exhibit also offers an engaging show employing 19 … [Read more...]

Remembering Jack Brabham (1926 – 2014)

Jack Brabham in the #17 Cooper-Climax at the 1961 Indy 500

Sir Jack Brabham AO, OBE, triple Formula 1 World Champion, has died at the age of 88. Sir Jack passed away peacefully at his Gold Coast, Australia, home on Monday 19th May 2014. Formula 1 World Champion in 1959, 1960 and 1966 and double Constructors' Champion (1966 and 1967), Sir Jack was one of the most accomplished drivers and team owners in the history of the sport. The first driver to be knighted for services … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]