Monday, October 5, 2015


Colin Chapman had it right when he gave us that famous quote. Especially the simplify part, blogs Stephen Cox.
I was contacted by a motorsports complex executive recently regarding building a facility around the development of racing cars and performance passenger cars running on alternative “fuels”. It was a grand concept. The land was purchased, a big ground breaking ceremony took place, and there was lots of talk about bringing in a major racing series and television coverage (hence my involvement).

They envisioned multi-million dollar endorsements and interest from every major auto manufacturer. Special events were planned for electric cars and alternative-fuel racing machines. Not surprisingly, the entire idea sputtered and lost funding halfway through completion. They were gambling with a losing hand. They forgot what Colin Chapman said decades ago and paid the price.

Sunday, October 4, 2015


Mike Matune represented the Car Guy Chronicles at the ninth-annual Concours d’Elegance and Motor Tour along the shores of the Choptank River in Maryland.
Held on the fairways of the River Marsh Golf Club at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, the St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance Concours blends pre and postwar European and American classics into an eclectic mix of automotive art, all for the benefit of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. Shot of the show field, top, gives you an idea of what we speak. In the background, a boater takes his pride and joy for what could be its last jaunt of the year before it’s laid up for the Winter. The Dual-Ghia, above, was Eugene Casaroll’s dream of combining Italian coachwork, American running gear and show car styling. Built on a Dodge chassis with body by Ghia and styling by Chrysler’s Virgil Exner, about a 100 would see production between 1956 and 1963. They became the darlings of the rich and famous, from politicians like Ronald Regan, Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson to actors like Sterling Hayden and Desi Arnaz to just about the entire “Rat Pack.” Joan and Sonny Abagnale finished their restoration just in time to debut it at the St Michaels Concours.

Friday, October 2, 2015


Mike Matune stays dry long enough to bring us coverage of the wet and wild 
Gold Cup weekend at VIR.
With a nod towards poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the story of the 2015 Gold Cup weekend at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) could be wrapped up in the phrase, ”Water, water, everywhere …”. The point is illustrated by David Pintaric’s Corvette, above, with its grille full of VIR landscape and water teaming off every inch of the car as it drags a cloud of spray behind. A torrential downpour covered all three days of the race weekend. SVRA and Trans-Am competitors carried on through frequently arduous conditions to provide visuals only seen during wet weather racing.

David Nettleship splashes through Turn 6 in his Crossle 45F Formula Ford, right, throwing rooster tails off all four wheels. Normally in this corner racers ride the curb, sometimes all the way over to the “Gator Teeth” but the rain line required them to move further from the apex to avoid the standing water.


The 4th Annual Montecito Motor Classic on Sunday, September 27th, lived up to its promise and delivered a tantalizing display of vintage, classic, custom, sports and race vehicles, celebrities from the automotive world, a special salute to the Ferrari Dino, lots of sunshine and throngs of thrilled spectators.
How do you get a hard-to-get BMW i8? You win one – like Tim Tremblay did – working hard for his financial services company clients. This revolutionary plug-in hybrid features twin-turbo and electric power, sprints 0-60 in 4.2 seconds, gets 76 MPGE and has a 330-mile trip range. Nice.

Fast & Fabulous! This ‘60 Ferrari 246 Sport Spyder is one of three built by the factory as a works entry. It made its racing debut in Buenos Aires and was later sold to Luigi Chinetti's North American Racing Team (NART) for use in the 1961 racing season.

Thursday, October 1, 2015


Concept car showcases new design for a highly-efficient, street-legal two-seat GT.
 DeltaWing Technology Group today revealed at Road Atlanta a full-size concept of what a Panoz DeltaWing GT street-legal car could look like, as well as a DeltaWing® GT race car concept chassis. Reveal provided a glimpse of the fuel and energy efficient DeltaWing® architecture in another form. The display showcases the company’s rapid progress toward a new DeltaWing racecar and ultimately a highly efficient Panoz DeltaWing® GT.

Both are on display October 1-3 in the DeltaWing Racing Cars and Panoz exhibit in Road Atlanta’s Vendor Village. Road Atlanta is home to the 18th Annual Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda, the finale of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup season.

The Panoz DeltaWing GT concept car and DeltaWing GT racecar concept chassis broke cover just six months after DeltaWing Technology Group’s March 2015 announcement that it would begin developing a DeltaWing GT racecar concept. Development began immediately after the company received the results of an independent engineering analysis of a four-
passenger road car concept based on the patented DeltaWing narrow front
track vehicle architecture.

Friday, September 25, 2015


Built by Porsche Exclusive, there will be just 25 Reunion Edition 911s. Run, don’t walk, to your nearest Porsche dealer!
In honor of the fifth Rennsport Reunion, Porsche has unveiled a special edition of the 911 Carrera GTS at this year’s gathering at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The Rennsport Reunion Edition is limited to 25 units worldwide and will be sold exclusively in North America.

Built by Porsche Exclusive, the Rennsport Reunion Edition is based on the 430 horsepower 911 Carrera GTS. The limited edition production model is painted in custom Fashion Grey. Decorative black and red decals cover the front hood, the roof, and the rear deck lid. The driver and passenger doors are decorated with black and red decals featuring the PORSCHE logo. 20-inch Sport Classic wheels painted in high-gloss black give the Rennsport Reunion Edition a very striking appearance. The lower exterior trim of the side mirrors as well as the satellite radio antenna is also finished in high-gloss black. LED headlights in black including PDLS Plus complete the black accents on the exterior.


Claus Muller, journalist and Manager of the Munich, Germany Café Racers lunch group, blogs about traveling around the world to learn about classic car enthusiasts in unexpected places for his book.
I’m sure that some of you are aware of my “Pakistani Truck Art Project“. Three Pakistani artists painted my ‘66 Mercedes 200 Fintail, a 2002 La Carrera Panamericana veteran, during the classic car show here in Munich. They worked for two days live at the show and completed the work after the show in my garage.

This art has a century old tradition in Pakistan. Of course, in the beginning it just was interior decor, but soon they ornamented carts pulled by donkeys, camels, horses and oxen. As early as in the 1920s and 1930s they started to paint the first trucks and busses in this manner. In the 1950s, after the arrival of the very popular Bedford trucks, this art underwent a significant upswing. Today, a group of around 20 artists try to promote this art, originally called “Phool Patti“ (Phool = flower / Patti = leaf), both in Pakistan and internationally. This also brings a different light to a country that deserves more than only negative media coverage. In fact, Pakistan is, as most nations, a country full of nice people who love to live in peace.

Thursday, September 24, 2015


Our Mike Matune was on the field with 100 select cars and motorcycles, celebrating divergent eras and types.
The Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance in Malvern, PA again entertained and informed Concours goers with top attractions. Here we have Alan Anspaugh’s ‘60 Triumph Italia 2000 GT. These were built at the behest of the Italian Triumph distributor who envisioned TR3 chassis wrapped in Italian coachwork. While the results of Giovanni Michelotti styling and Vignale’s coachwork are impressive, it was another concept with great intentions wiped out by market forces. In the end only about 330 of the planned 1,500 were built.

When we think of traditional “Concours Fare” we think of highly-styled cars of the classic era combined with art and fashion. A ‘32 Ruxton Model C Four Door Sedan certainly fits the bill. While only a blip on the automotive timeline, the Ruxton made a splash with FWD allowing a lowered profile to set off a distinctive striped paint scheme. Owners Celesta Pappas-Bosés and Scott Bosés dressed to complement their car.

Monday, September 21, 2015


All-new Ford GT will make its European racing debut at the opening round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship in April.
 Ford’s all-new GT racecar – revealed at Le Mans in June – will make its European racing debut at the Silverstone Circuit in the U.K. next April. Two cars will line up on the grid for the opening round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) where they will compete in the GT-Endurance Pro Class for the Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy.

The event is the first of nine WEC rounds announced by the FIA for 2016. Ford will later make its historic return to the Le Sarthe circuit in France where, 50 years ago, Ford’s GT40 won the first of four consecutive Le Mans titles.

“We believe the Ford GT’s advances in aerodynamics, light-weighting and EcoBoost power will make for a compelling race car that can once again compete on a global stage,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development and chief technical officer. “The same spirit that drove the innovation behind the first Ford GT still drives us as a company today. Let the racing begin!”


‘After the latest tragedy in Indycar... it's time to shut down this ridiculously dangerous form of racing,’ says Paul Newberry in the wake of the tragic death of Indycar driver Justin Wilson.
In making his demand, Newberry is typical of the paternalistic, safety-at-gunpoint class of pundits who seem to have taken over the Land of the Formerly Free. Newberry's rant, which appeared on ABC News on August 28th, goes on to say, “It's time to end a sport that has destroyed too many lives.”

Note the odd form of morality upon which Newberry relies: On one hand, he claims,”This is about doing what is right to prevent anyone else from meeting an untimely end.”

On the other hand, Newberry specifies that Indycar should be shut down by force rather than through voluntary choice. In his own words, Newberry wants Indycar “shut down” in a decisive action to “end (the) sport.” Rather than peaceful persuasion, Newberry appears to advocate using the force of law to ban Indycar out of existence under threat of fines or prison. Although Newberry makes no mention of legislation, there is simply no other way to interpret his article.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


Production starts in September and customers can order Audi’s new GT3 sports car now with delivery starting before the end of the year. Production is limited; if you snooze, you lose!
Audi’s new GT3 racecar already proved its prowess in May on clinching overall victory in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring and two podium places in the Spa 24 Hours in July.

“Due to races like these Audi Sport customer racing has developed the Audi R8 LMS in toughest conditions to the level of readiness for customer use. Concurrently, our engineers successfully completed all tests and trials and determined the final specification,” says Heinz Hollerweger, Managing Director of quattro GmbH.

At the Audi site Böllinger Höfe near the Neckarsulm location, the chassis of the production model and the racecars are manufactured at the same facilities. Audi has implemented an extensive concept for carryover parts for this purpose. About half of the parts for the road-going high-performance sports car and the racecar are identical.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015


Mike Matune covers the 1950s-era road racing reunion, celebrating classic ‘airport & street racing' at its finest.
The starter waves the green flag as the field accelerates down the front straight during the 2015 Put-in-Bay Road Races Reunion on South Bass Island in Western Lake Erie. In period, the racers at Put in Bay occupied an important spot on the racing calendar for small-bore production and race cars. Its recreation as a vintage event has involved perseverance and dedication by the community, spectators, organizers and participants, who are all to be congratulated for their accomplishments.

The anticipation begins even before you step onto the island, as you take the Miller Ferry over shared with race and street cars of all ilk, trucks, trailers and transporters. The ferry trip gives one a chance to begin decompressing as you enjoy the company and the views, both the scenery and the automotive eye candy aboard.

Monday, September 7, 2015


A luxury fortress on wheels, the Range Rover Sentinel is the first armored Land Rover to be fully engineered by Special Vehicle Operations (SVO).
 The new Range Rover Sentinel is hand built at SVO’s Oxford Road facility, providing the highest levels of protection an SUV can offer against a wide variety of attacks. Based on the standard wheelbase Range Rover Autobiography, it delivers the supreme comfort, command driving position and all-terrain capability of the Range Rover, while providing peace of mind thanks to outstanding occupant protection. Outwardly, the Sentinel looks identical to the standard model.

This mobile fortress is designed to withstand the most damaging and targeted of threats, including penetration by 7.62mm high-velocity, armor-piercing incendiary rounds. This exceptional vehicle delivers lateral protection against up to 15kg Trinitrotoluene (TNT) blasts and defense against DM51 grenade explosions from both beneath the floor and above the roof.

At its core is a specially developed six-piece armored passenger cell, made of super-high-strength steel, providing world-class protection from attack. The standard glass has been replaced by multi-laminated, optical quality armor privacy glass, providing excellent clarity for the driver and occupants, while also delivering bullet protection.

Friday, September 4, 2015


When Bill France Sr. founded NASCAR in 1948, driver safety wasn’t exactly a primary concern. That first generation of drivers showed up on race day in the fastest cars their teams could build. There was a general understanding that auto racing was a dangerous endeavor, and that any measure to increase safety might decrease your chance of taking that checkered flag first.

But it didn’t take long for these ideas to change. In an, Alison Ingles Daly Sr. traces the events surrounding Duke Nalon’s historic crash in the 23rd lap of the 1949 Indianapolis 500 — just a year after the league’s inception. When Nalon’s car caught fire in the third turn, he had no flame-retardant suit to protect his body or quick-release seat belt to expedite his escape. He survived, but only after suffering severe burns and smoke inhalation-related lung damage.

Monday, August 31, 2015


One of the world’s rarest Cobras, CSX2287, will 'cross the pond 'next month for the prestigious Goodwood Revival.
 The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum’s ‘64 Shelby Daytona Coupe will  be featured at the Goodwood Revival from September 11-13 2015. This annual festival is a celebration of historic motor racing which attracts over 150,000 spectators. It features priceless racing cars displayed in historically accurate themed dioramas, with the 50th anniversary of the Daytona Coupe as this year’s theme.

The 2015 Goodwood Revival is the first trip to Europe for CSX2287 since its final race in the 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans. For the first time in many years, it will be reunited with all five other Daytona Coupes. Designed by Peter Brock, it was built in 1964-‘65 by Shelby American Inc. for international competition, in 1965 it became the first American-built car to win the World Championship by defeating the Ferrari team.

Sunday, August 30, 2015


Thanks to the Ford GT Forum, here’s the full story, announced by Ford at the GT Forum Rally, including how to buy a new Ford GT. Get in line now!
Raj Nair, Ford’s Global Director of Product Development made  the following announcement to a gathering of Ford GT owners on Thursday, August 27, 2015:

Ford will introduce a unique ordering process for the all-new Ford GT Supercar, with the program commencing in early-2016. Ford GTs will be assigned based on a customer application process, offering a personalized experience for every Ford GT buyer.

Anyone can apply; priority will be given to loyal Ford customers including current Ford GT owners. Ford will assign applicants selected through the process a car and complete their purchase through a Ford GT certified dealership of their choice.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Coys to hold largest historic Porsche auction at Porsche Classics at the Castle.
In the year of the 60th anniversary of the first production 356 Carrera, Coys auctioneers have lined up a selection of 60 of the finest and most rare examples of the Stuttgart manufacturer. Included are well-loved tractors through to the state of the art Carrera GT supercar, with particular attention on the classic and pure pre-1974 cars.

Chris Routledge, Managing Partner at Coys, said: “Coys have long been the market leaders in the auction sale of historic Porsches and hold the longest established single Porsche sale in the market, The Excellence of Porsche.

“This year our prestigious auction is being held at one of the world’s most exclusive Porsche events and we have lined up a selection of cars with remarkable history and associations with some of the marque’s greatest moments and personalities.”

The auction will feature a ‘66 FIA Porsche 911 SWB Ex-Roy Lane British Hillclimb champion, which is estimated at £95,000 to £120,000, an original right-hand-drive ‘60 Porsche 356 B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet, estimated at £140,000 to £160,000 and a ‘59 Porsche 356 A Convertible D, estimated at £130,000 to £160,000.

Sunday, August 23, 2015


Motorsports news from around the world.
Tom Kristensen with Danish crown prince at golf tournament.
Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen was delighted about receiving an invitation to the European Tour with royal participation. The former professional racing driver competed in the Pro-Am class in the golf event ‘made in Denmark’ with two celebrity competitors – the Danish Crown Prince Frederik and the most successful Danish golfer Thomas Bjørn. Jacob Brunsborg, the son of Himmerland Golf Resort owner Lars Larsen, completed the team. Around 6,000 spectators attended the competition in Farsø in northern Denmark.


‘When it comes to historic racing, it doesn’t get much better than the premier Rolex event in Monterey,’ blogs Mike Matune.
 As August arrives, summer begins to wind down, but not before the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (RMMR) treats us to its annual celebration of the racing automobile. Among their celebrated groups this year was Formula 5000. You get a sense of the international character of RMMR when you consider Philip Lewis travelled from Denmark to compete in his ‘72 Matich A50. The car came from the fertile brain of Frank Matich who designed and built the car that achieved noted success in its native Australia and in the U.S.

Didier André brought his ‘77 Greenwood Corvette. A sister car to the one that raced Le Mans and one of five built, the car appeared in only one IMSA race in its day, making it a well preserved time capsule. André made outstanding use of all of the Corvette’s horsepower, slick aerodynamics and road-holding ability to take Second in the Group 4A feature race.

Thursday, August 20, 2015


First all-new 2016 Shelby GT350R Mustang roars off the line at Ford’s Flat Rock assembly plant.
One of the most iconic performance Mustang nameplates of all time, the all-new Shelby GT350R roared off the line today at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant. The new GT350R Mustang is the most athletic Mustang ever, designed to tackle the world’s most challenging roads and racetracks while creating an exhilarating experience for the driver.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


Postwar Mercury Customs share Pebble Beach’s 18th fairway with the world’s finest classics, racecars and sports cars.
More than half a century after Ken Gross watched the coolest guy at his high school drive down the street in his chopped ’51 Mercury, he put together the first-ever postwar class of Mercury Customs (Class R) to be shown at the Pebble Beach Concours last weekend. A Pebble Beach Selection Committee member as well as Chief Class Judge and automotive journalist, Gross has made it his mission to bring a measure of cool to the18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links.

"Customs of the '50s were not about speed," says Gross. "They were about looking good, going slow, and getting the girls. I'm dating myself with this stereotype, but chicks didn't want to be scared out of their wits and have their hair messed up. They'd much rather look cool in a custom car and cruise the main drag."

Monday, August 17, 2015


The complete list of 2015 winners, including the Best Of Show.

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A F. Ramseier & Cie Worblaufen Cabriolet 
Jim Patterson/The Patterson Collection, Louisville, Kentucky

Best of Show Nominees

1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Kellner Torpedo Phaeton
Doug Magee Jr., Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

1937 Delahaye 145 Franay Cabriolet
Sam & Emily Mann, Englewood, New Jersey

1953 Abarth 1100 Sport Ghia Coupé
Grant Kinzel, Calgary Alberta, Canada


J.B. & Dorothy Nethercutt Most Elegant Closed Car
1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Figoni & Falaschi Pillarless Berline
Don Williams, Danville, California

Gwenn Graham Most Elegant Convertible
1937 Delahaye 145 Franay Cabriolet
Sam & Emily Mann, Englewood, New Jersey

Most Elegant Open Car
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Kellner Torpedo Phaeton
Doug Magee Jr., Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

Strother MacMinn Most Elegant Sports Car
1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta
Jon Shirley,Medina, Washington


Staged on the scenic fairway of the 18th hole of the Pebble Beach Golf Links, the grand finale of the Monterey Classic Car Week - the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance - hosted 200 outstanding collector cars.
After another scorching day at one of the most sunny Monterey Weeks of recent years, the Concours judges finally delivered their verdict on the coveted ‘Best of Show': the ‘24 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A owned by Jim Patterson of Louisville, Kentucky took the top award.

This beautiful classic was acquired by Carrosserie Worblaufen, Switzerland, around 1931 and used as the basis for a Sport Cabriolet they had planned for the long-wheelbase chassis. The result was displayed at the 1933 Geneva Motor Show after which it won the Grand-Prix d’Honneur in Cannes in 1933. The well-balanced proportions of the chassis, with its long hood and low windshield, belie its true size. It gives the appearance of a close-coupled body on the long wheelbase, enhanced by the dual rear-mounted spare wheels. This magnificent car has had only four owners since new; it lived a quiet life in Switzerland and France before being shipped to North America in 2014.

Saturday, August 15, 2015


Real 1965-1966 Shelby GT350 & GT350R Mustangs are showcased in this year’s Heritage Display for the track’s Featured Marque.
Today, when John Atzbach of Seattle drove his ‘65 Shelby GT 350R Mustang through the turns and straights of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, it was not because he was rehearsing for the upcoming weekend of racing at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Rather, he was accommodating a special photo shoot - squeezed between practice sessions for 15 groups of historic cars here - with three of nine GT 350s (from 1965 and 1966).

"I feel very fortunate to be in possession of this remarkable car," said Atzbach, above, of his chassis #002, which is reportedly worth well north of $1 million dollars. But was dressed in grey primer and rust, having spent decades on a trailer in an open barn, when Atzbach acquired it two years ago. It was the factory's team race car for the first half of the 1965 season, driven by Ken Miles and others, taking four seconds and 12 firsts in 16 races. Then it became a test and development car for all other R models built after that."


Some of the world’s finest examples of automotive design and engineering were staged at this year's Motorsports Gathering at the Quail Lodge and Golf Club.
“Among the many facets of the Monterey Classic Car Week, The Quail is the most exclusive taking as it does, the form of a very grand private garden party,” comments Rolex Watch USA President and CEO, Stewart Wicht. “As well as fine food, guests have the chance to view at leisure some of the finest examples of classic race and road cars whose values again, echo those of the Rolex brand.”

Some of the finest examples of the world’s most sought-after cars add spectacular context to this unique garden party. From Aston Martin to Alfa Romeo, Bugatti to BMW, Chrysler to Cooper, and then Ferrari: no less than 56 examples of the legendary Italian supercar maker were on display. Also not to be missed, Jaguar to Jensen, Lamborghini to Lancia, Maserati to Morgan, and so on, not forgetting of course, the mighty Porsche.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


General Motors puts the Corvette on a diet with Continental Structural Plastics’ TCA Ultra Lite. Less weight equals more performance.
Continental Structural Plastics' (CSP) TCA Ultra Lite material is now in production on the ‘16 Chevrolet Corvette. According to CSP, the use of its Ultra Lite, a Class A body panel material, results in a 20-pound weight savings on the Stingray coupe. This is the first production use of CSP's Ultra Lite advanced composite.

According to Jerry Jackson, right, an OE supplier (AMF Engineering Co.) of lightweight Glassfibre moldings to automotive and truck industries and the military in the UK in the 1970s-1980s, “1.2 sq is a very impressive achievement for body panels for a road-going production sports car.” Jackson also designed Resin Transfer Molding production machinery sold to Lotus and others worldwide. Jackson, a member of the Sarasota Café Racers just completed building his Superlite SLC, below, powered by an LS7 Corvette crate motor. Just like Colin Chapman, he too believes in “adding lightness for increased performance.”

Tuesday, August 11, 2015


Everything you’ve always wanted to know about publishing traditional print, on-demand and e-books … from pros!
Join us October 10, 2015 in Santa Rosa, CA for a one-day intensive seminar in the foundations of establishing your own automotive  publishing company. This seminar, limited to 25 participants to allow for more interaction, may be well be the day that changes the course of your professional life.

Have you been hankering to publish a book, but it just lingers and seems out of reach? Are you leery of getting into contracts with huge publishing companies? This seminar will lead the way. We want to help you publish your own traditional books, e-books, or on-demand books, no matter how big or small the project. The presenters have each had years of experience in the major elements of designing, marketing, printing, and selling of books.

Step-by-step, four industry veterans will explain what is involved in developing a concept, choosing design options, finding where/how to get unique printing done, determining whether to offer online e-books or on-demand books, and numerous marketing and sales suggestions. Presenters provide over 130 years of accumulated knowledge across the fields of publishing. There will be time for Q&A's, as all sessions are designed to be free-flowing and interactive.  Our aim is to offer a framework upon which you can build your own publishing company, or help fill in the parts that have been a roadblock for you in the past.

Monday, August 10, 2015


In the summer of 1912, it seemed that anything was possible. Land was cheap and plentiful. Gold was money. The motorcar was the wonder of the world and Alabama could’ve become the epicenter of racing in the U.S., blogs Stephen Cox. 
Two investors from Alabama were convinced that an affluent suburb could be built just five miles south of downtown in what is now the village of Homewood. The new development would attract homebuyers and businesses by tapping into the public's enthusiasm for the latest rage – the motorcar.

Four hundred acres of land were secured. By 1912, more than one hundred of them were under water during the construction of beautiful Edgewood Lake, which would serve as a recreation center for fishing, swimming and boating. Over a mile in length, the lake was narrow and oblong, forming a long and thin oval that lay roughly east to west.

In 1913, a lavish resort was finished on the south shore of the new Edgewood Lake and dubbed the “Birmingham Motor Club.” It featured sufficient parking for hundreds of autos, a dance pavilion and a park-like atmosphere.

The crown jewel of the development was to be one of the greatest speedways anywhere on earth – the Birmingham Motor Speedway. The track would tightly encircle Edgewood Lake with the racing surface just yards from the water itself. The west end of the track would comprise Turns 1 and 2, a continuous 180-degree arc that rounded the lakeshore. The track would widen considerably at the east end (Turns 3 and 4) to accommodate parking, grandstands, a scoring tower and the pit area.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015


Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion will host three fan-favorite BMW racecars.
Three BMWUSA Classic racecars will run in the Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on August 13-16.  Entries include the famous No. 25 BMW 3.0 CSL, BMW M1 IMSA Group 4 endurance racer and the BMW M5 IMSA Bridgestone Supercar Championship 1994-95 winner. Fans and media are encouraged to follow along on Twitter @BMWUSAClassic.

The No. 25 BMW 3.0 CSL Group 4 celebrates the 40th anniversary of winning the 1975 12 Hours of Sebring. This 3.0 CSL is one of five BMW Motorsport chassis built and campaigned in North America in the 1975 & 1976 IMSA Camel GT Series in Group 4 and 5 specifications. Campaigned under the racing numbers 24 and 25, the CSL enjoyed considerable success, winning at Sebring, Riverside, Daytona and Talladega and at Laguna Seca in 1975. At the Rolex Reunion, the BMW 3.0 CSL No. 25 will be driven by BMW of North America President and CEO, Ludwig Willisch. Willisch will run in Group 4A:1973-1981 FIA, IMSA with races on Saturday, August 15th.

Friday, July 31, 2015


The Meadow Brook folks in Motown have the formula for success on the show field. Kat Kurkov takes us up front and personal.
If you take rare automobiles, add thousands of hours of restoration, then add preshow activities combined with perfect weather in an idyllic setting, the result can only be the 2015 Concours d'Elegance of America held in Plymouth, Michigan.

Still referred to as “the new Meadow Brook” where it was held for 32 years, this concours has a history of getting things “just right”. There was a well–rounded mix of automobiles spanning the dawn of automobile history to some of the supercars of today.

Kevien Adell, left, from Bloomfield Hills, MI brought just a few of the 60 cars in his collection. He has been able to drive his ‘70 Plymouth Superbird, below, after having it undergo a yearlong restoration with “Mopar Kevin”. Although not a daily driver, this car is still driven on the streets. He was joined by his Dad, Donald Haranczak, and his ‘71 Plymouth Road Runner. Adell rounds out his collection with an original Batmobile, a Trans-Am from Smokey and the Bandit and the infamous Ferrari from Ferris Buller’s Day Off.

Thursday, July 30, 2015


Z06-based Corvette upgrade boasts 32% larger supercharger, triple intercoolers, and consistent power - lap after lap.
Callaway Cars today announced power numbers and performance for its flagship model. Equipped with Callaway’s GenThree Supercharger, the Corvette Z06 now produces 757 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 777 pound-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm. The 0 to 60 mph sprint is now achieved in 2.8 seconds, and a quarter-mile in 10.5 seconds at 131 mph.

To reach that power (which is up from 650 horsepower / 650 pound-feet) the supercharger itself needed to be bigger since the output of a positive displacement supercharger is proportionate to its size. The Callaway GenThree supercharger (patent pending) is 32% larger in displacement (2300cc vs 1740cc).

Monday, July 27, 2015


Production version of GT will appear next year, as will race version to celebrate 50th anniversary of legendary Ford GT40 1-2-3 win at Le Mans in 1966.
The all-new Ford GT – a technology showcase for top EcoBoost® performance, aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fiber construction – today nabbed the prestigious North American award for 2015 Production Preview Concept of the Year, as well as top honors as Most Significant Concept Vehicle of 2015.

The awards recognize vehicles most likely to shape the future of the auto industry. More than two dozen jurors participated in a selection process that involved a total of 30 vehicles, each introduced to North America during this season’s auto shows in Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Toronto and New York. This is the 20th time Ford is a category finalist, and the fifth time the company has taken home the category title.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015


Mike Matune joins in the ten-day celebration of ‘everything automotive’ at the PVGP and brings us highlights.
Over its 33-year history, the PVGP has raised over $4,000,000 for charities, including the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny Valley School. Returning as presenting sponsor this year was the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers. But as striking a venue as Schenley Park is, the quality and variety of the vintage racers competing really shines through. Bill Stelcher in his ‘29 Ford Model A Speedster and Alan Patterson in his ‘58 Elva MK III, above, taking the green flag along the start-finish straight. The top of Patterson’s helmet looks lower than the cowl on Stelcher’s racer! Here we have George Vapaa and his '59 Lotus Seven, right.

Modern race tracks may have lost some of their visual impact, but that is not true of Pittsburgh where cars compete on streets surrounded by the grandeur of Schenley Park. The inside of Turn 19 is marked by an imposing stone wall; the outside by a hay bale barrier, trees and an embankment. All of these are likely on Perry Genova’s mind as he maneuvers his BMW 2002, below, around the circuit.  

Thursday, July 23, 2015


The Bent Axels Car Club shut down Old Town Orcutt, CA, drawing car guys, vacationers and BBQ lovers. Jim Palam, our man on the Left Coast, loves nothing 
more than great BBQ and cars.
The 35th Annual Bent Axles Car Club Show drew crowds hungry for Santa Maria style Tri-Tip BBQ and pre-1972 hot rods, customs and vintage vehicles. This popular, easy-pace show started Friday July 17th with a Strawberry Social and buttoned-up on Sunday the 19th with a Poker Run and Picnic. Proceeds and donations are directed to supporting our military and their families. Old Town Orcutt provided the perfect setting for displaying these boldly painted American classics. Jeff Tann's Candy Purple '36 Ford Cab, above, is ready to whisk you away to a  time when individuality and craftsmanship mattered.