Monday, April 21, 2014

SHORT TRACK: RACING ON ALL FOURS!

Stephen Cox blogs about the growing four-cylinder trend in grassroots racing.
Once upon a time, entry level stock car divisions at local bullrings across the country were filled with the glorious growl of American V8 engines. They were called “Hobby Stocks,” “Pure Stocks” or “Street Stocks.” A few unimaginative promoters condemned them as “Bombers” or “Thundercars,” as if any fool would want to drive a car so named.  

But regardless of the title, entry-level stock car fields at local racetracks were stuffed with mid-sized, V8-powered American automobiles throughout the 1970s, 80s and 90s. Most of them were genuinely nice looking cars. They may have been beaten up at the racetrack, but at least they started life with an attractive shape. The car of choice for many was the Chevelle, but the Nova, Camaro, Mustang, Grand Torino, Cutlass and many others proliferated. 

For three decades the Hobby Stock classes drew more entries than anything else at short tracks nationwide. Why? Because the cars were available.

Friday, April 18, 2014

CHEVYS AT THE NEW YORK AUTO SHOW: SLIDE SHOW!

There’s something for everyone: pace cars, racecars, Tinseltown Camaro & Corvette, super-high-performance Camaros & Corvettes you can buy, and even the Governor’s Corvette!
If you are member of the Bowtie Brigade and are in the Tri-State Area, the New York International Auto Show, which runs until April 27 at the Jacob Javits Center, NYC, is not to be missed. The latest customized Camaro & Corvette, above, featured in Transformers: Age Of Extinction are on display along with a collection of race and pace cars, the potent new Z06 Stingray Corvettes (convertible and coupe) and  Z/28 Camaro.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

KOENIGSEGG AGERA R: HYPERCAR IN MANHATTAN!

Koenigsegg returns to the U.S market, naming Manhattan Motorcars as its Northeast dealer today at the New York International Auto Show.
The "beyond bespoke" 2014 Agera R is the result of Christian von Koenigsegg’s, right, endless pursuit of perfection and has an incredible top sped of 273 mph! With Aircore hollow carbon fiber wheels, upgraded power and enhanced aerodynamics, the Agera R can accelerate from a standing start to 186 mph in 14.53 seconds and decelerate from 186 mph to 0 in 6.66 seconds. Sprinting from 0 to 200 mph takes 17.68 seconds and back to 0 in just 7.28 seconds!

Available in left or right-hand drive, the Agera R is the only Hypercar roadster with an easily detachable and stowable hardtop, thereby offering the best of both worlds. This, in combination with a fair amount luggage space, truly delivers extreme performance with everyday usability. This is a car that's been built for real world driving

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT3: RETURN TO NORTH AMERICA!

Continental GT3 to compete in North America with Dyson Racing, debuts at New York International Auto Show.

After an impressive performance at the opening round of the Blancpain Endurance Series in Monza, Italy last weekend, the new Bentley Continental GT3, top, is set to reintroduce the celebrated British marque to North American motorsports with Dyson Racing. The premier sports car racing team in the U.S., Dyson will race a pair of Continental GT3s in the second half of the 2014 Pirelli World Challenge in preparation for a full season of competition in 2015.

The new partnership returns Bentley to the racetracks of North America for the first time since 2003. The Continental GT3 will is on display on the Bentley stand, above, at the New York International Auto Show in New York City on April 16 and 17.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

VIR WILD HARE RUN: SPRING KICKOFF!

Mike Matune is trackside at Virginia International Raceway for the start of the VDAC & VRG historic racing season.
 
For an even dozen years VDCA & VRG have been kicking off the Spring racing season with their Wild Hare Run. This year’s event at VIR (VIRginia International Raceway) in Southern VA contributed to that heritage. About 150 cars answered the call and VIR was ready to show off its new track and paddock paving.

Scott Cracraft’s Shelby GT350R clone, above, is one of four cars originally built for FIA Historic Racing in Europe. As such, it is built very close to standards set forth in the FIA’s Homologation papers for the car updated for safety standards. And it makes beautiful music! Left, ultra-slick Welk vintage racing E-Type Jaguar.

 Ira Schoen made the trip from Northern VA and brought his “European Mustang” (aka Capri), below, with him. It is similar to the Mustang concept wherein more ordinary sedan components were repackaged with sportier bodywork. Ira’s racer features a high winding 2,000-cc Four with dual Weber carbs.

Monday, April 14, 2014

’64 CHEVY IMPALA SS409: SHE’S REAL FINE!

Michael Brown waited 50 years after hearing the Beach Boys ‘409’ to purchase the car that he promised himself he would own one day. 
And, it was worth waiting for.
For car guys, one of the most memorable cuts of the Beach Boys’ Surfin’ Safari album, is unquestionably, 409. That was 1962 and in 2012 Michael Brown treated himself to this stunning four-speed 409/425 ’64 Impala with 4.56 Posi rear. Dream realized.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

‘14 BENTLEY FLYING SPUR: SILENT KNIGHT!

A remarkable 40 percent quieter than its predecessor, Bentley’s newest Flying Spur sets a lofty benchmark in automotive silence, writes 
Road Test Editor Howard Walker.
Want to know what a new Bentley Flying Spur sounds like at 80 mph on the Interstate? Stop by your local bank and ask ever-so-nicely if they’ll open their vault so you can sit inside for a few minutes. With the door closed! This car is quieter than Jean Dujardin in The Artist. Quieter than a Broncos fan during Super Bowl. Quieter than Hugh Grant on The Tonight Show when Leno asked, “What were you thinking?” Yes, the last-generation Flying Spur was a pretty hushed machine. But this newest version is quite simply the automotive equivalent of a Black Hole!

Friday, April 11, 2014

C7 CORVETTE Z06 CONVERTIBLE: SOFT-TOP SUPERCAR!

‘The Supercharged Z06 Convertible is a world-class Supercar in every sense,’ said Mark Reuss, executive vice president, GM Global Product Development.
Chevrolet today introduced the supercharged ‘15 Corvette Z06 Convertible. With at least 625 horsepower and 635 pound-feet of torque, the Z06 Corvette is also the most powerful convertible ever produced by Chevrolet.

“Only a handful of convertibles in the world offer more than 600 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. Even fewer can match the advanced technologies, aerodynamic design, and visceral driving experience of the Z06 Convertible,” said Mark Reuss.

This is the first Z06 Convertible offered from the factory since 1963 when the Z06 option package was introduced for endurance racing. Records show only 199 Corvette orders with a Z06 package that year, including one convertible. Recent technological advancements enable the building of a modern Z06 Convertible, said Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter.

“Until recently it was not possible to create a lightweight, open-roof structure strong enough to cope with the braking, cornering, and acceleration of Corvette’s top performance models,” Juechter said. “The Z06's convertible frame leverages advancements in computer-aided engineering, metallurgy, and manufacturing – many of which not available just five years ago.”

Thursday, April 10, 2014

WORLD’S GREATEST SPORTS COUPES: PETERSEN MUSEUM!

Jaguar celebrates the launch of the new F-TYPE Coupe at the Petersen Museum, bringing in 12 celebrity curators and their picks for World’s Greatest Sports Coupes honors.
Sports coupes, with sensuous designs and inspiring capability, generate excitement everywhere they are seen. For its newest exhibit, The World’s Greatest Sports Coupes, the Petersen Automotive Museum invited twelve celebrities - ranging from rock & roll legends, critically acclaimed film directors, actors and world renowned car collectors - to guest curate one
sports coupe each. The exhibit, which is now open, showcases some of the most
beautiful sports coupes known to man.

PANOZ ESPERANTE SPYDER: 25th ANNIVERSARY!

Latest Esperante debuts in new 10,000 square-foot exhibition showcasing Panoz 
sports car and racing history.
Hundreds of Panoz fans, followers and owners were on hand as Panoz LLC executives unveiled the very first 25th Anniversary Edition Esperante Spyder. The craftsmen who hand built it signed the first example of this exclusive two-seat sports car.

Priced at $181,320, the 25th Anniversary Edition Esperante Spyder is a lighter, more powerful version of the original hand-built Panoz convertible. It features lightweight carbon fiber and aluminum structures, a unique modular extruded aluminum chassis that is more rigid and durable than many performance coupes, completely revised and fully independent front and rear suspension, and an upgraded anti-lock brake system (ABS) to ensure braking performance is on par with the car’s outstanding driving capabilities.

Monday, April 7, 2014

MUSCLE CAR BRAND LOYALTY: OBSOLETE IDEA?

Stephen Cox blogs about being a Ford fan, racing a Chevy and not buying the popular concept of brand loyalty.
I am a Ford fan. There, I said it. But I have little comprehension of brand loyalty; at least not the sort of fanatical allegiance so frequently seen among muscle car enthusiasts. I don’t even understand it. It is therefore eternally amusing to run across those typical chest-thumping car commandos who claim that every automobile that is not manufactured by their favorite company is a despicable pile of horse excrement! 

Let us begin with an uncomfortable fact. We all have one thing in common… our favorite car company probably doesn’t know we exist. I have been a Ford fan my entire life, yet the company failed to send me a Christmas card last year. I bet you didn’t get one either. That is because you and I are just nameless, faceless advertising targets among millions.

Friday, April 4, 2014

F1 McLAREN MERCEDES MP4-29 & ExxonMobile: MAX POWER!

ExxonMobil fuels engineered for McLaren Mercedes deliver maximum power.
In a year when Grand Prix racing teams are increasingly looking to their fuels to deliver a competitive advantage, McLaren Mercedes’ new and unique fuel – developed by ExxonMobil – has been exceeding expectations throughout testing and the early races.

Along with Mobil 1 lubricants, gear oil, greases and hydraulic oils, ExxonMobil has supplied high-performance race fuel and trackside expertise to the McLaren Mercedes race team during the course of their 20-year collaboration.

For 2014, more so perhaps than at any other time in their technical partnership, the partners have worked hand-in-hand to ensure that the new 1.6-litre V6 turbo hybrid power units are as powerful and efficient as possible. With fuel consumption the subject of intense debate now that loads have been restricted to 100kg per race (a decrease of around 35% compared to last year’s average consumption), ExxonMobil’s team of scientists have developed a completely new fuel for the MP4-29 – engineered at molecular level to ensure full conformity with FIA specifications and mitigate for the issue of knock (detonation) common in turbocharged engines.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

2015 ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE S: EXTREME MACHINE!

With its awesome new V12 Vantage S, Aston Martin squeezes its biggest engine into its smallest car. The results are breathtaking, writes Road Test Editor, Howard Walker.
The Supercar world is changing. Fast. The ultimate, neck-snapping performance cars of tomorrow will have engines boasting a multitude of joules and watts, ohms and volts. Turbos spinning at the speed of light will add massive oomph to combustion engines not with 12, 10 or eight cylinders, but probably six or even four.

BMW’s radical new i8 Supercar? It’s powered by a teeny turbo three-cylinder hooked up to a huge electric motor to give a combined 360-plus horsepower and 0-to-60 sprinting in 4.3 seconds. McLaren’s jaw-dropping new P1 Hypercar? It has an electric motor to help juice the 3.8-liter nuclear reactor-like twin-turbo V8 to give a combined 903 horsepower. A hybrid McLaren with the same tech as a Prius? You better believe it.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

SHELBY COBRA DAYTONA COUPE: HOME AGAIN!

Cobra Daytona Coupe to headline Carroll Shelby Tribute & Car Show, 50 years after winning Le Mans in 1964.
Almost 50 years after its historic victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe CSX2299 will return to Southern California to headline the second annual Carroll Shelby Tribute and Car Show on Saturday, May 17, 2014. The event will raise money for the Carroll Shelby Foundation and new museum. CSX2299 was the second Coupe built and the first completed at Carrozzeria Gransport in Modena, Italy. Powered by a 289 Ford small-block and fitted with the Peter Brock designed aerodynamic body, it competed in nine FIA races.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

JAMES HETFIELD’S BLACK PEARL: CUSTOM OF THE YEAR!

Metallica rocker James Hetfield’s scratch-built coupe is Goodguys’ 2014 Mother’s 
Custom of the Year.
Rock & roll music and custom cars have a lot in common. A creative spirit, immense talent and uncompromising dedication are required to create and reveal the inner soul of a song or a car. James Hetfield has mastered both. His band Metallica sits in the prestigious Rock & Roll Hall of Fame while serving as the face of heavy metal music for decades. His ever-growing stable of custom cars has won hot rodding’s biggest prizes. His latest effort, a coachbuilt custom he designed with partner Rick Dore is his most powerful statement yet. 

Unlike Hetfield’s previous customs, Black Pearl is completely scratch-built. It’s not any particular make or model. The teardrop contours and seamless lines of 1930s coachbuilt European and American luxury cars inspired its sculpted, handmade aluminum body. It rests on a custom chassis that utilizes the outer frame rails of a ‘48 Jaguar.

Monday, March 31, 2014

WORLD RACING LEAGUE: PARITY ACHIEVED!

‘The WRL brings sanity back to motorsports,’ blogs Stephen Cox.
I’ve not yet seen a World Racing League event. I’ve not driven in one, either. But I know a good idea when I see it, and the World Racing League is a good idea. The new WRL has re-discovered the guiding principle that gave us the golden age of road racing in the 1950s-1960s. They've figured out that you don't need a thousand rules to run a race series. You just don't.

We live in the era of regulation. IMSA's United Sportscar rulebook is 139 pages of agonizing boredom. NASCAR's attempt to cure insomnia is 192 pages long, while Indycar’s rulebook
sets a new standard at a staggering 198 pages. But the racing isn’t any better than
what we enjoyed decades ago!

I was testing a sportscar for Team 45 at the Autobahn near Chicago last spring with my good friend, Rick Baldick, the former brand manager for the Chevrolet Corvette who spent decades working with the top road racing teams in the country. Baldick shook his head and lamented, “Stephen, auto racing is the most over-regulated sport in the world.” 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

CHEVY 427 MYSTERY MOTOR: PORCUPINE POWER!

A 409-based 427 with trick heads, originally developed for NASCAR super speedways, laid the groundwork for the legendary 427 big-block.
In 1963, GM’s support of the absurd AMA racing ban stifled Chevrolet in its quest to dominate NASCAR & USAC stock car and NHRA drag racing. Quietly developed with help from Smokey Yunick, a super-409 displacing 427 cubic inches proved to be just what was needed. Chevrolet got it’s chance to hold off the competition until the ban was history and the “modern” Mark IV big block surfaced in 1965. After one shot, the Mystery Motor faded into obscurity.

Friday, March 28, 2014

HENNESSEY VENOM GT: WORLD’S FASTEST EDITION!

Hennessey Performance is building just three World’s Fastest Edition Venom GTs to celebrate the recent top speed run of 270.4 mph set at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center last month.  The Venom also set the 0-300 km/h Guinness World Record.
“The Venom GT broke 270 mph on the same runway where the Space Shuttle landed at the Kennedy Space Center,” said company founder John Hennessey.  “We wanted to offer a special paint scheme that would incorporate the colors of the American flag - the same flag we flew on the Space Shuttle runway.  Thus, our special livery package includes a body in white with red and blue stripes.”

The Venom GT generates its incredible speed from a simple formula: huge power (1,244 horsepower), minimal weight (2,743 pounds). Its 7.0-liter twin-turbo V8 makes 1,244 horsepower on its highest boost setting. The Venom GT is not only the fastest series-produced road car; it’s also the quickest. It holds the Guinness World Record for standing-start acceleration, rocketing from rest to 300 km/h (186 mph) in just 13.63 seconds. Lightweight aluminum construction, carbon-fiber bodywork and featherweight carbon-ceramic brakes all make this extraordinary power/weight ratio possible.


All three of the $1.25 million World’s Fastest Edition Venoms being built have already been spoken for, making the WFE not only the fastest but also one of the rarest supercars ever built.

For more information about the Venom GT, please visit http://www.hennesseyperformance.com/venomgt.html

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

’62 CHEVY SS409 IMPALA: LIGHTWEIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT!

Anyone could order a 409 Impala in 1962; just 18 racers ordered the purpose-built lightweight version. It's in original condition and fully documented.

Chevy introduced its W-series cast-iron engine family in 1958 as a performance step-up over the popular 283-inch small-block V-8. The first “W” was a 348-inch powerplant that could be fitted with Tri-Power, rated at 315 horsepower. On December 17, 1960, Chevy announced it was enlarging the 348 engine to 409 cubic inches and would offer the new V-8 in single and multi-carb induction in its full-size ‘61 Impala Super Sport (SS). 

Don Nicholson won Stock Eliminator at the 1961 NHRA Winternationals, Pomona, CA behind the wheel of a 409-powered Impala SS. Twelve stock car victories that year added to the car’s reputation.

PORSCHE RACING: 24 HOURS FOR ETERNITY-LE MANS!

The Porsche Museum in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen is getting ready for the return to Le Mans with a special exhibition from March 26 to July 13, 2014.
Porsche is taking a look back, not only to its multiple previous successes at the French endurance race, but also to the present-day Le Mans commitment for 2014. For the first time, the Porsche 919 Hybrid, above, will be presented to the public at the Porsche Museum. The car celebrated its premiere only three weeks ago at the Geneva Motor Show.

 Top, 911 GT1.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

’56 CORVETTE ‘SEBRING’: RPO RACER!

Restored to the way it ran at Sebring in 1956, rare Arctic Blue 265/240 Corvette 
is a real time machine.
In 1956, five Corvettes were entered at Sebring and rare Corvette collector Phil Schwartz owns the only one entered privately. The other four were official Chevrolet factory racecars driven by high-profile drivers. Sponsored by Doane Chevrolet, the #3 Corvette was driven from the Chicago area to Sebring (FL), raced and then driven back to Illinois. While this racer’s chassis has a 1955 VIN#, it was originally factory-fitted with a prototype 1956 body. The Corvette received its first major body redesign in 1956.

Monday, March 24, 2014

MERCEDES-BENZ RACING HISTORY: 120 YEARS!

Mercedes-Benz celebrates 120 years of racing history at Techno Classica 2014.
More than 30 racing cars, representing a timeline of extraordinary victories since 1894 and outstanding innovations in racing technology showcase 120 years of Mercedes-Benz motor racing history at Techno Classica in Essen this week.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

BONNEVILLE, A CENTURY OF SPEED: SAVE THE SALT!

The Bonneville Salt Flats is a magical place and a national treasure; David Fetherston’s latest tome chronicles 100 years of racing there.
 While the first known attempts at land speed record setting were on just a little-over-a-mile road outside of Paris in 1898, Land Speed Racing is as American as hot dogs, hot rodding and Motown! In 1898 Count Gaston set the first land speed record at 39.34 mph in a 36-horsepower Jeantaud electric racecar built in Belgium. Over the next couple of years other Europeans set records and, it was not until 1902 when another electric racer, Torpedo-1, set a new land speed record at over 100 mph on the streets of Staten Island, New York City. That’s right, New York City! In 1914, Teddy Tetzlaff broke the world land speed record in the 300-horsepower Blitzen Benz 2, clocking 142.73 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats, Wendover, UT. That’s the start of Bonneville becoming synonymous with Land Speed Racing.

Friday, March 21, 2014

PORSCHE BOXSTER & CAYMAN GTS: MORE EVERYTHING!

GTS badges grace mid-engine Porsche sports cars for the first time since 1963
For the first time, Porsche will be offering the Boxster and Cayman as GTS models, featuring more powerful engines and additional standard performance equipment. They offer as standard equipment unique front and rear fascias, blacked out Bi-Xenon headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), 20-inch Carrera S wheels and sport exhaust systems with black tailpipes as standard. Boxster GTS convertible & Cayman GTS coupe, above.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

CALLAWAY SUPERCHARGED CAMARO: STREET LEGAL Z/28!

Limited production Callaway Z/28 SC652 Camaro delivers 652 horsepower and 
620 pound-feet of torque.
Callaway’s SC652 Camaro is equipped with all standard Z/28 features: unprecedented weight reduction, a hand-built 427-inch engine with dry sump oiling, a wind-tunnel-tested aerodynamic package, massive Pirelli® tires, impressive Brembo® carbon-ceramic brakes, race-proven spool-valve dampers, and much more. Callaway adds Eaton TVS supercharging from the 2006-‘13 Callaway Corvette SC652, and high-flow intake, low-restriction exhaust, and other model-specific performance and appearance components. Not for the faint of heart, just ten  are scheduled for production. The Callaway Camaro Z/28 SC652 Package MSRP: $19,995.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

FORD TWIN-TURBO EcoBoost V-6: SEBRING PODIUM!

Chip Ganassi Racing’s EcoBoost-engined Riley Prototype takes overall win at the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring.
Piloted by Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas and Marino Franchitti, the Roush Yates-prepped twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 propelled the Riley prototype to victory lane in the premier class. Ford’s EcoBoost engine powered Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates to victory at the legendary Sebring enduro.
Sebring is one of the most storied and demanding racetracks in the country. It was Franchitti who piloted the 01 Telcel Ford EcoBoost Riley across the finish line first to earn victory in his team’s first appearance at the endurance race. it was the first overall victory for Ford at Sebring since 1969.

“You read about stuff like this,” said Jamie Allison, director of Ford Racing. “The last time Ford won overall was in 1969, and what really makes it so sweet is that this is a win made possible by a production-based Ford EcoBoost V-6 engine. It literally comes out of our production vehicle. It just makes it so, so sweet because it validates what we do at Ford, that the technology we have in our cars is good enough to power an all-out win at the Sebring 12 Hour.”

Monday, March 17, 2014

’67 CORVETTE L88: AGAINST ALL ODDS!

The story of one man finding his moment of glory at the 1970 24 Hours of Daytona. This is an excerpt from the first chapter of Against All Odds by Stephen Cox.
 The hands on both stopwatches were still in place after the final practice laps at Daytona International Speedway. Unexpectedly low temperatures had turned their stainless steel casings ice cold, but Jeri Gottlob had no gloves.
She wouldn't have worn them anyway over her freshly painted red fingernails.

Twenty-two years old, single and pretty, Jeri and her identical twin sister, Janet, had been recruited to keep timing and scoring statistics for their brother's racing team at the 24 Hours of Daytona. Both had taken time off from their jobs as TWA stewardesses to be at the race.

Jeri's trackside seat was a random wooden box on pit road with a pillow thrown over it. The cords on her dual stopwatches kept tangling, so she tied them together and hung them around her neck like a scarf. A pair of black sunglasses lay beside her. She didn't need them yet. It had rained most of the week and the skies were still overcast. A wrinkled brown paper sack lay at her feet but she was too nervous to be hungry. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

HONDA V6 GOES RACING: DAYTONA PROTOTYPE!

Honda Joins the Daytona Prototype ranks with latest racing application of production-based V6 engine in a Riley-Honda.
Honda has expanded its attack on the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, and will join the Daytona Prototype category with a Riley-Honda, above, for the first time later this month at the 62nd annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. Honda has a history of success at the Florida endurance-racing classic, including LMP2 class victories in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Plus top-three overall race finishes in 2007 – the company’s debut in sports-car racing under the Acura Motorsports banner - and in 2011.

Honda Performance Development (HPD), Honda’s North American racing company, has developed a new, 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged Daytona Prototype version of the production J35 engine, below, the latest of several HPD racing applications for the V6 found, in various forms, in a wide range of Honda and Acura cars and light trucks.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

MASERATI 450S: DESERT CONCORSO CENTERPIECE!

Spectacular Maserati 450S racer and legendary Maserati road racer Bill Krause coming to the Desert Concorso.
One of ten fire breathing monsters built by Maserati in the mid-1950s, this 450S is the last car built in 1957 as well as one of the most valuable due to its matching number engine and competition provenance. Owned by a local area snowbird and noted collector and vintage racer Tom Hollfelder, it is an iconic period racecar. It is altogether fitting that this historic sports racer S/N 4510 has been selected as the centerpiece of the Maserati 100th Anniversary display.

AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS D’ ELEGANCE: 19 YEARS STRONG!

‘Early March brings Spring and one of the more significant events on the show calendar, the Amelia Island Concours,’ blogs Mike Matune.
Top photo shows why the Amelia Island Concours is considered one of the top events of its kind in the world: Spectacular setting, important cars and an appeal for serious as well as casual spectators. Jim Glickenhaus’ Ferrari 330 P3/4, above, is radiant in the early morning sun on the fairway.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

HORCH 853 AND SCARAB: AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS WINNERS!

A ‘37 Horch 853 and ‘58 Scarab won Best In Show honors at the 19th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
The Horch 853, owned by Bob and Anne Brockinton Lee, Sparks, NV, took home one of the most sought-after trophies on the Concours circuit. Fully restored, it is one of only two Horchs ever to have been bodied by coachbuilder Voll & Ruhrbeck, which created custom coachwork for Bugatti, Maybach, Mercedes-Benz and Cord among others.

The highly coveted Concours de Sport award was presented to the ‘58 Scarab, owned by Miles C. Collier, The Revs Institute for Automotive Research of Naples, FL. Three front engine Scarab sports racers, built by Troutman and Barnes for Lance Reventlow, were created to compete against the great European marques: Ferrari and Maserati. Reventlow originally tried an Offenhauser engine in this car but the engine, designed to run on alcohol, never was successful running on gasoline as required by the sports car ruling body. It was then fitted with a popular small-block Chevrolet Corvette V8, which proved to be perfect for the American road and airport circuits of the late 1950s and early-1960s.

“I want to congratulate our panel of esteemed judges on this year’s best of show selections,” said Bill Warner, Chairman and Founder of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. “Both cars are excellent examples of unique pedigree and provenance and are well deserving of their awards.”

More than 330 magnificent cars and motorcycles from around the world participated in the 2014 Concours. For more information, please visit  https://www.ameliaconcours.org/

Monday, March 10, 2014

FORD 427 SOHC VS. CHRYSLER 426 HEMI: WIN-WIN!

Ford’s 427 Cammer challenged Chrysler’s 426 Hemi and the Hemi prevailed. Both were winners, however!
Chrysler’s Hemi is a study in evolution, starting life in the 1950s, emerging in the 1960s as a hard to beat powerplant on drag strips, NASCAR ovals and in Street trim. It continued for decades, adding new levels of sophistication and still available. Ford was the challenger with a complex, powerful overhead cam 427. While engineered to beat the Hemis in NASCAR, it earned its cred on the quarter-mile in everything from A/FX Mustangs to Gassers and Dragsters. There was even an attempt to offer single-four-barrel or dual-quad versions in street Galaxies, but that program never got beyond prototype stage. It was a relatively short lived program.

NASCAR turned both Ford and Chrysler down on the grounds that there were no street available options for the SOHC 427 or Hemi 426. Ford did not follow through, while Chrysler did with the 426 Street Hemi. The rest is history.

For the full story on the Battle of the Titans, check out the latest from Wild About Cars, http://wildaboutcarsonline.com/cgi-bin/pub9990327521141.cgi?categoryid=9990327521194&action=viewad&itemid=9990471366611

Friday, March 7, 2014

BMW 3.0 CSL ART CAR: ALEXANDER CALDER!

The very first BMW Art Car, a 3.0 CSL, designed by American artist Alexander Calder, is a  highlight of a class of 3.0 CSLs at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance this weekend.
The original in the legendary series of BMW Art Cars is the highlight of the BMW CSL class at the 2014 Amelia Concours d‘Elegance. For over 40 years, the BMW Art Car Collection has captured the imagination of art and design enthusiasts as well as lovers of cars and technology with its unique combination of fine art and innovative automobile technology. The collection first started when French racecar driver and art aficionado Hervé Poulain, together with Jochen Neerpasch, then-director of BMW Motorsport, asked artist friend Alexander Calder to design an automobile. The result was a BMW 3.0 CSL which competed in the 1975 24 Hours of Le Mans, driven by Poulain and American Sam Posey. Also included in the class are both the BMW CSLs that won the 1975 Twelve Hours of Sebring and the 1976 Daytona 24 Hour race.

The 19th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is on this weekend. For more information, please visit https://www.ameliaconcours.org/