The 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, which took place on Aug. 26, paid tribute to post-war automotive design with this year’s special class: “American Dream Cars of the 1960s.” Car design in the US made revolutionary advances after World War Two. The big and bulky forms of the pre-war period were replaced by sleek shapes, highly influenced by jets and rockets—and in some cases prompted by a desire to revive European specialty marques. It was a period of optimism, high concepts, and big dreams. Continue reading “American 1960s Dream Cars Celebrated at Pebble Beach”
Earlier this year, we sang the praises of the AMC AMX as a classic car on the rise. The model was noteworthy because its prices are still accessible to everyday collectors of both sports cars and muscle machines. However, that scenario could change now that an AMX/3 took top honors in the Bizzarrini class at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours earlier this month. Continue reading “Rare AMX/3 Muscle Car Gets Respect in Pebble Beach”
In 1963, a tractor manufacturer named Ferruccio Lamborghini decided that he wanted to make cars. He had been frustrated with a Ferrari he had purchased, which led to a brouhaha with the owner of Ferrari—who insulted Signore Lamborhini and told him to stick to manufacturing tractors. Lamborghini took revenge by creating the luxurious 350 GT, the company’s first production vehicle. Continue reading “The Supercar Turns 50, Thanks to Lamborghini”
In August 2015, Porsche Cars North America hosted the Rennsport Reunion V event at the Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif. The Rennsport is the preeminent showcase of classic racing models from Porsche’s long history. At this year’s Rennsport Reunion, a crowd of about 57,000 Porsche enthusiasts was treated to more than 350 vintage Porsche race cars, including the bright orange Jägermeister Porsche 962C -117. Continue reading “Jägermeister Porsche 962C Wows Crowd at Rennsport Reunion V”
The somewhat crude surface of Old Yeller II belies its brilliant fundamental layout, chassis, and engine design. That’s how Old Yeller II was able to successfully compete against more sophisticated Ferraris, Jaguars, and Porsches of its day. Old Yeller II competed in 1960s in all the major California race events in Pomona, Riverside, Santa Maria, and Laguna Seca. Continue reading “Legendary Old Yeller II Returns to Rolex Motorsports Reunion”
The highlight of the recent 2017 Concorso Italiano in Pebble Beach, Calif. for me was the first showing of the Thomassima II—a resurrected Italian car designed and fabricated by a couple of Americans. For the past three decades, the low sleek supercar was in pieces, stored in boxes. Then, about six years ago, Larry Hatfield, its current owner who lives in Comfort, Tex., and Tim Taylor of Red Car Restorations in Rockwall, Tex., started the painstaking process of restoration and assembly. The work paid off.
Ferrari enthusiasts gathered last month at the 2017 Monterey Car Week to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the company’s founding. A mind-boggling assortment of extraordinary vintage Ferraris could be seen nearly everywhere we turned at the week’s events—at the Quail Gathering, Concorso Italiano, Pebble Beach, and on just about any road in Monterey. Continue reading “A Feast of Ferraris Were On Display at 2017 Monterey Car Week”
Every August, the center of gravity in the classic car universe shifts to Monterey, Calif. for a weeklong non-stop display of automotive excess. We were there for this year’s occurrence, which wrapped up last week, to see first-hand the world’s greatest automobiles on the roads of Monterey, and to stroll the many events Continue reading “Enjoy Monterey Car Week on $5 a Day”