Story by Alan Boe
Photos by Alan Boe unless otherwise noted
The Kimberly Years
A month after its win at Spa, Luigi Chinetti, Sr. and Lord Selsdon of England placed their barchetta eighth in the Grand Prix of the Auto Club of Paris at Montlhéry, which turned out to be its last race on continental soil. But by no means was s/n 0010 M done racing. In early 1950, the car was sold through Chinetti to Jim Kimberly of Chicago, Illinois, heir to the Kimberly Clark industrial empire. [Read more…] about Alan Boe on Ferrari s/n 0010 M Part 2
Story by Brandes Elitch
Photos courtesy the Mullin Automotive Museum
About six months ago I got a call from an old friend who is part of a members-only group at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Knowing that I have a Citroën DS and an SM, he announced that his group had a special invitation to attend the opening of a new exhibit at the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, devoted entirely to the history of Citroën. It didn’t take me long to decide to make the trip, although it is a full day’s drive for me from Sonoma County, 2 hours north of San Francisco. He enticed me further by saying we would drive up there from L.A. in his 1962 Maserati 3500 coupe, which is a pretty brave undertaking considering the traffic there. [Read more…] about Mullin Automotive Museum Celebrates Citroën
Otto Linton passed away on January 3, and we have lost one of the true pioneers of sports car racing in America. He was born in Vienna, Austria on May 12, 1917. He studied engineering at the University of Vienna and immigrated to the United States in 1938. During the Second World War he worked as an engineer and machinist converting factories to war production in Philadelphia. As a youth he was attracted to cars and racing, and after he arrived in the US he was instrumental in the creation of post war racing, helping form the SCCA in the Philadelphia region.
Otto was a keen supporter of VeloceToday from the beginning, and over the years helped us on many stories, including his OSCA and experience with the ex-George Lymber BNC. Both Carl Goodwin and John Wright wrote about Linton’s racing experiences. For this article, we have taken excerpts from articles about Linton which previously appeared in VeloceToday, and in Carl Goodwin’s excellent book “They Started in MGs”. [Read more…] about Remembering Otto Linton
By John R. Wright
From the archives, October 31st, 2007
Otto Linton was one of those rare and colorful characters who participated in the beginnings of sports car racing in the United States. Linton drove a number of rare Italian cars, including the ex-Cabianca OSCA.
In 2005, I interviewed Linton at Watkins Glen. Linton, along with Denver Cornett, another early competitor, told to me about those early, post WWII days of sport scar racing which began at Watkins Glen. [Read more…] about Interview with Otto Linton
Story and Photos by Alan Boe
All old Ferraris have a story to tell but most never get the words out. That, however, is not the case with the magnificent little 166 MM Touring-bodied barchetta, s/n 0010 M, which had its story told twice in Cavallino and in the September 1996 edition of Classic and Sports Cars. It’s worth another look because this one of the most important Ferraris of them all. Ferrari historian and Pebble Beach Judge Alan Boe relates the story.
You may be surprised to find out what it’s like driving an early Ferrari. But before we get into the cockpit, let’s review some pertinent statistics that shed light on the performance and handling characteristics.
Story and photos by Sean Smith
On June 4th, 2017, Walter and the SIATA won the “Vintage Rallies” award at the 2017 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance. But the car still was not running right—so off it went to Automotive Restorations in Stratford Connecticut.
They were chasing what they thought were some electrical gremlins. They got the SIATA running better, and technician Chip Webb took the car out for a road test.
On June 8th at 1:30 in the afternoon, Chip was waiting for a light at the corner of Stratford and Surf Avenues with his signal on, when a woman in a Toyota Camry came along doing something she shouldn’t have been doing… one hand on the wheel and the other on her ubiquitous cell phone… driving distracted.
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By Bill Giltzow
Above and below are two wonderfully evocative photos from the archives of Bill Giltzow. But first, who is Bill Giltzow?
A long time VeloceToday reader, Bill has contributed a number of rare photos to illustrate a few of our articles, from
Ok we’re guilty. We’ve inserted William G. Giltzow’s 1951 photo of an unidentified Bugatti eagerly being worked on by a number of young American Bugatti enthusiasts into the cover of a classic book on the 8 cylinder touring Bugattis. Maybe it will help someone identify the mystery Bugatti. A good read in any case as you will see below in our archived book review.
Review by Pete Vack
Like most manufacturers, Bugatti was in business to make money by producing automobiles (and railcars), a fact that is often obscured by the brilliance of the Type 35, 55, and 57 Bugattis. And to be sure, those are the Bugattis that most often appear at vintage events, auctions and car shows; how easy it has become to overlook the bread and butter Bugattis that comprised the Types 30, 38, 44 and 49 line of straight eight touring cars. [Read more…] about A Great Book on Bugatti 8 Cylinder Tourers
We’ve looked at the stories that generated the greatest number of clicks and hits over the past year, read the comments, and then judged them on overall quality to come up with 12 articles that we feel are the best of 2017. Below are the selections, NOT in an particular order. Click on each banner icon to get right to the story.
Story by Sean Smith
In Part 1, Sean Smith relates the fascinating life of a Siata that has been in the same family for almost 60 years, a story that begins back in 1952 with a most unlikely car….Ed.
Dr. Julius Eisenstark had an eye for unique cars. In 1952 when everybody else was buying Fords and Chevys, he bought a Hudson.
Not just any Hudson, but a Teaguemobile.
Story by Guy Anderson
Photos copyright Guy Anderson
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Hal Needham, the director of The Cannonball Run, was a stunt man by trade turned actor/director. Needham had many years under his belt perfecting these types of dangerous stunts and was famous for his ability to place the film-goer on the edge of their seat. He went to great lengths to get his audience involved with some amazing stunts that his productions devised and executed.
This was a time when stunts were actually made by real people; there were no computers to generate these stunts. Just imagine riding in the Smokey and The Bandit Trans Am when it jumped the Mulberry Bridge in 1977 at the Jonesboro, Georgia location. This was an insane stunt that is now made famous in the Smokey and the Bandit franchise. The Trans Am was a real car with real stunt men with a very real and extremely dangerous 150-foot jump over a real rotted-out bridge. Needham made that insanely dangerous and scary sequence happen with precision in its execution.