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VeloceToday for August 19, 2014

by pete on August 19, 2014

Answer to our Engine Quiz is a CTA Aresnal, and Anton Krivanek was the first with the correct answer. Our thanks to all who made a guess!

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Help us create a historical documentary about the men who created the Italian automobiles of the 1950s-1970s! Many remain enigmatic; the producers are hoping to change this by creating a documentary that tracks down the key players of the era. Some have already passed and with others now in their later years, this may be the last chance to pool their collective knowledge. Click on the image to see how you can contribute! Campaign ends August 30th so hurry!

Three volume classic, “The Grand Prix Car” by Laurence Pomeroy and LJK Setright. 1200+pp The history, theory, design , details and performance of all the important GP cars from the turn of the century through 1966. Hundreds of extraordinary technical drawings, charts, spec tables and racing results. Condition: excellent used, no marks beyond owner name Price $850 plus shipping(weight 12.5 lbs) Contact stevegurr@charter.net

*$25 Ads for anyone who has something to sell, to giveaway, or to holler about. Ad will be placed above the fold and run for one month. Contact vack@cox.net .

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Engines of the Ring: Oldtimer Grand Prix

by pete on August 19, 2014

Maserati 250F of 1954



Art by Alessandro Gerelli

Walking around in the pits, at this year’s Oldtimer Grand Prix, it was very interesting to watch the mechanics working on the cars and especially on the engines.

All the engines are beautiful, always clean and look like new, but the Italians are always more fascinating with the carburetors, air filters, and sparkplugs, but also exhaust tubes which look like sculptures.

What a difference with today’s electronics!

To win a free book, scroll down to the last photo (there are 23 images). We’re betting that you can’t figure out what kind of car was powered by that strange looking engine. The first correct email sent to the editor at vack@cox.net will win a copy of the VeloceTodaySelect publication, Cuban Grand Prix 1957 by David Seielstad. Shipping is free. [click to continue…]

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Gianni Lancia, 1924-2014

by pete on August 19, 2014

Last of the Glory Days; testing the D50 with Ascari at Caselle Airport. Courtesy Nigel Trow.

By Nigel Trow

Sigmund Freud, Vincenzo Lancia’s older contemporary, would have had much to say about the life of Lancia’s son, Gianni, who died on June 30th 2014 at his home on Cap Ferrat, France. Born in Turin in November 1924, Gianni was the middle child of three and the only son of Vincenzo and Adele Lancia. The children were close in age; Anna Maria, the eldest, being born in 1922 and Eleonora, in 1926 (tragically murdered by her disturbed daughter in 1996). They were left fatherless in their early teens by Vincenzo’s sudden death in February 1937, and for Gianni, not yet 13 years old, the prospect of having to take his father’s place must have loomed large. [click to continue…]

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Finotto, Facetti and the Ferrari Carma

by pete on August 19, 2014

Photographed around 1996, the Carma FF is in almost concours condition.



Story and photos by Graham Gauld

Has anyone seen the Carma FF lately?

Recently Martino Finotto died of cancer at the age of 80. He was a Milanese gentleman driver, his family fortune stemming from their pharmaceutical company. Finotto was the man behind various racing ventures with his business partner and racing driver Carlo Facetti. Together they ran Achille Motors in Milan where Facetti was in charge. [click to continue…]

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Cars of the Ring: Oldtimer Grand Prix, 2014

by Gerelli on August 19, 2014

Maserati 250F #2533 of 1958.

Story and photos by Alessandro Gerelli

The traditional mid-August appointment at the Nurburgring was a great success, with a huge number of enthusiasts to see many important old cars. The old and very long Nordschleife track is used only for one race (the Marathon): all the other races are run on the normal track. [click to continue…]

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VeloceToday for August 12, 2014

by pete on August 12, 2014

Ferrari 410 Sport Prototype, first raced by Carroll Shelby; Offered by Rick Cole Auctions in Monterey. Click on image for details.

Before you leave for Monterey, be sure to download this Digital Pocket Guide to Monterey, courtesy of Alan Taylor and Keith Martin’s Sports Car Market Magazine. This compact guide includes a map, event timeline and auction details in eight-page digital package — perfect for your tablet or phone.

This week, something a bit different. We present all three parts of Gijsbert-Paul Berk’s enlightening look at self-drive cars; Part 1 of ADA published last week revealed a long history of attempts to create a self-driving automobile. Part 2 discusses the political, social and legal issues confronting such vehicles. In Part 3, Gijsbert-Paul Berk wonders if the fun will go out with the steering wheel. Lastly don’t miss our article on the Lanciana publication, with Steve Snyder, Ed Godshalk, Howard Moon and more.

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1997 BMW M3 4 door auto. No rust, straight, Good alloys, new tires. Interior needs minor repair, car overheated VANOS needs replacement but runs. Boston Green with tan/brown. 179K, needs tlc. Asking $4600 or best offer. 703-534-5015 Washington D.C. area.

SOLD! 1959 Citroen 2 CV “Dans son Jus”! Imported from Avignon France and shipped to California in 1984. Running and has new convertible top, a new wiring harness and five new Michelin 135 X 400 tires. contact Clark Rodgers clark@f1weekly.com Click to see photos.

SOLD!! Lancia Brochures: Lancia Flamina Zagato Supersport from 1966 and another from 1959 which features all 4 Flaminia models. Excellent condition, never drooled on. Click on pic to see complete brochures. $100 for both. Contact:vack@cox.net

As fast as the race itself, The 1000 Mile Dream, is a novel about the Mille Miglia. Author Jim Fontana ably creates characters that are reminiscent of a number of drivers, team managers and journalists of the era. He knows his Mille Miglia history. A fascinating winter read for everyone. On sale for $23 Hardcover, $19 Softcover, all signed by the author and shipping is FREE. jfont29118@aol.com .
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Lancia Aurelia B 20 GT. Third Series, 1953 Engine: B20 3201 Chassis : B20 2923 Imported to Uruguay in the 1950s and used in a few races, reportedly driven by Juan Carlos Gutiérrez and dismantled. It was completely restored beginning in the mid-eighties and finished three years ago. Click photo for more details. Contact:julioberges@gmail.com

*$25 Ads for anyone who has something to sell, to giveaway, or to holler about. Ad will be placed above the fold and run for one month. Contact vack@cox.net .

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Lanciana and Friends

by pete on August 12, 2014

Ex-Lanciana Editor Howard Moon's Aurelia never looked better than at this Gran Touring show at Reston Virginia. Moon's articles are featured in the recent Lanciana reprint. Photo by Mary Decker Vack

By Pete Vack

The other day we received that special issue of Lanciana long in the making. It is not really a book but a club publication, nor is this article really a review. This edition of Lanciana is an updated reprint of the 1977 issue and is a compendium of articles and authors. Leafing through it was a delightful visit of old acquaintances, friends, and contributors to VeloceToday.

Steve Snyder himself, for example. Now 80 years old, Snyder has lived a life of Lancias, and in addition to his work to re-launch the classic Lancianas, he has been assisting Brandes Elitch and this editor with a new VeloceToday Select book, “The Lancia Loraymo”, which should be in print later this year. His experiences with the odd-duck Loewy Lancia are unique and unforgettable. In the meantime, his work on the Lanciana reprint is much needed and appreciated. [click to continue…]

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ADA Part 2: Legal and Social Issues

by pete on August 12, 2014

Don’t try this at home! A suggestive photo published by Volvo to illustrate the advantages of semi self-driving cars. Experts think that even before 2020, the combination of adaptive cruise control and autonomous brake systems will allow drivers of cars in the premium segment to cruise along in convoy, without having to pay attention what is happening in front.

Part 1 of ADA revealed a long history of attempts to create a self-driving automobile, while Part 2 discussed the political, social and legal issues confronting such vehicles. In Part 3, Gijsbert-Paul Berk considers the needs and fears of the marketplace.

By Gijsbert-Paul Berk

Li Shufu (Li), Chairman of the Chinese Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely and Volvo), has confided in an interview with Chengdu Business Daily (CBD) in February, that his company has as goal to produce fully autonomous automobiles by 2020. This may be a reasonable goal if China does not have to deal with the complex politics and legal systems in place in Europe and the U.S.

Carlos Ghosn: The industry is ready, but are the legislators?

Back in Europe, Carlos Ghosn, head of the Renault-Nissan alliance, declared at a recent meeting at the French Automobile Club in Paris, “Cars that drive themselves can be on the roads four years from now, provided red tape does not get in the way. The problem isn’t technology, it’s legislation, and the question of liability that goes with these cars moving around … especially who is responsible once there is no longer anyone inside.” [click to continue…]

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ADA Part 3: Goodbye Nardi?

August 12, 2014

Part 1 of ADA revealed a long history of attempts to create a self-driving automobile, while Part 2 discussed the political, social and legal issues confronting such vehicles. In Part 3, Gijsbert-Paul Berk considers the needs and fears of the marketplace.
By Gijsbert-Paul Berk
Aside from legal, political, and social issues, a growing market for [...]

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VeloceToday for August 5, 2014

August 5, 2014

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The most successful series in the 12 year history of VeloceToday.com! Click each icon to read.

SOLD! 1959 Citroen 2 CV [...]

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An Alfa in the Mille Miglia Part 1

August 5, 2014

La Mille Miglia, Part 1 UK to Brescia

A longtime contributor to VeloceToday, Graham Earl entered this year’s Mille Miglia with one of our favorite cars, an Alfa Giulietta Sprint. Earl is a veteran of three Mille Miglias, and in no respect a novice. This three part article is an absolute must-read [...]

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Self-Drive Cars and You: A History Longer than You Think

August 5, 2014

Forget all of what you have considered major advancements in the development of the automobile: Ford’s assembly line, automatic transmissions, disc brakes, fuel injection, computerized fuel systems. By far the most important and far reaching automobile innovation since the very invention of the automobile is just taking form. ADAs (Autonomous-driving-automobiles) are not just around [...]

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