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VeloceToday for October 21, 2014

by pete on October 21, 2014


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Four issues of Auto Aficionado, the automobile collector’s magazine edited by Larry Crane, including the initial three issues. Only sold together $80 plus $20 postage from France via paypal. Volume 1 No 1 March/April 2005, Volume 1 No 2 May-June 2005, Volume 1 No 3 Sept/Oct 2005, Volume 2 No 1 Jan/Feb 2006. Contact:Grahamgauld@Gmail.com

Alfa 1600 Sprint and Spider Instruction Book. Public no. 838-12/1963 (1500) R. Original, excellent to mint condition; spine is not broken, appears as new. Slight fraying on edge of Electrical diagram where it protrudes from the edge of the book. 80 pages, printed for US market cars. SS instruction book sold for $400; looking for best offer over $300. Click photo to see larger image. 1600 Giulia TI instruction book also available, good condition.
Contact:vack@cox.net

Join the Rat Pack! Stunningly restored Ghia L 6.4 coupe for sale. Ninth of only 26 made; full, authentic, accurate restoration. Beautiful black exterior with black and white interior, as featured in the original factory sales brochure! Please see www.GhiaL64.com for details or contact John Huggins at GhiaL6.4@gmail.com

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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Mr. G's Lancia Aurelia B20 coupe. Since the T57 was also a coupe, he decided he wanted an open car.


By Brandes Elitch

In the previous column we related how our hero discovered a Bugatti while in military service in France and brought it home to Florida. He towed it to California to begin restoration at the same time he was a graduate student at Stanford University. He then acquired a Lancia Aurelia Spider and joined Hayden Shepley’s American Lancia Club as member number 7. We pick up the story in 1970 after he has graduated, married and is living in Carmel Valley, California. By now he has traded the Spider for an Aurelia Gran Turismo coupe, better suited to commuting to his job in Monterey. One day he saw an ad in the Monterey Herald newspaper for a 1954 Maserati 2 liter spider (S/N 2101). He had always coveted a Maserati, but already had the Bugatti and Lancia in the garage. A friend advised him that he really needed to have an open car because the other two were coupes. When he asked his wife for her opinion she replied, “The main vices in your character are the ones in the garage. Go ahead and buy what you really want!” It should be obvious to any car enthusiast that when this happens it is proof you married the right person. [click to continue…]

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Scuderia Ambrosiana

by pete on October 21, 2014

The writer’s first meeting with Scuderia Ambrosiana was at Charterhall in Scotland in 1952. The photo shows David Murray’s Scuderia Ambrosiana badged Ferrari F2 car that was to be driven by Bill Dobson. The distinctive Scuderia Ambrosiana badge can be seen just ahead of the rear view mirror whilst chief mechanic Wilkie Wilkinson is at the wheel.

Story and photos by Graham Gauld

Most people interested in Italian motor racing will no doubt have heard of Scuderia Ambrosiana, originally founded by Count “Johnny” Lurani back in 1936 but probably know little else about it. [click to continue…]

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Zoute Grand Prix, October 9-12, Belgium

by pete on October 21, 2014

But remember, don’t drink and drive!

Story and photos by Hugues Vahnoolandt

Zoute Grand Prix, Belgium October 9-12 2014 Now in its 5th edition, the Zoute Grand Prix, held in Knokke-le-Zoute on the Belgian Coast, has become a key event of the classic car calendar and marks the last Concours d’Elégance of the year, at least in Europe.

Apart from the Zoute Concours, there is also the Zoute Rally for classic cars built between 1920 and 1965, and the Zoute GT Tour for recent supercars.

Together with an auction sale by Bonhams, all these events form the Zoute Grand Prix, attracting thousands of enthusiasts and simple spectators.

But let’s see now what was notable this year: [click to continue…]

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Ferrari Celebrates 60 Years in North America

by pete on October 21, 2014

Rodeo Drive and a 458 Ferrari Italia.


Story and photos by Steven Kittrell unless otherwise noted

Beverly. Hills that is; swimming pools, movie stars and a stable of Ferraris never before seen on US soil. Last Sunday, Ferrari celebrated its 60th North American anniversary by rolling out the red carpet on Rodeo Drive. This ‘Race Through the Decades’ event was loaded with the most historically significant collection of Ferrari’s ever assembled in the United States. [click to continue…]

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VeloceToday for October 14, 2014

by pete on October 14, 2014


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Four issues of Auto Aficionado, the automobile collector’s magazine edited by Larry Crane, including the initial three issues. Only sold together $80 plus $20 postage from France via paypal. Volume 1 No 1 March/April 2005, Volume 1 No 2 May-June 2005, Volume 1 No 3 Sept/Oct 2005, Volume 2 No 1 Jan/Feb 2006. Contact:Grahamgauld@Gmail.com

Alfa 1600 Sprint and Spider Instruction Book. Public no. 838-12/1963 (1500) R. Original, excellent to mint condition; spine is not broken, appears as new. Slight fraying on edge of Electrical diagram where it protrudes from the edge of the book. 80 pages, printed for US market cars. SS instruction book sold for $400; looking for best offer over $300. Click photo to see larger image. 1600 Giulia TI instruction book also available, good condition.
Contact:vack@cox.net

Join the Rat Pack! Stunningly restored Ghia L 6.4 coupe for sale. Ninth of only 26 made; full, authentic, accurate restoration. Beautiful black exterior with black and white interior, as featured in the original factory sales brochure! Please see www.GhiaL64.com for details or contact John Huggins at GhiaL6.4@gmail.com

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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A Lifetime of Cars of a Lifetime: Bugatti T57

by Brandy on October 14, 2014

The Bugatti T57 in 1955 beside the Meuse river in Verdun, France.


By Brandes Elitch

“I was fortunate enough to live in a time when, if you were willing to tinker with your car, there was a lot of neat stuff to be had. But you were on your own though.”

Recently, Steve Snyder, a fixture in the American Lancia Club for decades, reprinted the club publication originally published in 1977 as “the Aurelia Issue.” (http://www.velocetoday.com/lanciana-and-friends/) This year, he added more recent material, which brought it to 94 pages. This would be a must-have for any Lancisti. Steve has a few copies for sale; you can contact him at jsteve34@att.net. Steve asked me to deliver a copy locally, which took me to the residence of Mr. G., who kindly invited me inside his home. When I asked about some pictures on the wall, he related the history of his life with cars, and has agreed to share it with our readers, as follows: [click to continue…]

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Bicester Heritage is a beautiful industrial park for vintage cars, bikes an planes.

Roy Smith returned from Bicester with hundreds of photos; we chose enough to allow the reader to get a sense of this incredible and historic “industrial park”. When finished, the Bicester Heritage Park will be stunning and a fitting place to store and restore vehicles and airplanes. [Ed.]

Story and photos by Roy P. Smith

Here is news of an event that is rapidly gaining in popularity in the UK. I had the good fortune to be invited to take one of my cars along to the October 5th Edition of the Bicester Heritage Sunday Brunch Scramble. Maybe the word egg should go after scramble, because it’s “the” place to go for breakfast on one of these open days.

Bicester Heritage is the UK’s first industrial park for the restoration and storage of vintage and classic cars, motorcycles and aeroplanes. It is already a hub of a great deal of activity on all three fronts. The location is iconic, being 348 acres of a historic RAF bomber station first established in the First World War. It is situated just to the north side of Bicester in Oxfordshire, close to the M40 London to Birmingham motorway. [click to continue…]

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Australia’s Vintage Collingrove Hillclimb

October 14, 2014

South Australia, 5 October 2014
Story and photos by Vince Johnson
The British far outnumbered the French and Italians at the Sporting Car Club of South Australia’s annual vintage hillclimb in the Barossa Valley recently. At just under 700 meters in length it doesn’t take long for competitors to get over the crest at the top and [...]

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A Decade of Danville Delights

October 14, 2014

By Steve Kittrell
The Danville Concours d’Elegance was held on Sunday, September 21st celebrating its milestone 10th annual event at historic downtown Danville, California in the San Francisco Bay area.
Many of the efforts for this concours directly benefited the Michael J. Fox Foundation and the Parkinson’s Institute for the advancement of its research and patient [...]

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VeloceToday for October 7th, 2014

October 7, 2014

Andrea De Cesaris 31 May 1959 – 05 October 2014
With all the publicity surrounding the accident to Jules Bianchi in the Japanese Grand Prix last Sunday there was another sad passing when former Alfa Romeo, McLaren and Ligier driver Andrea de Cesaris was killed in a motorcycle [...]

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Lancia and De Virgilio: At The Center

October 7, 2014

Title: Lancia and De Virgilio: At The Center
Author: Geoffrey Goldberg
Prefaces: Luigi De Virgilio, Miles C. Collier
Format: Hardcover, 10 ¾” by 11 ½”, 332 pages
Photos: 240 black-and-white and 39 color photographs; 231 illustrations
Footnotes, Index, Bibliography and Appendixes
Retail Price: $99.95/£65.00/€80.00
ISBN-13: 978 1 935007 25-8
To order, call 602-852-9500, (800) 831-1758, or visit www.bullpublishing.com

Review by Nigel [...]

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