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VeloceToday for May 24, 2016

by pete on May 24, 2016

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EBay Michelotti Corvette

by pete on May 24, 2016

sfsdf Not the Rondine but we bet a Michelotti Corvette is still worth a lot of money. Credit McLaren Philadelphia

By Wallace Wyss

On eBay, you gotta figure that everything comes up one time or another. Even Corvettes bodied in Italy by famous carrozzeria. We found it on eBay, but the car is still available at McLaren of Philadelphia, who kindly allowed us to use these photos.

You take a name like Giovanni Michelotti and you think, whatever chassis he designs coachwork for, it’s gonna be wonderful, right? Especially when the actual coachbuilder is Ghia.

Uh, no.

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Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2016

by pete on May 24, 2016

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By Brandes Elitch
Photos by Dave Fetherston unless otherwise noted

In my previous article, I interviewed Gordon McCall, the organizer of the motorcycle show held every May since 2009 at the Quail Lodge Resort in Carmel Valley, California. It is generally regarded as the premier motorcycle concours in the country.

One of the emcees at the show is Paul d’Orleans, a well-known motorcycle writer (www.the vintagent@blogspot.com). Paul describes the ambiance of the show better than anyone. “The world of motorcycles has all the ingredients of a good, enriching drama: heroic deeds, political intrigue, design brilliance, cut-throat business practices, quirky characters, national tensions, cultural biases, Eros and Thanatos. When diving into the muck of motorcycle history, we find unexpected riches.” [click to continue…]

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Voyage to Wilton House

by pete on May 24, 2016

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Wilton House 2016: I liked the Maserati 4200; my wife was more interested in the ceanothus.

From: Jonathan Sharp

Dear Pete,

Jose and I managed to grab two days away over the weekend, May 21-22 and saw a recently restored world famous steam engine, the Flying Scotsman, in full steam; Stonehenge, the Salisbury Cathedral and a low-key event at Wilton House for Italian and French cars called “The Wilton Wake Up.” [click to continue…]

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Gauld at Maranello and Monaco

by pete on May 24, 2016

Howden Ganley welcomes Piero Ferrari as an honorary member of the Grand Prix Drivers Club in the Cavallino Restaurant opposite the original factory gates. John Surtees is in the foreground. Howden Ganley welcomes Piero Ferrari as an honorary member of the Grand Prix Drivers Club in the Cavallino Restaurant opposite the original factory gates. John Surtees is in the foreground.

By Graham Gauld

In some ways I always dread the month of May as I usually have something going on, not only every weekend but in four different countries! As a result this is written in haste before heading off for Scotland and the Ecurie Ecosse Tour.

Ten days ago it all started with the Annual General Meeting of the Grand Prix Drivers Club which this year was held in Maranello on the invitation of Ferrari, and resulted in a good turnout of members including not only what we would call normal Ferrari drivers but including one World Champion, John Surtees. Piero Ferrari, vice-President of Ferrari was made an Honorary Member of the Club by Club President Howden Ganley and was seated beside John Surtees.

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VeloceToday for May 17, 2016

by pete on May 17, 2016

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Augie Pabst, Behind the Wheel

By Robert Birmingham
Dalton Watson Fine Books, March 2016

ISBN 978-1-85443-277-3
280mm by 230mm
Hardbound with dust jacket
367 pages
500 color and B&W photos

$79.00 USD, plus shipping
$99 signed by Pabst

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Book Review by Pete Vack

Robert Birmingham’s book begins very softly, gently leading us into the life of Augie Pabst. A very brief look at his childhood and education; sparse race reports, a photo or two of Pabst Motors in 1956, racing an AC Bristol, and an affair with a Ferrari (sn 0612).

dsfdsfMay 12, 2016 Road America. Augie Pabst signs copies of his biography. Left is Pabst’s daughter Eugénie, at right author Bob Birmingham.

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Italian Car Day at Brooklands, Part 2

May 17, 2016

Story and photos by Jonathan Sharp VeloceToday is about Italian and French cars. Italian cars, we got. Jonathan Sharp went to Brooklands to find a huge variety of Italians, some as rare as honest politicians. The editor has not seen an Alfetta sedan since he sold his in 1983. And how about that Moretti, or...

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Lancia S4 and the Attack of the Killer Bs

May 17, 2016

By John R. Wright If too much horsepower is just about right, then Lancia got it just about right with its Lancia S4 rally car. How to describe an all-out racing car used for rallying, one which according to one source would accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 2.3 seconds…on gravel! The Lancia could accomplish this...

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Greystone Mansion Concours, May 1 2016

May 17, 2016

The Greystone Mansion Concours Very chi-chi.. Story by Wallace Wyss Photos by Richard Bartholomew Wasn’t it F. Scott Fitzgerald who said “The rich are very different from you and me?” You get a sense of what the rich must have lived like back in 1920’s Los Angeles when you see the sight of this mansion,...

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