One hundred copies of latest 800 page, two-volume book from Dalton Watson, Briggs Cunningham, The Passion, The Cars, The Legacy, by Richard Harman will be available for sale at Lime Rock, during the Cunningham event on September 1, 2013. Take home a treasure!
Archives for August 2013
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Story and Photos by Hugues Vanhoolandt
For the 63rd year running, the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance was a reunion of the crème de la crème of the classic automobile world.
This year’s edition celebrated among others the 50th anniversary of both Lamborghini and the Porsche 911, the Lincoln and Simplex brands, and the French coachbuilder Vanvooren.
[Read more…] about Hugues Vanhoolandt at Pebble Beach
Captions and Photos by Alessandro Gerelli
A further look at this year’s Oldtimer Grand Prix, held on August 10-11 2013, including the best of the Coy’s Auction.
Story by Brandes Elitch
Photos by Petya Elitch
If you have never attended the Monterey Car Week then you need to know that there are two basic rules: you can’t see everything, so don’t try, and – as we used to say in the Army – “Move with a purpose.”
There are years when I have skipped the races at Laguna Seca, and I stopped going to Pebble Beach after twenty plus years of regular attendance. But one event I don’t miss is the Concorso Italiano – the largest Italian car show in the world.
Let me point out why this is not happening in Italy. [Read more…] about Brandes Elitch at Concorso Italiano
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Maurice Gatsonides; race driver (1953 Nurburgring), rally driver (outright winner, 1953 Monte Carlo Rally), sports car manufacturer (Gatso, Gatford), and successful inventor, (electronic speed traps) was a tour d’force, yet little is known about this fascinating man. In a stroke of luck, in conversations with our correspondent Gijsbert-Paul Berk, it was revealed to the Editor that Berk once called Gatsonides his boss. Do tell more, we asked. Thusly, here is Berk’s personal memoires of the multi-talented Dutch carmaker and a photo history of the man and the cars.
By Gijsbert-Paul Berk
Photos courtesy Gatsonides family and Gatsometer BV
At the Dutch Institute for Automobile Management where I studied in 1948, it was a tradition that each autumn a group of students had to organize a TSD rally for students, parents and special guests. One of these guests was Mr. Maurice Gatsonides, a well-known Dutch rally driver and the builder of the Gatso sports car.
By Pete Vack
This article originally appeared in VeloceToday in 2007
As we approached the tomb of what promised to be the long lost Cisitalia D46 (oh, well, there may be more lost D46s, but nevertheless, this one was truly long lost) we wondered if it was really possible that one of the rarest and most treasured Italian race cars ever built had been hidden from sight for over 40 years, and was only one hour from VeloceToday Headquarters? Read Part 1
“Howard Carter and King Tut’s tomb had nothing on us..”
After talking with owner Betty Peters at her home in Suffolk, Virginia, we were led out to a corner of a very large lot. Her grandson Bruce pointed to the shed, and said, “Go, see for yourself.”
Covered with years of bushes, the doors of the shed were difficult to open. But even at a glance, it was clear that the chassis did not belong to an American midget, or a Formula Junior. The rusty rails and tubular body supports shouted “Italian”. We stumbled through the shed until we got a good look at the front suspension. The transverse springs, Topolino style, dated the chassis to the early 1950s, as did placement of the front engine.
Mad for Speed, the Racing Life of Joan Newton Cuneo
By Elsa A. Nystrom
217 pages, softback, black and white photos
Published by McFarland www.mcfarlandpub.com
Available at Amazon.com or order from 1-800-253-2187
Review by Pete Vack
Photos courtesy the Author and the Newton Family
In 1909, Joan Newton Cuneo, all of 5 foot 2 inches and 125 lbs., competed against a top-notch field of professional men race drivers in a three day series of races held in New Orleans just prior to the Mardi Gras. With her new 50 hp Knox Giant, she easily won her races in the amateur divisions. What turned heads however, was that this tiny dynamo came in second to the future Indy winner Ralph De Palma in the 50 mile event, and again finished second to De Palma in a 10 mile race the next day, beating drivers Bob Burman, Lewis Strang and George Roberston. France’s Madame du Gast had nothing on the petite Mrs. Cuneo. Cuneo, already a proven fearless and talented competitor, was quickly becoming the Danica Patrick of her day.
Less than a month later, the Automobile Association of America, already in bed with the car manufacturers and in full control of all sanctioned racing in the U.S., officially banned women from racing or any other type of time trial or Tour. [Read more…] about Mad for Speed: Book Review
Story and Photos by Alessandro Gerelli
This year’s Oldtimer’s Grand Prix, held last weekend August 10-11 at the Nurburgring, was short on Ferraris but long on Maseratis. Alessandro Gerelli brings you the cars in two parts.
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In the 1970s, the Editor retrieved an Alfa Romeo Sprint Veloce from a barn, sold it and forgot about it. Thirty-five years later he received an email from the cars’ current owner, wondering if he had any as-found photos or information about the car. We found the photos, beginning the intriguing story of an Alfa Veloce that was once raced, lost, found, raced again and restored by a succession of owners, all of whom contributed their words, photos, and experiences for this story. A Barn Story unlike any you’ll ever read! Click HERE for more details.