Archives for September 2013
Story by Denise McCluggage
Photos and captions by Graham Gauld
There have been many “firsts” in the life of John Michael Hawthorn starting that tenth day in April, 1929, when he first saw light of day. His father, Leslie, was a garage owner and a man active in motorcycling and motor-racing circles, putting Mike close to this world from the time he was a tyke.
His first time at the wheel of a car was when he was eight. He “borrowed” an old Jowett that had been left for repair and, with it in gear and the engine off, ground it around a field behind the garage on the starter motor. His first vehicle was a 1927 Norton motor-bike which he owned when he was 14, but for tinkering purposes only as he was too young to drive on the road.
By Wallace Wyss
One of the best things about the Palos Verdes Concours, which takes place at the Trump National Golf Club, is that it is on a peninsula that sticks out into the Pacific. The view is to die for–rolling golf greens and limitless ocean.
Not only that, it seems they have a tradition there of honoring obscure French marques. This year, though, the overall theme was “Age of Elegance” with examples of Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Duesenberg, and Dietrich coachwork. Ray Dietrich was a celebrated American designer in the custom coachwork era.
But rest assured there were plenty of Italian and French cars.
[Read more…] about Palo Verdes Concours, 2013
Incredible Barn Finds; The Highly Entertaining Stories Behind 50 Treasured Cars
By Wallace Wyss
Published by Enthusiast Book, Hudson, WI.
271 Pages, Softbound 6″ by 9″
Available at Amazon.com
Review by Pete Vack
Wallace Wyss’s latest book, Incredible Barn Finds; The Highly Entertaining Stories Behind 50 Treasured Cars, comes on the tail of Jerry Heasley’s Rare Finds books, and Tom Cotter’s The Cobra in the Barn. Apparently both books were successful, and it seemed clear to Wyss that he really ought to be doing the same thing, and he did.
So what makes his barn book different…aside from his unique style that when diligently edited often provides delightful reading? Wyss chooses to separate the boys from the men in terms of interesting finds and ups the ante quite well, deciding to concentrate on dream cars or ultra-rare race cars, rather than the wider scope of other books. That made his Barn Find book more incredible, as virtually all of the cars have been through the auction blocks at well over a million dollars. On the other hand, as he freely admits, many never saw the inside of a barn or even a shed, but like the Simeone Cobra Daytona coupe, have one hell of a great story to tell. [Read more…] about Incredible Barn Finds, a Review
By Carl Goodwin and Chuck Hazle
Photography by Chuck Hazle
September 15th. The annual Boniface Picnic just passed, marking the beginning of autumn in eastern Ohio…specifically Poland, Ohio a pleasant small town in the Warren/Youngstown area. It’s one of the better car shows in and around Cleveland, especially if you like Italian cars. Hosted by Dr. Ray Boniface, it’s a benefit fundraiser for a free clinic in Youngstown. [Read more…] about Ray Boniface: Show for a Cause
Goodwood Revival 2013
Graham Gauld’s Goodwood
By Graham Gauld
As you can see in this Special Edition of VeloceToday, there are plenty of photos and details about the racing at the event. But for me, Goodwood is another chance to meet up with old friends, make new ones, and keep an eye open for things that might have escaped notice or otherwise have been so obscure as to be missed by the many journalists around.
Clark and the E.R.A.
As this year was celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jim Clark’s first World Championship win in 1963, Lord March dedicated the meeting to him. There was a remarkable collection of cars that Jim Clark had raced, and then sent off in a parade round the circuit.
Among the more obscure was the 1936 E.R.A. voiturette R5B originally raced by the Siamese Prince Bira, but also raced for many years by Tony Rolt and journalist John Bolster. Eventually, in 1959, the Honorable Patrick Lindsay, who has been credited as the creator of what we now call historic car racing when he was a director of the well-established auction house of Christies, bought the E.R.A.