We are very pleased to announce that VeloceToday contributor Brandes Elitch has been honored with the prestigious International Automotive Media award. Elitch is a long-time contributor to VeloceToday and we were proud to have helped Elitch take the book from conception to publication. Our congratulations to both Elitch and publisher David Fetherston. [Read more…] about Lancia Loraymo Wins Automotive Media Award
“Laguna Seca is sacred ground.”
Richard Varner, CFO, MotoAmerica
Story by Brandes Elitch
Photos by Hugues Vanhoolandt
As Laguna Seca is about to celebrate their Sixtieth Anniversary, there are major political developments within the management of the facility that appear to give Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) a three-year contract to manage the raceway.
And that’s important, for the health of Laguna Seca depends a great deal on the continued support of vintage car racing during the week. And, while there are a few dozen historic car races worldwide, arguably, after sixty years of hosting vintage car racing, the track at Laguna Seca has more history than any other similar venue in the U.S.
Review by Pete Vack
This year, the Blackhawk Museum in Danville California, along with the Museo Dell’Automobile di Torino, collaborated on a presentation of postwar classic automobiles that depict the crossroads of American and Italian design in the 1950s and 60s.
Correspondent Brandes Elitch has previously written about the exhibit at the Museo Dell’ Automobile di Torino (read review), which ran until June 25th. Now, it is Blackhawk’s turn to look at the fascinating subject of Italian and American automotive design in the postwar period. The Blackhawk’s exhibit is “A Romance of Fins and Chrome,” or subtitled, “Jet-age Cars that Forever Changed Modern Automotive Design.” It opened on June 8 and will run through September 30. Anyone going to the Monterey Car week is well advised to attend this fantastic display of Italian, and American cars. [Read more…] about Transatlantic Style at the Blackhawk
By Gijsbert-Paul Berk
The event Top Marques Monaco 2016, which took place from April 14-17 in the Mediterranean Principality, was the 13th edition of what has evolved from a glittering show of premium automobiles to become THE trade fair for the super-rich, with a wide variety of exclusive and expensive products from powerboats, fast motorbikes, design jewelry to grand-cru wines and alcoholic drinks. The exhibition in and around the modern ‘Grimaldi Forum’, attracted a great number of wealthy residents and tourists. However, the supercars proved to be still a powerful magnet. [Read more…] about The Effeffe Berlinetta: Back to the Fifties.
Gijsbert-Paul Berk recently turned 85 years young. He has been our kind and generous mentor since his book, André Lefebvre and the cars he created for Voisin and Citroën was reviewed by us in 2010. His first article for VeloceToday was The 1923 French Grand Prix, in 2012, Part 1 of a massive 9 part series dealing with this epic race in depth.
What fascinates us most about Gijsbert-Paul, is that like all really great journalists, he is interested in the present and ponders the future, even while researching the past in depth. From 3D additive manufacturing to self-drive cars, he refuses to let history get in the way of absorbing the latest, constantly reminding us that we must stay abreast of industrial and automotive news although immersing ourselves in the distant past.
Below, he reports on the upcoming Rétromobile display of the 1905 Darracq V8 Record Car, and follows that up with the all-electric Neo concept car created by the Italian-Chinese collaboration of Icona and shown at the recent Festival Automobile International in Paris.
[Read more…] about Gijsbert-Paul Berk: Retro Rockets and Chinese Italians
From the Editor: I can’t imagine this happening at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museums. But somehow,on December 8th, Bonhams was again able to pull enough strings to be able to hold classic or auction at the RAF Museum in Hendon, U.K. and position the cars to be sold next to significant historical aircraft.
And of course, our intrepid Jonathan Sharp, who is as much of a car nut (he owns four Alfas) as a vintage aircraft enthusiast, surely wasn’t going to miss this opportunity to see and photograph both of his passions. (He comes by his love of aircraft honestly…his father witnessed the birth of the Spitfire in 1936).
But he didn’t just take great shots of the cars and planes. First, he lists the car information as provided by Bonhams. But then, he describes the aircraft in the background of each photo, carefully editing (for your convenience) the RAF’s history of each plane. While the descriptions might be a bit long, it is interesting to note that the lives of vintage aircraft often reflect those of vintage cars, including some of the same people who collected and or piloted both cars and aircraft (like Bob Tullius of Group 44 who owned the P51 Mustang photographed with the VW Microbus below). Some are barn finds, some bitsas, some are totally original, but all have great histories; if you like old cars, we guarantee you’ll enjoy old aircraft.
There is no correlation between the cars and the aircraft, although some seem to fit together quite nicely. Perhaps that could be the subject of another show or even auction—placing a Mercedes 540 with a German bomber, a Rolls with a Spitfire, a Lincoln Mark I with a Hellcat, Bugatti with a Bugatti aircraft engine, the possibilities are intriguing as the logistics are formidable.
Our sincere thanks to Jonathan Sharp, who put a lot of time and enthusiasm into this series of photos. We put the sales prices in USD next to the cars and they include buyer’s premiums.
Auction results can be found on the Bonhams site.
By Jonathan Sharp
Alfa Romeo TI Super, $59,946. This 1964 Alfa Giulia TI is generally accepted as being one of the three cars prepared by Autodelta for the 1965 Sebring 12 hour race and driven by works driver Tedoro Zeccoli to 6th place overall and third in class behind the winning Lotus Cortina of Jim Clark. [Read more…] about Classic Cars, Vintage Planes: The Bonhams RAF Auction
By Peter Brock
Brock updates the history of the Daytona Cobra Coupes for VeloceToday
Carroll Shelby built only six Daytona Cobra Coupes to contest the World Manufacturers Championship in 1964 and 1965. Its controversial body design was created by Shelby’s Director of Special Projects, Peter Brock. The first Shelby Daytona Coupe was built completely at the Shelby American race shop in Venice, California. The remaining five were partially-built (chassis) at Shelby’s but then were flown to Italy to have Carrozzeria Gransport in Modena build the bodies. A seventh semi-related car, the 427 “Type 65” Shelby Daytona Super Coupe # CSB3054, built on the later Ford designed MK II chassis, was planned to run in the Prototype Class in 1965. When the GT40 program was awarded to Shelby for 1965, the Cobra program was terminated, so the Type 65 was never officially completed by Shelby and is not included herein.
Chassis #CSX2287 was the prototype Cobra Daytona Coupe. It is the only coupe (chassis/body) that was built entirely at the Shelby American race shop in Venice, California. It has an extensive race history (7 races), competing at Daytona, Sebring, Reims, Spa Francorchamps, Oulton Park TT, Le Mans and Tour de France. It was driven by Chris Amon, Dave MacDonald, Bob Holbert, Jo Schlesser, Phil Hill, Jochen Neerpasch, Innes Ireland, André Simon, Maurice Dupeyron, Bob Johnson and Tom Payne.
Although the 254 articles published in the year 2013 was par for the course for VeloceToday, it was in many respects a very special year for us. For within our electronic pages one could find Denise McCluggage, Michael T. Lynch, Gijsbert-Paul Berk, Ed McDonough, Graham Gauld, Carl Goodwin, Roy P. Smith, Eric Davison, Judy Stropus, along with regulars Wallace Wyss, Hugues Vanhoolandt, Jonathan Sharp, Roberto Motta and Alessandro Gerelli. And you bet we’ve missed some! Below are icons (buttons) for all 254 articles during the year. Click on the icon to read the article. They are arranged by month beginning in December, so keep scrolling to January. It will take you a few minutes to scroll all the way through!
By Dino Brunori
1000 km event to be held from September 27 to October 3, 2015
Sicily, the great Italian island known for its stunning landscape featuring volcanoes, islands, mountains, deserts, the Mediterranean, medieval towns; the friendship and warmth of the inhabitants and, last but not least, some great Italian roads, circuits and hillclimb races. [Read more…] about Raid dell’Etna
RICK COLE AUCTIONS RETURNS TO MONTEREY AUGUST 13-15
“Bidding by Handheld Device Engages Local and Global Collectors”
MONTEREY, CA – (08/06/2015) – Rick Cole Auctions Monterey will be held August 13-15 at the Downtown Monterey Marriott Hotel. This year 36 pristine collector cars will be offered with bidding by handheld device. The 2014 event boasted over $59 Million from less than 40 vehicles with three of the “Top Ten” record prices for the week’s auctions including a $23 Million 1955 Ferrari 410 S sports racer. The auction once again supports Kinship Center. [Read more…] about Rick Cole Auction to Use Handheld Devices for Bidding
New Chinese Supercar to be shown at Pebble: The question is; what will Ferrari say?
By Wallace Wyss
I have seen the future. And it’s still a long way off.
But maybe it’s coming closer. I am talking the very real possibility of Chinese supercars being launched into the market. A new firm called Icona Shanghai will be showing the Vulcano supercar at Pebble Beach, though they say it’s only a one-off supercar. When they showed the car in 2013 they said it was equipped with a 950 hp hybrid drivetrain based on a V12 engine and capable of sprinting from 0 to 200 km/h in less than ten seconds.
Styling-wise it strikes me as almost a line-for-line copy of a Ferrari F12. [Read more…] about Chinese Coming to Pebble Beach
In the next three weeks, Gijsbert Paul Berk will detail the lives of three important Frenchman who had a tremendous influence on automobile design: Georges Paulin, Marcel Pourtout and Emile Darl’mat, the three Musketeers. Much of their combined work evolved around the development of the disappearing hardtop as conceived by Georges Paulin. To give us a further insight into how clever kinematics conquered the auto industry, Gijsbert-Paul sent us this history.
By Gijsbert-Paul Berk
In the previous decades nearly all the major car manufacturers have introduced retractable hardtops in their popular or premium convertible models.
Opel had them on the Tigra TwinTop, Ford on their Fiesta and Focus models, Renault provided a glass paneled ‘see through’ hard top on the Megane CC, Volvo on the C 70 and BMW on the type 4 cabriolet. There even exist Ferrari California and Ferrari 458 Italia Spider versions with a retractable top.