West Coast racer Bill Pollack passed away at the age of 92 on July 16. Our thanks to Jim Sitz, Michael Lynch, Allen Kuhn, William Edgar and Willem Oosthoek for their help with this article. [Read more…] about Bill Pollack, 1925-2017: An Appreciation
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Story by Michael T. Lynch
The Art of the Car Concours celebrated its 10th Edition this year. Since the show’s inception, it has donated well over one million dollars to the Kansas City Art Institute Scholarship Fund. At a time when student debt has surpassed consumer debt, the event is to be complimented for doing its part to ease the burden.
The weekend’s festivities began with Saturday morning’s traditional Entrants’ Breakfast at Tivol, Kansas City’s leading jeweler, located on the Country Club Plaza, which was the first auto-centric shopping area in the country. The Plaza was built in 1927 and takes its architectural theme from Seville, Spain. The block was closed and many entrants brought their show cars, allowing the public to get a free preview of the leading Concours between the two coasts. [Read more…] about MIchael T. Lynch: Art of the Car, 2016
Story and photos by Michael T. Lynch
The Pebble Beach Concours is the emotional finish of Holy Week on the Monterey Peninsula. Events continue into the next week, but none can match the feeling of climax that the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance provides.
If your pilgrimage is five days or longer, the fall days are losing enough sunlight that it seems one is leaving in the summer and returning home in fall. Certainly, it is clear that another year has passed.
In the old days that would bother me. I used to think of the missed opportunities of the year gone by. The fact that the car in the back of my roofer’s shop didn’t turn out to be a round-door Wombat that I could buy for a fraction of its market value; the fact that another year had slipped away without taking part in the Monterey Historic Automobile Races as a participant, etc. I also liked to bitch about how many of my old buddies from years gone by were priced out of attending, more every year. [Read more…] about Michael T. Lynch at Pebble Beach, 2016
Photos and story by Hugues Vanhoolandt
In its 66th year, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance was celebrating among other things the Ford GT40, Chapron, Delahaye, Bizzarrini and the centennial of BMW.
But the Concours is not just a gathering of cars on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links.
For the past twelve years there was also a Tour a few days before the Concours itself, where people can enjoy the cars in motion. Sadly, this year, the Tour had to be shortened due to the forest fires down Highway 1 towards Big Sur. Subsequently, the Tour was not counting for the concours and many cars did not show on Thursday.
Nevertheless, we can say that this year Concours was again of very high quality and we can’t wait to discover what will be celebrated at Pebble Beach in 2017!
[In his concurrent report from Pebble Beach, Michael T. Lynch discusses many of the below cars in detail…Ed.]
Fashionable French[Read more…] about Pebble Beach with Hugues Vanhoolandt
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 Michael T. Lynch
The sixth edition of the Santa Fe Concorso took place over three days under beautiful Southwestern skies. Despite the good weather, wonderful cars and great fellowship, the event was poignant because of the loss last May of journalist/racer/philosopher Denise McCluggage who was a Santa Fe resident and involved with the Concorso from the beginning. That feeling was tempered because all of us knew a life well lived when we saw one, and you couldn’t go far without feeling Denise’s presence. [Read more…] about Ferrari and McCluggage Honored at Santa Fe
Story and Photos (unless otherwise noted) by Michael T. Lynch
The 2015 Edition of the Art of the Car Concours® presented by the Kansas City Mercedes-Benz Dealers broke all previous attendance records as well as having over 200 entrants on the campus of the Kansas City Art Institute. Most important was the fact that in the Art of the Car’s nine years of existence, it has now contributed well over $1 million to the Kansas City Art Institute Scholarship Fund. KCAI is a four-year, independent, fully accredited college of art and design offering the bachelor of fine arts degree in a variety of disciplines. [Read more…] about Michael T. Lynch: Art of the Car Concours 2015
Mid-Atlantic American Sports Car Races, 1953-196
By Terry O’Neil
Dalton Watson Fine Books, February 2015
ISBN 978-1-85443-263-6 320mm by 240mm
393 pages, Hardbound with dust jacket
569 color and B&W photos
$155.00 USD, plus shipping
Review by Pete Vack
This is Terry O’Neil’s third book on racing in the colonies. The first opus covered the Bahamas Races and the second the Northeast SCCA region, 1952-59. His latest book covers SCCA races in the Mid-Atlantic Region from 1953 to 1962.
Story and Photos by Michael T. Lynch
Over 20 Editions, Bill Warner has built the Amelia Island Concours into a concours second only to Pebble Beach and its 65-year tradition. Because of Bill’s long involvement in racing, photography and journalism, the weekend is basically a gathering of Bill’s old buddies from those fields plus major collectors he has met through the years. The public is invited to take part and they pour through the gates in amazing numbers, always a plus for an event that makes significant charitable donations.
One advantage Bill has over Pebble is the size of his show field. It allows him to display 150 more cars, yet there seems to be no compromise on the quality of the entry. The tone of the field is different and Bill’s racing background results in decidedly more sporting and racing machinery than is seen at Pebble. However, classics are hardly ignored as seen by two Stutz classes this year totaling over 20 cars. Racing and performance cars do take precedence and the Cars of Stirling Moss Class was probably the greatest collection of cars Sir Stirling drove that has ever been assembled – close to 30.
There were 26 Ferrari on the field, including a class for Formula 1 cars. This did not diminish what Amelia Judge and Carmel Concours organizer, Doug Freedman, calls “The Fun Factor.” That included a Chrysler Town and Country Class and another for Cars of the Cowboys – think customs created for stars of western movies or country singers.
Hot rods were represented by two classes, those built in the West, and those built in the East – the latter not near as well publicized in period. There were over twenty of these. So many were Hot Rod magazine cover cars that I had to calculate of there were enough months back then to accommodate them all.
Let’s take a stroll down the show field and look at some cars that will interest VeloceToday readers
This week we present a chapter from Randy Cook’s new book Bowtie Ferraris. Meet Randy at Amelia Island this weekend and get a signed copy of the only book ever published about Chevy engined Ferraris. Or, if in continental U.S., order below from VeloceToday.
By Randy Cook
This unusual Abarth-Ferrari has had more rebodies than any of its contemporaries. It was delivered as a Vignale spyder in March 1953 by the factory to Franco Cornacchia’s Scuderia Guastalla of Milan, Italy for Giulio Mussitelli. It was soon re-bodied by Abarth with a unique aluminum body consisting of multiple removable panels, held together with Dzus fasteners, with a very distinctive nose featuring a center headlight.
This is the only Ferrari ever bodied – or modified –by Abarth. In 1953, Mussitelli drove it in many Italian races and hill climbs. In 1954, it was rebodied by Scaglietti and received a three-liter engine to 250MM specification. Mussitelli continued to race it in Italy until it was sold to Luigi Chinetti who resold it to Gary Laughlin of Ft. Worth, Texas in January 1956.
By Randy Cook
RAC Motosports Publishing 2015 Hardback
192 pages, 270 color and b&W images
$45.95 plus shipping Out of stock!
Review by Michael T. Lynch
The Untold Story of the Illegitimate Children of Ferrari and Chevrolet
In these days of eight figure auctions prices, Ferraris are held in the highest esteem in collector circles. Some acolytes act is if these cars were gifts from heaven, rather than coming from an industrial area in Italy with a bad climate and smog caused by tile factories. I forgive all that because of Reggiano Parmigiano. [Read more…] about Bowtie Ferraris Reviewed by Michael T. Lynch
By Pete VackMark Greene has got a good thing going. After spending the last 20+ years at Griot’s Garage where he helped the founder build up the business from the start, four months ago he started a new website, www.CarsYeah.com. [Read more…] about CarsYeah: Interviews With People You Know