On Sunday, September 15, 2013, the beautiful Del Mar Racetrack Paddock was once again transformed into a living museum, where over 150 historically significant, classic and antique bikes and their passionate owners converged to be showcased, judged and enjoyed. The sounds of the roar of these classic engines filled the event with excitement, providing a rich, historic, one-of-a-kind event! It's where "legends gather, and fun on two wheels reigns."

Some of the Motorcycle class winners included:

American Production 1920-1930
First: 1928 Harley Davidson JD, Dr. Craig Venter
Second: 1928 Cleveland, Jim Lattin
Third: 1928 Ace, Jim Lattin

British 1940-1954:
First: 1954 Triumph 650 Thunderbird, Dr. Craig Venter
Second: 1951 Vincent Black Shadow, Mitch Talcove
Third: 1951 Norton ES2, Phil & Mary Blackburn

British 1955-1962:
First: 1958 Ariel Sq. Four Mk II, Robert Ives
Second: 1957 BSA Super Rocket, Dr. Craig Venter
Third: 1955 BSA DB 34 Gold Star, Pierre Delvaux

British Production 1963-1977:
First: John Player Norton, Gene Brown
Second: BSA Super Rocket 3, Tom Krefetz
Third: 1964 Triumph Bonneville T120R, Dr. Craig Venter

You can view all the winners at this link: http://www.celebrationofthemotorcycle.com/2013-winners/

Under a blanket of sunshine and blue skies, Classic Showcase hosted its first annual Jaguar Jamboree Smoking BBQ and Car Show at its facility in Oceanside, CA on Sunday, September 8, 2013. Classic Showcase organized the event to bring in the Southern California region's Jaguar enthusiasts together in one place to mix and mingle with one another, display their wonderful Jaguar examples, enjoy a catered BBQ feast, and vote for their favorite cars against warm coastal breezes while ushering in the end of the summer season. The Jamboree also gave club members and enthusiasts the chance to get an exclusive look into the inner workings of a restoration company, and all of the processes involved in restoring not only the Jaguar marque, but many other famous marques like Porsche as well. The summer event culminated in an award ceremony with trophies given to winning club members, and also featured a complimentary raffle that included a pair of tickets to the San Diego Chargers season opener football game!

The San Diego Jaguar Club and the Jaguar Owner's Club of Los Angeles independently caravanned to the inaugural event at Classic Showcase headquarters in Oceanside, with members proudly driving their various model Jaguars from different locales throughout Southern California. Upon arrival, participants were greeted by staff at a check-in station adjacent to the Jaguar Jamboree show field area, and were given ballots to cast votes for their favorite cars in several categories. By late morning, the show field began filling up with a diverse selection of Jaguars, with older and newer models sharing the street and catching glances from all around. Appropriately enough, San Diego Jaguar Club members Jaguars were parked on the southwest end of the show field, with Los Angeles members cars situated on the Northeast corner. Many of the cars on display featured unique pieces of period memorabilia, restoration photo albums, awards, and other interesting items, including an autographed photo of a member's E-Type from comedian Jerry Seinfeld! As the final vehicle entries arrived, the Jamboree show field was transformed into a historical showcase of Jaguar automotive history, showing various examples dating back to an elegant 1958 XK-150, all the way up to the sporty new and very radical 2014 F -Type!

After members situated their vehicles in the show field area and got their initial viewings of some of their fellow member's  Jaguars on display, they entered the Classic Showcase lobby to await several guided tours of the facility given by owner Tom Krefetz, and shop supervisor Brian Boyce. The tour began with a brief overview of the company's daily operations, where members were shown office and supply areas, and were able to view numerous pieces of Jaguar and other classic car memorabilia adorned throughout the area. The tour then found its way to the Main Showroom, where attendees were given a chance to see a fine collection of Concours-level Jaguar cars, with Tom Krefetz giving unique insights and history behind some of the more notable examples present, such as a show winning 1966 XKE, a very rare 1938 SS100, and a recently restored 1951 Mark V, to name a few. The tour then moved along to the Second Showroom, which features not only Jaguars, but an eclectic collection of British, German, and Italian classics, as well as numerous unique vehicles including a sleek 2011 Audi R8 Spyder, a rare 1967 Fiat Abarth Race Car, and an ever-growing collection of vintage British, German, and Japanese motorcycles - some of which were campaigned at the 2013 edition of Del Mar's Celebration of the Motorcycle.

As club members finished viewing the showroom inventory, they were given a tour of Classic Showcase's expansive restoration facility, where guides Tom and Brian provided information about key elements of a vehicle's restoration process, and the tools and labor involved in transforming a barn find into a Concours-level show car. The restoration tour began with an overview of the upholstery department, where  attendees were shown several XKE seats currently under restoration, along with a set of newly restored seats and other interior components prepped for installation into a client's rare Opalescent Blue 1961 XKE that is currently being taken to a Concours show-level (see the Current Restoration section of this issue for more info). After fielding questions about aspects of upholstery materials and restoration, attendees were directed to the vehicle assembly area, and shown 2 E-Types: the aforementioned 1961 Opalescent Blue roadster, and a 1964 Jaguar Dark Blue Fixed Head Coupe. Tom provided an array of information about important historical elements of the '61 E-Type, and spoke about some of the current work being done to the roadster, as well as the car's upcoming engine installation. Moving along to the '64 Fixed Head Coupe, Tom and Brian showed attendees some of the unique modifications like air conditioning and a customized bonnet with added driving lights that were requested by the client, and explained the processes involved in making his dream car a reality. As the vehicle assembly portion of the tour ventured on, members were shown several other marques currently under restoration, including that of a rare 1966 Porsche 912, a beautiful, deep black 1973 Ferrari Dino, a rare 1956 Mercedes Benz Gullwing, and a customer's 1959 Austin Healy BN6.

The next stops on the restoration tour gave attendees a glimpse of the component assembly areas,  along with an overview of Classic Showcase's engine testing station, where freshly built engines are put to the test to ensure they will perform to the highest standard before vehicle installation. After a brief discussion about the mechanical intricacies of Jaguar engines, members were shown the components  assembly area, where master technicians build and assemble major mechanical parts including transmissions, carburetors, braking systems, front and rear ends, and other components. Attendees were also shown the metal and fabrication room, where master technicians perform welding and other specific metal work, along with customized fabrications to help fulfill client requests. The metal room also functions as a parts and component 'holding area' for cars that are currently in restoration, giving members an opportunity to see a wide assortment of Jaguar engine blocks, parts, and body pieces that are awaiting installation in the assembly area.

Upon departing the component assembly area, attendees were shown a recently finished show  level, customized restoration of a client's 1953 XK-120 roadster dubbed "Top Cat", and were given information about the client's vision, and what it took to make his classic Jaguar dream car a reality. From a beautiful interior with customized bucket seats, to the sleek, elegant black paint, attendees had a chance to get up close and personal with this one of a kind roadster that was recently displayed at The Quail Motorsports Gathering in Monterey, August 2013...

The restoration tour wrapped up with visits to Classic Showcase's body shop and finishing stall areas, where Jaguars and other marques have their cosmetic kinks and bumps smoothed out to perfection, and layers of high quality paint are applied. Tom held a discussion on the various stages of body work, finishing, and the parts and materials used by master body men, and provided valuable tips to those looking to perform some do-it-yourself work at home. As well, Tom and Brian showed the crowd an extremely rare Brough Superior  side car that is currently under restoration, and will ultimately be joined  to a client's equally rare 1939 Brough Superior 11.50 V-Twin Motorcycle, which is scheduled to be campaigned in 2014. After an overview of the body shop, attendees were shown the finishing stalls, where body men work on sanding, buffing, and polishing paint to perfection. Tom explained the multi-step process involved in producing the perfect finish, and also described some techniques with an overview of different materials used. The restoration wrapped up in the vehicle service and hydraulic lift area, where vehicles are tuned up, disassembled, reassembled, and fine tuned to mechanical perfection before hitting the road. A freshly serviced, rare 1963 Studebaker Avanti was parked on the lift, where attendees were able to get a close look at this unique and very retro American automobile... 

As the restoration tours finished up, Jamboree attendees were able to view cars at the show field and other areas of Classic Showcase, or just chat amongst themselves and enjoy each other's company. As lunch was being prepared, members dropped off their votes for thier favorite cars in a ballet box where they would be tallied up by Classic Showcase staff just in time to present after the BBQ. As the lunch hour approached, hungry attendees lined up for a delicious smoking BBQ catered lunch that included tri-tip beef cuts and chicken breast, along with all of the fixings like freshly made potato salad, Caesar salad, a refreshing fruit salad, and chocolate chip cookies with an assortment of drinks. Hunter's Steakhouse of Oceanside kept the tables full and the lines flowing, with many attendees enjoying second helpings as they enjoyed the sunshine while socializing with one another.

While club members enjoyed their BBQ luncheon, Classic Showcase staff began counting up votes in the lobby, and delivered the results to the luncheon area, ready to begin the Jaguar Jamboree award ceremony. Tom Krefetz addressed the crowd by graciously thanking club members for their participation and camaraderie, as well as for visiting Classic Showcase, showing their wonderful cars, and doing their part to keep the Jaguar legacy alive for generations to come. Club members responded with equal  praise, and thanked Tom and Classic Showcase staff for putting on a fun event.

As the Jaguar Jamboree award presentation began, a platter of trophies was taken to the center of the luncheon area, and Tom began the ceremony by awarding the Jamboree's "Best of Club" awards. Each club participant  voted for the other's club's cars as winners, and the car with the most votes in total received the "People's Choice" award. Other categories included the "Jaguar Heritage Award", which went to the Jaguar holding the longest ownership, and finally an award for the Jaguar with the "Most Character".

The results of the Jaguar Jamboree are listed below:

Jaguar Jamboree Best of Club Awards:
San Diego Jaguar Club:
Kurt Astroth's 1974 XJ6
Jaguar Owner's Club of L.A.: Steve & Cindi Kirby's 1958 XK-150 OTS
Jaguar Jamboree Most Character Award:
San Diego Jaguar Club:
Jim & Frances Robert's 1969 XKE OTS
Jaguar Owner's Club of L.A.:Simon & Charlotte Harrison's 1961 XKE OTS
Jaguar Jamboree People's Choice Award:
Jaguar Owner's Club of L.A.: Steve & Cindi Kirby 1958 XK-150 OTS
Jaguar Jamboree Heritage Preservation Award:
San Diego Jaguar Club
Lloyd and Vickie Prosser, with 43 years of ownership of their 1970 XKE!

After the Jaguar Jamboree awards were given, we had a special raffle with Classic Showcase donating 2 season opener tickets to the San Diego Charger football game, which was nationally broadcast on ESPN's Monday Night Football program...Congratulations to winners
Louis Galper and Deborah Durham!

Classic Showcase hoped club members and their guests had as much fun we did hosting the event, and we hope to see all of you next year at the second annual Jaguar Jamboree! We hope you enjoy the Jamboree photo gallery below!

A field of over 200 automobiles were on display at the seventh edition of the Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue, all of which were vying for 14 major awards and Best of Show. This year’s event presented several awards, and Best of Show, for multi-marques from 1940 to 1973, in addition to the Porsche and Ferrari “from the beginning” through 1989. Carmel-By-The-Sea’s Ocean Avenue was shut down to neighboring traffic and sixteen blocks of downtown were filled with collector cars and related motorized items. As always, there was an interesting mix of automobiles displayed along the sidewalk’s of Carmel’s charming shops, galleries and restaurants.

There was a great selection of notable entrants at the 2013 Carmel Concours, which included many Porsche-powered cars like the 904 Carrera GTS, Denzels, 356s and 911s; the Ferrari Mondial Spider; the rowdy and raucous Trans-Am Class from the Monterey Reunion; and a gathering of 289 and 427 Cobras and a Ford GT40 MkIV.

Among other entries were the mid-1950s VW-based custom built cars by Rometsch, Dannenhauer & Stauss, Denzel and Enzmann. Celebrating the Porsche 911 encompassed no fewer than five classes of this iconic automobile, while 50 years of the W113 ‘Pagoda’ Mercedes-Benz SL and 60 years of the Chevrolet Corvette were marked with special classes as well.

Owners Charles & Carol Betz and Fred Peters walked away with Best of Show at this year’s 2013 Carmel Concours on the Avenue for their 1954 Ferrari 375MM Pinin Farina Spider. Betz commented, “[The Concours on the Avenue] brings together a very diverse group of cars, and their owners, who would otherwise seldom be at the same event. Entrants choose to make a contribution to a worthy charitable cause and finally the spectators, from all points of the economic spectrum, have a no-cost event to attend in one of the most charming venues possible during a week of wonderful automotive activities.”

The 2013 edition of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance was held the third Sunday of August on the unparalleled 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California.

The 63rd edition of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance honored Lincoln, Simplex, Vanvooren Coachwork, Aston Martin Centennial, Lamborghini, Porsche 911, BMW 507, Indianapolis Roadsters and French Motorcycles. The most notable displays included gatherings of four Prinz Heinrich Benz Race Cars, 27 Alfa Romeo 8Cs and a pairing of the only two custom-built BMW 507s.

The Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance was presented by Rolex and saw more than 200 historic cars parade on an 88-mile course along the 17-Mile Drive, winding through the Central Coast. For the first time in a decade, the Corkscrew turn-around on the track at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was included in the course. The cars then made their way down to Big Sur and back, stopping for lunch in Carmel-by-the-Sea and then back to the Equestrian Center at Pebble Beach.

Beginning at dawn on Sunday, August 18th, 248 cars, including 48 non-American entries, proceeded onto the famous 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links for the ultimate test of meticulous restoration – the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Vehicles were judged for historical accuracy and their technical merit and style. One of the key criteria is that all cars must be drivable. The Best of Show award was presented to a 1934 Packard 1108 Twelve Dietrich Convertible Victoria, owned by Joseph & Margie Cassini III of New Jersey.

Pink Floyd’s drummer, and noted enthusiast, Nick Mason exhibited his 1953 Aston Martin Ulster and 1953 Ferrari 250 MM Pinin Farina Berlinetta. Mason commented, “I don’t come here to win prizes – I’ve seen the standard of the cars! It’s an honor to be included on the lawn, just to have the cars here is great. This is an extraordinary event, with a lot of history.”

In its 11th year, The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering has become known for showcasing the best of classic automobiles from every marque imaginable. From a gorgeous 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato to a rare 1965 De Tomaso P70 Prototype,  world-class cars were the center of attention at the Quail, and the field of rolling sculpture attracted more than a few world-class enthusiasts.

This year’s Quail also had classes for The Great Ferraris, Pre- and Post War Sports, Pre- and Post War Racing, Super Cars and Sports and Racing Motorcycles. Notable entrants included a 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa; 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato; 1928 Bugatti Type 35B; 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Touring Corto Spider; 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe; ‘Jabbeke’ Jaguar XK120 Land Speed Record; 1953 Aston Martin DB3S/2; 1967 Alfa Romeo GTA Prototipo 1600 Corsa, ex-Works; 1967 Alfa Romeo TZ2; 1950 Ferrari 166 Touring Berlinetta; 1952 Porsche America Roadster; 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder; 1967 Ford GT40 MkIV; 1931 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix and 1956 Jaguar XKSS.

Additional automobiles on exhibit included Chevrolet Corvette race cars from the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, which made their presence quite clear as they drove via police escort to the Quail Lodge Golf Club from the nearby Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The parade of Corvettes was led by Jay Leno and GM Global Design Head Ed Welburn.

The Rolex Best of Show at the 2013 Quail Motorsports Gathering was awarded to the 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe owned by the Miller family and designed by Peter Brock, the illustrious automotive designer whose work was a feature at this year’s event. Stewart Wicht of Rolex Watch USA presented the winner with a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona, with the special engraving of the Quail logo. “My cars have received much recognition in the past, but today is a very special first – being recognized here is truly unique,” commented Peter Brock.

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This year the key marque for Monterey was Ferrari, and it showed up as a strong contender at all the auction houses, taking most of the top sales spots. The best sellers for Monterey were split between RM and Gooding & Company.

Especially strong interest in classic cars could have something to do with the fact that this year marks several significant anniversaries in the automotive world. Aston Martin is celebrating its 100th anniversary while the Porsche 911 marked its 50th anniversary this year. The Chevrolet Corvette turned 60 and entered its seventh generation for the 2014 model year as well.

The rundown is straightforward: $306 million changed hands for cars sold at Monterey in 2013, up 16% from the 2012 sales. Most astonishingly were the 64 cars that sold for $1 million hammer bids or more (there were 44 million dollar cars in 2012) which accounted for $205.4 million, 67.2%, of the total for all 1,265 cars offered and 739 sold in Monterey. 
Some remarkable results were realized even with what might be considered middle-market cars.

Overall from all auction companies

Cumulative Total: $301.9M
726/1,280 lots sold: 57%
Average Sale Price: $415,895

Overall Top 10 Sales from ALL auctions:

1. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S NART Spyder sold for $27,500,000 (RM)
2. 1957 Ferrari 250 GT TdF Berlinetta sold for $9,460,000 (Gooding)
3. 1953 Ferrari 375 MM Spyder sold for $9,075,000 (RM)
4. 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante sold for $8,745,000 (Gooding)
5. 1997 McLaren F1 Coupe sold for $8,470,000 (Gooding)
6. 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Torpedo Roadster sold for $8,250,000 (RM)
7. 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster sold for $7,480,000 (RM)
8. 1955 Ferrari 250 GT Competizione Berlinetta sold for $7,150,000 (Gooding)
9. 1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Competizione Coupe sold for $4,840,000 (Gooding)
10. 1931 Bentley 4.5-Litre Supercharged Le Mans Roadster sold for $4,647,500 (Bonhams)

As a comparison, here are 2012 Cumulative Results:

Cumulative Total: $265.2M
810/1,224 lots sold: 66%
Average Sale Price: $327,370

Latest Hagerty Price Guide Confirms Strength In Collector Car Market

New market data published by the Hagerty Price Guide shows that the most expensive and desirable cars in the collector vehicle hobby have reached unprecedented highs. Five of the price guide's seven primary indices increased in value, and four of the indices established new high-water marks. The values of the three most expensive of these indices jumped by double-digit rates over the past four months:

  • Blue Chip Index: Up 10 percent since previous issue 21; May 2013 (22 percent year over year)
  • Ferrari Index: Up 15 percent since previous issue 21; May 2013 (32 percent year over year)
  • Post-war German Index: Up 16 percent since previous issue 21; May 2013 (40 percent year over year
"We continue to see strength at the top of the market," said McKeel Hagerty, President and CEO of Hagerty. "But when examined from a global economic standpoint, it still is an issue of supply and demand. There's a growing group of capable collectors chasing a limited supply of great cars."

Other notable market shifts as reported by the Hagerty Price Guide include:
  • 1968-70 Ferrari 365 GTC up 74 percent since May (119 percent year over year)
  • 1992-98 McLaren F1 up 61 percent since May (113 percent year over year)
  • 1995-97 Ferrari 456 GT down 15 percent since May (down 5 percent year over year)
  • 1953-56 Packard Caribbean Convertible down 8 percent since May (down 7 percent year over year)
  • 1977-80 Bentley T2 down 8 percent since May (down 8 percent year over year)

The RM Auctions Monterey 2013 auction was held August 16-17 at the Portola Hotel and Monterey
Convention Center in Monterey, California, resulting in $125 million in total sales and an 88% sell-through rate.

A total of 27 cars sold for more than $1 million and numerous new world records were established at RM’s flagship sale. The auction total, which exceeded RM’s 2012 Monterey results by $30 million, represents a world record sales total for an automotive auction. The results were generated by registered bidders from 30 different countries on the telephone, over the Internet, and assembled in the standing-room-only venue.

The big news from the auction — and the buzz of Monterey Classic Car Week — was the staggering result achieved on the 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S N.A.R.T Spider. One of 10 built, the Spider sold for $27,500,000,
the second highest result ever at public auction, behind the 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R that recently sold
for $29.65 million. The NART Spider becomes the most expensive Ferrari and the most valuable road-going car ever sold at public auction.

Another notable Ferrari sale went to the 1953 Ferrari 375 MM Spider that sold for $9,075,000. Bought new
by Jim Kimberly of the Kimberly-Clark business empire, the car was campaigned extensively in period and won the SCCA National. The sale demonstrates the continued strength of the Ferrari marque and the
demand for blue-chip examples with provenance and documented history.

Other strong results included the 2012 Pebble Beach Best of Show-winning 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S
Torpedo Saoutchik Roadster, which sold for $8,250,000, the 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster,
with one-off coachwork by Sindelfingen, that garnered $7,480,000, the 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider that made $4,070,000 and the 1955 Jaguar D-Type that brought $3,905,000.

Further highlights from the 2013 RM Auctions Monterey sale included:

  • 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB Daytona, described as one of the best in the world, exceeded its pre-sale
    estimate, selling for $770,000 and establishes a record auction price for a production spec,
    non-competition Daytona1963 Shelby 289 Cobra sold for $924,0001985 Porsche 959 ‘Vorserie’ sold for $670,0001932 Chrysler CH Imperial Cabriolet, which established a new record for the model, sold for $660,0001961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster sold for $269,500, establishing a new record for the model
  • 1967 Jaguar XKE OTS sold for $253,300, establishing a new E-Type world record at RM auctions

RM Auctions Monterey 2013 – Top 20 Auction Results

1. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S NART Spider – $27,500,000
2. 1953 Ferrari 375 MM Spider – $9,075,000
3. 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Torpedo Saoutchik Roadster – $8,250,000
4. 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster – $7,480,000
5. 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider – $4,070,000
6. 1955 Jaguar D-Type – $3,905,000
7. 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series I Spider – $3,520,000
8. 1974 McLaren M16C Indianapolis Race Car – $3,520,000
9. 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta – $3,080,000
10. 1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Aerodinamico Coupe – $2,750,000
11. 1953 Maserati A6G/2000 Spider by Frua – $2,530,000
12. 1935 Hispano-Suiza K6 Cabriolet – $2,255,000
13. 1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT – $2,200,000
14. 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage – $2,090,000
15. 1958 Lister-Jaguar ‘Knobbly’ Prototype – $1,800,000
16. 1995 Ferrari F50 – $1,677,500
17. 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider – $1,650,000
18. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing – $1,485,000
19. 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster – $1,430,000
20. 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L ‘Lusso’ Belinetta – $1,386,000

Quail Lodge is ample evidence that Bonhams has raised its game. They have declined to exist in the shadow of the blockbuster auctions of RM and Gooding while having H&H and Artcurial nip at their heels in the UK and France.

There is a new generation of specialists at Bonhams — Evan Ide, David Swig, Jacob Greisen, and Eric Minoff — balancing the old hands Mark Osborne, Nick Smith, James Knight, Rupert Banner and their leaders Malcolm Barber and Robert Brooks.

Bonhams discarded the erratic split commission structure of past years (17% of the first $100K, 10% over $100K) for a comprehensible and competitive flat 10%.

Rupert Banner ascended the podium at Quail, intermittently supported by David Swig’s articulate and informed introductions for selected cars. Rupert brought a new dynamic to the block, not least in his occasional insistence that “I’m in charge” and refusal to accept paltry bid increments. The Bonhams specialists are committed car guys – you only have to talk with Evan Ide about the American Underslung to get that message – and they are on their game.

“We achieved outstanding results for exceptional motorcars and demonstrated once again the strength of the highest end of the market,” said Bonhams Group CEO Malcolm Barber. “Our international team was on site servicing a clientele that spans the globe, and whether it’s making records this month in California or last month in England, the Bonhams motoring group, as market leaders, is one of the finest anywhere.”

Bonhams Quail Lodge 2013 – Top Ten Auction Results:

1. 1931 Bentley 4.5-Litre Supercharged Le Mans Roadster – $4,647,500
2. 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Vignale Coupe – $2,805,000
3. 1963 Shelby Cobra 260 Roadster – $2,068,000
4. 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster – $1,430,000
5. 1958 Lister-Chevrolet Knobbly Roadster – $1,430,000
6. 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina Series II Cabriolet – $1,375,000
7. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe – $1,100,000
8. 1910 Mercedes 45hp 4-Seat Tourabout Phaeton – $1,100,000
9. 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS Spyder – $1,045,000
10. 1952 Frazer-Nash Le Mans Replica Mk II Roadster – $1,001,000

The Gooding and Company Pebble Beach Auction 2013 was held August 17-18 at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center in Pebble Beach, California, resulting in total sales of $112 million and a 91% sell-through rate. A total of 30 cars sold for over $1,000,000 and 28 new auction records were set at two-day sale.

“Our record breaking 10th Anniversary Pebble Beach Auctions boasted a stellar result. Strong results resonated across the board for market leaders such as Bugatti, Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche that clearly demonstrate a growing demand for rare, high level classic cars,” says David Gooding, President and founder of Gooding Company.

  • Gooding’s 9th annual Pebble Beach auction had the top result going to the 1957 Ferrari 250 GT 14-Louver Berlinetta that sold for $9,460,000, a world record for a Tour de France. A 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante at $8,745,000 set an auction record for a Bugatti. A 1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Competizione brought a final total of $4,840,000, a world record for a post-war Alfa Romeo at auction. One of only two built, this numbers-matching Alfa was entered in four consecutive editions of the Mille Miglia, a 2005 Pebble Beach Concours Class Award Winner and a fixture in the “Sleeping Beauties” Collection for 40 years.
  • Another notable result was the 1955 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione that sold for $7,150,000, a record-setting price for an early 250 GT. Purchased new by Scuderia Ferrari driver Alfonso de Portago.

Gooding & Company offered 127 automobiles for sale, with 116 finding a new owner, reflecting a 91% sales rate. Total sales volume was $112,018,350, inclusive of buyer’s premiums. The average price per car sold was $965,675. In 2012, Gooding & Company offered 123 automobiles for sale, with 110 finding a new owner, reflecting an 89% sales rate. Total sales volume was $113,736,300, inclusive of buyer’s premiums, and the average price per car sold was $1,033,966.
Gooding and Company Pebble Beach 2013 – Top 20 Auction Results

1. 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta – $9,460,000
2. 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante – $8,745,000
3. 1997 McLaren F1 – $8,470,000
4. 1955 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione – $7,150,000
5. 1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Competizione Coupe – $4,840,000
6. 1966 AAR Gurney-Weslake Eagle Mk 1 – $3,740,000
7. 1957 Ferrari 500 TRC – $3,080,000
8. 1967 Ferrari 365 California Spider – $2,970,000
9. 1929 Bentley Speed Six Grafton Coupe – $2,860,000
10. 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Berlinetta – $2,585,000
11. 1929 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing-Top Convertible Coupe – $2,365,000
12. 2002 Ferrari F2002 Formula 1 – $2,255,000
13. 1990 Ferrari F40 LM Coupe – $2,090,000
14. 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast Coupe – $1,980,000
14. 1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback – $1,980,000
16. 1935 Avions Voisin C25 Aerodyne – $1,925,000
17. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing – $1,705,000
18. 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster – $1,622,500
19. 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS Coupe – $1,595,000
20. 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Coupe – $1,540,000
20. 1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Cabriolet – $1,540,000

QUESTION: I have recently come in possession of my father’s 1965 Jaguar e-type and wanted to join the Jaguar Club so I can learn more about owning a classic Jaguar as well as attend events. How do I go about it?

First, you would log onto http://www.jcna.com/ and click on “Join a Club” :http://www.jcna.com/join_jcna.php or http://www.jcna.com/php/clublist.php to locate a club near you. If you are in a remote location, you can join as a “Member at Large” and still receive all the benefits of being a Jaguar Club Member. Becoming a JCNA member has a lot of benefits. You receive a quarterly newsletter, you are eligible for discounts on their online Shoppe, and you can participate in  JCNA events such as Rallye, concourse’s, slalom racing, etc…You will be joining an organization of passionate Jaguar people who would have the same interests as you..

QUESTION: What’s the difference between a Jaguar XK 120, 140, and 150 Roadster?

• ANSWER: The difference between a Jaguar XK 120, 140, and 150 Roadster is first seen in the appearance of these great classics. The XK 120 Roadster has very sleek lines and smaller features than compared to the 140 and 150, which get larger and larger. The 120 has the appearance essentially as early steal-bodied XK 120’s except for the larger windscreen side pillar grommets and removable windscreen. Wire wheels were not offered during the early years of the XK 120 production (September 1948-April 1950). Drum brakes were used. The maximum speed of the XK 120 Roadster was 120 mph.

The 140 had many distinguishing features in comparison to the others with an eight bar cast alloy bonnet grill, bumpers were now full width front with over-riders, direction indicators in lower front wings, detachable windscreen assembly, side-screens, and the cockpit was roomier due to the engine being moved forward. The rack and pinion steering replaced the re-circulating ball and the telescopic dampers replaced the lever-arm on the rear axle of the XK 120. Wire wheels were offered with a “Special Equipment Package” and a ‘C’ head was an additional option. This XK 140 model was produced from October 1954 to February 1957. The maximum speed of the XK 140 Roadster was approximately 130 mph.

The 150 Roadster had a wide, thin-slatted bonnet grill with depression in the bumper underneath and the wing-line front to rear was higher. The XK 150 Roadster had non-detachable full-width windscreen, wind-up windows in chrome surrounding, exterior door handles, and a wider cockpit due to thinner doors. Overdrive or automatic gearbox was optional although ‘S’ models were all overdrive. This model Jaguar was produced from March 1958 to October 1960.The maximum speed of the XK 150 Roadster was 136 mph.

All of these classic Jaguar models are very desirable and a great investment automobile if well taken care of and kept in its original or restored original condition.

QUESTION: Why are some classic car marques going up in value greater than others?

The classic cars have hot and cool spells and become popular from the media (editorials, printed articles, television car programs, car shows and car clubs.)  This publicity creates stimulation in the market and thus the interest in certain cars gets the ball rolling.  If the vehicle is part of a limited production that was of a low number produced, then the value would be higher for that kind of vehicle, than if it was a higher production run vehicle.

QUESTION: I was wondering how you determine a value for classic cars you are looking at buying or selling.

We use “CPI" which is published by Black Book. It is an incredible, informative price guide which we highly recommend!

CPI Published by “Black Book” is an excellent tool that we use exclusively at Classic Showcase, Inc. for price evaluations on classic vehicles. CPI stands for Cars of Particular Interest. We have been using CPI for over 20 years as it is very accurate and helpful in assessing the values of classic cars.

You can visit the site at: http://www.blackbookusa.com/cpi.asp .

Black Book data is published daily by National Auto Research,  and is available to industry qualified users through subscriptions to their website (www.BlackBookUSA.com) , applications for mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows 7, BlackBerry, Palm and virtually any other Smart Phone sold in the U.S. , and via a wide variety of regularly published guides. If you are a collector, or enthusiast, we recommend you subscribe to this book if you want to stay current on the classic car market values.

The Best iPhone Apps for Your Car

Whether it's your daily commute or a random road trip, your iPhone can help you drive, park, and stave off passenger boredom. Here are our picks for the best iPhone apps for when you're on the move...


Your built-in iPhone Maps application can be hard to beat. It's free, it's simple, and it gets the job done. Through Maps you can get driving, walking, and public transit directions. You have access to map, satellite, and street view. While it's not the same turn-by-turn phenomenon that's packed into Android, it gets you where you need to go and also works pretty well as a replacement for the (figurative) yellow pages. Despite having tested several different turn-by-turn navigation apps, I always find myself coming back to Maps. It's just easy to use and it works. [Pre-installed]

MapQuest 4 Mobile:

If you do need some vocal assistance in your navigation, you can pay a lot for great GPS apps. (We've always had an affinity for Navigon on the premium side.) If you don't want to pony up, though, MapQuest 4 Mobile is free and does a pretty nice job. Of course you could opt to pay for a slightly more refined option, such as the $.99 MotionX GPS Drive, or something more social, like Waze, but MapQuest 4 Mobile is a great solution for turn-by-turn navigation on your iPhone. It's straightforward and simple, but isn't without features. The app will let you discover points of interest and nearby places to go as well as save destinations for later reuse.

Gas Buddy:

Gas Buddy will help you find the cheapest, closest gas station based on a set of criteria you provide. While it's very much a uni-tasker, Gas Buddy is very good at what it does. If you're looking for a particular grade or even need to find a diesel station, Gas Buddy will help you sort through your options and round them up based on what's more important to you—cost or proximity. When you find a gas station you want, Gas Buddy can map out the directions for you. Gas Buddy will set you back $2.99, but it can pay for itself after one or two trips to fill up your tank.

Beat the Traffic:

Every time I make the trip out to Los Angeles there's at least one accident on the way. This makes for bad traffic and that's where Beat The Traffic comes in. Beat The Traffic scopes out all kinds of traffic issues and lets you discover the best route to take. It's saved me from ending up in a highway-turned-parking lot several times, and it's completely free.


Parking lots and structures might as well be mazes. If you've ever been subjected to either, chances are you've lost track of your car. G-Park doesn't rely on just one method to help you remember. First, it lets you mark your GPS position. Second, you can take a picture of where you parked to provide a visual memory. Third, you can specify the level and parking spot code so you can be absolutely sure where you left your car before heading out. For 99 cents it can help keep you sane after your next trip to Disneyland.

Pandora Radio

A long drive gets boring pretty quickly without some music, and your tired old playlists can't always cut it. The popular Pandora Radio helps you discover new music based on music you already like, runs in the background (for iOS 4 users) so as not to interrupt your turn-by-turn navigation, and is free to use (although you can pay for extra features). If you're looking for something new to listen to during your drive, Pandora's a good way to find some alternatives.

Before you know it, a crisp autumn breeze will remind you that winter's chill is on its way. As homeowners, we'll take steps to put away outdoor lawn furniture, remove the garden hose from the outdoor faucet, and close down the pool for the season. But some feel that since their classic car is sitting in a garage it's safe and sound and completely protected. The fact that your pride and joy may not see road use for about 4-5 months can be just as damaging as redlining! Below are some tips and proven ideas that will keep your classic from the icy grip of winter’s hand and help to keep it fresh for the spring thaw.

Clean And Wax the Finish - We know that your car's finish is perfect, but in case you didn't get your classic properly waxed during the summer cruising months, now is the time to get it done before the temperature drops below freezing. Remember, corrosion's horrible recipe: mix 1 part moisture, with 1 part air, with 1 part dirt. Combined, the results are rust! Spend a little time now to save a lot of time and money later.

• Check Your Coolant Level - I had a friend who didn't properly fill his classic's radiator with the adequate mix of coolant, and the wrong mix of water to coolant ratio caused the water to expand when the temperature dropped. The result? A block of ice blew out the radiator seals! When the ice melted there was quite a mess. Make sure to correctly mix and fill your radiator with the proper coolant. If it has been awhile, you may want to invest in a complete cooling system flush-n-fill process, to ensure the job is done right.

Check Your Oil Level - Some will tell you to replace the oil and filter upon storage and then once again in the spring when you take your classic out of storage. I just make sure all fluid levels are correct, and change the oil and filter in the spring. Either way, just make sure the fluid levels are correct.

• Prepare Your Fuel System - Keep the fuel fresh. When gasoline sits, it can break down and form gum and varnish, which will clog a fuel system. Add a fuel stabilizer to your gas tank and run the engine for a few minutes to allow the agent to mix in with your fuel system lines. What's more, any moisture left in the fuel system can cause rust. Make sure that your tank is full of fuel before any storage. Air space within a gas tank allows for air to collect and condensate within the tank, causing rust.

• Varmint Proof The Area - You can't allow any critters that make their way into your storage area to make your classic its home for the winter! Seal up any drafty doors or windows, and place some rodent control devices throughout the area. Remember, mice run in straight lines along wall edges, so a few well-placed traps around the perimeter of your classic will help deter any unwelcome guests. We've all heard the horror stories of chewed wiring and a dead mouse in the vent system! I'll usually cover the exhaust tips with a thick sweat sock to help protect the chrome finish and block any openings for critters to gain access

• Remove Or Disconnect The Battery - Since your classic is sitting idle, remove the vehicle battery and if you have one place it on a trickle charger. Also, if you are thinking of storing the battery on the garage floor - don’t! Place a wood board between the battery and the concrete. Temperature fluctuations in the concrete will rob the battery and cause premature wear. The board acts as an "insulator" between the concrete and the battery. While you are at it, clean off any corrosion from the battery terminals on both the battery and in your classic.

• Up Off The Floor We Go - Place the vehicle on four heavy-duty jack stands and make sure you put some padding between the stands and the cars frame. Putting the car on jack stands will relieve spring tension, and in some cases where you may run bias-ply tire, will keep your classic's tires from flat spotting while resting in one spot all winter. If you run radials, this isn't a concern, but if you run bias tires, you'll hear a "whump-whump" noise of flat spotted bias tires come spring if you don't. Make sure to place the jack stands on a secure lifting point, especially for heavy classics. Otherwise, you'll bend or possibly break parts, and we don't want that.

• Wrap It Up - Invest in a quality breathable car cover. Don't rely on a plastic tarp, as they do not allow rising moist air to pass through. In fact, plastic tarps will promote corrosion! A breathable cover allows the air to pass through, but keep dust and moisture off your classic's finish. By removing moisture, dust and air no corrosive deterioration begins to occur during storage.

By taking the steps mentioned, your pride and joy will retain its classic appearance for years to come. There are additional steps you may need to take for storage longer than 6-8 months, like backing off valve springs and other internal engine precautions, but the above-mentioned steps ensure safe winter hibernation for your classic!

Upcoming Events

September 26-28, 2013

Barrett-Jackson Auctions
Mandalay Bay Event Center • Las Vegas, Nevada

Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, at this 6th annual Las Vegas auction, the tradition remains at the forefront with the Craig Jackson Foundation donating several thousand dollars to various local charities.

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September 27-29, 2013

New England Concours D’Elegance
Saratoga Springs, NY

This year's featured marques will be:

  • 1966-1971 Street Hemis
  • Jaguar E-types
  • 1953-1973 Corvettes
  • 1932-1942 Early Ford V-8
  • Class of 1958
  • Pre-1976 BMW Automobiles and
  • American Fiberglass Specials of the Fifties

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September 28-29, 2013
Meals on Wheels 5th Annual English Motors at Fairbrooks, Fallbrook

The driving tour:
will take place on Saturday, September 28 and will feature two unique and informative stops.  A continental breakfast and, later, lunch will be provided.  The tour will start at the Flying Leatherneck Museum at Miramar at 9:00 AM and finish at the Mechanized Museum on Camp Pendleton at approximately 2:00 PM.

The Show:
English Motors at Fairbrook is a unique gathering of fine English motor cars and motor bikes, nestled in the Fallbrook hills at Fairbrook Farms. This beautiful twenty-five acre horse ranch has an expansive show field with room for 250 cars and motorcycles, and up to 20 food and automotive-related booths. The judged show includes 25 classes plus awards for Best of Show, Reserve Best of Show, and Most Elegant Automobile.


October 3-4, 2013

Auctions America • Fall Carlisle

Auctions America returns to Fall Carlisle to host its Fall Carlisle Collector Car Auction October 3-4, 2013. Held during the famous Fall Carlisle Swap Meet, this multi-day sale picks up where spring left off, offering more than 300 vehicles from collector-grade showpieces to entry-level collectibles.

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October 3-6, 2013

XK’s Unlimited 40th Anniversary Event • San Luis Obispo, CA

For our 40th Anniversary we're celebrating by throwing an Open House Party. October 3-6 we will mark this milestone with car shows, parties, food, and fun for all our friends and customers. Jaguar author and historian, Mr. Philip Porter will be our guest speaker for Saturday night and we hope you will enjoy a 'James Bond - Casino Royale' gaming night as well. Make your plans to join us today.

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October 6, 2013

Sunday Drive to Flo's at Chino Airport - First Sunday of every month.

Meet on the Eastbound Carbon Canyon Road (corner of Carbon Canyon Road & Valencia Ave in Brea), just before 6:30 am on the first Sunday of EVERY MONTH! Departure time is 6:35 am SHARP!! All Porsches or what ever runs is welcome. Destination: Flo's Airport Cafe located at the Chino Airport. Alternatively, meet at Flo's. For over ten years rain or shine there has always been someone there to have breakfast and talk Porsche.

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October 10-11, 2013

RM Auctions • Hershey, PA

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October 13, 2013

San Diego British Car Day
Ingram Plaza at Liberty Station
San Diego, CA

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October 13, 2013

Inland Empire Jaguar Club • Wine Country Concours
The Historic Idyllwild Inn, Idyllwild, CA

The Inland Empire Jaguar Club is proud to sponsor the 10th Annual Wine Country Concours in Idyllwild.  Held on the grounds of the Historic Idyllwild Inn, participants will enjoy a cocktail night in Cabin 11 on the night before the show followed by the Concours the following day.

Parking will begin around 7:30 AM, and cars should be in place by no later than 9AM. Judging begins at 10 AM, trophies are generally awarded about 2:30 PM. Please Note: Day-of registration entries will not be accepted. For accommodations, please call Idyllwild COC @ 888-659-2552 for accommodations, or, check out www.idyllwildchamber.com for the list of places to stay.

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October 13, 2013

Fifth Avenue Auto Showcase 2013 • San Diego, CA

Join us for the 5th Annual Fifth Avenue Auto Showcase presented by car2go San Diego (FAAS) on Sunday, October 13, 2013 from 11:00am to 4:00pm and get up close and personal with some of the most iconic automobiles in history! This free to view event will feature 150+ high-performance automobiles along Fifth Avenue between E and L Street, ranging from the traditional classics to the lavish contemporary luxury vehicles.

Think your hot wheels are worthy of winning Best in Class, or even Best of Show? Show off your ride and register your car/motorcycle! Entries for the 2013 event will open soon, so be sure to check back regularly for updates! 

 Joining us as a guest? This family-friendly event is free to view and open to public! Spend a day in the Gaslamp Quarter, taking in the breathtaking views of stunning automobiles along Fifth Avenue while exploring the district's unique shops and galleries or enjoy a delicious meal on a Gaslamp open-air patio.

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October 13, 2013

Drive to Rose Canyon Cantina - Second Sunday of every month.

The second Sunday afternoon each month. Meet at 3:00 p.m. at Knowlwood's Hamburgers, 14952 Sand Canyon in Irvine (one block south of the 5 Freeway).

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October 25-27, 2013

Hilton Head Motoring Festival and Concours • Hutchinson Island, SC

Nestled across the water from famed River Street, Savannah’s own little, private island comes alive with the roar of engines the last weekend in October.

With its storied past and cobblestone streets, Savannah, unbeknownst to most, is the birth place of Grand Prix racing. Celebrating that heritage, the Speed Classic is a unique road race experience offering an intimate look at the inner workings of racing.  Featuring points series races and even more excitement with hot lap rides, test drives and pit access, you'll be strapped in at full throttle and up close and personal.

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October 26, 2013

Jaguar Club of Southern Arizona - 41st Concours D'Elegance
St Philip's Plaza • Tuscon, Arizona

The Concours D’Elegance will take place on Saturday October 26 at St Philips Plaza (Campbell and River) The Spanish patio style location is delightful, with fountains, flower pots and shady trees. Around the patio are small shops and superb restaurants. Cars should arrive between 8 & 9 am. Judging will begin at 10am and should be complete by 12 noon. Owners must be present when their car is judged. A breakfast bar will be available and is included for participants with your registration, courtesy of Nova Financial Services.

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November 3, 2013

Sunday Drive to Flo's at Chino Airport - First Sunday of every month.

Meet on the Eastbound Carbon Canyon Road (corner of Carbon Canyon Road & Valencia Ave in Brea), just before 6:30 am on the first Sunday of EVERY MONTH! Departure time is 6:35 am SHARP!! All Porsches or what ever runs is welcome. Destination: Flo's Airport Cafe located at the Chino Airport. Alternatively, meet at Flo's. For over ten years rain or shine there has always been someone there to have breakfast and talk Porsche.

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November 10, 2013

Drive to Rose Canyon Cantina - Second Sunday of every month.

The second Sunday afternoon each month. Meet at 3:00 p.m. at Knowlwood's Hamburgers, 14952 Sand Canyon in Irvine (one block south of the 5 Freeway).

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November 21, 2013
RM Auctions • Art of the Automobile • New York

RM Auctions, in association with Sotheby’s, is delighted to announce a new sale in New York City, November 21. The exclusive auction will celebrate the motor car and its place in the history of design, focusing on iconic styling and the artistry of combining automotive function with exquisite form. Featuring approximately 35 handpicked automobiles from around the world, the auction will be held at Sotheby’s global headquarters in New York and will represent the first time a major collector car auction has been held in Manhattan in over a decade. With an emphasis on bespoke design and  ‘best of category’ examples from the world’s most admired automotive marques, the sale will feature one of the most significant collections of motor cars offered in auction history.   As a prelude to the sale, an extraordinary exhibition showcasing the vehicles on offer will be held November 19 - 20 on the 10thfloor galleries at Sotheby’s New York—a setting customarily reserved for the display of world-class works of art offered at Sotheby’s.

“In recent years, collector cars have enjoyed phenomenal interest from enthusiasts and experts who value their historic importance and rarity alongside the achievements of their creators, coachbuilders, engineers and designers, who must be counted amongst the world’s great artistic visionaries,” says Rob Myers, Chairman & Founder, RM Auctions. “Our upcoming New York sale will celebrate the historic importance of the automobile—a singular achievement at the crossroads of art, technology and innovation—at the same time paying tribute to the creativity, styling and imagination of the world’s leading coachbuilders. We are delighted to be working with the team at Sotheby’s for this exclusive event. From the exhibition on their 10th floor galleries to the incredible caliber of the consignments on offer, it will certainly be a sale like no other.”

Maarten ten Holder, Sotheby’s Managing Director, Americas, commented, "We are thrilled that this autumn Sotheby’s will host the first ever automobile exhibition in our 10th floor galleries when 35 of the world’s finest and most important cars will be shown ahead of the RM sale on November 21. As the first car auction in Manhattan for over 10 years and one of the most significant ever held, this is set to be an unprecedented and historic event."

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November 21-23, 2013

Mecum Auctions • Anaheim
Convention Center, Anaheim, CA

  • Mecum Muscle Cars & More LIVE on Discovery's Velocity Network
  • November 21-23, 2013
  • Anaheim Convention Center
    800 West Katella Avenue
  • Anaheim, CA

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November 22-24, 2013

McCormick's Collector Car Auctions
The Spa Resort Casino • Palm Springs, CA

Our next auction will take place November 22nd, 23rd & 24th. Once again the venue will be the Spa Resort Casino here in downtown Palm Springs, California. This event will feature 520 Classic & Exotic cars. To enter you car in this auction give us a call at 760.320.3290

We are a family owned and operated Classic Car Auction house based in Palm Springs, California. We produce 2 large Classic Car Auctions per year here in Palm Springs. The auctions are open to the general public and dealers are also welcome. Each event features over 500 Classic & Exotic cars. The events are held in February & November each year. The venue is The Spa Resort Casino in downtown Palm Springs, just steps away from many resorts, shopping and fine dining.

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December 1, 2013

Sunday Drive to Flo's at Chino Airport - First Sunday of every month.

Meet on the Eastbound Carbon Canyon Road (corner of Carbon Canyon Road & Valencia Ave in Brea), just before 6:30 am on the first Sunday of EVERY MONTH! Departure time is 6:35 am SHARP!! All Porsches or what ever runs is welcome. Destination: Flo's Airport Cafe located at the Chino Airport. Alternatively, meet at Flo's. For over ten years rain or shine there has always been someone there to have breakfast and talk Porsche.

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December 8, 2013

Drive to Rose Canyon Cantina - Second Sunday of every month.

The second Sunday afternoon each month. Meet at 3:00 p.m. at Knowlwood's Hamburgers, 14952 Sand Canyon in Irvine (one block south of the 5 Freeway).

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January 12-19 , 2014

Barrett-Jackson Auctions
Westworld of Scottsdale • Scottsdale, AZ

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January 17-26, 2014

Mecum Auctions • Kissimmee, Florida Auction
Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee, FL

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January 16, 2014

Bonham's Auctions • The Scottsdale Auction
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ

Held at the luxurious Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, the Bonhams Scottsdale Auction has quickly become a major highlight on the global automotive calendar. Last year's sale saw several world records made with some rare and remarkable cars on offer from international collections representing Bugatti, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz and more. Now the stage is set for what promises to be another historic auction in the beautiful Arizona desert.

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January 17, 2014

RM Auctions • Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, AZ

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January 17, 2014

Silver Auctions • Fort McDowell, Arizona Auction

Silver has skillfully established a solid reputation for auctioning affordable collector cars in this January-in-Arizona extravaganza. Silver's auction continues to grow each year because it is filling a much-needed auction alternative. Thousands of buyers and sellers want an auction where they can buy and sell in an arena that they are personally comfortable in. Silver provides that alternative for the greater Phoenix area since 1992. Silver's Fort McDowell auction offers real buyers and sellers, real cars and real deals.

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January 17-18, 2014

Gooding's Auctions • Scottsdale, AZ

An ideal winter destination, Gooding & Company has brought a refined approach to the well-established and thriving marketplace of Scottsdale. Adjacent to the Fashion Square Mall and charming Old Town Scottsdale, Gooding & Company’s sale has consistently offered an unparalleled and handpicked presentation, irresistible to serious collectors. Beginning Wednesday, view the diverse high quality assortment of vehicles up for auction and connect with Gooding & Company’s top-notch staff and fellow collectors. Over the past five years, Gooding & Company has achieved the highest individual sale of the Scottsdale auction week every year and an impressive average 91% sell rate.

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January 17-18, 2014

Cavallino Classic • Palm Beach, Florida

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February 21-23, 2014

Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance
Boca Raton Resort and Club, Boca Raton, Florida

We invite you to join us over three spectacular days February 21, 22, & 23, 2014 as we commemorate the 8th Annual Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance.The Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance the fastest growing Concours in the nation and the world's largest for charity

The Concours kicks off on Friday night with the duPont Registry Live Hangar Party. On Saturday night, we will have a Gala Dinner & Show so extraordinary that it will set the standards for all Gala events to come. Then on Sunday, the main event takes place, as an expert panel judges some of the finest automobiles and motorcycles ever built.

From our very first Concours, the world-renowned Boca Raton Resort and Club has been the proud host of this prestigious event benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County.

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March 7, 2014

Gooding's Auctions • Amelia Island, Florida

Gooding & Company’s East Coast auction kicks off the prestigious Amelia Island weekend of collector events. Located at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, a classic Southern resort, this venue caters to the enthusiast looking for a relaxed yet rewarding springtime getaway. Held on the Friday before the celebrated Concours d’Elegance, Gooding & Company’s auction showcases a curated lineup of cars, inviting spirited bidding in a comfortable setting. Since joining the Amelia Island experience in 2010, Gooding & Company’s auction has more than doubled, building its reputation as the premier East Coast collector car auction.

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March 7-8, 2014

Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
The Ritz Carlton • Amelia Island, Florida

The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is an automotive charitable event held each year during the second weekend in March on the Amelia Island Golf Links at Amelia Island, Florida.

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March 8, 2014

RM Auctions • Amelia Island, Florida

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April 5-9, 2014

Copperstate 1000 • Phoenix, Arizona

Bell Lexus Copperstate 1000 is one of the premier vintage car road rallies in North America. This annual event celebrates the automotive cultural legacy by featuring some of the finest working examples of vintage, sports, racing, classic and grand touring automobiles manufactured before the 1974 model year.

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Sept TBD, 2014

The Colorado Grand

The Colorado Grand® is an annual charity tour for 1960 and earlier sports and race cars of distinction. The event was founded in 1989 by Englewood automotive enthusiast Bob Sutherland. Every September at the peak of the fall color season approximately 85 vintage cars are driven in this relaxed, non-competitive event, covering 1,000 miles through the Rockies in five days.

The tour attracts entrants from around the world and always includes several 1920′s and 1930′s cars. Typical makes include Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, Bentley, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Maserati, Allard, and such exotic names as Amilcar, Cisitalia, Squire, Delahaye, and Talbot-Lago.

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Sept 3-8, 2014

The Sun Rally in Montana

Going To The Sun Rally is an exceptional rally. It has won the hearts of members who return year after year, because we travel through some of the most spectacular countryside in the world, and even more so because over the years we have become a family of friends. We are small and friendly, and our shared love for cars and wide open spaces, combined with our commitment to giving back to the communities we travel, is what makes this rally distinctive. Whether this will be your first trip with us, or your ninth, you’ll be a welcome contributor to an unforgettable event. What Going To The Sun Rally gives back in charitable donations is our way of helping and hoping that Montana will remain The Last Best Place.

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