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We Are Moving On and You're Invited to Join Us

Wednesday October 31, 2012

From Tony & Michele:

It's been five years now that we have shared our experience and expertise as Classic Car Guides on the About.com framework.  But all good things must come to and end. As of today, we are moving on and wanted to give all of our readers and newsletter subscribers a big thank you for all your support and encouragement.

Cheers, Tony & Michele

Fond Memories of Al Moss, Founder of Moss Motors

Thursday September 27, 2012

Al Moss

"Thank you Al Moss, You will be dearly missed" is on the front page of the Moss Motors website.  Al Moss, founder of Moss Motors passed away on September 25, 2012, he was 85 years old.

On several occasions we have had the pleasure to enjoy the company of Al Moss at our Jaguar Club of Northern Arizona (JCNAZ) meetings and the Monterey Historic Races.  Yes, Al Moss will be dearly missed and he'll be missed by so many.  Although the exact cause of death has not been disclosed, we were informed through JCNAZ that Al was being treated for a cancer in August, but was in good spirits.

Our favorite memories of Al is watching him finish the Monterey Historic race in his legendary 1948 MGTC with the turtle radiator cap, and seeing him arrive for our Jaguar Club road tours in his 2006 convertible Miata with a Jaguar Leeper as the hood ornament.  He frequently entered the car in shows as the Make and Model being a Miata Jaguar.

To read Moss Motors' entire tribute to Al, go to Moss: We Are Honored to Carry the Name

Our sincerest condolences to Al's many friends and family.

Photo - Michele Hamer

9/28 Update - We have been informed through a close friend of Al's that he died from complications of his cancer.  Thank you Lynda.

An Interview with George Barris – King of Kustomizers

Thursday September 27, 2012

George Barris

At this year's Annual Route 66 Rendezvous in downtown San Bernardino, California, we jumped at the opportunity to interview automotive industry icon, George Barris - the King Kustomizers.  On the way to meet up with Mr. Barris, we were wondering where does one start with a man who began customizing cars when he was thirteen, and has, over the last sixty years, produced an immense list of legendary machines...read more.

Photo - Michele Hamer

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Thursday September 27, 2012

Route 66 Rendevous

This story starts in 1990 when the San Bernardino Convention & Visitors Bureau (SBCVB)  "Route 66 Rendezvous" was a classic car show of one and half days duration. Since then the event has grown significantly to where this year there were over 1650 cars shown, and over 500,000 spectators drawn to a four day event.  However, this year almost didn't happen....read more.

Photo - Michele Hamer

Bennett Collection Offers Classic Collectibles, Parts and Resto Projects

Thursday September 13, 2012

Bennett Collection
Auctions America will expand its 2012 calendar with the addition of the Terry Bennett Collection, a two-day, single-vendor sale in Rollinsford, New Hampshire, Sept. 21-22, 2012.

Best described as a 'treasure chest of collectibles', the Bennett Collection comprises an amazingly diverse series of motor cars, motorcycles, boats, bicycles, architectural pieces and other vintage memorabilia, all amassed by Dr. Terry Bennett over the past 20 years...read more.

Man vs Car Challenge for London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

Thursday September 13, 2012

Duncan PhilipsUltramarathon runner, Duncan Philips, is to take part in a friendly challenge with veteran car driver, Dan Suskin, to see who gets to the coast first during the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, on Sunday November 4, 2012. The annual event is hosted by the Royal Automobile Club and is the world's longest running motoring event.

Dan Suskin Dan Suskin, from the USA, has been an enthusiast of the event since childhood and first took part in 2010. This year he will drive his 1902 Delahaye, which has an engine of just six horsepower. Vehicles taking part in the event, which are all built before 1905, must average no more than 20mph for the 60 miles from London to Brighton.

Duncan Philips from Tunbridge Wells, Kent competes in Ironman (swim, ride, run) competitions and last September attempted the Enduroman Arch to Arc Triathlon, which started in Marble Arch, London, and finished at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.  Duncan, who is aged 48, says: "Although I've been running for several years I only had the idea to run against Dan's car just recently. We have a friendly wager on who will win and the loser must buy the ice creams in Brighton!"

1905 Delahaye

One hundred and sixteen years since it was first run, this year's London to Brighton Veteran Car Run will feature a maximum entry of 550 pre-1905 vehicles making their way from Hyde Park in London to Madeira Drive, Brighton. The event is part of a weekend Celebration of Motoring that includes the RAC Future Car Challenge (for low energy use vehicles) and the Regent Street Motor Show (celebrating the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries of motoring).

For more information, visit The Royal Automobile Club's Veteran Car Run.

Photos - Veteran Car Run

Monterey Sales Puts Three Cars in the Top Ten Most Expensive

Thursday September 6, 2012

1960 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider

A staggering $260 million dollars was the cumulative sales from the five classic car auction companies who participated in the 2012 Monterey Peninsula Classic Car Auction week . More than 1200 cars were passed on to new owners which averages out to be about $345,000 per car.  That's a lot of money, but not nearly enough to make it onto our Ten Most Expensive Cars Sold at Auction list.

Out of the forty three cars that broke world sales records in Monterey, it was the three top sellers of the week that made it into the number 3, 4 and 5 slot of the top ten.  They include the:

You can see all the cars on our Ten Most Expensive Cars Sold at Auction here.

Vehicles From The Pettit Collection Coming to Glenmoor Gathering

Thursday September 6, 2012

1940  Bantam Speedster

Classic Motorcar Auctions LLC will hold their 3rd annual Grande Salon Auction Sept. 15-16, 2012 during the Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles Concours d'Elegance at the historic Glenmoor Country Club in North Canton, Ohio.

Featured during the event will be select vehicles and memorabilia from the William A.C. Pettit, III Collection. A lifelong automotive enthusiast, William "Bill" Pettit owned the Pettit Brothers Chrysler-Plymouth-Dodge-Jeep dealership in...read more.

Photo - Classic Motorcar Auctions LLC

Allards, Tuckers and Trans-Atlantic Hybrids Featured at Glenmoor

Thursday September 6, 2012

Glenmoor Preview

More than 220 vintage and classic American and European automobiles, including early supercharged and steam-powered cars, the Allard sports car and Seven 1948 Tucker automobile will be on display at the 2012 Glenmoor Gathering set for Sept. 14-16 at Glenmoor Country Club, 4191 Glenmoor Rd. NW.

Leading the lineup of early supercharged cars will be a 1935 Dusenberg SJ, the legendary "Mormon Meteor," which was raced on the Bonneville Salt Flats in the 1930s and restored several years ago to its original mid-1930s body style.

Activities during the weekend will include the Passport Transport Countryside Tour, cocktail party and gala dinner, cooking demonstrations and two automotive seminars. The first will feature Andrew Beckman, archivist for the National Studebaker Museum, who will offer new insights on the Studebaker Avanti. Beckman's presentation will be followed by Wayne Carini of "Chasing Classic Cars" and noted collector Ralph Mareno, who will team up to discuss how to buy a collector car.

On Sunday, Sept. 16, there will be a display on the club's front lawn of world-class performance cars, including Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Maseratis and Porsches. Automotive art by a variety of artists also will be displayed and on sale and three authors will be in attendance to sell and autograph their books.

For more information on the 2012 Glenmoor Gathering and weekend events schedule, visit www.glenmoorgathering.com

Photo - Glenmoor Gathering


The "Cars of Hallbrook" Puts Mecum's Dallas Auction Into High Gear

Thursday September 6, 2012

Cars of HallbrookMecum Auctions began their second annual Dallas sale Wednesday evening at The Dallas Convention Center with an incredible collection of 96 vehicles from The Cars of Hallbrook and witnessed heavy bidding from start to finish.  Total sales for opening night surpassed $5.2 million, sending 82 vehicles to new homes. Topping the list of sold vehicles was a 2005 Ford GT with only 1,021 miles hammering for $187,500.

The Cars of Hallbrook encompassed some of the most exclusive American automobiles in existence, with strong emphasis on minimal mileage and maximum originality, highlighted by award-winning Lincolns and Corvettes.  The action continues  through Saturday with over 1,100 collector cars scheduled to cross the auction block.  You can go to mecum.com to watch every minute live via webcast, and preview upcoming lots for sale.

The public is welcome to join Mecum at The Dallas Convention Center located at 650 South Griffith Street, Dallas with general admission tickets available at the door for just $15 per day.  For more information visit www.mecum.com

Photo - Mecum

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