Thursday

GREAT HOPE FOR 2012


MERRY CHRISTMAS
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TWELVETH DAY OF CHRISTMAS

1935 AUBURN 851

150 bhp, 279.9 cu. in. eight-cylinder inline side-valve engine, three-speed manual gearbox, solid front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, two-speed live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 127"

The 1935 Auburn styling was the work of Gordon Buehrig, who had designed the immortal Model J Duesenberg. Making the 1934 theme more upright yet more graceful, Buehrig also lowered the speedster’s tail, making it smoother and more aerodynamic. With the V-12 gone, a more powerful eight was called for, so Auburn turned to August Duesenberg to adapt the Model J’s centrifugal concept to the side-valve engine. With 6.5 to 1 compression, the supercharged Model 851 developed 150 bhp at 4,000 rpm. On the Bonneville salt flats, company driver Abner “Ab” Jenkins, a former Indy 500 driver of note, set 70 new unlimited and American speed records for stock cars. Each new speedster was delivered with a dashboard plaque certifying that the car had been driven by Jenkins to more than 100 mph.

Located in England....+44 (0) 20 8870 9007
 
photo and text credit: © 2011 joemarcari.com

Tuesday

ELEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS

1968 MGA

A rare, wonderfully equipped and well sorted, 1959 MGA Coupe. The stylish lines echo the XK120 Coupe. We have serviced and improved this car for the last three owners, with combined ownership covering over 35 years. This car now has very unique looks and specifications. The current owner made many upgrades in our shop so he could use the car on vintage rallies. He wanted this car to be exceptionally appointed inside and equipped to perform effortlessly over long distances. The car is now fitted with a 1840cc MGB five main engine, backed by a Moss 5 speed transmission. To insure the car would handle and stop, the front suspension was upgraded to MGB complete with disc brakes. The final differential ratio was changed to 3.90 from 4.22 to take full advantage of the overdrive gear. To ensure smooth, shimmy-free, high speed driving, 15X6 8 spoke Superlite alloy wheels were fitted. The end result is a reliable well balanced coupe that can keep up with modern traffic. All mechanical work has a mere 2500 miles since completion. This car is well sorted and ready to drive.

This MGA is fitted with a stunning interior. The leather seats are comfortable and have a proper patina free of flaws. The carpets are new, wool type, well-padded and nicely installed. The under carpet at the transmission has been padded with a thermal heat barrier. The headliner is new and the white color makes the interior feel more spacious. The original dash was sent to Madera Concepts to have a stunning book matched walnut veneer installed and then finished like fine furniture. The real wood steering wheel complements the dash and is a pleasure to hold. The interior looks even better in person.

All mechanical work was done with no expense spared. Approximately $20,000 was spent to make this the best equipped MGA coupe. MGB five main engine bored +40 balanced, fitted with large intake valves and a mild camshaft that has been degreed for best performance. The transmission is a 5-speed full syncro overdrive on top gear. Front suspension is all new including shocks and disc brakes. The diff is a rebuilt 3:90 unit. All brake and clutch hydraulics were replaced with new cylinders and hoses. Radiator has been upgraded and car runs cool even on hot days. Starts, runs and drives very smoothly and as a bonus it is very quiet at cruising speeds. All dash controls and gauges work.

Body is very solid and has no signs of serious accident damage or rust. The chrome is good to excellent, with only a minor dent on the l/h front bumper. Paint work is a nice warm shade of white and is smooth and glossy. The chassis is very straight and solid. Glass is all good. The doors close well and panel gaps are all good.

New 15X6 Superlite alloy wheels with 195/60 tires. Approximately 3,000 miles on set. The true and well balanced wheels make for some smooth driving and excellent cornering.

This car is a pleasure to drive. It starts easily, has excellent power, and retains a nice steady idle. The five speed transmission is effortless to shift, makes the car quiet, and really performs well. The interior view from the driver’s seat is great and the dash gives a sense of richness that nothing short of a Jaguar can match. This car is comfortable to drive and performs way above a regular MGA. A car good for years of reliable touring, and is a great alternative to a Porsche 356 coupe. This is a wonderful car to tour or rally.

Located in Oregon...1-541-683-6101

photo and edited text credit: Sports Car Shop

Monday

TENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS

1972 DETOMASO PANTERA

1972 DE TOMASO PANTERA, 1972 DETOMASO PANTERA BLK/BLK WITH 35,900 ORIGINAL MILES. NEW PAINT ON BARE METAL RESTORATION. RUST- FREE BODY NON MODIFIED BODY, ALL STAINLESS TRIM AND BUMPERS ARE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION INTERIOR IS IN LIKE NEW CONDITION WITH NEW CARPETS AND ORIGINAL SEATS THAT HAVE BEEN RECOVERED IN BLACK CLOTH. THE DASH, CONSOLES, AND HEADLINERS ARE IN PRISTINE SHAPE. 17 INCH PI MOTORSPORTS ' BOYD CODDINGTON WHEELS ARE NEW AS IS THE 315/35/17 AND 225/45/17 Z-RATED TIRES. THE CAR IS LOWERED TO EUROPEAN RIDE HEIGHT FOR A MORE MENACING STANCE. REAR UPRIGHTS AND UNDER RADIATOR IS VERY SOUND CONDITION. VERY STRONG ORIGINAL 351 CLEVLAND MOTOR WITH POLISHED DETOMASO VALVE COVERS. AC BLOWS COLD, ENGINE AND ENGINE BAY KEPT IN STOCK LOOKING CONDITION. PI MOTOR SPORTS MUFFLERS WITH EARLY FACTORY HEADERS. COOLANT SYSTEM IS IN EXCELLENT ORGINAL CONDITION AND RUNS COOL. LUGGAGE TUB HAS BEEN RECOVERED. THIS CAR IS AN EARLY 72 WITH A FLAT REAR DECK. IT IS SET UP AS A VERY STRONG STREET DRIVEN CAR. IT IS GETTING HARDER TO FIND CARS THAT ARENT OVERELY MODIFIED. THIS CAR IS VERY RELIABLE AND A GREAT STREET PANTERA.

Located in New Jersey....1-856-309-8088

photo and text credit: © 2011 Black Tie Classics

Sunday

NINTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS

1967 AUSTIN HEALEY 3000 MK III

Chassis number: H-BJ8-L/41750
Engine number: 29K-U-H/16358
Body number: 86626
Gearbox number: 429
Rear Axle: 15094
Built May 25- June 2, 1967

This beautiful North American Export Austin-Healey BJ8 has lead a charmed life. The 1967 models are considered by many as the pinnacle of the big Healeys, with roll up windows, a more luxurious cockpit, and all of the mechanical refinements over the years. #41750 was purchased by the current owner in 1983 with just 36,300 miles, and in 1999, was treated to a full restoration by noted marque authorities Fourintune Garage. Tom Kovacs reports that there were no floor pan or door jamb repairs required, but a complete mechanical freshening was in order. It is a complete numbers matching car with all original panels, and is restored accurately in British Racing Green with black interior.

Today, the car has 46,340 miles, and has travelled just 3,000 miles in the ten years since restoration. The 3 items changed by the owner can all easily be brought back to stock – a “Texas Cooler”shrouded fan, a stainless exhaust system, and chromed 72 spoke wire wheels – all for drivability. It’s lived in a heated garage, is immaculately clean throughout, and offers a known history, with complete Heritage Trust documentation and extensive restoration documents. All tools, accessories, and literature is included with no surprises.

Located in Texas....1-260-925-6789

photo and text credit: © 2011 The Worldwide Group

Saturday

EIGHTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS

1959 LOTUS 15

The Lotus 15 marked the end of the era of large cubic capacity cars in the Manufacturers World Championship. In 1958, the DBR-2 Aston Martin with its 3.9 litre engine dominated its rivals thanks to its lightness and its remarkable road-holding. In the British Empire Trophy Graham Hill, at the wheel of a 1.5 litre Climax engined Lotus, managed to maintain a steady gap between himself and Stirling Moss. Cliff Allison also experimented with a 2 litre engine and a five speed transaxle gearbox on a Formula 2 Lotus. In 1959, the works driver, Graham Hill, was still able to find enough speed to keep a whole pack of opponents at bay among which were 150 and 200 S Maseratis, RSK Porsches, TN-Oscas and above all the 2.5 Litre rear-engined Cooper. However, the days of the front-engined racing car were numbered and in the 1959/60 season both the Lotus 19 and 23 had their engines mounted behind the driver.

The Lotus 15 offered here was supplied new directly to the USA for SCCA events, the first owner being Mr.Chamberlain, who used the car with Pat Pigott in 1959/60. In 1961 the car was sold to a John Willock, who continued to race the car in America, sharing drives with William Wonder. In 1970, the car was sold to Murray Smith, an English gentleman that has always lived in America and is very well known in the historic racing scene. In 1975, Steve Grizwald purchased the car, which was sold again in 1981 to Peter Kaus, at the Rosso-Bianco Museum in Germany.

The car was displayed in the museum, and features in the famous Rosso-Bianco book, as a full page (Page 123). In 1997, the car was purchased by Coys on behalf of a very highly regarded UK collector, and has been in his ownership until now. During this period, the car has been maintained by Martin Greaves at Classic Performance Engineering.

Located in England....+44 (0) 208 614 7888

photo and text credit: © 2011 Coys

Friday

SEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS

1937 FORD "WOODY"

The 1937 Ford Deluxe Station Wagon is a great example of workmanship. Finished in jade green with chocolate brown interior and a black leatherette roof. It’s restoration was just finished so the car is fresh and ready to go. Modestly equipped with a radio, blue dot taillight, locking hood latch, hubcaps, trim rings and whitewall tires, the bodywork, paint, interior and woodwork are all done to uniformly high standards. This outstanding Ford, which has never been shown, is ready to go straight to the most demanding shows and concourse.

This woody is also ready for touring or a Sunday afternoon drive. It keeps up with modern day traffic along with excellent braking capabilities. Odds are you won’t see another on the road or at a car show. This woody is as beautiful as it is unique!

Located in Missouri....1-314-993-7104

photo and edited text: © 2011 St. Louis Car Museum

Thursday

SIXTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS

1964 FACEL VEGA

This is a once every decade opportunity to purchase one of 26 RHD cars in a fully restored condition. In October 2011 a LHD unrestored, average car sold at Artcurial Auctions in Paris for £175,000.

355 bhp, 383 cu. in. Chrysler V-8 engine, Chrysler three-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission, independent front suspension and solid axle with leaf springs in the rear, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,660 mm
Some of the most exciting and flamboyant sports cars in history were produced in Paris and its surrounding areas through the first half of the 20th century: Delahaye, Delage, Talbot Lago and Panhard to name a few luminaries. Unfortunately, performance and the French government’s extreme post-war taxation of higher horsepower vehicles did not mix. As a result, French performance automobiles were literally killed off by the mid-1950s, something Jean Daninos intended to change.

Daninos was an industrialist who employed 2,000 workers in his four FACEL factories and manufactured everything from kitchen sinks and office furniture to scooters and combustion chambers for deHavilland and Rolls-Royce jet engines. When Panhard cancelled manufacturing plans of their new model at Daninos’ Colombes plant, Jean saw his opportunity to build a great luxury performance vehicle that would once again bring worldwide prominence to a Paris-built car. Of course, due to French taxation he would have to manufacture his Facel cars mostly for export.

As a replacement for the stylish HK500, the Facel II was introduced at the Paris Salon of October 1961 and was the flagship model of the Facel Vega range. A foreign powerplant would best ensure the success of such an export venture, which led to Daninos selecting the technically superior Chrysler V-8 engine. The Facel II had excellent performance and was a capable high-speed tourer; the engine was rated by the factory at 355 horsepower and could sprint from 0-60 mph in 7.8 seconds with a top speed of 134 mph. The intoxicating blend of exquisite French styling and American power made the Facel II a desirable car that has always been appreciated by car collectors with a keen eye for unusual design. All told, only about 26 right-hand drive cars were sold, presumably due to the high purchase price of £5,570 in 1962, when a new Aston Martin DB4 was £3,967!

Intercontinental Cars, a subsidiary of HWM, imported this particular Facel II into the UK. The car was specified with an automatic gearbox and power steering and was originally finished in grey coachwork with red leather hide. It was first registered 20 March, 1964 and supplied through Lazenby Garages of Rothley in Leicestershire to Gee Advertising Ltd. with its original registration GEE 999.

In April 1965 the car was sold to Birds Swansea Ltd. on the registration number BB45 after having covered 20,000 miles. Well-known car collector George Milligan acquired it in August 1968 following a “wanted” advertisement he had placed in a motoring magazine. The car joined another Facel II in his stable and remained with him until 1981, whereupon it was sold to Hamish McAlpine who kept the car until the 1990s. Mr. McAlpine sold the car to French film producer Daniel Carrillo, a noted French car collector who kept it for over 10 years. I purchased the car in 2008 and entrusted it to UK restorer Alan Carrington, who embarked upon a full restoration with parts supplied by Hans Ruhe, a Facel Vega specialist in Holland.

The body was stripped to bare metal and restored with new metal where necessary. The car was painted in Gunmetal Grey metallic, and the chassis was detailed at the same time. The suspension was dismantled and restored with new shock absorbers all around and new Coopercraft brakes. A full re-trim of the interior was carried out, the seats were re-trimmed in red leather, a red cloth headlining was fabricated, and every rubber seal was replaced with a new item. The dashboard, painted metal, was restored correctly, as was the wooden rim steering wheel. The power steering system was rebuilt, and five new stainless steel wire wheels and correct Dunlop tyres were also fitted.

A right-hand drive Facel II is rarely offered on the market. With only 23 examples known to exist, from the original 26 made, this may very well be the only opportunity for many years to come.

Located in England....+44 (0) 1622 814 140

photo and text credit: © 2011 Godin Banks

Wednesday

FIFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS

1934 LAGONDA M45

The Lagonda M45 remains the stuff of legends, winning Le Mans outright in 1935. The genius was using the twin spark 4.5 litre Meadows engine, mated to Lagonda's own chassis.

This unique 1934 Coupe created by Brainsby-Woollard and built by John Charles of Brentford is a sheer delight. This Historic and well documented M45 presents an opportunity to acquire a piece of history.

Located in England....+44 (0) 1494 812115
 
photo and text credit: Slades Garage

Tuesday

FOURTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS

1981 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER

Rare 1981 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ45 Soft Top Troop Carrier. This truck is Left Hand Drive and has a 2F engine with 4 speed transmission. It has app. 72,000 kilometers or 44K miles on the odometer. The black soft top is new as well as the rear mat. The seats have also been recovered recently. There are only a few of these trucks in the US.

Located in Georgia....1-508-726-7693

photo and edited text credit: © 2011 eBay

Monday

THIRD DAY OF CHRISTMAS

1954 MERCEDES BENZ 300 SL GULLWING

Mercedes 300SL Gullwing. Silver/Blue cloth and leather interior. One of the earliest surviving and most significant 300SL Gullwings in the World. 1954 Paris Motorshow car, 1955 Olympia Motorshow car, 1955 Autocar test car, 1955 Moss/Jenkinson practice car for the 1955 Mille Miglia. 1st owner Mercedes Benz GB, 2nd owner HWM Motors, 3rd owner Peter Woozley. Raced by Woozley in the UK during his ownership including a fastest lap/runner up in the 1959 Stanley Sears Trophy at Snetterton. Full JD Classics restoration to original 1954 specification just completed. Signed and authenticated by Sir Stirling Moss earlier this year during his visit to JD Classics, featured in Sir Stirlings latest scrapbook. 2011 Pebble Beach exhibit. Complete history, four owners and 52772 miles covered since new, full matching numbers and original factory specification throughout. A unique investment opportunity.

Located in England....+44 (0) 1621 879579
 
photo and text credit: © 2011 J.D. Classics Limited

Sunday

SECOND DAY OF CHRISTMAS

1934 ASTON MARTIN 1.5 MK II

This superb 4 seater MKII has been in the same family ownership since 1948. Carefully restored in the 1980's and regularly maintained since, it is in very fine condition and absolutely ready to use and enjoy.

Only 43 4 seater MkIIs were built by the works and by no means have they all survived, so this is a rare car by anyones standards. Mechanically very sound with about 4000 miles on a steel crank and rod engine (by David Taylor) it is running very well and has proved to be very reliable.

With recent new hood, tonneau and sidescreens this MKII is ready for any weather, and new kingpins and trackrod ends last year gives it very posative handling. It has also just had a new propshaft made and fitted.

This MKII has never been off the road, and was used all through the second war by the then owner who had a reserved occupation. It was then run by an RAF engineer until the late 1940's when it became the everyday transport for the present owners father and has been kept in the family ever since.

An exceptional MKII long chassis in very good condition and well known to the AMOC, often seen at club gatherings and councours.

Located in England....+44 (0) 1234 240024

photo and text credit: © 2011 Ecurie Bertelli Limited

Saturday

FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS

1966 SHELBY COBRA 427

CSX 3112 is a true 427 Street Cobra that has survived unmodified for almost 50 years. CSX 3112 has had a complete no expense spared ground-up restoration and was a Gold Award recipient at the SAAC-30 in 2005.

With grey primer and black interior, this Shelby Cobra (CSX3112) was billed to Shelby American on 12/3/65, with a credit allowance of £8 for “no final paint color.” It was shipped to L.A. At Shelby American, work order #18093, “Build 427 street Cobra CSX3112,” was opened on 1/11/66 and closed 3/4/66. The car was painted “Silver” at this time. Shelby invoice #A 2656, dated 3/16/66, billed Herb Tousley Ford, Inc. (White Bear Lake, MN) for the car: “CSX3112, Cobra, $6,088.00, plus freight, $325, total: $6,413.00.” The car’s first known owner was Harvey Vance, a student at Vance AFB (Enid, OK) who acquired it used. According to Vance, 3112 was involved in a collision which damaged the front bodywork circa ’67. The car received some fresh alloy panels in the rebuilding process. Once the repairs were completed, Vance swapped 3112 to his flight instructor, Jay Schaff (Enid, OK), for a ’65 GT350 and cash. In ’68 Schaff traded away the Cobra for a Corvette, some cash and some “stuff” in Oklahoma City. Ray Post (OK), the Cobra’s new owner, sold it back to Harvey Vance shortly thereafter. The car was then traded for a 300 SL Mercedes Gullwing. Its next reported owners were John O’Neill (MO) and Frank Bernadini (Richmond, VA).

In the spring of ’74 the car appeared in a classified ad: “Cobra 427, CSX3112, Mechanically excellent, body and interior good, paint fair. Halibrands. Asking $9,999.95. Call Griffiths or Snow.” The phone number was from MD. 3112 was purchased by Bill Gidden (TN), who advertised it for sale in 10/74: “CSX3112, Car is beautiful in every way. Red with black leather. New Michelins. $13,900 for the fastest of classics.” Dan Hamelberg (Urbana, IL) bought the car and upgraded it before offering it for sale in 11/75: “AC Cobra 427, CSX3112. Cobra red, new black leather, new T/A’s, new engine, cross bolted mains, all original, well cared for, $16,800.” Dealer Leo Gephart (OH) purchased 3112 and sold it to Peter McManus (Thornton, PA). The car remained in the possession of McManus, sharing the garage with Allard, until ’02, when Paul Andrews (Moorestown, NJ) bought it. It was offered for sale late that summer: “Very early 427 street car currently under restoration. Never altered – no hood scoop, roll bar, side pipes. We can complete this wide-hip, square taillight, original 427 engined car to your specs and color.” Andrew’s asking price was $329K.

The car was sold to Randy Holt (Milton, WA). Holt had a complete body/frame restoration performed, with Bruce Kimmins (Lake Havasu, AZ) handling the aluminum work; Dave Bliss rebuilding the 427 side-oiler engine; Bill Ericson (Seattle, WA) rebuilding the top-loader transmission; and Mobile Services (Seattle, WA) rebuilding the brakes. All the suspension was rebuilt, following which Fred Kroll (Silverdale, WA) installed new inner panels, chrome, fresh black upholstery, a new wiring harness, and a stainless steel street exhaust system. The car was repainted silver. The restoration was completed in the summer of ’04, and a year later 3112 received a gold award in the concours at SAAC-30 (Fontana, CA). Holt put 3112 up for sale in 12/06 at a price of $650K. It was sold early in ’07 to Ed Blais (Park City, UT) with 70 miles of use on it since its restoration.

This car comes complete with the original side curtains, top and bows, and jack. In addition, a spare set of original Halibrand wheels and BF Goodrich T/A Radials are also included. In concours condition.

Located in California....1-831-340-9940

photo and text credit: © 2011 Canepa Design

SO, YOU WANT TO BUY AN INDYCAR CHEAP?


Don't ask KV Racing General Manager Mark Johnson for the Carfax reports on the three 2011-spec Dallara IR07s the team has for sale through eBay’s classifieds service. Frankly, even if he could produce Carfaxes for the team fleet of redundant Indy cars, it might just be easier to watch the humorous (but expensive to make) highlight reel of some of the crashes the cars were subjected to. You can watch at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9BmgSit9cA

Yet for one lucky customer (or possibly three individual buyers), the cars of Tony Kanaan, Takuma Sato and E.J. Viso can be had as a package for $135,000, or individually for $50,000 apiece, minus engine and a few miscellaneous bits. And for the buyer who opts for the three-car package, prepare to hire an extra moving truck as it comes with a full catalog of spares.

With new 2012 Dallara DW12s due to arrive at KV’s shop in Indianapolis in less than two weeks, clearing space on the shop floor, in the spare parts room and in the team’s haulers is now a priority, and with three redundant IR07s on its hands, using the popular internet auction site’s classified section to part with those cars made the most sense to KV’s Johnson.

Whether it a mechanically-inclined racer who wants to try and fit a different engine to the Dallara or a business in search of a display car, Johnson hopes to get cars out the door and into the hands of those who want to take possession of their very own Indy car.

Take the IR07’s original sticker price of $500,000, add a healthy spares package per car and the annual development budgets associated with the vehicles, and compared to all the funding that was sunk into the Lotus-liveried Dallaras, the cars can be acquired for a fraction of their former value.

The goodies that make up the seven crates of spares, according to Johnson, also carried a hefty price tag at one point.

photo credit: KV Racing
edited text credit: Marshall Pruett via © 2011 speed.com


Friday

OHIO ON THE 17TH

MAGID ESTATE
by Kiko
8266 Ravenna Road
Painesville, Ohio


1-800-533-5456

ENGLAND ON THE 12TH

1932 ALVIS 20

YULETIDE CLASSIC
by Barons
Sandown Park Exhibition Centre
Esher, Surrey
United Kingdom


+44 (0) 8454 30 60 60

1959 ELVA FORMULA JUNIOR

photo credit: © 2011 barons


PETER GETHIN 1940 - 2011

PETER GETHIN

Former McLaren and BRM driver Peter Gethin has died following a long illness at the age of 71.

Gethin is best-known for his win for BRM in the 1971 Italian Grand Prix at Monza. In a slipstreaming classic he took victory by just 0.01s from Ronnie Peterson as the first five drivers were covered by 0.6s. With it turning out to be the only grand prix win of his career and having started the final lap in fourth place, it means Gethin is the only driver to have won a Formula One race without having led an entire lap.

Born in Epsom, he was the son of jockey Ken Gethin who won both the 1,000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes. He started his career in a Lotus 7 at Brands Hatch in the early Sixties before buying a Lotus 23 and winning the Guards Championship in 1964. It was in his late twenties that he started gaining attention in British F3, racing alongside Piers Courage and Jonathan Williams, and then a second place in the F2 Grand Prix d'Albi earned him a move in to Formula 5000 with Church Farm Racing in 1969.

Having won the Formula 5000 championship in both 1969 and 1970, Gethin also won a race for McLaren in the Canadian-American Challenge Cup. That led to a Formula One drive as he was brought in to the team following the death of the founder Bruce McLaren. His best result in 12 races was sixth place before he made the move to BRM where he won on his second outing. It was his only podium finish as 1972 proved to be a disappointment; just one point to show from the season.

It was Formula 5000 where Gethin was most at home, as he beat a field of F1 cars in his Chevron in the 1973 Race of Champions. The following year he raced in the Formula 5000 Tasman Series in Australia and New Zealand, taking the 1974 title - also in a Chevron - before making one last F1 appearance for Lola which ultimately ended in retirement.

When his racing career came to an end, Gethin moved in to management and became team manager of the Toleman F1 team in 1984. After two years he moved to Formula 3000 to set up Peter Gethin Racing, before later in his career running a driving school at Goodwood.

photo credit: © 2011 crash.net
text credit: © 2011 ESPN

Monday

FLORIDA ON THE 8TH


THE PALM BEACH AUCTION
by Hollywood Wheels
Palm Beach County Convention Center
650 Okeechobee Blvd.
West Palm Beach, Florida


1-800-237-8954

photo credit: Hollywood Wheels

ENGLAND ON THE 8TH

DECEMBER SALE
by DVCA
The Gartell Light Railway, Common Lane
Yenston, Templecombe, Somerset
United Kingdom


+44 (0)1963 363353

ENGLAND ON THE 7TH

1960 AUSTIN HEALEY SPRITE

DECEMBER AUCTION
by H & H
The Pavilion Gardens
Buxton, Derbyshire
United Kingdom


+44 (0) 8458 33 44 55

1952 FERGUSON TE20

photo credit: H & H

ENGLAND ON THE 7TH

1964 FERRARI 250/330

TRUE GREATS
by Coys
The Royal Horticultural Halls
London
United Kingdom


+44 (0) 208 614 7888

1949 BRISTOL 400

photo credit: © 2011 coys.co.uk

MONEY FOR NOTHING


Saturday

JIM RATHMANN 1928 - 2011


Jim Rathmann, winner of both the 1960 Indianapolis 500 and the international 500-mile "Race of Two Worlds" in 1958 at Monza, Italy, died Wednesday, Nov. 23. Rathmann passed away in a hospice in Melbourne, Fla., nine days after suffering a seizure at his home. He was 83.

Rathmann, who was inducted into the Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2007, already was a three-time runner-up in the "500" (1952, 1957 and 1959) when he scored his greatest victory. And if the 1960 race, with its record 29 lead changes, was not the finest "500" ever held, there can be no question that Rathmann's epic two-hour duel with defending winner Rodger Ward continues to stand out as the Speedway's greatest sustained two-man battle of all time.

For the entire second half of that never-to-be-forgotten classic, Rathmann and Ward were rarely any more than a few feet from each other, exchanging the lead 14 times between them. That number could have been considerably more had not tire wear played into the equation. Long before the days of computer-generated race strategies, two-way radio communication, spotters, and pace car-led pack-ups during caution periods, these two wily veterans pretty much had to figure it out for themselves, aided only by a pit board message flashed to them every minute or so.

Ward, an early leader, had stalled on his first of three planned stops, losing at least a half-minute. He raced hard to regain lost ground and caught up with Rathmann just before the halfway mark, fully cognizant that in the process he had placed undue stress on his tires. They swapped the lead several times before Ward decided to run behind Rathmann for a while and let him dictate the pace, both aware that third-placed Johnny Thomson was running a comfortable margin behind them. That was until the pit board signs began advising them that the advantage was shrinking. When it fell to only 10 seconds, they determined it was time to go.

The lead changed hands six more times in the final 30 laps until Ward happen to notice tell-tale discoloration appearing in the center of his right front tire, indicating that the cords were about to show through. He led as late as lap 197 before reluctantly slowing down to salvage second as a greatly relieved Rathmann nursed his ailing tires to the finish and won at a record average speed of 138.767mph.

Had Ward prevailed, Rathmann, who led exactly half of the 200 laps that day, would have held the dubious distinction of being history's only four-time runner-up at Indianapolis.

As an illustration of just how different things were in those days, the winning Ken-Paul Special was a brand new Offenhauser-powered car Rathmann had commissioned from his old friend A.J. Watson on behalf of Rathmann's partners, Kenny Rich and Paul Lacy. Rathmann and his chief mechanic, Chickie Hirashima, drove a station wagon out to Watson's shop in Glendale, Calif., to pick up the car whereupon they loaded it on to an open trailer and then towed it back to the Midwest themselves. More than rewarded by the eventual first-place prize money checks totaling a record $110,000, Rathmann later estimated the entire investment at only $35,000.

Born in Los Angeles on July 16, 1928, Rathmann started life as Royal Richard Rathmann, becoming "Jim" in the immediate post World War II years when he began racing hot rods as an underage teenager. He borrowed the identity of his two-and-half-year older brother, James, who later raced extensively and won the 1958 "500" pole position as "Dick" Rathmann. Although they were later to modify their dates of birth from time to time, they thankfully avoided further confusion by never professionally using their given names as they appeared on their driver's licenses and so forth, Richard Rathmann known for the remainder of his life as Jim, and James as Dick.

photo and edited text credit: © 2011 indycar.com

Wednesday

IOWA ON THE 4TH

PETE HOLT COLLECTION
by Pete Holt
Pete's Museum and Hundertmark Auction Building
Humboldt, Iowa


1-515-332-3601

NORTH CAROLINA ON THE 2ND


1948 BUICK

THE RALEIGH CLASSICS 2011
by Auctions America
North Carolina State Fairgrounds
Expo Center and Jim Graham Building
Raleigh, North Carolina


1-919-269-5271


1947 DESOTO

photo credit: Auctions America

MISSOURI ON THE 1ST

1926 MODEL 'T'

MECUM MUSCLE CARS & MORE
by Mecum
Kansas City Convention Center - Bartle Hall
301 West 13th Street
Kansas City, Missouri


1-262-275-5050
 
1930 MODEL 'A'

photo credit: © 2011 mecum.com


ENGLAND ON THE 1ST OF DECEMBER

1939 LAGONDA

THE DECEMBER SALE
by Bonhams
Mercedes-Benz World
Brooklands, Weybridge
United Kingdom


+44 (0) 20 7468 5408 
1925 SUNBEAM

photo credit: © 2011 bonhams 1793


Monday

ENGLAND ON THE 30TH


1982 LAND ROVER III

BRIGHTWELLS CLASSIC VEHICLES
by Brightwells
Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire
United Kingdom


+44 (0) 1568 611122

1968 MORRIS MINOR

photo credit: brightwells

GERMANY ON THE 30TH

1941 MERCEDES-BENZ 320 B

ESSEN MOTOR SHOW
by Coys
The Essen Motor Show
Essen, Germany


+44 (0) 208 614 7888

1938 JAGUAR SS 100

photo credit: © 2011 Coys


FORMULA ONE IN BRAZIL....THE LAST OF THE SEASON


Mark Webber jumps for joy following his win in Brazil. His teammate, Sebastian Vettel (world champion), came in second. He was collecting records right up to the last race. Third went to Jenson Button. The race itself was a snoozer by Brazilan standards. Always a hard-pounding, nail-biting, heart-stopper this race missed all of that. Oh, well, there is always next year....and that will be here before we know it.

photo credit: © 2011 associated press

Tuesday

ITALY ON THE 26TH

1973 RENAULT ALPINE A 110

CLASSIC CAR AUCTION
by Luzzago
via Mandolossa, 65
Brescia, Italy


+39 (0) 30 2411532
LAND ROVER AMBULANCE

photo credit: luzzago s.r.l.

TEXAS ON THE 25TH


1974 JAGUAR

THANKSGIVING WEEKEND
by Dan Kruse
George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, Texas


1-866-495-8111

1947 FORD

photo credit: Dan Kruse Classics

AUSTRALIA ON THE 21ST

MELBOURNE AUCTION
by Shannons
321 Warrigal Road
Melbourne, Australia


+61 (0) 2 8019 4116

COLORADO ON THE 19TH

JERRY BARTLEY ESTATE COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION
by Kenny Nixon
19 South 3rd Avenue
Brighton, Colorado


1-970-396-8754

CALIFORNIA ON THE 18TH

PALM SPRINGS EXOTIC CAR AUCTION
by McCormicks
244 North Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, California


1-760-320-3290

ARIZONA ON THE 18TH

TESLA ROADSTER

SCOTTSDALE
by Scottsdale International Auto Museum
Scottsdale International Auto Museum
9119 E. Indian Bend Road
Scottsdale, Arizona


1-480-302-6460

photo credit: © 2011 scottsdale international auto museum

TEXAS ON THE 18TH

1933 FORD CUSTOM

DALLAS
by Leake Cars
Market Hall
2200 North Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, Texas

www.leakecar.com

1-800-722-9942

photo credit: © 2011 leakecar.com

ENGLAND ON THE 16TH

1953 BENTLEY
1977 KAWASAKI Z900

COLLECTOR'S CARS AND MOTORCYCLES
by Bonhams
Yorkshire Event Centre
Great Yorkshire Showground
United Kingdom


+44 (0) 20 7468 5803 

1946 ARIEL RED HUNTER  
1951 CITROEN

photo credit: © 2011 Bonhams 1793


Monday

FORMULA ONE IN ABU DHABI

LEWIS HAMILTON, THE WINNER

The cars just seem to be too equal. With two long straights you would think there would be more passing. Not to be. Vettel, who started out on the pole, took off like a rocket, but it was not for him to win this one. Out by the second turn due to a flat tire. By the time he limped around the 5.5 km to the pits he was already two laps behind.

With Massa not around for Hamilton to run into, or visa-versa since they have made contact with each other 17 times this season, Hamilton became the clear winner from the beginning. Alonso came in second with Button in the third slot. Mark Webber had a clear shot for third, but was forced to make a pit stop in the last lap by some crazy rule. He still managed fourth.

photo credit: Luca Bruno via © 2011 AP Photo

Sunday

101 AND STILL GOING....THE CAR IS ONLY 81 YEARS OLD


video credit: © 2011 nytimes.com

Saturday

SALT FLAT TIME

ELECTRIC CAR BY BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY

Speed demons have been making pilgrimages to Bonneville since the early 1900s, when "Terrible" Teddy Tezlaff drove an open-cockpit car 141.7 mph. By the 1960s, jet-powered machines that look like ground-skimming rocket ships were breaking 600. The former lake is located off Interstate 80 along the Utah and Nevada border. The vast expanse has no trees or shelter, but is partially covered by a layer of naturally occurring salt. The surface on the salt is hard and flat. There are miles to reach extreme speeds and, more importantly , slow back down with the aid of rear parachutes. The area is public land, so anyone can enter official events like Speed Week or World of Speed and drive most anything, as long as the vehicle passes safety inspections.



photo credit: © 2011 detnews.com
edited text: Jason Harper via © 2011 bloomberg.com
video credit: Brigham Young University

Friday

NO MORE JAPAN, INDYCAR MOVES ON TO CHINA IN 2012


It's time to order the 747 cargo planes. A first-ever IZOD IndyCar Series race in China will join the international lineup of events for 2012, INDYCAR announced today. The IZOD IndyCar Series will race Aug. 19 on a 3.87-mile street circuit in Qingdao – a Yellow Sea coastal city of 8.7 million between Beijing and Shanghai that played host to the 2008 Summer Olympics Sailing competition.

The race will be contested on a temporary street circuit, with the long-term objective of constructing a permanent racing and entertainment venue. Known for its German and French heritage, Qingdao boasts an almost European atmosphere, with the city often referred to as “China’s Switzerland.” The race weekend will coincide with the popular Qingdao International Beer Festival.

Qingdao, in Shandong Province, is the largest container port in China. The world's longest sea bridge (26.4 miles) opened in June and links the main urban area with the Huangdao district. Tianhou Palace, built in the Ming Dynasty (1467 AD), is the center's most historical structure. With a stage in the front and bell towers and drum towers at both sides, the temple has been developed into the Qingdao Folk Customs Museum.

INDYCAR, through representatives in China, has been in discussions for a few years with governement bureaus about staging a race. China currently plays host to Formula One in mid-April in Shanghai, and for September 2011 added two rounds of the FIA GT1 World Championship in Beijing and Inner Mongolia.

INDYCAR also will sanction 2012 international events in Toronto, São Paulo and Edmonton, Alberta. The 2012 season, which will feature the return of engine manufacturer competition and a new, stylish car, kicks off Sunday, March 25, with the eighth Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 27, with Pole Day on Saturday, May 19.

photo credit: © 2011 indycar.com
edited text: © 2011 indycar.com

Saturday

ENGLAND ON THE 12TH

CLASSIC AND VINTAGE CARS
by General
The Auction Complex
17 Brighton Road
Redhill, Surrey
United Kingdom


+44 (0) 20 8870 3909

ENGLAND ON THE 12TH

CLASSIC CAR AUCTION
by Anglia
The Cattle Market
Beveridge Way
King's Lynn, Norfolk
United Kingdom


+44 (0) 1553 771 881

CALIFORNIA ON THE 12TH

1971 TRIUMPH

CALIFORNIA CLASSIC
by Bonhams
The Miracle Mile
Los Angles, California


1-415-391-4000

1955 THUNDERBIRD

photo credit: © 2011 bonhams 1793