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Hagerty wonders: Will there be room on the road for classic cars in our autonomous-vehicle future?

Hagerty wonders: Will there be room on the road for classic cars in our autonomous-vehicle future?

It wasn’t billed as a keynote address, just a few opening remarks at the dinner that welcomed some 70 people to the third Historic Vehicle Association Summit last week in Middleburg, Virginia. But it seems that anytime McKeel Hagerty talks about classic cars, his words provide a thought-provoking, tone-setting perspective on the subject. “Everything I […]

By October 27, 2014 9 Comments Read More →
Jaguar drives its heritage, and others should follow

Jaguar drives its heritage, and others should follow

Jaguar’s latest great idea should be an object lesson for every automaker that wants to remind people about the triumphs of its past. Jaguar is all about its brilliant heritage, with good reason.  From Le Mans racing dominance to trend-setting luxury cars – and of course, the fabulous XK-E – Jaguar regularly channels history even […]

By October 22, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
The shrine and the science of cars and karst

The shrine and the science of cars and karst

The faithful, some of whom had waited in line for more than an hour, enter the domed structure as though they are walking into a cathedral or patriotic shrine. They speak to each other in hushed volumes. Conversations are quiet. Some eyes look up. Most focus on the floor — or seek a view even […]

By September 2, 2014 4 Comments Read More →
Jaguar designer updates his classic Mark 2

Jaguar designer updates his classic Mark 2

A couple of years ago I was among those watching the unveiling of the latest Jaguar automobile and, like pretty much everyone else in the room, was stunned by the car’s beauty. While the car was stunning, its beauty was no surprise. This Jaguar was merely the most recent work produced by automotive artist Ian […]

By August 29, 2014 Read More →
Get ready for the aftershocks: Pebble Beach signals generational shift for classic car community

Get ready for the aftershocks: Pebble Beach signals generational shift for classic car community

Scientists didn’t report any earthquakes last week on the Monterey Peninsula, but a tectonic shift took place and the aftershocks will reverberate throughout the classic car community for the foreseeable future. The obvious evidence came Sunday when those oh-so-proper, every-nut-and-bolt-must-be-factory-original judges at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance awarded best-in-show accolades to a car built — […]

By August 22, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Monterey magic: Passion, wonder for great classic cars

Monterey magic: Passion, wonder for great classic cars

I was following a low, curvaceous Maserati race car through the woods of Pebble Beach when a break in traffic allowed the driver to pick up the pace on the winding two-lane road. The bright-red sports racer echoed with an intoxicating roar as he stepped on the gas and shifted through the gears of the […]

By August 21, 2014 Read More →
A Ferrari rushes into uncharted territory

A Ferrari rushes into uncharted territory

Everything seemed pretty normal Sunday afternoon at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, until they announced the winner of Best of Show and the crowd knew that something momentous had just happened. This year, the judges’ choice for the top prize fell far afield from the convention established over decades, when you could pretty much count […]

By August 18, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Steve McQueen magic boosts Ferrari auction

Steve McQueen magic boosts Ferrari auction

The Steve McQueen magic was working again Saturday night when a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 originally owned by the King of Cool hammered sold for a solid $9,250,000 at RM Auctions Monterey sale. That was just above RM’s pre-auction low estimate for the Ferrari coupe, plus the 10 percent auction fee on top of that. […]

By August 17, 2014 Read More →
Porsche faithful celebrate at Werks Reunion

Porsche faithful celebrate at Werks Reunion

Porsches are all over the Monterey Peninsula this week. One reason for that – beyond the booming popularity of 911s – was the inaugural Porsche Club of America Werks Reunion that took place Friday on a rolling golf course in Carmel. More than 500 Porsches, ranging from early 356 models to the latest performance cars, gathered […]

By August 16, 2014 Read More →
Ferrari 250 GTO reaches $38 million in sale at Bonhams

Ferrari 250 GTO reaches $38 million in sale at Bonhams

A 1962 Ferrari GTO Berlinetta became the highest-priced car ever sold at public auction Thursday as its price was bid to $34.65 million at Bonhams in Carmel, California. Including the buyer fee, the total for the GTO exceeds $38.1 million. Yet that winning bid was well below speculation that the holy grail of vintage racing […]

By August 15, 2014 1 Comment Read More →