Automobile enthusiasts and collectors gathered on the famed 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links on Sunday for the 2018 Monterey Car Week’s top event, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, to celebrate the winner – a 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta that took home the “Best Of Show” trophy. Last year’s winner was a 1929 Mercedes-Benz Barker Tourer. “As a Zagato collector, I broke the rules and bought a Touring-bodied car because this Alfa Romeo is very special,” said longtime entrant David Sydorick of Beverly Hills, California. “It is a piece of automotive architecture mounted on a Grand Prix chassis that has technology that was top of the line for prewar cars. It’s a wonderful combination. It’s beautiful from top to bottom.” His Alfa Romeo won its class before competing for Best of Show, and took home two other awards: it received the Charles A. Chayne Trophy and was named the J. B. & … [Read more...] about 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta wins the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
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From the outside at least, it looks like Monterey Car Week & Concours is as close as it gets to nirvana for petrolheads. For a week in California during August, there's historic racing at Laguna Seca, concours events, brand-specific expos, memorabilia for sale, and one or two auctions as well... Yep, if you want to buy some of the very finest automobiles ever produced, Monterey car week is the place to don the bright trousers and stretch your paddle arm as far as it will go. Goodingand Co, Mecum and RM Auctions (amongst others) hold extensive sales throughout the week, auctioning off some exquisite cars. To give you a flavour of what's being sold we've each picked our three favourite lots from the trio of flagship sales taking place. Sitting comfortably? Here goes... RMlike the Cooper-Climax T54. Dubbed the 'British Invasion' at the 1961 Indianapolis 500, it bucked tradition by placing its engine behind the driver, sacrificing ultimate pace for superior handling. While the … [Read more...] about PH Preview: 2018 Monterey Car Week
This story comes from an old issue of Grassroots Motorsports. Like stories like this? You’ll see every article as soon as it’s published by reading the print edition of Grassroots Motorsports. Subscribe now. Odd, isn’t it? Open-wheel racing in America was almost immediately Big Business from the first Indianapolis 500 in 1911, when Ray Harroun won. The crowd was 80,000, the purse was a stunning $25,000, and it was doubled the very next year. For the 2013 Indianapolis 500, Tony Kannan won $2,353,355, earning him a well-above-minimum-wage $14,708.47 per minute. While drag racing has probably been around since the very first car ever built lined up next to the second car ever built, it became a major money-making proposition in 1951, when automotive magazine publisher Wally Parks founded the National Hot Rod Association, the world’s largest motorsports sanctioning body. The purse for the 2013 U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis alone was more than $2 million. … [Read more...] about Are the Road Racing Glory Days on Their Way Back?
Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Email When it comes to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Mario Andretti has seen and done it all. The 1969 Indy 500 winner's long career - only AJ Foyt has made more appearances - spanned one of the most dangerous eras in the history of motorsport, traversing front-wheel-drive roadsters, normally aspirated rear-wheel drive, and turbocharged ground-effect cars with ever-more complex aerodynamics that contributed to speeds rising at an almost unabated pace.At Andretti's first appearance at the Indy 500 in 1965, the qualifying speed of Foyt's polesitting Lotus 34 was 161.2mph. By the time of his 29th and final outing in '94, having taken pole in '66, '67 and '87, the benchmark pace had risen to 228mph and was still climbing, with Arie Luyendyk setting a new course record at 237.0mph in '96.As the cars became ever-faster, so the pressure grew on safety companies to keep pace. Given the technological limitations of the period, that was … [Read more...] about The changing face of helmet tech at the Indy 500
Bob Veith raced in 11 Indianapolis 500s. He never won, but that mattered little to him as he was thankful to have just competed. Veith believed it was an accomplishment that not only fulfilled his dreams but defined him as a driver. And that was for good reason. The years that Veith ran at Indianapolis — 1956 to ’70 — were a time when not only America’s best, but the world’s best competed on that grand stage. It was an era when even world champions missed the show and half the entries went home without racing. Making the 33-car field was a milestone achievement. Born in Tulare, Calif., on Nov. 1, 1926, Veith moved to Oakland with his family in 1934. It was in Oakland that Veith would set the course for a lifetime of racing, after returning from the Merchant Marines following World War II. Running with the tough CRA circuit, Veith banged wheels with drivers the likes of Bob Sweikert, Elmer George and Ed Elisian. He moved from the CRA roadsters to the URA … [Read more...] about Bob Veith: 11-Time Indianapolis 500 Starter