THE PASSING OF THE PATE
For some 40 years, brothers Aggie and Sebert Pate collected cars and displayed them at the Pate Museum of Transportation in Cresson, southwest of Fort Worth, Texas. Between Sebert’s death late in 2009 (Aggie died in 1988) and the recession, the museum closed and its collection was sold at an RM auction earlier this month. The sale of 43 vehicles and more than 170 lots of memorabilia brought $1.9 million. The top sale was $187,000 for a 1937 Aston Martin Mk. II Tourer.
Though it brought only $37,400, we can’t let the Pate pass without showing you the 1938 Longhorn Custom Roadster, created by Oliver Albert of Gonzalez, Texas, over the course of 14 years and with body panels from 14 different makes of vehicle. The car rides on a 120-inch wheelbase, is 19-feet, 4-inches long - in part because it rides on 10-inch wheels -- but only 3-feet-9 tall and weighs just 2800 pounds. Powering this truly one-off is a 1941-vintage Lincoln V12.
CRUISIN’ TO THE CHRYSLER
The Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills, Michigan has begun its summer series of cruise nights. All makes and models are welcome each Wednesday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Each week’s gathering has a theme. On June 9 it was luxury cars. On June 23 it’s extreme performance, July 7: dealers’ choice, August 4: Jeep, August 18: classic cruiser. Awards are given each week for best paint, best under the hood, best unrestored and people’s choice. See www.wpchryslermuseum.org for additional details.
EYESON FOCUSES ON DESIGN
Each Father’s Day for nearly the last quarter century, Detroit’s automotive designers have joined with The Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology to stage EyesOn Design, a classic car show on the grounds of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan. The event is one of the best shows in the country and often features vehicles from auto executives’ private collections. The theme this year is The Evolution of Automobile Design. Though the focus is on the Father’s Day gathering, activities begin June 10 with an annual Designers’ Night at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education. Then, on June 18, Nissan’s design director Shiro Nakamura will be honored with a lifetime design achievement award at the Roostertail restaurant on Detroit’s riverfront. See www.eyeson.org for details.
CELEBRATING A CENTURY OF ALFA
It was on June 24, 1910 that the Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili was founded. A century later, from June 19-27, the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum at Philadelphia will celebrate a century of Alfa Romeo with a display of 10 Alfas from the museum’s collection, including the oldest Alfa in North America - a 1925 RL SS - and the 1938 Mille Miglia-winning 8C 2900 B, one of only two such cars that survive. For more information, visit www.simeonemuseum.org.
McLAREN FEATURED MARQUE FOR SONOMA 2011
McLaren will be the featured marquee next June at the second annual Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival.
"Choosing McLaren as our marque means we will pay special tribute to the name, the teams, and the cars that McLaren has produced in the past and will produce in the future, adding another dimension of enjoyment for both competitors and spectators," said Steve Earle, founder of General Racing, which stages the festival. "McLaren, like Ferrari and Porsche and other great names in motorsports, created the bloodlines that we worship today in historic automobile racing," Earle added.
Earle, of course, was the founder of the Monterey Historics, but control of vintage racing’s top event was wrestled away by those who run the Laguna Seca track, so Earle expanded another General Racing vintage weekend, the Wine Country Classic, into the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival, which drew 375 cars to Infineon Raceway the weekend of June 5-6, 2010.
Among the historic cars participating in the inaugural event were Richard Morrison’s 1939 Lagonda V12 and Dick DeLuna’s 1917 Hall-Scott.
The Lagonda raced at Le Mans in 1939 but during World War II was in a British garage that fell victim to a German buzz bomb attack. Morrison said the chassis survived the attack, though its body was blown off the car. Parts from other surviving Lagonda racers were used in the car’s restoration.
DeLuna’s car was designed for the 1917 Vanderbilt Cup race, but wasn’t actually built until decades later because the Hall-Scott Motor Company got busy producing airplanes for World War I.
The Hall-Scott racecar was based on components from a 1917 REO/ DeLuna obtained the original plans and used them to build the car.
RICCIARDELLI ROLLS AT GREENWICH CONCOURS
East Coast car collector Frank Ricciardelli’s 1933 Rolls Royce was judged best-in-show at the 15th Greenwich concours d’elegance. The annual show was accompanied by a Bonhams auction where a 1969 Aston Martin DB6 Mk. II Vantage led all sales at $265,500.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Now that www.classiccars.com has launched its gigantic classic car calendar, instead of listing a few upcoming events here, we're simply closing with a link to the searchable calendar with all the bells and whistles, including maps to guide you to the events: Click here for event calendar
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