Stingrays, Bugs and gull wings at 'inspired" Art Center Car Classic
By Larry Edsall
"Inspired by Nature" was the theme for the Art Center College of Design's Car Classic on the school's hilltop campus in Pasadena this year, so there were Stingrays, a Mako Shark, at least four cars with gull wings (though none of them were 300SLs), a Bug and several Bug-attis. (And -- see photo -- a 1957 Buick Caballero wagon and a 1949 GMC truck pulling a 1947 car hauler carrying three classic Nashes.)
Also on hand was Jay Leno, who arrived in and displayed his 1991 McLaren F1 and who conducted a "Tonight Show" interview with Peter Brock, designer of the original Stingray race car (and of the Shelby Daytona Coupe, among others), and with Tom Peters, who led the team that designed the new C7 Chevrolet Corvette, a car so spectacular it again wears the Stingray badge.
The sculpture-garden lawn next to the school's postmodern steel and glass building was filled with spectacular vehicles, including the huge 1939 Bugatti Type 64 coupe that only recently was completed. Bugatti created the chassis, but no bodywork. The chassis was purchased several years ago by Peter Mullin, who commissioned Art Center transportation design director Stewart Reed and his students to design the car in the spirit of Ettore and Jean Bugatti. Not only was the completed car on display, but so was the wooden buck (see photo) constructed so the aluminum body panels could be shaped.
Artistic license: Crashed Ferrari sold as art
Seems classic car enthusiasts aren't the only folks who appreciate cars as rolling sculpture... even when they no longer are rolling.
Bloomberg news service reports that a 1993 Ferrari Dino GT4 that was written off after a crash was deemed a work of art by sculptor Bertrand Lavier and sold for $250,000 at the FIAC art fair in Paris.
Hilton Head festival concludes 2013 show season*
We include the asterisk because there will be plenty of local car shows in November and December, especially in the south and southwestern states, but the annual Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d'Elegance pretty much wraps up the classic car national event calendar for 2013.
The festival actually began October 25 with the Savannah Speed Classic races and concludes November 2-3 with a car club jamboree, motoring midway and the concours, which will feature vehicles such as 1917 Paige Brooklands built for Tom Lyle Williams, founder of Maybelline cosmetics, an award-winning 1928 Auburn 8-115 convertible sedan and cars from the collections of Sam and Emily Mann and of Jim Schmidt.
The Manns are among only three collectors to win best-of-show honors at Pebble Beach four or more times and will show their 1934 Voisin roadster, 1937 Delage D8-120 Aerodynamic coupe and their 1938 Delage D8-120 DeVillars cabriolet.
Schmidt, a long-time supporter of the Hilton Head event, will bring a 1930 Lincoln sport phaeton, 1957 Ford Thunderbird and 1970 Ford F-100 Explorer sport custom.
Motorstalgia sale adds ex-Schumacher Ferrari F300 F1
A 1998 Ferrari F300 F1 raced by Michael Schumacher has been added to the lineup for the Motorstalgia Auction d'Elegance scheduled November 16 at Austin, Texas.
Motorstalgia was founded by Antonio Brunet (see photo), whose great grandfather was a car enthusiast in Spain and later in Mexico. Among Antonio's treasures are his great grandfather's first driver's license and car-club membership card.
Like his father, Antonio became a civil engineer and owner of a large construction company who, with his brother Manual, traveled around the world, building -- including humanitarian projects -- and searching for classic cars.
After visiting an orphanage in the Philippines in 2011, Antonio launched Motorstalgia to generate funding for charities through the sale of classic cars.
"The inner joy that we experienced when we presented the orphanage with a new motorized tricycle to help with their daily transport into town, to the doctors and to schools was far more impactful than the first time I bought my childhood dream collector car, a 1963 Split Window Corvette," Brunet said in a statement, which noted that "Driving to Give" has become the company motto.
"Through their grand collector car catalog auctions they create an opportunity to expand his humanitarian goals with some of the proceeds.," the Motorstalgia news release continued. "Brunet and his team... search out the rarest of cars from every corner of the world. Their most recent treks have taken them to Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, across Europe and to tiny little towns with names barely recognizable. So ambitious and exciting are their journeys that a major cable network has followed their quests and a series showcasing their finds is set to begin airing sometime in 2014."
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