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Second chance to buy Lambrecht leftovers
By Larry Edsall

Lambrecht Auction Did you miss out on the Lambrecht auction? Well, now there's a "second chance" to buy one of the cars out of that Nebraska farm field.

Turns out that some of the people who offered the high bids didn't come through with the cash -- one had his money stolen, another simply cannot be found by VanDerBrink Auctions, and another died -- so the cars in question have been moved to a secure location and are being offered up for fresh bidding in an online-only sale through www.proxibid.com.

Some 15 vehicles are available, and their photos can be found on the vanderbrinkauctions.com website.

Bidding ends November 24.

Casablanca Buick Casablanca Buick goes up for auction

Turner Classic Movies cable television and Bonhams are staging a special "What Dreams Are Made Of" auction of movie memorabilia November 25 in New York City. Some 309 items are available, including the actual Maltese Falcon status and several items formerly owned by Steve McQueen. The auction includes only one automobile, but it is a vehicle that should attract the attention of movie and car collectors alike.

The car is the 1940 Buick Phaeton Limited used in the movie "Casablanca."

Surely you remember the final scene: Claude Rains (Captain Louis Renault) drives the car to the airport at gunpoint, with Humphrey Bogart (Rick Blaine) in the front, and Ingrid Bergman (Isla Lund) and Paul Henried (Victor Laszlo) in the back seat.

At the airport, Bogart and Bergman stand beside the car.

"Inside of us, we both know you belong with Victor," he tells her. "You're part of his work, the thing that keeps him going. If that plane leaves the ground and you're not with him, you'll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.

"But what about us?

"We'll always have Paris..."

For the record, the car is a Model 81C convertible, eight-cylinder engine, manual transmission, 42,000 miles on its odometer, and also was used in the movie "High Sierra."

Evernham's AmeriCarna Live is November 30

Hundreds of classic, custom and celebrity cars are expected November 30 on the Ingersoll Ran corporate campus in Davidson, North Carolina, for the inaugural AmericaCarna Live show hosted by stock car racing crew chief turned car collector and restorer Ray Evernham.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Jimmy Johnson, Tony Stewart and many other NASCAR racing stars will have cars from their collections at the event, which will raise funds for Ignite, a community center for young adults with high functioning autism or Asperger's Syndrome.

AmeriCarna Live is the name of Evernham's new television series scheduled to debut early in 2014 on the Velocity channel.

Jet-Age Pickup Concours d'Elegance of America seeks Jet-Age pickup

Organizers of the Concours d'Elegance of America have announced the classes for their event July 27, 2014 at Plymouth, Michigan, and also are launching a nationwide search in hopes of including one very special vehicle in one of those categories.

In addition to the usual concours classes, the C d'E of America will include drag bikes, famous firsts (cars that introduced innovative features), cars designed by Virgil Exner, the 50th anniversaries of the Ford GT40, the Ford Mustang and Lamborghini, a class to showcase "racing through the ages," another showing the evolution of sports cars from 1900-1975, and "High-Style Haulers: Pickups of the Jet-Age."

The car committee is accepting nominations, but has put out a special plea for a 1957-60 Ford Styleside pickup truck to fill out the Jet-Age pickups category. If you have or know of an outstanding example, entry information is available through the concoursusa.org website.

Sports car pioneer Kjell Qvale dies

Though his name may have been hard to pronounce, classic car enthusiasts certainly can understand the impact Norwegian-born Kjell Qvale (pronounced Shell Ka-val-ee) had on our driving enjoyment and collecting hobby. Qvale, one of America's first import car dealers and distributors, died recently. He was 94.

Qvale learned to speak English watching westerns in his native Norway. He, his mother and three brothers moved to Seattle, where his sea-captain father had gone ahead. Qvale ran track at the University of Washington, where his times challenged those of the famed Jessie Owens of Ohio State.

But Qvale left school to join the U.S. Navy Air Corps. After World War II, he opened a Willys Jeep dealership in Alameda, California, but then saw an MG and became the West Coast distributor of that and other brands. He became involved in sports car and even Indy car racing, and is credited with designing the famed Corkscrew turn at Laguna Seca.

He helped launch professional women's tennis, at one time owned the Britannia Jeans company, and another company that supplied circuit boards to NASA. He also owned Silky Sullivan, the famed race horse.

For much more on Qvale and his sports car business, we recommend "Lunches With Mr. Q: An Auto Industry Titan on Business, Life and Sports Car Dreams," a book by Kevin Nelson.

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