Only 46 years early, Amelia celebrates centennial of the Pignatelli
By Larry Edsall
You have to love a concours with a sense of humor.
Because "all but two people involved with the Amelia Island Concours will be dead by 2058, we don't want to wait," said concours founder Bill Warner.
Thus the centennial of the Pignatelli - albeit 46 years premature - will be celebrated March 9-11 at the 17th annual Stan Mott's fictional Pignatelli car marque will be celebrated at the 17th annual Amelia Island concours d'elegance in Florida.
For those who don't know, Pignatelli was the fictional car company created by illustrator Stan Mott for Sports Car Illustrated in 1958 as a symbol of the spirit of the mid-'50s sports racing car.
"I drew the car I wanted to drive," Mott said of Pignatelli.
"Sadly you can't own or drive a Pignatelli," Warner said.
However, in addition to much of Mott's original artwork, a Pignatelli SLM (Segretezza Le Mans) prototype car will be unveiled at the Amelia concours.
"From the beginning 'the Amelia' has been known as the racers concours and the fun concours," said Warner. "Honoring Stan Mott and his Pignatelli reinforces those traditions."
Inaugural Mecum Dallas tops $20.5 million
Mecum's first Texas Auction drew more than 10,000 people to the Dallas Convention Center in early October and those folks spent more than $20.5 million as they bought 77 percent of the 645 vehicles that cross the block.
The high sale was $562,500 for a 1969 L88 Chevrolet Corvette coupe with Bloomington Gold Survivor certification.
The Operation Mend 2011 Chevrolet Camaro tweaked by West Coast Customs sold for $333,000, but raised $366,000 to help treat U.s. military personnel severely wounded during service in Iraq and Afghanistan through a partnership between Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Brooke Army Medical Center and the VA-LA Healthcare System. The extra money came in the form of $13,000 for those in the audience and $10,000 donations from Tom Abrams of Reliable Carriers and Ray Claridge of Cinema Vehicle Services.
Other top sales were $245,000 for a 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt, $217,300 for a 1971 Pontiac GTO Judge convertible and $200,000 for a 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 "lightweight."
No smooth cruise for Dean Kruse
Word out of Indiana is that a judge has ordered a sheriff's sale November 29 of more than 100 acres of commercial land owned by Dean Kruse. The sale is being held to help pay an $8.5-million debt. Also, a panel voted 5-0 to extended the suspension of Kruse's auctioneer license two more years until June 2014.
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