Dude, Where’s My Car?

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When you pull up to a restaurant or hotel and valet-park your car, it is reasonable to expect to get that car back in the same condition as when you dropped it off.

Unfortunately for Mr. Carlo DiMarco, that is not always the case.

According to a case filed in the District Court of Harris County, TX, Mr. DiMarco valet parked his 2014 Porsche Panamera at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites in Houston, TX.

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Matching Numbers in Court

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Put yourself in Gary Duncan’s shoes. He had owned this great, numbers-matching 1970 Pontiac GTO for over three years. He’d had some good fun with the GTO, but he owned a lot of cars and it was time for this one to move on.

So he consigned it to an auction, expecting to even make a little money on it. The grim-faced auction staffer approached and said, “Gary, I’m sorry, but your car is not numbers-matching.”

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Write Off Your Racing

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Auto racing is expensive at any level. Often, a racer looks to reduce the cost by treating it as a business activity to deduct the expenses.

Racers who do this have encountered mixed results when the IRS challenges their returns. If you are going to give this a try, it’s a good idea to understand how the tax rules apply, so your racing activity stands the best chance of being deductible.

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A Drug-Fueled Car Auction

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It’s safe to say that SCM has never before reported on an Apple Auctioneering Company sale — until now.

Apple Auctioneering Company is an affiliate of Apple Towing Company, Houston’s largest towing company, and it bills itself as the “nation’s leader in seized asset management & government liquidation.”

Apple seemed to hit the jackpot on July 7, when it completed the sale of 10 high-end vehicles that had been seized from convicted drug kingpin Alvaro Lopez Tardon. Top sales were Read More

A Soft Market and Hard Tax Choices

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By now, everyone knows the collector car market has softened. The harder question is what will happen next.

If you liken the collector car market to the stock market, you should be bullish. Every time the stock market has lost substantial value, as it recently did after the Brexit vote, it has quietly bounced back to regain the lost value — and then some. To you, today’s collector car market is a buying opportunity.

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‘Real McCoy’ Races to Judgment

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Legal Files” previously reported (May 2014, p. 38) about a lawsuit filed by Domenico Idoni concerning the “Real McCoy” Corvette. This March, the lawsuit came to an end, with judgment entered in favor of Chuck Ungurean, the owner of the Corvette.

The Real McCoy is a 1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR prototype that Chevrolet built to race. John Finch ran it in the 1956 12 Hours of Sebring, finishing 1st in class and 9th overall. That victory cemented the Corvette’s position Read More

The Reincarnated Enzo

Car:
2003 Ferrari Enzo
Description:
Went airborn at 162 mph and crashed into a utility pole.  The engine compartment tore away from the rest of the car and ended up a quarter mile down the road.  Driver survived but there are a lot of unanswered questions.  For more details on this wreck, check out our Full Coverage of Enzo wreck.
Location:Malibu, CA

There have been several stories too big to fit into one “Legal Files” column, but the biggest of them all is the 2004 Ferrari Enzo that Stefan Eriksson crashed into a power pole at 199 miles per hour on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, CA.

That story was in “Legal Files” in September 2006 (p. 28) and October 2006 (p. 26), and it resurfaced in the March 2007 (p. 30) and November 2007 (p. 36) issues.

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Keeping the IRS Away from Your Cars

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Tax planning time is usually the end of the year. But this year, between the uncertainties of the presidential election, the IRS working on eliminating some of our favorite tax-planning techniques, the current softness in the collector car market, and interest rates possibly going up, it makes sense for the savvy collector to start early on tax planning.

Today’s tax rates

You have probably noticed that income tax rates have gone up in the past couple of years. The maximum Read More

The Shops’ Side of Restos Gone Bad

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The ink was barely dry on “When Restorations Go Bad” (March 2016, p. 42) when Legal Files received an email from George Medynski: “Nice article. But call me anytime if you want the other side of the story.”

I’m always happy to start a quest with a thrown gauntlet, so I gave Medynski a call.

Medynski is the founder and owner of Tuxedo Motor Sport in Tuxedo, NY. His shop specializes in English car restoration, and it was the first Read More

Chicken Little May Have Had a Point…

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Making sure your car is Q-tip-perfectly prepared before the concours judges arrive is stressful enough, but do we now have to watch for debris falling out of the sky? We’re talking about what the FAA calls Unmanned Aircraft Systems, but the rest of us call them drones.

Drones are pretty fantastic devices that hover and fly around in the sky with a camera and capture amazing photographic images and videos. Plus, they are a lot cheaper than helicopters. The high-quality, Read More

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