In Memoriam: John Zupan

John Zupan, a well-known vintage racer and founder of Portland-based Zupan’s Markets, died Tuesday from injuries sustained after a suspected drunk driver hit his motorcycle Monday evening. He was 66.

Zupan was riding his motorcycle on Marine Drive near 138th Avenue in Northeast Portland Monday night when a car driving in the opposite direction crossed the center line and collided with his motorcycle. Zupan died of his injuries just after 10 pm Tuesday.

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Funfest Cranks Up the Corvette Action

Corvette enthusiasts from around the world are setting their sights on Effingham, Ill. and Mid America Motorworks for the 18th Annual Corvette Funfest. Registration is up nearly 40% over last year for Corvette Funfest 2011, set for Sept. 15-18, 2011, easily confirming its status as the largest Corvette Party in the world. This year’s theme is “America’s Star Spangled Corvette Party.” What better way to celebrate America’s Sportscar than with a red, white and blue theme. A patriotic Read More

Delahaye Barn-Find Offered No-Reserve at The Auburn Auction

One of the more romantic offerings at Worldwide’s 4th annual Labor Day extravaganza, The Auburn Auction, represents every serious collector’s dream. Restorer and Chrysler enthusiast, Jeff Carter and his wife Lisa, on an ongoing hunt for early Chryslers, made the ultimate discovery in a Washington barn. The dusty 1948 Delahaye 135M Chapron DHC they awakened from a 35 year slumber, complete with vintage volcanic ash from the 1982 Mount St. Helen’s eruption, began life as a Paris show car, Read More

Collector of the Week: Tony Theophilos

Tony Theophilos, of San Francisco, CA, sent in an email about his 1974 Alfa Romeo GTV:   

I have owned and loved a 1974 Alfa GTV for about six years now. I bought the car out of storage (20 years) in Colorado with only 27,000 miles on the odometer. The lesson I learned was to never buy a car that has been in storage for 20 years.  I was able to get the car running without Read More

Big Cars Lead the Way to a New Monterey Auction Record

The final numbers aren’t yet in for the 2011 Monterey Car Week auctions, but we already know that the five auctions have already set a new total record of $190m — so far — which easily surpasses the old record of $177m in total sales from a year ago.

Gooding & Company and RM Auctions rode strong lineups of rare, important cars to record sales.

Gooding’s top sale — a 1957 Read More

Dateline Monterey: Ultimate Money for Ultimate Duesenberg: $10.34m

Gooding & Company’s Monterey cover car glided onto the auction block Sunday night, its brushed aluminum roof a gleaming contrast to the deep black body panels and red undercarriage. Auctioneer Charlie Ross opened bidding for the Whittell Coupe — a 1931 Duesenberg Model J Long Wheelbase car — at $3m, and the price raced in $500k increments to $6m.

Ross then patiently coaxed the dollars along, ultimately hammering the car sold at $9.4m. That price Read More

Dateline Monterey: McQueen Porsche Breaks Million-Dollar Mark at RM

The much-anticipated 1970 Porsche 911S owned by Steve McQueen — and his ride during the opening minutes of the classic car film “Le Mans” — raced to a stunning $1,250,000 hammer price at RM’s Friday night Monterey auction, proving that the McQueen Cool factor remains stronger than ever. Other big-money highlights from Friday night auction included the one-of-one 1952 Chrysler D’Elegance, which sold at $860,000 and the rumbling 1969 Chevrolet BFG “Stars & Stripes” L88 “ZL-1” Read More

Trapped! Lambo Takes Wrong Turn at Concorso

A Lamborghini took an unsuccessful short cut on the way out of Concorso Italiano on Friday, August 19. After the car bottomed out on the frame, the red-faced owner kept his cool and waited for assistance, even as onlookers thronged. Finally, a flatbed tow truck delicately worked the tires out of the sand, and the car was able to reverse onto the green, unscathed.

Meanwhile at the Quail, Rolex Best of Show went to a 1955 Ferrari 375 America, owned Read More

Dateline Monterey: 300SLs and 540Ks, Mein Gott!

Thursday in Monterey saw the first day of auctions, as Mecum and Russo and Steele cranked into action. But this wasn’t a day of big cars and big money, although both of these auction houses will put exceptional cars on the block this week.

All this will change starting today, as RM, Gooding and Bonhams will join the anvil chorus of big cars hammering sold. We attended RM’s big, pre-auction gala Thursday night, and five amazing, rare Mercedes-Benz cars Read More