Shaken not stirred: 007’s Aston Martin goes up for auction

James Bond fans with deep pockets will soon have the chance to get their hands on the ultimate piece of 007 memorabilia, as the martini-sipping, daredevil spy’s Aston Martin DB5 goes up for auction next month.

The sleek silver sports car, driven by the British secret agent played by Sean Connery in “Goldfinger,” kicked off the gadgetmania for which the Bond films, based on Ian Fleming’s novels, later became known.

The DB5 being sold is factory-fitted with gadgets including Read More

Auctions America calls first sale a success

AUBURN — Two months ago the future of Auburn’s annual Labor Day car auction looked questionable.

RM Auctions of Canada had just purchased Kruse Auction Park from Dean Kruse and announced it was going to be managed by a new subsidiary, Auctions America by RM.

The company had to assemble the pieces to one of the world’s largest car auctions in 55 days — a daunting task.

But they did it. With more than $1 million spent, 1,000 Read More

Inventor sets world record for ‘fastest piece of furniture’

Perry Watkins, an inventor from Buckinghamshire, is thought to have set a world record for the fastest piece of furniture after driving his dining table down a racetrack at more than 113mph.

The 47-year-old piloted the Queen Anne table, set for a silver service dinner, twice down a 500m track at Santa Pod, Nottinghamshire, last weekend. The table, named “Fast Food”, reached a top speed of 130mph and averaged 113.8mph, comfortably eclipsing the 92mph set by a sofa in Read More

Zagato Perana Z-One Makes East Coast Debut

The spectacular Perana Z-One designed by Zagato will make its American East Coast debut at the 2010 Saratoga Wine & Food and Fall Ferrari Festival in Saratoga Springs, New York September 10-12.

The Z-One is the first collaboration between an Italian coachbuilder and a South African manufacturer, the Perana Performance Group. The Z-One was first shown at the Geneva Motor Show, followed by acclaim at the Villa d’Este Concours and a North American debut in August at Concorso Italiano Read More

Ghostbusters Car Under the Hammer

Ecto 1 replica goes to auction where it is expected to fetch £75,000.

As far as movie-based replicas go, this Ghostbusters Cadillac takes some beating.

It cost its owner, Chris Reynolds, £65,000 to turn a rusting 1959 Cadillac S&S ambulance into an Ecto 1 lookalike after he found the car in Maryland, USA in 1997. In a previous life it had spent 20 years being used as a vehicle in church parades, for which the 20ft long and 6.5 Read More

Ferrari recalls 458 Italia cars after spate of fires

Five of the cars have burst into flames since leaving the company’s factory at Maranello near Bologna, northern Italy.

Incidents have been reported in California, Paris, China and Switzerland. None have taken place in Britain.

The recall involves 1,248 cars in all, including around 50 in Britain. Owners include Louis Saha, the Everton footballer, Eric Clapton and Chris Evans, the broadcaster.

Although this is not the first recall in the Italian manufacturer’s history, it is especially embarrassing Read More

Round Fender Volvo Oregon Wine Tour

SCM sponsored the first annual Round Fender Volvo Wine Tour in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

There were nine cars in all, including a P1800ES with a nitrous tank! Wineries visited included Methven (where we scored some 2005 Reserve Pinot Noir), Domaine Serene and Adelsheim. There was only one mechanical casualty, when the right-hand-drive 123 GT failed to proceed up a hill to do fuel starvation problems. We pointed the car downhill and everything was fine.

F1 Austin track map, site revealed

Formula 1 Austin Grand Prix organizers unveiled designs for a 3.4 mile track Wednesday, confirming at the same time its location on a 900-acre site in southeast Austin.

Full Throttle Productions LP Managing Partner Tavo Hellmund in May announced intentions to host the race in Austin for nine years beginning in 2012. And in July, he revealed Texas business mogul Red McCombs was backing the plan as a major investor. The team had narrowed the Read More

Corvettes at Carlisle to Celebrate America’s Sports Car This Weekend

August 24, 2010 — One of the largest and most fun-filled Corvette events in the world, the annual Corvettes at Carlisle event, takes place this weekend, August 27-29. More than 4,000 Corvettes representing all generations of America’s classic sports car will be on-site. Corvette enthusiasm is contagious, with participation in autocross, dyno testing, burnouts, and the parade through historic downtown Carlisle. In addition to the Corvette giveaway, the excitement continues with an incredible shopping experience, including a huge swap meet Read More