March 12, 2009 – Worldwide Auctioneers has today confirmed that Corvette racing legends, Dick Guldstrand and Delmo Johnson, will be reunited with some of the celebrated race cars that contributed to their success on the track, at the Houston Classic Auction on May 2. “We are honored that these gentlemen, whose careers have been so synonymous with the evolution of the Chevrolet Corvette as a racing icon, will be joining us at this year’s Houston Classic Auction,” said John Kruse, Managing Partner. “We are equally delighted to welcome the daughter of another racing hero, Herb Caplan, who in the spirit of the occasion will be wearing her parents racing overalls on the day, alongside her husband.”
All will be in attendance in Houston, as the “8 ball Cobra killer,” a singular 1965 Roadster owned and raced by Herb Caplan alongside Dick Guldstrand and later used by the pair as an experimental test bed and the ex- Alan Sevadijian, John Mecum 1967/74 Chevrolet Corvette “Delmo Johnson” Race Car cross the block. Also going under the hammer is the acclaimed ex-Bob Mouat 1957 Chevrolet Corvette COPO Race Car, successfully competing straight out of the showroom to become one of the most extensively raced and documented ’57 Corvette race cars of all time.
These iconic Corvettes will join a significant selection of American sports and muscle cars on stage at the Houston Classic Auction, including an awesome 1969 Shelby GT500 SCJ Drag-Pack Fastback, concours restored 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429, four-speed 1968 Shelby GT500 KR Convertible and 1968 ½ Ford Mustang R Code, to be offered without reserve. Enthusiasts will also get the chance to enhance their collection with the addition of “Burt’s Bandit,” a 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, as immortalized in the movie Smokey and the Bandit, currently the property of Mr. Burt Reynolds and titled in his name.
Quality consignments are still invited and may be discussed with either Rod Egan, Managing Partner and Chief Auctioneer, or John Kruse on 1-260-927-0000.
Held in conjunction with the fourteenth annual Keels and Wheels Concours D’Elegance, the Houston Classic Auction is on Saturday, May 2, 2009 at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas. Further details regarding any current consignment may be discussed with either Rod Egan or John Kruse on 1-260-927-0000. Full information on the sale, admission and advance bidder registration can be obtained by calling 1-260-927-0000 or visiting www.wwgauctions.com. Media and sponsorship inquiries should be directed to Jo Snyder at 1-512-507-7867.