Playing Dirty: Oregon Trail Rally in Town…

Stig Blomqvist couldn’t even be troubled to
stop reading SCM for a photo op!

The Pro Rally drivers have just rolled into town for the 2005 Oregon Trail Rally, to be held April 22-24 in and around Sports Car Market’s hometown of Portland, Oregon. A PR event at Royal Moore Subaru in the suburb of Hillsboro on April 21st elicited a brief opportunity to catch the rally drivers in a rare, slow moment. Our cameras were rolling as motocross Read More

Press Release: Spyker in Basic Instinct 2

Zeewolde, 20 April 2005. The Spyker C8 Laviolette has been chosen for a pivotal role in Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction. Driven by the film’s protagonist Catherine Trammell (Sharon Stone), the Spyker will be featured in the opening sequence

Victor Muller, CEO Spyker Cars: “We are absolutely thrilled that Spyker has been chosen for Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction. Our role in this movie strengthens our position in the top segment of the market for exclusive sports cars. The film Read More

Press Release: Petersen Museum Announces First-Ever Gala Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:
Jim Guthrie/Soon Nguyen
JMPR, Inc. 818/992-4353
jguthrie@jmprpublicrelations.com

PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUMS CARS & STARS GALA AWARDS FIRST AUTOMOTIVE ICON AND VISIONARY HONORS

Meguiars Inc. President/CEO Barry Meguiar and Galpin Motors Beau Boeckmann to Receive Museum Accolades for their Careers in the Collector Car IndustryMay 12, 2005

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 14, 2005) The Petersen Automotive Museum announced the recipients of its first Cars & Stars Gala awards, which will be presented at Read More

Press Release: Houston Classic Auction and Concours d’Elegance

It gives us great pleasure to personally invite you to this years “Houston Classic” weekend.

We are back in the great state of Texas for what is sure to be the most enjoyable collector car and wooden boat event in the nation. This year’s event marks the tenth annual Houston Classic – Keels and Wheels Concours d’Elegance and the fourth year for this important auction of fine motorcars and vintage water craft. We are delighted to announce that both Read More

Press Release: Christie’s Summer Sale of Motor Cars

Exceptional Motor Cars & Automobilia
Saturday, 11th June 2005

London – Christie’s International Motor Car Department is pleased to announce their summer sale, which is led by a car representing the halcyon days of British motor racing. The ex-Ian Stewart Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar C-Type (estimate: £1,200,000-1,500,000) is the first C-Type Jaguar to be delivered to the famous Scottish racing outfit, and gained a string of victories across Europe. This represents the first time in over 12 years that a Read More

No end for MG Rover woes; 11,000 cars missing since 2002 come to light under renewed scrutiny

Ian Griffiths
Wednesday April 13, 2005
The Guardian

More than a sixth of the 65,000-strong fleet of unsold MG Rover cars bequeathed by BMW to the so-called Phoenix four saviours of Longbridge five years ago have disappeared from the company’s public records, the Guardian has learned.

Some 11,000 cars, worth about £90m, went missing in 2002 from MG Rover’s parent company’s analysis of progress on winding down the car stockpile it inherited from BMW.

Kevin Howe, the chief executive brought Read More

Is there a Bentley 4×4 on the horizon?

From Pistonheads & Autocar:

BENTLEY GOES OFF-ROAD

Luxury marque to extend into 4×4 market

Bentley plans to make an off-roader, according to this week’s Autocar. The report reckons that the secret project will be powered by a 450bhp, 6.0-litre W12 engine.

It’s all part of a dastardly plan by Bentley’s parent company, VW, to expand the marque into new areas, following a surge in sales of the GT Continental. As brand extensions go, this is a doozy.

Sales volume is Read More

Press Release: Sotheby’s at Ferrari Auction

PLEASE NOTE the date of Sotheby’s landmark sale of cars and related memorabilia at Ferrari’s legendary premises in Maranello, Italy is now on Tuesday, June 28th, 2005. It will be held in the Ferrari Logistics Building, birthplace of some of the greatest racing and sports cars ever produced, adjacent to the famous Fiorano test track near Modena.
The first ever auction of such material to be supported by Ferrari, June’s sale will include about thirty cars, as well as historic Read More

Tax Refunds Drive Key Financial Strategy for Car Buyers

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – March 28, 2005 People getting tax refunds this year are averaging amounts of $2,294, according to the IRS*. Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive information, suggests that consumers could wisely use this “found” money to pay down their car loans.

In February 2005, 26.2 percent of consumers who traded in their existing vehicles for a new car still owed more money on their trade in than it was worth, a situation known as negative equity Read More

Press Release: Carolina Trophy to Use Digital Timing System

CHARLOTTE NORTH CAROLINA – MARCH 25, 2005
The 2005 Carolina Trophy – a five-day vintage road rallye through the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains around Asheville, North Carolina – will utilize one of the most advanced and portable timing and scoring systems available. The CD 200 from Belgium’s CD Concept.

The Carolina Trophy places great demands on the timing and scoring system. The roads are some of the most challenging in North America, with dramatic elevation changes, serpentine switchbacks, and Read More