PRECIOUS METAL: ’57 ASTON MARTIN DBR2!

Aston Martin built just two iconic DBR2 racecars; currently valued in excess of $5 million. This spot-on aluminum-bodied Tribute was handcrafted in the U.K. and, unlike the original, is only street-driven.  Archie Urciuoli has owned and raced British sports cars since the 1950s, including XK-140 MC and E-Type Jaguars and a Lola T70 Spyder and D-Type Jaguar racecars, This is his first Aston Martin and he has no plans to race it. It’s one of his drivers. He retired from historic road racin...
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MONTEREY MADNESS: SALES DOWN; EXHILARATION UP!

Here are Jim Palam’s top ten picks, just a fraction of the magnificent exotica that populated the Monterey Peninsula during Car Week.  1953 Ferrari 250MM Vignale Spider ‘Pebble Car’ on Ocean Avenue in Carmel. If you were among the many thousands of automobile enthusiasts zipping around the auctions, races, shows and events in the Monterey Peninsula this August, you may have been struck by this of many befuddlements: $49 hotel rooms renting for $549! Plus Lengthy hikes from your car to e...
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LAMBORGHINI HURÁCAN SPYDER: RAGING BULL!

Lamborghini replaces its best-selling Gallardo Spyder with a drop-top version of its 610-horsepower V10 Hurácan. Hang on, it’s a wild ride,  blogs Road Test Editor Howard Walker. A McDonnell Douglas F/A-18E Super Hornet attack fighter being catapulted from the deck of the USS George Washington carrier, accelerates from zero to 165mph in roughly two seconds. That’s fast, insanely fast. But until the day Uncle Sam invites me to take the aptly-named joy stick of one of his Super Hornets, ...
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MOTORS, NOT MANSIONS: MONTECITO CLASSIC! 


The 4th Annual Montecito Motor Classic on Sunday, September 27th, lived up to its promise and delivered a tantalizing display of vintage, classic, custom, sports and race vehicles, celebrities from the automotive world, a special salute to the Ferrari Dino, lots of sunshine and throngs of thrilled spectators. How do you get a hard-to-get BMW i8? You win one – like Tim Tremblay did – working hard for his financial services company clients. This revolutionary plug-in hybrid features twin-turb...
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THE QUAIL: CROWN JEWEL OF MONTEREY MADNESS!

Some of the world’s finest examples of automotive design and engineering were staged at this year's Motorsports Gathering at the Quail Lodge and Golf Club. “Among the many facets of the Monterey Classic Car Week, The Quail is the most exclusive taking as it does, the form of a very grand private garden party,” comments Rolex Watch USA President and CEO, Stewart Wicht. “As well as fine food, guests have the chance to view at leisure some of the finest examples of classic race and road cars who...
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2015 ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE S: EXTREME MACHINE!

With its awesome new V12 Vantage S, Aston Martin squeezes its biggest engine into its smallest car. The results are breathtaking, writes Road Test Editor, Howard Walker. The Supercar world is changing. Fast. The ultimate, neck-snapping performance cars of tomorrow will have engines boasting a multitude of joules and watts, ohms and volts. Turbos spinning at the speed of light will add massive oomph to combustion engines not with 12, 10 or eight cylinders, but probably six or even four. BMW’...
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RADNOR HUNT CONCOURS: 100 QUALITY MOTORCARS!

By invitation only, ‘The 100 Motorcars of Radnor Hunt’ showcases the best of the best. Mike Matune attended for the Chronicles. This year was the 17th for the Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance, held in the Northwest suburbs of Philadelphia. Officially titled, The 100 Motorcars of Radnor Hunt, the show is invitational only. Cars are carefully selected and divided into featured groups. Among the groups this year was Cars of the Art Deco Era, that period of design flamboyance generally considered...
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