’49 OLDS: NASCAR ROARIN’ RELIC

’49 OLDS: NASCAR ROARIN’ RELIC
Paul Goldsmith and Linda Vaughn welcome NASCAR's oldest racecar, ’49 OLDS: NASCAR ROARIN’ RELIC, to Daytona’s Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Museum.  Ben Kennedy, Paul Goldsmith and Linda Vaughn stand with the "Roarin' Relic" at the Daytona International Speedway. Photo courtesy of Bill Warner, Amelia Island Concours.  Paul Goldsmith, 94, is the only man to win on the Daytona Beach Road Course in both cars and on a motorcycle. Smokey Yunick once called him “the best pure racer I ever sa...
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CONCEPT: CORVETTE XP-819

CONCEPT: CORVETTE XP-819
The story behind the radical CONCEPT: CORVETTE XP-819, from Concept build to concours restoration by Kevin Mackay’s Corvette Repair and then to its showing at the 2020 Amelia Island Concours where it was photographed, below, by CGC’s Mike Matune. Chevrolet has come a long way – actually 67 years - since Zora Arkus-Duntov built the first mid/rear-engine Corvette. That was in 1953 when #856 EX-54’s stock Six was removed and the body and chassis modified to handle installation of a prototype Cadet...
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IN DETAIL: FLY LIKE AN EAGLE!

IN DETAIL: FLY LIKE AN EAGLE!
Both Steve Miller (Band) and Dan Gurney had chart-topping Eagles, but IN DETAIL: FLY LIKE AN EAGLE! zooms in on Dan Gurney’s AAR, the only constructor in the US to design and build winning F1, Indy 500 and sports car Eagles. For our second installment of “In Detail”, we  look at a pair of Eagles from the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance (AICE), up close and personal. These came from All American Racers (AAR), established by Dan Gurney who made many contributions to racing as a driver, owner, c...
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IN DETAIL: GENIUS OF HARLEY EARL

IN DETAIL: GENIUS OF HARLEY EARL
In these days of “Social Distancing” and “Stay at Home”, we have decided to offer our readers a new feature called In Detail. In these short-takes, we will examine cars (and sometimes their designers & engineers) up-close. These are cars our staff has found interesting. They may not always be mainstream as our staff is an eclectic lot with broad automotive interests, but they are cars they felt worthy of focusing on, starting with IN DETAIL: GENIUS OF HARLEY EARL. We hope you will find these...
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ROLLING BONES: HOT RODS

ROLLING BONES: HOT RODS
The Matunes bring us head-turning ROLLING BONES: HOT RODS, sharing the Amelia Island Concours show field with world-class classics, antiques, Concept cars and vintage racecars. In years past, The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance (AICE) has recognized hot rod builders Ed “Big Daddy” Roth and Posies Rods & Customs. This year they chose to feature the Rolling Bones Hot Rod Shop in Greenfield Center, NY. They build very traditional hot rods, many finished in faded paint with great patina for th...
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DUNTOV’S DREAM: MID-ENGINE CORVETTES

DUNTOV’S DREAM: MID-ENGINE CORVETTES
Chevrolet has come a long way – actually 67 years - since Zora Arkus-Duntov built the first mid/rear-engine Corvette. That was in 1953 when #856 EX-54’s stock Six was removed and the body and chassis modified to accommodate a prototype Cadet II engine and transaxle. Unfortunately that car is long gone, but the Matunes showcase the modern Corvette transformation from front to mid-engine, culminating with the incredible C8. Zora saw the future in the past. Recalling the pre-war Auto Union GP cars,...
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PENSKE: HAT TRICK AT BAHAMAS SPEED WEEKS

PENSKE: HAT TRICK AT BAHAMAS SPEED WEEKS
An unprecedented reunion of Roger Penske’s three Bahamas Speed Weeks winners – Porsche 718 RS 61 Spyder, Corvette Grand Sport, below, and Chaparral 2 – will be celebrated at the Silver Anniversary Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. As the calendar wound toward the final month of 1960 the entire road-racing universe looked to Bahamas Speed Weeks, a week long party, race meeting and celebration. It drew racers from all disciplines of motorsport, from NASCAR to go-karts; sports car champs to Indy 5...
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ROLLING BONES: HOT RODS @ AMELIA!

ROLLING BONES: HOT RODS @ AMELIA!
Coupes and roadsters honoring the origins of American hot rodding will be showcased at 25th anniversary Amelia Island Concours in 2020. Rolling Bones is a school of rodding that strips away the glitz to present the earthy glamor of the earliest rods to slash across the dry lakes and salt flats on the weekends, yet serve as everyday transportation. For the folks who have created Rolling Bones hot rods in Greenfield Center, NY in 1999, it always goes back to racing, power and speed. Next year they...
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HEACOCK INSURANCE: CARS & COFFEE AT AMELIA!

HEACOCK INSURANCE: CARS & COFFEE AT AMELIA!
When one of the premier Concours in the country also boasts a Cars & Coffee, you can expect Concours quality cars. That’s exactly what the Matunes found when covering Amelia. Normally each year we attend the Saturday morning seminar while at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance (AICE), but this year we decided that was too much like school. So instead, we went to Cars & Coffee at the Concours sponsored by Heacock Insurance. We weren’t disappointed with our choice to play hooky! Let’...
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CORVETTE XP-897 GT: AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS!

CORVETTE XP-897 GT: AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS!
A Wankel Rotary powered mid-engine Corvette prototype will be featured in the Mid-Engine Sports Car Class at the 2019 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. There will also be examples from DeTomaso, Ferrari and Lamborghini. The ‘73 Chevrolet Corvette XP-897 GT was one of two mid-engine Corvette prototypes designed by General Motors Design to promote the smooth and high revving Wankel Rotary engine. Dick Finegan, L-R, Kip Wasenko and Otto Soeding, designers at GM Design, above, with XP-897 GT. The ...
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