Golden Age of Formula 1 Exhibition 2010

September 28, 2010 by  
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Ranier Schlegelmilch has been photographing Formula 1 events since the 1960’s, and has amassed a staggering collection of images of more than three hundred and fifty thousands. His new book, which will feature two hundred pages of his work has just been published and to celebrate the release of his book and the sport of Formula 1, the Proud Gallery in Camden kicked of their Golden Age of Formula 1 Exhibition 2010, on 16 September, which will run till 24 October 2010.

Visitors to the exhibition can look forward to five decades of thrilling Formula 1 action, which has been captured by his lenses. For more information, visit the Proud Gallery website at http://www.proud.co.uk/exhibition-The-Golden-Age-of-Formula-1-Photographs-by-Rainer-Schlegelmilch_63.aspx.

Date: 16 September – 24 October 2010
Venue: Proud Gallery
City: Camden, London
Country: United Kingdom

Bortz Auto Collection at Meadowbrook

July 2, 2010 by  
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The Miller Family owned Meadowbrook Farm for more than two centuries, and with the Winnipsaukee Lake to its side and majestic mountains surrounding the farm, it is one of the most picturesque locations in the region. Concerts became a traditional event for the family to host, and in keeping that tradition, the Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion still hosts breathtaking events. The Meadowbrook Musical Arts Centre is now the venue for concerts and exhibitions, while the pavilion acts as a concert and festival venue. On 25 July 2010, a very special exhibition will be held at Meadowbrook.

Over and above being a music industry entrepreneur and restaurant mogul, Joe Bortz is known as a famous concept car restorer and avid car collector. His focus is mainly on vehicles from the 1950’s, which were showcased at the legendary General Motors Motorama. His love for cars led to the creation of the Bortz Auto Collection, and his collection only consists of extremely rare vehicles. As concept cars were created only as showcase vehicles and not for production, finding these prototype vehicles is a very difficult task. Fortunately Bortz found out about a junk dealer, purely by accident, who was selling off the cars in parts. As time went by, Bortz ended up with twenty concept cars, such as the 1958 Pontiac Club de Mer, the 1953 Pontiac Perisienne and the 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special. Some prototype vehicles can still be seen in museums around the country, but the Bortz Auto Collection remains truly unique. Four of his vehicles will be on display at Meadowbrook, of which one will be the 1955 Chevrolet Biscayne, saved from the junk yard, and that took twenty-two years to restore.

All four of these restored cars will be showcased together for the first time in fifty-five years, as the Bortz Auto Collection brings the rarest of vehicles to the Meadowbrook exhibition. The other three unique vehicles will be the 1953 Buick Wildcat I, the 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special and the 1953 Pontiac Parisienne. Motoring enthusiasts should not miss out on the opportunity to see the these amazing vehicles at the Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion.

Auto China 2010

March 24, 2010 by  
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The Auto China show was inaugurated in 1990, and has since grown into one of the premier auto shows in China. This year, Auto China 2010 will be held in the New International Exhibition Centre, in Beijing, and will feature the latest developments in the automotive industry. Auto enthusiasts can visit the show from the 23rd of April to the 2nd of May 2010, and will feature environmental protection products, vehicle testing equipment, concept vehicles, special purpose vehicles, passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, new materials, part, manufacturing equipment and much more.

Exploring the site, http://autochina.auto-fairs.com/en/leftnavigation/information, will give visitors additional information in regard to the exhibitors and general facts about Auto China 2010.

Date: 23 April – 2 May 2010
Venue: New International Exhibition Centre
City: Beijing
Country: China

The Cars are the Stars

August 21, 2009 by  
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The Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races concluded today at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca after three days of fabulous vintage racing action, exhibitions, new car reveals and activities for fans. Now 36 years old, the event is often called the most significant vintage racing event in the country, and according to famed driver Brian Redman, who joined the likes of Jurgen Barth, Derek Bell, David Donohue, Vic Elford and Hurley Haywood here this year, it is “one of the top two or three events of its kind in the world.”

That’s a weighty statement coming from a man who has seemingly done it all in car racing, including winning, in the 1970s, the Formula 5000 championship three consecutive times, the 12 Hours of Sebring twice and the Targa Florio once. “It’s the combination of the great circuit at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and the weather, as well as the enthusiastic crowds and tremendous entry of cars,” said Redman, who took to the race track on Saturday in a 1971 Porsche 908/3 to win his class by just under four seconds.

To Redman’s point, some very big names in auto racing were on the track, but the cars – mostly driven by gentlemen drivers who, while not necessarily famous are undeniably passionate about their sport — were the main attraction. Of 450 entrants, one-third of those were Porsches, which was this year’s Featured Marque. And unlike other events where spectators might be separated from stars who take the stage, crowds of car lovers milled through the 30 acre paddock area, chatting with owners and drivers; watching mechanics tinker; swapping insight with other enthusiasts and parting like the Red Sea when another engine revved up, on its way to take position on the grid.

“The field of cars is really extraordinary and not just the Porsches but all of them,” said Steve Earle of General Racing, which produces the event. “The racing (for 15 different race groups) was excellent — pretty darn clean — and as long as everybody is having a good time, then I am happy.”

Earle drove his own C-Type Jaguar in a race today. “It’s just sort of an old family friend now.its old reliable,” he said about the car, which he has had for 25 years. “It’s the last race for us here, so we’ll be at the back of the grid having a nice time,” he added, referring to the fact that General Racing will no longer be producing the event after this year. (Later that evening, at the Rolex Awards Ceremony, Earle was presented with a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss by Doug Meine, Executive Vice President Rolex Watch U.S.A., after delivering an emotional farewell speech.)

The Monterey Cup and a Rolex Steel and Gold Daytona Cosmograph were presented to the owner of the automobile judged to have excelled overall in both presentation and performance. That winner was Richard Clark, an Englishman who lives in Monte Carlo.

“As always it has been such an amazing weekend at the Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races. It is such an amazing track, and the car we run here, the 1952 Porsche 356 Panamericana.When coming down the corkscrew in that car, you’re just hanging on,” said Clark. “Although racing in Europe is a lot of fun, when I race here it’s lovely, because I race with people who act in a competitive manner but are gentlemanly at all times. It makes for great racing for the spectators. There was a lot of overtaking in my race, but it was all done in a safe manner which is a tribute to the organization.”

Like so many participants here, Clark is in close touch with the people who made history with his car. “It’s very sad that Manfredo Lippman could not come here for this weekend,” said Clark, explaining that Lippman ran the team on which his car raced to win the 1953 Carrera Panamericana. “He did telephone me today to ask how things went; he loves the details.” Clark explained that the accomplishment in ’53 was Porsche’s first victory internationally, “so ever since then when you see a modern Porsche you will likely see the name Carrera written on the back in honor of that event.”

Clark, who flew the car in from Europe, sorted out the paperwork at the airport and then drove it directly from the airport in San Francisco to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, added: “Racing in the 1950s, and especially in the Carrera Panamericana, was completely different from the racing we do today; those drivers were real heroes.”

Notes and Quotes:

One of the most popular features at the event is the Rolex Moments in Time display. Set in a massive darkened tent in the paddock area, historically significant cars and their elaborate storyboards are illuminated like masterpieces in a museum. “The Rolex Moments in Time tent is absolutely fantastic; it’s the best I have ever seen,” said John Horsman, famous for his engineering contributions to the Gulf Wyer Team. “Of course I am biased, because it has two of our cars there, the Ford GT40 and the Porsche 917K, both in the Gulf colors, as well as many photographs from my book, Racing in the Rain.”

Vic Elford, another Targa Florio winner who sat for several different autograph sessions outside the Rolex tent, said, “It’s wonderful to see the fans that come here; they are all so knowledgeable. The cars that I have seen are magnificent. Whenever I see the cars I once drove it always brings back memories, usually good memories. Having some of the original drivers at the event also adds a lot to the overall atmosphere here.”

Stirling Moss, one of the greatest drivers of all time, was happy when he raced his black Lola Mk1 Saturday. “It is a car I never raced before I retired,” he said. “I actually drove it afterward, but I can tell you that it is much faster now than it ever was when it was new. I’m really only using third and fourth gear; it really accelerates well out of the slow corners.”

Endurance racer and Porsche driving instructor Kees Nierop said his first impression of the Monterey Historic Automobile Races is that everyone walks around with a smile on their face. “When I hear some of these cars racing, it kind of brings a shiver down my spine and makes me feel good to be alive,” he said. “You just don’t hear cars sound like this anymore.”

“This is the very first time I have been to this fabulous event,” he added. ” I had the pleasure of driving the Porsche 718/8 which was a hill climb car and is the only one in existence. When Klaus (Bischof, director of the Porsche Museum in Germany) invited me to drive this car I was thrilled. He did say though since it was set up for hill climbs it is geared quite low, so be careful not to over rev the engine. Klaus does an excellent job maintaining these cars and this one, with its six-speed gearbox, is a thrill to drive. The gears actually were tall enough so I really needed to shift down a few times, because in order to really make it work it does not want to go below 4,000 rpm. What an honor to drive a car like this with the air rushing past as you go; pride just doesn’t get much bigger than that.”

As the cars go out on track and for all those who enjoy the thrill of their sound and image, it should be said that the current state of these cars is due to the craftsmanship and dedication of the people who prep, repair and restore them. John Rogers has been a specialist in this field for years and one of the few people in this country known to have the skill and ability to keep his customer’s machines race ready and safe.

“It is so satisfying to see a car that you restored 25 or 30 years ago and it’s still running strong, especially if it is still the way you did it, without somebody else having monkeyed around with it too much” said Rogers. “When you talk to the owner, and he says how much pleasure he has had with the car, and then you kind of drop it on him that you restored that car so many years ago and point out details he may not have known of, it’s rewarding to both of us.

“It’s important to note that when one of these cars is restored, it must be restored as close to original as possible but with an eye to safety. As an example, things like suspension pieces that might look okay but are rusty inside after 50 years, need to be replaced with accurately fabricated new pieces. These old cars killed the best there were in their day.”

The initial airing of SPEED Channel’s one-hour special on the Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races is scheduled for Friday, October 16 at 8 p.m.

For more information and Other Awards given at the Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races, visit www.montereyhistoric.com.

Barrington Concours D’elegance Auto Show

May 23, 2008 by  
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In response to the overwhelming support enjoyed by the inaugural Barrington Concours D’elegance Auto Show held at Makray Golf Course in 2007, organizers have decided to present the 2008 event at Arlington Park. The reason for this move is to accommodate the large number of visitors who are expected to attend the second Barrington Concours D’elegance, which is set to take place 4-5 October 2008. Additionally, Arlington Park offers indoor exhibition space which will prove invaluable in the event of inclement weather.

Although the event has been moved to Arlington Park, the name of the Auto Show will remain as Barrington Concours D’elegance, and a number of events will take place in and around Barrington during the event weekend. On 4 October a “Celebration of Speed” will be held at the Autobahn Country Club raceway in Joliet, with the day ending off with a dinner hosted by the Onion Pub and Brewery in Lake Barrington.

Sunday will feature a Road Rally and Village Day, which will focus attention on the picturesque Barrington area. This Road Rally will give automobile exhibitors and visitors the opportunity to take a leisurely drive along the winding roads of Barrington’s countryside. Various car clubs, including Ferrari, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Porsche, BMW and Jaguar, will station superb examples of their cars throughout the town of Barrington for all to see.

The Barrington Concours D’elegance will showcase over 100 rare, classic, historic, sports and performance racing cars and motorcycles. Cars on display at the 2007 event that are expected to be seen again at the 2008 show include a 1937 Austin 7 Nippy 2-Seater, a 1907 Packard 30 Runabout, a 1939 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe, and a 1910 Ford Model T Touring.

Tickets will be on sale at the 6-8 June Barrington Community Appreciation Weekend which is to be held at Arlington Park. Barrington residents will be given free admission to this event, and visitors who buy their Barrington Concours D’elegance tickets during the Barrington Community Appreciation Weekend will receive a $10 discount.

Proceeds from the Auto Show will be split between the Hospice of Northeastern Illinois and the Barrington Area Conservation Trust. So, not only are you getting the benefit of a fascinating, educational and fun event, but you will be supporting two worthy charities. Be sure not to miss the Barrington Concours D’elegance at Arlington Park in October 2008.

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