Los Angeles Auto Show 2009

October 28, 2009 by  
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The Los Angeles Auto Show was inaugurated in 1907 and has grown to a popular event that now covers an area of over three hundred and forty square feet. At this fascinating auto show, visitors will be able to marvel at the latest passenger vehicles, concept cars, exotic sports cars and green cars. The new 2011 Ford Fiesta will also be making its North American debut.

For more information in regard to the show, its displays, ticket prices and times, visit the official show website at http://www.laautoshow.com/ or contact organizers on mail@laautoshow.com.

Date: 4 – 13 December 2009
Venue: Los Angeles Convention Centre
City: Los Angeles
Country: United States of America

Tampa Mustang and Ford Show 2009

October 16, 2009 by  
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The Mustang Club of Tampa will be hosting the 28th Mustang, Shelby and Ford Roundup on the 24th of October 2009 at the Museum of Science and Industry. Spectators and motoring enthusiasts can attend the show and marvel at the cars free of charge, while vehicle owners wanting to register their vehicles for judging will be charges a small fee, of which a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to an educational program run by the museum. The first 100 vehicles to pre-register will also receive an anniversary t-shirt.

All Mustangs, Fords and Shelby trucks and cars are welcome and more information is available on the club website at www.mustangcluboftampa.com, or contact organizers at info@mustangcluboftampa.com. The show will start at 8 am until 4 pm.

Date: 24 October 2009
Venue: Museum of Science & Industry
City: Tampa, Florida
Country: United States of America

Hot Springs Collector Car Auction 2009

October 7, 2009 by  
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On the 7th and 8th of November 2009, car collectors will have the opportunity to purchase beautifully renovated vehicles. The Hot Springs Collector Car Auction is an event that should not be missed and some of the vehicles on auction include a 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, 1952 Cadillac Series 62, 1974 MG Midget and 1945 Ford ½ Ton Street Rod. All vehicles must be entered on the 6th of November 2009, with the auction starting at 08:00 am on the 7th of November 2009.

For more information in regard to the auction and the vehicles on sale, visit the official website at http://www.budwardsantiquecars.com.

Date: 7 – 8 November 2009
Venue: Hot Springs Convention Centre
City: Hot Springs
Country: United States of America

Rolex makes Magic with Rolex Moments in Time Display

August 5, 2009 by  
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Every year at the Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races, attendees look forward to indulging in Rolex’s award-winning Rolex Moments in Time display, which honors six different historic racing cars and their most significant achievements. This year, for the 36th edition of the famous Rolex Monterey Historics, which run from Friday, August 14 through Sunday, August 16 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the museum-quality exhibit will be more dramatic than ever, theatrically staging amazing cars from the 1960s and 1970s within the context of the history they made.

Perhaps most extraordinary will be the inclusion of the Gulf Ford GT 40 and the 908LH Porsche that famously exchanged leads in the 1969 24 Hours of Le Mans until the GT-40 prevailed, with only four seconds to spare, marking the closest margin of victory ever at Le Mans. Porsche had made an all out effort to win that year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans with its 917. However, both 917s retired with clutch problems, and it was the Championship leading Porsche 908 driven by Hans Herrman and Gerard Larrousse that battled with the Ford GT-40 driven by Jackie Ickx and Jackie Oliver for the win.

1970 looked to be “The Year of the Titans” as horsepower and extreme speed became the necessary ingredients to win races. Porsche and its incredible 917 were to be challenged by Ferrari and its new 512S, both cars putting out over 550 horsepower. While the two cars were very close in performance, the 917 dominated the Championship. The 512 was always a threat but never able to rise to the level of the Porsche in the hands of the John Wyer Gulf Team.

Harkening back to that time, the Gulf 917K that will be displayed in the Rolex Moments in Time display is the car driven by Pedro Rodriguez in the 1970 1000 km race at Spa, Belgium, where it led until it retired. The Gulf’s stablemate, driven by Brian Redman and Jo Siffert, won at the amazing average of 149 mph. The Ferrari 512S that also will be in the display is the car driven by Jacky Ickx at the opening round at Daytona and Nino Vaccarella at Monza and Targa Florio where it finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

“The cars were as purposeful as their designers and drivers were determined and courageous,” said Steve Earle of General Racing, Ltd., which owns and organizes the Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races. “The Rolex Moments in Time exhibit brings to life past eras of racing in a way that lets you feel the presence of these cars and their achievements.”

Rounding out the display will be the 1972 McLaren M20 (on loan from the National Auto Museum, Reno, NV), Team McLaren’s last challenger in the Can-Am Series that the team dominated for seven years, and the 1976 Porsche 936/81, winner at Le Mans in 1977, second place in 1978 and 12th in 1981. This car was the first of the three Porsche 936 cars built and the only one to compete in five Le Mans races. It was driven variously by Jurgen Barth, Reinhold Joest, Hurley Haywood and Vern Schuppan, all of whom will be at the Rolex Monterey Historics.

Autograph sessions with some of history’s greatest names in automobile racing will be held at the Rolex Moments in Time display on Friday morning, Saturday morning and afternoon, and Sunday morning. Instructions for picking up first-come, first-serve tickets to participate will be announced daily.

Porsche is the Featured Marque for the 2009 Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races. Of the 450 vintage cars that will be racing at the event, 145 are Porsches.

Mercury Comet

February 9, 2009 by  
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The sleek lines of the Mercury Comet had quite a few young gentlemen excited when it was first released by the Mercury division of the Ford Motor Company in 1960. The Comet was originally planned as an Edsel model which was developed along similar lines to the Ford Falcon, but with better trimmings and a slightly longer wheel base. It initially made use of the distinctive split grille that had become the Edsel trademark. When it was decided that the car would be marketed by Mercury instead, the Edsel grille was dropped in favor of a Mercury grille though the elliptical taillights and instrument cluster and dashboard knobs were kept for the first-year model.

Initially the changes in design and marketing strategy meant that it was difficult to classify the car properly. With its stretched 14″ Ford Falcon platform and 114″ wheelbase, it was neither a compact car nor an intermediate-sized car for the duration of the seventeen years that the Comet was produced. However Mercury eventually decided to market it as a compact car. Initially the Comet was not marketed as a Mercury, but simply as a ‘Comet’. It was available in 2 & 4 door sedans and 2 & 4 door wagons. It only officially became part of the Mercury line in 1962 when it was first marketed with the Mercury badge. There was also a ‘sport’ version of the Comet – the S-22 – which was available between 1961 and 1963. The S-22 was much the same as the regular 2-door Comets, but it featured an S-22 badge, bucket seats, a centre console, a stainless spoked steering wheel and stainless full wheel covers, amongst other things.

The Comets produced between 1960 and 1963 have a somewhat rounder shape. The initial Comets that were made between 1960 and 1961 had rather unique large, slanted taillights. Car owners could choose between a 3-speed manual or a 2-speed automatic transmission. To counter complaints about the resulting low performance of the 144 ci engine, a 170 ct with a 4-speed manual gearbox was released in 1961. In the car’s first year as an official Mercury car, some minor re-styling removed the ‘cat eye’ taillights and gave the car a sleeker look. The 1963 model was able to accomodate a V-8 engine and was also available as a convertible. The car went through quite a few more changes over subsequent years, but proved in its day to be a most noteworthy muscle car.

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