MOTORLUX @ MONTEREY CAR WEEK

Introducing Motorlux @ MONTEREY CAR WEEK, a reimagined event that builds on McCall’s Motorworks Revival’s Monterey Jet Center legacy.

MOTORLUX @ MONTEREY CAR WEEK

Hagerty’s Motorlux is a fresh take on Monterey Car Week’s kick-off party which builds on the foundation of McCall’s Motorworks Revival. Returning to the Monterey Jet Center on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, Motorlux remains faithful to its elegant entertaining roots while creating elevated and artfully curated experiences that celebrate automotive, aviation and culinary culture.

“We are grateful to Gordon and Molly McCall for entrusting us as stewards of this prestigious gathering that they founded and grew into a world-class event,” said Soon Hagerty, Senior Vice President of Brand, Hagerty. “Monterey Car Week is the most anticipated annual enthusiast automotive event and we’re dedicated to ensuring that Motorlux remains the benchmark celebration of cars, craft and community that sets the stage for the days to come.”

With refinements throughout, Motorlux will feature a themed approach to food and beverage with menus and signature cocktails created by local culinary experts. Immersive displays, showcasing automotive, aviation, fashion and design innovators will set the stage for networking and community, encouraged by a new seating concept throughout the hangar.

New this year, Motorlux and the Monterey Jet Center will serve as a live automotive auction platform. The boutique auction, offering approximately 80 exceptional motor cars, will be presented by Broad Arrow Auctions and its team of industry veterans. The auction preview is set to take place on Wednesday, August 17, with the sale scheduled for Thursday, August 18. Additional information on the auction can be found at https://www.broadarrowauctions.com/

MOTORLUX @ MONTEREY CAR WEEK is proud to continue to support the CHP 11-99 Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to helping families of California Highway Patrol officers in times of need. Since 1982, it has provided over $42 million in assistance, including $35 million in vocational and academic scholarships.

“We love the CHP 11-99 Foundation’s mission and we are so proud to help them provide emergency assistance and scholarship support to the families of California Highway Patrol officers,” said McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty. “Charitable giving has always been integral to this event. We want to honor that legacy by building on this wonderful tradition as part of our commitment to doing well by doing good.”

For more details about MOTORLUX @ MONTEREY CAR WEEK Please visit https://www.motorlux.com/

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SHELBY-AMERICAN TREASURE TROVE

Hagerty’s Alex Sommers takes us on a tour of the ultimate SHELBY-AMERICAN TREASURE TROVE in Boulder, Colorado.

SHELBY-AMERICAN TREASURE TROVE

Seasoned car enthusiasts are a tricky bunch to excite. When you’ve spent your whole life futzing around high-profile automobiles, attending shows, participating in auctions, and going out of your way to experience or even just catch a glimpse of the best cars that the world has to offer, you can become jaded. If the mere sight of a real-deal Boss 429 just isn’t enough to put that child-like grin on your face anymore, this is a clear sign it’s time to spend at least an hour (or five) deep in Boulder, Colorado’s Shelby American Collection (SAC). A spin around SAC is sure to inspire awe with its unparalleled collection of historically significant (and stunningly valuable) automotive jewels, all sleeping in an unassuming 10,000-sq.-ft. building sharing a cul-de-sac with a prep school and two HVAC companies.

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Visit the Shelby-American Collection Museum @ https://www.shelbyamericancollection.org/

SWINGING SIXTIES CONCEPT CARS

Hagerty’s Richard Heseltine showcases 11 Concept Cars, many having a positive effect on future production cars. Other SWINGING SIXTIES CONCEPT CARS faded into obscurity. But, they all matter!

SWINGING SIXTIES CONCEPT CARSTwo iconic Concepts – one from Ford; the other from Chevrolet – created by teams led by Roy Lunn (Mustang 1, above, and Zora Arkus-Duntov (CERV 1) below.

Concept cars tend to live ephemeral lives. They appear at an event or two, create headlines if they’re lucky, and then disappear into the ether once they’re no longer of use. Some, however, attain legendary status. The 1960s in particular witnessed the emergence of the show-stopper as we know it, car manufacturers seeing the value of creating a one-off purely to foretell what’s coming down the road and broadcast styling trends and create a little excitement ahead of launching a new model.

Gathered here from that era are our favorites of the breed. Some created a lasting legacy and are proudly displayed in factory museums. Others led hard lives but were later restored prior to hitting the concours circuit. A few, however, didn’t see out the decade, leaving only photographs and old magazines behind as reminders that they ever existed. All were memorable—and most definitely groovy – which is why we love them still.

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SHOWTIME AT THE AMELIA

Casual fan or gearhead, there was everything from Brass Era to Gurney Eagles; NASCAR’s greatest hits to Ferrari’s 75th anniversary; and almost anything in between at the 27th iteration of SHOWTIME AT THE AMELIA. Dan Scanlan brings us highlights.

SHOWTIME AT THE AMELIA

Under The Hagerty Group after it purchased Bill Warner’s Amelia Island Concours in June, an expanded family-themed Cars and Community Cruise-In, a Kid’s Zone, 1980s-1990s RADwood Sports Car Show, and even a Concours d’Lemons were added to the program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB7To8_PAN0&list=UUbE-kKHYoZVF2G6Rk12sQ3g&index=4&t=4s

The Amelia saw a number of the Sunday concours cars on a road tour that ended with a free display in historic Fernandina Beach. The Porsche Club of America held a judged March 4 Werks Reunion at a nearby golf course, while Goodings, Bonham and RM Sotheby’s held auctions at the concours. But the crown jewel is the 225-vehicle display on two fairways outside the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGZKYW6D7bQ&list=UUbE-kKHYoZVF2G6Rk12sQ3g&index=8&t=16s

The National Anthem was sung by rock-and-roller John Oates, above, right, to officially open the show, then fans strolled among rows of rolling sculptures of steel, aluminum, carbon fiber and wood. And by the time it was over, an estimated 22,000 had attended its weekend’s events, Hagerty said. Jacksonville businessman, car collector and racer Bill Warner founded the concours in 1996, and remains chairman emeritus. He showed his own ’32 Ford Roadster in that class and was among the staff and crowds all weekend working as usual. Meanwhile, McKeel Hagerty said he is “absolutely thrilled” at how his first The Amelia went, saying it has been one of his favorites, and that of car people.

“The Amelia is one of the great car events of the world and I have been coming since almost the beginning,” Hagerty said. “… To be able to be the stewards of it now and going forward is a thrill, an honor and we are very pleased with how it’s going. Bill had already stated downsizing it, getting it under 300, so we are at 225. We also wanted to make a bit more room for newer, aspirational cars and we have a lot of great OEMs.”

SHOWTIME AT THE AMELIAHarry Yeaggy’s black ‘34 Duesenberg Model J Walker LeGrande Convertible Coupe was Best in Show/Concours d’Elegance, the Cincinnati man calling the win “really unexpected.” Production Duesenberg J’s had 420-cubic inch Straight Eight engines with twin camshafts and dual Winfield carburetors. One of the last Duesenbergs produced, this car was able to top 115 mph and was originally owned by Marjorie Merriweather Post (General Mills founder and the world’s wealthiest woman).

“We actually restored it seven years ago,” said Yeaggy, whose ‘29 Duesenberg J/SJ Convertible won Best of Show here in 2018. “The car spent its whole life within a 2.5-mile radius until I bought it 15 years ago. It is one of three by Walker LeGrande.”

A Cadillac DPi-V.R racecar with a Wayne Taylor Racing chassis was Best in Show/Concours de Sport, purpose-built to compete in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. It has a naturally-aspirated 600 horsepower Cadillac 5.5-liter V-8, and was the overall winner of the 2018 Petit Le Mans with lead driver Jordan Taylor, Renger van der Zande and Ryan Hunter Ray. It also won the 2019 Rolex 24 At Daytona with lead driver and double F1 World Champion Fernando Alonzo, van der Zande, Taylor and Kamui Kobayashi.

Owner Wayne Jackson saying it was “absolutely fantastic” that his winning race car brought home its first non-racing award. “I couldn’t be more ecstatic,” Jackson said. “This is my first concours, and I didn’t appreciate that I had any chance in the world of winning. It is a very, very exciting surprise.” Best of Show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2x8gvyeRo_A&list=UUbE-kKHYoZVF2G6Rk12sQ3g&index=6

Normally held the first weekend in March on fairways at the Golf Club of Amelia Island next to the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, this year SHOWTIME AT THE AMELIA celebrated the 60th anniversary of the 24 Hours of Daytona, the 70th anniversary of the 12 Hours of Sebring, Indy 500 Roadsters, Gurney Eagle IndyCars, 90th anniversary of the 1932 Ford and Ferrari’s 75th birthday. Jim Glickenhaus (left in hat), below, helped his crew dry the morning dew off his stunning ‘66 Ferrari P3/4, below. And this year’s concours’ honoree was race team owner and former driver Chip Ganassi, eight of the cars that his teams competed with throughout his career on display.

Nearby in the Porsche Aluminum Race Car class was one of the first two factory cars entered into the 24 Hours of Le Mans – a ‘49 Porsche 356/2 Gmund SL of Cameron Healy and Suzy Snow of Portland. Literally one of the first Porsches hand-built in the town of Gmünd in Kärnten, it is one of 63 made.

“It was 20th overall, won its 1100-cc class and beat all the 1500-cc cars,” Healy said. “More than all that, it stood up to the endurance test for this fledgling, struggling company and put them on the world stage. That moment was the beginning of Porsche motorsports since this was its first factory entry. I love the early cars, the shape for one. I also love the history and significance.”

Glowing red and blue in the NASCAR class was John Kyle’s 1972 Cup Series championship-winning Dodge Charger built originally for Richard Petty teammate Buddy Baker. Kyle’s car, an iconic mix of STP red and Petty blue, helped him win the NASCAR championship over Bobby Allison. Richard Petty himself verified it was his when Kyle discovered it years ago.

“In 1972, 50 years ago, that’s when they get the STP sponsorship and Richards transitions from Plymouths to Dodges,” Kyle said. “… Growing up, I would see this on TV, but it was a black and white TV and I thought, that’s a cool-looking car! It got sold to California and got lost for almost 50 years, then I kind of found it.”

Sleeker IndyCars were lined up against the eastern tree line, including 10 epic Dan Gurney AAR Eagles like the No. 88 Bardahl-Pacesetter Homes Special for Jerry Grant to drive in 1966. It is the third Eagle racer now owned by Bobby Rahal, the eagle-beaked open-wheeler’s restoration was done last summer by people who knew and worked with Dan Gurney.

SHOWTIME AT THE AMELIA“I don’t know anybody who doesn’t like Dan Gurney,” restorer and veteran Indy Car chief mechanic Don Hoevel said. “… Gurney’s cars in that era were the most beautiful cars you ever saw, and as Bobby likes to say, if it looks great, it probably is great. Fortunate for us, we all knew Dan.”

Moving over to the Sebring class, there’s a familiar-looking ‘53 Kurtis 500S, until you look at the flared front wing fenders and quad headlights in the deep grille intake, separated by stylish chrome bars. The King of Kustomizers himself, George Barris, did those wings, owner Jim Weddle says, as the car won California sports car races, and competed with Bill Murphy driving in the 1955 Sebring race.

“It raced with these Barris custom fenders on it. They look like they would give the car lift, but that was apparently not an issue,” the St. Louis man said. “… In the Sebring race, it came in fifth in class and 19th overall. The co-driver was Sam Hanks, who drove at Indianapolis 13 times and won in 1957.”

The wildest roadster in the Sports and GT Class at SHOWTIME AT THE AMELIA was a shiny just-restored wedge called the ‘66 Cannara 1, owned by Floridian Guy Dirkin, who finished restoration two days earlier. Long before Triumph’s TR7, Fiat’s X1/9 and the Lotus Esprit, Ray Cannara designed this in 1964 while at the Art Center in California and finished it in 1966. There’s a 350-inch Chevy just ahead of the two seats, its chrome air cleaner popping up at the windshield base, with a 1958 Chevrolet front and rear suspension.

“This is a front, mid-engine car. We moved the engine forward slightly,” Dirkin said. “The carburetor used to be where the mirror is, inside the passenger compartment. To make this car wedge-shaped, the engine had to be significantly far back.”

A perfect representative of the 90th anniversary of the 1932 Ford Class was Kim and Mitch McCullough’s Pacific Gun Sight Special: https://carguychronicles.com/32-ford-old-schools-best-school/

It was built in 1946 by WW II vet Roy “Mack” MacKinney, and restored as it was raced by Leo Juri at the 1952 Bonneville Speed Trials. Named after the Pacific Gun Sight Company where Juri worked, the two-inch chopped High Boy roadster had no headlights or windshield, as it ran on the salt flats powered by a Flathead V-8 with Offy heads and Eddie Meyer intake with dual Strombergs.

“We know the continuous ownership history since 1946, so that’s awesome to have that provenance,” Kim said. “… We consider the ‘32s all donor cars for a lot of people having fun. Not everyone has a Flathead. We have a Flathead, plus the original four-carb setup that it ran at Bonneville.”

The Amelia Island Concours has always been known for showing interesting cars of our automotive past, and a big feature was the short-lived three-wheeled cars of the Davis Motorcar Company. The post-World War II idea of used car salesman Gary Davis, who saw the bullet-shaped trike with Hercules 60-horsepower, four-cylinder industrial engine, Studebaker wheels and a claimed four-person bench seat as the perfect answer for car-starved America in the late-1940s, early 1950s!

Jeff Lane of Nashville’s Lane Motor Museum brought the prototype ‘48 Davis Divan, nicknamed “Baby,” and a second one, survivors of only 13 ever made before Davis was convicted of fraud and grand theft in 1950. Five Davis Divans were at SHOWTIME AT THE AMELIA, plus the last gasp of the company – owner Bruce Feuerstein’s ungainly-looking ‘49 Davis 494X-P. Imagine a Jeep with a single front wheel! “He felt, why not throw a Jeep body on it, and maybe the government will pick it up,” Lane said. “Maybe the government will pay me for 200 up front before I build them?”

The concours’ annual charity donations continued over the weekend, a signed photo of Ganassi with his many racing trophies earning $22,000 for Spina Bifida of Jacksonville at a Saturday live auction. Another $17,000 was raised there for The Amelia’s charities, adding to the more than $4.4 million donated in the past 26 years to others like Community Hospice and Palliative Care.

SHOWTIME AT THE AMELIA returns on March 2-5, 2023. For more information, please visit https://www.ameliaconcours.com/

CHIP GANASSI: THE AMELIA’S 2022 HONOREE!

The 27th Annual Amelia Island Concours will celebrate the career of racer and racing legend, CHIP GANASSI: THE AMELIA’S 2022 HONOREE!

CHIP GANASSI: THE AMELIA’S 2022 HONOREE!

The founder of Chip Ganassi Racing has touched every major form of North American motorsport plus the ultimate international road race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ganassi’s legacy extends far beyond being an accomplished driver, he is a decorated race team owner who has fielded highly successful teams in INDYCAR, NASCAR, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Extreme E competition.

Ganassi made his racing debut in the 1981 Robert Bosch Super Vee Championship. In 1982, Ganassi graduated with a finance degree from Duquesne University and started his first Indianapolis 500 in Mario Andretti’s year-old ‘81 Wildcat/Cosworth. He was the fastest of a star-studded rookie class qualifying ahead of future “500” winners Bobby Rahal and Danny Sullivan. A year later Ganassi logged two podium finishes and was voted Most Improved Driver, ultimately ranking ninth in the INDYCAR Championship. Ganassi retired from the Indy car cockpit following a brutal high-speed accident at Michigan International Raceway in 1984. His final race was the 1987 24 Hours of Le Mans.

CHIP GANASSI: THE AMELIA’S 2022 HONOREE!In 1990, CHIP GANASSI: THE AMELIA’S 2022 HONOREE! founded Chip Ganassi Racing, the only team to win the crown jewels of North American racing: the Daytona 500, the Indianapolis 500, NASCAR’s Brickyard 400, and the 24 Hours of Daytona, in a 12-month span. Chip Ganassi Racing’s incredible success on the track includes eight victories in the 24 Hours of Daytona (2006-2008, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2018), four consecutive INDYCAR Championships twice (1996 through 1999 and 2008 through 2011) and four Indianapolis 500 victories (2000, 2008, 2010, 2012) including a one-two finish in 2012.

Ganassi returned to Le Mans in 2016, this time as an owner. Ford Chip Ganassi Racing did not disappoint, scoring another historic Le Mans Ford victory, first, third and fourth in GTE LM Pro, leading all but 26 laps from the pole on the team’s first Le Mans attempt. The landmark victory came on the 50th anniversary of Ford’s historic 1-2-3 finish in 1966. He is also well known for his charitable work for St Jude Children’s Hospital.  In 2011 Chip received an honorary Doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University in his hometown Pittsburgh. In 2016, the year of the Le Mans victory for Ford, Chip was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

“Honoring a hero from the racing community is an important component of The Amelia DNA. From the inaugural honoree, Sir Stirling Moss, to the recent celebration of Lyn St. James, The Amelia has anchored the celebration of the automobile to the incredible people who have devoted their lives as ambassadors for driving,” said McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty. “We are thrilled that Chip Ganassi accepted our invitation. His racing legacy represents Hagerty’s love of driving and passion for the wellness of others.”

For more information about The Amelia Concours, please visit  https://www.ameliaconcours.com/