- Motoramic1 hr ago
David Gooding is the founder of the Gooding & Co. auction house, an exclusive and successful endeavor that has sold some of the most beautiful (and valuable) collectible cars in the world. His company hosts a trio of auctions annually, often coinciding with esteemed gatherings of classic vehicles like the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
One of these top-notch car shows, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, just took place, and Gooding’s sale there was a banner event, grossing over $30 million and setting fifteen new auction sales records. Since he’s one of the most charming and erudite people we know when it comes to the collectible automobile market, we invited David to walk around the Concours show field with us, gawk at the imposing classics assembled there, and talk about some of the standard bearers and up and comers.
- Alex Lloyd at Motoramic1 hr ago
Formula One returned to Melbourne this past weekend for the opening round of the 2014 World Championship. Much has changed during the off-season, not least the engine regulations mandating all-new, 1.6-liter turbocharged V-6 “power units,” with greater emphasis placed on the electric KERS system. This change has had a drastic effect. It’s shaken up the grid – something hardcore F1 fans have enjoyed – but more notably transformed the iconic whine of a Formula One racer into a vague burble – something F1 fans have vehemently lamented. The sound is so bad, in fact, that the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, the group that staged the race, claims Bernie Ecclestone and his F1 management group may be in breach of contract. Sound a bit extreme? Watch this comparison video to hear the difference. Andrew Westacott, CEO of the AGPC, told Fairfax Radio that the new, quieter sound was “a little bit duller than it’s ever been before,” and that given the premium a nation must pay to host F1 (for Australia it is thought to be north of $30 million per year), the organization plans to study the contracts for any apparent breaches: “There has probably been some,” Westacott said. AGPC chairman Ron Walker, who remains close friends with Ecclestone, was a little more outspoken, telling Melbourne newspaper that F1’s leader was “horrified” by the quite drone. “It's clearly in breach of our contract,” Walker said. “I was talking to him (Ecclestone) last night and it's not what we paid for. It's going to change.” Fans, too, were distressed by the lack of noise. And what little noise there was sounded more like a herd of elephants with bad flatulence.
- Motoramic3 hrs ago
The bungled recall of 1.6 million General Motors cars with ignition problems linked to at least 12 deaths has led to congressional hearings, lawsuits and anger from owners and auto safety advocates. Following that recall, GM vowed to change the way it approaches such problems, and today it announced three new recalls covering an additional 1.5 million cars, vans and SUVs, and said it would set aside $300 million this quarter to pay for the repairs. GM said the new recalls were driven by a review ordered from chief executive Mary Barra, after it was revealed that GM engineers dithered for more than a decade over the ignition problems in Chevy Cobalts and other models. “I asked our team to redouble our efforts on our pending product reviews, bring them forward and resolve them quickly,” Barra said in a statement. “That is what today’s GM is all about.” The automaker said there were no reports of injuries related to the three new recalls, which involve: — About 1.18 million Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia models from the 2008-2013 model years, Chevrolet Traverse from the 2009-2013 model years, and Saturn Outlook from the 2008-2010 model years. GM says if these SUVs have an air bag warning light go on that’s not serviced within a couple of months, the side air bags could fail to deploy in a crash. Dealerships will fix the problem by removing a wiring connector and soldering the wires together. — Some 63,900 Cadillac XTS full-size sedan from the 2013 and 2014 model years, where a loose plug in a brake booster pump could lead to contamination that creates enough heat to spark a fire. GM said it had two reports from customers and two from vehicles in dealerships about the problem, which will be fixed by reinforcing the plug. — 303,000 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans from the 2009-2014 model years with gross vehicle weight under 10,000 pounds. The passenger-side plastic cover for the front air bag does not meet federal standards; GM says it will stop selling the vans until it develops a replacement cover. GM’s steps follow similar moves by Toyota in the wake of its recalls in 2009 over floor mats and unintended acceleration, where it too vowed to move quicker to identify problems. And just like the Toyota cases, those steps did little to slow the march of investigations and lawsuits.
- Motoramic5 hrs ago
"Das Beste oder nichts," — the best or nothing at all — was a personal motto that Gottlieb Daimler lived by. Throughout his turbulent engineering career, Daimler often found himself at odds with bosses, investors and coworkers over his vision for personal transport. Born in the steam age, Daimler realized internal combustion engines were the future three decades before the first car was built. He and partner William Maybach constructed the first usable gasoline engine in 1885, mounting it to a bicycle to build the first motorcycle. The trademark drawing above shows just how far Daimler imagined his inventions spreading — to land, sea and air. Daimler died from heart problems in 1900, and the successor of his company bears his name today.
- Motoramic2 days ago
Last weekend's Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance featured a host of fascinating vehicles, including this one that captured the people's choice award —a 1955 Cadillac Cabriolet with solid-gold trim, including a gold-covered retractable hardtop, caught here on parade by Glenn Ross Images. If you have a shot to share, please add it to the Motoramic group on Flickr, or send us a message via Twitter, Facebook and .
- Lawrence Ulrich at Motoramic3 days ago
Who you calling cute?
Since its hugely successful revival by BMW, the Mini has rightly been known for its pint-sized urban charm. But there’s always been another side of the Mini: More macho than any Mustang, as invincible as a military off-roader.
The Mini’s rally-racing skills catapulted it to worldwide fame 50 years ago, when the British underdog won the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally. Led by Formula One race builder John Cooper, Mini’s win cemented its image as a cool, sporty machine — not merely a cheap, fuel-sipping economy car. Even the Beatles sent congratulations, and the Fab Four would soon drive their own Minis, including George’s psychedelic-painted version in 1967’s “Magical Mystery Tour.”
- Alex Lloyd at Motoramic3 days ago
It's not uncommon for rare vehicles to surface in a barn or rundown garage, encrusted in decades of dust, itching to be sold for a handsome profit. What is rare, however, is to find a one-owner, 1969 Shelby Mustang GT500 — one of only about 1,000 ever made — resurface in its original condition, fastidiously maintained and never washed for fear of damaging the paint, with only 8,500 miles on the clock.
Larry Brown, a resident of Centre Hall, Pa., passed away on his birthday during the latter part of last year, leaving behind a trove of fascinating items. With no wife or children to inherit his estate, the entire collection — his house, TVs, snow blowers, motorbikes and of course cars — are heading to auction, with the Mustang the star attraction.
Brown purchased the car on May 9, 1969, for $5,245.97. The last recorded warranty work occurred in September that year, when Brown had the door glass adjusted. At that time, the registered mileage was 1,665. By 1973, Brown had stopped driving the car altogether, storing it in his garage with just 8,531 miles on the clock.
- jhyde1 at Motoramic3 days ago
Lee Petty was a delivery truck driver during the Depression in North Carolina, and later claimed that as much as he enjoyed racing around the backwoods on the weekend, he never ran moonshine. (Other drivers suggested otherwise.) It wasn't until after World War II that Petty fell into organized stock-car racing, and he was 35 years old when he ran in NASCAR's first race in Charlotte in 1949. Like most racers, Petty drove his car to the track and had his family — including his sons Maurice and Richard, above — for a pit crew; over 16 years, Petty would win 54 races, including the first Daytona 500, and launch Richard Petty's career as well, although dad never gave an inch to his son on the track. Petty's career tapered off after this wreck in 1961 with Johnny Beauchamp during qualifying for Daytona, which nearly killed him; Richard Petty had crashed in the same spot a day earlier, and both watched the race from the hospital. Petty Enterprises remains NASCAR's all-time winningest team.
- Alex Lloyd at Motoramic3 days ago
We brought you the video of Arnold Schwarzenegger crushing pianos and bubble wrap with a giant tank. Arnold's other car is a Mercedes-Benz Unimog, because it's tough, like a tank, like Arnold, (used to be). But this picture, sent to us by Bruno Hotz, demonstrates just how tough the Unimog really is. It makes Top Gear's car train seem a little underwhelming. If you have a shot to share, please add it to the Motoramic group on Flickr, or send us a message via Twitter, Facebook and Google+ .
- Motoramic3 days ago
Scott Waugh has always wanted to make a classic car flick. The director of Dreamworks' "Need For Speed" opening this Friday owes that drive to his father Fred Waugh, an old-school Hollywood stuntman and one of founding members of the legendary Stunts Unlimited. Through his work, the elder Waugh exposed Scott to the art of creating metal-to-metal mayhem at a young age — and probably why Scott followed his father into the stunt business when he was just 12 years old
.“From as early as I can remember, cars have been a passion of mine,” says Waugh. “Working on them has always been relaxing and therapeutic for me."