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1931 FORD “THE MARTIN SPECIAL” CROWNED “AMERICA’S MOST BEAUTIFUL ROADSTER” AT 69th ANNUAL GRAND NATIONAL ROADSTER SHOW


Owned by Dave Martin and built by Hot Rods & Hobbies, the customized ’31 Ford was awarded the highest honor in hot rodding, besting 14 other cars in the largest AMBR contender field in Roadster Show history.

Pomona, Calif. (January 28, 2018) – A 1931 Ford Roadster owned by Dave Martin and built by Signal Hill, Calif.-based Hot Rods & Hobbies earned the coveted “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster” title in a highly anticipated announcement made Sunday during the closing ceremonies of the 69th annual Grand National Roadster Show (GNRS) at the Fairplex in Pomona. The event also included the presentation of the Al Slonaker Memorial Award to Mark and Dennis Mariani’s Rad Rides 1929 Ford Model A, while Fred and Diane Bowden’s 1937 Lincoln LeBaron won the Blackie Gejeian Award and Mike Garner’s 1950 Mercury was named as the recipient of the George Barris Kustom d’Elegance award.

More than 400 individual vehicles were honored during the culmination of GNRS, which lived up to its moniker as “The Grand Daddy of Them All” by presenting more than 1,000 of the world’s hottest custom vehicles and attracting tens of thousands of fans over the course of the weekend.  Customs, restorations, muscle cars, trucks, hot rods, Rolling Bones vintage vehicles and street machines exemplified the very finest that the roadster world has to offer.

One of the most sought-after awards in the custom car world, “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster” is presented annually to the best “open” hot rod in the country.  In winning this year’s nine and a half-foot tall trophy and $10,000 prize, the newly named winner earned a prestigious place alongside such legendary builders as George Barris, Andy Brizio, Boyd Coddington, Barry White, Troy Ladd and Chip Foose.

A crowd favorite throughout the event, The Martin Special was praised for its precision craftsmanship and dazzling aesthetics, as well as its provenance. In a prior form the car competed in the famed Silver State Classic open road race and while the latest, show-stopping iteration of the car has Indy Roadster influences it also has a 500hp Ed Pink Racing Engines built small block power plant harkening back to its prior form.

“Dave Martin’s car is an amazing hot rod that began as a bare metal race car and ultimately earned the highest honor in the rodding world,” said John Buck, owner of Rod Shows and producer of the Grand National Roadster Show. “This Ford Roadster possesses all the qualities that our judges look for, truly blowing us away thanks to its exceptional craftsmanship and innovative styling.”

The 2018 Grand National Roadster Show offered special exhibits like the “American Muscle Car Gathering,” which featured over 100 rare stock and restored muscle cars, each representing the finest of their respective make and model. The shows “Rolling Bones” display included nearly every example of hot rod developed the iconic Greenfield Center, NY builder, which is credited with transforming the street rod scene with a strict adherence to land-speed-inspired aesthetics and traditional build techniques. The Lifestyles Car Club presented a selection of lowriders, honoring the influence of the culture to the Southern California landscape.

GNRS also featured appearances by automotive industry celebrities like Dave Kindig and Kevdog from Kindig-It Design and Velocity’s “Bitchin Rides.” Builders Troy Trepanier, Roy Brizio, Steve Strope, Bobby Alloway were on hand to greet fans, while the Road Kings Car Club brought Tommy Ivo and his “TV” Tommy Ivo dragster. Live striping during a special “Pinstriper’s Gathering” raised more than $40,000 for Camp Conrad Chinnock, a camp for children with Type 1 Diabetes, sponsored by PPG.

For more information about the Grand National Roadster Show and for the full list of 2018 award winners, please visit www.rodshows.com/gnrs/.


ABOUT ROD SHOWS
Based in the automotive cultural hub of Southern California, Rod Shows produces the West Coast’s premier indoor hot rod and custom shows including the Grand National Roadster Show, the Sacramento Autorama, and the LA Roadster Show. Its professional show management team sets the highest standards for top quality competition and displays with every show and personally visit the country’s top automotive coachbuilders and events throughout the year, ensuring the Best of the Best participate in its events.  For more information, visit www.rodshows.com.


2018 ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA RECAP


Rolex 24 at Daytona Recap Fast Facts:

  • The overall Rolex 24 victory was captured by the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R. co-driven by Joao Barbosa, Filipe Albuquerque and Christian Fittipaldi.
  • Chip Ganassi Racing topped the podium in GTLM with the No.67 Ford GT driven by Ryan Briscoe, Scott Dixon and Richard Westbrook. Ford captured a one-two finish also putting the No.66 Ford GT on the podium.
  • GT Daytona class honors went to the No.11 Grasser Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 piloted by Mirko Bortolotti, Franck Perera, Rolf Ineichen and Rik Breukers. This was Lamborghini’s first class victory in a 24 hour race.
  • 2018 marked a new record of 808 total laps at the Rolex 24, adding up to 2,876.48 miles.
  • Scott Pruett finished his final professional race of his 50-year career P9 in the Lexus RC-F in GTD.
  • Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watches were awarded to the winning drivers of each class by President and CEO of Rolex Watch USA, Stewart Wicht.

ROLEX AND DAYTONA
Rolex’s connection to Daytona harks back to an even earlier time when Daytona Beach was considered the capital of land speed records in the early 20th century. The long, flat and very firm Daytona Beach played host to 14 land speed records in the early part of the 20th century – five of which were set by Sir Malcolm Campbell, including the fastest official record there of 276mph in 1935 at the wheel of his mighty Bluebird with a Rolex on his wrist. In 1992 Rolex formalized this long-standing association with Daytona and the Speedway becoming the Official Timepiece and Title Sponsor of the 24-hour Daytona classic, further strengthening the link between the race and the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona watch. After 26 years, the brand is now so closely tied to the event that motor sport aficionados simply refer to it as “The Rolex”.


2018 ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA PRE-RACE UPDATE


Rolex 24 Pre-Race Fast Facts:

  • Wayne Taylor Racing’s Renger van der Zande captured the pole position in the Prototype class with a  lap of 1:36.083, edging out Helio Castroneves by 0.007 seconds.
  • Danish racer Jan Magnussen earned his 20th career IMSA pole position for Corvette Racing in GTLM with a lap of 1:42.779.
  • Daniel Serra took pole postition in GTD with a  1:46.049  in the No. 51 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GT3.
  • Scott Pruett trying for his 11th Rolex 24 class win. He is tied with Hurley Haywood for most overall Rolex 24 victories (five), and he’s the all-time win leader in IMSA competition with 60 career victories.
  • Race start at 2:40PM  EST on Saturday, January 27th.

ROLEX AND DAYTONA
Rolex’s connection to Daytona harks back to an even earlier time when Daytona Beach was considered the capital of land speed records in the early 20th century. The long, flat and very firm Daytona Beach played host to 14 land speed records in the early part of the 20th century – five of which were set by Sir Malcolm Campbell, including the fastest official record there of 276mph in 1935 at the wheel of his mighty Bluebird with a Rolex on his wrist. In 1992 Rolex formalized this long-standing association with Daytona and the Speedway becoming the Official Timepiece and Title Sponsor of the 24-hour Daytona classic, further strengthening the link between the race and the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona watch. After 26 years, the brand is now so closely tied to the event that motor sport aficionados simply refer to it as “The Rolex”.


APR PLUS: MORE POWER, WITH A LIMITED POWERTRAIN WARRANTY


APR Plus now includes a limited powertrain warranty.

(Opelika, Alabama) January 2018 – APR is proud to announce the enhancement of APR Plus by including a factory term matching limited powertrain warranty. The new APR Plus program is available at any APR dealer in the United States, supports more APR modifications, delivers more power and is offered at a lower cost.

With the expertise and resources of Driven Performance Brands, APR Plus is now available for 10 VW and Audi models. This performance tuning software offers gains of up to 82 horsepower and 76 lb-ft of torque. Pricing for the new APR Plus performance software starts at $999.99 and can be installed by APR dealers across the US.

If you feel the need for even more speed, combining APR Plus and APR Stage 1 performance parts will take your VW or Audi to new levels of driving exhilaration. APR DSG/S Tronic TCU Upgrades, Intakes, Turbo Inlet Pipes, Turbo Muffler Deletes, Intercoolers, Boost Hoses, Catch Cans, Boost Taps and more are all capable of being combined with the APR Plus software while maintaining limited powertrain warranty coverage. A full suite of chassis, suspension, brake and aesthetic modifications are available from APR as well.

For those who have considered tuning, but want the piece-of-mind of a limited powertrain warranty, APR Plus is the answer. For more information, including our APR Plus limited powertrain warranty terms and conditions, please visit www.goaprplus.com . More power, more capability, more excitement and more smiles-per-gallon are now available with APR Plus!


ABOUT APR
Founded in 1997, APR is the global leader in performance aftermarket products for Volkswagen, Audi, Seat, Skoda, Porsche, and other vehicles. APR develops and manufactures hardware, software, calibration & data-logging tools for engine and transmission controllers, including intakes, exhaust systems, intercoolers, turbocharger systems, suspension, brake systems, wheels, and more. APR delivers software via a 24-hour automated global delivery system from its 78,000 square foot state of the art facility in Opelika, Alabama. Learn More at www.goapr.com.


VINTAGE AIR INTRODUCES BILLET PULLEYS FOR SMALL BLOCK FORD ENGINES

New billet aluminum crankshaft and water pump pulleys from Vintage Air provide a smooth running, high strength double groove pulley option for 289 and 302 Fords.

San Antonio, Texas (January, 2018) – Vintage Air, the leading manufacturer of complete performance air conditioning systems for classics, hot rods, muscle cars and trucks, has announced the release of two new billet aluminum pulleys for small block Ford engines. These new pulleys provide a simple and easy-to-install double groove pulley system that is both stronger and straighter than hard-to-find factory steel or weak overseas made reproduction pulleys.

Small block Ford engines have long held a substantial place in automotive history. The 289 can easily be viewed as one of Ford’s most successful engines thanks to an incredible history with variants of it being used at LeMans, Indianapolis, Sebring, Daytona and dozens of other racing venues around the world. With pressure from increasing displacements at Chevrolet, Pontiac, and Chrysler pushed Ford toward adding more stroke to the tried-and-proven 289 to create the 302. However, with increased demand comes an increase for replacement parts and thanks to Vintage Air, the hard to find double groove pulleys for the 289 and 302 Ford engines are no longer a problem.

The new pulleys are machined from the same high strength billet aluminum as Vintage Air’s popular Front Runner unit and are finished in an anodized hard coat that give them an OEM look. This makes the new pulleys not only stronger than the OEM pulleys but also makes them run very true with near zero runout. The new pullies will increase belt life and reduce vibration on accessories There will be two pulleys available for the Ford 289 and 302 engines; a crankshaft pulley (Part Number 730016) which is drilled for three bolts and the water pump pulley (Part Number 730014).

Vintage Air pulleys are made in the USA, come with all parts necessary for a complete installation and are backed by a three-year warranty.  For more information on the Vintage Air small block Ford pulleys or any other product, visit www.vintageair.com or call (800) 862-6658.


ABOUT VINTAGE AIR
Vintage Air offers the most comprehensive line of high performance air conditioning components designed for street rods, sport trucks and performance cars. Owned and operated by experienced street rodders who have been involved in the sport for forty years, every Vintage Air product incorporates the very latest technology available and offers you the greatest efficiency and reliability available. Vintage Air’s goal is to help you cool your specialty vehicle in a more informed way and to supply you what you really need to get the job done right!

The Mullin Museum Expands Citroën Exhibit With New Vehicles Including 200mph SM

1971 Citroen SM Bonneville Racecar

1971 Citroen SM Bonneville Racecar

“Citroën: The Man, The Marque, The Mystique” expands with the addition of a 1931 C4G, a 1975 CX2200 Berline and a 1971 SM Bonneville Racecar towed by a custom SM pickup on a trailer equipped with Citroen hydropneumatics.

Oxnard, California (January 23rd, 2018) – The Mullin Automotive Museum has expanded its internationally-acclaimed Citroën exhibit with the addition of three vehicles from the French automaker: a 1931 C4G, a 1975 CX2200 Berline, and a 1971 SM Bonneville Racecar. The cars represent the newest component of the museum’s “Citroën: The Man, The Marque, The Mystique” exhibit, which celebrates the quirky yet wildly innovative manufacturer.

For nearly 100 years, Citroën has been characterized by its willingness to take risks and do things differently, remaining true to its unique Gallic charm. Each of the new cars on display attests to this unwavering dedication to innovation.

Introduced in 1931, the C4G features a larger engine than the Type As—with a top speed of 56 MPH and floating power engine technology to reduce vibrations. Utilizing the power plant from the DS and the steering components from the Maserati-powered SM, the 1975 CX2200 Berline replaced its iconic DS predecessor, winning Motor Trend “Car of the Year” in January 1975.

The 1971 SM Bonneville Racecar combined Citroën’s front-wheel drive technology with a Maserati V6, making it one of the most popular sports cars of its day and the 1972 Motor Trend “Car of the Year.” The set-up, with the Race SM, Work SM and Port SM, was designed by Jerry and his wife, Sylvia Hathaway, and all three pieces include hydropneumatic suspension, including the trailer. The Hathaway’s have set records at over 200 MPH on the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1985 and 1987, respectively, in their custom SM racecar, making them the third couple to become lifetime members of the Bonneville 200 MPH Club.

“I’ve always been captivated by the unique aesthetic that is signature to the Citroën brand,” said Peter Mullin, founder and CEO of the Mullin Automotive Museum. “Paired with exceptional technological features, the vehicles were truly ahead of their time. We are pleased to be able to share the stories of these unique vehicles, offering guests a one-of-kind glimpse into the brand’s progression.”

Featuring 46 of the world’s most historic and unique Citroëns, “Citroën: The Man, The Marque, The Mystique,” represents the most comprehensive look at the history of the famed French automaker ever attempted in North America. Focusing on the technologic excellence of the marque as well as the mastermind behind it, Andre Citroën, the exhibit includes vehicles such as the 2CV, the Traction Avant Cabriolet, the HY Van, the 2007 C6, and the 2009 C3 Pluriel.

The display will come to a close this spring. For more information about the exhibit or the museum, please visit www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com.


ABOUT THE MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM
The Mullin Automotive Museum is located at 1421 Emerson Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93033, in the building formerly occupied by the Otis Chandler Vintage Museum of Transportation and Wildlife. The museum is typically open to the public on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month from 10 AM to 3 PM. Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.MullinAutomotiveMuseum.com. Semi-Private tours are offered on Tuesdays at 10 AM and Thursdays at 11 AM for $40 per person. Other weekdays may be available by appointment. Reservations are required. For information on semi-private tours or on Mullin 1000 Club membership benefits, please call 805.385.5400.

VEHICLE PAINT CORRECTION THE JAY LENO WAY

Jay Leno’s Garage Advance Vehicle Care releases its three step paint correction system with Compound, Polish and Finishing Polish.

Burbank, Calif. (January, 2018) – Jay Leno’s Garage Advanced Vehicle Care is proud to announce its all-new three step paint correction system. For the past eight years, Leno and his detailing team have worked hand-in-hand with product engineers and chemists to develop easy-to-use formulations that offer world-class shine and protection. This system utilizes a progressive series of compound and polishes to remove scratches, swirl marks and haze from a vehicle’s paint. This is designed to be applied with a machine polisher and will bring even the most tired finishes back to life.

The three step paint correction system from Jay Leno’s Garage starts with Step 1: Compound. Compound is the most aggressive and abrasive of the three products in this system and is designed to take out deeper scratches and swirls. Jay Leno’s Garage Advanced Vehicle Care compound contains no fillers and when used with the appropriate microfiber cutting pad and a dual-action polisher it will make the first step in paint correction easy.

Once compound has been applied and deep scratches and swirls have been removed, it is time to start bringing the luster back to the vehicle’s paint. This begins by using Jay Leno’s Garage Step 2: Polish, which is a water-based polish designed to remove the fine scratches that are left behind by the compounding process. The polish contains no filler and is designed to be used with a dual-action polisher and a foam polishing pad.

Step 1 corrected the original damage, Step 2 removed the scratches imparted by the more abrasive compound and now to complete the paint restoration it is time to use Step 3: Finishing Polish. Finishing Polish is an extremely fine water-based cream that will remove the last of the scratches and haze from compounding and polishing and restore the depth and clarity to a vehicle’s finish.

“Even after years of detailing cars at Jay’s garage and bringing them back to their former glory, it never ceases to amaze me what a difference a compound and polish can do to tired and hazy paint,” said Chris Walters, JLG AVC Product Development Specialist and Director of Marketing. “It can take a car that seems to need a full repaint and bring back an incredible amount of shine and beauty to the car.”

Jay Leno’s Garage Advanced Vehicle Care 3 Step Paint Correction System is just the start. This system is designed to work with the rest of the Jay Leno’s Garage Advanced Vehicle Care products to restore and protect your vehicle’s finish, whether it’s a priceless classic or a daily driver. All Jay Leno’s Garage Advanced Vehicle Care products are formulated and bottled in the USA.

For more information and to purchase Jay Leno’s Garage Advanced Vehicle Care products visit www.LenosGarage.com.


JAY LENO’S GARAGE ADVANCED VEHICLE CARE
Jay Leno’s Garage is synonymous with beautiful and valuable cars and after more than 20 years of trying every detailing product on the market, Leno and his team decided that they could do a better job of developing superior car care products that would suit their unique needs and the needs of detailers and DIYers around the world. After working closely with in-house chemists and product engineers, the result is the Jay Leno’s Garage Advanced Vehicle Car line. All of the Jay Leno’s Garage Advanced Vehicle Care chemicals are formulated and bottled in the USA. For more information, visit www.lenosgarage.com.

Three Step Polish

ClassicCars.com Reports: Arizona Auction Week 2018 Sees High-Dollar European Classics Flounder While Entry- and Mid-Level Models Rebound from a Soft 2017

Image copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company. Photo by Mathieu Heurtault.

Phoenix (January 22, 2018) – As Arizona Auction Week comes to a close, ClassicCars.com analysts studied data from half a dozen major sales and found mixed results, with top-flight European classics failing to hit estimates while muscle cars and entry-level collector cars continued to climb to new highs – all while huge crowds attended Auction Week as a testimony to the current economy.

ClassicCars.com’s team of experts covered all the auctions gavel-to-gavel, analyzing the results and market trends and using them to project a 12-month collector car market forecast. On the high-end European side of the market, several vehicles expected to approach or break records – a pair of rare Jaguar D-Types and Adolf Hitler’s 1939 Mercedes-Benz 770K Grosser Offener Tourenwagen – all failed to meet reserve. However, the marque from Maranello continues to post strong numbers, as the top sale of the week was a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Speciale Coupe that sold for just over $8 Million and a 1991 Ferrari F40 sold for $1.5 Million.

“Over the past 18 months, we saw the market flatten out and grow stale on entry and mid-level collector cars,” explained ClassicCars.com’s East Coast Editor and Analyst Andy Reid. “Models like the Jaguar E-Type, BMW Z8, and Mercedes-Benz 190 SL stalled –likely due to a simple market correction. The rush on the car market ended, leaving only savvy investors and true enthusiasts bidding. This week, mid and entry-level cars began to pick back up, now reaching reserve much more often than in the past year. What is new is the number of no-sale cars at the top of the market. We may now be seeing the beginning of a correction for multi-million-dollar cars, possibly due to the fact that many who wanted those cars already have them, and those who are still looking are reluctant to pay the premium required to do so.”

The following is a quick recap from this week’s auctions in Scottsdale:

Cumulative total: $247.8 million
2,668/3,176 lots sold: 84 percent sell-through rate
Average sale price: $92,887

Prior year (2017)
Cumulative total: $259.8 million
2,899/3,486 lots sold: 83 percent sell-through rate
Average sale price: $89,601

Overall Top 10 Sales from all auctions:
1. 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Speciale Coupe sold for $8,085,000 (Gooding & Company)
2. 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder sold for $5,170,000 (Bonhams)
3. 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider sold for $4,455,000 (Gooding & Company)
4. 1931 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster sold for $4,070,000 (Gooding & Company)
5. 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C Roadster sold for $2,947,500 (RM Sotheby’s)
6. 1972 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider sold for $2,640,000 (Bonhams)
7. 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS Spider sold for $2,530,000 (Gooding & Company)
8. 2017 Ford GT Coupe sold for $2,500,000 (Barrett-Jackson)*
9. 2014 Pagani Huayra Coupe sold for $2,090,000 (Gooding & Company)
10. 1948 Tucker 48 Sedan sold for $1,792,500 (RM Sotheby’s)
* Charity sale

Barrett-Jackson
The anchor of Arizona Auction Week as well as the largest and most well attended of the auctions, Barrett-Jackson benefitted from huge attendance numbers along with a variety of interesting cars on the block – including several seven-figure vehicle as part of its Salon Collection, and the usual array of exhibitors and vendors. The spotlight here comes with its benefit auctions though, as Ford Motor Company decided the venue would be the ideal location for the sale of its very first 2019 Bullitt Mustang (just days after the vehicle debuted at the Detroit Auto Show), which sold for an incredible $300,000 benefitting Boys Republic. Barrett-Jackson also saw the first public auction sale of the 2017 Ford GT, donated by Ron Pratte and fetching an astounding $2.55 million for Autism related charities. Finally, former president George W. Bush appeared on stage along with Jay Leno to help auction a 2018 Carbon Fiber Edition Corvette, which sold for $1.4 million to benefit the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s Military Service Initiative.

Bonhams
Offering one of the most exceptional 1958 Porsche 550A Spyders in existence, Bonhams was poised for a strong sale. Following intense bidding, the rare Porsche ultimately brought $5,170,000, right in the middle of its pre-sale estimate of $4.5 million to $5.5 million, a rare highlight in the week’s tough market for cars over $5 million. A near-perfect 1991 Ferrari F40 sold for just over $1.5 million, well above market average even for a car of its quality, while a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster sold for the same price – also beating market averages for similar quality cars. The two mid-level collector cars performed well given the models occasional struggle over the past year. By our count, Bonhams had an 86 percent sell-through rate – though post sales could change that number. It seems entry and mid-level buyers and sellers may finally be coming to terms with new market prices as expectations on both sides are beginning to align.

Gooding and Company
Gooding & Company finished its two-day sale some $16 million ahead of its 2017 Arizona sale. Not only did it post the high-sale of the week, but a 1931 Bugatti Type 55 roadster sold for $4.07 million and a 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS brought $2.53 million. Gooding secured the week’s single-biggest sale, netting just over $8 million for a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Speciale – a one-off car built for Batista Pininfarina himself. Though it is an impressive number the car barely squeaked past its low estimate of $8 million. Bringing a 1956 D-Type of its own to the block, Gooding’s results mirrored those of RM Sotheby’s, as a high bid of $8,850,000 fell well below the pre-sale estimate of $10 million to $12 million. Both Gooding and RM saw similar results with 18 and 17 no-sales respectively, revealing a consistent market for the six-figure cars that two houses typically bring to market.

RM Sotheby’s
After a par-for-the-course auction 12 months ago, RM hoped to begin the new year with significant results. The show’s headliner, a 1954 Jaguar D-Type, failed to sell despite a high bid of $9.8 million—well short of its pre-sale estimate of $12 to $15 million. However, the 1948 Tucker 48 personally owned by Preston Tucker netted $1,792,500, exceeding its estimate by $300,000. That sale attests to the vehicle’s unique provenance. Also highlighting the RM Sotheby’s event was the $2.9 million sale of an exceptional Shelby Cobra—a 1966 427 S/C. That final price exceeded its pre-sale estimate by $500,000. From a big-picture perspective, RM lots predominantly fell neatly within estimates – something we haven’t seen much of in the last decade. Of the nine vehicles that broke the seven figure mark at this sale, four were Ferraris.

World Wide Auctioneers
One of the smaller events, World Wide Auctioneers tried valiantly to compete with its more established counterparts. Unfortunately, its top six cars all failed to sell, including the 1939 Mercedes-Benz 770K Grosser Offener Tourenwagen used as a parade car by Hitler. It wasn’t all disappointment though, as entry-level collector cars and trucks netted strong results at this sale

Compared with 2017, the week generated improved results for the middle- and bottom-of-the-market, while the highest-priced vehicles crossing the block netted inconsistent results. Sell-through rates and average selling prices have remained steady compared with 2017 results, with no-sales shifting from the bottom of the market to the top. While it’s too early to predict exactly what the auction year has in store, collectors should be cautiously optimistic, based on this week’s results from Scottsdale.

For more tips and information on collector car investments, visit www.classiccars.com


ABOUT CLASSICCARS.COM
Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, ClassicCars.com is devoted to helping owners sell classic vehicles online. Featuring more than 30,000 vehicles for sale by private sellers, auction houses, and specialty dealerships around the world, ClassicCars.com is home to the world’s largest online selection of classic and collector vehicles for sale. For more information, visit www.classiccars.com.

JAY LENO, STEVE MOAL, MIKE BREWER, AND DONALD OSBORNE JOIN AN EXTENSIVE CAST OF AUTOMOTIVE CELEBRITIES AT THE CLASSIC AUTO SHOW


Iconic automotive celebrities to headline the largest classic car gathering of its kind at the Los Angeles Convention Center on March 2-4, 2018

Los Angeles (January 2018) – Comedian and car enthusiast Jay Leno will lead an extensive list of celebrities who will make special appearances at the second annual Classic Auto Show (CAS) in Los Angeles, March 2-4. The former “Tonight Show” host will meet with fans and sign autographs at the show’s Celebrity Stage on Sunday, March 4th. Other automotive icons and TV stars attending the show range from Magnus Walker, Chip Foose, Wayne Carini, Dave Kindig and more.

Known for both his decades-long run as the king of late night as well as his world-renown collection of classic cars, Jay Leno will make his first appearance at the Classic Auto Show to chat onstage about the collector car hobby. Currently hosting “Jay Leno’s Garage” on both CNBC and online, Leno will also meet fans and sign autographs in the Jay Leno’s Garage Advanced Vehicle Care booth at the show, where his new line of car care products will be available to the public.

“Wheeler Dealers” host Mike Brewer returns and will be this year’s official master of ceremonies. Making their first appearances at CAS is legendary car designer Steve Moal, the show’s grand marshal. Both Mike and Steve will speak at the show and be available for autographs. Preeminent automotive appraiser and frequent “Jay Leno’s Garage” guest Donald Osborne will attend the event and talk to attendees about vehicle valuation and collecting.

Also making their CAS debut will be Porsche customizer and “Urban Outlaw” Magnus Walker; host of “Stacey David’s Gearz” Stacey David, “My Classic Car” host Stacey David, “All Girls Garage” hosts Bogi Lateiner and Rachel DeBarros, Kevin Mack and Mike “Horny Mike” Henry of “Count’s Kustoms” and “Counting Cars,” and professional wrestling champion and automobile aficionado Bill Goldberg.

Returning to the show will be renowned car designer Chip Foose, Dave Kindig host of “Bitchin’ Rides,” and Wayne Carini host of “Chasing Classic Cars.” Throughout the show, these celebrities will meet with fans, share stories, provide exclusive insights on how their programs are produced and offer expert advice on restoration and motoring.

“Having so many of today’s most respected automotive personalities under one roof is truly remarkable,” said Michael Carlucci, senior vice president at Clarion UX, the show’s producer.  “Our goal is to create an unforgettable experience for attendees and with these stars onboard, we’ve done just that.”

Tickets for the 2018 Classic Auto Show are $20 with promo code LAPR or $30 at the box office. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.TheClassicAutoShow.com.

The Classic Auto Show is supported by event sponsors Hagerty, Intercity Lines, Inc., Meguiar’s, ClassicCars.com and media sponsors Hemmings Motor News, Velocity, Petersen Automotive Museum, Rev’n, Old Cars Weekly, Auto Round-Up, Southern California Newspaper Group, and KTLA, among others.


ABOUT THE CLASSIC AUTO SHOW
The Classic Auto Show is presented by LeftField Media, a division of Clarion Events.  Clarion Events Global Auto Portfolio produces events in the U.K., South Africa and U.S. including The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, Race Retro, Classic Car and Restoration Show, among others.  LeftField Media is a boutique events company focused on developing face-to-face events in a range of communities rooted in contemporary culture and shared passion.


HEIDTS ACQUIRES CHASSIS ENGINEERING INC., EXPANDING ITS PORTFOLIO OF HOT ROD AND MUSCLE CAR PARTS


The acquisition adds the Chassis Engineering Inc. brand to the Heidts renowned suspension kit and component product lineup and continues its legacy.

Lake Zurich, Ill. (January, 2018) – Heidts Hot Rod and Muscle Car Parts announced today that it has acquired Chassis Engineering Inc. The two companies will continue to operate under their established brands, but Chassis Engineering Inc. will move sales, technical and manufacturing operations to the Heidts facility in Lake Zurich IL. Chassis Engineering Inc. products will continue to be produced by many of the same employees currently with the company.

“We are very excited to announce that Chassis Engineering Inc. (CEI) is joining our family of companies which includes Heidts Hot Rod & Muscle Car Parts, Alston Racing, and American Performance Shocks. CEI is a great fit for us and brings decades of experience serving the street and hot rod markets with their quality high performance parts,” said Heidts President and CEO Wallace Leyshon.

“CEI’s Iowa operations will be folded into our Lake Zurich, IL facility and we will retain many of their staff and continue to supply the needs of current CEI customers. The combined companies will provide the market with the most comprehensive product line of suspension kits and components available in the automotive aftermarket.”

For more information on Chassis Engineering Inc., or to see available products, visit www.heidts.com .


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