Vintage News

8/31/2014 - Lime Rock Vintage 32 Marred by First Fatality

Lakeville, CT -- The four-day Lime Rock Vintage 32 race and concours weekend was humming right along with morning and afternoon races for nine run groups, autograph sessions with Sir Stirling Moss and Moss taking fast touring laps at lunch when an ominous 90-minutes of silence told the hefty crowd that there had been a bad accident. Read more...

8/22/2014 - Rick Cole's $24 Mil Take, Russo's Post-Sales Push Monterey Auction Total Past $425 Million

Right: Rick Cole Auctions' top seller (until maybe tomorrow) was this 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Competitzione Clienti with under 9500 actual miles and original everything except for paint, went for a whopping $12 million to find a new owner.

Monterey, CA -- Some collector car auction observers opine that the market may have "topped." Well, it sure hasn't stopped,... Read more...

8/19/2014 - SVRA Adds Portland Vintage Festival, July 9-12, to the 2015 Schedule

Southlake, TX - The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced the addition of the Portland Vintage Festival for 2015. Continuing a long tradition of vintage racing at Portland International Raceway, the Portland Vintage Festival, a 4-day event, will take place July 9-12, 2015. With the prior addition of the Sonoma Historics, SVRA completes its'... Read more...

8/4/2014 - General Racing Merges with Sportscar Vintage Racing Association

BUELLTON, CA - In a move to broaden the scope and quality of historic and vintage automobile racing across the United States, General Racing Ltd. will merge with Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA), effective immediately.

Tony Parella, CEO of SVRA, the only national vintage racing organization in the U.S., has put forth a major effort to re-organize t... Read more...

7/25/2014 - Parnelli Jones, Dean Torrence Remembrance of James Garner

Right: Beloved actor, "Grand Prix" movie star, Indy 500 pace car driver and gentleman James Garner passed away of natural causes in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 19 (photo: MGM).

Los Angeles, CA -- James Garner passed away from natural causes at his home in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 19, 2014. He was 86 years old. Known to most as a leading man in such tel... Read more...

6/30/2014 - Chuck Tatum 1926-2014

Stockton, CA - Chuck Tatum, whose "Tatum Special" sports car was among an early breed of home-built racing specials to challenge import marques on SCCA West Coast circuits in the early ’50s, died here June 22, 2014. He was 87. His life was chronicled in Sept/Oct 2013 issue of Vintage Motorsport.

A restless innovator who caught motor racing fever at a pr... Read more...

6/1/2014 - "Speedy" Bill Smith 1929-2014

Lincoln, NB - The performance automotive community lost a pioneering racer, hot rodder and entrepreneur on May 30. Speedy Bill Smith, founder and owner of Speedway Motors, died at his home in Lincoln, Nebraska just weeks before his 85th birthday. He is survived by four sons, their wives, 10 grandchildren, and an extended family of Speedway Motors employees a... Read more...

3/28/2014 - Engineering Legend Drino Miller Passes Away

Southern California -- Drino Miller, whose successes in motor racing spanned the distance from Baja's off-road races to professional sports car racing, and from the driver's seat to an engineer's drafting table, lost his final race, against cancer, on March 4th. Born on July 30, 1941, he was 72 years old.

In auto racing, legendary status is usually reserved f... Read more...

3/28/2014 - Corvette Racing Legend Jim Jeffords Passes Away

Palm Springs, CA -- Jim Jeffords, 87, one of the all-time great Corvette racers, passed away March 6 at his winter home here, just weeks after the death of Ronnie Kaplan, who helped build the Purple People Eater Corvettes that made the two men fixtures of the American road racing scene.

Right: Jim Jeffords. (photo by Art Evans)

Jeffords started his racing care... Read more...

2/14/2014 - The Gaping Maw: Corvettes Consumed By Sinkhole

Photo: The sinkhole that swallowed eight significant Corvettes. Courtesy Corvette Museum

Bowling Green, KY -- At 5:44 a.m. last Wednesday, Feb. 12, the manager of the National Corvette Museum received a call from the organization's security company, alerting him that the motion detectors were going off in the original section of the museum, the Skydome. A sin... Read more...