Vintage News

10/6/2014 - Andrea de Cesaris 1959-2014

Rome - Former Formula 1 driver Andrea de Cesaris was killed in a motorcycle accident October 5th, losing control of his motorcycle on Rome's Grande Raccordo Anulare motorway.

He started 208 races in his Formula 1 career between 1980 and 1994, but never won a Grand Prix, a record for the most races without a win. He drove for Britain-based team McLaren for one... Read more...

9/16/2014 - Dr. Dick Thompson 1920-2014

Legendary American road racer Dr. Dick Thompson, known to generations of fans as "The Flying Dentist," passed away on September 14, 2014 from natural causes at the age of 94.

Thompson began racing relatively late in life with no formal training, no engineering background, and no mechanical experience to draw upon, but he did have that innate ability that defi... Read more...

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...

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...

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...

8/5/2013 - Brock Yates Tribute Fund Formed To Battle Alzheimer's Disease

A fund to honor legendary automotive journalist and Vintage Motorsport columnist Brock Yates has been established under the umbrella of the Alzheimer's Association to honor Yates and advance the fight against the disease. Yates revealed in his Sept/Oct 2010 "Brock Busters" column for VM that he had the disease and that the symptoms were steadily diminishing... Read more...

5/2/2011 - Indy In The 1950s

Who knew back then that the drivers and cars wouldn't last forever but their memories would? Certainly not I, a pudgy kid from New England, who was lucky enough to attend every Indy 500 from 1955 to 1961. It all started around September of 54, when a sore throat made my dad keep me home on Saturday night when we were supposed to watch the Bomber Stocks race... Read more...

7/6/2009 - Keep On Truckin'

Stuttgart - The classic "Silver Arrows" by Mercedes-Benz are icons of the 1930s. Racing cars such as the W 25, the W 125, the W 154 and the W 165, but also drivers like Manfred von Brauchitsch, Rudolf Caracciola and Hermann Lang, were right in the forefront of the motor racing world in those days. Other vehicles were rather less prominent, but also had a str... Read more...

5/8/2009 - Darlington Legends - Million Dollar Bill

DARLINGTON, S.C. (May 1, 2009) Bill Elliott wasnt exactly daydreaming that evening in 1984 when RJ Reynolds Tobacco president Gerry Long laid out the guidelines for the Winston Million bonus, but he might have been excused for not giving Long his full attention.Elliott's head wasn't elsewhere. He just didn't think Long's terms applied. Read more...