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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...

6/29/2014 - Surtees and Raikkonen Create Magic Moments at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Chichester, UK - The final day of the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed more than lived up to its theme of Addicted to Winning as two Ferrari Formula 1 legends, John Surtees and Kimi Raikkonen, were united for a unique moment on the iconic 1.16-mile Hillclimb on Sunday.

The 50th anniversary of Surtees' 1964 F1 title was marked with a special run up the hill in... 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...

2/21/2014 - AZ Concours in the Hills Raises $25K For Charity

1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1.5 coupe and a Devin model D racer (#29) were on display at Concours in the Hills (photo: Mike Silverman 2014 Vintage Motorsport)

Fountain Hills, Ariz. -- The inaugural Concours in the Hills held here on Saturday, February 15, 2014 drew 188 vehicle entries, 2400 spectators and raised $25,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sc... 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...

1/18/2014 - Ferrari At RM Sets AZ Price Record of $8.8 Million

Photo: Record-setting 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider (Patrick Ernzen 2013 courtesy RM Auctions)

Phoenix, AZ -- For the second year in a row, a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider has set the record price paid for a car at the Arizona collector car auctions. Friday night at a packed Arizona Biltmore ballroom, RM Auctions sold the red droptop f... 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...