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Pebble Beach 2011 – The Quail

20 Aug

Every year in August, the who’s who and what’s what in the collector car scene converge in Pebble Beach, CA. The mission for man and machine is simple – to see and be seen. I’ve never been lucky enough to go, but hope to one of these years. In the meantime, here is further reminder that even though the world economy is still in a tailspin, the upper class still know how to show off in all the right ways. It’s amazing to me how 40-50 years on, some of the cars look so beautiful. Timeless design never goes out of style. Makes me wonder 2 things. First, what must it have been like for a young gearhead in their teens to see their first 250GT, or 911, or SL? And second, what cars of today will retain that iconic class 50-60 years from now? Modern classics are harder to define in many ways, as they are built in far greater numbers than some of the cars shown here.

What Recession?

20 Dec

Every year, there is a big auction in Gstaad, Switerland that always features some amazing cars.  Just a few examples being auctioned off today:

Auction items range from simple memorabilia, to insanely rare (and expensive) automobiles.  I’ll try to find out what some of these cars changed hands for over the next couple of days.  Some in particular, such as the silver 212 Syder and the Ex Works red 121LM (driven by Phil Hill, Eugenio Castellotti, Umberto Maglioli, Carroll Shelby) are expected to sell several million a piece!