There’s news. As you all likely know, Porsche introduced its next generation 911 – type-named the 992 – in Los Angeles on Wednesday, 28 November, at LA Automobilia, the Los Angeles auto show. The car has appeared in more spy photos than most celebrities fear have been made of them. What’s more, Porsche hosted…
Most of you are aware that RM Sotheby’s conducted an all-Porsche auction at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Immediately following this note, please read our regular commentator Kevin Watts. Our sister publication Road Scholars Insight sent out an e-mail blast on the morning of the sale with Kevin’s previews and prognostications, and he addresses those observations…
RMSotheby’s The Porsche 70th Anniversary Sale Porsche Experience Center Atlanta One Porsche Drive Atlanta, GA 30354 Preview: Public: Friday, 26 October 2018 10:00am – 5:00pm
Welcome to a very fat – well, long – September issue of Road Scholars Magazine. The post-Monterey coverage always gives us plenty to talk about and we are happy to start with our regular commentator Kevin Watts giving us his observations and opinions on the auctions.
Next we move into the feature content, going first to Sean Smith’s entertaining second installment telling of Joel Rosenblatt’s Targa tales crossing the U.S. on the way to his…
The Annual Monterey Porsche Auction Frenzy & Spectacular may have seemed a bit subdued around July 4th when we compiled the preview we published soon after that. Since then, consignees emerged from their garages and the woodwork, filling out catalogs with all variety of interesting autos.And the auction weekend has proven to be anything but sublime. Ridiculous? No evidence of that yet, but…. Perhaps you can best think of another word to describe what happened?
We’ll get right to the point: The five auction houses offering cars on the Monterey Peninsula have listed – to date – 134 Porsches for sale. That’s not a record however; one year quite recently had nearly two dozen more. But then this is early August and at least two of these houses
The Annual Monterey Porsche Auction Frenzy & Spectacular may have seemed a bit subdued around July 4th when we compiled the preview we published soon after that. Since then, consignees have emerged from their garages and the woodwork, filling out catalogs with all variety of interesting autos.
The obvious stars are David Gooding with a 1955 Typ 550-0053, Dana Mecum with a 1958 Typ 550A-0141, and RMSotheby’s with a 1957 Typ 550A-0116.
We all may be in denial. Wait! Is it really…that time? Already?
The verdict is yes it is. You had better have flights and rental cars and hotel rooms booked by now. And tickets and dinner reservations and…if you’re shopping…letters of credit on file. The good news is we have other things to show you before we remind you to confront the calendar.
If the paint scheme on the car in this Le Mans pits photo looks familiar, it should be. Porsche used it once before on a legendary Typ 917 racer during the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1971. The car had controversial – but more aerodynamic – bodywork. Inside Porsche, it had the nickname “Big Bertha.” Styling chief Tony Lapine hated its bloated looks and asked competition director Ferdinand Piëch if they really had to race it. Lapine reported years later this Piëch replied, “Yes, but you can paint it!” When the transporter doors opened at Le Mans…
I hope that by the time you see this March issue, a number of you who came to Los Angeles for the annual literature and swap meet – or Trash & Trinkets as a good friend calls it – you also will recognize the structure shown at the top of the page in this photo Randy Wells made on opening night. This is the Petersen Automotive Museum and it is home to The Porsche Effect. You’ll read about this exhibition inside this issue.
Auctioneers around the Western Hemisphere continue to renew their faith in Porsche cars as a viable element for their auction catalogs. This list, comprising three auctions at Amelia Island, Florida, in early March, and three auctions in Paris, France, in early February, list 106 automobiles offered for sale at auction in the past 45 days, 73 at Amelia coming up, and 33 in Paris.
I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain. I’ve seen sunny days…that I’m glad to see again….This is a personal note to start, if you will indulge me. Some of you know I live in Summerland, California, a sweet, strange village sandwiched between opulent and extraordinary Montecito and wonderful and eccentric Carpenteria. We are part of that near-idyllic cluster of towns from Carp through Summerland,
With the 2018 auction year opener now in history books, it’s safe to say little history was made. But observations can be – as hopefully you have read in Kevin Watts’ commentary earlier in this issue. Without further ado, here are the results.
We begin the year with Shock and Awe, a story of Love at First Sight that regular contributor Bruce Sweetman has found for us. In it, we meet Nashville, TN, Porsche mechanic and enthusiast Jay Gould and his startling 1973 911S. From there we return to the Pacific Northwest where Randy Wells wraps up his profile of autocross legend
As you all know, January wastes no time in launching the year long auction frenzy that begins at the end of the third week in Scottsdale and Phoenix. This year, examining Bonhams, Gooding & Company, and RM Sotheby’s, we find 57 Porsches offered, ranging from a 1953 Typ 356 Pre-A coupe supercharged
Happy Thanksgiving to one and all! Most of us have good reasons to be thankful, not least of which are family, friends, and Porsches. We hope the coming holidays find you celebrating each of these.To get you started, and because for most of us very few days (if not minutes) pass without music in our lives, we bring you a tale of three
Silence. At last! After hours of nearly relentless droning, quiet. For the second time in a week, a raucous engine had shut down; the first time came prematurely after not quite 36 hours. Silence then brought long faces. This second noisy run went on for 96 before the noise stilled. Then came the applause. And cheering. And then the sounds of champagne bottles and beer bottles popping their tops.
“Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan” came from the pen of Count Galeazzo Ciano, Benito Mussolini’s son-in-law, and written in his diaries during World War II. The better-known aphorism “Success has many fathers, failure is an orphan,” merely paraphrases the original and has made it easier for many to claim it as their own. Such is the nature of ambition and accomplishment.
This week signals the calm before the storm. The annual excitement at Monterey, Carmel, and Pebble Beach, California, returns, running Monday, the 14th of August through Sunday the 21st. There even are follow-on private events that extend into the week starting the 22nd!
Sometime before the 85th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans ended, t-shirts began to appear along pit lane: Hat Trick, they exclaimed on the front while the backside listed all 19 overall wins since 1970.
Not everyone was wearing one, naturally. There once again were long faces in the Toyota garages…
Auction Results: Bonhams Spa Classic Francorchamps, Le Circuit d Spa-Francorchamps 21 May 2017 Sale: 1:00 P.M. Central European Savings Time (CEST) Terms: Buyer’s premium is 15 percent of the hammer price. VAT at the rate of 21% will be applied to the buyer’s premium…
This started the way a lot of magnificent obsessions do: “There was this car.” That sentiment motivated Fritz and Hans Schlumpf, the French textile manufacturers
After five years of price run-up in the auction and collector car marketplace that began in 2010 and peaked in early 2015, the business side
For generations, legions of enthusiasts have gathered cars of their era, vehicles they admired when they first discovered automobiles and when they first started driving.