Lexus shows a new meaning for ‘take it for a spin’

March 24, 2021 / 0 Comments / 240 / Classics

Lexus IS Wax Edition

Those of a certain age may remember their parents or grandparents owning a mid-1950s Chrysler car equipped with the “Highway Hi-Fi,” an optional in-car music machine that played special 7-inch discs produced by Columbia Records. With fewer than 17 rpm, each record would play for an hour per side.

Well, as you likely know, vinyl records are back in a big way, and Lexus even has created a show car around them. Called the Lexus IS Wax Edition, the car has a turntable where the glove box usually is found and Lexus promises it plays “vinyl records while the car is in motion without missing a beat – even on a bumpy road.”

Cruising down the road with disc spinning and music playing

To showcase the prototype setup, Lexus shares a “Driven by Sound” video series, working with online music website Pitchfork and DJ MC Madlib and entertainer Kaytranada to produce a new double-single on vinyl.

The achievement, Lexus claims, gives “a whole new meaning to ‘taking it for a spin’.”

“This impressive fusion of music and cars was captured in a two-episode documentary series, ‘Driven by Sound,’ created in partnership with Pitchfork,” Lexus said in a news release. “Episode One offers a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of Madlib and Kaytranada. Episode Two documents the creation of the in-dash turntable and reveals the Lexus IS Wax Edition. 

“It features music from the highly anticipated release of the artists’ joint double-single. Vinyl Me, Please (VMP), a monthly record subscription club that curates and creates vinyl packages, will distribute the exclusive 7″ vinyl to select members as part of their subscription.

Car is painted the darkest black available so its surface is like that of a vinyl record

When I make music, I usually do it in headphones, so I hear everything clear,” Madlib is quoted in the Lexus announcement. “And I take it to the car, test it out. Every time. That’s the big test. To have the turntable in a Lexus? That’s beyond.”

“When Lexus said they wanted to build this car, I didn’t think it was possible,” according to Kaytranada.“It was amazing to see and hear vinyl playing while cruising in a car.”

“With vinyl listening once again on the rise and the Lexus IS attracting drivers with a passion for authenticity and amazing experiences, creating an in-car turntable that works flawlessly with the vehicle in motion was a challenge worth pursuing,” Lexus noted, adding that it worked with SCPS, a custom fabrication studio in Los Angeles, to produce the in-car player that plays a full-size 12-inch record. 

The sound is played through the 2021 Lexus IS’ Mark Levinson Premium surround-sound audio system, which has 17 speakers and 1,800 watts of power.

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Hagerty adds Concours of America to its growing car events portfolio

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Hagerty’s transition from a classic car insurance company into leader of the collector car lifestyle continues with the announcement March 23 that it has acquired ownership of the Michigan-based Concours d’Elegance of America.

In 2019, Hagerty bought the rights to the Greenwich Concours and the Madison Avenue Sports Car Driving & Chowder Society from the founding Wennerstrom family. Last year, it added the California Mille vintage sports car rally to its portfolio.

“We’re knitting together the car community in a way no one has ever done before,” Hagerty chief executive McKeel Hagerty said when his family-owned company bought the Greenwich event. 

“Outstanding events like the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance get people excited about cars, and that’s what it’s all about. That’s how we’re going to save driving and car culture for future generations.”

Although it has been able to conduct Chowder Society meetings online, the coronavirus pandemic has kept Hagerty from showcasing its plans for making concours more appealing to a wider audience, though it appears it will have at least two opportunities to do so in 2021, with the 42nd Concours d’Elegance of America scheduled for July 23-25 and the 25th anniversary Greenwich event in Connecticut set for October 22-24.

The Michigan concours dates to 1979 and originally was held at historic Meadow Brook Hall, the estate built north of Detroit in the 1920s by Dodge widow Matilda Dodge Wilson and her second husband. The event moved in 2011 to its current location, the Inn at St. John’s, a former seminary, west of Detroit in Plymouth, Michigan.

“The Concours d’Elegance of America is a premiere event in the home of American car culture, and we couldn’t be more honored to have the opportunity to help make it even better,” McKeel Hagerty is quoted in the acquisition announcement.

Hagerty is based in Traverse City, at the northern end of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

“Sometimes change can be serendipitous,” said Larry Moss, chairman of the board of the Concours d’Elegance of America. “In this case, we have found the perfect caretaker for our cherished event, which will allow the Concours and its partners to focus on a common goal – producing the richest automotive experience while serving the needs of our community.”

The Hagerty announcement noted that the company “will work in tandem with the existing operational team to raise the profile of the Concours annual event. For continuity, Tara Noftz will continue as director while Moss will remain as board chairman.”

Goodguys set record with Texas turnout

Goodguys at Texas
Goodguys take to the track at Texas Motor Speedway | Goodguys photos

The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association opened its 2021 show schedule with the recent and 11th annual LMC Truck Spring Lone Star Nationals at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, where an event-record 2,200 vehicles were on display. 

One of the highlights was the debut of a special display area for the OBS — Old Body Style — Chevrolet and GM trucks from 1988-1998. 

“It’s been a long wait, and this weekend showed us that the car and truck community is ready to return in force,” Goodguys chief operating officer Andrew Ebel was quoted in the association’s post-event news release.

“For many, it has been a full year since they had attended a car show or public event as a family,” he added. “Last year’s event was cancelled midway through the weekend, so it was fitting we could return this year with optimism and a great turnout.”

The weekend included the CPP AutoCross series with Josh Leisinger winning Pro-X in a 1964 Chevrolet Corvette while his brother Jared won the Pros vs. Joes Shootout event in a second-generation Chevrolet Camaro.

The Goodguys return to Fort Worth for the inaugural Meguiar’s All-Star Get-Together, scheduled for June 4-6. Next up for the group is the 11th FiTech Fuel Injection Spring Nationals, scheduled for April 16-18 at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Amelia, Worldwide set driving tours

Porsches experience Florida | Amelia Island photo

There are some special treats scheduled as part of the Porsche Driving Experience scheduled for 7 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on May 21 as the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance opens its weekend of activities.

The tour begins and ends at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport and includes stops at Porsche Jacksonville, The Brumos Collection, and a closed runway at the Jacksonville International Airport. The Jacksonville Aviaton Authority is a new partner for the tour and will provide a runway “for the spirited-driving portions of the event.”

The tour is limited to 125 vehicles and those spots, at $275 per car, already are sold out.

Other Porsche-related events during the concours weekend are the Guardians of Porsche wine-makers dinner May 20 and a panel presentation on “The All-Conquering Porsche 935” on May 22. 

Indiana covered bridge | Worldwide Auctioneers photo

Meanwhile, in the run up to its Enthusiast Auction, scheduled for April 23-24 at its headquarters in Auburn, Indiana, Worldwide Auctioneers will stage an Enthusiast Tour from April 20-23.

The event begins and ends in Auburn and travels to a variety of northern Indiana locations, visiting car collections, LaVine Restorations and other locations. 

Registration for two people is $1,500 and includes lodging, meals and more. For details, visit the tour website.

Pasadera sets classes for its concours

Again getting a jump start on Monterey Car Week, the third annual Concours at Pasadera in Carmel Valley is scheduled for August 6. Organizers say the event will feature more than 100 cars and motorcycles in three categories and six award classes, as well as a display of rare Hot Wheels collections.

“Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Porsche’s back-to-back 24-hour endurance wins at Le Mans and Daytona, the event will feature six juried classes: Modern Classics, Modified, Domestic, International, Vintage, Commercial,” according to the news release. “The featured marque is Porsche.”

For more information, visit the event website.

Carlisle Spring returns to April weekend

After the schedule changes forced by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, Carlisle Events returns its Spring Carlisle event to its April time frame in 2021 with the spotlight on unique, rare, must-haves and collectibles” scheduled for April 21-25 this year.

“With 8,100 With 8,100 spaces available, the grounds come to life with everything from the simple to the exotic,” Carlisle Events said in its news release. “If X marks the spot still means something to enthusiasts who love to hunt and pick, then Spring Carlisle has an X at every turn.  Hidden gems, treasures, collectibles, hard to find items; it all adorns the grounds at Carlisle.”

Another aspect of the event this year is the ARMO Hot Products Showcase. With the 2020 SEMA Show held virtually instead of in person, product experts from the Automotive Restoration Market Organization will be at Carlisle to “talk person to person” about what’s new and hot.

Also on hand will be representatives of the Antique Automobile Club of America with a display of vehicles. Another feature is the Women’s Oasis, also known as the “home away from chrome” featuring handmade crafts, jewelry, kitchen equipment, beauty products and more.

The weekend also includes at Carlisle Auctions sale in the Expo Center on April 22-23.

SEMA set to use new Las Vegas West Hall

Not only has SEMA confirmed November 2-5 as the dates for its annual showcase of the automotive aftermarket industry, it will display wares in the new 1.4-million-square-foot West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

“The industry is eager to reconnect,” Chris Kersting, SEMA president and chief executive is quoted in the announcement. “The return to an in-person SEMA Show gives resellers a chance to engage with an amazing gathering of suppliers, new products, stunning vehicle builds and networking opportunities.”

Moving into the new West Hall will be the Restyling & Car Care Accessories, Powersports & Utility Vehicles, and Truck, SUV & Off-Road sections of the show. 

McPherson student show returns

After being canceled in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the McPherson College C.A.R.S. Club has announced the return of its student-organized car show for May 1, 2021. However, this year the show will be limited to cars displayed by current students, faculty and staff, and alumni. 

The student car show dates to 1999 and usually includes a driving tour and a dinner, but those will not take place this year. 

Centennial Aston Martin set for British concours

Aston Martin A3
Aston Martin A3 | Concours photo

The oldest surviving Aston Martin, the 1921 A3 driven extensively by Lionel Martin, including a speed record of more than 86 mph for 100 miles at Brooklands, will be featured at the Concours of Elegance scheduled for September 3-5 at Hampton Court, England.

The car was the third produced by Aston Martin. It was called the A3 because if was built on chassis No. 3 and has a Type A engine. The 100-year-old car has been owned since 2003 by the Aston Martin Heritage Trust and has been restored to its original specification.

2021 car show and concours calendar

The following are dates currently set (but subject to change) for a variety of concours d’elegance, car shows and driving tours scheduled during 2021:


24-27 – Ponies in the Smokies, Sevierville, Tennessee; 27 – Celebration of Cars, Melbourne, Florida; 27-April 4 – Easter Jeep Safari, Moab, Utah


2-4 – Mustang Club of America, Braselton, Georgia; 8-11, Charlotte AutoFair, North Carolina; 9-11, Goodguys at Scottsdale, Arizona; 10 – Meadowbrook Park, Prairie Village, Kansas; 19-22, AACA Southeastern Division Chain of Lakes Tour, Florida; 21-25 – Spring Carlisle, Pennsylvania; 23-25 – Goodguys North Carolina Nationals, Raleigh; Derbuy GT tour, Belgium; 24 — Caroline Cruise, Kannapolis to Concord, North Carolina; 25 – Simply Aston Martin, Beaulieu, UK; 30-May 1, Darryl Starbirds National Rod & Custom Show, Tulsa, Oklahoma.


1 – Big Displacement Showcase, Seal Cove, Maine; McPherson College CARS Club, Kansas; 9 – Mother’s Day, KC Auto Museum, Olathe; Simply Vauxhall, Beaulieu, UK; 14-15 – Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals, Pennsylvania; 15 – Vintage Travel Trailer Rally, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 15-16, Goodwood Members’ Meeting, UK: 16 – Simply Audi, Beaulieu, UK; 20-23 – Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Amelia Island, Florida; AACA Founders Tour, Davis, West Virginia; 21-23 – Goodguys Salt Lake Nationals, Utah; 23 – Simply Electric, Beaulieu, UK; 28-30 – Goodguys Nashville Nationals, Tennessee

Have an event to add? Email details to [email protected].

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Electric Jeep Wrangler Magneto headlines 2021 Moab Easter Safari concepts

March 24, 2021 / 0 Comments / 231 / Classics

Electric Jeep Wrangler Magneto

There’s now an electric Jeep Wrangler, but don’t get too excited. It’s not headed into production.

On Monday, ahead of the annual Easter Jeep Safari event set for March 27 to April 4 in Moab, Utah, the off-road-oriented automaker unveiled a handful of concepts, and the headliner was an all-electric Wrangler.

Electric Jeep Wrangler Magneto

Magneto electric Wrangler

The Magneto was created to test the possibilities of an all-electric Wrangler, and it was built as a retro-fit Wrangler Rubicon. The gasoline powertrain was ripped out and replaced with a custom-built axial flux electric motor tuned to produce the same 285 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque as the Wrangler’s standard 3.6-liter V-6.

Surprisingly, the electric motor is hooked to a 6-speed manual transmission that requires the driver to use the clutch to select gears. Off road, the gears provide greater control of power delivery and drivers can also use just the brake and throttle according to Jeep head of design, Mark Allen. With no torque converter and no revs, the power delivery is immediate, but the system doesn’t deliver 100% of the torque at zero rpm like in many electric cars. Instead, it has a strong, but progressive torque curve that comes on early and remains flat.

Four Wabesto air-cooled lithium-ion battery packs totaling 70 kwh power the concept SUV. One pack is located where the engine would be, another is located in the rear cargo area, and two are on the inside of each frame rail. The 800-volt battery architecture supports Level 1 and Level 2 charging, but does not have Level 3 fast-charging capability.

Jeep said the Magneto concept can do 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds, but Jeep didn’t quote an electric driving range. That’s pretty quick for 5,750 pounds.

The Magneto also has two 12-volt batteries to power auxiliary vehicle systems and accessories like the radio and winch. A DC-to-DC converter charges the 12-volt batteries.

A 2-inch lift kit, 35-inch mud-terrain tires on 17-inch wheels, a custom roll cage, Mopar rock rails, and steel bumpers with a Warn winch finish off the Magneto’s look and add to its capabilities.

Jeep said it plans to test and improve the Magneto over the next three years.

This year’s Jeep® “Resto-Mod” is a throwback to the second-generation Jeepster. The Jeepster Beach concept started as a 1968 Jeepster Commando (C-101) and was seamlessly blended with a 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. The body was modified and the exterior fuses original chrome trim with an updated, brightly colored two-tone paint scheme of Hazy IPA and Zinc Oxide. While the Jeepster Beach maintains the outward appearance of a vintage Jeepster, it commands peak performance both on- and off-road delivered by the modern-day Jeep Wrangler.

Other Easter Safari concepts

The Jeepster Beach is a restomod that started life as a 1968 Jeepster Commando (C-101). Everything beneath the bodywork was replaced with 2020 Wrangler Rubicon parts, including the frame and engine. SRT engineers gave the 2.0-liter turbo-4 a hot tune for 25% more power, which would give it about 340 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.

With its retro design, bright gold paint, red and ivory interior, and large 35-inch Falken Wildpeak mud-terrain tires, the Jeepster Beach looks like it’s ready to seek out any beach, no matter how remote.

The Jeep® Red Bare Gladiator Rubicon concept builds on the passion and enthusiasm of Jeep SUV owners who spend countless hours creating customized looks and modifications to their trusty off-roading vehicle. Red Bare is powered by the turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine, rated at 260 horsepower and 442 lb.-ft. of torque, and delivers an impressive 91:1 crawl ratio to tackle Moab's toughest trails.

The Red Bare concept is a lumberjack-ready version of the Gladiator Rubicon. Under the hood is a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 that makes the stock 280 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels, and Dana 44 front and rear axles with 4.88 ratios provide a serious 91:1 crawl ratio.

Hood and cowl pieces from the Mojave are used, and Fire Cracker red paint and matte-black graphics create an extroverted look. Inside, the Katzkin black leather seats feature red stitching and red flannel inserts, and the instrument panel sports red flannel as well.

A 2-inch lift, 17-inch wheels wrapped in 37-inch BFGoodrich mud-terrain tires, a cargo bed-mounted sport bar, and factory steel bumpers with a Warn winch finish off the Red Bare concept’s attitude and enhance its capability.

Based on a two-door Wrangler, the Jeep® Orange Peelz concept pays tribute to the long-standing, open-air, fun-and-freedom lifestyle that makes the Jeep Wrangler a global icon. Mopar designers have vastly enhanced the Wrangler’s open-air heritage by removing side and rear windows, installing prototype JPP half doors and a custom removable one-piece Freedom Top glass sunroof.

A two-door Wrangler concept dubbed Orange Peelz pays tribute to the open-air fun-and-freedom of the Jeep Wrangler lifestyle. Half doors and a removable one-piece hard top provide the open-air experience.

The 3.6-liter V-6’s 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque sends its power to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. It breathes through a cold air intake and a cat-back exhaust system.

Off-road goodies include a 2-inch lift kit, Fox shocks, “high-top” fender flares, 17-inch bead-lock capable wheels wrapped in 37-inch BFGoodrich KM3 mud-terrain tires, 5-inch off-road LED lights at the base of the A-pillars, and a windshield made out of Corning Gorilla Glass. Custom steel bumpers, a prototype 2-inch steel grille guard, and a Warn winch are bolted on up front, and it also has custom rock rails and a reinforced swing gate hinge to accommodate a larger spare tire.

Inside, the Orange Peelz concept features Jeep Performance Parts grab handles, along with plaid armrests and seat inserts.

While the above concepts are new, Jeep’s also bringing to Utah the previously shown Gladiator Farout conceptGadiator Top Dog concept, and Wrangler 392 concept, the last of which is now being put into production to become a really expensive, thirsty Wrangler.

This article was originally published by Motor Authority, an editorial partner of ClassicCars.com.

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Bondurant’s name lives on in those he made better drivers

March 24, 2021 / 0 Comments / 213 / Classics

When the first news release arrived March 22 announcing the name change of what thousands of graduates have come to revere as the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, my first thought was: what or who is Radford?

Reading on, I learned that a group of Brits – a former Formula One racing champion, an automotive television personality, and a car designer, and their attorney, all now living in the Los Angeles area, are reviving the Radford automotive brand, and they plan to develop their cars on the Bondurant-designed driving circuit just south of Phoenix, and to build those cars in Southern California.

But why, I wondered, why ax a revered driving school brand like Bondurant’s in favor of a name recognized by hardly anyone, at least anyone on this side of the pond? 

I thought I knew something about British automotive brands but wasn’t sure about Radford, so I turned to my British-written and -published four-volume Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile and didn’t find Radford listed among either the car companies nor the coachbuilders.

Turns out the name of the company wasn’t something like Radford Motors but actually was Harold Radford (Coachbuilders) Ltd., established in 1948 so Radford could build station-wagon versions on Bentley’s Mk VI chassis. He later produced “shooting brake” Countryman versions using Rolls-Royce chassis before selling the company in the early 1960s. 

Maybe every British schoolboy grows up learning wonderful tales of Harold Radford and his station wagons, but I’m guessing very few folks who enhanced their driving skills at the Bondurant school — from high school students to budding racing drivers to Hollywood actors to members of the U.S. military and Secret Service — know much if anything about Harold Radford. 

Some might wonder if their alma mater has been taken over by award-winning hot rod builder Troy Trepanier of Rad Rides by Troy, or perhaps even by the folks who brought us RADwood, those delightful car shows focused on vehicles from the automotive dark ages of the 1980s and 1990s. 

Bondurant, soon to turn 88, is an American auto racing icon, driving for Carroll Shelby when the team in its Cobras and Daytona Coupes beat Ferrari to win the world sports car championship (and this even before the famous Ford v Ferrari Le Mans episode). Severe injuries in a crash caused by a mechanical failure ended Bondurant’s racing career, but he turned to teaching others not only how to race, but how to become more skilled and safer drivers on public roads.

While wishing well to the team reviving the Radford brand and to those who bought the Bondurant school a couple years ago, it seems to me that taking Bob’s name off the school he established and replacing it with the name of a little-known British car company (that wasn’t even a real car company) is a move that denies or at least belies more than half a century of history and tradition. 

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AutoHunter Spotlight: 1966 Pontiac GTO equipped with F41 suspension package

March 24, 2021 / 0 Comments / 241 / Classics

1966 Pontiac GTO

Today’s AutoHunter Spotlight is on a bright red 1966 Pontiac GTO that recently underwent a cosmetic restoration. The car is powered by a 389cid V8 mated to a 3-speed automatic transmission.

Click the red buttons on the image below for an in-depth look at the GTO.

Refinished in factory Montero Red paint, the body features triple-plated front and rear bumpers along with new emblems.

The all-red interior has a new set of deluxe bucket seats, matching door panels, and a woodgrain veneer dash.

Under the hood sits the 389cid V8 with 325 horsepower mated to a TH350 3-speed automatic transmission. Other equipment includes a 4bbl carburetor, chrome valve covers and power steering.

The auction for this 1966 Pontiac GTO ends March 25 at 11:30 a.m. PDT.

Visit this vehicle’s AutoHunter listing to find further information and gallery of photos.

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Pick of the Day: 1983 Ford Mustang GT convertible that’s hardly been driven

March 24, 2021 / 0 Comments / 187 / Classics


The Pick of the Day is another one of those remarkable low-mileage survivors, a 1983 Ford Mustang GT convertible that despite being 38 years old has been driven fewer than 15,000 miles.

It’s somewhat mystifying how cool cars go undriven, but especially one as eminently usable as a Mustang convertible, which is so much more likely to be a fun daily driver than a relished exotic locked up in the garage for decades.


This GT with just 14,937 miles showing on the odometer is in all-original as-new condition, according to the Stratford, Wisconsin, dealer advertising the Mustang on ClassicCars.com, with the exception of a set of headers and Flowmaster mufflers added to the original 5.0-liter High Output V8 engine linked with a 5-speed manual transmission and 3.08 Traction-Lok rear.

The Fox-body Mustangs, a term that identifies the third-generation pony cars built from 1978-93 on Ford’s Fox platform, were largely ignored until recent years, but they have become quite popular as sporty and reasonably priced collector cars, primarily in GT or special performance-edition versions.

This one, in Medium Charcoal Gray with Black details, is special indeed as a time-warp example of a well-outfitted Mustang in what the dealer says is a rare configuration.

“This car has been excellently preserved and is in exceptional condition,” the dealer says in the ad. “It will be difficult to find a cleaner and nicer Fox body of any year.


“This car is very well-equipped with power windows, power door locks, power top, tilt steering wheel, cruise control, air conditioning, premium sound system, aluminum wheels, power steering and power front disc brakes. This rare find comes with original window sticker, original warranty booklet, owner’s manual and a Deluxe Marti Report showing this is 1 of 3 cars produced to these specifications.”

The Mustang looks terrific in the photos with the ad, with a straight body, good paint and a crisp-looking interior.  The car stands on what appears to be a set of original TRX wheels, most likely fitted when new.

With an asking price of $24,995, this Mustang is priced right at the top of what the Hagerty value guide says it’s worth, but most-likely well worth it for such an unusual and desirable find.

Note to the next owner:  Please, drive it and enjoy it instead of just letting it stand around.  Such a waste.

To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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Classic Carl cartoon caption contest: Share your funniest punchline

March 24, 2021 / 0 Comments / 240 / Classics

Classic Carl cartoon caption contest

Welcome to the Journal’s Classic Carl cartoon caption contest.

Each week we share a Classic Carl cartoon that’s missing a caption and ask readers to submit their most clever and hilarious punchlines.

Share your best caption ideas for this cartoon using the form below and you could win a ClassicCars.com swag bag.

Submit your caption by 8 p.m. (PDT) March 28.

We’ll announce the winning caption on March 30 here in the Journal.

Good luck!

Classic Carl Caption Submission

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Mecum’s third Arizona auction reaches $42.3 million with 86 percent sold

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Mecum Auctions scored a touchdown at the NFL football stadium where it held its third-annual Arizona auction, reached $42.3 million in overall sales and an 86 percent sell-through rate, with 712 of 829 vehicles sold. 

While last year’s collector car sale at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, a Phoenix suburb, was shut down along with everything else as the coronavirus pandemic took over, the recent Mecum auction held March 18-20 resulted in a 14 percent increase over the inaugural event in 2019.

“The success of this auction in only its third year is unprecedented,” Mecum chief operating officer Sam Murtaugh said in a news release. “By exceeding $42 million in sales in only three days, the Glendale, Arizona, event has officially established itself as the third largest auction on the Mecum calendar.”

1969 Dodge Daytona
Auction cars were arrayed inside the stadium and in the parking lots
2016 Ferrari F12 TDF from the Steve Todhunter collection

Mecum’s highest selling vehicle was an award-winning 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe with its original 427/430-horsepower engine and a recipient of the Duntov Mark of Excellence and other notable Corvette honors, which sold for $2.695 million, including auction fees.

The next three top sales at Mecum were of cars from the Steve Todhunter Collection, which sold in its entirety for $6.08 million: a 2016 Ferrari F12tdf at $880,000, a 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO at $720,500, and a 2006 Saleen S7 Twin Turbo at $605,000.

The fifth highest seller was a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 that went for $495,000. It was part of the Napa Valley Collection of 18 vehicles, which all sold for a total of $2.1 million.

This 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 topped all sales, going to its next owner for $2.695 million

The top-10 highest-selling vehicles at Mecum’s Arizona auction were:

1. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe at $2.695 million

2. 2016 Ferrari F12tdf at $880,000

3. 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO at $720,500

4. 2006 Saleen S7 Twin Turbo at $605,000

5. 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 at $495,000

6. 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series at $451,000

7. 2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina at $440,000

8. 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster at $440,000

9. 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback at $385,000

10. 2018 Mercedes-Benz G550 Brabus Edition at $379,500

(All results include auction fees) 

1974 Ford Ranchero
1958 Edsel Bermuda

Mecum’s next sale takes place in Houston on April 8-10 at NRG Center, followed by the Vintage & Antique Motorcycle Auction on April 28-May 1 in Las Vegas, then Dana Mecum’s 34th Original Spring Classic, the company’s flagship event, slated for May 14-22 in Indianapolis.

For more information, visit the Mecum website.

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Newest built-in-Britain hypercar inspired by undefeated race horse

March 24, 2021 / 0 Comments / 185 / Classics

Teaser image of the Ian Callum-designed Kincsem Hyper-GT

There seems to be an endless supply of British-based companies that are ready to pump out hypercars. Add to the list Kincsem, which has hired Ian Callum to design its entry in the electric-powered automotive speedstakes.

Kincsem, a Swiss company founded by Hungarian-bor Tibor Bak to build cars in England, is a “new digital luxury brand” that plans “to fuse the world’s best talent with the latest technology to develop beautifully designed, high performance products.”

“Our pioneering approach to digital technology allows us to create without constraints and place the individual at the centre of the design process,” Bak is quoted in the announcement. “Our customers will experience new levels of dynamic personalization that has never before been possible.

“The Kincsem Hyper-GT, designed by Ian Callum, will bring together new modes of digital integration into development, design, manufacture and ownership. The possibilities presented by the new augmented, digital age enable us to help our customers enter a ‘flow state,’ which athletes call The Zone, offering a level of dynamic personalization and control that has never before been possible.”

The first of the company’s products will be the Hyper-GT, with deliveries in 2023. An SUV, the Helvetia, is planned for unveiling in 2022. 

By the way, the hypercar was inspired by a racehorse.

“The story of Kincsem the horse is the inspiration behind the brand; the ethos behind her training was pioneering and as a result, her achievements remain unsurpassed,” Bak said.

Kincsem is the Hungary term for “my precious” or “my treasure,” and the thoroughbred horse certainly lived up to its name, winning 54 races in 54 starts, the longest unbeaten streak in history, from 1874-1887.

Racing against stallions, geldings and mares, Kincsem became a Hungarian national icon. 

When Kincsem was a yearling, she was offered for sale with six others for £700, but she was one of two fillies rejected by the buyer because they didn’t show early promise and perhaps because of Kincsem’s plain works; she had a liver chestnut coloring with no white markings, and was considered to be a gangly daisy-eater.

Focusing on the car, not the horse, Ian Callum, former head of design for Jaguar and Aston Martin, said, “With Kincsem, we have that rare privilege to not only create a beautiful car, but also form a design language for an innovative luxury brand.

“Refreshingly, Kincsem has said there are no rules, enabling us to pose the question ‘If we could do whatever we wanted, what would we do?’.”

For more information, visit the Bak Motors website.

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Bentley unveils new Continental GT Speed

March 24, 2021 / 0 Comments / 194 / Classics

Bentley Continental GT Speed

The newest Bentley has a historic name but modern technologies that the British car company promises make the new Continental GT Speed “the most capable, performance-focused Bentley ever,” yet with “no compromise to comfort or luxury.”

“Designed, engineered, developed and handcrafted in Bentley’s carbon neutral luxury automotive factory, this new third-generation model builds on a long tradition of Speed variants,” the company proclaimed.

“Originally introduced with the highly acclaimed, first-generation Continental GT Speed in 2007 – itself inspired by the 3-Litre Speed models of the 1920s, the latest GT Speed continues the bloodline by representing the ultimate combination of luxury and performance in a Grand Touring package.” 

Bentley unveils new Continental GT Speed
Bentley unveils new Continental GT Speed

Bentley said four new technologies enhance the car’s performance. Those technologies are all-wheel steering (in addition to “active” all-wheel drive), an electronic rear differential, carbon ceramic brakes with 10-piston front calipers, and a revised version of the 6.0-liter W12 engine rated at 650 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque.

Bentley said the car, which rides on 22-inch wheels, can sprint to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 208 mph.

Interior features include leather and Alcantara surfaces in 15 colors and 11 “combinations,” as well as a dark-tint engine-turned aluminum option for an even more technical look.

Pricing was not included in the Bentley reveal announcement.

Bentley unveils new Continental GT Speed

For more information, visit the Bentley website.

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