One of the best vintage Mazda collections in the world can be found not in Japan, but in Germany, just an hour’s drive from Munich. Frey’s Mazda Classic Car Museum is owned by the Frey family, which has been selling Mazdas in Ausberg since 1978. Roughly 50 cars from the collection are displayed in a renovated streetcar maintenance shed, and they run the gamut from Mazda’s first vehicle, the three-wheel Mazdago, to a rotary-powered Mazda Parkway bus. Frey’s rotates its collection regularly, so you are likely to see something different on every visit. Here are twenty of the coolest cars we saw when we stopped by.
The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced a new B-Sedan Challenge Series on Nov. 16, in response to the large number of requests to showcase the popular car class. The goal is to provide a series with close, competitive racing for small-bore sedans that competed from January 1966 to October 1979 in SCCA B-Sedan and the IMSA 2.5 Challenge Series. The new championships will be at both the national and regional level. Champions will be crowned at COTA during the season-ending U.S. Vintage National Championships, Nov. 1-4, 2018.
Chassis #211 was the car in which Schumacher last won at Monaco, when polesitter David Coulthard stalled on the grid in 2001. That left the door open for Schumacher to stretch his title lead, and he eventually secured the championship with victory at Hungary – in chassis #211 – in August. The car sold for $7,504,000, more than twice the price that a Schumacher F2004 sold for in 2005. The car was sold as part of Sotheby's New York Contemporary Fine Art auction on Nov. 16, without an engine, and is the first time a car has been sold by Sotheby's in an art auction.
Williams technical chief Paddy Lowe says that integrating the Halo into the 2018 Formula 1 chassis is proving more challenging than dealing with any aerodynamic impact that the device will have.
All teams have to adapt their chassis designs to take the Halo, and next year's cars will have to meet new push tests that will be applied to the mountings before they are homologated by the FIA.
A Porsche 550A Spyder will be among the headline offerings at the 2018 Bonhams Scottsdale auction, scheduled for Jan. 18 at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale during Arizona Auction Week. The instantly recognizable Porsche Spyder is in a class all its own. The first Spyder, the 550, is most associated in popular culture with James Dean who, like other race car drivers, admired it for its beauty, speed and nimbleness.