A 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta will be offered at the Artcurial Retromobile 2019 sale, scheduled for Feb. 8 in Paris during Retromobile Week.
Alfa Romeo was the only pre-war manufacturer that could compete with the power of the big German constructors. Having won all the most important races, the firm decided to share this success with its private customers by creating road-going versions of its competition cars. This is what happened with the Alfa 8C. Some thirty 2.9-liter chassis were built, fitted with spider or berlinetta bodies, on both long and short chassis, and equipped with competition engines.
The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) recently announced it would present motorsports reunions to celebrate iconic marques throughout the 2019 season. The idea was tested with a Corvair reunion at the Virginia International Raceway (VIR) weekend in September with outstanding results. The VIR event saw the largest number of racing Corvairs ever appearing at a single venue, and attracted new car owners to SVRA.
SEMA isn’t all about lifted trucks and muscle cars. European car enthusiasts like to mod their rides too, and scoped out plenty of German, Italian, and British metal on the show floor.
Porsche tuner Rod Emory had several builds featured in booths throughout the convention center and we’re particularly fond of his black 1959 Emory Outlaw Porsche 356 in the Porsche Booth.
A bold and impressive 1931 Stutz DV32 LeBaron Convertible Victoria, the only one known to exist, won Best of Show on Nov. 4 at the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance in South Carolina. Though dampened by the scattered rain showers that rolled in mid-afternoon, the Stutz owned by Joseph and Margie Cassini of West Orange, New Jersey, looked every bit the concours winner as it received its first-place trophy from concours president Carolyn Vanagel.
Lewis Hamilton hopes he can at least get close to Michael Schumacher’s records of seven world championships and 91 grand prix victories. A fifth championship — secured at the last race in Mexico — moved Hamilton level with Juan Manuel Fangio in the all-time list, with only Schumacher on seven titles having won more. Hamilton also has 71 wins to his name, and with two more years to run on his current Mercedes contract, the 33-year-old says he has the motivation to try and match Schumacher’s totals.