The Cars and Coffee at the 2017 Amelia Island Concours was held Saturday, March 11, on Amelia Island, Florida. Despite a location change due to pending inclement weather, a full field of more than 200 classic and exotic cars were on display at the fifth annual event well before the official 9:00 a.m. start time.
Unlike the main event at Amelia that is limited to a select group of vehicles with unique historical significance, the Cars and Coffee at the Concours features a diverse group of vehicles that celebrate the automotive-enthusiast’s spirit. Proud owners of collectible and exotic vehicles get up early, shine up their prized automobiles, drive to The Golf Club at Amelia Island and gather with like-minded enthusiasts on the fairways for a cup or two of fresh coffee.
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Racing history from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s will roar back to life at the inaugural Spring Classic vintage car race and historic motorcycle exhibition at the iconic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on May 12-14.
The vintage racing phenomenon continues to build steam, and this showcase takes place on a historic road course where much of the history behind the vehicles took place. Whether it's cars from the glory days of the Trans-Am and Can-Am Series, vintage Formula 1 machines, or stock cars like those that navigated the famous "Corkscrew" in the NASCAR Winston West Series, there is something for all types of motorsports fans.
Chassis number 10R is a rather special McLaren F1 GTR, owned by Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason. This was McLaren's test car for the 1996 season, which brought such welcome upgrades to the race track as a larger splitter and a much stronger gearbox with a magnesium housing. In Le Mans tune, the '96 GTRs were faster in a straight line than both the originals and the Long Tails of 1997, but the gearing decreased top speed to 180 mph to improve acceleration. Mason’s car was also the first GTR to be converted to road spec, weighing just 2072 pounds with the plates included. Unfortunately, during one of the demonstration laps recently, Mason lost control and smashed into the tire wall while the camera crew was focusing on a Ferrari F40 LM's progress.
British cars played well on home court March 19 during Bonhams’ Goodwood Members’ Meeting auction, which scored an 80 percent sell-through and nearly $7 million in total sales. Top seller was a 1961 Aston Martin DP214 Replica GT competition coupe at $682,629, followed by a 1924 Bentley 3-Litre Red Label Speed Model Tourer at $348,327 and the ex-David Hobbs 1965 Lola T70 Mk1 Spyder, sold to a telephone bidder for $334,468. All results include buyer fees.