Alexander Rossi went for it, Robert Wickens got punted out of the lead and Sebastian Bourdais scored another unlikely victory at St. Pete in one of the craziest IndyCar season openers in recent memory March 11. Wickens, the rookie pole-sitter who led 69 of the 110 laps and drove flawlessly for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, was out in front with two laps to go on the restart when Rossi tried to dive under him going into Turn 1.
The 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner slid into Wickens and spun him while fighting for control, but Bourdais and Graham Rahal both got by him before the full-course yellow came on to end the 110-lap race.
Porsche Club of America’s second annual Porsche Werks Reunion, held March 9 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort on Amelia Island, Florida, celebrated the hot rod 356 Outlaws. With the 356 generation of Porsches now riding high on six-figure valuations, the suggestion of modifying one into a customized Outlaw can brand you as a bona fide nut job. But Outlaws, both 356s and 911s, have gained a cult status for their extracurricular high-performance and home-brewed engineering that thumb their nose at the Concours garage queens pushed across the auction blocks of Gooding, Bonhams and Mecum.
Even with a thinner auction docket than the annual January sales blowout in Arizona and a headline concours event that can’t quite match Pebble Beach’s prestige, Amelia Island car weekend in Florida is held in high regard among vintage-car connoisseurs. Porsches, ever major participants at Amelia Island festivities, stole eight of the top 20 spots for priciest sales at this year’s auctions, as observed by Hagerty Insurance. Remarkably, five of those pricey Porsches were built in the 1990s. Unsurprisingly, Ferrari products took over the podium, bringing the three highest sale prices and being the only cars this weekend that hammered for more than $2 million.
Having run Mercedes close last season, Ferrari have made some significant technical steps this year to try to topple the Silver Arrows and capture a first world title since 2008. Mark Hughes and Giorgio Piola take a close look at what they've done and why.
The 250 GTO is the Ferrari of Ferraris. A true homologation special, less than 40 were built during the early 1960s and today, if one were offered for sale, the price you can expect to pay reaches into the 10s of millions of dollars.
A 250 GTO received the highest bid ever for a car at auction in 2014, was sold for $38.1 million at Bonhams in Monterey, California. That isn’t the highest price paid for a 250 GTO, however. The highest price, at least known to the public, is the $52 million paid in 2013 in a private sale.