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In the April issue of Hemmings Motor News, we visited the cars on the National Historic Vehicle Register. As you may recall, #1 on that list is the 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The museum opened in 2008 in a former engine remanufacturing facility near the airport. But the Daytona Coupe isn’t all that’s special there.
One hundred of history’s rarest, most inventive, artistic, sculptural and emotional motor cars are gathered on the pages of a new double-volume book. Authored by husband-and-wife team Charlotte and Peter Fiell, “Ultimate Collector Cars” features the world’s most significant classic and contemporary cars, almost all of which are in private collections making rare appearances at Concours d'Elegance, Villa d’Este and other such luxurious events.
The fourth annual classic car “competition of elegance,” presented by Cool Cars for Kids, Inc., will celebrate the Chevrolet Corvette at the July 17 event at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia.
Auto racing is one of the most popular sports in the world, but it is also one of the most dangerous. From the moment a driver climbs into the cockpit, they are at risk. As history has continually demonstrated, professional race car drivers face the threat of danger with every pass and turn.
Throughout the early 1900’s, leading car manufacturers across Europe competed against one another to provide their customers with the fastest and most maneuverable vehicles. To a majority of the racing world, the Americans were absent. Even to this day, many enthusiasts still refer to the Corvette as America’s first Sports Car. However, despite being small in number, there were American manufacturers that sought glory through winning in the early days of the automobile. This Demo Day covered their story.
Planning, strategy, and sometimes trickery can mean all the difference between going home as a winner, or a loser. This Demo Day took a deeper look at the surprising history of the Le Mans class system and explored how the introduction of prototype cars would change the game forever.