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Amelia Concours contest, Florida festival and Porsche Rennsport Reunion updates


Contest time! Win two tickets for the 2018 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance! Only thing is, you either have to know something specific about motorsports history or be good at making up stuff.

Here’s the deal: the Amelia Concours, scheduled for March 9-11, 2018, will feature the 60th anniversary of the legendary North American Racing Team with a full class of N.A.R.T.’s most famous race cars on the show field.

The original N.A.R.T. insignia

Racing fans know that the original rectangular N.A.R.T. insignia includes a Ferrari stallion plus, across the top in a blue field, a lineup of eight stars. The reason why there are eight stars has been lost to antiquity.

Your task is to answer the question: Why are there eight stars? In Amelia’s usual quirky fashion, the winning answer does not have to be correct (because who knows?) but it must display a soaring imagination and story-telling skill.

“Judging will be utterly subjective but will take into account creativity, pedantry and maybe even some cynicism,” according to an Amelia Island Concours news release.

Entries are to be emailed to [email protected], with no written entries on paper “accepted or tolerated.” Final deadline is February 2, 2018, at 5 pm and the winner will be announced on February 15.

“In the unlikely event of a tie, an argument will likely ensue among the staff,” the release says.

For more information, visit the event website.

Street rod at recent Fall Florida Autofest | Carlisle Events

Carlisle Events hosts its 12th and final show of the season, the Fall Florida AutoFest, on November 10-12 at the Sun ‘n Fun campus in Lakeland, Florida. The festival includes a car show, swap meet, vendors, cars-for-sale corral, collector car auction and family fun that features helicopter and airplane rides, a morning fly over as part of the national anthem, an aircraft stunt show, a wildlife show with Bwana Jim and visits to the facility’s air museum

There are two main shows at AutoFest: a car show with hundreds of classics from the central Florida area and an upscale Air & Coach display of airplanes and motorcoaches.

The Carlisle Auctions will offer more than 400 collector vehicles plus memorabilia and merchandise.

For more information, visit the event website.

The 1959 Cadillac Cyclone dream car | General Motors archive

The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours continues this weekend with exhibits and events on Saturday and the main concours d’elegance on Sunday at the Port Royal Golf Club on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

The concours features Cadillac as its honored marque, and the field of cars will include the 1959 Cadillac Cyclone dream car, a tulip-bodied 1908 Cadillac Model T Victoria Touring, a 1934 Cadillac Victoria V-16 Convertible Coupe and a 1955 Cadillac St. Moritz said to be an exact replica of the original Motorama concept car.

Also featured will be cars from the noted collections of automotive journalist and author Ken Gross and Robert S. Jepson Jr., which will be on display at Port Royal on November 4 and 5.

Saturday features an exhibit of some of the greatest cars and drivers to compete in the longest of endurance races, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Daytona 24. Entitled “Life for 24 Hours,” it will showcase a 1930 Aston Martin International, 1966 Ford GT40, 1966 Penske Corvette, 2001 BMW E46 GTR and 1994 Saleen Race Car.

Other endurance racers on display will include a 1972 BMW CSL FIA Group 2, 1975 Porsche RSR, 1981 Lancia Beta MonteCarlo, 1984 BMW 325e, 2006 Ford GT ACO Spec #40, 2006 Ford GT ACO Spec #04, 2011 Porsche GT3 Cup and 2011 Ferrari 458 GT3.

The exhibit will be highlighted by a panel discussion with endurance-racing veterans Boris Said, Scott Hughes and Kevin Mackay, moderated by Larry Koch, former brand manager for the BMW M series.

For more information, visit the event website.

The logo for Porsche Rennsport Reunion VI

More details have been announced for the highly anticipated Porsche Rennsport Reunion VI to be held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in California from September 27-30, 2018.  Hosted by the Porsche Club of North America, the reunion is the world’s largest gathering of vintage and recent Porsche race cars, as well as the people who have designed, engineered, and driven them to victory in the world’s most famous sports car races.

The new official logo for the sixth Rennsport Reunion was recently unveiled by Studio F. A. Porsche (of Porsche Design fame) in Zell am See, Austria, which continued the evolution of the Rennsport Reunion theme by incorporating the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca “Corkscrew” turn into the official logo for 2018.

Tickets are on sale, with options for camping and hospitality, available directly from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca by calling (831) 242-8200 or online at Admission and paddock access is free for children 15 years and younger with a paying adult.

The Porsche Rennsport Reunion VI has been expanded to four full days for 2018, and will include on-track competition for vintage racers, a Concours d’Elegance, access to Porsche driver legends, autograph sessions, and other special activities.

Also included will be an expansive Porsche corral with more than 1,400 cars organized by the Porsche Club of America, numerous vendors selling automobile-related items, and a Biergarten with authentic German food and refreshments.

For more information, visit the event website.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


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