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OSCA racecar class to be featured at Pebble Beach Concours


The Maserati brothers returned after World War II to create the OSCA racing marque that would dominate small-displacement competition for more than a decade, a feat that will be celebrated by the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Fifteen historic OSCA race cars will compete against each other for concours awards in a special class during the 68th year of the world-famous event held August 26, the culmination of car week on the Monterey Peninsula in California.

“These lightweight, high revving OSCAs truly punched above their weight,” said Miles Morris of the concours selection committee. “Studying the combined victories of the MT4s that will be at Pebble Beach is astounding.”

Bill Lloyd takes the 1954 OSCA MT4 1500 Spider through inspection at Sebring

OSCA, which stands for Officine Specializzate Costruzione Automobili, earned its title of “giant killer” when, in 1954, an OSCA MT4 1500 Spider won the 12 Hours of Sebring by more than five laps against far-more-powerful competitors. The sports car, owned by Briggs Cunningham, was driven to the landmark victory by Stirling Moss and Bill Lloyd.

The earliest car to be presented in the special class is the second OSCA built, the 1949 MT4 Siluro originally ordered by longtime Maserati benefactor Count Paolo Cordero Di Montezemolo, and then purchased back by the factory to use as a team race car. This OSCA is featured on the 2018 Pebble Beach RetroAuto poster.

“The Maserati brothers’ OSCAs proved that lightweight and reliable design could in fact be a replacement for displacement,” according to a concours news release.

For more information, visit the event website.

Autonomous hillclimb racer

The first self-driving racecar to attempt to run up the 1.6-mile hillclimb course at the Goodwood Festival of Speed will take place during the event’s 25th anniversary festivities July 12-15 at the Goodwood Estate in Chichester, U.K.

The technology firm Roborace will send its first autonomous racer, named Robocar, up the iconic course in a historic fete that can be watched “from the Robocar’s point of view in a custom, fully immersive VR experience in the Roborace booth, located inside Future Lab,” according to a Festival of Speed news release.

Robocar drives itself past the Goodwood House | Roborace

Robocar, considered the world’s first fully autonomous race car, will tackle the road course made famous by the wide variety of unique, historic and modern racers, and famous drivers, that have attempted the run during the past quarter century. The Goodwood Festival of Speed during that time has taken its place among the world’s most interesting and colorful motorsports events.

“I can’t think of a more exciting way to celebrate our Silver Jubilee than to have Roborace attempt the first autonomous race car run up the hill,” said Charles Gordon-Lennox, the Duke of Richmond and founder of the Festival of Speed. “Roborace plays an important role in the future of mobility, challenging public perceptions and providing a platform to advance new technologies. This makes them the perfect partner to undertake this significant feat.”

For more information, visit the event website.

Rennsport Reunion poster unveiled

Porsche Cars of North America has unveiled the poster for Rennsport Reunion VI, the sixth massive gathering of all generations of Porsche race cars and drivers, to be held September 27-30 at the Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca near Monterey, California.

Porsche Rennsport Reunion 2018 poster
Porsche Rennsport Reunion 2018 poster

The Rennsport Reunion, which attracted nearly 60,000 Porsche enthusiasts to its 2015 event, “will again feature the widest variety of historic racing models in competition as Porsche celebrates the 70th anniversary this year of its first sports car,” according to a news release.

The poster, painted by acclaimed automotive artist Dennis Simon, depicts three of Porsche’s most-significant motorsports champions: the 1960 12 Hours of Sebring-winning Type 718 RS 60, Porsche’s first overall endurance race winner; the 2008 RS Spyder, which famously punched above its weight to win races overall in the American Le Mans Series in the Le Mans Prototype (LMP2) class; and the 959 Group B rally car that won the grueling 6,200 mile Paris-Dakar off-road rally in 1986.

For more information about the Rennsport Reunion, visit the event website.

Goodguys’ Big One nears

The Goodguys Rod and Custom Association’s biggest show of the year, the PPG Nationals, takes place July 6-8 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus.

Earning its nickname as the Big One, the event will feature more than 6,000 of the nation’s best 1987 and older hot rods, customs, muscle cars, trucks and classics, more than 450 vendors, and the crowning of the national winners of the Goodguys 2018 Street Machine and Street Rod of the Year.

The high-horsepower scene at the PPG Nationals | Goodguys

Also featured are Goodguys Friday Night Vintage Drags at National Trail Raceway, a swap meet and cars-for-sale corral, and the Goodguys AutoCross timed racing competition featuring the Summer Shootout presented by Forgeline.

For more information, visit the event website.

Mighty Mopar meet and Hurst Nationals

Carlisle, Pennsylvania, will host two side-by-side high-performance events July 13-15 when the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals take place at the Carlisle Fairgrounds and the Hurst Nationals is held in the adjacent Carlisle Expo Center.

About 3,000 Mopars will be shown during the Chrysler celebration, with special displays that include 50 years of the Plymouth Road Runner, 50 years of the Dodge Super Bee, 50 years of the 340 engine, 50 years of the Hemi Dart and Barracuda, and 25 years of the LH platform. 

1969 Plymouth GTX coupe | Carlisle Chrysler Nationals
1969 Plymouth GTX coupe | Carlisle Chrysler Nationals

Special guests include the Ramchargers and Golden Commandos, Herb McCandless and Linda Vaughn of Hurst Shifter fame.

The Hurst Nationals, which are held Friday and Saturday, features a big array of Hurst-equipped performance cars from a variety of automakers, with an outdoor show field and indoor invitational display. The Hurst show is free with admission to the Chrysler gathering.

For more information, visit the events website.

Creative Cars and Coffee

The Creative Workshop, a collector car restoration business in Dania Point, Florida, hosts its season-ending Cars and Coffee gathering on Saturday, July 7, before the Florida heat sets in. 

Those cruising in can see the progress on the ground-up, concours-level restoration of the only-known 1921 Kissel Gold Bug in existence, preparing it to show at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 26. The project provides a glimpse at what goes into a top-level concours restoration.

Creative workshop technicians restoring the 1921 Kissel Gold Bug | Creative Workshop
Creative workshop technicians restoring the 1921 Kissel Gold Bug | Creative Workshop

Another cool project in the shop is the restoration of a 1993 JDM Toyota Supra, which prompted the workshop folks to call out for the Japanese/Euro tuner crowd to make a showing at the Cars and Coffee.

For more information, visit the workshop website.

More upcoming events

The Heveningham Hall Concours d’Elegance will take place Saturday and Sunday at the 5,000 acre Georgian estate in Suffolk, England, held at the same time as the popular Country Fair. For more information, visit the event website. For more information, visit the event website.

The 62nd annual Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance takes place Sunday, July 15, at the Crystal Springs Golf Course in Burlingame, California. For more information, visit the event website.

The 46th annual Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance will be held Sunday, July 15, on the campus of Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. 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 SPEED.com, 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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