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Memories of a California junkyard

A Model A Ford coupe was one among many elderly Fords in Bunch’s junkyard

By Michael Lamm
The Old Motor

(June 2, 2021) I’ve always had a soft spot for automotive junkyards. And yes, I know I’m not supposed to call them that, but I use the word with great respect and fondness. I never met a junkyard I didn’t like; in fact, I even worked in one for a short time. But that’s another story. When my family moved to Northern California in the mid 1960s, I discovered all sorts of vintage junkyards in the area, each one chocked full of marvelous old cars. One of my favorites was Bunch’s, an archeological wonder on the outskirts of the little Central Valley town of Escalon.

'The Fast and the Furious' Supra among 'no reserve' vehicles in Las Vegas

"Fast and Furious" 1994 Toyota Supra

(May 31, 2021) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Barrett-Jackson will light up the Las Vegas Strip with a star-studded docket of No Reserve vehicles during the 2021 Las Vegas Auction, June 17-19 at the West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). Among the most notable a 2015 McLaren P1  originally owned by electronic music producer and professional DJ Deadmau5. The original “10-second car,” a 1994 Toyota Supra that starred in two of “The Fast and the Furious” films, along with a 2003 West Coast Choppers (WCC) custom chopper owned by Pro American wrestler Bill Goldberg are also selling with No Reserve during this year’s Las Vegas Auction.

1930 Duesenberg leads $107.8 million in sales at Mecum Indy

1930 Duesenberg Model SJ Rollston Convertible Victoria

(May 28, 2021) WALWORTH, Wis. — With a total of more than $107.8 million in overall sales achieved May 14-22, Dana Mecum’s 34th Original Spring Classic became the second Mecum auction in 2021 to achieve more than $100 million in overall sales — a first within the collector car auction industry — and it will now go down in the books as another in a long line of record-setting events for the world’s largest collector car auction company.

Wayne Newton, Siegfried & Roy vehicles coming up for auction

Wayne Newton's 1981 Mercedes-Benz 380L roadster

(May 27, 2021) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.— Barrett-Jackson will offer collectible vehicles owned by some of the biggest Las Vegas entertainment legends, including Wayne Newton, Siegfried & Roy and Frank Sinatra during the 2021 Las Vegas Auction, June 17-19 at the West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). Among the No Reserve offerings will be a custom 1981 Mercedes-Benz 380SL roadster from Wayne Newton, as well as a pair of highly collectible cars from the estate of Siegfried & Roy: a 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing Coupe and a 1994 Rolls Royce Corniche.

Bentley celebrates 75 years of manufacturing cars in Crewe

Building the 1946 Bentley MK VI

(May 23, 2021)  CREWE, England — Bentley Motors is marking 75 years of car production from the luxury marque’s iconic factory in Crewe, England. The revered Mk V, the very last car to be built in Derby before the dawn of the Crewe era in May 1946, today stood proudly on display along Pyms Lane as the current generation Bentley models rolled off the production line at record levels.    

2019 Ford GT to headline Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction

2019 Ford GT with less than 25 miles

(May 12, 2021) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Barrett-Jackson is gearing up for an electrifying Las Vegas auction as it sets its sights on The Entertainment Capital of the World in June as the first public event in the all-new West Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). Channeling the energy created during its recent Scottsdale Auction, Barrett-Jackson’s 2021 Las Vegas Auction, June 17-19, is destined to be the hottest ticket in town, in the most talked-about new venue in the region, with early consignments that include an incredible Liquid Red 2019 Ford GT with less than 25 miles, which will be selling with No Reserve.

Motul launches new classic line of oils for collector cars from 1950-1999

(May 10, 2021) 
CYPRESS, Calif. — Motul, founded in 1853, has introduced its new Classic Line of lubricants that are specifically formulated to meet the needs of both established and emerging collector car markets. With vintage vehicles in mind, Motul’s Classic Line combines oils, detergents, and additives that the company has engineered to enhance the performance of older powertrains while offering improved protection.

Rent a classic car for any occasion at Weather Tech Raceway

(May 7, 2021) MONTEREY, Calif. — As a direct result of a successful partnership established in 2019, Monterey Touring Vehicles has reconfirmed its sponsorship with WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca by committing to a multiyear extension through 2023. Since first becoming involved with the iconic facility, Monterey Touring Vehicles has held a variety of rallies that feature paced parade laps around the track, became presenting sponsor for Laguna Seca Recreation Area’s Cars & Coffee events, and had tempting displays during both premier and community events.

Mecum Las Vegas motorcycle auction reaches $17.5 million in sales

1907 Harley-Davidson Strap Tank

(May 5, 2021) WALWORTH, Wis. — The 30th anniversary return of the Mecum Las Vegas Vintage & Antique Motorcycle Auction was held  April 28 through May 1, and results were strong for the event that has long held status as the world’s largest of its kind. The 2021 auction achieved overall sales of $17.5 million as 1,151 motorcycles changed hands in just four days, and with a total of 1,214 motorcycles offered at the auction, the sell-through rate equaled a hearty 95%, a remarkable achievement for a reserve-based auction.

Proving grounds torture testing convinced motorists to buy 1947 Fords

Braking distances were tested in wet and dry conditions

By Robert D. Cunningham
The Old Motor

(May 2, 2021) The Ford Motor Company introduced its first handmade, postwar Ford passenger car for the 1946 model year on June 2, 1945. The vehicle incorporated many leftover 1942 body parts. Decorative trim was nearly identical to the prewar vehicle except for a new massive, chrome-plated grille with red striping within the embossed accents.


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