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Posted on March 7, 2014 Comments (0)

Beautiful, and All Too Brief

Online newsletters are basically the same words and images as print media. The words, whether printed on the screen or on the page, are pretty much the same. Images, no matter how dramatically framed, cannot compare to the “pop” they deliver when back-lit by a screen. This week’s images are by Michael Furman, undisputed master of automotive studio photography. Enjoy!

1933 Rolls Royce PII Continental photo by Michael Furman

1933 Rolls Royce PII Continental – photo by Michael Furman

Amelia! Amelia! Wherefore art Thou!

It is early Friday morning as you read this and we are beginning our first day of events at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Since it is somewhat earlier in the week as I write this, I am trusting that the weather is warm and all is dry. The forecast was not positively negative. Either way, look for our detailed reports next week.

1955 Ghia Gilda photo by Michael Furman

1955 Ghia Gilda –photo by Michael Furman

The Collier

The Collier family name has been synonymous with motorsports for decades. Until now, access to the Naples Florida based Collier Collection archives and their historically important cars has been denied to all but serious collectors, restorers, scholars, and historians. We have recently learned from several sources that, in a partnership with Stanford University’s Revs Institute, the museum will soon be open to the public. This is exciting news and we will happily pass on details as they are confirmed.

1969 Shelby GT500 photo by Michael Furman

1969 Shelby GT500 – photo by Michael Furman

Gold Medal Ads

The Winter Olympics have nothing whatsoever to do with cars. Then again… without car ad revenue there wouldn’t be television coverage. We did a quick Picks & Pans on the auto ads. We look for your thoughts.

2014 Bugatti Vitesse photo by Michael Furman

2014 Bugatti Vitesse – photo by Michael Furman

Have a great weekend wherever you may be and if it is on the 18th fairway at Amelia on Sunday, say “Hi.” (I’m the one in the burgundy MMR logo cap.)

Peter Bourassa

2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 3.8 photo by Michael Furman

2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 3.8 – photo by Michael Furman

1975 Porsche 911 Turbo photo by Michael Furman

1975 Porsche 911 Turbo – photo by Michael Furman

1914 Flying Merkel photo by Michael Furman

1914 Flying Merkel – photo by Michael Furman

1959 Jaguar XK-150 Roadster photo by Michael Furman

1959 Jaguar XK-150 Roadster – photo by Michael Furman

Olympic Car Ads… N’est Pas?

Posted on March 6, 2014 Comments (2)

The Winter Olympics embrace the world. Because most countries cover different events at different times, the ads are unquestionably national in nature; sometimes that it a good thing.

In general, the ads were good. These are the ones I remembered:

  • The worst was probably the Nissan ad showing 5-4-3-2-1 red cars/trucks whizzing into and out of place. Simply a carny-like ad. They could do better.

  • The Honda bobbing Presidents head dolls for President Day sales got long pretty quick.

  • The Omega watch featuring a vintage Aston was very cool.

  • There was a Chevy Malibu ad that had a great V8 sound.

  • Audi’s “My Dad is an Alien” was very clever.

  • The Baby sitter in the Tahoe raising her pricing at the last minute was clever and made a point.

  • The used car ad featuring a man convincing his nit-picky parents that BMW Certified was good made you want to shoot old people, and stay at home if you are one.

  • The Cadillac ad highlighting a successful executive explaining why America is great, slamming Europeans (the French in particular), and driving the new ELR Caddy, was a bit over the top.

If you are a true patriot, Chauvinism makes you uncomfortable. Proclaiming ourselves exceptional is as distasteful as being told that we are not by Mr. Putin. The world knows our worth and generally judges us far better than we do ourselves. That is exceptional. Caddy has unquestionably come a long way, but I think I was more comfortable when it was under or even not stated. Let the numbers and the product speak. I think that is more American. 

What do you think?

Tags: Car Ads

MMR Community Newsletter

Posted on February 28, 2014 Comments (0)

This week’s Newsletter is focused on Northern Florida. We will focus first on The Daytona 500 race and on the upcoming Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Our images this week are from past Amelias.

Chevy, Hendricks, and Junior win Daytona

The Daytona 500 is a fascinating race. After running 38 laps, the race was delayed over six hours and, when it resumed, patient fans got their money’s worth. The culmination of a two week self-love fest, to win the 500 requires a good car, a good team, and an experienced driver. No matter how talented or quick, rookies and strangers don’t win the 500 today. Chevrolet provided a good car and the best team developed it and hired top drivers to win. Hendrick Motorsports had three cars in the top five finishers and they worked together. On the final restart, when push came to shove, Chevy driver Jeff Gordon literally pushed Dale Earnhardt Jr. to his second victory at Daytona. Gordon finished third and teammate Jimmie Johnson finished fifth. Note: A month ago the winner of the 2014 24 Hours of Daytona won just over $100K. Junior picked up $1.43M.

DW Does a Nutty

Darrell Waltrip, former NASCAR Champion and now Fox race commentator, had an opportunity to ride in an Australian V8 Series stock car and his reactions were recorded. Check out our homepage video for more.

Collector’s Corner

Last Sunday’s New York Times featured an interview with Sam Mann, a New Jersey collector whose cars have won at Pebble Beach four times and Amelia six. Mann is a successful design engineer with 81 patents to his name. His collection of forty-six vehicles is eclectic, interesting in its scope and reflective of his life experiences. As a young man growing up in Patterson, he learned to work on cars and in his early collecting days he did his own restoration work. In the article he explains how much he enjoyed seeking out, researching their histories, and purchasing cars directly from owners. Today “all is set before you in an auction book and the only remaining challenge is that of being outbid.” He laments the change. And so do we.

Amelia Cometh

We will be driving the WASRED 308 to Amelia again this year, weather permitting, and we will share some tips for fellow Amelia travelers a little further down this letter.

Please share this with a friend.

Have a great weekend,
Peter Bourassa

Amelia Primer:
Win a Denise McCluggage Picture!

Posted on February 27, 2014 Comments (0)

Here are a few bullet points for those among you who will be at Amelia next weekend.

  • Amelia Island is in Northern Florida very near the Georgia border. It can be cool there in March. Bring warm clothing.
  • Please remember that Bike Week begins March 7, just down the road, at Daytona. Bikes and trailers will be all over the highways that weekend.
  • View the Events Schedule here.
  • By now you have purchased your tickets. Don’t forget the seminars. They separate Amelia from every other similar event.
  • Most of the official (read sanctioned) events are either held at or emanate from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Amelia Island.
  • The Gooding & Co. Auction will be held at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation.
  • Fernandina Beach is the nearest town and it is a nice space with excellent restaurants and bars.
  • Check out the Passport Transport Eight Flags Road Tour to Fernandina Beach’s main street. It is a great opportunity to see and photograph the rare cars on the street.
  • Sunday morning: you cannot get on the field until 9:30AM and the line will start forming way before that. By 10:00AM everyone will be on the field and you will be able to walk right in.
  • The Ritz is great and there are a number of restaurants on the property. There simply aren’t enough on Sunday from 11:30AM to 2:30PM. Carry water and an energy bar with you. Then you can eat at your convenience.
  • If you want to take pictures you will need to be patient. Very patient.
  • Have a great time!
  • Send us your three favorite pictures and we will choose the one we like best and send the winner a signed Denise McCluggage picture of a Ferrari Transport taken in 1958.

MMR Community Newsletter

Posted on February 21, 2014 Comments (1)

This week’s images are from our archives and celebrate British cars and the Best of Britain exhibit scheduled to open today at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia. Read more below…

We are solidly into the Hype and Hope portion of the F1 racing season. Speaking of Hype, the NASCAR circus are into their annual muddle of shoot-outs, clashes, and apple-bobbing contests before their real race finally happens on the 23rd. But, credit where credit is due, it is generally an interesting race.

Elephants in the Garage

So until something better comes along we will entertain ourselves, and hopefully our readers, by joining all our friends, many as unqualified as we, in speculating about the Alice in Auctionland market. Please note that our choice of cars reflects what our readers tell us they appreciate; a car that drives well is more valuable than a car that appreciates well but does all else poorly.

Market Picks

While punters question when this spiraling market will crash, there are excellent cars that are quietly going nowhere. It has been ten years since the last of 5,703 Z8s rolled off the BMW assembly line. The market was slow to appreciate this excellent but understated modern sports car. As it has aged, appreciation has grown for its attention to detail and build quality. It has been referred to as a modern E-type. What are your thoughts?

Market Pans

One vintage sports car, whose price rise continues to astound, is the Austin Healey 3000 MKIII. This was a car that grew out of the spare and sporty 100/4 to become a somewhat plump sports/GT car that created a niche for itself between the relatively inexpensive MG and Triumphs and the expensive and prestigious Jaguars of the day. Big Healeys, as the 3000 series was known, are unquestionably handsome and were quite popular in their day. They were more comfortable than quick and their low slung exhaust systems made drivers aware of steep curbs long before front valences came in fashion. In hindsight, their predecessor the 100/6 was really the Healey to have. Though never as successful a racer as the 100 series, it was a true sports car with minimal creature comforts, clean and simple in design. In our opinion it was a better car. What do you think?

Making Car Images

The Simeone Museum launch their Best of Britain Exhibit this Friday the 21st in Philadelphia and on Sunday, March 2nd, MMR Editor Dom Miliano, joins renown photographer Michael Furman for a one day Automotive Photography Workshop from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, also at the Simeone.  Workshop Info >>

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to take a moment and share this with a friend.

Peter Bourassa