The Shroud of Turin meets the Chrisman Brothers' Bonneville coupe Halibrand quick change rear end.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Several forces converged in the early post-WWII California car culture to launch it to a new level of competition and development. Founded in 1937, the Southern California Timing Association reconvened after the war and by 1949 had grown to include the Bonneville Salt Flats as an official venue for speed records; car clubs were propagating like never before, affecting intense rivalries and resulting in a new scoring system, and that same year coupes were allowed to compete for the first time in SCTA history against the more “exclusive” open roadsters. At the same time, engine technologies were advancing with the advent of the production overhead valve V-8, several versions of which could be modified with parts from a fledgling yet burgeoning speed-equipment industry.
All the experience the Chrismans gained on both salt and asphalt came together in the 1930 Ford-based Bonneville racer that would set three different SCTA class records and become the template for the classic Competition Coupe that prevails to this day. Radically chopped, with a sharply laid-back windshield, mail slot windows and a slippery nose cone fabricated from two 1940 Ford hoods, the coupe was a beautifully aggressive-looking showcase for the Chrismans’ trademark technical and aesthetic skills, its mere appearance enough to intimidate the competition.
Mecum Auctions has consigned the Chrisman Brothers Bonneville Coupe to the Mecum at Monterey Auction, August 13-14.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
With a couple of shows and a road trip approaching on the summer calendar, I've begun to investigate exterior finishing and detailing for RT66. My very first BING search netted this brand new and very informative Corvette Fever article about cut and polishing techniques as employed by Corvettes and Customs in Upland, California, written and shot by Steve Dulcich.
Having read this excellent piece, I want to learn more about coaxing show-quality lustre out of modern factory-original base/clear finishes such as that on RT66.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Mecum Auctions has consigned 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Tour de France s/n 1321 to headline its second annual Mecum at Monterey Auction, August 13-14.
Le Mans and Nurburgring Winner
The Ferrari finished 3rd overall and 1st in class at Le Mans in 1959, under the Equipe Nationale Belge banner, and piloted by Jean Blaton and Leon Dernier. Earlier in the year, s/n 1321 finished 1st in class at the Nürburgring 1000Km. The car comes to auction following a long period in private hands.
[T]he name “Tour de France” signified the series of competition berlinetta 250 GT Ferraris built from 1956 to 1959, when chassis number 1321GT, flying the colors of Belgium’s Garage Francorchamps, dominated its class at the twin cathedrals of endurance racing, Le Mans and the Nürburgring. Driven by Jean Blaton (aka “Beurlys”) and Leon Dernier, the Red and Yellow coupe won 1st place in the GT class and 3rd overall at Le Mans as the No. 11 car. Earlier that same year, it took 1st place at the Nürburgring 1000 KM race.
The brainchild of renowned Corvette specialist Rich Lagasse, this 1962 Corvette Resto Mod is one of the best-engineered and built of any Pro Touring Corvette, involving an investment of over $300,000 and many of the top talents in its execution.
This great Resto Mod Corvette is consigned to the Mecum at Monterey Auction for sale Friday, August 13.