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9 mile trailed Cobra R 1995 Mustang, Previously owned by NASCAR driver Ernie Irvan, 1 of 250 produced

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Purchased new through Ford Special Engineering in 1995 by former Robert Yates Racing-Texaco Havoline #28 NASCAR driver Ernie Irvan. He trailered it to car shows, and never drove it. He finally sold it in 2016. VIN: 1FALP42C5SF213524 But there are quite a few of those limited Cobra R's hanging around waiting to appreciate in value. One has 523 miles, http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/a25844/a-1995-ford-mustang-cobra-r-reaches-the-racetrack/ another has 2911 miles https://www.a-gc.com/1995-ford-mustang-svt-cobra-r-c-361.htm another has 6076 https://lmr.com/products/1995-Ford-Mustang-SVT-Cobra-R-Specs-Features

Did you know Ferrari is worried about the demand for their cars? The waiting line is so much that Ferrari won't allow it's employees to buy a new Ferrari, unless they are Scuderia Ferrari F1 driver

http://www.thedrive.com/news/12689/ferrari-employees-are-not-allowed-to-buy-their-own-cars-from-the-factory

for a good welder call... Amazin Blaze; a'Heatin and a'Beatin Welding Service

https://youtu.be/rLnN-hqgfxY Welcome to Hucklebuck studios. Yall come on in and have a seat. Let me give you a little rundown on myself.... My name is Glen Thornton....My friends call me Amazing Blaze....I'm the owner and operator of a'Heatin and a'Beatin welding service. We have 24 hour service working week days, week nights, weekend days weekend nights, holidays are my specialty... Especially Thanksgiving. I weld long arc, short arc, heliarc, and in the dark. Fit for 4 welders or weld for 4 fitters. If you want 2 or 3 weeks off , I can handle that too. Weld anything from the crack of dawn to a broken heart..., from eggshells to spider webs. I have done some work for a few young black widows. We weld right handed left handed, 6 inches off the floor, up against the wall , in the corner, with or without a mirror....uphill, downhill, side to side, no crack too tight, no gap too wide. If you don't like the way I do it, I'll let you try it. If …

598 mile 1st year Diablo, one owner, and one of 21 equipped with the Bruguet Type "4330" Chronometer, 300 thou and it's yours

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this was a one-off, special-order, special wish example completed in brilliant "Impact White" with a complementary full white leather interior with contrasting red piping. It also received the very popular upgraded Alpine Stereo / CD system with amplifier and subwoofer full gallery and description at http://www.anamera.com/en/detail/car/482258/index.html?no_cache=1&ret=202

Firestone made drag slicks for the Ford Thunderbolt, specifically, back in the 60s

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Firestone Lightning Slicks. They’re unique to the Thunderbolt as they have a lightning-bolt tread pattern. Few remain still intact and on a Thunderbolt.

Letterer Johnny Watts, at age 81, still plies his trade the old-fashioned way: freehand, since age 13.

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Using pictures Allen acquired, Watts lettered the car just as it would have been done back in the day—freehand. Watts has been lettering automobiles for 68 years, starting his craft at the age of 13. He’s one of only a handful who still applies the paint freehand with a trusted brush he’s had for many years. Over a two-day period, Watts gave the Bonner Thunderbolt character.

Vermont's Governor, Phil Scot, is the first sitting governor to ever win a stock car race, it was his 30th career win.

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The sixty-year-old head of state scored his 30th career victory at Vermont's Thunder Road earlier this month in dramatic fashion, holding off several challengers in the Late Model Series to take the checkered flag and become the track's all time wins leader - and the first sitting governor to ever win a stock car race of any kind Before Scott began stock car racing, he raced motorcycles and snowmobiles, turning to stock cars in his early 30s. He’s now in his 27th year of racing at Thunder Road, his 26th in the top late-model division. Over that time he has won three track championships, most recently in 2002. Going into this season, Scott had won 29 feature races at Thunder Road, the most ever. On July 6, he won his 30th. http://www.thedrive.com/news/12666/vermont-governor-is-one-heck-of-a-stock-car-racer-on-the-side http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/sports/2017/07/07/vermont-governor-scott-claims-late-model-win-thunder-road/457993001/ http://www.foxsports.com/motor…

how many parts can be replaced before a car is no longer considered original? How many before it's not even the same car? What if you replaced them all, slowly, and put the used parts together? Then you have two cars, with the same serial number. Jaguar XKD 530

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Chassis number XKD 530 is one of the 54 examples produced for privateer customers, this car left the factory on February 13, 1956, finished in British Racing Green. Retailed through Finnish Jaguar dealer S.M.K., the car was delivered in April 1956 to Curt Lincoln, of Helsinki, a tennis player on Finland’s Davis Cup team who was known to the racing world for his exploits in F3 midget cars and a Jaguar C-Type. As factory documentation reportedly demonstrates, Mr. Lincoln sought to avoid excessive duty on the import; therefore, he instructed Coventry to make the car appear used, so that it would not be subject to new vehicle tariffs. To this end, the factory brushed the pedals to make them appear worn, replaced the steering wheel with a used one, and adjusted the odometer to misleadingly reflect accrued mileage, among other measures. Other than the 1957 Elaintarhanajo, XKD 530 was used primarily for ice racing following the 1956 season, and team Askolin fitted the tires with 1¾-inch…

Lagonda. Sounds quite British...

The Lagonda car company was founded in 1906 by Wilber Gunn, an American, who named the company after a river near his home in Springfield Ohio. So... it's in that same strange territory as the Hispano Suiza, made in France with a name that is decidedly not French.

this looks like an incredible place to have a Concours due to the terraced lawn. Heveningham Hall in Sullfolk, England. Previously a WW2 airfield

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Heveningham Hall is a 5000 acre estate deep in the heart of rural Suffolk. The house was mostly designed by Sir Robert Taylor in 1778 for Sir Gerrard Vanneck, a wealthy Dutch merchant. The Vanneck family owned the hall until 1970 when the hall, which by then was in a poor state of repair, was handed over to the Department of Environment in lieu of death duties. In 1981 the house was sold to an Iraqi businessman who then commenced to repair and conserve the hall, but died before restoration was completed. It was then purchased in 1994 by the current custodian Mr and Mrs Jon Hunt, who then set about restoring the hall and the Capability Brown (18th century landscape artist) landscape to their former glory. http://www.velocetoday.com/heveningham-concours-delegance-suffolk-u-k/

Described as one of the least used and lowest ownership examples of the D Type Jag - XKD 534

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Shipped to Wellington from the Midland’s dealership Attwood’s, it was race-prepared for local enthusiast Sam Gibbons to enter for his son Bob. He drove it in the New Zealand Grand Prix meeting at Ardmore Aerodrome in 1957. During the race leading British driver Ken Wharton fatally crashed, but Gibbons won, beating Jack Brabham into second place. During the 1957-58 season Gibbons also won the Ken Wharton Memorial Trophy at Ardmore but at Dunedin hit a trackside post. The car was then sold to sheep farmer Angus Hyslop, who raced it in a programme of New Zealand events during the early 1960s and took the car to Europe. During his ownership a new 3.8 litre D-Type short block engine was imported and installed. Ownership then passed to fellow New Zealander Simon Taylor who won the Ken Wharton Memorial Trophy in 1962. After one other change of ownership, it ended up in 1964 with Noel Foster Foster didn't use the D-type for competition, savouring it instead for fun driving on high …
Shipped to Wellington from the Midland’s dealership Attwood’s, it was race-prepared for local enthusiast Sam Gibbons to enter for his son Bob. He drove it in the New Zealand Grand Prix meeting at Ardmore Aerodrome in 1957. During the race leading British driver Ken Wharton fatally crashed, but Gibbons won, beating Jack Brabham into second place. 

During the 1957-58 season Gibbons also won the Ken Wharton Memorial Trophy at Ardmore but at Dunedin hit a trackside post. The car was then sold to sheep farmer Angus Hyslop, who raced it in a programme of New Zealand events during the early 1960s and took the car to Europe. 

During his ownership a new 3.8 litre D-Type short block engine was imported and installed. Ownership then passed to fellow New Zealander Simon Taylor who won the Ken Wharton Memorial Trophy in 1962. After one other change of ownership, it ended up in 1964 with Noel Foster

Foster didn't use the D-type for competition, savouring it instead for fun driving on high days and…
Italian court affirmed in 2011 that the only real 0818 was that of Italian Fabrizio Violati. A characteristic case of a car whose pieces were used to rebuild two cars

http://www.aonclassiccar.fr/2016/07/voitures-de-collection-fausses-et-usages-de-fausses/

after being raced by Graham Hill, at Sebring, Le Mans, etc, here is it's history
1966 - chassis stayed in a garage that David Piper shared with Tom Meade in Modena.
77 - Mike Oustromoff, Redditch, UK
77 - restoration started using the original engine and chassis, new body built by Wakefields of Byfleet, UK
81 Donington
81 Monthlery
82 - Christopher Murray, Middletown, RI, USA (drug smuggler)
82/sep/04 20th anniversary 250 GTO Chris Murray/ Francois Sicard "58 D 1799"

84/dec/17 - confiscated by the US Government and offered for sale
85/jun - offered for $250,000.
85/oct/30 - Fabrizio Violati -  through US Government and court of Bridgeport/CT
86 - nose redone by Allegretti, Modena, I
89/aug OGP Nuerburgring Stefano Durelli
89 - Fabriz…

coincidence that these competitors were lined up in similar photos?

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http://www.aonclassiccar.fr/2017/04/et-pour-vous-une-ferrari-512s-ou-une-porsche-917/

the super secret Simca test track in Mortefontaine forest, 25 miles north of Paris

Henri Pigozzi, owner of Simca, decided that he needed a tool his engineers could discretely use to develop their new models. The landowner, Count de Gramont, agreed to lend his land for 30 years to the projects of his hunting partner. 

Just over 2 miles long, its route was a synthesis of all the difficulties of a road network. 

Fast curves, tight turns, uneven slopes, pins, sinuous portions at high speeds, long straight lines, everything is there, interspersed with paved areas and wet passages. In the middle, large asphalted areas make it possible to carry out braking tests as well as crash tests in complete safety. 

In 1968 Chrysler bought Simca, and got the track, then it was transferred to
Peugeot-Citroën in 1978 when it acquired Chrysler Europe.
 In 1988, it was taken over by Valeo, which sold it to
 Pininfarina in 2003.

Today, the facilities are owned by UTAC (Union Technique de l'Automobile of the Motorcycle and Cycle), which also has the Montlhéry test center and its famous autodr…

Buick Lucerne... named for a city in Switzerland. Why? I can't find an answer online

The Lucerne (from 2006 through 2011) replaced both the upscale LeSabre, and top of the line, Park Avenue. Well, if you're naming a car for a place, and you are replacing Park Avenue... why go with a Swiss city? There is also a large dairy by the name of Lucerne

 And then the Lucerne was replaced with the LaCrosse... a hockey stick game, (the city in Wisconsin has a space after the La and before Crosse, but was preceded by the LaSabre. Maybe someone in the naming process was stuck on the words beginning with L that have no meaning? That sound French?

Braking was not one of the Lucerne's strong points, as testing revealed stopping distances that were the longest in the full-size sedan class, as it's bigger than a Chrysler 300

A LaSabre is a sword, a LaCrosse is a stick for the purpose of catching a ball (the crosse)

https://www.edmunds.com/buick/lucerne/
http://www.caranddriver.com/features/rides-for-the-retirement-set-buick-lucerne-page-3

I even sent an email to Buick.com, but I …