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28 Ways Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Rules the Road Course

February 22nd, 2014 • By: Auto News Log Muscle Car Spotlight, Press Release

DETROIT – Lightweight, nimble and incredibly powerful, the original Z/28 was designed for road racing. The 2014 Z/28 carries the same spirit, with every detail engineered specifically to create the ultimate track-capable Camaro.

To enable the Z/28 to quickly lap the most challenging road courses, engineers and designers focused on strengthening three key areas during development:

- Increased grip: The Z/28 is capable of 1.08 g in cornering acceleration, due to comprehensive chassis revisions

- Increased stopping power: The Z/28 features Brembo carbon ceramic brakes capable of 1.5 g in deceleration, and consistent brake feel, lap after lap

- Reduced curb weight: The naturally aspirated Z/28 weighs 300 pounds less than the supercharged Camaro ZL1 and 55 pounds lighter than the Camaro 1LE – with changes ranging from lightweight wheels to thinner rear-window glass.

To enhance the balance and overall driving feel of the Z/28, 100 percent of the unsprung mass – suspension, wheels, tires and brake system – differs from the Camaro SS.

“Like the first-generation Z/28, the new model is a road racer first and foremost. It features a wide range of state-of-the-art exterior performance modifications, and weight-reduction measures. It was bred for the track, pure and simple,” said Mark Stielow, Camaro Z/28 engineering manager.

Exterior Design and Aerodynamics

With the driving goal focused on peak performance capability, nothing on the exterior is without purpose. It shares several racing-inspired, design best practices and lessons learned with the 2014 Corvette Stingray. New and revised exterior content was developed to improve aerodynamics, powertrain cooling and brake-system cooling, helping the Z/28 produce 150 pounds of downforce at 150 mph.

Here are 28 features that helped the Camaro Z/28 lap Germany’s famous Nürburgring road course four seconds faster than the Camaro ZL1.

1. Rear spoiler with ‘wickerbill’

The aerodynamic coefficient of drag goal was achieved with original Camaro SS content and an accessory rear spoiler, but to meet the downforce requirements for Z/28, the spoiler was modified with a “wickerbill” – a small, vertical tab at the edge of the spoiler. Although an aesthetically minor change, it helped improve rear lift performance by 70 counts. That allows the Z/28 to handle turns at higher speeds and deliver greater overall high-speed stability.

2. Unique front fascia

The Z/28’s unique front fascia is based on the Camaro SS, but the fog lamps, air dam and the upper-base grille are replaced with covers that reduce weight from deleting fog lamps, an air duct support bracket, an airflow-optimized grille for enhanced cooling and a modified fascia bottom that incorporates provisions for the brake cooling ducts. They funnel air from the lower grille to the wheelhouse liners and the unique splitter.

3. Front splitter

The Z/28’s front splitter is a large aero panel that provides downforce at the front of the car, enhancing cornering capability and high-speed stability. Designed to withstand 250 pounds of downforce at its tip, it is matched with an aero closeout panel under the front of the engine compartment that also enhances aero characteristics – along with molded-in aero features forward of the front wheels.

4. Hood extractor

A functional carbon fiber hood extractor provides increased engine cooling by allowing hot air an exit route. The design is similar in function to the extractor featured on the Camaro ZL1.

5. Rocker moldings and wheel flare moldings

Specific rocker moldings provide aggressive styling and improved aerodynamic performance, while unique wheel flare moldings cover the Z/28’s wide tires. Deflectors at the bottom-front corners of the front wheel flares contribute to the car’s downforce-producing aerodynamics.

6. Front wheelhouse liners

Unique wheelhouse liners with closeouts work with the vehicle underbody to make the most of airflow.

7. Belly pan

The Z/28 underbody incorporates a belly pan that helps reduce front lift. Developed using computational fluid dynamics and wind-tunnel testing. It provides an aero benefit and contributes to drivetrain cooling. Modified NACA duct profiles are designed to draw air into the underbody tunnel area, where the highly energized air provides extra cooling for underbody components affected by the exhaust heat energy of the LS7 engine.

Weight Reduction

Making the most of mass is a key component of the Z/28’s performance capability, contributing to a balanced feel and a high power-to-weight ratio. With a curb weight of 3,820 pounds and 505 horsepower (376 kW), the Z/28 has a power-to-weight ratio of 7.6:1 – or one horsepower for every 7.6 pounds of the car’s mass. That compares favorably to other performance coupes, including Audi RS 5 (8.9:1), BMW M3 (8.9:1) and Porsche 911 Carrera (8.7:1).

The Z/28’s curb weight is approximately 300 pounds less than the ZL1 and about 55 pounds less the 1LE, despite features that add mass, including a dry-sump oiling system with a 10.5-quart reservoir, higher-mass chassis and suspension components such as the support brackets for the front splitter. Engineers offset the mass of those necessary features with a targeted weight-loss program that trimmed the Z/28 to the essential elements of performance.

8. Thinner rear window glass

Reducing the thickness of the rear window glass from 3.5 mm to 3.2 mm saved 400 grams.

9. Lightweight rear seat

Although it looks like the rear seat in the SS, the Z/28’s rear seat is 4.7 kilograms lighter due to reduced seat foam and a fixed seatback design with no folding/pass-through feature.

10. Lightweight wheels and tires

The Z/28’s 19-inch aluminum wheels save 8.7 kilograms compared to Camaro SS wheels. Their thin split-spoke design features a back-cut at the rim, reducing mass at the outermost area of the wheel – and reducing spin inertia by 5 percent, for enhanced performance. They are matched with track-capable tires that save 13.2 kilograms per vehicle, compared to the SS.

11. Carbon ceramic brake rotors

Lighter than comparably sized steel brake rotors, the Z/28’s carbon ceramic rotors save 9.6 kilograms, while also reducing un-sprung weight for immediate, responsive handling.

12. No Air conditioning

Because the Z/28 is intended for the track, air conditioning was deemed non-essential component. The deletion saved 12.9 kilograms. Air conditioning is available as an option.

Powertrain

The Camaro Z/28’s powertrain is rooted in the 7.0L LS7 engine that made the Corvette Z06 an instant performance icon. With an SAE-certified 505 horsepower (376 kW) and 481 lb-ft of torque (652 Nm), it complements the lightweight vehicle components to give the car its 7.6:1 power-to-weight ratio while delivering the power to accelerate strongly out of corners and achieve high straightaway speeds.

A close-ratio six-speed manual transmission is the only transmission offered and power is distributed to the rear wheels via a limited-slip differential featuring a helical gear set, rather than traditional clutch packs. The new design enables the driver to apply more power and get through corners faster, by continuously adjusting the torque bias to maximize available traction.

The differential works in unison with Chevrolet’s proprietary Performance Traction Management system, which allows drivers to adjust the level of throttle and brake intervention to match their capability and driving environment.

13. LS7 engine with dry-sump oiling

The racetrack-bred LS7includes features designed for the high-rpm environment of the track, including a durable forged-steel crankshaft, lightweight titanium connecting rods and high-flow cylinder heads with lightweight titanium intake valves. It also features a racing-style dry-sump oiling system that helps ensure adequate oil pressure during high-load cornering.

14. Air intake system

The LS7 uses a unique open air box intake system to make the most of high-rpm airflow into the engine. It features a K&N conical air filter and delivers the highest airflow performance of any production Camaro filter system. The air cleaner seals around bottom of the hood, reducing the chance of recirculated hot air being drawn into the engine.

15. Track-capable fuel system

Engineered to meet the fueling demands of the high-output LS7 engine during aggressive driving maneuvers, the road course-ready fuel system is designed to keep the primary fuel pump reservoir full even under hard cornering and maximize the amount of fuel available during high-performance maneuvers around the most grueling road courses.

16. Active dual-mode exhaust system and high-flow converter assembly

The 2014 Z/28’s dual-mode exhaust system is engineered to provide high-flow and muscular sound character under aggressive acceleration, while attenuating noise levels in cruising conditions. It actively controls valves that change the flow path of the exhaust for the desired performance, depending on transmission gear and engine speed. With the valves open, the system produces less back pressure and more power from the engine. Additionally, the converter assembly has been modified to increase flow and horsepower.

17. TREMEC TR6060 six-speed manual transmission

Used in the Camaro ZL1 and Cadillac CTS V-Series, the TREMEC TR6060 six-speed manual has the capability to stand up to high-performance engines, with short throws, smooth gear synchronization and excellent shift feel. Design features include a combination of double-cone and triple-cone synchronizers on all gears. Double-cone synchronizers have two friction surfaces to affect gear acceleration and triple-cone synchronizers have three friction surfaces – the greater the friction surface, the easier the transmission is to shift.

18. 5.1-ratio short-throw shifter

The Z/28 uses a 5.1-ratio short-throw shifter that provides quicker, more precise-feeling gear changes – similar to ZL1 and SS 1LE models.

Chassis and Suspension

The Z/28’s performance focus is maximum cornering, braking and lap times. Comprehensive chassis and suspension changes, including a lower center of gravity, specific stabilizer bars, higher-rate coil springs and other chassis and suspension features, enable more than 1.05 g in lateral acceleration and 1.5 g in deceleration. Racing-bred dampers, tires and carbon ceramic brakes play important roles in predictable and consistent maximum performance with every lap.

19. Strut tower brace

The Z/28 uses the same tower strut brace as the Camaro SS 1LE to provide extra chassis stiffness by tying the towers together. It transmits the load of each strut tower during cornering via tension and compression of the strut bar, which shares the load between both towers and reduces chassis flex.

20. Zero-preload limited-slip differential

A high-performance, zero-preload limited-slip differential is employed to make the most of cornering capability and cornering exit traction. It features a concentric helical gear set that generates friction proportional to the input torque and allows continuous torque biasing and differentiation to be managed between the drive wheels. A conventional limited-slip differential uses preloaded clutch plates and springs to create a fixed amount of friction that is always present).

As torque increases from the engine, the separation forces in the gears increase to drive increased friction, maximizing the capability of individual-wheel antilock brake function during corner-entry braking, mid-corner speed and corner-exit traction. On the track, that translates into quicker lap times, by allowing the Z/28 to put down more power in the turns, with greater traction, greater handling precision and enhanced steering centering. The axle ratio is 3.91.

21. Differential cooler

The Z/28’s differential cooler pulled from the knowledge gained in developing the ZL1, which is unlike that found in other sports cars. It incorporates an integral heat exchanger, eliminating the need for an external pump, wiring, relays, temperature sensors and fan. This innovative system pumps overcooled transmission fluid to a heat exchanger inside the differential housing, which removes excess heat from the differential fluid, reducing temperatures by more than 100 degrees F, helping the differential maintain cool, stable performance throughout the most aggressive road course sessions.

22. Uprated lower control arm ride link “travel limiter” bushing

This higher-durometer part offers 50-percent greater stiffness at high load than the SS, improving steering feel and brake force deflection steer while providing more consistent performance for continuous road-course driving. Additionally, the lower control arm lateral link handling bushing is revised on all 2014 Camaros for more consistent track performance.

23. Uprated rear upper control arm bushing and lower trailing link bushings

The “P-bracket” bushing for the rear upper control arms is redesigned with increased durometer and eliminated voids to improve lateral stiffness during hard cornering, as well as toe-change compliance during braking. The stiffness rate of this part is increased 400 percent, compared with the SS component. Similarly, 25-percent stiffer lower inner and outer trailing links bushings deliver improved lateral stiffness during hard cornering and reduced toe-change compliance during hard braking.

24. Higher-rate coil springs and smaller-diameter stabilizer bars

Engineers increased the stiffness rate of the Z/28’s coil springs – the amount of energy required to compress them – by 85 percent in the front and 65 percent in the rear. The specific tuning of the springs reduces body movement, which allowed the engineers to use smaller, lighter stabilizer bars to maximize grip during hard braking, cornering and acceleration. The solid stabilizer bars are 25mm in diameter in the front and 26mm in the rear – compared to the 28mm front and 27mm solid bars used on the Camaro SS 1LE.

25. DSSV® damper technology

The Z/28 is the first high-volume production road car to employ racing-derived DSSV® or Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve damper technology from Multimatic. The dampers rely upon a pair of self-piloted spool valves to control fluid through tuned port shapes rather than conventional deflected disc dampers. The design of the inverted-monotube front strut and aluminum-body monotube rear hydraulic dampers offers maximum response, stiffness and tuning optimized for the track, with the highest level of damper predictability, accuracy and repeatability. In short, they deliver optimal wheel control and vehicle control – and they provide almost double the stiffness when compared to the dampers on the Camaro SS 1LE.

26. Performance Traction Management

Performance Traction Management, or PTM, is an advanced system that integrates the chassis mode selection, Traction Control and Active Handling Systems, tuned specifically in the Z/28 for optimal road-course performance and consistency. PTM allows the driver to press the accelerator pedal to wide open at the exit of the corner and manages acceleration based on the given vehicle dynamics. Five performance levels or modes are available to accommodate a variety of driving conditions.

27. Nineteen-inch wheels and Pirelli PZero Trofeo R tires

A major contributor to the lateral performance of the Z/28 is the wheel-and-tire combination, featuring the widest front wheels/tires of any comparable sports coupe. Engineers incorporated a comparatively smaller, 19-inch package, with P305/30/ZR19 tires front and rear – mounted on 19×11-inch front wheels and 19×11.5-inch rear wheels – which contributed to lowering the center of gravity 33mm, for enhanced handling. The forged aluminum wheels are lighter and stiffer than comparable SS wheels, and they’re used with Pirelli PZero Trofeo R motorsport compound tires. Designed for summer use on the street, the tires’ unique compound was developed for the track and provides a large contact patch for maximum grip. They also offer a 29.5-pound weight advantage over Camaro SS tires.

28. Brembo® carbon ceramic brakes

Large, robust and track-capable Brembo® carbon ceramic matrix brakes deliver exceptional braking capability, while weighing in 9.6 kilograms under the comparable Camaro SS brakes. The brakes offer unmatched levels of brake feel, lap after lap, with tremendous fade resistance, and the Z/28 is expected to produce 60-0 mph stopping distances of less than 120 feet. The system includes large, 15.5 x 1.4-inch two-piece front rotors matched with fixed monobloc, six-piston front calipers, and 15.3 x 1.3-inch two-piece rear rotors with four-piston calipers. They also feature high-performance pad material with increased pad surface area, and electronic pad-wear sensors.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

Source: Chevrolet

David Brown Automotive Announces Specifications of First Car

- Supercharged 5.0-litre V8, 510PS/ 625Nm, 6-speed automatic

- 0-60 mph (0-100km/h) in 4.6 (4.8) seconds; top speed 155 mph (248 km/h), limited

- Chassis based on Jaguar XKR, bespoke and original exterior and interior design

All-new, British luxury automotive brand, David Brown Automotive, has announced the outline specifications of its first car and given the first hints of its exterior.

Underneath its bespoke exterior design, is the acclaimed chassis and powertrain of the Jaguar XKR, optimised specifically for the car by Envisage group engineers.

This means the car will boast a thoroughly modern 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 engine, driving the rear wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Performance will be suitably brisk, yet refined, delivering 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds and a top speed limited to 155mph (248 km/h).

“As reliability is vital, we chose to adopt a thoroughly proven and acclaimed chassis that not only delivers dynamic performance but also lends itself to our lightweight aluminium design. Renown for its performance and handling, the XKR has been extensively developed and refined by one of the world’s greatest car manufacturers, making it an obvious choice on which to base our car” said David.

These state-of-the-art underpinnings are matched to a completely original exterior and interior design, realised through the highest quality materials and craftsmanship.

David explained: “I wanted all the impact and style of a classic sports car, but with modern capabilities and conveniences. This is what I want in a car, but it’s not something anyone really offers. So, I’ve created it myself.

“It has been developed using a combination of both traditional and contemporary technology, including the latest in automotive expertise. It has undergone a thorough analysis and development programme, including highly advanced windtunnel and dynamic simulations.”

“Project Judi” will be revealed to the public at the Top Marques Show, in Monaco, on 17th April 2014.

“PROJECT JUDI” TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS OUTLINE

Bespoke Aluminium Construction

Traditional handcrafted panels formed over highly accurate computer-machined bucks

Close tolerance panel assembly through precision engineering

Handcrafted panels bonded to machined structural panels for strength and weight reduction

Advanced Engineering

Structural integrity through the use of state-of-the-art CAD technology

Optimised accuracy, safety, performance and functionality through engineering and highly sophisticated computer analysis

Comprehensive aerodynamics and performance simulations

Engine

5.0 V8 510 Supercharged

Capacity (cc) 5,000

Maximum Power EEC-PS (kW) 510 (375)

Maximum torque EEC-Nm (lb. ft.) 625 (461)

Transmission 6-speed automatic

Performance & Economy

Acceleration 0-60 mph (0-100km/h) 4.6 (4.8) seconds

Top speed mph (km/h) 155 (248)

Combined mpg (l/100km) 23.0 (12.3)

Carbon dioxide emissions (g/km) 292

Ahead of the car’s unveiling, anyone can register their interest to receive more information as it becomes available at: www.davidbrownautomotive.com.

Media enquiries:

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Peter Haynes: +44 7738 883 259; peter@torquepr.co.uk

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Stephen Cox: IndyCar – New Markets Require New Thinking

February 1st, 2014 • By: Auto News Log Racing News, Stephen Cox, Stories

The Stephen Cox Blog presented by McGunegill Engine Performance: IndyCar – New Markets Require New Thinking

More than 90% of American race drivers are oval specialists.

A brief review of active racetracks indicates that in the United States, ovals outnumber road courses by a margin of a little more than nine to one. Of course, racetracks open and close frequently, car counts vary, and a few competitors race on both types of courses. But generally speaking, the numbers don’t lie. By an overwhelming margin of more than 90%, the average American racer is an oval driver.

I do not fault Indycar owners for their failure to hire these drivers. In their position, I wouldn’t either. Indycar teams do not need oval drivers. There are only six ovals on the 2014 schedule and most are run flat out by Indycar’s high downforce machines. No one needs a talented pilot who can hustle a sliding car through left hand turns when any marginally competent road racer can drive a car flat out around the entire track.

So Indycar owners have exercised their only sensible option… they hire drivers from open wheel formula series. These series are popular in Europe, where road courses vastly outnumber ovals. The upper levels of these series are, generally speaking, prohibitively expensive. This limits participation to the very wealthy.

It comes as no surprise then that the Indycar series is top-heavy with overseas talent while Americans are represented primarily by wealthy drivers or those born of racing royalty. Meanwhile, open wheel racing struggles for venues and sponsors and its ladder series have changed hands twice in two years.

This is a result of the existing formula and nothing else could have been expected. This formula essentially bans 90% of American race drivers from a realistic shot at competing and brings with it a host of unavoidable consequences.

For instance, only nine cars showed up for last year’s Indy Lights race in St. Petersburg. Meanwhile, six hundred race teams showed up for Wisconsin’s Oktoberfest stock car festival. Thirty-four cars were on hand for last year’s Indianapolis 500 while 376 cars were at last week’s Chili Bowl Midget Nationals.

These consequences also trickle down to attendance and sponsorship. The Chili Bowl has two legitimate title sponsors. The ARCA series has one. Even the regional CRA oval series has a genuine cash-paying title sponsor. Indycar has none.

I’m not saying that Indycar and its ladder series cannot survive, because they have and they will. But what you see is what you get. When 90% of the market is eliminated, what remains is a niche. Niche markets have limited growth potential.

Ultimately, this is a very simple game of numbers. No business can afford to alienate 9 out of every 10 potential partners. If the series wants to expand outside the niche and reach the other 90% of the market, it must tap into 90% of its drivers.

And – like it or not – they are on ovals.

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Mecum Marathon – Results From Kissimmee 2014

WALWORTH, Wis. – The largest collector car auction in the world lived up to its moniker once again with Mecum’s Kissimmee, Fla., event, held Jan. 17-26, offering a grand total of 2,750 cars and more than 3,000 items of Road Art throughout the 10 days of heated bidding and hard-hammering sales. Auction sales reached a hefty $63,435,490 in total with 1,759 of the vehicles exchanging hands for a sell-through rate of 64 percent.

Despite nationwide weather conundrums resulting in thousands of cancelled flights throughout the Northeast and Midwest, the auction still managed to succeed in bringing buyers and sellers together with overall attendance reaching more than 70,000 spectators and an unbeatably diverse lineup of collector vehicles making the trip. More than 48 hours of the auction were broadcast on NBC Sports and Esquire networks drawing more viewers than any other live Mecum auction broadcast in the auction house’s six-year history on television.

Composed of historical greats and highly desirable rarities, Kissimmee’s Corvette lineup saw 232 change hands for a total of $11,896,560. Encompassed by those numbers are select vehicles from the Dr. Vance Shappley Collection including a 1969 L88 Convertible (Lot S165.1) that sold for $510,000, a 1963 Z06 Tanker (Lot S150.1) that hammered at $475,000 and a ’64 Big Tank Coupe (Lot S181.1) that sold for $350,000. Other notable sales in the Corvette realm include a 1968 L88 Coupe (Lot S179) that gaveled at $530,000 and a Triple Crown-awarded ’67 Coupe (Lot S156) hammering at $240,000. The sale of the 1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR Prototype “The Real McCoy” (Lot S132) has been postponed due to third party claims of ownership of parts used in the restoration.

High-performance Fords and Shelbys demonstrated strong sales as well with the modern-day supercar Ford GTs continuing to demand high dollar. A 2006 Heritage Edition (Lot S196) brought $320,000, and a GT wearing Speed Yellow (Lot T181.1) brought $242,500. A total of 68 percent of the 178 Mustangs and Shelbys offered were sold for nearly $5 million dollars in all with a ’69 Boss 429 Fastback (Lot S141) hammering at $240,000.

Mopars were well represented in Kissimmee with numerous strong prices as 105 of the 155 offered were hammered sold. An unrestored 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda (Lot S143) grabbed a sale price of $560,000, and the famous 1967 Plymouth Barracuda Hurst Hemi Under Glass (Lot S200) hammered at $300,000.

Among European makes, Porsche again grabbed the spotlight with 40 of the 60 offered gaveling sold with examples like a Gemini Metallic ’73 911S Coupe (Lot S180) selling for $200,000 and a ’58 356A 1600 Super Cabriolet (Lot S85) coming in at $195,000.

The complete top 10 sales list for Mecum’s Kissimmee auction includes (all individual sales reflect hammer prices):

1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda (Lot S143) at $560,000
1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe (Lot S179) at $530,000
1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible (Lot S165.1) at $510,000
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Tanker (Lot S150.1) at $475,000
1964 Chevrolet Corvette Big Tank Coupe (Lot S181.1) at $350,000
2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition (Lot S196) at $320,000
1967 Plymouth Barracuda Hurst Hemi Under Glass (Lot S200) at $300,000
2006 Ford GT (Lot T181.1) at $242,500
1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe (Lot S156) at $240,000
1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback (Lot S141) at $240,000

For access to complete auction results and other member benefits, signup for the free InfoNet service offered at www.mecum.com. Mecum’s next classic and collector car auction – featuring 1,000 vehicles – will be held April 10-12 at The Reliant Center in Houston followed by the auction house’s April 13 vintage motorcycle auction at the same venue. For more details on an upcoming auction, to consign a vehicle or to register as a bidder, visit www.mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050.

About Mecum Auctions

Nobody sells more than Mecum. Nobody. The Mecum Auction Company is the world leader of collector car and Road Art sales, hosting auctions throughout the United States. The company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 27 years, now offering more than 15,000 vehicles per year and averaging more than one auction each month. Established by President Dana Mecum in 1988, Mecum Auctions remains a family-run company headquartered in Walworth, Wis. For further information, visit www.mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050. Follow along with Mecum’s social media news and join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.

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Auctions America Announces Multi-Year Agreement with NBC Sports Network and 450-Car Collection for its Televised Auburn Spring Event

· Select Auctions America collector car auctions to broadcast live on NBC Sports Network

· Delivered to more than 80 million homes across the U.S., 2014 programming to provide in-depth coverage of the company’s California and Auburn, Indiana events

· Auctions America’s first televised Auburn Spring sale to be headlined by the 450-car John Scotti Collection offered entirely without reserve

AUBURN, Indiana – Auctions America is delighted to announce a multi-year agreement with the Sports Emmy Award-winning NBC Sports Network, providing exclusive live television coverage of its US-based collector car auctions. Commencing in May, the 2014 schedule will see the network broadcast 24 hours of exclusive coverage from Auctions America’s Auburn Spring, California, and Auburn Fall sales, as well as provide online live streaming coverage of each event via NBC Sports Live Extra, the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets.

The new agreement follows the successful broadcast of Auctions America’s debut California sale and flagship Auburn Fall event in 2013, which received rave reviews for their fresh approach to collector car auction programming. Produced by Roger Wilco Productions, the new coverage will follow the same format; in addition to tracking live gavel-to-gavel action, it will showcase the stories behind feature cars and marques, as well as provide a glimpse into the characters of the global collector car hobby, making for entertaining and educational viewing.

The 2014 schedule includes nine hours of coverage from Auctions America’s annual Auburn Spring event, May 8 – 10, along with five hours of coverage from its second annual California sale, August 1 – 2, and 10 hours of coverage from its flagship Auburn Fall event, August 27 – 31. Complete schedules and times will be published online in the coming months.

“Following the great response to our telecasts in California and Indiana last year, we’re thrilled to team up with NBC Sports Network once again to deliver exciting, fresh collector car content to motoring enthusiasts, as well as help educate the marketplace through our programming,” says Donnie Gould, president of Auctions America.

The company’s first televised auction of the year, Auburn Spring, will be headlined by the respected John Scotti Collection – a magnificent collection of 450 vehicles offered entirely without reserve. A lifelong enthusiast, Scotti has been immersed in the automotive industry and hobby from a young age. Growing up with a love for drag racing, he began his career as a mechanic before going on to establish a very successful group of car dealerships in Montreal, Quebec, while concurrently building an impressive car collection of his own. Carefully amassed over 25 years, the John Scotti Collection is highlighted by exceptional 1950s to 1970s American muscle cars, and late model exotics.

“Mr. Scotti has been a long-time friend of Auctions America, and we’re honored that he’s entrusted us with the sale of his extensive collection,” adds Gould. “The cars in the collection are a perfect fit for the Auctions America brand and are sure to provide some exciting coverage on NBC Sports Network.”

As Scotti prepares to downsize his collection this spring, some 450 vehicles from the collection will cross the block in Auburn, May 8 – 10. Among a long list of feature attractions are: a highly original 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster with only 5,500 miles; a 1987 Buick GNX showing just 90 original miles; a concours-ready 1934 Chrysler Airflow, presented in striking dark green; and an extremely rare 1958 Pontiac Parisienne Convertible.

“I’ve known the Auctions America team for a number of years and have become familiar with the expertise of their specialists and their different auction venues,” says Scotti. “When the time came to sell my collection, I knew they would provide fantastic service and connect my cars with the right buyers. I’m looking forward to Auburn Spring and passing my cars on to the next generation of collectors.”

For further information on Auctions America’s Auburn Spring event, please visit auctionsamerica.com or call toll-free 1-877-906-2437 (+1 260-927-9797 outside North America).

About Auctions America

Formed in July 2010, Auctions America specializes in the sale of American classics, European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods, and customs. Headquartered at the historic Auburn Auction Park in Indiana, Auctions America boasts an expert team of full-time vehicle specialists who offer over 140 years of combined experience buying, selling, racing, and restoring collector vehicles, making them uniquely qualified to advise on all aspects of the hobby. To learn more about Auctions America, please visit auctionsamerica.com, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @auctionsamerica.

Photo Information: An overview of the John Scotti Collection, to be offered entirely without reserve at Auctions America’s Auburn Spring sale (Photo Credit © 2013 Courtesy of Auctions America).

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