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Mopar to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of the Iconic 426 HEMI in 2014

Mopar Unveils Logo, Special Product Line and Plans Marketing Events

- 2014 marks 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Gen II 426 Race HEMI®
- Mopar unveils 50th anniversary HEMI logo celebrating the iconic engine
- Engine made its legendary debut in February 1964 by dominating the Daytona 500
- A version of the Gen II 426 HEMI still powers NHRA Funny Car and Top Fuel vehicles
- Special 50th anniversary HEMI merchandise product line available on WearMopar.com
- Marketing events planned for fans throughout the year

Auburn Hills, Mich. - Throughout 2014, Mopar will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the iconic second generation (Gen II) 426 Race HEMI® engine to motorsports competition and its eventual initiation to production vehicles.

To kick off the year-long commemoration of the legendary engine, Mopar has created a 50th anniversary logo. The design incorporates an elephant in reference to the engine’s moniker, which resulted from the powerplant’s imposing size, strength and power. The logo also features the trademark HEMI-orange color that covered the engine and made it even more recognizable.

“Mopar is proud to mark the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Gen II 426 HEMI, a revolutionary engine that inspired a long line of quality products in our brand’s portfolio,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO — Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “The 426 HEMI is such a vital part of our heritage and a key ingredient in helping make Mopar what it is today. The success of the Race HEMI launched a unique brand of sought after muscle cars that had fans began to refer to as Mopars, and that is something we are very proud of.”

While Chrysler engineers initially introduced the original hemispherical combustion engine design for passenger cars in 1951 and celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2011, the iconic and revolutionary second generation HEMI engine, so closely associated with the muscle car era, made its memorable debut in 1964.

The new second generation HEMI measured 426 cubic inches and was built specifically to win races. Two versions of this 426 race engine were built – one called the “Circuit” or “Track” engine and the other the “Acceleration” or “Drag” engine.

The Gen II 426 Race HEMI was first introduced at the Daytona 500 in February 1964 with legendary driver Richard Petty winning the race handily in his Plymouth, while a dominating performance by three other HEMI-powered entries gave four of the top five finishing positions to the new powerplant. Petty drove to eight victories and earned the NASCAR championship in 1964 with HEMI-powered cars amassing a total of 26 race wins. The HEMI used for the season was rated at 400 horsepower and had a compression ratio of 12.5:1.

That same year in National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) drag racing competition, Don Garlits broke the 200-mph barrier in the Gen II 426 Race HEMI-powered car travelling the quarter-mile straight-line distance in 7.78 seconds at 201.34 mph.

For the following season, NASCAR’s sanctioning body changed the rules mandating that all engines used for its races must be available in production vehicles. This led to the withdrawal from NASCAR competition for the 1965 season and saw Chrysler engineers concentrate their efforts in drag racing.

A new lighter drag racing package, referred to as A-990, debuted in the NHRA Super Stock class in 1965 in Dodge and Plymouth vehicles with altered wheelbases, launching the popularity of Funny Cars. To this day, a version of that engine still powers every single Funny Car and Top Fuel engine regardless of being badged by other manufacturers.

With the introduction of the 426 “Street” HEMI in 1966 for production vehicles, the HEMI made a return to NASCAR racing. During the next several years, vehicles with HEMI engines won countless races, numerous championships in various professional categories and were feared by competitors.

With the availability of a Street HEMI, Chrysler no longer offered a special drag racing engine. Instead, drag racers were provided with the street version, which they could modify at their discretion. The only exception was the limited edition 1968 Dodge Dart and Plymouth Barracudas that remained powered by the 426 Race HEMI, with only 75 of each model produced.

The heritage of those special vehicles is celebrated each year by Mopar with the HEMI Challenge that takes place in the Sportsman class at the NHRA’s prestigious U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. The HEMI Challenge made its debut in 2001 and features these classic muscle cars, which contributed to the brand’s legendary reputation and success at the drag strip.

In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the 426 Race HEMI engine, Mopar also established the “Tom Hoover Sportsman Challenge” at the start of the 2013 season, with a winner selected from the Sportsman Stock or Super Stock classes by amassing the most points at the wheel of a Chrysler Group vehicle in the course of a season during NHRA sanctioned races nationwide.

Since its1964 debut, the second generation Gen II 426 HEMI remains a legend due to its reputation and performance on and away from the racetrack, the dedication and skill that Chrysler designers put into it, as well as its rarity since availability was discontinued in production vehicles in 1971.

The innovative engine’s offspring live on, not only in the NHRA within all Funny Car and Top Fuel machines, but also within both new production and classic heritage vehicles thanks to the availability of current day products (including the installation of a crate engine), to transform them into a “Mopar”-machines.

To mark the 50th anniversary celebration, and complement the availability and continued development of these engines, a unique product line of HEMI merchandise has been created and will be launched throughout the month of January at WearMopar.com. This new product line features the HEMI 50th anniversary logo and will include items such as clothing, decorative lighting, clocks, a pub table, stools, and much more.

Numerous marketing initiatives and events surrounding the 50th anniversary, designed to encourage Mopar fans to partake in the celebrations nationwide, are also planned for 2014 and will be announced shortly.

Mopar Brand

Mopar is Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand and distributes 280,000 parts and accessories. With the creation of the industrial alliance between Chrysler Group and FIAT SpA, Mopar is extending its global reach, integrating service, parts and customer-care operations in order to enhance dealer and customer support worldwide. Mopar’s global portfolio includes more than 500,000 parts and accessories that are distributed in more than 130 markets. Mopar is the source for genuine parts and accessories for Chrysler Group brands as well as FIAT brands.

Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered with the same teams that create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler Group and FIAT vehicles – a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is available at www.mopar.com.

Mopar-first Features

Mopar has introduced numerous industry-first features including:

- Vehicle-information apps: first to introduce smartphone vehicle-information applications, a new channel of communication with customers

- Electronic owner manuals: first to introduce traditional owner manuals in a DVD and brief user-guide format. First to offer complete vehicle-information kits in Spanish

- Wi-Fi: first to offer customers the ability to make their vehicle a wireless hot spot

- Wireless charging: first to introduce in-vehicle wireless charging for portable devices

- Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): first to market with interactive vehicle tracking device that sends owner a text when vehicle is driven too fast or too far based on pre-set parameters

- wiAdvisor: first to provide factory-connected tablet technology in the service lane for
instant vehicle diagnosis

- wiTech: first to support vehicle diagnosis and software updates leveraging off-the-shelf personal computers and a dedicated wireless tool network

- 2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak: first to introduce a 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car

More than 75 Years of Mopar

Mopar (a simple contraction of the words Motor and PARts) was trademarked for antifreeze product in 1937. The Mopar brand made its mark in the 1960s – the muscle-car era. The former Chrysler Corporation built race-ready Dodge and Plymouth “package cars” equipped with special high-performance parts. Mopar carried a line of “special parts” for super-stock drag racers and developed its racing parts division called Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use. The brand has expanded to include technical service and customer support.

Source: Mopar

NBC Sports Group And Mecum Auctions Sign Multi-Year Agreement To Present Coverage of Mecum Collection Car Auctions

- Three-Year Agreement To Feature More Than 425 Hours of Original Programming

- Coverage Presented Across NBC, NBCSN and Esquire Network

- 125 Hours of Mecum Collector Car Auction Programming in 2014

Walworth, Wis. – NBC Sports Group and Mecum Auctions, the world leader in live auctions of collector cars, announced today a multi-year agreement to present coverage of Mecum car auctions across NBC, NBCSN, and the Esquire Network, which is part of the NBCUniversal family of networks. The three-year agreement, which begins in 2014, will provide for more than 425 hours of programming across all three channels.

NBC, NBCSN and Esquire Network will collaborate to feature all 12 of Mecum’s annual car auctions. Live coverage will begin on Esquire Network on January 17 at 1 p.m. ET and on NBCSN January 24 at 1 p.m. ET, with the Kissimmee Car Auction, the largest collector car auction in the world featuring 3,000 collectible cars over 10 days. On Sunday, January 26 at 3 p.m. ET, NBC will air a one-hour special highlighting the most prestigious and unique cars sold at the auction. In addition to coverage of the cars being sold, specific telecasts will also include spotlight features on the history of vehicles up for auction, and the lifestyles of the buyers and sellers.

NBC and NBCSN’s coverage of all Mecum car auctions will also be streamed online, via NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream coverage of the Mecum collector car auctions via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

Coverage airing on NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

For the participating cable/satellite/telco companies offering NBC Sports Live Extra:

http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2013/08/16/nbc-sports-live-extra-providers/

2014 MECUM COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION TELEVISION SCHEDULE

DATE LOCATION NETWORK TIME

Fri., January 17 Kissimmee Esquire 1 p.m.
Sat., January 18 Kissimmee Esquire 11 a.m.
Sun., January 19 Kissimmee Esquire 11 a.m.
Tues., January 21 Kissimmee Esquire 1 p.m.
Wed., January 22 Kissimmee Esquire 2 p.m.
Thu., January 23 Kissimmee Esquire 2 p.m.
Fri., January 24 Kissimmee Esquire 6:30 p.m.
Fri., January 24 Kissimmee NBCSN 1 p.m.
Sat., January 25 Kissimmee NBCSN 10 a.m.
Sat., January 25 Kissmmee Esquire Noon
Sun., January 26 Kissimmee NBCSN 10 a.m.
Sun., January 26 Kissimmee NBC 3 p.m.
Thu., April 10 Houston NBCSN 5 p.m.
Fri., April 11 Houston NBCSN 5 p.m.
Sat., April 12 Houston NBCSN 12:30 p.m.
Thu., April 24 Kansas City NBCSN 5 p.m.
Fri., April 25 Kansas City NBCSN 5 p.m.
Sat., April 26 Kansas City NBCSN 5 p.m.
Wed., May 14 Indianapolis NBCSN 11:30 p.m.
Thu., May 15 Indianapolis NBCSN 1 p.m.
Thu., May 15 Indianapolis NBCSN 11:30 p.m.
Fri., May 16 Indianapolis NBCSN 1 p.m.
Fri., May 16 Indianapolis NBCSN 11:30 p.m.
Sat., May 17 Indianapolis NBCSN 11 a.m.
Sun., May 18 Indianapolis NBCSN Noon
Thu., June 12 Seattle NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Fri., June 13 Seattle NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Sun., June 15 Seattle NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Thu., July 24 Harrisburg NBCSN 5:30 p.m.
Fri., July 25 Harrisburg NBCSN 5:30 p.m.
Sat., July 26 Harrisburg NBCSN 1 p.m.
Thu., August 14 Monterey NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Fri., August 15 Monterey NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Sat., August 16 Monterey NBCSN 12:30 p.m.
Sat., August 16 Monterey NBCSN 9 p.m.
Thu., September 4 Dallas NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Fri., September 5 Dallas NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Sat., September 6 Dallas NBCSN Noon
Thu., October 9 Chicago NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Fri., October 10 Chicago NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Sat., October 11 Chicago NBCSN 1 p.m.
Thu., November 13 Anaheim NBCSN 8 p.m.
Fri., November 14 Anaheim NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Sat., November 15 Anaheim NBCSN 4 p.m.
Thu., December 4 Kansas City NBCSN 8 p.m.
Fri., December 5 Kansas City NBCSN 1 p.m.
Sat., December 6 Kansas City NBCSN 12:30 p.m.
Thu., December 11 Austin NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Fri., December 12 Austin NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Sat., December 13 Austin NBCSN 3 p.m.

ABOUT NBC SPORTS GROUP

When the Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction was completed in January 2011, the sports assets of the two companies combined to form NBC Sports Group, which serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. The sports media company consists of a unique array of broadcast television, cable television, radio and digital sports assets, including NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN, Golf Channel, 11 NBC Sports Regional Networks, two regional news networks, NBC Sports Radio and all of their respective digital properties. NBC Sports Group possesses an unparalleled collection of television rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic Committee, the NFL, NHL, PGA TOUR, PGA of America, USGA, Churchill Downs, Premier League, MLS, Tour de France, French Open, Formula One, IndyCar and many more.

ABOUT ESQUIRE NETWORK

Esquire Network is a lifestyle and entertainment network featuring programming that speaks to classic and contemporary passions and interests, from fashion and style to food and drink, travel and women and relationships. Building on Esquire’s 80 years of unparalleled insight into what makes men tick, the network debuted September 23, 2013 in 75 million homes nationwide, as well as online, mobile, On Demand, Esquire TV Now (TVE) and other platforms. Esquire Network is a strategic partnership between NBCUniversal and Hearst Magazines, and is a unit of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal. To find Esquire Network, visit: http://esquiretv.com/channelfinder.

ABOUT MECUM

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 26 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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RM Group of Companies Celebrates Record-Setting 2013 With $442 Million in Sales and ‘Best of Show’ at Pebble Beach

· RM group of companies, including RM Auctions and Auctions America, realizes an outstanding $442 million in auction sales in 2013

· RM Auctions secures 78 individual million-dollar-plus transactions and redefines the high-end collector car auction experience with record Monterey and New York sales

· Auctions America expands national footprint with highly successful California debut and live broadcasts on NBC Sports Network

· RM Auto Restoration confirms status as world’s premier restoration facility with fifth ‘Best of Show’ win at Pebble Beach

BLENHEIM, ON – The RM group of companies cemented its position as the global leader in the collector car auction and restoration business in 2013, by realizing an exceptional $442 million in auction sales as well as clinching an unprecedented fifth ‘Best of Show’ win at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Representing an all-time high for the hobby at large, the impressive sales figures bested the companies’ 2012 performance by more than 20 percent, and included the presentation of 3,932 vehicles at 16 separate events on two continents.

“The RM group of companies enjoyed an earth-shattering year, setting records in every category of the collector car hobby,” says Rob Myers, Chairman & Founder, RM Group of Companies. “Our global teams and specialists have shown that from award-winning restoration and record-setting auctions, to specialized private collection events, memorabilia sales, and motor car exhibitions at Sotheby’s, we are the market leader. We’re thrilled with this success and extend our gratitude to our many clients and friends who have entrusted us with their extraordinary cars and collections over the past year.”

RM Auctions

RM’s focus on the top tier of the market, coupled with its innovative presentations, and unparalleled client service yielded spectacular results in 2013. Of the combined results tally, RM was singularly responsible for more than $368 million with an annual sell-through of 94 percent. This was generated by the sale of 885 vehicles at 10 separate auction events on two continents. As many as 78 vehicles achieved individual million-dollar-plus sales, of which nine lots garnered prices of more than $5 million and three lots exceeded $10 million with numerous new records established. Illustrating the company’s global reach and international clientele, entries were handpicked from 17 countries around the world, with bidders hailing from 52 countries.

RM’s 2013 season was highlighted by a blockbuster sale in Monterey, California during the world-famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance week in August, which realized a spectacular $125 million in total sales to enter the history books as the highest grossing collector car auction of all time. Top sale honors went to a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S N.A.R.T. Spider which achieved an astounding $27,500,000 to earn the title as most valuable road-going car ever sold at auction.

RM continued the momentum in New York City in November with its pioneering Art of the Automobile exhibition and sale held in conjunction with Sotheby’s. Dedicated to presenting the automobile as an art form all its own, the auction was the first international event of its kind to have such a strong focus on design. Total sales surpassed $62.79 million in just two hours of furious bidding, while the event set a new standard for collector car auctions with its unique blend of exceptional quality and breathtaking presentation. A short video recap is available for viewing here.

Beyond its established events, which also saw RM continue to firmly put its stamp on the European market, the company added two successful single-owner sales to its portfolio in 2013: The Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum and The Don Davis Collection. Each witness to numerous new auction records and international attention, they generated $9.1 million and $21.1 million in sales respectively to reinforce RM’s dominance in the private collection event segment.

RM Auctions Top Five Sales of 2013:

1. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S N.A.R.T. Spider $27,500,000 Monterey

2. 1964 Ferrari 250 LM $14,300,000 Art of the Automobile

3. 1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Berlinetta ‘Competizione’ $12,812,800 Villa Erba

4. 1953 Ferrari 375 MM Spider $9,075,000 Monterey

5. 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Torpedo Roadster $8,250,000 Monterey

Auctions America also enjoyed a vibrant 2013, posting record numbers with more than $73.7 million in auction sales and an annual sell-through of 77 percent. Unit volume was in excess of 2973 vehicles along with assorted memorabilia, sold at six separate auction events across the United States. With bidders from 26 countries around the world, as well as from all 50 states across the U.S., the company continued to welcome significant levels of new interest to its sales, most notably at Fort Lauderdale, where a staggering 42 percent of bidders represented first time clientele.

Auctions America’s 2013 season was headlined by stunning results and record attendance at its flagship Auburn Fall sale, where the company enjoyed its most successful event to date posting more than $28 million in sales. More than 70,000 enthusiasts flocked to the historic Auburn Auction Park in Indiana for the multi-day event, surpassing 2012 attendance by nearly 40 percent. The Auctions America team also expanded its national footprint in 2013, hosting a highly successful debut in California to set a new standard for Los Angeles collector car auctions. The company further extended its reach in the marketplace via exclusive live television coverage of its California and Auburn Fall events on the Sports Emmy Award-winning NBC Sports Network, delivering the Auctions America experience to more than 80 million homes across the U.S. Details on television coverage for 2014 will be announced shortly.

Auctions America Top Five sales in 2013:

1. 1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible $1,540,000 Auburn Fall

2. 1929 Duesenberg Model J Sports Sedan $962,500 Auburn Fall

3. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL Gullwing $880,000 Fort Lauderdale

4. 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Dual-Cowl Phaeton $858,000 Auburn Fall

5. 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra $825,000 California

RM Auto Restoration

2013 was also a momentous year for RM Auto Restoration with the masterful team receiving numerous new accolades to acknowledge the supreme quality of their work and craftsmanship. The team’s pinnacle achievement came in August when the spectacular 1934 Packard 1108 Twelve Dietrich Convertible Victoria, owned by Joseph and Margie Cassini III, and freshly restored by the RM team, was judged Best of Show at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The award represents an unprecedented fifth Pebble Beach Best of Show for RM Auto Restoration in the new millennium, firmly establishing the team as the leading restoration facility in the world.

2014 Auction Schedules

RM Auctions and Auctions America look forward to continuing their mission to unite collectors with the world’s finest automobiles in 2014. In addition to an exciting roster of annual events, the RM Auctions team will expand its European presence with a new annual sale in Paris, France, February 5, during the world-famous Retromobile week. Auctions America will also introduce a new event – an online memorabilia auction – January 24 – 25, 2014 as part of its plans to grow its memorabilia division in response to client demand. Complete event schedules are available online at www.rmauctions.com or auctionsamerica.com.

About RM Auctions

RM Auctions is the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With over three decades of experience in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, from restoration to private treaty sales, auctions, estate planning, and financial services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. RM proudly holds six of the top ten all-time records for the most expensive motor cars sold at auction. RM’s restoration division has achieved unprecedented accolades earning Best of Show honors at the world’s top concours events, including an unmatched five Best of Shows at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. For further information, please visit www.rmauctions.com, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @rmauctions.

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 Credit:

The top-selling 1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe, 1933 Auburn Twelve Boattail Speedster, and 1929 Duesenberg Model J Sports Sedan at Auctions America’s flagship Auburn Fall Collector Car Weekend (Mark Byler © 2013 Courtesy of Auctions America).

Media Contact:

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Stephen Cox: Short Track – The King’s Last Ride

December 26th, 2013 • By: Auto News Log Racing News, Stephen Cox, Stories

The Stephen Cox Blog presented by McGunegill Engine Performance: Short Track – The King’s Last Ride

If you didn’t see the Beatles in concert, your opportunity is gone forever. If you didn’t see Elvis when you had the chance, you never will.

A few decades from now, the auto racing world will be sharply divided among two classes of people: those who remember watching Steve Kinser race, and those who don’t. Make sure you’re among the former, because those who had a chance to watch him and didn’t will be considered the dimwits of their day.

20-time World of Outlaws sprint car champion Steve Kinser announced over the weekend that 2014 would be his final season of full-time competition in the series. To someone who is not a sprint car fan, it is nearly impossible to express just how dominant Kinser has been in the sport. With nearly 600 main event victories in World of Outlaw competition alone, Kinser’s record is staggering.

I was fortunate to spend a few minutes with Kinser in Indianapolis on Friday and wanted to pass along a few of his comments.

Why retire now, Steve? What changed?

”When you get to the situation I’m in, you can kinda feel that it’s time. Your eyesight is not there, you don’t take care of yourself the way you should. Your body starts telling on you. I’ve had some pretty good licks the past couple of years. It hurt a lot a couple of times; a lot more than what it should. I just don’t heal as quick as I used to. It takes me a long time to get healed up. My body’s just been telling me that I’m (at) that point. I wish I could run till I was ninety years old but it’s not going to happen.”

What advice do you have for kids getting into the sport today?

“You just gotta try to get the best equipment you can, that’s what I always tell them. There’s only one thing that makes these things run, and that’s all-American green (cash). Without that green stuff you’re not going to go very fast. Racing’s never been cheap and never will be.”

How competitive is the sport now compared to when you began?

“There’s been many times in the last few years that we’ve seen a guy win a race and he had to take a provisional just to get in. Everybody’s on a spec tire and everybody’s buying the same parts, basically. It’s as tough as it’s ever been and it’s not going to get any easier, I can tell you that. One year we won fifty-some races and, well, you know what I mean… those days are over.”

The rest of my conversation with Kinser can be seen here in this short video.

Thankfully, in a fit of good judgment, the management team of the World of Outlaws sprint car series talked Kinser out of immediate semi-retirement and a partial 2014 schedule. Instead, Kinser agreed to run one more full season of competition.

So this is your last chance. It doesn’t matter if you’re a stock car fan or an Indycar addict. It makes no difference if you are a vintage racer or a motocross fan. Don’t be the guy who passed up tickets to Elvis’ last concert.

This is The King’s last ride. Make sure you see it.

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RM Auctions: 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Stars at RM’s 15th Annual Arizona Sale

· RM Auctions announces latest highlights for its two-day Arizona auction, January 16 – 17 in Phoenix, led by a highly prized 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider

· Most recent blue-chip entries join a spectacular roster of more than 120 handpicked automobiles for the sale at the beautiful Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa

· Frequently updated list of entries available online at www.rmauctions.com

BLENHEIM, Ontario – RM Auctions, the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles, is delighted to announce additional premier highlights for its highly anticipated annual Arizona sale, January 16 – 17, at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix. Celebrating its 15th year, the well-established sale is set to kick off the company’s 2014 auction calendar on another strong note, featuring more than 120 exceptional motor cars, led by a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider, chassis 1055 GT.

The 11th of only 50 long-wheelbase California Spiders ever constructed, this matching numbers and factory covered headlamp example was delivered new through famed importer Luigi Chinetti Motors and sold to Fawcett Motors in Lubbock, Texas, where it was purchased by its first private owner, a local attorney, in 1959. In its only competitive outing, the Ferrari placed first in class at the SCCA 1962 Osceola Grand Prix in Geneva, Florida, with Ross Durant at the wheel, and eventually passed through the hands of Ferrari Market Letter founder and publisher Gerald L. Roush in the early 1970s. Following a full restoration in the early 1990s, 1055 GT placed first in class at the 1994 Cavallino Classic III Concours d’Elegance and appeared at the Concorso Italiano, the Ferrari Club of America International Concours and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in that same year. More recently, the California Spider has received an engine rebuild by Roelofs Engineering in the Netherlands, along with a fresh service by Ferrari of Newport Beach, and is offered for sale in remarkably well-preserved condition in its original color of Rosso Rubino with a black top and black leather interior (Est. $7,000,000 – $9,000,000).

“The Cal Spider is amongst the most highly prized of all road-going Ferraris,” says Shelby Myers, Managing Director, RM Auctions – California. “Produced in exceedingly low quantities, the long wheelbase covered headlight model, such as the one we have the pleasure of offering in Arizona, is arguably the most beautifully proportioned of all Ferrari Spiders. It radiates elegance and performance while encapsulating everything that open-air motoring is intended to be.”

The California Spider is joined in Phoenix by an ACD Club Category One certified 1930 Duesenberg Model J ‘Disappearing Top’ Convertible Coupe, engine J-357, known to enthusiasts as “Melvin’s Murphy”. The Murphy Convertible Coupe is one of only approximately 25 built with the famous “disappearing top,” making it the most desirable iteration of the most iconic convertible Duesenberg. J-357 was collected new at the Duesenberg factory in Indianapolis by West Virginia coal and lumber baron, Doran Hinchman, who kept the Model J until 1946, when it entered the ownership of Melvin Clemans, a renowned enthusiast who would keep, care for, and lovingly drive it for over 50 years. Melvin passed the Duesey on to its own mechanic, Harry Van Iderstine in 1998, who mechanically restored the car, leaving the majority of its original paint, upholstery, chrome, and all of its original body wood intact. The exceptionally original and immaculately pure Duesenberg has been driven and enjoyed for all of its 83 years; its presentation in Arizona marks the first time that is has ever been offered for public sale (Est. $2,000,000 – $2,400,000).

“The outstanding Duesenberg offered in RM’s Arizona sale is emblematic of many of the consignments featured at this annual event,” says Ian Kelleher, Car Specialist, RM Auctions. “As a company and as a team we constantly strive to set new benchmarks in the collector car auction industry and without question, the best way to elevate ourselves is to feature the most desirable, most interesting and most unique motor cars available. We are thrilled to present such a diversified and unique offering of consignments for the 2014 sale.”

Additional notable highlights slated for RM’s Arizona auction podium include:

· a very well documented 1929 Bentley 4 ½-Litre Tourer, chassis NX3467, one of the most original and authentic unrestored examples in existence (Est. $1,800,000 – $2,200,000);

· the famed “Siata-Ford”, a well-documented, matching numbers 1953 Siata 208S Spyder, chassis BS509, formerly owned by the Doheny family, Kent Wakeford, and Dan Rowen (Est. $1,300,000 – $1,600,000);

· a 1935 Hispano-Suiza J12 Cabriolet deVille, chassis 13506, with stunning coachwork by the Rippon Brothers, also offered with known ownership history, its original chassis, engine, and body and the recipient of a show-quality restoration along with recent extensive sorting. A fantastic example, the Hispano-Suiza is eminently eligible for any number of tours or automotive events around the globe (Est. $1,000,000 – $1,300,000);

· an award-winning and professionally restored 1937 Bugatti Type 57C Ventoux, chassis 57664, supercharged and ready to shine at both driving and concours events (Est. $800,000 – $1,000,000); and

· a beautifully and recently restored 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, chassis 198.040.6500052, the 1956 Turin International Automobile Salon car (Est. $1,100,000 – $1,400,000).

Event Details – RM Arizona

Sale dates: January 16 – 17; auction commences at 5:00 p.m. MST each evening

Preview dates: January 16 – 17; from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. MST daily

Location: Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 East Missouri Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85016

Admission: The auction is limited to registered bidders, consignors and qualified media only. Bidder registration is $200 USD and includes an official auction catalogue and admission for two (2) to the preview and auction. Admission to the preview is open to the general public.

Full event details, including a frequently updated list of consignments, are available online at www.rmauctions.com or by calling toll free at 1 800 211 4371 (+1 519 352 4575 outside North America).

For those unable to attend the event in person, RM offers a broad range of remote bidding options, including Internet, absentee, and telephone bidding, and the auction will stream live online at www.rmauctions.com to provide real-time coverage of the sale.

About RM Auctions

RM Auctions is the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With over three decades of experience in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, from restoration to private treaty sales, auctions, estate planning, and financial services, coupled with an expert team of international car specialists at seven offices around the world, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. RM proudly holds six of the top ten all-time records for the most expensive motor cars sold at auction. RM’s restoration division has achieved unprecedented accolades, earning Best of Show honors at the world’s top concours events, including the prestigious Amelia Island and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. For further information, visit www.rmauctions.com, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @rmauctions.

Photo Credit:

1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider (Photo Credit Patrick Ernzen © 2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions).

Media Contact:

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Source: RM Auctions