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DRIVEN: Ferrari Motorsports at Circuit of the Americas

The hard part about being constantly hooked into the finest parts of automotive culture is going through withdrawals.

August is the ultimate downtime in the car world, and it leaves us getting a bit jittery and searching for a fix.

We at DRIVEN cannot condone the use of any type of illicit substance, but we can condone partaking in some of the finest automotive dope known to man: Sports Car Racing with Ferrari. The red painted stallions from Maranello certainly need no introduction, and their motorsport heritage is literally the stuff of legend.

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Trade Only Today: Elco Motor Yachts Displays Hybrid Propulsion System

TAMPA, Fla. — Alternative power systems have been one of the leading innovations in the marine industry in the last few years, with engines being powered by electricity, propane and even natural gas. As hybrid propulsion packages, they’re often teamed with diesel engines that run cleaner, quieter and with better performance.

Case in point is a new electric/diesel inboard system I had a chance to check out on Tuesday at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference. This particular hybrid technology comes from Elco Motor Yachts LLC, an upstate New York company that already offers 70- and 100-hp electric inboards and 5- and 7-hp outboards.

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Bloomberg: Reinventing the Vintage-Car Market, One Click at a Time

“You probably want to see the cars,” says Robert Kauffman, appearing at the door of RK Motors LLC.

Well, yes.

You’d never know it from the outside, but this gray-and-tan hangar north of Charlotte, North Carolina, contains a collector’s fantasy garage — more than 300 American classics in a Skittles bag of colors, Bloomberg Pursuits will report in its Autumn 2014 issue.

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Rare Wheels, Wings and Hulls are Headed to Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival

2014 Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance Continues Record Growth with New Sponsors, Exhibits and Activities

 From test drives to test flights and automotive firsts, this year’s event promises to delight visitors with the largest number of new features and sponsor activities in its history

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance (HHIMF), one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing automotive and motorsports enthusiast event weeks, is preparing an ever-expanding lineup of exhibits and activities for visitors at the upcoming event, October 24 – November 2. Spanning nearly two weeks in two locations (Savannah, GA and Hilton Head Island, SC), the Festival combines the best of the automotive, motorsports and enthusiast lifestyles with the incomparable setting of the coastal Lowcountry and one of America’s most historic cities.

Automotive and Aviation Experiences from Leading Brands
Tesla will join BMW, Infiniti, Jaguar, Lexus and Porsche in offering new vehicle test drives at the Port Royal Golf Club, Saturday and Sunday, November 1-2. Baker Motor Company will have a display honoring Maserati’s 100th anniversary and celebrating their newest dealership in Charleston, Baker Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Cirrus Aircraft will have one of its all-composite personal aircraft on display and will be offering test flights to qualified candidates, while JetBlue will serve as the sponsor of the Awards Stage. Gulfstream continues their support of the Festival.

Beverage and Hospitality Brands Showcase Lowcountry Style and Taste
Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport will be transforming the Port Royal Clubhouse, open to the public Saturday and Sunday, November 1 and 2, with a ‘strolling fashion show’ presented by Shelter Cove Towne Centre accompanied by upscale menu and signature cocktail offerings from the culinary team at the Port Royal Golf Club. Complimentary lemonade will refresh visitors on the back porch during the Concours d’Elegance (Sunday, November 2), hosted by Garden & Gun Magazine. Bulleit Bourbon and Ketel One will present this year’s Cartini Lounge at the Port Royal Golf Club, November 1-2.

Enthusiast Brand Sponsors Bring Special Activities to Festival Week
Visitors who start their HHIMF experience at the Savannah Speed Classic October 24-26 on Hutchinson Island and throughout the city of Savannah will notice new presenting sponsor Mingledorff’s, Inc. Other new sponsors who are bringing their own unique brand experiences to Hilton Head Island include Autoweek, Barrier Island Marine, Custom Audio Video, Heacock Classic Collector Car Insurance, JC Pontoon, Lexol, Performance Auto Restoration and Welsh Enterprises, Inc..

New ‘Motoring Firsts’ Exhibit Celebrates Automotive Innovation
New for 2014, the ‘Motoring Firsts’ exhibit will showcase vehicles representing industry changers, notable contributions and major automotive firsts, including such examples as a 1917 Detroit Anderson Electric B Model 68 (the first production automobile to use curved glass), a 1919 Leyat Helico (a propeller-driven vehicle designed by Marcel Leyat, a degreed engineer who designed, built and flew his first airplane in 1909) and a 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Spyder (one of the first rear engine American cars).

“We strive to keep the event fresh by offering visitors brand-new features every year,” said Carolyn Vanagel, president of the HHIMF. “That’s why we annually introduce at least one new display and change the theme of our “Life” exhibit. We have also put in parameters for the Concours d’Elegance and Car Club Jamboree so that the same car cannot be shown in consecutive years.”

From ‘Star Cars’ and Vintage Boats to Rare Cars and Motorcycles, it’s a Wheels, Wings and Hulls Life
This year’s ‘Life’ exhibit, sponsored by Marriott Vacation Club, will feature vehicles of celebrities, sports figures and dignitaries. The ‘On the Water ‘exhibit sponsored by Barrier Island Marine will showcase nearly 20 vintage watercrafts including a:

  • 1956 Boat Stan Craft Torpedo Stern owned by Terry Fiest of Orlando, FL (one of only six remaining)
  • 1965 Boat Hydro Mite I owned by John Heiderich of Anderson, SC (6 1/2 feet long and a pre-runner of today’s personal water craft)
  • 1972 Century Resorter 16 owned by Gary Fesperman of Lavonia, GA (family-owned since it was purchased new in 1971)

Notable new automobile registrants to look for at this year’s Concours d’Elegance (Sunday, November 2) include a:

  • 1968 Maserati Ghibli owned by Alexander Stetynski and a 1954 Maserati A6GCS owned by J. W. Marriott Jr., a former Honorary Chairman of the event, will show as a part of the celebration of Maserati’s 100th anniversary
  • 1950 Nash Healey Serial #1 owned by John Kruse
  • 1957 Rolls-Royce Phantom V owned by John Haulbrook
  • 1914 Rauch and Lang B4 Brougham owned by Bill Alley
  • 1920 Stutz Model H 4-Door Touring owned by Jim Aldrich
  • 1934 Packard Dietrich Victoria owned by Frank & Milli Ricciardelli
  • 1907 Holsman Model 11 owned by James Griggs

For more information on the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, visit the official website at www.HHIMotoringFestival.com. Tickets for the 2014 Motoring Festival are available for sale online at http://www.hhimotoringfestival.com/tickets.

ABOUT THE HILTON HEAD ISLAND MOTORING FESTIVAL & CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE:
The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance will celebrate its thirteenth year in the fall of 2014. The Festival kicks off with the Savannah Speed Classic, October 24 – 26, on the Grand Prize of America road course situated on the property of The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. The festivities will continue on Hilton Head Island, SC, November 1 – 2, at Port Royal Golf Club where the Concours d’Elegance (November 2) will take center stage. Motoring Festival Partners for the 2014 Festival include the Port Royal Golf Club, The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, BMW Group, Porsche, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mingledorff’s Inc., Savannah/Hilton Head International, Hargray, The Island, the Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visit Savannah. For more information, visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com online.

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Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance Announces Expansion of 2014 Savannah Speed Classic

Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance Announces Expansion of 2014 Savannah Speed Classic

Celebrating a decade of vintage racing, the Savannah Speed Classic boasts exciting additions, brings racing back to its roots

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance (HHIMF), one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing automotive and motorsports enthusiast event weeks, today announced the expansion of its Savannah Speed Classic, held October 24 – 26. The Savannah Speed Classic presented by Mingledorff’s, Inc., brings together an exclusive group of the world’s finest vintage race cars, drivers, enthusiasts and legends of the sport for a weekend of unique competition in America’s home of Grand Prix racing, Savannah, Ga. The annual event also serves as the opening weekend of the HHIMF week.

Now in its 10th year, the Savannah Speed Classic this year welcomes its first-ever presenting sponsor, Mingledorff’s, Inc., a leading distributor of high-performance HVAC equipment with 33 locations throughout the U.S. Founded in Savannah, Ga., by former mayor, Lee Mingledorff, the company has long been associated with motorsports as a distributor of Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems, the longest-standing non-automotive sponsor of IndyCar® racing.

“Mingledorff’s passion for performance, motorsports and the Southeast makes this the perfect partnership,” said Carolyn Vanagel, president of the HHIMF. “Together, we’re planning to take this event to new heights.”

“Given our deep Savannah roots, we are especially delighted to be the presenter of the Savannah Speed Classic,” said Bud Mingledorff, chairman of the board, Mingledorff’s, Inc. “We’re proud to help put the national spotlight on this beautiful city, its racing heritage and the one-of-a-kind opportunities the circuit, as well as the region, offers to automotive and motorsports enthusiasts of all ages.”

In addition to its new partnership with Mingledorff’s, HHIMF has also recently signed a five-year agreement with Historic Sportscar Racing, Ltd. (HSR) as its race management partner. HSR organizes and promotes some of the best-known historic racing events in the country at major venues such as Sebring and Daytona.

“HSR drivers, staff and fans love coming to Savannah for the Speed Classic,” said James Redman, general manager for HSR. “It’s thoroughly unique to be able to race on a track that’s closed the rest of the year while you’re surrounded by amenities like world-class resorts, golf and all the hospitality options of one of the country’s most beautiful and historic cities.”

After the parties subside, the races will begin. Expecting the largest number of competitors than ever before, HSR is anticipating great on-track excitement for spectators. Highlights at this year’s races include:

• A class of Pre-War race cars to include Bill Stelcher in a 1929 Ford A Speedster, Mike Bartels in a 1934 MG PA, Miles Whitlock in a 1919 Ford Model T and Charles Ebert in a 1939 Ford Dreyer Special
• Exciting entries from Dave Roberts of Hawk Performance in a 1969 Camaro and a 2006 Corvette (the Corvette is a World Challenge winner), Simon Gregg in his TransAm Car, 2014 Corvette and Russell Gee in his BMW 2002, a Rolex 24 Winning Car

Adding to the adrenaline-filled schedule, the Speed Classic will again offer one of its signature elements, hot lap rides for spectators at racing speeds with professional drivers. Hot laps with celebrity drivers such as Bobby Rahal and Hurley Haywood, both previously Honorary Chairmen for the HHIMF, are also available. Hot lap tickets can be purchased on-site at the event and range from $50 to $200.

New Events Offer High-Octane Fun for Automotive Enthusiasts of All Ages
For 2014, the Savannah Speed Classic will begin with the expanded kick-off party in historic Ellis Square. Attendees can expect to see 30-40 race cars parade under police escort from the race track paddock to the Ellis Square/City Market area. Exclusive in the world of motor racing, the Savannah Speed Classic is the only event to run at a purpose-built facility located adjacent to a major city. Additionally, the extremely popular pre-war car group that was featured in 2013 will return with more entrants.

In addition to the growing sponsorship base and the enhanced Pace Lap Party in downtown, the schedule of events for 2014 now includes a Driver’s Welcome Reception at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa situated across the river from the city’s famed River Street. The official launch of the Savannah Speed Classic will be hosted in Savannah’s City Market from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23 and the Driver’s Welcome Reception will follow on Friday, Oct. 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“With Savannah serving as the birthplace for Grand Prix racing in the U.S. and hosting such noteworthy events as the Grand Prize Race of the Automobile Club of America (1908), the American Grand Prize (1910), the Vanderbilt Cup Race (1911) and the American Grand Prize (1911), it’s only fitting that we continue to grow the racing tradition,” said Vanagel. “We’ll also be joined by the Great Savannah Races Museum and author/museum owner, Tanya A. Bailey, to bring Savannah’s place in racing history to the forefront.”

For more details and a full schedule of events for the 2014 Savannah Speed Classic, visit www.SavannahSpeedClassic.com. For more information on the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, visit the official website at www.HHIMotoringFestival.com. Tickets for the 2014 Motoring Festival, including the Savannah Speed Classic, are available for sale online at http://www.hhimotoringfestival.com/tickets.

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