Saturday, August 30, 2008

Homer Simpson Dept.

DOH !!

Wilcox Lake
Hines Drive / Northville Road
Plymouth, Michigan

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Million Dollar Cyclops

On August 2-3, 2008 RM Auctions showed this 1948 Tucker Sedan (Serial No. 1038), which had only 3,038 miles on the odometer when I saw it. Only 51 Tuckers were ever built and this is probably the finest surviving example.

After the show it was shipped to Sports & Classics of Monterey, California to be sold at auction. Lot #449 (estimated price $500,000 - $600,000) sold on Saturday, August 16 for $1,017,500.

Read RM's description and history of this remarkable car here.

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Fin Fans, rejoice!

The first Sunday in August is always special. It's the day of the annual Meadowbrook Concours d'Elegance in Rochester Hills, Michigan. This year's theme celebrated the Centennial of Genral Motors, and GM land yacht fans like me were not disappointed!

Now showing in the Classic Automobiles gallery at the web site, the biggest, highest, longest, most outrageously flamboyant fin ever built, the 1959 Cadillac. FINTASTIC !!

Careful, Ralphie, you'll put your eye out!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Detroit Grand Prix

I just received news that Media credentials for the 2008 Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle have been approved for Thursday - Sunday, Aug 28 - 31, courtesy of my son, Roy, and Hour Detroit magazine.

He got credentials last year for the 2007 DGP and I was lucky enough to tag along with him. It was a complete and absolute blast. We had virtually unlimited access to just about anywhere one would want to be to get photos. We even had "Hot" pit passes which allowed us into the pits during the race. One would think that photogs would have to remain in the walkway behind the team pit areas, but no, we could enter their space, as long as we didn't hinder anyone.

Below are a few pix taken during three days of the 2007 event.

Team Cytosport Lola in the American LeMans Series
race at the 2007 Detroit Grand Prix.

2007 IRL Detroit Grand Prix winners -
1st Tony Kanaan, Team 7-Eleven (center)
2nd Danica Patrick, Motorola
3rd Dan Wheldon, Target-Chip Ganassi (right)

Roger Penske

Danica Patrick waiting for the start

A. J. Foyt
2007 was this legend's 50th year in racing.

A. J. Foyt IV, Driver - Vision Racing

Scott Dixon, Driver - Target-Chip Ganassi

Chip Ganassi, Owner - Target-Chip Ganassi

Michael Andretti, Owner - Andretti Green Racing

Dario Franchitti, Driver - Andretti Green Racing

Ashley Judd - Franchitti's squeeze

My son, Roy - Photographer Extraordinaire

All photos (c) 2007 James C. Ritchie
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