Playing catch-up this week after our usual Memorial Day weekend at Indianapolis. It was good to see a lot of familiar faces at the Memorabilia Show Saturday and my God, WHAT A RACE!! Most of you know that I'm not exactly a fan of spec cars, but what we witnessed on Sunday was perhaps the best 500 - and maybe the best race - I've ever seen. The lead changes, the closeness of the field (especially during a one hour plus green flag period in the middle of the race) and the emergence of a solid core of young stars (Marco, AJA, RHR) and great veterans bode well for the future of Indy Car racing, despite what you hear from some naysayers. And you couldn't have picked a winner more popular than Tony Kanaan. I've never seen so many people waiting after the race for the traditional Pace Car Victory Lap. Granted, there were a lot of empty seats (but not as many as you regularly see at NASCAR races the past couple of seasons) and TV ratings were down a bit but the buzz from what happened at the Speedway on Sunday will resonate. Hopefully, we'll see bigger crowds the rest of the season and a May 2014 that could possibly match or exceed what we saw this year.
JIM CLARK AUTOGRAPHS:
We are currently offering 4 different items autographed by the great Jim Clark. Two on black and white photographs, one on a race program along with the signatures of Graham Hill and John Surtees and an autograph book circa 1960 that also contains the signatures of such greats as Juan Manuel Fangio, Jo Siffert, Louis Chiron, Paul Frere, Briggs Cunningham, Masten Gregory and 'Lucky' Castner. Click on the links below to view:
- Photograph #1 - Jim Clark aboard Lotus 25 #15. - CLICK HERE
- Photograph #2 - Jim Clark standing next to Lotus in paddock. - CLICK HERE
- Oulton Park Race Program. CLICK HERE
- 1960 Autograph Book. CLICK HERE
Spoke with authors Donald Davidson and Rick Shaffer at Indianapolis over the weekend and they confirm that the long-delayed updated edition of the Autocourse Official Illustrated History of the Indianapolis 500 will finally appear this fall. An update thru 2012 and a tribute to Dan Wheldon will be added to the original, making this 400 page epic the best reference to the 500 available. First edition copies have been bringing $300 a pop since they went out of print a couple years ago. We are accepting advance orders for the new Edition HERE and will be announcing a special offer in conjunction with the book later this summer.
Better late than never has been the story with several excellent books this year. Simon Taylor's long awaited 'Motor Sport Greats in Conversation' has finally arrived. It contains 24 interviews from his acclaimed 'Lunch with' series in Motor Sport magazine.
Last call for Autocourse 2012/13. We have just received what will probably be our final shipment of the popular Formula One annual. $69.99 plus shipping. Order HERE.
CMC's Maserati 300S 'collection' arrived late last week but we were able to ship all advance orders just before we left for Indianapolis. As nice as the 'road' version of their 300S is, the LeMans version is just that much nicer. All three items, the #1 LeMans car, the Rolling Chassis and Engine with Showcase have been released in Limited Editions and will most likely sell out quickly. We're still offering a 10% Advance Order Discount. Order below:
M-108 Maserati 300S #1, 1958 LeMans - $449.00 - Order HERE
M-109 Maserati 300S 1956 Rolling Chassis LE of 3,000 - $320.00 - Order HERE
M-110 Maserati 300S Engine with Showcase - $132.00 - Order HERE
Shipments from AutoArt, TSM and Spark are due to land this week. Here's the rundown:
AA18106 - 1/18 Red Bull X2010 Orange - $190.95 - ORDER HERE
AA18107 - 1/18 Red Bull X2010 Red - $190.95 - ORDER HERE
AA73612 - 1/18 Jaguar E-Type Coupe (Green) - Restock - $245.95 - ORDER HERE
AA77866 - 1/18 Porsche Speedster #71 Black - Steve McQueen - $163.95 - ORDER HERE
Spark & TSM
TSM111806R - 1/18 1986 Porsche 959/50 Dakar #185 - Ickx / Brasseur, 2nd place - $216.00 - Order HERE
s3707 - #17 Dome S102.5 - Judd - Pescarolo Team LM 2012 - Ara / Bourdais / Minassian- $74.00 Order HERE
s3712 - #26 Oreca 03-Nissan-G-Drive by Signatech Nissan LM2012-Panciatici/Ragues/Rusinov-$74.00
s3711 - #25 Oreca 03 Nissan - ADR Delta LM2012 - Graves / Charouz / Martin - $74.00 Order HERE
s3726 - #48 Oreca 03 Nissan - Murphy Prototypes LM2012 - Firth / Hartley / Hughes - $74.00 Order HERE
s3727 - #49 Oreca 03 Nissan - Pecom Racing LM2012 - Ayari / Kaffer / Perez-Companc - $74.00 Order HERE
s3738 - #79 Porsche 997 RSR - Flying Lizard LM2012 - Pilet / Neiman / Pumpelly - $74.00 Order HERE
s3734 - #55 Porsche 997 RSR - JWA Avila LM2012 - Camathias / Daniels / Palttalla - $74.00 Order HERE
s1836 - #16 Team Lotus 16 - Cliff Allison - 1958 German GP - $74.00 Order HERE
s1838 - #18 Lotus 16 - Alan Stacey - 1958 British GP - $74.00 Order HERE
s1839 - #28 Lotus 18 - Stirling Moss - Winner, 1960 Monaco GP - $74.00 Order HERE
s1324 - Abarth Sport 2000 - 1970 Targa Florio - $74.00 Order HERE
s2716 - Alfa Romeo 8C Touring (1930) - $74.00 Order HERE
s3395 - Porsche 981 Boxter S (2012) - $74.00 Order HERE
Since we have not yet been invoiced for any June arrivals as yet, we suggest you take this preview with a grain of salt, but we've been informed of the following significant new models that are expected to arrive in the next 4 to 6 weeks:
- The 1/18 scale Jim Clark #1 Lotus 33, the 1965 World Champion in German GP trim. Clark clinched the '65 World Championship with a 'perfect score' of 54 points with this victory at the Nurburgring. $190.00 Reserve HERE.
- 1/43 scale #0 Nissan DeltaWing from LeMans 2012. $67.00 Reserve HERE.
- Gordon Johncock / Eagle Offy / 1973 Indianapolis 500 Winner - $159.99 - Reserve HERE.
- Swede Savage / Eagle Offy / 1973 Indianapolis 500 - $159.99 - Reserve HERE.
- Tom Sneva / Texaco Star March / 1984 Indianapolis Pole Sitter - $169.99 - Reserve HERE.
- Gordon Johncock / STP March / 1984 Indianapolis 500 - $169.99 - Reserve HERE.
No solid news on the Marmon Wasp from Replicarz but we expect (hope) to see it later this summer. We'll keep you posted.
We'll be adding more models from the TWM Collection to our website next week. Although much of the Collection listed so far sold quickly, there's still some bargains up there. Have a look!.
We'll be open our regular hours the rest of the week. Stop in and say hello!