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Points N Plugs by Jerry Hutchcroft

Auction week here in Arizona is in full swing, from the huge SHOW and collector car auction at Barrett-Jackson, to Russo & Steele to Gooding & Company to RM Sotheby’s to the Silver Auctions at Ft. McDowell Casino. My cousin Ed Gilbert and I have been to several of the auctions so far, including the Silver Auction near the hotel at Ft. McDowell Casino near Fountain Hills. They have about 500 vehicles crossing the block from Thursday Jan. 19th until Sunday Jan. 22nd. They have a really neat mix of collector type vehicles (hot rods, muscle cars & trucks etc.) and an eclectic assortment of other interesting and unique vehicles. The prices we saw seemed very fair for the cars crossing the block. We saw a kind of nice 1955 Chevy four door wagon with so-so paint sell for $16,000 which I thought was really good for that car. The Memoribillia auction starts early on Friday at 10:am then at 9:30am on Sat. and at 11:am on Sunday. The vehicle auctions start on Friday at 11:am until 9:pm, on Sat. at 10:30am until 9:pm, and on Sunday at 11:30am until 6:pm   For INFO Call them at 1-800-255-4485.  The Auction Goes Rain or Shine!!!

2017 Arizona Concours d’Elegance – Best of Show – 1936 Bugatti Type 37 SC Atlantic coupe

Photo Credit: Patrick Ernzen / Arizona Concours

One of the world’s most-famous automobiles, a 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, won Best of Show honors Sunday at the fourth annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance at the Arizona Biltmore resort.

The magnificent handbuilt car, with prominent front fenders and a narrow aluminum body uniquely joined by rivets running along its fenders and down its spine, is owned by Peter and Merle Mullin and Rob and Melani Walton. The car usually is housed at the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California, but had been on loan to the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles where it has been part of a special display.

Ninety cars were arrayed on the show field for the Arizona Concours d’Elegance, divided into 17 classes. The cars judged to be the best in each class were rejudged to determine Best of Show. READ FULL STORY

Saying Goodbye To Our Dear Friend Pete Chapouris III…

Pete Chapouris III

It is with deepest sympathy, we are saying good-bye to a great man; Peter Chapouris III passed away Friday, January 6, 2017. Icon, visionary, leader, mentor and our dear friend, words cannot express our sadness. He will be missed dearly and his legend will live on in our hearts and memories. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Chapouris family. From all of us at SO-CAL Arizona .

Free public showing of Arizona Concours vintage cars set for Monday, January 16

Displaying 1952 OSCA MT4 Vignale - Bob Golfen photo.JPG

Rare and valuable vintage automobiles from the Arizona Concours d’Elegance will be lined up for a free public viewing on Monday, January 16, at Scottsdale Waterfront’s South Canal Bridge.   The opportunity to see, hear and experience some of the finest collector cars, ranging from the dawn of motoring through the greatest racing and performance cars ever created, is part of the Arizona Concours’ annual Tour d’Elegance that takes place on the day following the Concours celebration of fine automobiles on Sunday, January 15, at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix.    The Tour takes the Concours cars from the Biltmore parking lot on a drive through desert scenery to the Scottsdale Waterfront, where the Tour breaks for lunch starting at 11:30 am.    The cars will be parked on the scenic South Canal Bridge, just west of Scottsdale Road and south of Camelback Road, until 2 pm.    The public is invited to arrive early to witness these spectacular classic cars as they drive down Scottsdale Road and park at the bridge, adding kinetic energy to their sculptural forms.  Then at around 2 pm, the cars will start off and roar away.      Don’t miss this unique opportunity to view the wonderful automobiles of the Arizona Concours d’Elegance on the road and parked along the canal for the free show.   Sunday’s Concours at the Biltmore will include 90 special automobiles, and a high percentage of them are expected to take part in Monday’s tour.    For information about the Arizona Concours d’Elegance and Tour d’Elegance, visit the website at www.ArizonaConcours.com.

NHRA News: Prock rejoins JFR as team strengthens for 2017

Jimmy Prock on the left is returning to John Force Racing

John Force Racing is strengthening its racing operations in preparation for multiple championship runs for the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

Sixteen-time Funny Car champion John Force will reunite with crew chief Jimmy Prock, who won the 2013 title with Force, and co-crew chief Chris Cunningham will also join the Peak Chevrolet Camaro SS. Prock worked at JFR for 14 years before serving as crew chief for Jack Beckman the last two seasons. READ FULL STORY

SEMA Update: The RPM Act: A Message From SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting

A Message From SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting:

Over the past year, the racing community undertook an unprecedented effort to protect Americans’ right to modify street vehicles into dedicated racecars and our industry’s right to sell the parts that support the sport. In February, more than 100,000 racers, industry members and enthusiasts rallied to sign a White House petition in a single day. Since March, you have flooded Congress with nearly 200,000 letters in support of the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act—a bill that makes clear that the Clean Air Act allows motor vehicles to be converted into dedicated race vehicles. The bill also protects our ability to sell the parts and equipment that enable racers to compete.

You have been heard! Your persistence and enthusiasm resulted in 148 Congressional lawmakers signing on to co-sponsor the RPM Act. These efforts underscore the passion of our community and industry. We are grateful for your unyielding commitment to motorsports.

But, there’s still more work to do. Our industry and community will continue this effort into 2017 as we work with the new Congress and the incoming Trump Administration to reintroduce the RPM Act and get it passed into law. Your ongoing support is critical to achieving our goal and to protecting this great American tradition now and into the future.

Jean Bugatti’s masterpiece, the Type 57SC Atlantic, to be shown at Arizona Concours


The Arizona Concours d’Elegance, a celebration of fine automobiles at the historic Arizona Biltmore Resort, has announced that the magnificent 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic coupe from the Mullin Automotive Museum will be shown at the Concours on January 15, 2017.    One of the greatest automotive jewels of the Art Deco era, the Bugatti Atlantic will star in a special class of Bugatti automobiles, adding its elegant form to the Art Deco ambiance of the Arizona Biltmore, which was completed in 1929.The Atlantic is the most-famous creation of Jean Bugatti, the artist/engineer son of company founder Ettore Bugatti, who applied the gracefully flowing lines of his design aesthetic to an automobile that also evokes aeronautic and industrial forms. This beautiful coupe owned by Peter Mullin and Rob Walton, chassis number 57374, was the first of four Atlantics built by Bugatti, and originally sold to Victor Rothschild, 3rd Baron Rothschild.  “To have one of the most recognized classic cars in the world present on the Biltmore’s inner courtyard is a wonderful opportunity for those who cherish the art and style of the automobile,” said Ed Winkler, co-director of the Arizona Concours.  “The car is pure art in motion, and guests will have the opportunity to see this extraordinary, and rarely seen, automobile at the Arizona Concours. READ FULL STORY

NASCAR Announces Monster Energy as New Premier Series Sponsor

NASCAR announced on Thursday at Wynn Las Vegas a multi-year deal that will make Monster Energy only the third entitlement sponsor in premier series history.
The length and terms of the deal were not disclosed, but both parties hailed the partnership as the perfect fit for both brands.
“Monster Energy is a brand built on excitement and enthusiasm, qualities that align with NASCAR,” said Brian France, NASCAR Chairman and CEO. “This sponsorship position is the most unique in all of sports and entertainment, and we are thrilled to have a partner that will help us further elevate the series. Today’s announcement is the culmination of a thorough search, one that resulted in the right partner at this important time in our sport’s history.”
Monster Energy has existing sponsorships with a number of motorsports sanctioning bodies, athletes and teams, but the NASCAR deal signals the biggest sponsorship step in the company’s history.
“Monster has built its brand on racing and motorsports, and NASCAR is the pinnacle of motorsports in America,” said Mitch Covington, vice president of sports marketing at Monster Beverage Company. “It’s American racing; we’re an American brand that’s a global company, and NASCAR is, too. When the opportunity came along to further associate yourself with a sport like NASCAR, it was the perfect fit for us. … NASCAR.   READ FULL STORY

NHRA News: J.R. Todd moves to Funny Car for 2017

J.R. Todd

Kalitta Motorsports has announced that its current Top Fuel driver, J.R. Todd, will move into the seat of its DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car vacated by Del Worsham. In turn, Troy Coughlin Jr. will move from the planned part-time sixth team to a full-time seat aboard the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster.   Todd is making his return to the Funny Car class, but for the first time as a driver. He worked on Bob Gilberston’s Funny Car during the 2003-2005 NHRA seasons with current Kalitta employees Nicky Boninfante and Tommy DeLago.  “Connie told Jim [Oberhofer] the DHL Toyota is a special car and that I was the right guy for the job, which was a huge compliment to me,” said Todd, who will make his Funny Car debut at the Circle K Winternationals in February. “I am going to miss Del as a teammate as he has always been one of my heroes. I want to also say a huge thanks to SealMaster and their awesome franchisees. They are great people and it was an honor to represent them. READ FULL STORY