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March 12, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
The classic car market continued to cruise in high gear over the weekend at the annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. Nearly $67 million worth of rare machinery changed hands at auction while a pair of lesser-known, ultra-rare marques took home the show's most prestigious trophies. The Amelia concours event has been held on the Florida island every year since 1996, and has donated over $2.25 million to charity in that time. Although not quite on par with the Pebble Beach auto week held in August, the Amelia event is considered one of the more prestigious classic car shows in the U.S. This year, attendance grew to more than 29,000 people -- up from 25,000 in 2013 -- and featured 325 cars on display during the show, organizers said.
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AUTOS
September 13, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
It's a scenario we've all encountered. One beautiful woman is chasing you in a helicopter, while another sits next to you in your brilliant white Lotus Esprit. The bullets are flying, the road is ending, and somehow you, James Bond, need to get yourself out of this sticky situation in one piece. So you drive the car off the nearest dock into the drink. Such was the scene in the 1977 film "The Spy Who Loved Me," starring Roger Moore and a unique Lotus that transformed into a functioning submarine.
AUTOS
January 13, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
With high performance a major theme of the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, Kia threw its hat into the go-fast ring Monday by debuting the GT4 Stinger Concept. The tidy, rear-wheel-drive sports coupe boasts a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and quirky styling that could tease the look of future Kia products. “It's an authentic 2+2 sports car that can turn heads as a daily driver while also being right at home on the track,” said Tom Kearns, chief designer at Kia Design Center America.
SPORTS
April 21, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
Erich Zakowski, owner and technical head of West Germany's only Formula One race car, the "Zakspeed," said his only goal was to qualify for the today's Portuguese Grand Prix. "We will set ourselves up somewhere in the back rows, since 1985 is primarily a year of testing under competitive conditions," Zakowski said. That's just what happened Saturday as the Zakspeed, officially designated the Zak 84-101, qualified 23rd at 1:28.11 .
SPORTS
April 21, 1985 | From Deutsche Presse-Agentur
"Our goal is just to qualify. We will set ourselves up somewhere in the back rows, since 1985 is primarily a year of testing under competitive conditions." The man speaking is Erich Zakowski, owner and technical head of West Germany's only Formula One race car, the "Zakspeed," officially designated the "Zak 84-101."
SPORTS
June 12, 1989 | From Associated Press
Mercedes, which left Le Mans in tragedy 34 years ago, returned victorious Sunday as Joachen Mass, Manuel Reuter and Stanley Dickens led a 1-2 finish in the Le Mans 24-Hour race. West Germany's Mass finished the race as the team covered 3,271 miles, an average of 137.5 m.p.h., over the 8.41-mile circuit. The Mercedes finished five laps ahead of the car driven by teammates Mauro Baldi and Gianfranco Brancatelli of Italy and Ken Acheson of Great Britain. Another Mercedes finished fifth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1986 | DEAN MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Werner Ruegger could have arrived home from work with a wallet stuffed with thousands of dollars. Instead, he won't get much more than a thank-you note. The 40-year-old West Los Angeles man was driving home from his office in Marina del Rey on Friday night when his 1984 Peugeot was rammed from behind as he waited at a stop light.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1987 | DOUG BROWN, Times Staff Writer
A Laguna Niguel judge Wednesday limited the driving hours of Gary Haw, who is accused of hitting and killing a bicyclist while at the wheel of a speeding Porsche and then pretending his father was the driver. At first, Municipal Judge Pamela Iles told Haw that she was suspending his license indefinitely "until I know more about this case." But Haw's attorney, Paul Meyer, said that "would drastically reduce my client's ability to earn a living."
SPORTS
November 15, 1986 | ERIC BAILEY, Times Staff Writer
Not only does LaMarr Hoyt, the San Diego Padres pitcher, face from 60 days to one year in jail and possible expulsion from major league baseball after pleading guilty Thursday to drug charges, but he'll be without his wheels. Hoyt's car, a 1986 Porsche 944 seized after the pitcher tried to cross the U.S.-Mexican border with an assortment of pills, is now the property of the U.S. Government.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1987 | MARCIDA DODSON and JONATHAN WEISMAN, Times Staff Writers
Police arrested one youth and sought two others suspected of firing shots into a man's car on Interstate 5 in Irvine on Tuesday night, ending a wild chase that began in northern San Diego County. In another shooting on the same freeway Wednesday, a Buena Park computer software consultant swerved in front of a yellow Porsche in the Santa Ana area to avoid hitting a disabled car and was fired upon by the Porsche's driver, the California Highway Patrol said.
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