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The Most Expensive Car in the World

by Ken Visser


It is simply astounding, just how much some cars have increased in value.  There seems that there is no shortage of gazilliares that are willing to bet big on a finite amount of specialized cars.  And why not?  They perform better then the stock market, as long as you pick the right ones.   

One name dominates the auction market, (both financially and speed wise) Ferrari. Certain vintage Ferraris have been increasing 15% in value yearly, for the past 30 years.  Let's see any stock that can match that!  

The GTO is the king of this particular hill. They were built in very small numbers, 36 to be exact.   I leave it to others to debate whether the 330 LM's should also be counted as GTO's.

The GTO's are the last in the line of cars that you could drive to LeMans, win, then drive home (Maybe second to last, you could include the 275 in this rare club as well.  Nuts, third to last, include the Daytona Competizion.  You get the point.).  It might not have been ultra comfortable, but… what a car! 

And now a Ferrari 250 GTO has been reported to have sold for an astounding 52 million dollars!

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Originally designed as the natural evolution of the 250 SWB (Short Wheel Base) the GTO kept the same dimensions with a surprising adherence to tradition. Using a live rear axle was a typical Ferrari pragmatic engineering, it works, it's reliable, let's use it.  Let the other guys prove that independant suspension is the way to go.  

And history proved this decision right, Ferrari took the International Championship for GT Manufacturers in 62, 63 and 64!


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The Grand Ascent Hillclimb 2012


On Tuesday 12/11, you'll get to see a classic episode of Chasing Classic Cars where Wayne Carini goes through his plan to market and then sell th Porsche Special Hill Climb Car. He takes it to the Hershey Hill Climb race to put it through its paces and has a darn good time doing it. But that doesn't stop him from taking it to auction.

THough the Hill Climb took place back in June, we were lucky enough to have Kenneth Visser - automobile fan, blogger and photographer extraordinaire on site and reporting back on the action. Take a walk down memory lane below, and don't forget to tune in to Chasing Classic Cars starting on Tuesday 12/11 starting at 9p.

Another fine tradition has been reignited with the second running of the The Grand Ascent Hillclimb held on the grounds of the Hershey Hotel.  This is a VSCCA sanctioned hill climb exhibition and features a wide variety historic racing cars thundering up a five turn three quarters of a mile long course.  A unique opportunity to see, hear and smell vintage race cars slamming gears.  This event was reignited with the start of the Elegance At Hershey.  We'll talk more about the Concours later.  Let's take a look at some of the neat machinery that was attacking the hill.

Wayne Carini was selected as the Honary Grand Marshall of the Grand Ascent.  He brought his smile and his driving skills to the hill.

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Wayne Carini of Chasing Classic Cars took the Bill Rutan VW* special with a 356 four cam motor up the hill.  Wayne spoke about the rides up later "I had a blast"  And his sub 57 second times were reflective of his blistering pace. 


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Weird Gambling: The 6 Most Bizarre Bets


By Doris Molenaar

People do crazy things for money, like work or go to school, but some people get much crazier than that. Especially the gamblers among us know how to top silly things like careers or education. We collected the top 6 of craziest-really-happened things you can put up for a bet: 

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Epic Poker: Who is Doyle Brunson?


On December 14, 2011, Epic Poker awarded its first Lifetime Card. Its recipient, Doyle Brunson, has universally been recognized as the leading ambassador for professional poker and a mentor for generations of players. For fifty years, he has been playing – and winning – in the biggest cash games in the world and since the inception of the World Series of Poker, he has been its greatest star.

At a ceremony before Epic’s Mix-Max Main Event, Brunson’s colleagues and admirers watched Commissioner Annie Duke present him with a special Lifetime Member ring unveil a banner that will forever hang in Epic Poker’s Hall of Champions.

It’s no surprise that Brunson’s nickname is the Godfather of Poker.

Brunson started his poker career by playing in illegal games in Texas with a friend, Dwayne Hamilton. They eventually began traveling around, playing more and in bigger games. These illegal games were usually run by criminals in organized crime, making these games quite a risky business. When Brunson and Hamilton made their first trip to Las Vegas to gamble, they lost all their money – a six figure amount! They decided to stop playing together.

Brunson continued to play, successfully. He became the first two-time World Series of Poker main event champion to win consecutively. He wrote a book about poker that gave regular players insight into how professional poker players play. The book became so widely used that Brunson believes it ended up costing him money.

In his lifetime the Godfather of Poker earned more than $6 million in poker.

Watch Epic Poker tonight at 10pm to see Doyle Brunson receive his award!

 Photo by Bob Gevinski/WireImage

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