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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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All Star Dealers: The In's and Out's of Sports Memorabilia


Hot off the presses! Darren Russek from Grey Flannel Auctions sat down with the folks at Wikicollecting to discuss the upcoming Grey Flannel sale and major developments in the sports memorabilia market.

They even talked about what it is like to star in their own show, All Star Dealers airing Thursday nights at 10:00 and 10:30 pm E/P on Velocity Network.

Grab a coffee and learn all about sports memorabilia!

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All Star Dealers: Holy Heisman!!


by Eileen Marable

When I saw the title for tonight’s episode of All Star Dealers I had to ask the guys from Grey Flannel Auctions just what this special item was! Turns out it is a football signed by a whopping 57 Heisman Trophy winners, and incredibly these guys were never in the same room together!

The Heisman Trophy, created in 1935, honors the player deemed as the most outstanding player each year in college football. Many Heisman Trophy winners have gone on to be number one NFL draft picks and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees. The list includes such household names as Roger Staubach, Doug Flutie, Bo Jackson, Barry Sanders and many, many more.


All Star Dealers airs Thursdays at 10:00p E/P                                        Photo: Grey Flannel Auctions

So, considering the star power we are talking about, it’s nothing short of incredible that this football has 57 signatures. Even just one or two of these signatures would be enough to make the ball valuable!

The guys at Grey Flannel Auctions told me the incredible story.

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Velocity's Weekly News Round Up: Week of January 31st


by Eileen Marable

Hi Velocity Fans! We made it through an exciting Mecum Auction in Kissimmee AND the Super Bowl. That's a lot of action in one week. With that in mind we've pulled together just a few light news items and would love to have you weigh in with your thoughts - like what's going to be the new classic?  You tell us!

Most Viral Super Bowl Ads?

We know pretty much everyone had the Super Bowl car commercials on their mind last week.  Which one would make the biggest splash?

According to the website, the top five most viral commercials were all car commercials. Go figure! Here’s the list:

Transactions Extended Version, with Jerry Seinfeld – Acura NSX

Official 2012 Honda CR-V Game Day Commercial – Matthew’s Day Off

Audi 2012 Game day Commercial – Vampire Party

The Dog Strikes Back: 2012 Volkswagen Game Day Commercial

Chevy Happy Grad| Chevy Super Bowl XLVI Ads| Chevrolet Commercial

What do you think? Were these ads worthy in the scheme of all the ads out there? 

The Hagerty Hot List

According to our friends over at Autoweek, Hagerty’s released their latest Hagerty Hot List last week. What is that? It’s the classic car insurer’s list of the cars they expect to become future classics. These are cars that are under a $100K price tag but are expected to appreciate in value. What made the list? There were 10 cars total, ranging from a $22K Fiat 500 Abarth to the Nissan GT-R Black Edition tipping in at over $95K


2012 Fiat Abarth. Photo by Manufacturer, via

The guys at Autoweek had a few others they wanted to add to the list – one that stuck out for me was the BMW 1-series M coupe coming in at $47K.

What cars are your picks for classics of the future? C’mon, we know you have opinions so don’t be shy.

And speaking of Autoweek, don’t forget to tune in to next week’s Autoweek’s Vinsetta Garage, Tuesday at 8:30.  Courtney finds that the quickest way to a car guy's heart is through his stomach. This episode is all about what fuels us--food, glorious food! Watch as Courtney and her guest, racing's Scott Pruett, enjoy the food and enjoy the ride.


Range Rover Gets Snow Tested

The Range Rover 2013 gets back to its roots with tough terrain in snow testing, although as the gang over at note this luxury SUV is probably more likely to see runs to the grocery store. Here’s hoping at least some of these SUV’s get to see some hard action like it’s ancestors traditionally have – and when it releases in Europe it is likely to with all that snow and ice!

The Phantom Corsair – One Classic Car!

I had to share a photo of the Phatom Corsair, which totally blew me away when I stumbled upon it.  According to Wikipedia, “The Phantom Corsair is a  six-passenger coupé prototype automobile built in 1938. Designer Rust Heinz planned to put the car into limited production. However, Heinz’s death in a car accident in July 1939 ended those plans, leaving the prototype Corsair as the only one ever built.” I love this car and can’t imagine the unspeakable joy it must bring the owner.


Photo courtesy of: The Retronaut

So Velocity fans - do you want to hear more about the Phantom Corsair and other cars that never made it past a prototype?  What would YOU like to talk about? Just let us know!

Cowboys Meet the Real McCoy



It was backup quarterback Vince Young who first dubbed the Philadelphia Eagles of 2011 a “Dream Team,” having signed some of the biggest name free agents during the post-lockout player acquisition frenzy.

For most of the season, however, the Eagles have not so much soared, as crashed and burned.

Turnovers, missed assignments, a defense that plays the run like it's a 7-on-7 drill … there were very good reasons that they hosted their first matchup of the season with Dallas at 2-4.

And then came week 8.

The clouds parted, the music started and the sun shone on the dream that Philadelphia fans have been waiting to experience …

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