It's no surprise that the first major news story to come out of this week's Concours d'Elegance at Pebble Beach is about money-- lots and lots of money. A collection of twenty-five vehicles, owned by a single anonymous Floridian car collector tipped the scale at a cool $67 million, surpassing the previous record of $65 million. The collection lived up to its name-- "Pinnacle Portfolio: A Rare Collective of Automotive Distinction".
The top car in the collection- '64 Ferrari 250 LM- hammered at $17.6 million. According to the auction's website it is considered "one of the very best in existence" and is the 23rd of only 32 ever produced.
Bringing in the second heftiest sale price car a '98 McLaren F1 LM, which should for $13.75 million. The speedster was the 63rd and second-to-last road-specification F1 ever built. It now stands as the highest-selling McLaren ever at auction.
Check out the Pinnacle Portfolio cars in the video here and read more about the individual models and their respective documentation here.
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Catch an all new season of Garage Squad starting Aug 11th at 10/9c only on Velocity.
When did your passion for cars begin?
Heather: I inherited the passion for cars from my dad. He made cars fun. He enjoyed driving fast and I loved to ride with him. My father was also very practical and wanted me to have an understanding of how cars worked. He always did basic work on our vehicles at home and my brother and I often helped. I have a lot appreciation for cars because of my father.
How does it make you feel to help these owners finish their abandoned projects?
Heather: I am so grateful that I am able to help so many people and bring happiness into their lives. Everyone has a unique story and memories associated with their car and it feels really good to help them achieve something so important to them.
What’s the most common mistake you see car owners making while trying to restore their cars?
Heather: I don’t think the owners are making any specific mistakes other than thinking they can get the car done on their own. Restoring a car is a very large project and often way too expensive for the owner to outsource. They usually quickly realize that the project is much more complicated than they anticipated and the car just sits unfinished collecting dust. It becomes a daunting task; luckily Garage Squad comes to the rescue.
What are you most excited for viewers to see this season?
Heather: We really stepped up the game by taking on vehicles that needed a lot more work done than last season. There is a lot of sweat and long hours that goes into rebuilding each and every one and I know the viewers will appreciate it.
How would you describe working with the Garage Squad crew?
Heather: Working with the Garage Squad guys is like being in 6th grade all over again. A lot of joking around, but we learn a lot too. I have a lot of respect for the guys, how hard they work and how much knowledge they have about all types of cars. Everyone brings their own expertise to each project and we couldn’t get the job don’t without all hands on deck.
Describe the worst car you’ve ever had to repair.
Heather: I would say the worst car this season is the 442 Olds. That car just had a stench that wouldn’t quit even when we painted the stripped interior. There’s something to be said for a plethora of decaying rodents in an area with limited ventilation. I think everyone in there would agree that was nasty!
What’s usually the biggest challenge during the makeover process?
Heather: We have a limited amount of time to assess the car, order parts and get the car running again. As life goes, a lot of unforeseen problems pop up and take us off track. Often we have to source parts at the last minute and have to hold out on making progress on other areas of the car until that part comes in --- that can be stressful.
RAPID FIRE WITH HEATHER
What’s your go-to song while driving? Heather: If I'm on a mission then Gold Guns Girls by Metric.
When did you learn to change a tire? Heather: My dad taught me as soon as I got my driver’s license at 15. He didn’t want me to be stranded.
What’s on your key ring? Heather: Just the essential keys, I like to keep it simple and compact.
What is your favorite food? Heather: I love to cook healthy cuisine; fresh vegetables and steamed fish is my go to meal.
If you have a custom license plate, what would it be? Heather: No vanity plate for me, I prefer to be discrete like a bat mobile.
Editor's Note: Contributor Ken Visser is an Automotive Photographer and Concours Judge, as well as a Computer Tech at Discovery Communications. He's an enthusiast of generally anything that moves and is excited to share his work with Velocity fans. Reach out to him about his incredible photographs at email@example.com.
So Velocity is running Dream Car Week. That got me to thinking about what are my dream cars? That's a tough question to digest. I had to break it into genres of cars. So I figured I'd start with some exotics.
You might be hard pressed to start with two more exotic automobiles. On the left we have the McLaren P1. It only produces an anemic 903-hp gas/hybrid from its 707 hp V8 plus 170 electric motor. If you are one of the 375 lucky potential owners, you'll cough up a good 1.2 million. That hefty price gets you zero to sixty in 2.7 seconds and the governor restricts your top speed to 217 mph.
And what about that redhead on the right? That's your very mundane LaFerrari. Here we have a 6.3 liter V12 creating 788 hp at 9250 rpm redline. Then you add the 161 hp electric motor. 499 people will have the chance to land one for 1.3 million dollars. That bags you zero to sixty in 2.4 seconds and a mfr limited 217 mph.
The photo taken at the Radnor Hunt Concours d'Elegance last year. It took some convincing of the handlers on both sides. We had a 918 on site as well (see below) but we couldn't find the keys to the Porsche. Interesting to see them in proximity. Take note of the similar door structures and other details.
Since last October, students across the country have been combining their passion for video production with an important issue: carelessness behind the wheel. Teen drivers have a higher risk of death when driving than anyone else on the road, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A 2013 study out of the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute found that teens used their cellphones while driving an alarming amount of times. In a 30 day period, 80 percent used their phones at least once to make a call and 72 percent sent text messages.
Knowing that teens have a tendency to listen to their peers over their parents and teachers (remember peer pressure?), Discovery Education and Toyota initiated the TeenDrive365 Video Challenge.
In May, the winners were chosen and this past week, the 2nd Place finisher and the People's Choice winners traveled to Tampa, FL to visit the set of one of Velocity's hit shows. The lucky five got to spend the day with the talented trio of Cristy Lee, Bogi Lateiner and Rachel DeBarros. The day was spent checking out the set, learning about the production behind All Girls Garage, and interacting with the shows' stars.
"It was so much having the contest winners on set with us, and seeing how excited they were to see the behind the scenes workings of the show," said Latiener. "Their energy and enthusiasm was inspiring."
"I had watched their video submissions online," said DeBarros, chiming in. "In a time when it seems like driving is treated like a chore that gets in the way of our on-screen entertainment, it's inspiring to see so many young drivers leading by example."
"It was such a pleasure to have such young and inspirational teens and their families on our set," costar Cristy Lee added about experience. "It was so rewarding learning each of their stories."
The push to unplug from cellphones while behind the wheel is obviously driven by the frightening statistics and unfortunate deaths, but DeBarros had added another perspective to the mix.
"As a car enthusiast, I'm excited to see others unplugging to create a safer environment where we can turn our daily commutes into opportunities where more people rediscover their love of driving again," said the new AGG star. "It was the simple feel of the engine coming to life when I stepped on the gas, the soundtrack coming out of my exhaust, and the grip on the road as I took those corners as a teenager that got me hooked into exploring what more I could do with my car."
The video challenge encouraged different perspectives on the issue and hoped for a wide variety of concepts. From October to March, 60 to 90 second Public Service Announcements were submitted and reviewed. Judges included representatives from Discovery Education and Toyota, educators and community leaders, according to the contest's rules. The panel looked for striking creativity, useful content, and presentation quality.
Since 2010, Discovery Education and Toyota have partnered together to develop a comprehensive program for Teens and Educators, designed to help teens avoid distractions and stay safe behind the wheel. TeenDrive365: In School offers a range of tools designed specifically for the people who can have the greatest impact on a teens driving: educators, and the teens themselves.
Check out the impressive second place video, submitted by Demi S, here:
Below is the winner of People's Choice, created by a group of four: