Reader Submission by Shannon Wafford: “James Dean’s Last Drive”

October 10, 2015 in Featured / guest contributor / Reader Submission


In today’s featured Reader Submission, Shannon Wafford of the San Diego area wrote us about an event he produced called “James’ Dean’s last Drive”, a get together he arranged for the 60th anniversary of the iconic actor’s tragic car accident. We at CBI are open to stories being submitted about exciting old car activities, so feel free to sent yours in too. In the meantime, enjoy his account adorned by a plethora of photos (which we always love, don’t ya know) on the following page… Continue reading →

1971 Porsche Porsche 908-3 Prototype Spyder racing at Rennsport V

October 10, 2015 in German / Race Car / Video

More in-car footage from the Revs Institute for Automotive Research of Jeannette Gunnar behind the wheel of a Porsche at the 2015 Rolex Motorsports Reunion in Monterey California. This time, though, the very lucky and very talented race driver is piloting a 1971 Porsche 908-3 Prototype Spyder at full tilt, a lightweight which is powered by a 350 hp 3 liter V8 that relines at 8,500 rpm and weighs only 1,200 pounds. 1,200 pounds! Turn your speakers up loud, kick back and enjoy. There’s a short second video by Road & Track on the following page in which Gunnar talks about what makes the 908-3 such a special car to him, so be sure to watch that one too either before or after the one above to bring it all together.
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An Up Close Look at the Restoration and Sale of 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 (CSX 2332)

October 9, 2015 in American / English / Featured / Restoration

10For today’s main feature we have this menacingly gorgeous black on black 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 (CSX 2332), an example which was restored by Injected Customs in Texas and later sold for a tad over $1 million last year at auction. Top auction houses are normally forthright about bringing as much vehicle history to their listings as humanly possible, but a little additional research is always advisable and has revealed a bit more about this particular car than originally stated. While I generally don’t like to make a car’s current market price the focus of conversation here, it’s interesting to note what today’s crop of new collectors are willing to pay for a shiny show example that many old school Cobra aficionado would happily point out for its many incorrect features. Would said information have effected its top of market (and possibly beyond) selling price had it been exposed earlier? We think so…

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1969 Porsche 908 LH racing at Rennsport V

October 9, 2015 in German / Race Car / Video

The Revs Institute for Automotive Research kindly lets Jeannette Gunnar get wild behind the wheel of their Porsche 908 in this driver POV video. What a sight to have 2 917s in your rear view mirror and another you are chasing down. Talk about dreams! Now, how exactly do I go about getting on their drivers list too? Hmmm…

“Gunnar Jeannette pilots our 1969 Porsche 908 LH at Rennsport V around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Watch as he battles 3 Porsche 917s. He finished 3rd Overall behind two of the 917s.”

Book Review of “Intermeccanica: The Story of the Prancing Bull”, by author Andrew McCredie

October 8, 2015 in American / Book Review / guest contributor / History / Italian / Reader Submission / Wallace Wyss

Title: Intermeccanica: The Story of the Prancing Bull, originally published May 1, 2010–

by Andrew McCredie (Author), with Paula Reisner

· Hardcover: 192 pages
· Publisher: Veloce Publishing (May 1, 2010)
· Language: English
· ISBN-10: 1845842499
· ISBN-13: 978-1845842499
· Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
· Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
· Price: $79.95

I would like to start out this review by saying this is, above all, a love story of a couple that bonded on cars when they first met (he was reading a car magazine in college and she noticed and said she came from a car-fan family), a relationship which lasted several decades until his death.
Andrew McCredie’s book “Intermeccanica: The Story of the Prancing Bull” from Veloce Publishing in England is also the story of the development of one project after another, most of which resulted in some cars, interesting cars, cars which after decades of being in the shadows are coming to the attention of collectors. I speak of cars like the Apollo, the Torino, the Italia and the Indra.
The Reisners are behind them all, except the Apollo which started out with three buddies from SoCal, one of whom ran into Frank at the Monte Carlo GP and when asked what he did for a living, Reisner gave the right answer: “I build cars.” Continue reading →

The Restoration of a 1964 Ferrari 250 Lusso- Was it Necessary?

October 8, 2015 in Italian / Restoration Shop / Sympathetic Restoration


The gorgeous 1964 Ferrari 250 Lusso that you see in the pictures before you was the sympathetic restoration project of the U.K. Ferrari experts at Foskers. This particular car’s story began when it was purchased by a good client/family friend of the shop’s and then picked up from it’s original owner in Paris. Foskers and their client both agreed that they wanted to keep as much originality of the car as possible during it’s recommissioning, but closer examination found that some of the paint was believed to have already been repaired sometime in the past. With this newly found information taken into consideration, they went forward and decided on a bare metal respray. Could this be yet another case of an unnecessary over-restoration, or simply just a respray to show standards? You be the judge…

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Photo and Video of the Day: Alfa Romeo Montreal Madness

October 8, 2015 in Italian / Video


A 1974 Alfa Romeo Montreal, seen at the Geneva Auto Show. With bodywork penned by Marcello Gandini of Bertone (who also designed the Lamborghini Miura and Espada), it’s easy to see where the influence here came from. Just listen the the V8 in the video below, although I suggest you start it at the 2 minute mark for full effect.

VIDEO: On Board with a 1973 Ferrari 312 PB

October 8, 2015 in Italian / Video

Here’s a video by DtRockstar1 who strapped a few GoPro cameras to a 1972 Ferrari 312PB once raced by Brian Redman. The sound of the flat 12 is absolutely glorious, and all the misshifts make you really appreciate just how difficult it really was for the pros to extract every ounce of performance out of them back in the day. Petrolicious actually featured this car before HERE, worth checking out after this video.

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