The Renaissance Roadster wins the Ridler Award at the 65th Detroit Autorama | Margaret Hehr
There’s no denying that the 65th annual Detroit Autorama started with a big bang this year. To launch the show — quite literally — a “General Lee” 1969 Dodge Charger raced along the riverfront street next to the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit and sped up a ramp and flew over the pavement, just like Bo and Luke would do on The Dukes of Hazzard television show.
The car, bearing the “01” on its doors and the Detroit Autorama logo on its rear quarter panels, was driven by Ryamond Kohn of the Northeast Ohio Dukes group. The “landing” was somewhat less graceful than those by the TV stunt team. The car sustained significant front-end damage and was displayed inside the Cobo Center during the self-proclaimed “America’s Greatest Hot Rod Show.”
WILLIAMSON CO. — Authorities have released new details about the crash that closed a portion of I-57 Thursday morning.
Illinois State Police say it happened at around 11:15 a.m. at mile marker 51. Robert Matheis, 47, of House Springs, Missouri, was driving southbound on I-57 in a 2008 Cadillac Escalade just ahead of Raghubir Singh, 26, of Fresno, California, who was driving a 2013 Volvo semi. Matheis slowed for traffic that was backed up from road construction and was hit from behind by Singh.
Matheis’ car came to rest in the median, while Singh’s semi ended up on the shoulder of the right lane.
Singh was uninjured. Matheis suffered non-life threatening injuries and refused treatment on the scene, choosing to go to the hospital by private vehicle.
Christina M. Matheis, a passenger in the Cadillac, was flown from the scene by helicopter to a regional hospital for
Anticipating a future trend where personal car ownership gives way to car-sharing, automakers are testing the waters with their own services. These automaker-owned services offer brand-specific vehicles and rely on modern technology, such as smartphones, for making reservations and accessing the cars.
While services such as ZipCar have been around for a while, automakers bring their own vehicle expertise to the market. Consumers can also benefit from brand familiarity, such as knowing how the dashboard electronics work.
Maybe you’ve just graduated from college and you’re looking for a Scandinavian adventure. Maybe you’re having a mid-life crisis and you want to shake things up a bit. In either case, you might’ve asked yourself: should I move to Denmark?
If so, and if the answer to that question was a resounding “Ja!”, we have some great news: the Danish government plans to reduce the tax rate on new cars to a mere 100 percent.
Car fans might think of Denmark as the place where shoppers can buy cars totally online. Or perhaps they know it as one of many winter-friendly nations that are angling to get gas and diesel vehicles off the road. Or maybe they remember it best as the tiny country that wanted everyone to drive electric cars with swappable batteries before the company that built them went kaput.
Mecum Auctions’ inaugural MidAmerica Chicago motorcycle auction found new owners for 169 vintage and antique motorcycles last weekend and generated $1,309,043 in total sales.
“We were excited to hold our first auction in the Chicagoland area,” Ron Christenson, president of Mecum’s MidAmerica Motorcycle Division, said in a news release. “The crowds shared in that enthusiasm, which was great to see. There isn’t anything else like this in the area.
“Vintage and antique motorcycles are in themselves a rarity, so finding an auction that offers so many is a true treat for enthusiasts.”
Flying Merkel racer brings top dollar at Chicago auction
The top sale at the auction was a 1912 Flying Merkel board track racing motorcycle that hammered sold for $65,000 (Mecum reports hammer prices that do not include the buyer’s premium).
The 1959 Cadillac Cyclone concept car is expected for the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance | Hilton Head Island Concours
The 39th annual Concours d’Elegance of America, which actually comprises a weekend of 15 events, will host about 300 rare collector cars from around the world from July 28 through July 30 at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan.
Featured marques for the main-event concours, which takes place on Sunday, July 30, are Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost and Shelby Cobra, while the featured coachbuilder is Walter M. Murphy Company of Pasadena and the featured body styles are boattail classics, hypercar exotics and Jet Age Juniors.