More shots from the green on Pebble Beach
The 60th annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is in full swing.
But enough of my temperature woes: The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is under way. I've been out here since about 8:00 a.m. (last year I was out for Dawn Patrol at 5:00 a.m., and in a way I regret not coming back this year) so I have a bunch of cool pictures. I'll be posting some throughout the day as time permits. Enjoy. (Scroll over the images to read what each car is.)
Classic brand celebrates its 75th anniversary.
Jag had good reason to celebrate the past, as this year marks the 75th anniversary of the Jaguar name. Of the 16 XKSS models -- arguably the most beautiful and iconic Jag ever made -- the British company, now owned by India's Tata motors, managed to bring 12 of them to the party. At the kickoff, corresponding to a "Gentlemen, start your engines!" announcement, each owner started up his car and saluted the attendees with some throaty exhaust notes.
More pictures after the jump.
Boss Mustang, Jags, Laguna Seca and Infiniti's Performance Line.
You can read all about the Ford Boss Mustang reveal during a cold and rainy Friday morning at the Laguna Seca racetrack here, so I'll just throw this in: These are fine-looking cars, especially the Laugna Seca model, which is, as Ford put it, as close as you'll get to a race car with a regular license. The manufacturer held a raffle in which three winners would get to take the Boss around the track; I didn't win.
Just spending some time watching the race cars tear around the Laguna Seca track is well worth a trip to Monterey, especially if the historic models are having a go when you're there. You'll have at least a few "whoa, what was that one?" moments as yet another low-slung bright blue or maroon or banana yellow car whizzes by you in a blur. You really understand how addictive the whine and rumble of a perfectly tuned engine can be.
The Spyker C8 Spyder
The folks at Saab passed me off to Sander Van Dijk, marketing manager for Saab's new owner, Spyker. I met him at the Spyker Pavilion at Pebble Beach for a test drive.
Spyker is known for a few things: a minimalist, driver-first approach; bold styling; and fast cars. The company's newest model, the C8 Aileron, was off somewhere else. Instead, we slid open the gull-wing doors and jumped in the C8 Spyder SWB -- a car Van Dijk promised me would be more "essential" to the Spyker brand.
Van Dijk got behind the wheel first to let me get a feel for it. During his drive, he explained some of the inspiration behind Spyker vehicles. Aircraft are a major source of design details, from the rows of toggle switches to the brushed-aluminum interior to the propeller blade details on the air vents. The brand is notoriously allergic to man-made materials, preferring an all-natural approach; this means that the curb weight of 2,750 pounds is kept low without the help of materials such as carbon fiber.
By Bob Gritzinger
Does an AutoWeek reader own one of the oldest Porsches in America?
We hope so, and Porsche has thrown open a Web site registry at www.porsche60years.com to find out. Called My Classic Porsche Search, the program is intended to find and document the oldest of the brand's models in the United States as part of the company's celebration of its 60th anniversary in the United States.
Owners in 12 model ranges--including the Porsche 356, the 911, the 912, the 914, the 924, the 928, the 944, the 968, the Boxster, the Cayenne, the Carrera GT and the Cayman are encouraged to enter their cars. In addition to finding the oldest Porsches in each model range, the search will identify the oldest Porsche ever sold in the United States. The search ends Oct. 1.
It's, uh, whatever this is.
This has been parked in the lot at the hotel in which I'm staying, and I've passed it a bunch of times. There are always gawkers, but no one (yet) who can tell me what, exactly, it is.
From the looks of it, it's a single-seat, ultramodded hot rod ... thing, with a touch of Adam West's Batmobile and a curb weight of no more than several hundred pounds. Other than that, I'm stumped.
By David Barkholz, Automotive News
UPDATED--Ed Whitacre is stepping down as General Motors Co. CEO on Sept. 1. He will be replaced by Daniel Akerson, who joined the GM board in July 2009 after a long career in telecommunications.
Akerson, 61, has been head of global buyouts for private equity firm The Carlyle Group since July 2009. His career was highlighted by stints as chairman and CEO of XO Communications from 1999 to 2003. He was CEO of Nextel Communications Inc. from 1996 to 1999 and also was chairman of the company's board from 1996 to 2001.
Whitacre, 68, said he would stay on as chairman until Dec. 31. When he leaves, Akerson will become chairman as well, Whitacre said during a conference call with analysts and reporters on Thursday.
Whitacre said the GM board has been aware since he became CEO in December that he didn't want to stay a day longer than he had to. Whitacre was named GM chairman in June 2009 and took over as CEO after the Dec. 1 departure Fritz Henderson.
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Clifford Atiyeh has spent his entire life driving cars he doesn't own. Raised in Volvos, he has grown to love fast, irresponsible vehicles of all kinds. He is the senior news editor at MSN Autos and also reports for Car and Driver, Road & Track, The Boston Globe and other publications.
In the garage: 21-speed Iron Horse, 2002 Jeep Wrangler X (not his)
Doug Newcomb has covered car technology for over 20 years for outlets ranging from Rolling Stone to Edmunds.com. In 2008, he published his first book, "Car Audio for Dummies" (Wiley). He lives and drives in Hood River, Ore., with his wife and two kids, who share his passion for cars and technology.
In the garage: 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS, two 1984 Chevrolet Blazers, 2008 Honda CR-V
James Tate learned to drive stick at age 13 in a 1988 Land Cruiser - in La Paz, Bolivia. He's since been a mechanic, on a pit crew and has wrenched on every car he's owned since his first 1989 Honda CRX Si (and won't stop until the car is a 1973 Porsche 911 RS). His work has appeared in Car and Driver, Popular Mechanics, Automobile and others.
In the garage: 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera, 1988 BMW M5
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