Jan 17

F1: Doctors fear Schumacher ‘could be in a coma forever’

Michael Schumacher is a seven-time F1 champion. (Photo: Getty Images)

Michael Schumacher is a seven-time F1 champion. (Photo: Getty Images)

More than two weeks after Michael Schumacher was placed into a medically induced coma, multiple German papers reported Thursday that doctors fear the racing champion “could be in a coma forever.”

Schumacher injured himself in a Dec. 29 skiing accident in the French Alps. He was taken to Grenoble University Hospital in France, where he was placed into the coma.

Jan 16

Cars: Barrett-Jackson Salon Collection — Chevy Corvette Race Car

 The No. 57 Rebel Corvette has been displayed at the National Corvette Museum, Bloomington Gold Special Collection and Corvettes at Carlisle. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

The No. 57 Rebel Corvette has been displayed at the National Corvette Museum, Bloomington Gold Special Collection and Corvettes at Carlisle. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

By Kevin Mackay, Walt Thurn and Matt Stone

An amateur Corvette L88 team beat the world’s best GT cars in this world record holding No. 57 “Rebel” L88 Corvette. The story about how this amazing Corvette became a world- beater begins with two Tampa, Fla., businessmen, Dave Heinz and Or Costanzo. Heinz owned Dave Heinz Imports, a Tampa dealership that sold new Jaguars. Costanzo was the new car sales manager for Ferman Chevrolet.

On weekends both shared a common passion — racing Corvettes. Zora Arkus-Duntov, the famous General Motors engineer turned high-performance department director, was always on the lookout for ways to support successful Corvette teams, including the Heinz and Costanzo Corvette. The fact that Costanzo worked at Ferman Chevrolet helped, giving him open communication to GM.

Jan 15

Cars: Barrett-Jackson Salon Collection — ’63 Shelby Cooper King Cobra

This 1963 Shelby Cooper King Cobra is one of only six ever built between 1963 and 1964, and is thoroughly documented in the Shelby World Registry. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

This 1963 Shelby Cooper King Cobra is one of only six ever built between 1963 and 1964, and is thoroughly documented in the Shelby World Registry. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

By Larry Edsall

Nineteen sixty-three. Shelby Cobras were dominating American sports car racing, and designer Pete Brock and the car builders at Shelby American were busy working on a Kamm-tailed coupe to challenge Ferrari on the world racing circuit. Then along came the Sports Car Club of America with plans for its first professional motor sports series, racing for prize money, not just trophies. Called the Fall Series, it was not for production-style sports cars such as Shelby’s roadsters but for pure, purpose-built “sports-racing” specials — purebred racers with big engines mounted behind the cockpit. (It wasn’t long before the Fall Series blossomed into the Canadian-American Challenge Cup, the now fabled and fabulous Can-Am series.)

Obviously, the Shelby team would compete. First, however, it needed a proper vehicle.

Jan 14

Cars: Barrett-Jackson Salon Collection — 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing

Mercedes-Benz created the gold standard in collectible sports cars with their always-coveted 1955 300SL gullwing coupe. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

Mercedes-Benz created the gold standard in collectible sports cars with the always-coveted 1955 300SL gullwing coupe. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

Article by Roger C. Johnson

Since Mercedes-Benz is credited with producing the very first automobile, it should be no surprise that the company also created the gold standard in collectible sports cars with their always-coveted 1955 300SL gullwing coupe.

To fully appreciate this amazing machine, the mid-‘50s, a magical period for the auto industry, should be taken into account. Consider the sparked enthusiasm of engineers and designers who were finally given the chance to create peacetime products based on the staggering manufacturing knowledge gained over the previous decade and a half. As a result, world-class automotive power and style were suddenly available.

Iconic cars such as the Chevrolet Corvette, the Ford Thunderbird and the Chrysler 300 all debuted during this period. Each left indelible marks on the industry. Yet the 300SL Mercedes gullwing coupe has maintained a status that continues to outshine the rest of the best.