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   TOP NEWS How to sell a car at auctionClassicCars.com
So, you have been watching the various auctions on TV for a few years and might have even attended an auction or two and have decided to sell a collector car at an auction. Is this the right decision and, if so, how should you go about it? To start, selling a collector car at auction can have a couple of advantages over selling person-to-person, either online or through your network of friends in the collector car hobby. (Image: Larry Edsall)
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   RACING & CLASSIC CAR NEWS VW video reminds us that the Beetle is really going awayClassicCars.com
Volkswagen in July announced that the Beetle would drive off into the sunset after 2019, this time for good. While there’s been speculation that the iconic nameplate might return as an affordable EV based on Volkswagen Group’s MEB modular platform for battery-electric cars, VW has put a rest to those rumors with its animated short film “The Last Mile.”  READ MORE
 Don’t miss these 10 major classic car events in 2020Classic Driver
While the number of great and small automotive events continues to rise in line with the increasing global interest in classic cars, there are no circumstances under which we’d miss any of the following major occasions in the coming year. (Image: Classic Driver)
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   MISSED AN ISSUE OF THE VRL NEWSBRIEF? VISIT AND SEARCH THE ARCHIVE TODAY. Casey Currie hopes to make history at treacherous Dakar Rally in Saudi ArabiaLos Angeles Times
Hordes of motorcycles, cars and trucks rumble across the desert, launching themselves over sand dunes, careening through dry washes and bouncing over stone roads. Drivers struggle to maintain control while navigating this wasteland with a map and compass. “Rally raids” aren’t exactly left-turn racing on a paved oval. Picture a real-life version of “The Road Warrior,” then add some crucial mathematics. And that’s what Casey Currie loves. The 36-year-old Corona, California, man has devoted his life to off-road racing. Now he has a chance to make history in the renowned Dakar Rally. “No American has ever won it,” he says. “The challenge is there.”  READ MORE
 The very last American 1997 Land Rover Defender 90 is going up for saleRobb Report
Back in 1997, Land Rover announced it would stop exporting the beloved Defender 90 to the US because of safety regulations it viewed as prohibitive. Before doing so, the British automaker built a limited-edition run of 300 North American Specification (NAS) Defender 90s as a way to saying goodbye. Now, 23 years later, the very last of those is going up for auction. That Defender 90, no. 300/300, will hit the block at Gooding & Company’s Scottsdale auctions next week, according to a press release. A stunning example of a British icon, the SUV is also in phenomenal condition, having totaled just 36,000 miles over the last two decades.  READ MORE
 5 notable Porsche 917 liveriesSports Car Digest
Vivid paintwork and stickers are as much a part of Porsche Motorsport as the boxer engine. While the Porsche 917 race cars featured notable liveries from Martini and Gulf, there are several others that are iconic on their own. The company recently looked back on five historical color combinations from the various 917 models.  READ MOREClick the images below to join the various VRL owners’ groups in the VRL community
 
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 Celebrate 90 years of Pininfarina with these design iconsClassic Driver
Pininfarina can rightfully be credited for designing a good portion of the world’s most elegant automobiles. In 2020, the Turin design studio is celebrating its 90th anniversary — and luckily, some of its most iconic creations can be found in the Classic Driver Market. Here are 10 favorites. (Image: Classic Driver)
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 Sandbagging was alive and well at the IMSA Roar Before the 24 at DaytonaAutoweek
The checkered flag has fallen on the 2020 Roar Before the 24 — mandatory for IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams that plan to run the 2020 Rolex 24 at Daytona in less than three weeks, optional for the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race that precedes the Rolex 24 — so let’s see what we’ve learned.  READ MORE
 How one of history’s dorkiest cars — the AMC Gremlin — became a sales successAutomobile magazine
Few cars have more ignoble roots than the AMC Gremlin. It was named for the mythical creatures said to be responsible for crashing airplanes and breaking machinery. It was introduced to the public on April Fool’s Day. And as for the styling, AMC design chief Dick Teague made his first sketch of the car on the back of a Northwest Orient Airlines barf bag. And yet for all that, the Gremlin was arguably AMC’s smartest car: It was inexpensive to develop and its timing was perfect.  READ MORE
 SVRA Mazda Miata Heritage Cup to grow in 2020Racer
After a successful launch in 2017 that saw steadily growing fields of 1990-1997 NA Miatas, the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) Mazda Miata Heritage Cup will welcome 1999-2005 NB Miatas, creating a second podium, beginning in 2020. And there is one more special opportunity — SVRA is going to waive the entry fee for one marquee event to be held at Road America May 14-17.  READ MORE

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