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RM Auctions Posts A Spectacular $95 Million In Monterey

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RM Auctions, the world’s largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles, continued its strong track record in Monterey, California, on the weekend, realizing a spectacular $95.7 million in total sales*, with a strong 89 percent of all lots sold.

The impressive results represent the highest individual auction tally in RM’s history and, significantly, an almost 20 percent increase on last year’s record $80 million Monterey sale, albeit generated by a smaller offering; this year’s sale featured an elite, handpicked selection of 120 of the world’s finest automobiles compared to 144 motor cars offered at the 2011 sale. Illustrating RM’s expertise in the presentation and marketing of blue-chip automobiles at auction, as many as 20 vehicles realized million-dollar-plus results, with five lots achieving individual prices exceeding $5 million, and numerous new auction records set. Exclusive video highlights from the weekend are available online here:

 “We are absolutely delighted with the results from our Monterey sale, which not only reflect our best performance to date but demonstrate the continued strength of the collector car market and high global demand for investment-quality automobiles,” says Rob Myers, Chairman and Founder, RM Auctions. “The sale truly captured the attention of the world’s elite collectors, and the results once again prove that RM continues to set the standard for collector car auctions with its high-caliber consignments, impeccable presentation, unparalleled client service, and accurate estimates provided by our expert team of car specialists. We look forward to continuing the momentum with our upcoming fall auctions in Hershey, Dallas, and London.”

The event’s top seller was a1968 Ford GT40 Gulf/Mirage Lightweight Racing Car, P/1074, achieving a new world record for an American automobile sold at auction with a remarkable sales price of $11,000,000 (pictured above). The first, by serial number, of several lightweight GT40s built for the J.W.A./Gulf team, this exceptional racing car was completed in 1968 and carries an incredible history from new. Finished in the Gulf team colors of Powder Blue with a Marigold stripe, it raced extensively throughout 1968 from Daytona to Le Mans, as well as the Le Mans trials at the hands of Jacky Ickx, before it was sold to Solar Productions in 1970 and used as a camera car in Steve McQueen’s Le Mans. Providing one of many thrilling auction moments across the two-day sale, the GT40 spurred a lively bidding war in the room; its world record price earning a standing ovation from the crowd.

Additional lots surpassing the $5 million mark included a magnificent trio of Ferraris, including a hugely desirable 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder, chassis 3319 GT (pictured), for $8,580,000; an exceptional 1955 Ferrari 410 S Berlinetta, chassis 0594 CM, which set a new world record for a closed Ferrari at $8,250,000; and a coveted 1956 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta ‘Tour de France’, chassis 0585 GT, which fetched $6,710,000. Rounding out the group of $5 million-plus sales, the supremely elegant, Pebble Beach ‘Best of Show’ winning 1938 Horch 853A Erdmann & Rossi Special Roadster achieved a strong $5,017,000, to set a new world record for an Horch sold at auction.

“The results indicate a particularly strong market for 1950s and 1960s sports and racing cars, with many new records achieved within this category across the Monterey weekend,” adds Shelby Myers, Managing Director, RM California. “Whether this reflects a change in existing collector tastes is unknown, however it certainly shows that interest in makes such as Ferrari, Aston Martin and other post-World War II sports cars is at an all-time high. It is important to note the trend was not only evident in the multi-million-dollar bracket, but ‘best of category’ examples across all levels,” Myers adds.

Other notable auction results include:

a race bred 1960 Aston Martin DB4GT, the fourth DB4GT produced, exceeded its pre-sale estimate, selling for a strong $2,035,000;

a 1953 Bentley Continental R-Type Fastback Sports Saloon set a new world record for its model, achieving a superb $1,622,500;

a highly original 1965 Shelby 289 Cobra Mk II, just one lady owner from new, well-surpassed its pre-sale estimate, selling for $792,000;

a 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS ‘Chairs and Flares’ attracted fierce bidding, realizing a world record price of $467,500; and

a perfectly preserved, delivery-mileage 1989 Ferrari Testarossa doubled its pre-sale estimate to enter the history books with a world record price of $264,000.

Reflecting RM’s global clientele, the strong results were generated by registered bidders from 25 different countries on the telephone, over the Internet, and assembled in the standing-room-only venue.

RM Auctions’ 2012 Monterey Million-Dollar-Plus Sales:

Lot 139

1968 Ford GT40 Gulf/Mirage Lightweight Racing Car


Lot 240A

1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder


Lot 117

1955 Ferrari 410 S Berlinetta


Lot 231

1956 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta 'Tour de France'


Lot 133

1938 Horch 853A Special Roadster


Lot 214

1955 Aston Martin DB3S Sports Racing Car


Lot 226

1967 Ford GT40 Mark I


Lot 121

1938 Talbot-Lago T23 Teardrop Coupe


Lot 233

2001 Bentley Speed 8 Le Mans Prototype Racing Car


Lot 228

1960 Aston Martin DB4GT


Lot 229

1929 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing Top Convertible Coupe


Lot 212

1953 Bentley Continental R-Type Fastback Sports Saloon


Lot 239

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta


Lot 249

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 'Competizione Speciale'


Lot 114

1965 Shelby 427 Competition Cobra


Lot 240

1964 Shelby 289 Competition Cobra


Lot 221

1965 Ferrari 275 GTB


Lot 250

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 'Gullwing' Coupe


Lot 140

1998 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR


Lot 137

2001 Audi R8 Le Mans Prototype Racing Car


In addition to RM’s strong auction performance, the company’s restoration division, RM Auto Restoration, continued its track record for excellence on the show field at the Pebble Beach Concours on Sunday, with the 1931 Duesenberg J Derham Tourster owned by Joseph and Margie Cassini, of West Orange, New Jersey, judged ‘Best in Class’ and a ‘Best of Show Nominee’, and the 1937 Talbot-Lago T150C Figoni & Falaschi Cabriolet, owned by The Patterson Collection in Louisville, Kentucky, also receiving ‘Best in Class‘ honors. In addition, a 1930 Cadillac 452 Fleetwood Roadster, owned by Bob and Brigette Thayer of Atlanta, Georgia, and also restored by RM Auto Restoration, was judged second in its class.

RM Auctions continues its 2012 calendar in Hershey, Pennsylvania, October 11–12, 2012, closely followed by the presentation of The Charlie Thomas Collection, October 20, near Dallas, Texas, and its annual London sale at Battersea Evolution, October 31. For further information on upcoming events, along with complete official results from RM’s 2012 Monterey sale, please visit

Polaris Donates $154,125 to the Wounded Warrior Project

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As part of its annual summer sales meeting and its presence at the Sturgis®Motorcycle Rally, Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), Victory Motorcycles and the Company’s dealers donated $154,125 to the Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP). The donation was part of Polaris’ continuing relationship with the WWP, an organization that raises awareness and aids injured servicemen and women. Earlier this year, Polaris also gave away three special, blacked-out RANGER RZR XP 4 900 Side-by-Side vehicles to WWP veterans.

“Our relationship with the Wounded Warrior Project allows Polaris and our dealers to support the men and women who selflessly sacrifice for our nation through their military service,” said Scott Wine, Polaris Industries CEO. “We consider it an honor and a privilege to partner with the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that lends a hand to those who merit it most. We hope this donation helps these brave men and women return to the rich, active lives they truly deserve.”

On the opening night of the Company’s summer sales meetings, Polaris announced it would donate $25 to WWP for each rider that rode an all-terrain vehicle or Side-by-Side at the Polaris demo track, a winding set of man-made dirt trails intended to provide dealers with a chance to experience riding the latest Polaris products. That promise led to $44,500 in donations, powered by more than 1,700 demo rides.

The following week, at the 72nd edition of the legendary motorcycle rally at Sturgis, a year-long effort from Polaris-owned Victory Motorcycles and its dealers culminated when Steve Menneto, Polaris’ vice president of motorcycles, announced that Victory would contribute an additional $100,000 to WWP on the stage at the Buffalo Chip. The money represented an incredible number of demo rides conducted throughout the year at Victory dealerships as the brand challenged consumers with the phrase “Ride One and You’ll Own One,” then backed it up with the promise of donations to WWP reflecting the demo ride program.

In addition to donations made by Polaris and Victory, the Company offered dealers the opportunity to contribute to WWP as well. More than 100 Polaris dealers combined to generously add $9,625 of their own money, bringing the donation total to $154,125.


About the Wounded Warrior Project™

            The mission of Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP's purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more,

Motor Trike Announces New Electric Reverse

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Motor Trike, Inc. announced the release of a new Electric Reverse for their GTX and Vortex conversions.

The Motor Trike GTX conversion fits the Harley Davidson® 1200 & 883 Sportsters™
The Motor Trike Vortex conversion fits the Victory Cross Country™, Cross Country Tour™, Cross Roads™, and Hard-Ball™

With Motor Trike’s new electric reverse installed on either the GTX or Vortex, parking anywhere is made possible with just the press of a button.

The Company is currently taking orders at a price of $1,395.00. The Motor Trike Electric Reverse will be available on 9/1/2012.

Headquartered in Troup, TX, Motor Trike, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading trike conversion manufacturers.

– Motor Trike’s Electric Reverse makes parking anywhere possible.
– Easy to use with step-by-step instructions included.
– No modification of bike required.
– Fit options: Motor Trike Gladiator, Vortex, and GTX – All years.
– Custom engineered in-house and made in the USA.
– Electronic warranty registration process, no paperwork necessary.
– Powerful and Reliable Motor
– Stand-alone system that does not affect the original transmission.
– Reverse can be installed on the kit from the factory, leaving only plug and play harness connections to complete the installation.
– Comes with a one-year unlimited mile parts-only warranty.

Coolbeth Places Fifth On Factory Harley At Indy Mile

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Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle® Factory Team rider Kenny Coolbeth finished fifth in the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship on the Lucas Oil Indy Mile at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The race was won by South East Harley-Davidson rider Sammy Halbert, riding a Harley-Davidson®  XR750 motorcycle.

The Indy Mile race marked a return to action for Coolbeth, who was injured on June 30 in a race at Lima, Ohio. Coolbeth finished third in his heat race to qualify for the main. Coolbeth raced with the lead pack in the second half of the race before slipping back in the final laps.

“I guess I got the rust off tonight, and this was a good result for us,” said Coolbeth. “We were right up there at the end. I’ve been working to maintain my fitness while I recovered from the broken leg, but tonight was actually the first time I’ve been on a motorcycle sinceLima. The track was forgiving so this was a good way to get back into the action, but I think I’m ready to go.”

Zanotti Racing/Schaeffer`s Harley-Davison rider Jake Johnson, Crosley Radio Kawasaki rider Bryan Smith and Halbert led the first segment of the 25-lap main, with less than 0.200 seconds separating the trio. The race was stopped on lap 11 when Johnson crashed and retired for the night. On the restart a pack of six riders including Halbert, Rogers Racing/Blue Springs Harley-Davidson rider Jared Mees, Werner-Springsteen Racing Kawasaki rider Brandon Robinson, Dodge Brothers Racing rider Brad Baker, Foremost Insurance Ducati rider Henry Wiles and Coolbeth ran together, with Coolbeth running as high as fifth and within 0.245 seconds of the leader. Smith’s motorcycle expired on the restart and he was out. Robinson led laps 14 to 22 before giving way to Halbert, who held on to win by just 0.026 seconds over Robinson. Mees was third, 0.194 seconds behind Halbert. Wiles was fourth, followed by Coolbeth and Baker. With his first AMA Pro Mile win, Halbert has now completed the cycle of wins on Mile, Short-Track, TT, and Half-Mile courses.

Earlier in the evening, Smith won the four-lap Dash for Cash sprint bonus race.

After 10 of 16 AMA Grand National events, Mees leads the series with 201 points. Halbert moves up to second place with 180 points, followed by Johnson with 173 points, Smith with 122, and Wiles with 115. Coolbeth, who missed four races while injured, is in 10th place with 71 points.

The Grand National Twins will next race on September 2 on the Springfield Mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

Wyman and O’Hara Split AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Races at Indianapolis

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Kyle Wyman (KLR Group/Spyke’s H-D) and Bartels’ H-D/Scrubblade rider Tyler O’Hara each posted wins in the doubleheader round of the AMA Pro Racing Vance & Hines XR1200 series last weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to open the five-race XR Showdown championship chase and set up a thrilling three-race climax to the 2012 season.

From the beginning of the weekend it appeared that MOB Racing’s P.J. Jacobson, a 2010 XR1200 series race winner who was making his first appearance of the 2012 season in the class, would be the spoiler and the man to beat at Indy after posting a dominant qualifying time on Friday nearly 1.5 seconds quicker than the next fastest challenger. And midway through Saturday’s Race 1, that was the story that was developing, after Jacobsen fought back against an early charge by O’Hara, who led the first two laps of the race, and had cleared the field by a sizable margin. Jacobsen eventually built a 4-second lead by lap five and appeared to be cruising to victory. But disaster struck the New York native, who races fulltime in the British Superbike series, when fluids leaking from his machine caused him to crash on lap six. After he went down, chaos broke out on the track, as several following riders subsequently crashed, causing a red flag stoppage of the race.

With track conditions too poor to restart the race, AMA Pro officials reverted to the order of the previous lap and provisionally awarded the victory to Jacobsen. However, after a post-race investigation revealed his motorcycle had been the cause of the fluid on the track, Jacobsen was relegated to last place in the running order, which elevated Wyman to the win, his fourth of the season. Benjamin Carlson (Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson) and XP Motorsports/Rossiter’s Harley-Davidson’s Michael Corbino rounded out the podium.

“P.J. had a few seconds on me and I saw him crash but just as I processed what had happened I went down. It happened that fast. I got up and raised my arms to signal the guys behind us but everyone was coming and it was just total chaos,” Wyman said. “This was one crazy race. Usually, when goofy stuff happens it never seems to fall my way, but today it did and I couldn't be happier. The timing is perfect.”

Sunday’s Race 2 proved to be just a dramatic, with Jacobsen again breaking out to a large lead and again crashing out of it, this time on his own without mechanical incident. His misfortune opened the door for O’Hara, and the pre-Indy series points leader was more than happy to step through it, building a lead of more than four seconds before throttling back in the closing laps to come home in flying Superman style across the finish line with a 1.892-second lead over Wyman, who had his hands full battling Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson teammates Carlson and Bobby Fong, who finished third and fourth. The trio sliced and diced for the lead throughout the second half of the race, as they engaged in a series of daring out-braking and drafting maneuvers.

“[After] P.J. tucked the front and crashed, I just put my head down,” O’Hara said. “I built up a nice gap and was just monitoring the gap through my pit board. I felt like yesterday I got a little bit unlucky that we were not able to restart the race after the red flag. I had some bad luck, and that’s not a good way to start the chase. So now, my goal is to win every race here on out to stay in the hunt. It’s going to be tough no matter what.”

With just three rounds to go in the 2012 XR1200 Showdown, Wyman leads Carlson by nine points with O’Hara another six points back in third. The AMA Pro Racing Vance & Hines XR1200 Series continues September 8-9 at New Jersey Motorsports Park inMillville, NJ.

 Indianapolis Race 1 August 18 Result:


1. Kyle Wyman (KLR Group/Spyke’s H-D), 5 laps

2. Benjamin Carlson (Suburban Motors H-D), +4.423 seconds

3. Michael Corbino (XP Motorsports/Rossiter’s H-D), +4.878 seconds

4. Michael Barnes (KLR Group/Spyke’s H-D), +4.901 seconds

5. Steve Crevier (MotoSport Plus Harley-Davidson), +5.536 seconds

6. Bobby Fong (Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson), +5.590 seconds

7. Michael Beck (Parts Unlimited, KWR), +8.345 seconds

8. Travis Wyman (Harv’s H-D), +8.749 seconds

9. Shane Narbonne (Teterboro Rams LLC), +9.595 seconds

10. David Estok (Ruthless Racing/Deeley H-D Racing), +10.272 seconds

11. Barrett Long (Longevity Racing), +13.326 seconds

12. Tyler O’Hara (Bartels’ H-D/Scrubblade), +15.764 seconds

13. Josh Chisum (Bartels’ H-D/Scrubblade), +32.951 seconds

14. Paul Schwemmer (Peter Brady/Level 10 Contractors), +38.684 seconds

15. Charlie Long (Wrenches Northside Cycles), +41.752 seconds

16. Lee Kuhn (Jacox Harley-Davidson), +51.145 seconds

17. Paul James (Hoban Cycle/Woodstock H-D), +55.786 seconds

18. Brice Cooper (Hoban Cycle/Woodstock H-D), +56.995 seconds

19. Ray Delaney (Fury Offshore Racing Team), +1:04.854

20. Matthew Heidel (Down Home Harley-Davidson), +1:05.550

21. Richard Barnett (, +1:07.639

22. Aaron Borello (Air Ground Xpress), +1:13.458

23. Calvin Martinez (National Precious Metals), +1:24.645

24. PJ Jacobsen (MOB Racing/K-Tech/Orient Express) +1:24.646

25. Gerry Signorelli (Kuryakyn), DNF

26. Darren James (Ruthless Racing/Deeley H-D Racing), DNF

27. Nicholas Hansen (Suburban Motors H-D), DNF

28. Josh Guyer (Harley-Davidson of Bloomington), DNF

29. Peter Cline (Oxford Consulting Group), DNS



Indianapolis Race 2 August 19 Result:


1. Tyler O’Hara (Bartels’ H-D/Scrubblade), 10 laps

2. Kyle Wyman (KLR Group/Spyke’s H-D), +1.892 seconds

3. Benjamin Carlson (Suburban Motors H-D), +2.361 seconds

4. Bobby Fong (Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson), +2.431 seconds

5. Michael Barnes (KLR Group/Spyke’s H-D), +9.301 seconds

6. Michael Corbino (XP Motorsports/Rossiter’s H-D), +11.850 seconds

7. Steve Crevier (MotoSport Plus Harley-Davidson), +12.860

8. Travis Wyman (Harv’s H-D), +12.870 seconds

9. Barrett Long (Longevity Racing), +21.098 seconds

10. Shane Narbonne (Teterboro Rams LLC), +21.114 seconds

11. David Estok (Ruthless Racing/Deeley H-D Racing), +21.492 seconds

12. Josh Chisum (Bartels’ H-D/Scrubblade), +49.448 seconds

13. Nicholas Hansen (Suburban Motors H-D), +1:06.233

14. Josh Guyer (Harley-Davidson of Bloomington), +1:18.514

15. Lee Kuhn (Jacox Harley-Davidson), +1:19.070

16. Ray Delaney (Fury Offshore Racing Team), +1:56.519

17. Richard Barnett (, +1:56.594

18. Aaron Borello (Air Ground Xpress), +1:58.675

19. Calvin Martinez (National Precious Metals), +3:39.210

20. Michael Beck (Parts Unlimited, KWR), 8 laps

21. Gerry Signorelli (Kuryakyn), 6 laps

22. Brice Cooper (Hoban Cycle/Woodstock H-D), +52.710 seconds

23. PJ Jacobsen (MOB Racing/K-Tech/Orient Express), 5 laps

24. Matthew Heidel (Down Home Harley-Davidson), 1 lap

25. Darren James (Ruthless Racing/Deeley H-D Racing), DNS

26. Paul Schwemmer (Peter Brady/Level 10 Contractors), DNS, crash

27. Charlie Long (Wrenches Northside Cycles), DNS, crash

28. Paul James (Hoban Cycle/Woodstock H-D), DNS, crash

29. Peter Cline (Oxford Consulting Group), DNS


XR1200 Showdown Points Standings


1. Kyle Wyman, 1,055

2. Benjamin Carlson, 1,046

3. Tyler O’Hara, 1,040

4. Michael Corbino, 1,036

5. Michael Barnes, 1,034

6. Travis Wyman, 1,026

7. David Estok, 1,021

8. Josh Chisum, 1,017

9. Gerry Signorelli, 1,000

10. Darren James, 1,000

Krawiec Makes It Three In A Row With Brainerd Victory

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Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines Team Is Undefeated In 2012



Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Ed Krawiec scored his third consecutive Pro Stock Motorcycle drag racing final-round victory and sixth of the season at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. Krawiec, the defending NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion, defeated Hector Arana Jr. in the final when the Lucas Oil Buell rider fouled at the start. The win is also the ninth in a row in 2012 for the Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines team, which remains undefeated for the season.

“I had a great Harley-Davidson® V-Rod®  to race all weekend, really strong off the line which is important for us,” said Krawiec. “It may not have been the fastest bike out there but it was very consistent and ran straight down the track. Consistency and steady racing have been winning for us all season.”

Krawiec qualified fourth at Brainerd with an Elapsed Time of 6.909 seconds. Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines qualified the team’s other V-Rod second at 6.887 seconds. Lucas Oil Buell rider Hector Arana Sr. led qualifying with an ET of 6.884 seconds.

In Sunday eliminations, Krawiec advanced in round one when Pirana Z Racing Buell rider Shawn Gann fouled at the start. Krawiec then defeated Geico Suzuki rider Karen Stoffer and Sovereign/Star Racing Buell rider John Hall in rounds two and three to advance to the final. Krawiec got the 17th win of his career when Arana Jr. left the starting line 0.02 seconds early.

Hines opened eliminations with wins over Kuryakyn Buell rider Chip Ellis and Scott Pollacheck on a Sovereign/Star Racing Buell, but lost in the semi-final on a hole shot to Arana Jr., who won with a reaction time of 0.007 seconds and 6.914 ET to a 0.034/6.911 pass for Hines.

“I thought the tree was loose today, so it was hard to get a good start,” said Hines. “Hector Jr. took a stab at it and got lucky in that round, but I guess it didn’t work for him in the final.”

The Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines team will now prepare for the prestigious NHRA U.S Nationals at Indianapolis on Labor Day weekend. The team has won 11 Pro Stock Motorcycle events in a row dating back to 2011, but neither Hines or Krawiec has ever won at Indy.

“For either of us to win at Indy would be simply awesome,” said Krawiec. “It’s a tough event because I think many racers try too hard to win there. But I think we are feeling really good right now and should be under no pressure.”

Krawiec now leads the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle division by 106 points, with 962 for the season. Hines is second with 856 points, followed by Arana Jr. with 760 and Arana Sr. with 630. Stoffer is fifth with 504 points.

The Pro Stock Motorcycles will be back in action Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 at the 58th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind.