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New Event: The Art of Motoring, August 23rd

This is a great, new event that will be sure to please car collectors and enthusiasts alike.  It's organized by long-time Artomobilia entrants, car enthusiasts, and all around great friends of the show.  The event will celebrate 100 years of Aston Martin and proceeds will go to support Art with a Heart.  Ticket availability is limited, and the event will sell out.  So, don't miss out, and get your tickets at Fuel Fed EventsT

This year’s Art of Motoring inaugural event is slated to be the McCall’s Motorworks Revival of the Midwest.  Purposefully scheduled the night before Artomobilia, a 300+ car show in the Carmel Arts & Design District, The Art of Motoring will ‘wow’ the most discerning guests both by the horsepower on display and the variety of companies who will join in the spirit of celebration by pulling out the stops.  The group of friends and enthusiasts is really what makes the night so special… the cars and airplanes are icing on the cake.  The event is a mix of captains of industry, motorsports legends, collectors, historians, and anyone else with an enthusiasm and passion for horsepower and elegance.  This is the ultimate event for those who enjoy the best in life.

While the Art of Motoring is a social event for an exclusive group of guests that pairs luxury brands with their consumers, charity really is the focus of this event.  All proceeds will benefit Art With a Heart.  This organization was born out of several women’s desire to help those less fortunate.  They serve over 1,200 youth each year through honors art classes, after school programs, and week long summer camps- all of which integrate academics within the artistic experience by teaching critical thinking and problem solving skills.  Art With a Heart positively impacts the lives of thousands of children and thereby builds better communities through art, education and love.  Another winning combination for all involved with The Art of Motoring.

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Featured Car: Jaguar XKD530

The Artomobilia is excited to announce one of the cars that will be presented at the Carmel Artomobilia 2013 on Saturday, August 24th.  This car, is a perfect example of our theme: Race Cars: The Art of Innovation.

Jaguar's automotive legend was enhanced at Le Mans during the 1950s, where its initial C-type specialized roadsters first won the 24 Hour race in both 1951 and 1953. For 1954 a far more sophisticated sports racing car was developed, which became known as the D-Type.

Entered at Le Mans as factory team cars in 1954, the first D-types were only narrowly beaten by much larger-engined Ferrari V-12s. Jaguar quickly got its revenge a few weeks later, when the D-types came in first and second at the 12 hours of Reims at an average speed of 104.55 mph. The works team won the 1955 Le Mans, and this was repeated twice more by the private Ecurie Ecosse teams in 1956 and 1957.

This specific car, the XKD530 was initially procured by Curt Lincoln of Helsinki, Finland, from the Finnish Importer S.M.K. in 1956. Lincoln obtained the car for ice racing at Elaintarhanajo. It was fitted with special tires, carrying 60 spikes in each. Lincoln was successful in winning his first race in the over two liter class and competed nearly every Sunday. Timo Makinenin also won several events in Finland with this car.

By 1959, XKD530 was in 'tired' condition and it was returned to Jaguar in Coventry, England, to be rebuilt. It was converted to the new 3.8 liter. The car went on to win the Leningrand Grand Prix, the only outing ever recorded for a D-Type in the USSR!

The current owner purchased the car in 1998. He sent it to CKL Developments in Susex, England, for restoration. It carries its original engine, transmission, chassis frame, monocoque, rear axle and brake calipers among other pieces..

Among many other events it has competed in seven Mille Miglias; 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2009. In addition, XKD530 was invited to Concorso Villa d’Este and the Pebble Beach Concours in 2009 and the Concours at Amelia Island in 2011. It was driven by Rob Hall to a 3rd in class finish at the 2011 Silverstone Classic’s Stirling Moss Trophy race. 530 was later invited to race in the 2011 Goodwood Revival Sussex Trophy finishing 5th of 34 cars. Also competing in the 2012 Goodwood Revival Sussex Trophy driven again by Rob Hall it finished 8th of 29 starters and the 1st D-Type to get the checkered flag.

Join us on Saturday, August 24, 2013 to see this amazing race car, along with many others at the Carmel Artomobilia 2013 hosted in the Carmel Arts & Design Districts.  Visit us online at www.carmelartomobilia.com for more information.

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Artomobilia Rewind...

This is a great video on the Artomobilia in the first couple of years.  Enjoy.

Welcome SmarTravel

 

Again this year, the team at SmarTravel will be hosting a couple of great car classes: Muscle & Pony 1 and Muscle & Pony 2.  Take a moment consider them as you're planning your Spring and Summer travel at www.mysmartravel.com. 

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