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World’s largest collector car auction: to be held in Florida

13 January, 2014


The world’s largest collector car auction will see the hammer flying non-stop for ten days straight.

Mecum Collector Car Auction will be held at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida, January 17-26, 2014.

With 3000 vehicles and 3000 items of road art and memorabilia, the auction will feature everything from high-performance muscle cars, 50s era car, vintage racers, European sports and exotics, and a vast offering of Corvettes.

There is sure to be something for everyone as there will be investment grade collector cars through to entry level vehicles, with prices looking to range from several thousands of dollars to several millions of dollars.

Just one of the 3000 vehicles up for auction is the 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Dick Land Race Car. Piloted by driver Dick Lang, this Corvette has been restored by the Naber Brothers to its glory day configurations and has become a multiple-award winner securing even the National Corvette Restorers Society American Heritage Award “for the preservation of a historically significant piece of Corvette history”.


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If a trip to Florida is not quite possible within the auction time frame, Octopus Motors could be your on-site alternative so you still stand a chance at bidding on the collector cars featured at the sale.

Octopus Motors will be representing interested buyers at the auction. The company prides itself on its ability to advise, communicate, and represent its clients’ best interests, at the sale location.

It has an international team of experts who will provide professional evaluations on the vehicles you are interested in. On top of this, if you desire customization, restoration, or refurbishment be carried out on your vehicle, Octopus Motors can do this prior to shipping. Worldwide shipping is available.

To find out which collector cars will be auctioned each day, and for more details on each lot, visit www.mecum.com.

Motorsport Flashback – Kiwi rallying in the 1970s

Rallying arrived in New Zealand in 1973 like a tsunami. It had been only a few years since the sport was introduced here and shortly afterwards Heatway came on board as the sponsor to take rallying to a new level. The 1973 Heatway would be the longest and biggest yet, running in both islands with 120 drivers over eight days and covering some 5400 kilometres. The winner was 31-year-old Hannu Mikkola — a genuine Flying Finn who had been rallying since 1963 before putting any thoughts of a career on hold until he completed an economics degree. The likeable Finn became an instant hero to many attracted to this new motor sport thing. I was one of them.

Think of it as a four-door Cooper

New Zealand Mini Owners Club coordinator Josh Kelly of Dunedin loves his Minis. It’s a family affair. Julie and Mike, Josh’s mum and dad, are just as keen, and they can usually all be found taking part in the club’s annual ‘Goodbye, Pork Pie’ charity run from the North of the country to the South.
But lately Josh’s young head has been turned by some other revolutionary BMC cars. He has picked up a couple of Austin and Morris 1100 and 1300s, which he started to restore — that was until an opportunity arose to buy a rare example stored in a shed.