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Only red 2012 R8 GT Spyder in the country to be sold at 2012 Boca Raton concours event

Your chance to own the only red 2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder in the country is via the upcoming sixth-annual Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance auction being held on Saturday, February 25, 2012. Only 50 of the 333 R8 GT Spyders will make it stateside, and, of those 50, only one has been secured in the color red.

Offering rare or first-production Audi automobiles is nothing new for the Florida event. In 2011, the Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance auctioned off the first R8 GT coupe in the country (as well as the first Mercedes-Benz SLS Roadster, which now sits in the duPont REGISTRY showroom). In 2010, one of the first 2011 Audi R8 V-10 Spyders was auctioned off, and, in 2009, the first two Audi R8 V-10s were auctioned. The latter two brought in $500,000 and $350,000, respectively.

Also going to auction are some amazing one-off Shelbys to celebrate 50 years of the Shelby Cobra. The two limited-edition commemorative 2012 models going under the hammer are an 800-hp 2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake and a 2012 Shelby GT350. Shelby built each of these cars specifically for the Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance. Bidders will also have the chance to own the first authentic recreations being offered by Shelby: a 50th-anniversary 1962 Shelby Cobra 289 CSX8992 and two 1965 Shelby Cobra 427s (CSX6063 and CSX6100).

(Yes, the artist representation is in gold.)

Only Red 2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder to auction

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Posted on: 1/10/2012 at 3:53 AM
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Yenko Camaro enthusiast Cliff Ernst show us his car collection

Cliff Ernst Collection

The very best collectible automobiles are sometimes tucked away and off-limits to prying eyes. In the upcoming months, we will be gaining access to some of these amazing collections and bringing you never-before-seen photographs as well as insight into the cars and the people that collect them.

Cliff Ernst with his Yenko

This fabulous collection is stored in a nondescript warehouse on the outskirts of Nashville, Tennessee. It holds some of the most-sought-after, best-performing models of the 1960s as well as some distinctive older classics. All of the examples reflect the individual character of the collector, and each one comes with its own story. We met with the owner, Cliff Ernst, who gave us a guided tour and educated us on drag racing, big blocks, and choosing the perfect car. His passion for performance is rooted in drag racing; he cut his teeth on the drag strips and stoplights of Ohio during the 1960s.

Cliff Ernst cars

Walking around his immaculate white-tile showroom, we were shocked to see everything from Super Duty Pontiacs, Shelby Mustangs, factory-supercharged Thunderbirds, Corvettes and more! His awe-inspiring collection seems to culminate with two of the rarest and most desirable Camaros ever made: a gold 1969 Yenko Camaro and a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. The former was the product of Chevy-dealer-turned-aftermarket-tuner Don Yenko. The latter was Chevrolet’s answer for the serious drag racer who could append an extra $4,500 for an all-aluminum 427-cubic-inch engine option. Both are as powerful as they are rare.

Ernst sat down with us to answer a few questions and tell us more about his passion.

Cliff Ernst Camaros

What was the first car in your collection?

In the mid-‘70s, I bought a 1930 Model A Ford. I always wanted one in high school, but I needed to save $150 for college.

Cliff Ernst Classic cars

At what point did this evolve from a garage at your home into a dedicated facility?

In the 1980s, I allocated space at my business to keep the growing collection safely stored. In 1991, we built a dedicated warehouse for the collection. It was around thirty cars at the time. We now have around 45 cars.

Cliff Ernst Shelby GT500

Tell us a little bit about the gold Yenko.

The gold car was the prototype for the ‘69 Yenko. Certain features of this car did not make it into the 1969 Yenko production models. I am the second owner, and I have professionally restored it twice. It was featured in the July 1969 issue of Super Stock and Drag Illustrated magazine. Ed Professional driver Ed Hedrick was able to run an 11.94 (quarter-mile time) in stock form.

Cliff Ernst Yenko Camaros

Do you think the previous owner regrets parting with it?

I sent him photos I had taken after the restoration, but I never heard back from him, so I like to think they got lost in the mail!

Cliff Ernst Camaros

What feature of the Yenko cars do you like most?

The performance. When the Yenko cars first hit the streets, I was drag racing a ‘65 Corvette. They consistently posted faster times (than the Corvette). They made winning look easy!

Cliff Ernst Corvettes

Besides the gold Yenko, what is your favorite car?

The ‘32 Packard V12 or the supercharged ‘57 T-bird.

Cliff Ernst Thunderbirds

Performance does seem to be the theme here. Was it a goal of yours to have the ultimate production versions of these cars or is it a coincidence?

I prefer to have the highest-performance model available. The ‘57 Chevy is fuel injected and the T-birds are supercharged. You get the idea!

Cliff Ernst Chevrolet Bel-Aire

With the quality of the restorations you have here, have you ever considered restoring and building cars as a business?

No, my employees are so meticulous that this could not be a profitable business!

Cliff Ernst Packard V-12

Did you foresee that the ’69 Camaro would be the iconic collector car that it is today?

No, I just thought they had great styling and a multitude of performance options.

Cliff Ernst Yenko Camaros

I know your cars are well documented, but what do you think about clones and recreation cars?

Let’s just say they are not for me.

Cliff Ernst Pontiacs

Owning one of the original ZL1 Camaros is a real honor; do you see the 2012 ZL1 as a worthy successor?

It is a good continuation of the name and a nice move by Chevy.

Cliff Ernst ZL1 Camaro

Do you have anything special in your home garage?

I have my first ‘69 Yenko that I purchased in 1987. It is kept at the house for weekend cruises.

My daily driver is a 2008 black (Dodge) Challenger SRT8.

Cliff Ernst Oldsmobile

Are you done collecting, or is there always room for one more?

Certain cars will continue to be possible additions, but, more realistically, I need to be thinking about thinning the herd.

Cliff Ernst

Thanks, Cliff, and happy motoring!

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Posted on: 1/5/2012 at 9:49 AM
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Merdad's modified MP4-12C to be called the MehRon GT

Merdad MehRon GT

Merdad has released initial sketches of its tuning program for the McLaren MP4-12C. The MehRon GT, as it will be called, is mostly a dramatic redesign with a few subtle performance enhancements. Designed to look both wider and more aggressive, it is eye catching, but we would have to wait for real pictures to know if Merdad pulled it off as planned. Along with the new look, Merdad says the MehRon GT will also feature a new exhaust system, lightweight forged wheels, and an unexplained upgrade in power.

Merdad MehRon GT

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Posted on: 9/8/2011 at 7:20 AM
Categories: Aftermarket | McLaren
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Mr. Bean crashes million-dollar McLaren F1

Comedic Actor Rowan Atkinson, best known for his Mr. Bean character, survived a crash in his million-dollar McLaren F1 early yesterday evening outside Cambridgeshire, U.K. The 56-year-old actor was hospitalized overnight before being released early this morning with a fractured shoulder blade.

Atkinson’s 1998 McLaren F1 did not fare as well. It reportedly spun several times before crashing into a tree and road sign, causing the rear of the car, where the engine is located, to burst into flames. Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service quickly extinguished the fire after arriving on scene.

According to a McLaren Group spokesperson, the vehicle was moved to its headquarters for a damage assessment. The McLaren F1 is quite rare, with only 72 road cars produced from 1994 to 1998.

Known for his affinity for fast cars, this is the second time the funny man has wrecked his McLaren. The first occurrence in 1999 was shortly after he purchased the supercar. The actor recently appeared on BBC’s Top Gear, affirming that he is a car enthusiast and that the 14-year-old McLaren was perhaps his most prized possession.

Rowan Atkinson McLaren F1 crash

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Posted on: 8/5/2011 at 9:26 AM
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duPont REGISTRY names its eleven "Best of" picks for 2009

The days of new exotic cars emerging with astonishing amounts of horsepower may have reached their apex in 2009 model year and may decrease in the future, according to industry-expert Tom duPont. Manufacturers at the top end of the auto industry are making luxury vehicles that perform better through lighter-weight construction and advanced-engine technology.

Tom duPont believes that, despite the luxury marketplace's tradition of resisting environmental change, the technological advancements and social implications that go along with environmentally friendly vehicles are creating a "social consciousness" and greening of the exotic car market.

Readers of the duPont REGISTRY's Exotic Car Buyers Guide will have the chance to take a look at the current industry leaders and winners of the "Best Of" Categories – on sale October 7, 2009.

Focusing on the eleven "Best Of" categories in the annual duPont REGISTRY Exotic Car Buyers Guide for 2009, the key stats illustrate the new peak in horsepower and trends for 2009:

* Total Price of vehicles in the all 11 "Best of" categories rose 200 percent from 2008-2009
o $1.5 million to more than $4.5 million
* Average price for the winning 11 categories was up 118 percent – an increase of $222,000 due mostly to the addition of two $2 million plus supercars this year
o In 2008 the average price of the "Best of" car was $188,000
o In 2009 the average price was just over $410,000
* The total cumulative horsepower skyrocketed by 57 percent from 4,276 to 6,723
o That is an increase of more than 2,447 hp
* Average horsepower is up by 13 percent from 2008
o On average, there was an increase of more than 75 hp per vehicle
* Interestingly, an average engine cylinder for the 11 winners was a V-10

"The trend of increasing raw horsepower may have peaked this year," says Thomas L. duPont, Publisher of the duPont REGISTRY™. "Some of the vehicles in this year's guide are going to be the last of their breed and we may see the horsepower fall and the carbon footprints reduce even faster over the next three years as the parent company manufacturers take into account the environmental realities."

With the recent introduction of powerful, ultra-luxury green machines to the automotive marketplace, there has been a fundamental shift in what influences buyers' decisions. The annual duPont REGISTRY™ Exotic Car Buyers Guide highlights the newest and most sought-after green exotics including the $2.3 million E85 clean-burning Koenigsegg CCXR, the electric Tesla Roadster and hydrogen-fueled Ronn Motors Scorpion.

Selected by the duPont REGISTRY luxury automotive experts for price, performance, and value, the annual list incorporates the most exclusive and most powerful to assist buyers when choosing between sedans, convertibles, and green vehicles:

For 2009, the duPont REGISTRY "Best Of" winners are
· 2009 Car of the Year: Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport
· Best New Performance Sedan: Bentley Flying Spur Speed
· Best New Performance Coupe: Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series
· Best New Convertible: Ferrari California
· Best New Exotic: Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4
· Best Exotic Concept: Saleen S5S Raptor
· Best Bang for the Buck: Corvette ZR1
· Best New Luxury Coupe: Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe
· Best Performing Green Exotic: Koenigsegg CCXR
· Best Green Car Innovation: Ronn Motors Scorpion
· Best Green Exotic: Tesla Roadster

Read more about the 2009 Exotic Car Buyers' Guide "Best of" categories here.

2009 Car of the Year: Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport

California Wheels in Campbell, CA is now open

Campbell, CA – July 7, 2008 – California Wheels has opened its newest location at 2250 Winchester Blvd. California Wheels’ Campbell location is its second location after starting the business in 1995. The California Wheels Campbell location has an efficiently sized showroom displaying 150 different styled wheels, a garage area measuring 3,000 square feet, 4 vehicle work bays, and a state-of-the-art video sensored guidance Hunter alignment system. With the new Hunter alignment system, the Campbell location will now offer alignments for vehicles having anywhere from 17” to 30” wheels.

We are excited to open our second location within the City of Campbell, on such a high traffic area,” said Tommy Phillips, California Wheels’ President.“We think the public will recognize the value of our business coming into the area and appreciate the newly renovated building.

The knowledgeable staff in Campbell includes sales specialists to help retailers choose the right wheels with the appropriate fitments on vehicles, mechanics that are accustomed to working on vehicles fitting 17” to 30” wheel sizes, and technicians that can utilize the state-of-the-art Hunter alignment system. The staff in Campbell will continue to offer both wholesale and retail customers the full range of products and services from wheels, tires, suspension, auto body enhancements, and accessories.

Both San Jose and Campbell locations let customers experience the latest products the industry has to offer.  New for the year, California Wheels will showcase the latest from Giovanna wheels, the Bezel system will feature add-ons to a few of their existing wheel styles that will have the ability to custom color match a vehicle’s paint color to the lip of the wheels.

The Campbell showroom is located at 2250 Winchester Blvd, just 2 miles from Stevens Creek Blvd and the high-end boutiques of Santana Row. California Wheels opened its doors in September 1995 and started within the low riding culture.  Today, California Wheels is the exclusive Northern California distributor for the GFG Beverly Hills line, as well as an exclusive distributor for Giovanna, Gianelle, GFG, Double-G, DUB and ZOE wheels. California Wheels has also added its own in-house ACK wheel collection for cars, trucks, SUVs, and exotics.

[via California Wheels]

California Wheels

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Posted on: 7/21/2008 at 11:32 AM
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Welcome to duPont REGISTRY blog

Welcome to the duPont REGISTRY blog. The duPont REGISTRY blog will focus on anything and everything that has to do with the exotic and luxury car market. This includes the latest news, rumors and other interesting topics or discussions. Feel free to rate any and all posts that you find.

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Posted on: 7/15/2008 at 9:06 AM
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