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As 2011 comes to a close, VRL would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the VRL News Brief a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012.

Gullwing expert unearths holy grail of barn finds
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From Oct. 1, 2011: Victoria-based exotic and classic car restorer Rudi Koniczek is always enthusiastic about the cars that he restores. But he absolutely comes alive when he talks about unearthing one of the rarest cars in the world from decades of dusty storage in a rat-infested garage at a home in Santa Monica, Calif. More

6 Lola F5000 tubs discovered in Michigan
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From March 26, 2011: It's not every day that one comes across a vintage race car in the back of a garage or shop, but veteran F5000 driver Eric Haga has managed just that by finding and procuring six vintage Lola F5000 tubs, as well as several other key parts to go along with the monocoques. More

Stolen Porsche 930 found after 23 years
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From Nov. 5, 2011: U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Outbound Enforcement Team at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport seized a 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo that was reported stolen in Las Vegas nearly 23 years ago. CBP officers discovered the vehicle after targeting and examining a container scheduled to be exported to the Netherlands. While querying the Vehicle Identification Number information in law enforcement databases, CBP officers discovered that the vehicle was reported stolen on Nov. 24, 1988. More

Massive antique car collection to be auctioned this week in Glenview, Ill.
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From Nov. 5, 2011: None of the vehicles in Lee Roy Hartung's garage had been dusted in years. Some were in disrepair after decades packed into storage. But to the hundreds of classic car and motorcycle collectors looking to bid on these items, the display was a gold mine. Collectors made the trip to an industrial section of Glenview, ill., to preview the auction of the late Hartung's antique car, motorcycle and license plate collection, which is scheduled for auction. More

Sir Stirling Moss retires from racing
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From June 11, 2011: Sir Stirling Moss has decided to retire from motor racing at the age of 81, after competing in qualifying for a historic support race at the Le Mans 24 Hours. Moss, one of grand prix history's most famous and successful racing drivers who became a household name after a career in Formula 1 that spanned 10 years between 1951-'61, called time on his career after admitting that he had been frightened to drive a Porsche RS61 in the Le Mans Legends event. More

Ford could debut a new 1964 Mustang at the 2011 SEMA Show
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From Oct. 22, 2011: While Ford has offered us very little along the lines of actual information on the new vehicle coming to the 2011 SEMA Show, the video released offers a good look at some distinguishing characteristics of the original 1964 to 1966 Ford Mustang. As the camera pans from area to area of the obviously unfinished vehicle, you catch a glimpse at a few items that suggest that this is a first generation Mustang. More

Itsy bitsy Spyder's fatal attraction
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From Nov. 5, 2011: Late on a fall afternoon in 1955, James Dean was heading from Los Angeles to a race meet in Salinas through California's Central Valley in his spiffy new Porsche 550 Spyder when Donald Turnipseed swung his 1950 Ford into his path. After the dust had settled, the Porsche looked like a crumpled aluminum beer can and the 24-year-old actor was dying of his injuries. More

Rare 1966 Shelby GT350 Fastback found in a Kansas garage
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From April 9, 2011: Technically, it is a 1966 Shelby GT350 Fastback with an original stoplight red paint job and a high performance motor designed by the father of the American muscle car movement. But in reality, this car is much more: It's the type of machine that car buffs thought existed only in bar room babbling or in the grimy gossip of a gearhead garage. More

Rennsport Reunion IV
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From Oct. 22, 2011: For the first time ever, the West Coast welcomed the Rennsport Reunion. Laguna Seca's world famous Mazda Raceway was the host for Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV, sponsored by Porsche Cars North America. The event is the fourth Rennsport since 2001, gathering the Porsche brand's most renowned race vehicles and the drivers who raced them. More

Goodwood indian summer
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From Oct. 29, 2011: Bright and breezy, sun and fun just about sums up this year's VSCC Autumn Sprint as a 100 cars tried to set their fastest timed lap from a standing start around the glorious Goodwood circuit. With all the Revival grandstands, hospitality suites, fun fair and paraphernalia now gone for another year, Goodwood looked rather bare but the far reaching views were better. Even the geranium topped red and white chicane had been replaced with a wall of green and white tires. More

Bentley, maintained for 87 years, logs 1.5 million kilometers
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From Oct. 22, 2011: Robin Hine drove his 1926 Bentley Red Label Vande Plas three-liter tourer to show at Crescent Beach south of Vancouver as one of the select owners invited to a very special collector car and motorcycle show. The rare car joined some of the best restored vehicles in the Pacific Northwest. But Robin's has not been restored: It has been maintained for the past 87 years with 1.5 million kilometres of travel. More

Buying classic cars offers greater thrill
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From Nov. 5, 2011: There is a "thrill" to buying a classic car that is hard to replicate with more modern models, a motoring expert has noted. Writing for, Stephen Turvil described how he has "gazed in awe" at a vintage Jaguar whilst imagining owning the vehicle. He claimed this is a common feeling when shopping for classic automobiles. More

Mechanical wonder from an age gone by
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From Oct. 15, 2011: Long, strong and dangerous, like a gun barrel mounted on spoke wheels, the coal-black 1909 Alco-6 Racer gleams in the late summer sunlight. Nicknamed "the Black Beast," this was one of the most famous race cars of its era. A two-time winner of the Vanderbilt Cup, a major event in the early years of American motorsport, the car was the favorite to win the first Indianapolis 500-mile race in 1911. (It blew a rod, however, and finished 33rd in a field of 40.) More
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