Month: June 2017

Join Us When the Great Race 2017 Comes to Auburn Wednesday, June 28th!

Auburn, Indiana’s historic Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum, quietly awaiting the excitement to unfold when the 150 competitors in the Hemmings Motor News Great Race 2017 presented by Hagerty are scheduled to arrive on Wednesday, June 28th.

On Wednesday, June 28th, the 150 teams competing in the 2017 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty will arrive in Worldwide Auctioneers’ hometown of Auburn, Indiana. Having departed Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday, June 24th, the teams will make their way on an epic journey covering roughly 2,351 miles bound for Traverse City, Michigan as their final destination on July 2nd. This year’s participants follow in a tradition that started in 1983 that continues stronger than ever.

Seeing the entrants off in Jacksonville was none other than Top Fuel drag racing legend Don “Big Daddy” Garlits, who serves as this year’s Grand Marshal for the event. Driving an incredible selection of cars ranging from a 1916 Chevrolet Phaeton, 1916 Hudson, and 1916 Studebaker Speedster to a mighty 1973 Jensen Interceptor, the vehicles of the 2017 Hemmings Motor News Great Race are almost as diverse as the competitors themselves, who hail from virtually every state and from as far away as England and Japan. A challenging test of driving and navigational skills, the Great Race does cover a published list of destinations from point to point but the actual route of the race is a closely guarded secret that is only revealed to the participants at the start of each day’s stage.

Team Hagerty’s second car – a 1960 Plymouth Fury, driven by Shelbie Buchanan & navigated by Ashleigh Powell – arrive in Murfreesboro (Monday’s lunch stop). Photo credit: Matt Litwin, Hemmings Motor News.

X-Cup competitors Team Murfreesboro arrives in Bowling Green Monday evening. Photo Credit: Matt Litwin, Hemmings Motor News.

Here’s a listing of the Great Race 2017 route and event itinerary, giving you the opportunity to spot the teams on their journey and join them in the action as they arrive:

Saturday, June 24 – Stage 1: Jacksonville, Florida to Tifton, Georgia

Sunday, June 25 – Stage 2: Tifton, Georgia to Chattanooga, Tennessee

Monday, June 26 – Stage 3: Chattanooga, Tennessee to Bowling Green, Kentucky

Tuesday, June 27 – Stage 4: Bowling Green, Kentucky to Franklin, Indiana

Wednesday, June 28 – Stage 5: Franklin, Indiana to Auburn, Indiana

Thursday, June 29 – Stage 6: Auburn, Indiana to Ypsilanti, Michigan

Friday, June 30 – Stage 7: Ypsilanti, Michigan to Frankenmuth, Michigan

Saturday, July 1 – Stage 8: Championship Run from Frankenmuth, Michigan to Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan

Sunday, July 2 – Stage 9: Championship Run from Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan to Traverse City, Michigan

Two-time Grand Champion Rex Gardner & grandson Kolton Hastert arrive in Bowling Green in their 1935 Ford 3-Window Coupe. Photo Credit: Matt Litwin, Hemmings Motor News.

Join us on Wednesday the 28th and help us give a warm welcome the teams participating in the Hemmings Motor News Great Race 2017 presented by Hagerty as they arrive at the renowned Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum on Gordon Buehrig Drive in Auburn. While you’re there, be sure to visit the Hemmings Speedster team, who are spearheading the Alzheimer’s Association “Longest Day” fundraising campaign to combat this life-changing disease that affects so many of our loved ones today. Daily event coverage is at the official Great Race 2017 website ( and Facebook page ( , including a full listing of the stops along the way, plus blog posts by the participants, event updates, and great photos of the teams in action during this exciting classic car event. We look forward to seeing you there to welcome the Hemmings Motor News Great Race 2017 competitors and be sure to stop and say “Hi” to the Worldwide Auctioneers team while y9ou are there!


Masterpieces of Two-Wheeled Speed and Style Coming to Pacific Grove with Worldwide Auctioneers

Renowned collector and enthusiast Allen Smith with just a few of his two-wheeled treasures.

The team at Worldwide Auctioneers is thrilled to announce the upcoming offering of 10 significant vintage motorcycles – all to be sold at No Reserve – from the personal collection of renowned enthusiast and collector, Allen Smith. A tightly focused, expertly-curated group of some of the most historically significant motorcycles in existence, the Allen Smith Collection includes early American legends plus two of Britain’s mightiest motorcycles from the pre- and postwar eras.

Here are just two of the historic motorcycles in focus from this wonderful collection:

1903 Indian ‘Camelback

Named ‘Camelback’ by virtue of its unique rear fender/fuel tank/oil tank, this 1903 Indian is a beautiful Bradford Wilmarth restoration that has earned 99.75 points at the Antique Motorcycle Club of America Nationals. Truly historic and irreplaceable as the first chain-drive production model from Indian, it is simply a museum-worthy example of the world’s fastest motorcycle for 1903.

1914 Henderson Model C Four

Favored by police forces in period for its outstanding speed potential, the four-cylinder Henderson remains famous today. Looking fast even while standing still, this example continues to benefit from a restoration by vintage motorcycle specialist Bradford Wilmarth and features marvellous presence and exciting details.

Other great motorcycles in the Allen Smith collection include not one, but two, Cleveland Singles – a 1919 “Strap Tank” and a 1921 model, showing the evolution of American motorcycle styling and its influence on form and function at the dawn of the “Roaring Twenties.” Representing quality construction and engineering mastery with cost no object, the 1910 Pierce hails from the same company that dominated America’s prewar luxury-car market. An early example of the first four-cylinder American motorcycle, this Pierce is one of fewer than 500 produced in all and marks an essential component of any proper vintage motorcycle collection. A 1913 Flying Merkel features an expert restoration by Bradford Wilmarth and prior history includes long-term display at Australia’s National Motor Museum.

A striking example of streamlined motorcycle design, the 1916 Excelsior Auto-Cycle is a revered early V-Twin, built in Chicago, representing one of the constant challengers to the Indian and Harley-Davidson marques on the roads and deadly board tracks just prior to America’s entry into WW I. Speaking of board-track racers, the 1906 Thor Single beautifully represents this rich era of American motorsports history. Formerly owned by noted collector Bill Melvin, it is beautifully restored and continues to exemplify raw speed and pure adventure, in keeping with the rest of the Allen Smith Collection.

While primarily focused on America’s earliest motorcycling innovations, British legends are also well represented with a 1939 Brough Superior SS80 V-Twin, quite likely one of the finest unrestored examples known today. Documented by marque expert Mike Leatherdale and offered with copies of the original factory production records, it is very well equipped and striking throughout. Representing Britain’s postwar speed machines, the 1954 Ariel Square Four Mk II carries a muscular presence with power delivered by a mighty 995 cc ‘Four Pipe’ Mk II engine and marks one of the true high-water marks of British motorcycle engineering.

The entire collection and highlights can be viewed online at and further information is available by calling 1.260.925.6789  or emailing Worldwide’s specialists at . Descriptions of the vehicles offered are being researched and will be posted to our sale website as soon as possible.

Contact us to register to bid and plan to attend The Pacific Grove Auction at the start of Monterey Car Week on the evening of Thursday, August 17th, 2017, the first scheduled catalogue format auction during this year’s Monterey festivities. The Pacific Grove Auction will feature roughly 70 outstanding collector automobiles and motorcycles in the spectacular ocean side setting of the historic Pacific Grove Golf Links, adjacent to the famous 17 Mile Drive and perfectly positioned at the tip of the Peninsula for both Monterey and Pebble Beach. Full information on schedules, admission, and bidder registration is available here.