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Daily Briefing: Early Ford V-8 Museum returns to Sugar Valley Rally; Ford GT liveries celebrate Le Mans successes; Arizona and Nevada auctions join forces

Published in blog.hemmings.com

Photo courtesy of the Early Ford V-8 Museum.

Craig Floyd and Ron Stauffer of the Early Ford V-8 Museum in Auburn, Indiana, are entering the Sugar Valley Rally for the second year in a row. The duo was awarded “Rookie Team of the Year” in 2018 and they “hope to have another solid performance this year.”

The car they will be running in the rally is Floyd’s personal vehicle, a 1946 Ford Coupe with a stock flathead V-8 under the hood. Aside from some minor suspension upgrades made for the rally, the car is nearly all original and aims to be a good representation of the vehicles at the museum.

Floyd says that one of the goals of their rally run is to get more involved with fans of the museum nationwide. Through social media they intend to “engage a whole new audience.” Last year, the museum’s Facebook page was buzzing as the rally took place, with online spectators being able to follow the race through live photo and video updates from the team out on the road. The Facebook page is once again being regularly updated as the museum’s team prepares for the 2019 rally which will begin on May 31.

The Sugar Valley Rally is an annual “precision timed event” in which participants pilot their antique vehicles (older than 50 years) nearly 400 miles through the North Platte Valley in western Nebraska, following a strict set of instructions. More information on the Rally can be found at SugarValleyRally.com.

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Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co. Media Center.

On Tuesday, Ford released new liveries for the four GTs that will be racing in the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours. Each car, numbered 66 through 69, gets its own livery inspired by a past Ford Le Mans victory.

The #66 car sports a black livery that pays homage to the 1966 Le Mans victory won by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon. The bright red #67 GT follows the same pattern, commemorating the 1967 win earned by Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt. Celebrating Ford’s more recent return to endurance racing, the red, white, and blue GT that won Le Mans in 2016 returns, wearing the same colors. The fourth GT, #69, wears a two-tone white and red livery that mirrors that of the second place finisher in the 1966 Le Mans, where Ford GT40s took home first, second, and third place. A fifth GT, #85, will be raced in the GTE Am class by Keating Motorsports and has its own livery using the colors of Wynn’s, its title sponsor.

The 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours will take place June 15 to 16 and will be live streamed from the cockpits of the cars. More information about the participating Ford GTs can be found at Ford.com.

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Motorsport Auction Group of Nevada and Silver Auctions of Arizona have announced that they will merge and all future auctions will be held under the Motorsport Auction Group brand (MAG). Silver Auctions has been in business for twenty years while MAG is a relative newcomer, arriving on the scene in 2015.

The next MAG auction will take place in August of 2019 at the Hot August Nights (HAN) event in Reno, Nevada. The HAN muscle, custom, and hot rod event has taken place in Reno every summer since 1986 and it was acquired by MAG from Barrett-Jackson in 2016, only a year after MAG’s conception.

Going forward, the new MAG partnership has three more auctions planned. All three will take place in Phoenix, Arizona in November 2019, January 2020, and April 2020. Mike Oberle of Motorsport Auction Group said of the new partnership, “We have a shared vision and are focusing on building the brand and taking care of customers.”

For more information on the the Motorsport Auction Group of Nevada and Arizona and the new partnership, visit MotorSportAuctionGroup.com.