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Stars, Cars and Rare Memorabilia at Motostalgia in Austin, TX

November 4, 2013 -

As if the 75+ collector cars already announced for the Motostalgia Auction d'Elegance was not enough, the organizers of one of the most highly-anticipated auction events announced the extraordinary addition of the 1977 Shadow DN8 Formula One Race Car.

This vehicle which plays a role in the rivalry portrayed in this year's blockbuster film “Rush” and on the track by race car legends James Hunt and Niki Lauda. It beat both race car drivers and exhilarated fans during an era of American pride in racing. Grand prix race winning history, innovative design and impeccable provenance make the Shadow DN8 Formula One car a vehicle with huge historical provenance.

In addition to the unbelievable array of collector cars Motostalgia also announced celebrity appearances. Actor Val Kilmer, “The Raging Bull” himself Jake LaMotta, performance artist David Garibaldi, actress Nichole Galicia (Django), Michael Jackson's fashion designer Michael Bush and actor Rick Yune (Fast and Furious) will appear throughout the weekend at the Motostalgia Showcase and VIP Gala. Motostalgia has created three events throughout the US Grand Prix weekend for collector car and race enthusiasts including the Motostalgia Showcase Friday, November 15, 2013 and Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 10am to 10pm at the Austin Convention Center. The vintage themed Motostalgia VIP Gala will take place the evening of Friday, November 15th 2013 attended by a Who's Who in the car collecting and racing world and is presented by Zoltan David, known for their luxurious and exquisite previous metal art jewelry using only conflict free diamonds and responsible precious metals . The Motostalgia Auction d'Elegance, the cornerstone of all the excitement, will begin at 4pm CST on Saturday at the Austin Convention Center and bidders from around the globe will go fast and furious in bidding on the incredible automobiles being offered.

“Everyone's Driven by Something” is the tagline for this year's blockbuster Ron Howard film “Rush” about the 1976 Formula One Season. Driven only by the extraordinary, Motostalgia has announced the addition of the 1977 Shadow DN8 Formula 1 race car, a vehicle which played a significant role in the rivalry portrayed in the film and on the track by race car legends James Hunt and Niki Lauda. The 1977 Shadow DN8 Formula One race car unfolds a dynamic history of a Formula One season that had all the theatrics of an Oscar-winning film.

The Austrian Grand Prix Winner is the latest addition to the collection of 75+ cars included in Motostalgia, one of the world's most exciting collector car auctions to take place during the US Grand Prix weekend in Austin, Texas on Saturday, November 16th, 2013 beginning at 4pm at the Austin Convention Center.

In 1977 entries in the Formula One race counted sixteen different constructors, from Ferrari with its 312 T2 flat-twelve driven by Niki Lauda to upstarts like Ensign. Six different marques won the races, attesting to the competitiveness of the constructors drivers. By season's end, twenty one drivers had scored points driving twelve different marques.

Teams from Roger Penske, Vel's Parnelli Jones and Don Nichols' Shadow represented the highest profile ever for America in F1 racing. The season brought ground breaking first wins for the American Shadow team with Alan Jones in the Austrian Grand Prix held on Osterreichring on August 14, 1977. This is the car now being offered by Motostalgia.

Preserved by Shadow founder Don Nicholas since 1977, along with examples of all of Shadow's most important cars, the Shadow DN8 chassis 4A has been meticulously restored by members of the original Shadow team. Its Cosworth DFV was rebuilt in June 2013 with only Dyno test time. Presented in its Austrian GP winning Tabatip/Ambrosio livery, this is a singularly important and significant American Grand Prix car with a winning and competitive history. A flare of brilliance and perseverance, the Shadow DN8 chassis 4A will be an important addition to any collection of competition cars and the centerpiece of a collection devoted to American efforts in international competition. Its continual history since 1977 in the hands of Don Nichols is unprecedented as is its full restoration by Shadow technicians from the original design drawings and race notes.

Other collector cars being offered include a diverse range including Tazio Nuvolari's 1950 Cistalia-Abarth, a Duesenberg from the Great Gatsby era, a Pur Sang Bugatti Type 51, a 1998 Ferrari once driven by Michael Schumacher, a 1989 Lamborghini Countach Limited Edition, a 1930s Rolland Pilain and many more. So vast and so extraordinary is the collection being offered that a major cable network has been filming the worldwide journeys of Motostalgia as they scoured the globe to find the best collector cars available for auction. The network will begin airing the series in 2014.

Motostalgia also announced the addition of rare automobile and celebrity memorabilia including a necklace from the movie Titanic, jewelry owned by Marilyn Monroe, a Smith and Wesson gun, serial numbered 62618 from Wyatt Earp and other artifacts and items. Many other historic and iconic pieces will be on display throughout the weekend at the Motostalgia Showcase. The Motostalgia Showcase, one of the three events being presented by Motostalgia during the US Grand Prix weekend will also feature luxury and lifestyle brands amidst the exhibit of the 75+ vehicles. Recognized brands like Mercedes, Tesla, Aston Martin, Bentley and others will showcase their latest models alongside these rare legends of the road. Tickets are available online at www.motostalgia.com. Weekend passes for the Motostalgia Showcase are $25, and the first 2,000 ticket buyers get a free pair of noise-reducing earmuffs, ideal for a few hours out at an F1 race.
Motostalgia's vintage-themed VIP Gala presented by Zoltan David will begin at 6pm on Friday, November 15, 2013 where guests are encouraged to dress in their favorite attire from the 20s to the 60s. Tickets are available to the exclusive gala for $125 per person and can be purchased by going to the website at www.motostalgia.com. Guests will mingle with celebrities, enjoy delectable food and beverage and be among the first to experience the exhibit of cars offered at Motostalgia Auction d'Elegance.

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013
10am – 5pm
Exclusive Media Preview Day

Friday Nov 15-Saturday Nov 16, 2013
10am – 10pm Motostalgia Showcase
Austin Convention Center

Friday, Nov 15, 2013
6pm Motostalgia Vintage Themed VIP Gala
Austin Convention Center

Saturday, Nov 16, 2013
4pm Motostalgia Auction d'Elegance

The auction will be streamed live online and bidders can bid on-site, by phone or online. Some proceeds from the auction will benefit charity. A full color collectible catalog is available for purchase and features beautiful photographs, data and the stories behind the car collection. Catalogs can be purchased via the website at www.motostalgia.com


The auction will be open to qualified bidders, media and consignors. Guest passes are also available for purchase. To register to bid go to www.motostalgia.com and click the Bid Registration tab or call (512) 813-0636. An official bidder package can be purchased for $500 which will include an official color auction collectible catalog and admission for two to the preview, gala and auction event. Food and beverage will be served at the auction. For additional information or questions about the cars to be auctioned interested individuals can call (512) 813-0636 before November 16, 2013.

For more information on Motostalgia go to www.motostalgia.com


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