Retromobile is the start of the year for major classic auto shows. Since 1976, this show has been hosted at the Paris expo Porte de Versailles in Paris, France. Every year they bring out legendary cars and showcase some of the most coveted vehicles on the planet. This year’s event takes place February 6-10 and we begin coverage a few days before it starts. Check out some fun stories and cars from Retromobile 2019!
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the most iconic events for motorsport lovers everywhere, and this year is the festival’s 25th anniversary. They plan on recreating some of their best motorsport moments from the past 25 years and have dubbed this event “The Silver Jubilee.” But what does this have to do with Ernie Nagamatsu’s Old Yeller II Race car?
Founded in 1993, the Festival of Speed is a premier hill climb event on the beautiful Goodwood House property. It has grown to include events such as a forest rally and the auto show, Cartier Style et Luxe. This year’s festival takes place Thursday to Sunday, July 12-15, 2018 and for more information visit the Goodwood website.
This year, the Festival of Speed invited Dr. Ernie Nagamatsu and his legendary Old Yeller II to participate in the event. The car appeared in the festival two times previously in 2000 and 2005. This year the Old Yeller II will be returning for its third appearance in 2018. Schumacher Cargo Logistics is proud to be shipping this car to England from the US through our professional air freight service.
Ernie Nagamatsu and his Old Yeller Mark II Race Car
Dr. Ernie Nagamatsu DDS, now retired, is a legend in Los Angeles and has the spirit of a true cosmopolitan. He’s practiced dentistry in LA for over 40 years, but his mastery goes beyond just his primary occupation. No skill seems to elude the doctor, with experience as a lecturer at USC, a collector of fine Asian art, a writer of an award winning cookbooks, and of course as a race car driver. He has won many awards and accolades racing the his current car, the legendary Old Yeller II.
The Old Yeller II was created by Max Balchowsky in 1959 for Hollywood Motors and is still being used to race today. There have been many drivers of the Old Yeller II, and in that list includes Max Balchowsky, Carroll Shelby, Dan Gurney, Bob Bondurant, Billy Krause, Bobby Drake, Paul O’Shea, and its current driver Ernie Nagamatsu. The car has gone through many owners in the past 60 years and finally became Nagamatsu’s in 1991.
Since then, Nagamatsu has fully restored the Old Yeller II to its previous 1959 glory and brought it back into the spotlight of the automotive world. Don’t forget to see him and Old Yeller II at their next stop: The Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018. For this event, they had to install a new engine into the car. This is due to it suffering an engine failure in its last race. In order to have more control over the timeline of this international shipment, Dr. Nagamatsu is using our specialty air freight shipping to bring his car overseas in the fastest way possible after the repairs are complete.
To learn more about Dr. Nagamatsu, Max Balchowsky, and the Old Yeller II visit their website at oldyeller2.com.
Shipping a Classic Car by Air Freight
Schumacher Cargo Logistics has over 40 years of experience shipping cars all over the world. Shipping classic cars internationally requires precision and skill to make sure the vehicle arrives in pristine condition and on-time. We offer a specialized air freight service for when a vehicle needs to arrive at its destination as fast as possible. Our Airfreight Division’s goal is “To deliver a competitive advantage to each customer” and they provide our fastest way to ship internationally. If you need to move your goods overseas quickly, get your free air freight shipping estimate today.
See More of Our Interesting Shipments
Check out the some of our posts on the other interesting and crazy vehicles we’ve shipped over the years below.
- 1951 Vincent Black Lightning: The Most Expensive Bike Sold at Auction
- Shipping the 60000 lb Blade truck to Australia
- $200 Million of Cars Shipped for The Gumball Rally 3000
Additional Photos of Old Yeller II
Everyone has their hobbies, even celebrities. And having a net worth of a couple hundred million dollars means expensive hobbies. Take Jerry Seinfeld, an American stand-up comedian and known for his sitcom “Seinfeld,” for example. What you may not know is that Jerry Seinfeld has a fantastic car collection, considered to be one of the most valuable in the United States.
1. Seinfeld’s talk show, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” features his collection.
A creative take on the traditional talk show, Seinfeld takes each episode’s special guest for a spin in a car from his collection, always stopping in a local town’s greasy spoon and chatting over coffee and diner food. The show’s first nine seasons were on the digital network Crackle, but it moved to Netflix in 2018 for its tenth season. Seinfeld recently appeared on “The Ellen Show” with Ellen DeGeneres, who guest stars on an upcoming episode of Seinfeld’s show; see a clip from his visit to “The Ellen Show” below.
2. Porsche is an obvious favorite.
At one time, he owned a record 46 Porsche models in the over 150 car collection. The age of these cars range from classics and antiques, to more contemporary creations. Highlights of this smaller set are a rare 959, the first 911 ever produced from 1963, and a 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, similar to the one James Dean died in. And while he seems to favor vintage and classic Porsches, we think Jerry Seinfeld would love the 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T, as it’s a call-back to the original model built in 1968.
3. His Porsche collection sold for over $22 million in 2016.
The annual Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island Auction sees a plethora of different sports, racing, exotic and classic cars roll through. At the 2016 auction, Seinfeld sold seventeen cars from his Porsche collection, for a total of $22,244,500. The 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, mentioned above, sold for $5,355,000.
4. The cars are housed in a $1.4 million garage in Manhattan.
The 3-story, subterranean garage also has 4 separate garage spaces, a fleet management team, an elevator, and a 850-square foot living quarters that includes a club room with a pool table, a kitchenette and bathroom, and an office. Seinfeld can access a live feed of the interior and exterior of the complex through a link on his smartphone. Yeah, we’d want to closely monitor that too.
Written by Damien Shields
We all have hobbies we’re passionate about. While most people might collect things like stamps or coins, the rich and famous collect more exotic things like cars.
Some celebrities have become known for their outrageous car collections, while others tend to feed their obsessions out of the public eye. At Schumacher, we’ve seen and shipped all types of cars.
Here are 5 of the most impressive car collections from avid car collectors around the world:
Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan
Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan is the proud owner of one of the largest collections of cars in the world.
He has around 400 cars and trucks housed in the Emirates National Auto Museum, or the ENAM. The pyramid was specifically built to showcase his vehicles and is open for free to the public.
Nicknamed as the Rainbow Sheikh, he owns seven Mercedes S-class depicting every color in the rainbow so he can drive one for every day.
Included in his vast collection are a customized Mercedes monster truck, a colossal Dodge Power Wagon which is the largest truck in the world, he also owns the world’s largest Bedouin Caravan and Jeep and several mini cars.
Sultan Of Brunei
Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei, owns 7000 automobiles. He stores them all in five aircraft hangars which include; 604 Rolls Royces, 574 Mercedes-Benzes, 452 Ferraris, 382 Bentleys, 209 BMWs, 179 Jaguars, 134 Koenigseggs, 21 Lamborghinis, 11 Aston Martins, and 1 SSC.
His most expensive car, and one of the priciest cars in the world, is a $14 million dollar custom Rolls-Royce Silver Spur Limousine loaded with 24k gold.
He also owns limited editions, one off concept cars like the Ferrari Mythos concepts, a modified Jaguar XJ220 designed by Pininfarina himself, a Bentley Java, a Bentley Dominator 4×4, the only Cicero BDB Maestro ever built, the only Porsche Carma, and the only Koenigsegg Agera CC GT.
One of the most famous celebrity car collectors, Leno owns more than 200 cars and bikes which includes some of the rarest shipped exotic cars in the world.
Right from steam engines, to concepts, to custom-made vehicles. His collection boasts some impressive classics like the Duesenberg, Hispano-Suiza, Hudson Hornet, and Buick to name a few.
The collection varies from classic, contemporary, customized and assembled vehicles. Most of his cars are worth more than $700,000 each and are rare finds.
Seinfeld is a fan of Porsche cars in particular. According to an auto article, he has one of the largest collections of Porsche cars in the world, estimated to be over $15 million.
He has a private mechanic who maintains quality standard of his garage, with the temperature monitored through a high-tech HVAC unit on the roof.
In his private collection, Seinfeld owns a $700,000 Porsche 959, one of only 300 or so ever built, as well as a 1959 16-cylinder GT speedster, a 911S from the 1971 movie “Le Mans” and one of 40 1955 Spyder 550s, the same model and pearl-gray color actor James Dean drove.
Nick Mason, known best for his lengthy drumming career with the world renowned band Pink Floyd, has around 40 cars in his collection.
He has raced cars as an amateur for more than 40 years, winning several sports car races and finishing second in his class in 1979 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and first in his class in 1981 at the Nürburgring 1000 Kilometers race.
Cars included in Mason’s collection include: Ferrari Enzo, 1995 McLaren F1 GTR, 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, Ferrari F40, 1927 Bugatti T35,and GT40. His crowning jewel may be the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, one of just 39 made.
Classic German cars everyone loves…
The most popular German classic cars in the US include BMW, Porsche, Audi, Mercedes and Volkswagen. You could be a car dealer, an antique car collector or simply a car enthusiast looking to internationally ship your prized possessions to Germany. If you’d like to learn further, visit out Germany car shipping section.
Here, at Schumacher Cargo, we love classic cars and we love Ferrari cars…
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