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Jan 16

Cars: Barrett-Jackson Salon Collection — Chevy Corvette Race Car

 The No. 57 Rebel Corvette has been displayed at the National Corvette Museum, Bloomington Gold Special Collection and Corvettes at Carlisle. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

The No. 57 Rebel Corvette has been displayed at the National Corvette Museum, Bloomington Gold Special Collection and Corvettes at Carlisle. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

By Kevin Mackay, Walt Thurn and Matt Stone

An amateur Corvette L88 team beat the world’s best GT cars in this world record holding No. 57 “Rebel” L88 Corvette. The story about how this amazing Corvette became a world- beater begins with two Tampa, Fla., businessmen, Dave Heinz and Or Costanzo. Heinz owned Dave Heinz Imports, a Tampa dealership that sold new Jaguars. Costanzo was the new car sales manager for Ferman Chevrolet.

On weekends both shared a common passion — racing Corvettes. Zora Arkus-Duntov, the famous General Motors engineer turned high-performance department director, was always on the lookout for ways to support successful Corvette teams, including the Heinz and Costanzo Corvette. The fact that Costanzo worked at Ferman Chevrolet helped, giving him open communication to GM.

Jan 16

F1: Ecclestone To Stand Trial On Bribery Charges

Bernie Ecclestone's legal troubles continue. (Photo: Getty Images)

Bernie Ecclestone’s legal troubles continue. (Photo: Getty Images)

Bernie Ecclestone is to face bribery charges, the Munich state prosecutor has confirmed.

The charges relate to the now infamous $44m payment Ecclestone made in 2005 to former banker Gerhard Gribkowksy, who is currently serving an 8 1/2 year jail sentence. Gribkowsky, who was chief risk officer at BayernLB, was found guilty of tax evasion and bribery.

Jan 15

Cars: Three Vehicles To Watch At Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale — Wednesday Update

This 1964 Chevrolet Corvette at Barrett-Jackson has had a meticulous frame-off restoration. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

This 1964 Chevrolet Corvette at Barrett-Jackson has had a meticulous frame-off restoration. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

Tuesday was a sensational first night at the 43rd annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car auction, with a huge crowd and strong prices throughout. All told, 151 cars sold for a little more than $4 million and attendance was up 25 percent over 2013.

The top seller was the 2013 Mothers Ford Mustang RTR Spec 3, a 650-horsepower custom that raised $110,000 for the TGen Foundation. And a 1969 Ford Torino Talladega hammered at a healthy $100,000.

Wednesday, the cars get a little nicer and the prices should rise accordingly.

Jan 15

Cars: Photos! Fabulous Fords at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction

You can almost picture Suzanne Somers cruising Main Street in this Baby  Bird.  (Photo: Tom Jensen)

You can almost picture Suzanne Somers cruising Main Street in this Baby Bird. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

Check out this PHOTO GALLERY of snazzy Ford vehicles as captured through the lens of FOX Sports car aficionado Tom Jensen at this week’s Barrett-Jackson car collector auction in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Here are a couple other Fords on site at Barrett-Jackson just to wet your gallery appetite!

This very rare Shelby King Cobra is one of the Salon Collection cars and is expected  to fetch big dollars on Saturday.  (Photo: Tom Jensen)

This very rare Shelby King Cobra is one of the Salon Collection cars and is expected to fetch big dollars on Saturday. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

KISS bass player Gene Simmons and wife Shannon Tweed are auctioning off this  custom Ford pickup truck for charity. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

KISS bass player Gene Simmons and wife Shannon Tweed are auctioning off this custom Ford pickup truck for charity. (Photo: Tom Jensen)