Welcome to the first in what will become a regular feature at RK Motors Charlotte – Wallpaper Wednesday. Today, we decided to kick off the feature with an incredibly rare ’67 Shelby GT350 that arrived in our showroom a couple weeks ago. The Shelby turned a lot of heads here as it is 1 of only 35 ’67 Shelbys to wear a supercharger factory from Shelby. It didn’t last long as it was quickly picked up from a savvy collector. Enjoy the wallpaper and make sure you check back every Wednesday for our most recent collector car wallpaper.
SEMA, the biggest and baddest automotive and performance show on the planet is less than a week away and if you plan to attend this year, you must come check out the RK Motor’s built ’69 Camaro Pro-Touring SS that will be on display in the Mobil 1 booth. This little beast packs a powerful LS7 engine, cranking out over 500 HP to the rear wheels through a 9″ Moser axle, and sticks to the road courtesy of a full Detroit Speed suspension and ultra-gripping Nitto tires. Enjoy the above video and make sure you stop by and introduce yourself at SEMA2014.
The weather was perfect and the cars were even better! Being fortunate enough to live in a fair weather southern state like Charlotte, NC we pretty much can see cool classic cars driving around almost everywhere. But, this past weekend the Goodguys South East Nationals rolled into town and the cars did too! From a Bugatti Veyron to Hot Rod Lincolns, this show had it all! If you were fortunate enough to be there in person, we hope you enjoyed the great show. If you were not able to be there, consider this your ringside seat to some of coolest cars around! Enjoy!
If you are planning to attend the SEMA show this November in Las Vegas, you might want to make it a point to stop at the Mobil 1 booth to check out our custom built 1969 Camaro SS Pro-Touring car. Coming off of a fresh build this year, this tricked out Camaro has it all. With an LS7 motor cranking out 513 RWHP, a complete Detroit Speed suspension, massive Baer brakes and huge Nitto tires, this little beast is ready to take on the pavement and other Pony cars with ease. Here are some of the car’s specs: 427 cubic inch LS7 V8 Tremec T56 6-speed Moser Super 9 rear end Detroit Speed suspension Power steering Baer four wheel power disc brakes 19 inch Rushforth wheels Custom leather interior Vintage Air conditioning Sony sound system This car is available for sale at RK Motors Charlotte. To learn more, follow this link, http://www.rkmotorscharlotte.com/sales/inventory/active#!/1969-Chevrolet-Camaro-SS/134726 Thanks to our friends at Theory Communications and Mobil 1 for making this possible! We hope to see you there!
Recently our founder Rob Kauffman was interviewed by Bloomberg TV. The brief interview can be viewed in its entirety by visiting our friends at BloombergTV, but during the chat they spoke on Rob’s beginnings as an investor but more importantly moved on to his one true love: Classic Cars. During the interview Rob spoke on some of his favorite vehicles in our inventory and in his personal collection: RKM Built ’69 Camaro SS 1971 Hemi Cuda 1928 Bentley 1934 Dusenberg 1991 Ferrari F40 You can check out more of his personal collection and our complete inventory of classic cars by visiting our home on the web at www.RKMotorscharlotte.com
Let’s face it, here at RK Motors Charlotte, our love for cars extends just way beyond just the classic car market. We love seeing cars compete wheel to wheel at breakneck speeds. That’s why when we had the opportunity to visit the 2014 SCCA Runoffs at the historic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, we couldn’t turn it down. In what might be the purest form of racing left alive today, we marveled at the fact that we could watch Corvettes battle alongside Porsches and Mustangs in hopes of capturing a SCCA National Championship. Over 500 drivers entered into 27 classes and the racing was spectacular. For example check out this Corvette and Porsche battling through the famed turn-10, otherwise known as the corkscrew Video: What makes SCCA Racing So Great In short we loved our time at the track, and can’t wait to attend it again next year when the Runoffs are held at the legendary Daytona International Speedway. Check out our complete photo gallery from the event below:
If you are familiar with RK Motors Charlotte you more than likely remember the story of Adam Brown who tragically lost his life during a firefight in Afghanistan. The decorated Navy Seal Chief and his team were pinned down by the enemy. In an effort to protect his men, Adam charged the enemy from a better vantage point, drawing fire away from his pinned down comrades. His selfless action relieved the fire on his men, but it unfortunately resulted in Adam being struck by enemy fire. Adam was a 12-year veteran of the armed forces and a man that based his life around his family and his faith. The bravery of this man is an incredible story, and like most Americans his story caught the attention of all of us here at RK Motors. We then found out that Brown’s family and friends were organizing a massive build of Adam’s ’91 Ford Bronco, and knew we had to be involved. Over the next few months we worked together with the family and many companies to build a Bronco of the likes that had never been seen before. One of the companies that we partnered together with was BDS Suspension, and [...]
August 14th – 17th brought the 2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion to the famed Laguna Seca. This year however,was extra special. 2014 marked the 100 year anniversary of the historic Italian luxury car producer Maserati. The event centered around four days of on-track racing, but also immersed visitors in car auctions, shows, rallies and the world’s premier Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Earlier this year, our friends at Laguna Seca gave us some great history behind the iconic Maserati Brand: Maserati was founded in Bologna, Italy and officially started operation on December 14, 1914. The nucleus of the company was then represented by Alfieri Maserati and two of his brothers, Ettore and Ernesto. Though engaged in all matters technical and commercial of their new enterprise, they all at one point sat behind the steering wheel of their racing cars in the golden days of motor racing. A fifth brother, Mario, is credited with designing the famed Maserati logo, drawing inspiration from the Neptune fountain in downtown Bologna. When it was all said and done, Nearly 550 invited historic race cars took part in 15 race groups, ranging from pre-war to more modern-day race cars. In short, it was an incredible event. [...]
Most people, who walk into our massive classic car showroom at RK Motors Charlotte, know of our heavy involvement within the NASCAR world. Rob Kauffman, the owner/founder of RK Motors Charlotte is also the co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, which fields the cars piloted by Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. However, our reach into the motorsports world extends far beyond just the NASCAR world. Take for instance this past weekend, where our RK Motors Ferrari 458 captured 5th place in the V de V endurance series at Aragon Motorland Circuit in Spain. For those that might not be familiar, the V de V is a European GT only ‘Pro-Am’ format for GT2/3 cars (e.g LeMans, Daytona, Spa24). The races are 3-4 hour formats with a mandatory minimum number of pit stops and driver changes to maximize the competitive results. The #51 RK Motors Ferrari 458, piloted by Rob Kauffman and GT ace Rui Aguas, completed 111 laps in just over four hours. Not only did the team capture a hard fought fifth place, but they also set the fastest time in the race by lapping the 3.3-mile circuit in a blistering time of 1:59.914 [...]
Rob Kauffman, president of the Race Team Alliance and the co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, said he’s pleased with NASCAR’s 2015 rules package, which was announced Tuesday, September 23, 2014. In announcing the new rules package NASCAR said it was looking to improve the quality of racing. In an exclusive interview with FOXSports.com (Video link is below), Kauffman said that while the RTA isn’t taking an official position on the new rules package, which includes a total ban on testing, a reduction in horsepower and shorter rear spoilers, the results should be positive for all the teams. “I think Michael Waltrip Racing will have a seven-figure savings because of the ban on testing,” said Kauffman. Kauffman also said he was pleased at how NASCAR worked with the teams and drivers in crafting the new rules package. “The communication level is the highest it’s been in the eight years I’ve been in the sport,” said Kauffman. “Everyone wants the same things — good racing, rising attendance … saving money is good.” The RTA was formed in July 2014, with the owners looking for ways to help control costs and build long-term value for the teams. Kauffman said the RTA is already [...]
What can be said about the car that beat Ferrari in the fabled 1966 LeMans race? A lot, but for now here’s a first look at and drive of this iconic and legendary race car that is about to go under a comprehensive restoration at a world-renowned shop located in the North East United States.
As part of this week’s Fast & Foreign showcase at the Fall AutoFair, being held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday, September 19 – Sunday, September 21, RK Motors is displaying two extremely rare and exotic Super Cars. A 2002 Mercedes Benz CLK GTR Roadster, owned by Rob Kauffman, is only 1 of 6 Roadsters in the world. Mercedes-Benz saw this as an excellent platform to compete against Porsche and BMW in a Super Car grudge match. Mercedes had AMG start to design and build an intense racing machine. The result was a purpose built racing vehicle called the Mercedes CLK GTR. Visit the RK Motors Charlotte website to learn more about this car; http://www.rkmotorscharlotte.com/sales/inventory/active#!/2002-Mercedes-Benz-CLK-GTR/134612 Next up is the 1995, 1 of 1 Mercedes Benz Lotec C1000. Built to be the fastest car in the world in 1995, this machine has a top speed of 268 mph and cost over $3M to build.To accomplish this, the German company Lotec was hired to build his ultimate dream car. Lotec then worked with Mercedes-Benz to design, fabricate, and test, a never seen before Super Car. Both amazing cars are on display for the next 3 days, so if you happen to be [...]
Here’s what it looks like from the driver’s seat of Rob Kauffman’s 1956 Ferrari 250GT Boano as he drives through the amazing mountains of Colorado. One word sums it up; breathtaking! Plus more photos from the Colorado Grand event:
The Colorado Grand event is run with the cooperation of the Colorado State Patrol and in towns where participants have lunch-such as Lake City, Walden, Paonia, Salida, Ridgway, Hotchkiss, and Meeker. Spectators are invited to see the cars and meet their owners along the way. September 13th is the last day of the event. Here’s a quick look at some of the cars on tour during this years’ Colorado Grand:
Described as a museum springing to life, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is a cornerstone of the Monterey Peninsula’s Classic Car Week. Held on August 14-17 at the Mazda Raceway Leguna Seca racing facility, approximately 550 vehicles were invited to compete in the world’s premier motoring event. Vehicles are accepted based on the car’s authenticity, race provenance and period correctness. This year, the 100th anniversary of the iconic Italian automaker – Maserati – was the featured marque. Participants took part in 15 race groups, ranging from pre-war to more modern-day race cars. RK Motors’ Chairman Rob Kauffman participated in three class races, 3B, 6A and 7A driving his 1972 McLaren M8FP, 1959 Lister Costin and 1970 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, respectively. For more information on this race event, go to http://www.mazdaraceway.com/rolex-monterey-motorsports-reunion and to learn more about RK Motors Charlotte, visit our website at http://RKMotorsCharlotte.com.
The Colorado Grand® is an annual charity tour for 1960 and earlier sports and race cars of distinction. The event was founded in 1989 by automotive enthusiast Bob Sutherland. Every September during fall color season, approximately 85 vintage cars are driven in this relaxed, non-competitive event, covering 1,000 miles through the Rockies in five days. 2014 marks the 26th anniversary for this remarkable event. This years event is scheduled for September 8-13, 2014. This event continues to provide great help for Colorado charities and to date, the event has contributed more than $4 million dollars. The tour attracts entrants and enthusiasts from around the world and always includes 1920′s and 1930′s cars. Typical makes include Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, Bentley, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Maserati, Allard, and such exotic names as Amilcar, Cisitalia, Squire, Delahaye, and Talbot-Lago. Stay tuned for more event coverage. To see and learn more about the historically significant Ferrari that Rob Kauffman will be driving, follow this link to the RK Motors Charlotte website; http://www.rkmotorscharlotte.com/sales/inventory/active#!/1956-Ferrari-250-GT-Boano/134742
RK Motors Charlotte recently launched its new Google+ business page. Please visit our page by clicking the link here, http://www.tinyurl.com/rkmotorsgoogleplus. The new local page contains great photos from our expansive inventory of classic, American muscle and high-performance vehicles. You can also read reviews from our great customers! If you like what you see and want to be part of the RK Motors social experience, please follow us and share this page with others. Over time, we will post content related to our business and the classic car marketplace, as well as feature images of select cars available for sale.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series travels to the second and final road course of the season at Watkins Glen International this weekend. The 11-turn road course has provided its share of on-track drama, including some exciting finishes and soap opera-like incidents with drivers and fans alike. Clint Bowyer isn’t looking for any drama, just a solid finish. His record at The Glen is currently among the best in the sport. In the past two races, Bowyer has the third best driving record with an average finish of 5.0 and the second best finish at road courses since February 2012, averaging a 5.2. After finishing in the top-five at Pocono last weekend in the number four spot, Bowyer is 14th out of a possible 16 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. “We’ve had some decent finishes at Watkins Glen the past few years. You’ve really got to have everything go right on the road courses. You can’t make dumb mistakes, dive bomb someone and crash, taking yourself out of the race. I think we can get a good finish, we just have to have everything go right and not do something that takes us out of the running.” When [...]
Clint Bowyer, the No. 15 RK Motors Toyota driver finished fourth in Sunday’s 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Pennsylvania at Pocono Raceway. The MWR driver started 14th and quickly demonstrated that he was one of the fastest cars on the track. Bowyer ran in the top-10, then drop to mid-pack at various times throughout the race. As the race neared completion, Clint’s driving strategy prevailed and he climbed to third with 15 laps remaining. At the re-start, Bowyer was in fourth place with four laps to go and held on to take that position at the checkered flag. The No.15 team heads to Watkins Glen International this Sunday. “I’m real proud of all of the guys that work so hard on this RK Motors Toyota. We just keep plugging away. Obviously we need to improve to get to where we can win one of these races, but we could keep inching closer and closer. If we can get the solid finishes, stay consistent and get ourselves in the Chase maybe we can win a championship.” Though this season’s win-less streak grew to 62, things are looking up with his fifth top-10 finish in the last seven Sprint Cup [...]
The No. 15 RK Motors Toyota car piloted by Clint Bowyer headed to the famed yard of bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway over the past weekend, where Clint has two top-five and two top-10 finishes in eight starts. Here’s what Clint had to say when asked what it means to race at Indianapolis. “The history is what you go there for. That place is just so rich and deep in history that you’re ecstatic every time you roll into the place. A lot of big names and a lot of exposure has always been on the place. It doesn’t matter what you race or how you came up, you’re very fond and very aware of Indianapolis and what that track means to auto racing. It really is cool to be able to race on that race track, but aside from that it’s so hard to get around.” Bowyer had a brief moment in the sun during the Brickyard 400. It came after a Lap 97 caution when it was reported that Bowyer would benefit from the caution because he had already pitted. But he hadn’t come in for service and by staying out on old tires he went from first [...]
Led by a pristinely restored GT500KR (pictured here) packing a ferocious 428 Cobra Jet V8, a trio of rare Shelbys have joined the burgeoning collection of classic, muscle and high-performance cars now available from Charlotte-based RK Motors. One of just 530 four-speed KR fastbacks produced for the 1968 model year, the stellar pony car sports only 95,518 original miles. This awesome Shelby likely spent very little time in the showroom before its big power and head-turning style were unleashed on wide city streets. After roughly three decades of meticulous maintenance and accident-free driving, the car received a ground-up, rotisserie restoration. Under the Ford’s long, ventilated hood sits the original 428 cubic-inch Cobra Jet V8 – completely rebuilt, including its 4174 Holley carburetor. Additional performance features include a number of correct components, including power steering, the original Toploader 4-speed manual transmission, power front disc and rear drum brakes, Ford 9-inch rear axle and Traction-Lok differential. Equally stunning is the GT500KR’s impeccable exterior, accentuated by the signature “Wimbledon white” paint complementing some of the coolest and most aggressive Mustang styling cues ever created. Inside, the car boasts correct black leather interior and factory air conditioning. The whole package sits on a distinctive [...]
As car enthusiasts, there’s little doubt that we all recognize the significance of the automobile and how its preservation and existence continues to shape our lives for the better. But dyed-in-the-wool car people are a small fraction of the total population, and most folks view their commute as a bothersome interaction with a large appliance. That’s why it’s increasingly important for folks like us to dedicate at least one day per year to communicating the significance and rich history of automotive transportation. Image courtesy of Dan Williams For leaders at the SEMA Action Network, that day is today. The SEMA Action Network, commonly known as SAN, is a national partnership between car clubs, car enthusiasts and members of the specialty auto parts industry that dutifully protects our beloved hobby. Since 1997, SAN has targeted bills and laws that threaten America’s car culture and lobbied on behalf of car enthusiasts in every state. And, for the past five years, the group has designated a Senate-backed Collector Car Appreciation Day in hopes of establishing widespread, annual celebration. Images courtesy of AmericanMuscle The ultimate goal of Collector Car Appreciation Day is to raise awareness of the vital role automotive preservation and restoration [...]
9 of the top NASCAR teams have grouped together to form the Race Team Alliance (RTA). The RTA currently includes Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, Richard Childress Racing, Richard Petty Motor Sports, Roush Fenway Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing and Team Penske. Along with the formation of the new alliance, it was also announced that co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing Rob Kauffman would be the head chairman for the new alliance. The team owner and owner of RK Motors Charlotte, expressed to the media to not confuse this with a union, of which NASCAR has never looked favorably at as many fans remember the 1961 union that led to NASCAR banning Curtis Turner for life, but ended after a four year ban. Rob Kauffman with his driver Clint Bowyer ”Calling it a union would be incorrect. A union would be for employees,” Kauffman said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. ”The right way to characterize it would be a ‘business alliance.’ Unions are about employees directly trying to negotiate something. The RTA is pooling together to look at things we can be doing better. For now, the top goal of the RTA [...]
Every once in a while the stars align and truly magical things happen. That might sound like a line from your favorite whimsical fairy tale. But consider that, thirty years ago this Friday, July 4th, Richard Petty capped a phenomenal career in stock car racing by claiming his 200th and final victory in front of the President of the United States of America. The stage was set when President Ronald Reagan, in the middle of a re-election bid, wanted a Fourth of July activity that was both entertaining and productive. Curb Records owner Mike Curb, who happened to know the president personally, mentioned that he had recently fielded a NASCAR team. The president, noting an excellent opportunity to claim a few more ‘Reagan Democrats’, thought Daytona’s upcoming Firecracker 400 would be the perfect venue to both politic and unwind. So, on July 4th 1984, he headed down to Florida to count a few laps and enjoy a southern-style picnic with the whole NASCAR family. Of course, NASCAR probably would’ve never gotten the nod had it not been for the sport’s exploding popularity. By the mid-80s, ever-increasing speeds, exposure from large corporate sponsors and a roster of highly talented drivers had [...]
‘Muscle car’ and ‘Pony car’ are two of the classic car hobby’s most confused terms. To the general enthusiast, they’re virtually interchangeable. To the investor, they mean two very different things. At RK Motors Charlotte, we feature a plethora of Muscle and Pony cars including Challengers, Chargers, Chevelles, Camaros, Mustangs and Trans Ams. And if a buyer can properly interpret those offerings’ traits and desirability, they can accurately predict future value and growth potential. As a rule, the term ‘Muscle car’ refers to a full-size platform that features a big engine and ample horsepower. Most Muscle cars were created from pedestrian models that, at some point in their production cycle, received a large displacement engine. In the early part of the 20th century, automakers sold a minimum number of models. That meant, when a certain brand entered motorsports, it had to modify an existing nameplate for competition. Chrysler’s “Industrial Strength” cars are considered the first example of this philosophy, as the mass-market Belvedere spawned the high performance Fury. That said; most people equate the beginning of the Muscle car era with Pontiac’s storied GTO. Not surprisingly, the GTO originated as a hot trim option for the popular Pontiac Le Mans. [...]
When a car enthusiast claims something is ‘original or ‘all-original’, it’s often interpreted as ‘correct’. But, when you’re dealing with investment grade metal like the Fords, Chevys and Mopars available at RK Motors Charlotte, the term ‘all-original’ becomes much more literal. It’s very difficult to find a legitimate, all-original classic that’s 100% proven. And, if you do, the car’s provenance becomes as much about history as the build itself. In some ways, ‘all-original’ is as straightforward as it sounds. A car is considered all-original if its current state is completely unaltered in relation to when it was built. In essence, there has been no body work, no major mechanical work, no chassis work and no interior work. The car is essentially a ‘survivor’ that has been maintained throughout its entire, assembled life. Naturally, low mileage is a general prerequisite for an all-original classic. The more components are used, the more they risk repair and replacement. Likewise, the fewer owners a car had, the better its authenticity. A title that changed hands often increases the probability that major components have been altered or replaced. How is that mileage and owner history proven? With thorough inspection and ample documentation. For starters, any [...]
It was a very bittersweet moment when we accepted our Long Hauler awards at the final stop at the 2014 Hot Rod Power Tour. Over the previous 8 days we had traveled over 1600 miles, driven through 9 states and faced a 15 hour drive back to RK Motors Charlotte headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina… But we weren’t ready for it to be over. In the 2 days since arriving home, we’ve been burning through hundreds of photos and videos and decided it was time to do a little reminiscing via our 100 best photos from the 2014 tour. In the next week or so we’ll be bringing you our complete wrap-up video from the journey on tour with RK527. Until then, enjoy the photo gallery, and we can’t wait to see you on next year’s tour!
After a busy week of events, the 2014 Hot Rod Power Tour drew to a close after nearly 1500 miles of driving. For us at RK Motors Charlotte, it was our inaugural journey on the week long tour. We joined the thousands of classic and performance cars with our 800+hp Shelby tribute as they departed zMax Dragway in our hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday. Along the way to Wisconsin Dells RK527 performed admirably with only a couple of small hiccups thanks to a broken coil spring and a loose adjustable distributor rotor. One aspect of the 2014 Power Tour that we haven’t covered much, simply because we haven’t had the time, is the extremely warm welcome we’ve received from towns, communities and cities along the route. Here’s a few photos from today’s drive into Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. After the last event at Bettendorf, Iowa we had a relatively short drive of 190 miles to the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin for the final stop. For us, the trip into cheese country was quick and painless. Because the resort sits on a two lane road, the line to get in was literally miles long. This meant our [...]
If we’ve learned one thing on our inaugural journey on the Hot Rod Power Tour it’s that the tour waits for no one. We learned this first hand yesterday after we had a very long 17 hour day of driving, attending the event, discovering a broken right rear coil spring, hunting down a replacement (thanks again to the folks at RideTech), and having to construct a makeshift garage in the Best Western parking lot. With roughly five hours of sleep we were back at it early in the morning among a multitude of classic cars traveling down the country side. Before we hit the interstate we decided to make a quick detour to the city of Crown Point to visit the Lake County Historic Courthouse. Just wait to you see our Go Pro footage from this historic venue! Our next stop was the Isle Casino Hotel in Bettendorf, Iowa. The tour route included a planned stop at Heidts for lunch at their facilities near Chicago. However, many opted to forgo free lunch in exchange for not dealing with the early morning traffic. We chose to do the same and made quick work down I-80 enroute to Bettendorf. All in all, it was [...]