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As car and motorcycle enthusiasts, we’re often looking for new stories that go beyond what a typical Google Search will find.

We know it’s not just about the simple facts of a car or bike, or the stats about them. It’s about everything that goes with them: their history, documentation, the people behind them and their stories. The Turtle Garage is all about telling these stories, so you can learn more about your passion.

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I C O N S: A Private Tour of RM Sotheby’s NYC Auction

On Wednesday, RM Sotheby’s returned to the Big Apple for their ICONS auction. Thirty spectacular cars rode the elevator to the 10th floor of Sotheby’s Upper East Side headquarters. Gord Duff of RM invited Keith Martin and me for an early morning private tour. It was wonderful to walk the Sotheby’s halls without anyone else […]


Shop Turtle Garage This Holiday Season

Turtle Garage has curated dozens of great gift ideas for the motor enthusiast in your life. Cut through the endless clutter of the Internet and save time and discover that perfect and thoughtful gift. We’ve made it easy to find that unique stocking stuffer. Items have been carefully selected by Turtle Garage contributors and are products […]


Scottsdale 2018: Sports Car Market Insider’s Seminar

Scottsdale is the must-attend kick-off event for the collector car year. Barrett-Jackson, Gooding & Company, and RM Sotheby’s will be auctioning thousands of fine automobiles. I have been invited by Sports Car Market’s Keith Martin to participate in his Insider’s Seminar panel. I will be joined by an esteemed group of industry experts including Carl Bomstead, […]

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Automobiles in the Age of Accelerations

Over the last few months, I have been devouring several books on artificial intelligence (AI). While we have not reached the age of full-blown “cognitive computing,” the pace of the pace of change is accelerating at an astounding rate. No industry can hide from the runaway train of Moore’s Law. The following are insightful books […]

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Turtle Garage Exclusive: BMW’s British History Revealed

The AFN Archive and What it Reveals  By Robert Freeman Edited by Philip E. Richter Archibald Goodman Frazer Nash founded Frazer Nash Ltd. in 1925. He set up a factory in Kingston upon Thames to manufacture V-twin and 4-cylinder sports cars. The Company evolved into AFN Ltd. in 1927. The cars were unusual because they […]

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Bob Lutz Bombshell: Cars Are Over!

“It saddens me to say it, but the auto industry is on an accelerating change curve. We are approaching the end of the automotive era. For hundreds of years, the horse was the prime mover of humans and for the past 120 years, it has been the automobile. Now we are approaching the end of […]

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The Legendary Jock West

John Milns West, 1909—2004, was a salesman for AFN and the works rider for BMW. West rode a BMW to victory at the 1937 and 1938 500cc Ulster Grand Prix held on the Clady Circuit. His win in 1937 marked the first time that a non-British motorcycle had won the 500cc class at the Ulster Grand […]


Turtle Garage Featured in Mercedes Enthusiast Magazine

The Mercedes-Benz R129 is fast becoming a desirable modern classic. The fourth-generation SL is perhaps Bruno Sacco’s finest creation. The car is a design trifecta—its modern, classic, and timeless. Today, the R129 remains one of my favorite Mercedes models of all time. The V12 SL 600 was the most powerful factory iteration of the R129 […]


Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series: A 500 Horsepower Miata

The December 2017 issue of Sports Car Market features an article we wrote about the recent sale at RM’s London Auction of a Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series. The hammer price of $90,000 raises many questions. The near six-figure price implies collector car status but this Black Series is unlikely to become collectible anytime soon—if […]


A Fun Unpretentious Car Show

On Sunday I attended the Katonah car show. Hosted by the Lions Club of Bedford Hills, the event has been held annually for the last nineteen years. It’s a wonderful low-key gathering that takes place in the Metro-North commuter parking lot. It’s not a show about elite judging standards or 100-point cars. Rather it’s about […]



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