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American Racing Icon Crosses the Block at Russo and Steele's 11th Annual Sports and Muscle at the Marriott Auction Event

Legendary Trans Am racer Greg Pickett's 1967 Pickett Racing 427 Corvette is offered this August in Monterey.

Monterey, CA (Apr 15, 2011) -- This 1967 Pickett Racing 427 Corvette historic racer started life as a brand new 1967 427-435HP Tri-power Coupe. Its owner at that time, Dr. Bill Green of California, immediately converted it to an SCCA A/Production racer; at which point Dr. Green partnered up with Greg Pickett of Pickett Racing to form the Pickett Racing Team. They raced in both SCCA National events including Trans Am and IMSA events thru 1976.

Greg Pickett’s racing career spanned over four decades; earning his recognition with his 1967 A/Sedan Camaro. Mr. Pickett went on to racing fame winning a number of championships in a variety of different cars; he was Champion of the 1978 Trans Am season in a Corvette and he's the only driver in Trans Am history to win a race in each of those decades.

Having raced at some of the most famous tracks in the country like Riverside, Brainerd, Ontario, Laguna Seca, Phoenix Intl. and Sears Point this 1967 427 Corvette raced in groups such as the Trans Am, IMSA, SCCA; including historic groups such as the HMSA, SVRA, VARA, and HSR West from 1967 to 2007. In 1978 this Corvette, serial #194377S104044, won the last SCCA Regions A Production Championship at Sears Point; gaining a spot in racing history as "The Last A Production Champion.” It was one of the few mid-year Corvette racers to be successful in competing against the newer race cars of the era in the 1970’s.

This historic Corvette racer was restored back to its original 1967-1975 racing livery in 2002. It was treated to a complete and comprehensive body-off restoration with no expense spared. Powered by a 427cid big block capable of producing about 650hp at 6800 rpm; weighing 3200lbs it is also one of the fastest A/Production Corvette racers with a top speed of 170 mph. Recently, it has competed at the Portland Historic with HMSA, California Speedway with VARA, and the Phoenix International Speedway where it set the track record in the Big Bore race at 1.07.3. In 2010 it was invited to race at the prestigious Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca Raceway in California.

Continuing with its proven success at offering historic racers at auction in the Monterey Peninsula Russo and Steele’s Monterey auction event will once again present a variety of high quality, competition ready automobiles at its 11th Annual Sports and Muscle at the Marriott auction event in August; located in the heart of downtown Monterey, CA. The three evening auction will offer over 250 of the highest quality, most luxurious and collectable European sports, American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles suitable to satisfy any automotive desires.

For those unable to attend the event in person, absentee and telephone bidding options are available, and the auction will stream live online at www.russoandsteele.com, providing real-time coverage of the event.
Event Details – Sports and Muscle at the Marriott

Sale dates:
August 18, 2011 5:00pm – 11:00pm PT
August 19, 2011 5:00pm – 11:00pm PT
August 20, 2011 5:00pm – 11:00pm PT

Preview dates:
August 17, 2011 10:00am – 5:00pm PT
August 18, 2011 10:00am – 4:00pm PT
August 19, 2011 10:00am – 4:00pm PT
August 20, 2011 10:00am – 4:00pm PT

Location:
Downtown Monterey Marriott Hotel
350 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA 93940

Admission:
$100 bidder’s pass admits one to preview, all three nights of auction and an official auction pocket guide. Guest passes are available for an additional $50 US, although only bidders are permitted to buy guest passes (this is not for the general public). Everyone is welcome to preview the automobiles for free during preview times and in front of the Marriott Hotel during staging.

About Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions
Russo and Steele Collector Automobiles is one of the nation’s premier collector car auctions; specializing in the world’s finest European sports cars, American muscle cars, hot rods and customs. Its auctions each year attract clients all over the globe not only because of its reputation for stellar collector automobiles, but also unique auction experiences unattainable at any other collector car auction in the world. Its auction events take place with its signature auction in Scottsdale, Arizona every January, and Monterey, California in August. Additional information please visit www.russoandsteele.com or call 602.252.2697.

Contact:
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