Having been granted unprecedented access to hitherto unpublished archive material by the Cunningham family and the families of the team members, author Richard Harman has been able to trace the history of most of the Cunningham-owned cars in great detail.
Briggs Cunningham was a competitor, patron and pioneering champion of road racing in the USA. In addition to the cars which bore his name with pride and competed against the best in the world, the Cunningham team raced many other models in the 1950s and 1960s in both the USA and Europe.
Further, during his long life, Briggs owned a large variety of vehicles ranging from the mundane to the spectacular. When his racing days came to an end, he assembled his collection together to establish what was to become one of the best car museums in the world in Costa Mesa, California.
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PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS – 2015
Post War Cunninghams - Class P
1st - C2R roadster - T. G. Mittler
2nd - C-3 Coupe - Jim Taylor
3rd - C4R roadster - Fred Simeone
Briggs Cunningham Trophy
C5R – roadster - Miles Collier
Others in attendance:
C6R - roadster - Miles Collier
5206X Coupe – Peter Hosmer
C-3 Coupe – Michael Hammer
C-3 Cabriolet – Dennis Nicotra
Lister Jaguar BHL123 – Jeffrey Lottman
Fiat Abarth 1000 – Race #8 – Jeffrey & David Brynan
Cooper Monaco (Buick engine) – Jeffrey Heller
Maserati Tipo 151 – Laurence Auriana
A great showing by the Cunningham group, along with increase in name recognition.
At the premium ticket - Club D'Elegance outstanding breakfast & luncheon tent venue - there were (2) Cunningham flag logos on the front wall, each flanked by a larger Pebble Beach logo.
Many people requested Cunningham directions to the website.
We were able to reunite Lynn Cunningham Maddock (Mr. "C"'s youngest daughter) with her niece Lise Cunningham Heller. Lynn brought (2) of her grandsons - Briggs, age 7 and Ford, age 5 - to see some of their great grandfather's (Mr. "C") race & road cars.
The boys had their photos taken while sitting in each of the race cars. It was a wonderful opportunity to connect them with their heritage.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (August 17, 2015) — An Italian Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Cabriolet that once turned heads and garnered top prizes in the classic era glided to victory at the 65th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Sunday.
The competition drew 219 cars from 16 countries and 29 U.S. states to the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links. It also raised over $1.8 million to help people in need. Through the Pebble Beach Company Foundation, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, these charitable funds will benefit 100 local charities.
Click here to read the full Press Release.
A Cunningham owner and highly-regarded expert – Chuck Schoendorf, of Rowayton, Conn. – provides some very interesting info about Briggs Swift Cunningham and his famous cars.
Dan Gurney Receives Lifetime Award
The Henry Ford Museum awarded Dan Gurney the “Edison-Ford Medal for ingenuity and a lifetime of innovative and entrepreneurial spirit”.
While being interviewed by Charlie Rose (CBS), Gurney was asked how, after nine previous attempts, he finally was victorious at LeMans.
Dan said that even though he was a faster one-lap driver than Briggs Cunningham, that Briggs had always finished higher at LeMans than he did.
“Briggs realized that LeMans was not a race, but an endurance contest,” he said. “Once I adopted Briggs’ strategy of driving the race car tenderly, I finally put myself in a position to win.”
Cunningham 2014 Nicholas-Joseph Cugnot Award Winner!
In October, 2014 it was announced that Cunningham author, Richard Harman, won the Society of Automotive Historians prestigious Nicholas-Joseph Cugnot Award.
The award is presented each year for the book which best advances the understanding of the history of the automobile in the previous calendar year.
Harman will be presented with the award at the SAH European Dinner in Paris at the Automobile Club de France on February 3rd, 2015.
Cunningham was also shortlisted for the Royal Automobile Club Motoring Book of the Year for 2014 and the 2013 International Historic Motoring Awards Publication of the Year!
In honor of this outstanding book, Dalton Watson Fine Books has teamed up with Automodello, the elite producer of diecast collectible auto models, to bring you a very special limited offer!
Now available as a set that combines the Cunningham Regular Edition and a signed and numbered 1954 Cunningham C-3 Cabriolet Tribute Edition Model by Automodello.
Patterned on the C-3 once owned by the Cunningham family, the model is two-tone red with a tan interior and a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity, endorsed and signed by Lucie Cunningham, the daughter of the late Briggs Cunningham, is also included.
The regular retail price of both pieces is $504 if purchased separately. Save $105 by purchasing as a set. A perfect holiday gift idea for any auto enthusiast!
Boca Raton Concours Show - Sunday, February 12, 2017
This 1953 Cunningham C-3 #5223 recently won the Historic Vehicle Association’s (HVA’s) National Automotive Heritage Award.
This was Briggs Cunningham’s personal C-3 coupe, the one he never sold. It’s the only Cunningham C-3 with power windows and automatic transmission.
"An event early in Briggs Cunningham's life helped shape his lifelong passion for autos and auto racing: As a youngster after World War I, he went street racing with his uncle in a Dodge touring car powered by a Hispano-Suiza airplane engine.
'Yes, I guess you could say my uncle influenced me towards automobiles and racing,' he told author Dean Batchelor for his book Cunningham." - more
Cunningham SmugMug Gallery
We have begun putting together a gallery of Cunningham pictures on SmugMug. The images are categorized under Cunningham Cars, Cunningham People, and Cunningham Sailing.
This is a work in progress, as we hope to receive more images submitted from other Cunningham enthusiasts that we can add to the gallery.
Click on SmugMug to view the gallery so far. Please submit any of your own photos by emailing them to email@example.com. Include a caption and any photo credits.
Press Release -
Cunningham C-3 Coupe #5208 Sets a Sales Record at $1.1 mil + commission
Click here to view a video produced by RM Sothebys about the C-3 that recently sold at auction. To see more photos of this spectacular car, go to our SmugMug –
Cars – Gallery by clicking here.
New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame Induction
November 16, 2014
Briggs S. Cunningham II called Westport, CT home for much of his life. An absolute pioneer in American Sports Car racing, he was a competitor, patron, sponsor, and successful car builder.
Determined to put America on a level with the Europeans, he produced a list of high-performance race cars and competed on the international stage at Le Mans and Sebring, his cars winning at the latter seven (7) times.
NEAR - Hall of Famers John Fitch and Phil Walters were among his drivers. Cunningham family associate Larry Black had the honor of welcoming the late Sports Car Icon to the Hall of Fame. To read the complete tribute speech, click here...
Sports Car Digest
The Cars of Briggs Cunningham were a featured class at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in California.
This spectacular assemblage of Cunningham cars included competition cars and the Vignale-built cars.
The International Motor Racing Research Center, Watkins Glen, NY
is pleased to announce that the Cunningham Family, long supporters of the IMRRC, have generously permitted the Estate gift planning fund to be named the Briggs S. Cunningham Legacy Society. The purpose of the fund will be to assist in providing
for the Center’s future. For more details, click here.
Hot Rod Suede
Mechanically sound and a blast to drive, but otherwise unrestored, Cunningham C-3 No. 5207 is a rare car in even rarer condition.
To read Tom Cotter's related article in Autoweek, click here.