Day: June 8, 2021

Robert Cumberford: Automobile Magazine Critic Becomes Authority on Style

Car designer Moray Callum remembers unveiling his latest project at the 1993 Geneva Auto Show: the Aston Martin Lagonda Vignale concept, a radical, swooping four-door sedan far afield from the Le Mans-winning race cars and James Bond coupes that made the British marque famous. 

A proud Callum years later would call the car a crowning achievement of his career.

But that evening, at an industry party aboard a yacht on Lake Geneva, Callum says a former boss introduced him to Robert Cumberford, a protege of the legendary Harley Earl at General Motors Corp., the man who literally invented modern-day automotive design. In the time since his work alongside Earl in the 1950s, Cumberford had built his influence through independent commissions and magazine reviews of the latest models. Callum, thrilled to meet Cumberford and familiar with his work, was keen for his verdict on the Aston.  

relates to A Front-Row Seat to 70 Years of Automotive Design

The Aston Martin Lagonda Vignale

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Automotive Ventures Closes Inaugural Fund to Invest in Early-Stage Auto Tech Companies

Automotive Ventures Closes Inaugural Fund to Invest in Early-Stage Auto Tech Companies

ATLANTA, June 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Automotive Ventures, the company that supports automotive technology entrepreneurs, businesses, and investors with industry-specific resources, strategic consulting, and extensive connections, has announced the final closing of its inaugural venture fund, Automotive Ventures Fund I

Automotive Ventures announces the final closing of its inaugural venture fund, Automotive Ventures Fund I.

“Fundraising during a global pandemic had its challenges, but I’m pleased to report that the fund was oversubscribed with more than $7 million in committed capital that we’re eager to deploy into early-stage automotive tech companies,” said Automotive Ventures CEO and Founder Steve Greenfield. “Despite only kicking off the fundraise in the latter half of 2020, the motivation to launch a fund has been building for far longer. We’ve witnessed a shortage of institutional capital for early-stage auto tech companies for decades

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On his days off, SC BBQ restaurant owner repairs cars and donates them to the needy | News

McCLELLANVILLE — When it came time for Eliot Middleton to get a driver’s license, his father, a mechanic, gave him two cars.

The catch, said Middleton, was that neither car worked. One needed an engine and the other needed a transmission, and it was up to him to make one working car out of the two.

He succeeded, and after graduating from Lincoln High School he trained to become an auto mechanic, then spent years working in or operating repair and transmission shops in the Charleston area.

These days Middleton, 38, co-owns and operates a barbeque restaurant in Awendaw, but he’s putting his automotive experience to good use. He repairs donated vehicles and gives them to people who need one through a nonprofit he established.

“This gives me a chance to work on cars again, at my own pace,” Middleton said.

At his mother’s blue cinderblock home in McClellanville, where

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