The far-out show rods of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, including the Beatnik Bandit, above, will be featured at the 2018 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance next March. Get all the latest auto industry news in the Executive Briefing.
+ For the second time in a month, large quantities of marijuana were discovered in Ford vehicles shipped from plants in Mexico to the United States for sale. More at The Detroit News.
+ In a private press showing just off Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, Rolls-Royce introduced the 2018 Phantom VIII, boasting 563 hp and a top speed of 155 mph. More at CNet.
+ Wichita, Kansas custom car builder Dave Stuckey, creator of the Lil’ Coffin and other noted 1960s show cars, has passed away at 79. More at the Wichita Eagle.
+ After fielding an offer from Formula 1, the city of Long Beach announced its intention to extend its current deal with the group that presents the IndyCar series there. More at Racer.
+ A Fiat Chrysler executive, the widow of a UAW vice president, and a financial analyst were indicted in an alleged scheme to embezzle funds from the automaker. More at the Detroit Free Press.
+ U.S. and California regulators are expected to approve Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ application to sell diesel-powered 2017 vehicles, according to inside sources. More at Reuters.
+ Ford’s second-quarter earnings topped analysts’ expectations at 56 cents per share, boosted by strong performance at its financing arm and brisk truck sales. More at CNBC.
+ Britain will ban the sale of new cars and vans powered by diesel and gasoline engines starting in 2040 as part of a sweeping plan to tackle air pollution. More at USA Today.
+ A selection of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s fabulous show rods, including the Beatnik Bandit, will be featured at the 2018 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance next March. More at Hemmings Daily.
+ NASCAR Monster Cup driver Ryan Blaney will move to a third car at Team Penske in 2018, while his current seat in the Wood Brothers Ford will be taken over by Paul Menard. More at the Sporting News.
Review the previous Executive Briefing from July 24 here.
Photo courtesy of the National Auto Museum.
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