Mecum Auctions 2017 coverage kicks off in Kissimmee

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More than 200 hours of Mecum Auctions coverage on NBC and NBCSN over 2017 kicks off with more than 30 hours at the iconic Kissimmee Car Auction this week.

A release with details and air times is below:

The world’s largest collector car auction will be showcased to a national audience this week, as NBC and NBCSN combine to present nearly 30 hours of Mecum Auctions coverage from its iconic Kissimmee Car Auction, beginning with live coverage tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

This week’s auction from Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Fla., features more than 3,000 classic and collector vehicles, and kicks off more than 200 hours of 2017 Mecum Auctions coverage on NBC and NBCSN.

Highlights from this week’s auction include a 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition, a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS, an unrestored 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird, an unrestored 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Chevelle, and a 1969 Chevrolet El Camino SS – perhaps the only one in existence – with its original paint and interior.

NBC and NBCSN will combine to present nearly 30 hours of coverage from Kissimmee, beginning with five hours of live coverage tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. ET. NBCSN presents more than 10 hours of coverage on Friday, beginning with a live four-hour block at 2 p.m. ET, and continuing with coverage at 8:30 p.m. ET. Saturday’s coverage on NBCSN begins at 8:30 p.m. ET, followed by a six-hour block on Monday, Jan. 16, at Noon ET on NBCSN, and a one-hour program on NBC on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m. ET.

NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets and connected TVs – will stream this week’s Mecum Auctions coverage.

Scott Hoke will host coverage on-site in Kissimmee, alongside analysts John Kraman, Stephen Cox, Bill Stephens, and reporter Katie Osborne. Following is NBC Sports Group’s Mecum Auctions telecast schedule from Kissimmee, Fla.

Following is NBC Sports Group’s Mecum Auctions: Kissimmee telecast schedule on NBC and NBCSN:

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Thur., January 12 Mecum Auctions – Kissimmee NBCSN 1:30 p.m.
Fri., January 13 Mecum Auctions – Kissimmee NBCSN 2 p.m.
Mecum Auctions – Kissimmee* NBCSN 8:30 p.m.
Sat., January 14 Mecum Auctions – Kissimmee* NBCSN 8:30 p.m.
Mon., January 16 Mecum Auctions – Kissimmee** NBCSN 12 p.m.
Sun., January 29 Best of Mecum Auctions – Kissimmee** NBC 2 p.m.

*same-day delay
**taped presentation

Toyota No. 8 car wins the 24 Hours of Le Mans for third consecutive year

24 Hours of Le Mans
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LE MANS, France — Toyota Gazoo’s No. 8 car comfortably won the 24 Hours of Le Mans by five laps Sunday to secure a third straight victory in the prestigious endurance race.

It was also a third consecutive win for Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi and Japan’s Kazuki Nakajima driving. Brendon Hartley was the other driver, having replaced two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso.

Buemi and Hartley sat on the side of the car as Nakajima drove toward the podium. Hartley won for a second time after tasting success with the Porsche LMP Team in 2017 before an unhappy season in Formula One.

The Swiss team’s Rebellion No. 1 featured American driver Gustavo Menezes and Brazilian Bruno Senna – the nephew of late F1 great Ayrton Senna.

It finished one lap ahead of Toyota Gazoo’s No. 7, with Rebellion’s No. 3 finishing in fourth place.

For much of the race it looked like Toyota’s No. 7 would win after leading comfortably from pole position. But late into the night the car encountered an engine problem and the 30-minute stop in the stands proved costly.

The race was first held in 1923. A total of 252,500 spectators attended in 2019, but there were none this year when the race started three months late because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“We miss the fans,” New Zealander Hartley said. “I look forward to seeing all the fans again.”

In other divisions:

United Autosports won the LMP2 division with the entry of Filipe Albuquerque, Paul Di Resta and Phil Hanson.

–In LMGTE Pro, the victory was claimed by Aston Martin Vantage AMR of Maxime Martin, Alex Lynn and Harry Tincknell (who drives for Mazda in the DPi division of IMSA).

–TF Sport won the LMGTE Am class.

The Toyota No. 7 took pole after former F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi narrowly edged out the Rebellion No. 1 team in qualifying.

In damp and humid conditions Mike Conway got away cleanly from the start, while Senna held off Buemi.

After nearly seven hours, Toyota’s No. 8 fell back after a 10-minute stop in the stands to fix a brake-cooling problem on Kazuki Nakajima’s car. Rebellion’s No. 1, driven by Frenchman Norman Nato, took advantage to move into second place behind Toyota’s No. 7.

Then came the decisive moment at 2:40 a.m. as the No. 7 – also featuring Argentine Jose Maria Lopez – encountered a turbo problem. When the car came back out it was back in fourth.

“We had a few problems early in the race,” Nakajima said. “Later they had a bigger issue than us.”

Rebellion’s No. 1 encountered a problem on the hood at around 9 a.m. and the change took six minutes, allowing the Rebellion No. 3 (Nathanael Berthon-Louis Deletraz-Romain Dumas) to close the gap.

It was becoming a tight battle between the two Rebellion cars behind Toyota’s No. 8.

At 12 p.m. Rebellion No. 3 with Dumas behind the wheel was only one second ahead of No. 1 driven by Menezes. Then both cars came in for a driver change with Deletraz swapping for Dumas on a lengthy stop, and Nato for Menezes as Rebellion No. 1 suddenly moved ahead of its team rival.

Dumas, a winner in 2016 with Porsche, appeared unhappy at the strategy decision to bring his car in first and the length of the stop. There were tense explanations in the team garage.

Colombian Tatiana Calderon, an F1 test driver with Alfa Romeo, was in the Richard Mille Racing Team in the LMP2 category. She was joined by German Sophia Florsch – an F3 driver – and Dutchwoman Beitske Visser. They placed ninth out of 24 in their category.