William Rolland has always been fascinated by the performance, uniqueness, and rarity of high performance automobiles. During the 1950’s, he joined the Shadoff Chrysler team to help construct one of the fastest vehicles ever built. They were going after the land speed record in their class at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. To this day he still has a passion for performance and speed.

In 2010, Rolland opened the Rolland Racing Museum, a private automobile exhibit located in Newbury Park, California. The museum is home to a variety of collectible automobiles, including 5 Indianapolis race cars, 6 midget race cars from the 1950’s, and 7 custom hot rods.

Many of the automobiles from his collection will be offered without reserve on December 9, 2017 in the Rolland Racing Museum located in Newbury Park, California. For more information about the auction, contact Leake Auction Company at 918.254.7077.

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2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster, Lot #24

Built as a collaboration between the world championship-winning Formula One team McLaren and legendary auto manufacturer Mercedes-Benz AMG. Quoted by the manufacturer as being capable of 206 mph top speeds. Features an all-carbon-fiber monocoque structure with a front/mid-engine layout. The SLR's SOHC 5.4-liter V8 engine was hand-built by AMG and features a Lysholm twin-screw supercharger with dual intercoolers producing 617 horsepower at 6,500rpm, 575 pound-feet of torque, 0 to 60mph in a little under 4 seconds, and covering the quarter-mile in a little over 11 seconds at about 125 mph. The transmission is an AMG Speedshift R 5-speed with three manual modes.

2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster, Lot #24

Factory options include carbon-fiber interior trim, carbon ceramic 15" and 14" brake rotors with 8-piston/4-piston red brake calipers, and 19" turbine factory wheels. The SLR has one of the most interesting exhaust configurations, with vertical mufflers exiting just behind the front wheels for mass centralization. Even more extraordinary, the SLR features an active air brake in the form of a rear spoiler that tilts forward into the vertical position under high speed braking. Mercedes-Benz quoted near-perfect 50/50 weight distribution and .97g skid pad stats. Produced in the outstanding color combination of Crystal Laurite Silver with 300SL red semi-aniline leather and contrasting red-black soft top, it comes complete with two keys. Only 6,705 original miles. It is highly collectible and rare.

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1947 Hillegass Midget Racer, Lot #6

Hiram Hillegass began building race cars in 1919 while working at Mack in Allentown, Pennsylvania. By the time he died in 1960, at the age of 65, he was recognized as one of the foremost builders of single seat race cars in the United States. He was elected to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1997. Hillegass is probably best known for his midgets, which he began building as the racing boom took off in the 1930s. Midgets, as builders like Frank Kurtis and Pop Dreyer proved, were a viable business, and Hillegass approached them as such.

 1947 Hillegass Midget Racer, Lot #6

Hillegass went to the extent of investing in cast iron bucks over which he could accurately, quickly, and repeatedly form the complex body panels that clothed his creations. Racers earned their living with the diminutive but shapely single-seaters, sometimes racing every evening of the week during the season, and twice or more a day on weekends. The cars and their engines had to be quick enough to command appearance money, bring home prize money regularly, and stand up to constant use and competition.

This example was raced and signed by Tony Stewart. It is equipped with a modified 136 CI 17-bolt flathead V8-60 that Ford produced from 1937 to 1940. These engines were extremely popular for this application as there was a full complement of speed equipment available. Properly modified and running on nitro, these engines offered a less expensive alternative to top post-war midget racers than the 100 Offy of the same era. Modifications on this example include a custom intake manifold by Eddie Meyer Hollywood, Spencer 17 bolt heads and 2 Stromberg carburetors. A direct drive In and Out box transfers the power from the engine to the pavement. Details include turned gold leaf numbers, custom pin striping in the frame and true knock off Weld Wheels.

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1997 Dallara Indy Race Car Energizer, Lot #10

This car's chassis was built by Dallara Automobili, an Italian chassis manufacturer of race cars. In addition to Indy Car Series, Dallara also produces chassis for racing series including Formula 3, GP2, and the Rolex Car Series. The body shell is composed of carbon fiber. In 1999, Bobby McGhee took this car to the Indy 500 and placed 5th, claiming a purse of nearly $250,000. His outstanding performance in that race propelled him to be named Rookie of the Year.

 1997 Dallara Indy Race Car Energizer, Lot #10

Dallara has been very successful in the Indy Car Series, having won seven of the eleven Indianapolis races in which they have competed. This particular car, type IR7 and frame number 017, is essentially complete and race-ready. The Aurora engine is based on the production engine that was available exclusively in Oldsmobile's Aurora luxury performance sedan. While the production engine produced 250 horsepower at 5,600 rpm on unleaded gasoline, this methanol-burning race engine produces over 700 horsepower and revs to 10,500 rpm.

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1933 Ford Zipper Roadster, Lot #21

Darrell Zipp opened Zipper Motors in 1986. His body styles caught on quickly in the Hot Rod industry. When this car was built, nearly all of it was supplied by Zipper Motors. This includes the body, windshield, frame, rear axle, suspension and steering systems. The engine and transmission were born of a 1995 T-Bird and heavily modified to suit the needs of performance for this Zipper.

1933 Ford Zipper Roadster, Lot #21

There are many unique features that make this street rod a collector's dream. The wheels are custom built triple cross strokes with knock-off centers. The motor driven antique style horn is a throwback to the old days The Woodlite headlamp shells give a distinctive look that cannot be forgotten. Even the custom leather seats are heated. This Zipper Roadster has all the "old school" looks with modern amenities to satisfy today's driver. Collectors and aficionados should enjoy the thoughtful details involved in this car.

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2006 GDT Speedster72, Lot #22

The GDT Speedster was designed and built by a team of automotive professionals who love cars and wanted to develop a complete vehicle from scratch. The project was considered to be an exercise in engineering and styling using a "no holds barred" approach. GDT stands for Gene Dickinson Team. Gene led the design, fabrication and finance for the GDT Speedster project.

The car features a custom fabricated chassis that is nearly 50% stiffer than a Corvette, aggressive styling, a steeply raked windscreen and "clam shell" front and rear body panels. It has a beautiful leather interior, custom exhaust system, Fiske forged alloy wheels produced for this very car and more. It took 6 years and 13,000 man hours to complete. There was a book written that documents the build titled "GDT Speedster, from Dream to Reality" that is still available.

2006 GDT Speedster72, Lot #22

A Chevrolet 5.7L V-8 supplies the power to a 4-speed automatic transmission. There is plenty of stopping power thanks to the 4-wheel disc brakes. The custom Fiske wheels are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport tires. This is a one of one car. Included in the sale is the original clay scale model used in development of this vehicle.

Original sales price on this car was over $350,000.

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2001 Ferrari 360 Modena Challenge, Lot #23

The 2001 Ferrari 360 Modena Challenge is a purpose built factory race car. Based on the 360 Modena road car, the Modena Challenger was extensively reworked specifically for the Ferrari Challenge Racing Series. This car is for track use only. In the interest of weight saving, all traces of road car luxuries have been omitted. This includes carpet and upholstery, leather seats, sound system, electric windows and locks, sound deadening, air conditioning, air bags, brushed aluminum consoles and gauges. At the factory, 1 racing seat was installed. The current owner of this vehicle had that taken out and had 2 racing seats installed so a friend could enjoy the ride. The engine cover is replaced by Lexan. For further weight reduction the car is down to one catalytic converter and the engine breathes through an open muffler eliminating the variable back-pressure system. Facing appointments include a roll cage, a fire suppression system and a simple bulkhead hosting a Magneti Marelli LCD instrument panel.

2001 Ferrari 360 Modena Challenge, Lot #23

Powered by a 3.6 liter DOHC all-aluminum V-8 mated to a 6-speed automatically shifted manual F-1 transmission, the 360 Modena Challenger will do 0-62MPH in 3.9 seconds. This very car raced in the Ferrari Challenge Series of North America in the 2003-2004 season.

Original sales price on this car was over $350,000.

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