2015-11-30: Graham Hill remembered with championship winning BRM and new Audi R18 ...
2015-11-27: Ferrari Friday with six of the 2015 Pebble Beach stars ...
It was exactly 40 years ago that Graham Hill, and several members of his racing team, lost their lives in a plane crash, returning home from a test at Paul Ricard. By that time, Hill had already hung up his helmet to focus on managing his fledgling team but he could look back on a fantastic 20-year driving career. As versatile as he was quick, he remains the only driver to have won the Monaco Grand Prix, the Indy 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. His breakthrough season came in 1962, when he used BRM's P578
to great effect. Powered by a high-revving V8 engine and built as light and compact as possible, the new-for-1962 BRM was competitive straight out of the box, and instantly recognisable by the stack-pipe exhausts used early in its career. Hill used it to score his first ever Grand Prix victory at the P578's Dutch Grand Prix debut. With a further three victories that year, Hill secured both the drivers' and constructors' World Championship. In 1964, the P578 was driven to two further wins. As a tribute to Graham Hill, we have today taken a detailed look at the BRM P578
with a 56-shot gallery
of three different examples
, including 'Old Faithful', which Hill used to score three of his four wins in 1962.
As mentioned above, Hill was very versatile and his style was particularly suited to sports car racing. He underlined that with the Maranello Concessionaires Ferrari 330 P
, which he drove to victory in the 1964 Tourist Trophy at Goodwood and in the Paris 1000 km at Monthlery. Hill also finished second overall that year behind a sister Ferrari.
On Saturday, at the annual Audi Sport Finale in Munich, the German manufacturer introduced the R18 e-tron quattro
due to be used in 2016. A new type name would have been very appropriate as the latest R18 boasts a completely redesigned aero-package. The dramatic design of the car is closer than ever before to that of a single seater with a canopy and fenders. The new R18 e-tron quattro
also boasts a revised hybrid system, which now uses lithium-ion batteries to store energy instead of the flywheel used in the previous R18s.
2015-11-25: McLaren and Duckhams sports racers created for Alain de Cadenet ...
At this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
, Ferrari was one of the featured marques with four dedicated classes. Among the most striking examples on display was the one-off 400 Superfast II
show car. First shown at the 1960 Turin Motor Show, it offered the first glimpse of what would be lovely Aerodinamico
design used for the production 400s. Retained by Pininfarina, it was later modified twice and at one point even featured the twin-headlights that would be used for the 330 GT 2+2 production model. Over the last few years, the unique Superfast II
has been restored to its original configuration. Slightly further along the Pacific Coast shoreline one of those 400 Superamerica Coupes
was also shown. Originally owned by Count Volpi, of Scuderia Serenissima fame, this early example
was presented in highly original condition.
The earliest of all Ferrari road cars on display this year was the 195 Inter Ghia Coupe
brought by a Belgian collector. Other lovely road cars on display included superb examples of the 250 GT LWB California Spyder
and the 250 GT Pinin Farina Cabriolet
, which both had benefitted from a recent restoration.
One of the special classes was for Ferraris that had raced in the Pebble Beach road races. One of these was a 340 MM Vignale Spyder
of which ten were originally made and just five with this bodystyle. While a sister car
won the Mille Miglia outright in 1953, the example on display
actually won the 1954 Pebble Beach Road Races and more recently resided in the fabulous collection of the late Sherman Wolf.
2015-11-23: RM Sotheby's Driven by Disruption sale preview ...
Alain de Cadenet raced a wide variety of machines from the second half of the 1960s, including a Ferrari Dino and Porsche 908. He not only drove himself but also regularly fielded cars for others, included the talented Chris Craft. To compete in the 1970 season, he commissioned the unique DFV-engined McLaren M8C
. Built around the first chassis constructed, De Cadenet's M8C was slightly different compared to the Can-Am specification cars built later in the year. Like many of the DFV engined sports cars, the Ecurie Evergreen M8C was not often reliable but certainly very quick. It did win in the Swedish Grand Prix at Karlskoga with Craft behind the wheel. Following the 1971 Buenos Aires 1000 km, it was sold to Argentinian, who raced it with a small-block V8. Following a sojourn in North America, the unique McLaren M8C Cosworth
is back in Europe and was raced this year at two CER events by the current owner.
For the 1971 season, De Cadenet campaigned a year-old Brabham for Craft in Formula 1 but for 1972 set his sights back on sports cars. He asked a very young Brabham engineer, one Gordon Murray, to build him a new DFV engined sports car using the the Brabham's suspension and other salvageable parts. The result was this Duckhams LM Cosworth
, which was named after De Cadenet's primary backer. This striking and again unique machine was campaigned by Craft, often joined by De Cadenet for the better part of three seasons. It was raced at Le Mans three times but, sadly, with little success. Later in the decade, the chassis was fitted with a VW Beetle style body for British club racing. It has since been restored and as can be seen in our 41-shot gallery
, it has regularly been raced in historic events.
2015-11-20: DeTomaso Vallelunga in full detail and LA Auto Show round-up and another 3.0 RSR 911...
A long and busy auction season will draw to a close on December 10th with RM Sotheby's very exclusive Driven by Disruption
sale in New York. Only 31 cars have been consigned but the average lower estimate is close to $3 million! Headlining the sale is this ex-Fangio Ferrari 290 MM Scaglietti Spyder
, which we featured in full detail last month and has a mesmerising pre-sale estimate of $28 - 32 million. Also expected to grab a lot of attention is one of 19 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagatos
built. These cars were created by the British manufacturer and Italian coach-builder to challenge Ferrari in the highly competitive GT class. Although faster than the 'standard' DB4 GT, the Zagato-bodied cars only rarely managed to beat the dominant Ferraris. The DB4 GT Zagato
nevertheless ranks as one of the most sought after of all Aston Martins and a genuine one has not crossed the auction block for over a decade. The example on offer was originally delivered to Australia and is generally considered one of the finest in existence. Accordingly, it is estimated to sell for $15 - 17, which would make it the most expensive Aston ever sold at auction.
Somewhat more modestly priced is this Bugatti Type 57 C Atalante Coupe. This car features the very last Atalante body built and was famously found in a barn in the mid-2000s, having been stored for over 40 years. We have captured the car in both its barn-find and completely restored conditions. Chassis 57766 is expected to change hands for $2.2 - 2.5 million.
No auction seems complete without a Jaguar E-Type and the Driven by Disruption sale is no exception. To match the quality of the other 30 lots, the E-Type 4.2 Roadster is an absolute stunner, which has been cherished by its three owners and has benefited from a ground-up restoration.
In 1963, DeTomaso launched its first production road car, the Vallelunga
. Perhaps even more importantly, the compact machine was also the first mid-engined Italian road car. Clearly inspired by the DeTomaso competition cars, the Vallelunga was built around a steel backbone chassis, featured a Ford Cortina-sourced engine and a lovely Ghia-built coupe body. DeTomaso only produced a few dozen cars as there were problems with chassis rigidity and build-quality. Very rare today, the Vallelunga
remains as one of the great could-have-beens. We have taken a very detailed look at one of the finest survivors in this 29-shot gallery
Rounding up our coverage of this week's LA Auto Show, we have added additional shots of the Fiat 124 Spider
, which show the new roadster in its natural environment.
Also added today are two new Japanese concepts launched in LA: the Subaru Impreza Sedan
, which follows in the footsteps of the hatchback launched last month in Tokyo, and the Scion C-HR
that may inspire a new model-line of compact cross-overs.
Finally rounding off today's news feature is another Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.0
we have added to our ever expanding article. The featured chassis 911 460 9074
was raced extensively in period and returned to the track recently for the very wet Dix Mille Tours
early last month.