2017-03-24: The GT1 cars that starred at the Goodwood Members' Meeting ...
2017-03-21: 75th Members' Meeting report and 240-shot gallery ...
Taking centre stage at last weekend's Goodwood Members' Meeting
were the great GT1 cars of the 1990s and today we take a closer look at four of these.
The earliest was the penultimate Ferrari F40 LM
built. This particular example was not actually raced in period, it instead served as the centre piece in the then newly opened Ferrari of San Francisco showroom. After spending most of its life in California, chassis 97893
was more recently sold to the United Kingdom.
There were no fewer than four McLaren F1s at Goodwood, including this early F1 GTR
. Raced for two seasons by Thomas Bscher and John Nielsen, it scored three outright victories. Chassis 03R
only left Bscher's collection in 2012 to join the stable of the current custodian.
Porsche was also strongly represented including with this ex-Kremer and ex-Labre 911 GT1
. Raced extensively in period, its most notable result was a third overall in 1998 Daytona 24 Hours. The GT1
was restored to its Daytona livery and more recently also registered for road use.
Brought along by Porsche themselves was an ex-works 911 GT1 Evolution
. The first of three examples built with the 996 type headlights, chassis 004
was raced with some success during for most of the 1997 season.
2017-03-17: Ferrari Friday with unique 166 MM Uovo and exquisite 1512 F1 ...
This weekend we were at the Goodwood Motor Circuit for the 75th Members' Meeting
. This is the third major annual event organised on the Goodwood grounds. Officially, it is a low key affair but being a Goodwood event, it nevertheless attracted a stellar field of cars and star drivers. The two-day meeting featured 12 races and three high-speed demonstrations. The races including grids for popular machines like Edwardian behemoths, 1960s GT cars and 1970s Group 1 touring cars. Among the drivers in action during the weekend were the likes of Gerhard Berger, Roberto Ravaglia and Tom Kristensen, who all competed in the one-hour Gerry Marshall Trophy for Group 1 Touring Cars. The equally impressive demonstrations were for Group 6 sports prototypes, Group A touring cars and 1990s GT1 racers. These were not parades but the precious machines were actually driven at proper speeds.
We were on hand throughout the weekend and have captured all the actions in a 240-shot gallery
that serves to illustrate a concise report
2017-03-15: 75th Goodwood Members' Meeting preview with Group 6 and GT1 cars ...
Arguably one of the most unusual Ferraris ever created is this 166 MM Fontanta Uovo Coupe
. It was originally conceived as a more familiar Touring Barchetta but following a heavy accident early in its life, it was re-bodied by Fontana with a coupe body. Thanks to its unusual design, it received the nickname 'Uovo' or egg. It was extensively raced in this guise and following a spell in the United States, it returned to Italy in 1986. Rarely seen in public during the last few decades, the Uovo
has now been consigned to the upcoming RM Sotheby's Monterey auction.
Of a completely different order is this very rare Ferrari 1512 F1
. Powered by a diminutive, 1.5-litre flat 12, this car is the third of three built in 1964 and 1965. It was raced alongside the V8 engined 158 F1 during the final two years of the 1.5-litre era. The featured example
has not been raced since and has survived in a lovely patinated condition. Last month, it was the centrepiece of a fabulous Ferrari F1 display at Retromobile
2017-03-13: John Surtees remembered, the oldest Alfa Romeo and the latest auction news ...
At this weekend's Goodwood Members' Meeting, the races will be complemented by demonstration runs for the great Group 6, three-litre sports cars of the 1970s and the 1990s era GT1 machinery. Among the Group 6 cars will be this Gulf liveried Mirage GR7
. Raced at major events for several seasons, it was in contention for outright wins on several occasions but ultimately did no better than 2nd in World Championship events. Meticulously restored the GR7
is today part of the ROFGO Collection and has been regularly raced during the last few seasons. Other Group 6 cars due to take to the track are the Cosworth-engined McLaren M8C
, which will be reunited by its original driver Alain de Cadennet, his later De Cadenet T380
and the unique Lola T282
Due to take the track in the high-speed GT1 demonstrations are rare machines like several Porsche 911 GT1s
, Ferrari F40 LMs
and McLaren F1 GTRs
We will be on hand during the weekend and will return with a full report and gallery early next week.
2017-03-09: Geneva stars from the past and present ...
We are deeply saddened to report the passing of John Surtees late last week at the age of 83. A hugely talented racer, Surtees remains the only person to win World Championships on both two and four wheels. His greatest success on four wheels came in 1964 when he won the Formula 1 World Championship in this Ferrari 158 F1
. In recent years, he was reunited with the car during demonstrations at Goodwood. In addition to his success in single seaters, Surtees also became the inaugural Can-Am champion with the Lola T70 Mk2 Spyder
Surtees will surely also be remembered at the upcoming Goodwood Members' Meeting where the race for mid-1960s sports cars is named after him. Another fan favourite is the race for Edwardian behemoths, which this year will include this Alfa Romeo G1
. It is one of fifty built and the sole survivor, making it the earliest Alfa Romeo in existence. Bonhams will stage an auction
at the Members' Meeting on Sunday. Among the 88 lots consigned is this Lola T70 Spyder
. The second T70 built, this car was raced in period by David Hobbs and has also been very successful in historic events.
Of the many cars that crossed the block at Amelia Island over the weekend, this Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion
was among the top sellers. It was part of Gooding's
$30.5 million sale and eventually changed hands for a staggering $5.6 million.
Rounding up this year's Geneva Motor Show coverage, we today take a look at some past and current stars. From the past come this Pinin Farina styled Lancia Aurelia PF200
and Fiat 8V Coupe Ghia Supersonic Coupe
by Ghia. They were shown at the 1953 and 1954 editions of the Geneva show respectively and are due to cross the block at the RM Sotheby's
Amelia Island sale tomorrow.
While Ghia is long gone, Pininfarina is still in business and they revealed this Fittipaldi EF7
. Slated for limited production, it was engineered by German company HWA of AMG fame with the help of Brazilian racing legend Emerson Fittipaldi. The EF7
features a carbon fibre chassis and a bespoke V8 engine.
Fellow Italian design house Italdesign have stepped up to become a niche manufacturer with limited production models based on products of mother company Audi. At Geneva, they revealed the R8-based Zerouno
of which just five will be built.
One of the biggest surprises and certainly one of the most interesting cars on show was the RUF CTR
. Although it looks like a 1980s Porsche 911, it features an all-new carbon-fibre chassis with push-rod suspension and a twin-turbo engine. Thanks to the lightweight chassis, the 700 bhp CTR
tips the scales at just 1,200 kg.
Dutch supercar builder Spyker was on hand to reveal the C8 Preliator Spyder
and more importantly an engine deal with Koenigsegg for a naturally aspirated V8 that will power both the Coupe and Spyder versions of the Preliator. Production of the former is due to start later this year.
Francophiles and lovers of compact sports cars will rejoice to find the new Alpine A110
to their liking. Using a lightweight aluminium chassis, it is powered by a mid-mounted, 252 bhp engine. For optimal handling a vast majority of the A110's
weight is concentrated inside the already very short wheelbase.