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2018-01-19: A tribute to the great Dan Gurney and Bonhams' Scottsdale result ...
Eagle Mark 1 Weslake Earlier this week, the very sad news reached us that Dan Gurney, one of motorsport's all time greats and a true hero, has passed away. His achievements are too many to list but he was the first driver to win Grands Prix for Porsche, Brabham and his own Eagle but also won Le Mans for Ford, introduced the spraying of champagne after that victory but also has an aerodynamic device named after him and his Eagles dominated single seater and sports car racing in the United States. For today's tribute, we have selected to highlight just a few of the many highlights in the 'Big Eagle's' career.
Arguably, Gurney's most famous creation is this achingly beautiful Eagle Mark 1 Weslake. He used this very car to become the second driver to win a Grand Prix in a car of his own creation by clinching victory in the 1967 Belgian Grand Prix. Beautifully preserved and 'on the button', the Mark 1 is today on display at the Revs Institute in Naples, Florida but is also shown and demonstrated at select events.
Far more actively campaigned is this Brabham BT7 Climax in which Gurney won the 1964 French Grand Prix, scoring the marque's very first Grand Prix victory. Later in the year, he also won at Mexico in this car. Today, chassis F1-1-63 is owned by an American historic racer, who was actually at Reims in 1964 to witness the historic victory and continues to race this fabulous Brabham with great success in historic events.
From the 1970s, Gurney focused on designing and constructing racing cars. Among the very best of these was the Eagle 7200 Offenhauser built for the 1972 Indy season. Blisteringly fast, it was used by Bobby Unser to smash the track record at Indy in 1972 and later that year set a new closed-course lap record. In 1973 this Gulf-liveried and privately entered example was driven to victory in the 1973 Indy 500 Gordon Johncock.
Last night, the Scottsdale auction kicked off and today we can publish the results of the $25 million Bonhams sale, which was topped by this Porsche 550A RS Spyder, which found a new owner for just over $5 million.

2018-01-17: Great Shelby cars headed for auction and NAIAS round-up ...
AC Shelby Cobra S/C At this weekend's Scottsdale auctions several great Shelby cars will cross the block. Among them was this AC Shelby Cobra 427 S/C, which has been consigned to the RM Sotheby's sale. It is one of just 29 built to competition specification but then converted to road, or Semi Competition specification. Meticulously restored, this Cobra 427 S/C was longtime shown in the Australian York Motor Museum and is now estimated to sell for $2-2.4 million.
Also available in this same sale is the equally rare Shelby Mustang GT350 R, which was originally part of the famous Cobra Caravan. Later sold to Peru, SFM5R213 was recently restored to award winning level. Its pre-sale estimate is $1-1.2 million.
Rival Bonhams have consigned an example of the legendary GT350 H 'Rent-a-Racer'. The example on offer on Thursday was owned for many years by the late Carroll Shelby himself and has no reserve.
On Monday, the North American International Auto Show opened its doors. In addition to the world debuts several show cars, the show also featured the introduction of a new straight-six Mercedes-AMG engine. Equipped with a sophisticated turbo, the three-litre engine produces 435 hp. At its debut, it will be available in the E 53 Coupe, E 53 Cabriolet and CLS 53. Hyundai, meanwhile, revealed a new generation Veloster and also announced that the high performance Veloster N will be available in North America for the first time.

2018-01-15: 2018 Interclassics Maastricht report and gallery, and new Mustang Bullitt ...
2018 Interclassics Maastricht report and gallery This weekend, the MECC exhibition centre in Maastricht, The Netherlands hosted the 25th annual Interclassics Maastricht. To mark the anniversary, the event invited eighteen 'master pieces' that represented the eighteen central themes of the previous editions. Among the cars displayed in the special feature were the 1957 Le Mans winning Jaguar D-Type, the Ford Mustang Eleanor from the movie Gone in sixty seconds and a pair of 8V Fiats. Among the additional highlights were rare 1990s supercars like the one-off Bizzarrini BZ-2001 and the freshly restored ex-works Austin Healey Sebring Sprite built for the 1959 Rally Monte Carlo. We were on the show floor on the opening day and have captured all the highlights in this 110-shot gallery, which serves to illustrate our concise report.
On the eve of this week's North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Ford have revealed an all new Bullitt version of the Mustang. This special edition marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary movie Bullitt that starred the late Steve McQueen in a green fastback Mustang. Unveiled by his granddaughter, the new 475bhp Bullitt was shown alongside one of the two original Mustang fastbacks that was used in the movie. It had disappeared from the limelight in the early 1970s only to resurface in the hands of the same family that bought it in the early 1970s. Reportedly, they resisted several offers from Steve McQueen himself to acquire the car shortly after acquiring it in 1974.

2018-01-12: Wild Toyota concept, new Bentley, Lotus and Renault, and new Ginetta LMP1 car ...
Toyota GR Super Sport Concept This morning, Toyota revealed the highly anticipated GR Super Sport Concept at the Tokyo Auto Salon. The striking machine provides a unique insight what a road legal version of the successful TS050 LMP1 would look like. Accordingly, the GR Super Sport features the same 1,000hp hybrid drivetrain.
Bentley have expanded the Bentayga line-up with this 'entry-level' V8 version. It uses the familiar twin-turbo V8, which produces 542bhp in this application. Optional on the Bentayga V8 are carbon-ceramic discs with ten-piston front calipers.
Going into their 70th year, Lotus have created another derivative of the Evora in the guise of this GT410 Sport, which replaces the Sport 410 introduced in 2016. Compared to the outgoing model, the GT410 Sport is slightly lighter but uses the same spec engine.
Also new for 2018 is this Renault Clio R.S.18, which is inspired by Renault's upcoming Formula 1 car.
At this weekend's Autosport International, Ginetta took the wraps off the G60-LT-P1 LMP1 car. Due to be raced in the upcoming FIA World Endurance Championship by several teams. The G60-LT-P1 development car features a 3.4-litre twin-turbo, Mecachrome V6 but there are other engine options.

2018-01-10: Lovely Fiat 8V, striking Delage, last PF Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Cabriolet and an electric sports car ...
Fiat 8V Vignale Coupe The year has barely started and we will already attend our first show tomorrow; the annual Interclassics in Maastricht, The Netherlands. It is the most highly anticipated shows of its kind in the Benelux and accordingly it is fitting that this Fiat 8V Vignale Coupe will be one of the cars on display this year as it is currently owned by a Belgian collector and was recently comprehensively restored by Dutch specialists Strada e Corsa. A veteran of the 1955 Mille Miglia, we have captured the rare 8V at Pebble Beach and Villa d'Este.
The Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Pinin Farina Cabriolet featured today has also been shown at these great events recently. It is the very last of the 6C 2500s fitted with the top-of-the-line Pinin Farina Cabriolet bodywork. Still in stellar condition, the Alfa Romeo has been consigned to next week's Bonhams Scottsdale Auction with a pre-sale estimate of $650,000 - $850,000.
A veteran of the most recent Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is this Delage D8 S Fernandez & Darrin Cabriolet. It is believed to be one of just two Delage D8s with this particular bodywork and was originally delivered to a British owner. Freshly restored, its crowning feature is a particularly striking Lalique mascot on the radiator.
Dubai-based sports car builder Jannarelly has ventured into the electric car market with this Design-X1. It was built for a customer in California and is a derivative of the original Design-1. Technical details of the Design-X1 have yet to be released but the company states that it can build up to 11 examples for a price point of $200,000 - $300,000 each.