2014-09-16: 2014 Goodwood Revival report and 360-shot gallery ...
2014-09-11: Jackie Stewart's Tyrrell 006 in full detail and Bonhams Revival preview ...
Each year event host Lord March provides thousands of enthusiasts with a magic step back into time in the form of the annual Goodwood Revival Meeting
. Held for the 17th time this year, the 2014 edition celebrated 60 years of the Maserati 250F and Jaguar D-Type, and also celebrated the hugely successful career of triple World Champion Jackie Stewart, who first drove a single seater racing car at Goodwood 50 years ago. Also marked were the 50th anniversary of John Surtees' historic Formula 1 World Championship win and the 75th anniversary of D-Day. In addition the special parades and races, the event featured many familiar races with the Sussex Trophy, the RAC Tourist Trophy and the Glover Trophy among the highlights this year. Across the road, longtime partner Bonhams staged their most successful Revival Sale yet, headlined by a Lagonda LG45R, which sold for over GBP 1.5 million.
We were in attendance throughout the weekend at what is one of our favourite events of the year. The event's unique atmosphere has been captured by a comprehensive report
, illustrated by a 300-shot Goodwood Revival gallery
with an additional 60-shot gallery
of all the stars of the Bonhams sale.
2014-09-10: All-new Mercedes-AMG GT, Jaguar XE and BMW M235i Convertible ...
Fifty years ago this year, Sir Jackie Stewart first raced at Goodwood. This occasion is celebrated with a special parade of cars he raced during his career during this weekend's Goodwood Revival Meeting. Among the ex-Stewart racers present will be a pair of Tyrrell 006 Cosworths
. Introduced halfway through the 1972 season, the all-new Tyrrell design was quick straight out of the box but proved woefully unreliable during its first outings. By 1973, the bugs had been ironed out and Stewart used the 006 to win his third and final World Championship. A very sad footnote in the Tyrrell 006's history was Francois Cevert's crash in the practice session of the final Grand Prix of the year.
We have captured both surviving Tyrrell 006s
in action over the years, with an action-packed fifty-shot gallery as the result. This is due to be further expanded after the weekend, following our complete coverage of this year's Revival, which is due early next week.
We can offer a first glimpse of the event with a preview of the Bonhams Revival Sale
. We snuck into the Bonhams marquee early and captured all the star cars, headlined by a superb selection of Abarths from the Maranello Rosso Collection. The sale is scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
2014-09-08: 2014 Chantilly Arts & Elegance report and gallery, and new Zagato Aston ...
With the summer break now over, manufacturers have jumped at the opportunity to reveal some of the most exciting new releases due at the Paris Motor Show early next month. One of the most highly anticipated will undoubtedly be the Mercedes-AMG GT
. The compact Coupe is the first model from the new high performance sub-brand and features a lightweight aluminium chassis and body, and a twin-turbocharged V8. Unusually, the four-litre engine boasts dry-sump lubrication and the turbos are mounted inside the V. In 'standard trim', it is good for 462 hp, while a GT S version will also be available with 510 hp on tap. With these figures, the Mercedes-AMG GT
looks set to be a real alternative to the ever popular Porsche 911.
Jaguar will also enter a new market segment with the XE
, which was spectacularly launched on Monday evening. The product of a GBP 1.5 billion investment, the compact sedan also boasts a lot of aluminium to keep the weight down. The introduction will have been watched with particular interest by executives in Stuttgart, Munich and Ingolstadt. Topping the range will be this XE S
powered by a 335 bhp supercharged V6, while smaller petrol and diesel engines will also be available.
BMW will use the Paris show to reveal the new 2-Series Convertible. The most potent version in the line-up will be the M235i
, which features a twin-turbo straight six, good for 322 bhp.
Earlier this week, we already received a preview of the Divine DS
show car, which firmly establishes DS as a separate marque.
2014-09-05: Slippery Porsche 907, all-new Mazda MX-5 and further news ...
An international Concours d'Elegance was staged in France for the first time this weekend in over decade with the Chantilly Arts & Elegance
. Organised by Peter Auto, best known for events like the Tour Auto and Le Mans Classic, the new Concours was hosted by the hugely impressive Chateau de Chantilly. Matching the dramatic backdrop was a superb selection of cars spread over ten different classes. Two marked the Maserati centennial, while others included a tribute to Bugatti. In addition to the cars in the main Concours d'Elegance, the event also welcomed clubs, which brought out some superb cars, many of which would have deserved a spot on the field as well.
Our photographers ventured to the idyllic Chateau de Chantilly just north of Paris to capture the inaugural Chantilly Arts & Elegance
in full detail. The result of their work is a concise report
, illustrated by a 210-shot gallery
Reliving the days of old, the Concours d'Elegance also welcomed brand new concept and show cars. Among was the Aston Martin Virage Zagato Shooting Brake
, which was shown for the very first time. It is the third in a series of three one-offs built on Aston Martin chassis by Zagato to celebrate the British manufacturer's centennial. This Virage-based machine boasts a classic Shooting Brake
2014-09-03: 2014 Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort report and 220-shot gallery ...
During the very busy summer, we have seen many great and important cars, which we will look at in more detail in the coming weeks and months. Among them was this freshly restored Porsche 907
. This was one of two examples prepared for the 1967 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Fitted with a very slippery body and the latest fuel-injected version of the 911 competition engine, this example was clocked at a staggering 302 km/h down the straight. Not surprisingly, the sister car won the Index of Performance. Following a crash in testing, the featured example
was not raced again in period. After a complete restoration by noted Porsche expert, Willy Kauhsen, it was raced at the Le Mans Classic
by former Le Mans winner Jurgen Barth.
The big (or small if you like) news this week was the launch of the all-new, fourth generation Mazda MX-5
. Boasting a fresh design inspired by Mazda's KODO-Soul of motion design language, the new sports car is a full 100 kg lighter than the outgoing model. While no specific performance figures have been released yet, there is no doubt that the latest MX-5
should once again be a blast to drive.
Last night Lexus did release full figures of their new high performance flagship model; the RC-F
. It features a 467 hp version of the 5-litre V8 engine, mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Land Rover meanwhile, launched the first model in the completely revised Discovery line-up: the Discovery Sport
. At the introduction, the latest 'Disco' will be powered by a four-cylinder diesel engine. Another brand-new SUV to break cover is the second generation Volvo XC90
. Packed with sophisticated technologies, it is powered by a two-litre, four-cylinder engine, good for a whopping 360 bhp thanks to the combined use of a supercharger and a turbo.
The most powerful car added today however is the tarmac-shredding Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
, which features a 707 hp, supercharged version of the familiar HEMI V8.
Over the weekend, Circuit Park Zandvoort hosted the third annual Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort
. Always a drivers' favourite, Zandvoort is a challenging, undulating track running through the dunes on Holland's North Sea coast. This year's edition included no fewer than 13 different race groups, featuring national and international championships. Headlining the Historic Grand Prix was the FIA Masters Formula One Championship, while among the other highlights were the first ever appearance of Group C at Zandvoort and the hotly disputed Masters Sports Car race. In addition to the races, the crowds were also treated to lunchtime demonstrations, which included a run from David Brabham in a Brabham BT24 in honour of his late father Sir Jack Brabham and a re-enactment of the one-two finish of the Lotus 79 in the 1978 Dutch Grand Prix with two-time Indy 500 winner Arie Luyendyk playing the role of Mario Andretti.
Our photographers ventured to their local track for the first time since 2007 and returned very satisfied. The result is a 220-shot gallery
, which serves to illustrate a detailed report