2016-08-25: 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance report and 320-shot gallery ...
2016-08-22: 2016 Pebble Beach winning Lancia Astura ...
This weekend, the exclusive Pebble Beach golf club hosted the 66th annual Concours d'Elegance
. It forms the grand finale of a week packed with events and auctions. At this year's edition BMW's centennial and the 50th anniversary of Ford's breakthrough Le Mans win were celebrated. There were also special classes for Bizzarrini, special bodied Fiats, Chapron coachwork and Delahayes. The long day ended with the presentation of the coveted 'Best of Show', which this year was the Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Bocca Cabriolet
, which we featured earlier this week.
Our photographers were on the lawn from dawn till dusk to capture all the highlights to illustrate our concise report
. The results are presented in a class-by-class 280-shot gallery
from the Concours d'Elegance and an additional 40-shot gallery
from the curtailed Tour d'Elegance.
2016-08-18: Great Alfa Romeo and Bugatti headed for auction ...
Yesterday, the Monterey Car Week celebrated its grand finale at the 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach golf course with the 66th annual Concours d'Elegance. The culmination of that event is the announcement of the coveted 'Best of Show' award at the very end of the afternoon. This year, three cars were nominated and ultimately this fabulous Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet
was called forward to receive the prized award. Finished in an understated black, the winning machine combined the very sophisticated 'third series' Astura underpinnings with a glorious Cabriolet body designed and built by Pinin Farina. It was one of six similar cars built for a Lancia dealer named Bocca. Among its later owners were legendary guitar player Eric Clapton and Pininfarina themselves, who showed the car in their museum for many years. The current owner spent the last six years restoring the car and the results
are absolutely stunning, making the 'Bocca' Cabriolet a well deserved winner.
In the coming days, we will take a closer look at all the major events and auctions with detailed reports and extensive galleries, so keep your eye on this page.
2016-08-15: Mazda and BMW due to star at the upcoming Motorsports Reunion ...
In our travels across the Monterey Peninsula, we also stopped by the Gooding & Co. marquee. Here we spent some time to get a closer look at two of the cars that headline this weekend's Pebble Beach Auctions
The first of this pair is a great Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza
. Built in 1933, it was raced extensively in period by a succession of Genova-based owners into the 1950s. Among its subsequent owners were prominent collectors Peter Giddings and Tom Hollfelder. This fabulous 8C 2300
is estimated to sell for $12 - 15 million.
Like the 8C Alfa Romeo, the Bugatti Type 55
is also thinly disguised Grand Prix car. The example due to cross the block at the Gooding Pebble Beach Auctions is the only one of its type to be raced at the Mille Miglia. It ran as high as second before it was forced to retire with a punctured fuel tank. Thereafter, it is believed to have also served as Jean Bugatti's personal car. In later years, chassis 55213
was part of the great collections of Peter Livanos and Nicolas Seydoux. It will require in excess of $10 million to pry it away from its current custodian.
2016-08-11: BMWs headed for Monterey, Porsches racers and rare Mercedes-Benz Cabriolet ...
This weekend, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the annual Monterey Car Week kicked off with the traditional Monterey Motorsports Pre-Reunion. As the name suggests, this is the warm-up event for Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion that will start on Thursday. With many of the cars entered for the big event already out on track, the Pre-Reunion offered us the chance to look at two of the very best in more detail.
The first is the Mazda 767B
, which was built for the 1989 World Championship. This Group C racer is powered by a four-rotor engine and between the three built scored many class wins throughout the year. All three are featured now with the latest addition chassis 767 - 002
, which debuted at Mazda Raceway following a two-year restoration. It will be one of a quartet of four-rotor Mazdas due to race next weekend.
The big feature during the Motorsports Reunion is the BMW centennial. This has prompted the American arm of the German manufacturer to pull out all the stops and field seven historic cars from their collection. One of them is the 3.0 CSL IMSA
we featured last week, while another is the much more modern M3 GTR
. Powered by a V8 engine, it was as successful as it was controversial and it was actually banned after just one season. The example
entered was the sixth built and the class winner at Petit Le Mans back in 2001. It has recently been restored to its patriotic Petit Le Mans winning livery, which originally had been applied out of respect for the victims of 9/11.
2016-08-08: Fabulous Ferraris, the Muncher Aston Martin and more ...
The Monterey Car Week is only a few days away and before we start our coverage from this year's events, we offer one final warm-up. At the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
, BMW's centennial will take centre stage. The entry list is packed with BMWs but our eye was particularly caught by the notion that all five 3.0 CSL IMSAs
will be united for the first time in many years. Based on the ETCC winning CSLs, these altogether more extreme version of the CSL featured 24-valve, 3.5-litre engines and very wide wheel arches. They were raced very successfully by a works effort, resulting in numerous wins, including the Sebring 12 Hours and Daytona 24 Hours outright. Over the years, we have seen three of these
race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as can be seen in our 64-shot gallery
. This should grow during the next few weeks with more images and details of the other two.
A past visitor to the 'Reunion' is this Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.0
, which has now been consigned to the Bonhams Quail Lodge sale. One of just 53 built, it was raced extensively in period. In addition to the 'Dinkel Acker' car our 108-shot gallery
features three more examples in detail, including the one owned in period by James Hunt. Another grand German car to cross the block at the Bonhams auction is this Mercedes-Benz 500 K Cabriolet A
. Ordered new by a German living London, it has been well taken care of in collections all over the world and has most recently resided in German ownership after a full Kienle restoration.
Another Porsche making waves recently was the 924 Carrera GTR
. We captured one of these very rare machines in action at Dijon and Le Mans, while a sister car sold for close to GBP 500,000 at the recent Silverstone Classic sale hosted by Silverstone Auctions.
Ferrari is best known for producing glorious V12 engined cars but also built some fabulous six-cylinder powered cars. One of the very best is this 206 P Dino
built in 1965. It was one of a pair of prototypes for a small batch of mid-engined sports racers produced from 1966. The featured example
was raced in sports car races like the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Nurburgring 1000 km before it was converted for use in hill climbs. In this guise, it was particularly successful with Ludovico Scarfiotti winning the European Championship. Having won 'Best of Show' at this year's Cavallino Classic, it is one of the nominees for the 'Peninsula Classics Best of the Best' award, which will be announced next week at Monterey. It was most recently in action at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed
. Another striking Ferrari in action there was this 312 P Spyder
. We have seen it many times in Berlinetta configuration but it was converted to its lighter Spyder form especially for driver David Franklin to set a quick time. It was back in its more familiar guise a fortnight later for the Le Mans Classic
. Here it was joined by the one-off Aston Martin V8 RHAM/1
. Built by Robin Hamilton Aston Martin (hence the name), it was raced at Le Mans and Silverstone several times. Its tendency to chew through brakes earned it the nickname 'Muncher'. Its final contemporary outing, fitted with a twin-turbo engine, came in a successful land speed record run while pulling a caravan. Its most recent owner decided to convert the one-off RHAM/1
back to its original, 1977 guise to race it at the Le Mans Classic.
During one of the opening ceremonies for this year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Nissan revealed a pair of fully functional Bladeglider Concepts
. They are powered by a sophisticated electric drivetrain, which has been created together with Williams Advanced Engineering.