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2016-06-23: Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed sale preview ...
Aston Martin DB2 Prototype At the Festival of Speed, the Bonhams auction is a set fixture. This year is certainly no exception, and today we take a closer look at three of the finest cars in their lot list. Certainly causing a stir was the second of four Aston Martin DB2 Prototype. Not only did it compete the first 24 Hours of Le Mans race after the War, it is also one of just two DB2s fitted with a four cylinder engine. It has had an eventful life and will be offered in a 'barnfind' condition. With the addition of this car, we now feature three of the four Prototypes, which are pictured in a 46-shot gallery.
A more unusual car consigned is one of the five Bugatti Type 73Cs. Developed immediately after the War, the work on this four-cylinder engined racer stopped shortly after Ettore Bugatti's passing in August of 1947. It is still not entirely clear whether one of the cars was fully assembled in 1947 but what is certain is that parts for five were made. Over the years these have been built up into complete cars. The example consigned was built around engine number 4 and is one of three featured in our detailed article.
In a year during which the 50th anniversary of the Can-Am Challenge Cup is celebrated, a McLaren is a more than appropriate lot. In this case it is the ex-Pacesetter Homes M1B Chevrolet, which was raced by Masten Gregory in period and has more recently been one of the stars during the Whitsun Trophy races during the Revival on the nearby Goodwood Motor Circuit.

2016-06-22: 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans report and 200-shot gallery and new track-day McLaren ..
2016 24 Hours of Le Mans report and 200-shot gallery This weekend's 24 Hours of Le Mans was one for the history books. Ford returned with a works effort for the first time since the early 1980s to mark the 50th anniversary of the company's first outright victory with the GT40. Although now vying for class honours only, Ferrari was the main rival just like it had been in 1966. The fight between the two manufacturers lasted until the dying stages of the race. The same could be said for the battle between Porsche and Toyota for the outright victory. Just when the win seemed secure, the tables turned dramatically. Bob van der Wolf was on the scene for us and returned with a 200-shot gallery that serves to illustrate a concise report.
We are now off to England for the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed. In addition to the classic and modern racing cars out on the hill, this year's sell-out event will feature a record number of 50 national and world debuts. Among them is the McLaren 570S Sprint. This track-day only machine is derived from the recently introduced GT4 version of the company's entry level 570S. The new Sprint will be among several McLarens expected to feature at Goodwood in the coming days.
Do keep an eye out on this page for further releases followed by a complete report and gallery from the event early next week.

2016-06-20: Festival of Speed preview, more from Le Mans, F1 GTR for sale and NSX-based Pikes Peak racer ...
Matra MS650 One of the absolute highlights on the calendar is the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed and we are confident that this year will be no exception. Among the featured celebrations will be BMW with the central feature display marking the company's 100th anniversary, while many current and past racers and riders will also make an appearance. We will be there to capture the event in its entirety and you can still join on Thursday and Friday for which there are still tickets available on the Goodwood website.
To get you in the mood for the event, we have today taken a closer look at three very different machines that starred at previous editions. Among them is the glorious Matra MS650, which stretched its leg at the Festival of Speed in 2015. That year, we were also treated to the first ever public appearance of both LEC CPR1 F1 cars. A previous visitor and one to star again this year is the Ferrari 375 Indy from the Louwman Museum. It is one of just four Indy cars ever built by Ferrari. For a further impression of what to expect you can explore our previous event features, which at the bottom have links to many of the great that starred in that specific year.
This weekend's 24 Hours of Le Mans was one for the history books with many winners but also a big loser. We will follow up on this later in the week but for now have added new images to the galleries of the Ford GT LM GTE, which won its class exactly 50 years after Ford's first overall win and the Toyota TS050 Hybrid, which came so achingly close to the company's first outright victory.
At the upcoming Pikes Peak Hill Climb, Acura will field this all-electric EV Concept. Powered by four electric motors, it is based on the new NSX road car.
We have today also added the ninth F1 GTR Longtail of a total of ten built to our feature. Raced in contemporary events until 2005, it is today offered for sale on behalf of only its third owner by specialists Kidston SA from Geneva, Switzerland.

2016-06-17: The 2016 Le Mans protagonists and Rolls-Royce vision for the future ...
Porsche 919 Hybrid This weekend, the 82nd 24 Hours of Le Mans will be staged. Vying for the outright victory are three major manufacturers, Audi, Porsche and Toyota. Topping the charts after the rain affected qualifying sessions are the two Porsche 919 Hybrids entered. This year's car is a subtle evolution of the 2015 winner, which is still quick enough to outpace the two brand new rivals. The second row is for the two Toyota TS050 Hybrids, which look to score the second ever victory for an Asian manufacturer. The first ever win was for the howling Mazda 787B, which scored the breakthrough victory 25 years ago. The new-for-2016 TS050 is powered by a twin-turbo V6 combined with a pair of electric motors. Slowest of three protagonists was Audi, whose R18 e-tron quattros will line up fifth and sixth. Sunday at 3 pm, we will know who the 82nd car on our list of winners will be. Keep an eye out on this space for a full report of the event.
At a special event in London, Rolls-Royce offered their vision of the future with the EX103 Vision Next 100 show car. The striking machine boasts a zero emissions powertrain and also features autonomous drive technologies.

2016-06-15: Fiat 8V Zagato, Siata 208S and hardcore MINI ...
Fiat 8V Zagato Coupe Best known for their four-cylinder engined city cars, Fiat briefly produced a V8-engined sports car during the early 1950s. It was aptly dubbed the 8V or 'Otto Vu' because Fiat believed Ford had patented the V8 name. The very first examples were bodied by the factory but later in the production run, Fiat made rolling chassis available for specialist coachbuilders to cloth. Among the most prolific and successful of these is the 8V Zagato Coupe of which around two dozen were built. The lightweight and slippery body made the Zagato bodied cars particularly successful in racing. Among the three featured examples is the very car that won its class in the Mille Miglia of 1957.
The 8V was not cheap and Fiat struggled to find sufficient buyers. Siata offered a helping hand by creating a car of their own around the two-litre V8 engine. Among the most famous of these is the 208 S Motto Spider. Most of these striking roadsters were sold to the United States where they were often raced. The example highlighted today was bought new by a San Diego fireman, who also raced it. Since then, it has had a very colourful history and it has only recently been restored to its original glory.
Especially for the British market, MINI has created the John Cooper Works Challenge. Limited to just 100 examples, it uses the same drivetrain as the 'regular' John Cooper Works. It stands out instead due to further refined suspension, which allows the Challenge to handle even better both on the road and track.