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2017-06-26: 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans report and 150-shot gallery ...
2017 24 Hours of Le Mans report and 150-shot gallery Rarely has a 24-hour race been more riveting with more plot twists than a season of House of Cards than this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was the first edition in nearly two decades without an Audi on the grid and Toyota looked set to finally break their duck in the world's most prestigious endurance race. Further down the order the race featured a brand new generation of very fast LMP2 cars and five closely matched manufacturers in the LM GTE Pro class. While it was expected to be a historic race, few would have predicted that with two hours to go the overall leader was an LMP2 car.
How this all came about can be found in our concise report, which is illustrated by a 150-shot gallery provided by Bob van der Wolf.

2017-06-23: Ex-Le Mans Porsche 917 K and Alfa Romeo 33/TT/12 consigned for Gooding Pebble Beach auctions ...
Porsche 917 K For the upcoming Pebble Beach Auctions, American company Gooding & Co. have announced some truly spectacular consignments already. One of the absolute headliners is this Porsche 917 K. Freshly restored and finished in iconic Gulf colours, it is a great example of one of the most iconic sports racers. Although it was not raced in period, the consigned 917-024 did set the fastest time in the 1970 Le Mans Test with Brian Redman at the wheel. It later also starred in Steve McQueen's legendary movie Le Mans, which explains why it is painted in Gulf colours. At that time, it was owned by Swiss racer Jo Siffert and it served as the lead car of his funeral parade late in 1971. Hidden away for many years, chassis 917-024 has been completely restored and is now estimated to sell for between $13-16 million.
Another fantastic sports racer consigned is this Alfa Romeo 33/TT/12, which helped win the 1975 World Championship. Entered by the works supported Willy Kauhsen Racing Team, it was driven to three wins by Derek Bell and Henri Pescarolo. It was sold by Autodelta to the current owner in 1980 and chassis 11512-010 will now be offered on public sale for the first time in nearly 40 years. The privilege of owning this glorious racer will cost at an estimated $2.4 - 2.8 million.

2017-06-21: 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed and Bonhams sale preview ...
Brabham BT52 BMW Next week, we will be at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which this year will celebrate the long and colourful career of former Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone. Among his many roles in the sport was owner of the Brabham team. Among the absolute highlights of his time at the helm of the team was the World Championship victory with the BMW-engined Brabham BT52. One of the all time great Grand Prix cars, the BT52 combined the brilliant chassis design of Gordon Murray with the similar talents of BMW's engine designer, the late Paul Rosche. We captured the BT52 at two earlier editions of the Festival of Speed, where it was reunited with former drivers Nelson Piquet and Riccardo Patrese. The car is set to make an appearance again this year.
An intricate part of the Festival of Speed weekend is the Bonhams Sale, scheduled for Friday, June 30th. Among the top lots consigned this year is this Ferrari F40, which was bought new by Pink Floyd's lead guitarist and singer David Gilmour. He actually took delivery of the car together with his bandmate Nick Mason, who had ordered an identical F40. The ex-Gilmour F40 has recently been restored from the ground up and is in virtually as-new condition. For enthusiasts looking to compete in the Goodwood Revival Meeting later this year, Bonhams also has this McLaren M1B on offer. Fitted with a Mercury engine, it competed in several rounds of the inaugural Can-Am championship and more recently has been completely restored to its 1965 specification.
We will of course create an in-depth report about the Festival of Speed after the event but if you want to attend in person, there are still some tickets available on the official Goodwood website.

2017-06-19: A detailed look at the original all-conquering Audi R8 ...
Audi R8 Even before the start this weekend's 24 Hours of Le Mans was set to be a historic one, and as it turned out, it would be one for many more reasons than highlighted today but that will be addressed later this week. The 2017 edition was always going to be a historic one as it was the first without an Audi at the start since 1999 and accordingly represented the end of a hugely successful era. To mark that occasion, we have today taken a detailed look at the original Audi R8 that debuted in 2000 with outright victories in the Sebring 12 Hours and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The writing of Audi dominance was very much on the wall as these debut wins were a one-two and a one-two-three respectively. Designed by Audi Sport engineers in Germany and built by Dallara in Italy, the R8 was not particularly revolutionary but was developed to be a hugely efficient endurance racer that was easy to work on and hugely reliable. In 2001, the R8 did feature a new direct-injection FSI engine, which would further increase the car's efficiency.
In today's feature we have taken a look at three of the cars that raced in 2000. In addition to the winning car, we have also included the unique alligator liveried machine and the the ex-works and ex-champion chassis 405, which was recently demonstrated at the Spa Classic.

2017-06-16: New McLaren and Audi R8 roadsters and Ligier's latest prototype racer ...
McLaren 570S Spider Perfectly timed for the summer, McLaren revealed the Spider version of the 'entry-level' 570S sports car. Powered by a 570 hp version of the familiar twin-turbo V8 engine, the Spider features a retractable hard-top roof. The McLaren 570S Spider will make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed later in the month.
German manufacturer Audi had much the same idea and introduced the R8 Spyder V10 plus. As the name suggests, it is open version of the range-topping 'plus' version of the R8, which boasts a 610 hp V10 engine that drives all four wheels. This allows the R8 Spyder V10 plus to accelerate to 100 km/h in 3.3 seconds and on to a top speed of 328 km/h.
At this week's 24 Hours of Le Mans, Ligier announced the JS P4 as a new entry level prototype racer for a yet to be defined LMP4 category. Built around a carbon-fibre monocoque, it is powered by a 420 hp Ford V6 that is mated to a six-speed gearbox provided by Quaife. The Ligier JS P4 can be used at trackdays to build experience and is also eligible for VdeV races and the Creventic organised long-distance races.

2017-06-13: 2017 Grand Prix de l'Age d'Or report and 270-shot gallery ...
2017 Grand Prix de l'Age d'Or report and 270-shot gallery This weekend we were at the undulating Circuit de Dijon-Prenous for the 53rd annual Grand Prix de l'Age d'Or. Organised by Peter Auto, the event featured all of the familiar grids like Group C and Classic Endurance Racing but also additional single seater classes and high speed demonstration runs for the Global Endurance Legends. Among the many great cars in action were the likes of a Porsche 917 K, Howmet TX turbine racer and the ever impressive Sauber-Mercedes C11. When at Dijon, the mind automatically wanders to the legendary fight between Rene Arnoux and Gilles Villeneuve in the 1979 French Grand Prix. This year even more so as Arnoux himself was back behind the wheel and raced a Shelby Cobra and a BMW M1 Procar together with its owner.
Our photographers were on hand throughout the weekend and have captured all the highlights in a 270-shot gallery, which serves to illustrate our concise report.