2014-12-22: Ferrari 250 TR and other Ferraris that starred at Pebble in August ...
2014-12-19: Two spectacular Porsche 935 variants in full detail ...
In 2015, it will be 'Ferrari Year' on the Monterey Peninsula in August with the finest examples of the Italian manufacturer set to take centre stage at the regular events. Judging from this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
, it will hardly be the exception as the 2014 edition of the prestigious event featured three separate Ferrari classes. Taking centre stage was the Ferrari 250 TR
, which starred in a special class. Introduced in 1957, the legendary Testa Rossa would go on to win Le Mans four times between 1958 and 1962. Today we take a look at the best known and most 'common' version of the 250 TR; the original pontoon-fender bodied customer car. A total of 19 of these were built and raced on both sides of the Atlantic. Largely with the material gathered at Pebble Beach, we have comprehensively updated our article
, which now includes 13 different examples
, which are pictured in this 186-shot gallery
Providing a very interesting perspective was this 250 Monza
also shown on the lawn this year. Originally built in 1954, this car was later updated by Scaglietti with a revised body, which could very well make it the very first 'pontoon-fender' Ferrari. The unique 250 Monza
was not seen in public for over a decade.
Also boasting a unique body was this 225 Export Vignale Spyder
. Delivered new to Argentina, it was clothed by Vignale with a one-body with concave sides. It was raced exclusively in South America and even though the unique Vignale Spyder
arrived in the United States over three decades ago, it has only rarely been seen in public.
Also on the field at Pebble Beach was one of the nine 14 Louver 250 GT Tour de Frances
built. This has prompted us to dive into our archive to update and expand the article on this striking machine. It now includes seven examples
, which can be admired in a 88-shot gallery
2014-12-17: Tribute to Brian Lister and the Duesenbergs that starred at Pebble ...
While Porsche was preparing the 935/78 'Moby Dick'
for the works team to race, the German manufacturer also produced a batch of fifteen 1978-specification 935
production cars. Very similar to the version raced by the factory team in 1977, the latest evolution of the 935 was the first customer competition car offered by Porsche fitted with a twin-turbo engine. It was raced to great effect by prominent privateer teams like Gelo and Kremer in Europe and Brumos in North America. In fact, the car was so successful that Porsche ran their works car in only one World Championship round, which they duly won. The remainder of the victories were scored by the privateer cars, which included outright wins at Daytona and Sebring. A personal favourite of ours, we have captured the customer 935/78
at many events on both sides of the Atlantic. Today, we have added a comprehensive, 164-shot gallery
of this highly successful machine, depicting five examples
, including the dominant Gelo and Brumos cars.
While we were at it, we have also updated our Porsche 935/78 'Moby Dick'
article with images of both examples in action at Goodwood and the Le Mans Classic respectively. Developed by brilliant engineer Norbert Singer, Porsche's 1978 works racer bent the regulations very close to the breaking point. As it turned out, Singer had read the rules very carefully and ultimately only had to modify the design of the doors of the ultra-low and -wide silhouette racer to pass inspection. The one Moby Dick
raced won at Silverstone and came very close at winning Le Mans outright against the purpose-built prototypes. Our 54-shot gallery
also features the second car that was never completed in period but has more recently been assembled by Freisinger and was raced at Spa and Le Mans.
2014-12-15: Maserati Monday with Piccolo 250F and 4CLT, and new HPD Coupe racer ...
Yesterday, the hugely talented engineer Brian Lister sadly passed away at the age of 88. He is best known for the sports racing cars that bore his name and were raced with great verve during the 1950s. Especially the later Jaguar and Chevrolet engined machines frequently got the better of much more exotic cars like the big Ferraris and Maseratis. The Lister name does live on and a brand new supercar is the works that may humble the likes of Ferrari once more. As a tribute to the great Brian Lister, we have today taken a very detailed look at arguably his most famous creation; the Lister Knobbly Jaguar
. Named after its unusual body, the Knobbly was raced with great success on both sides of the Atlantic. Our detailed article
features nine different examples, which are pictured in a 165-shot gallery
Duesenbergs always feature strongly at Pebble Beach, usually with a class of their own. This year was no exception and we have today added three of the finest examples that were on the lawn in 2014. Scoring best in class was this J Murphy Convertible Sedan
, which had just benefitted from a complete restoration. Originally owned by the inventor of Schick Razor and the dry electric razor, this SJ Brunn Riviera Phaeton
snatched second in class. Third was for this majestic J Murphy Custom Beverly
, finished in a striking gold paintscheme.
Acura, meanwhile, has released the first teaser images of the hugely sophisticated NSX
production car, which will be officially launched at next month's North American International Auto Show.
2014-12-12: New hot hatches and Renault-Alpine and Lamborghini racers ...
While Maserati's centenary year is drawing to a close, we would like to once again highlight a couple of the many great competition cars built during the last 100 years. The most recent is the 250F T3 Piccolo
, which was developed ahead of the 1958 season. It represents the ultimate development of the legendary Formula 1 machine and, as the name suggests, is slightly smaller than the earlier versions. It was only briefly raced by the works team but nevertheless proved significantly faster than the Tipo 2 used the year before by Juan Manuel Fangio to win the World Championship. Halfway through the season, Maserati suspended the factory racing efforts and the two Piccolos
were sold to the United States. Fortunately, both cars have survived and are actively campaigned in historic events as can be seen in this 82-shot gallery
Of a slightly earlier vintage is the 4CLT
, which was raced between 1947 and 1951 in the first post-War Grands Prix. Derived from the 4CL, the single seater racer featured a sophisticated tubular chassis and a fabulous sixteen-valve four-cylinder engine with separate exhausts pipes for each of the eight ports. Effectively Maserati's first F1 racer, it was campaigned by many of the great drivers of the day with considerable success. Four different examples are featured in our 79-shot gallery
In preparation for the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship, ESM Racing has shaken down the team's first HPD ARX-04b
this weekend. Developed by Wirth Research, it is a brand new Coupe design and replaces the HPD ARX-03b
, which in turn was the final development of a design dating back nearly a decade. It was nevertheless still very competitive, and during its debut season, 2012, the HPD ARX-03b
won its class at Sebring and Le Mans, and also won the FIA World Endurance Championship in the LMP2 class. The highly anticipated ARX-04b
thus does have a lot to live up to.
With the second generation Audi RS 3 Sportback
, the German company has released one of the most potent hot hatches of all time. Like its predecessor, it is powered by a 2.5-litre, straight five engine, which now produces 362 bhp. In addition to packing a bigger punch, the new RS 3 Sportback
is also lighter than the previous model.
Another highly anticipated hot hatch is the new MINI John Cooper Works
, which will be launched at the North American International Auto Show next month. It is powered by a two-litre, four-cylinder engine, good for around 230 bhp. It will be available with either a manual or automatic six-speed gearbox.
Also due to be launched at the NAIAS is the Infiniti Q60 Concept
. This show car will offer a first glimpse at the upcoming premium sports coupe production car.
Shortly after Renault-Alpine introduced the new GTA V6 model in 1984, a special competition model
was introduced to compete in the one-make Europa Cup. The series served as a curtain raiser for most of the European Formula 1 rounds between 1985 and 1988. We recently captured a beautifully restored Renault-Alpine GTA V6 Turbo Europa Cup
, which was finished in the colours as used by Dutch racer Jan Lammers when he won the Monaco round.
Reiter Engineering has announced an extensive evolution of their Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 racer, which is appropriately dubbed the Gallardo Extenso
. Compared to the earlier GT3 cars, it features a more aggressive body with more sophisticated aerodynamics and wider wheel arches to allow for an increased rear track. Reiter Engineering will build ten Gallardo Extensos
for the 2015 season.