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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.

2017-06-08: Rare Bertone Aston Martin, Viper GTSR and TOJ that will star at Dijon ...
Aston Martin DB2/4 Bertone Spider This weekend we will be at the legendary Dijon-Prenois circuit in the French Bourgogne region for the annual Grand Prix de l'Age d'Or. Many great cars will take to the undulating track and as a preview we have selected three of the most interesting.
The earliest of the trio is a very rare Aston Martin DB2/4 Bertone Spider. One of just three built during the early 1950s by Bertone for 'Wacky' Arnolt and offered alongside his better known Bristol-engined Arnolts. This particular example was sold new to the United States. Although used by most of its custodians, it never accumulated a high mileage and has survived in lovely original condition. At Dijon as it did at Spa three weeks ago, it will compete in the Trofeo Nastro Rosso.
A race winner at last month's Spa Classic was a TOJ SC304. Two were built by Jorg Obermoser, and they were the first three-litre engined TOJs. Both cars are pictured in our 90-shot gallery, while the Spa winning chassis will race again at Dijon and should once again be among the top contenders in the CER 2 race.
Among the cars entered in the popular Global Endurance Legends demonstration runs is this Dodge Viper GTS-R. Built in 2000, this car was raced in period by Paul Belmondo and his team, and won FIA GT rounds at the Hungaroring and Silverstone. It was last raced as late as 2005 and C25 was restored in 2008 to the livery it wore in 2002.

2017-06-06: Maserati 300S, Lamborghini Miura and Lagonda Rapide that starred at Villa d'Este ...
Maserati 300S Among the many great cars that starred at last week's Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este were three striking machines featured today.
Earliest of the trio is this Maserati 300S, which was built for works driver Stirling Moss. This particular car represents the ultimate development of the model with larger, 450S derived brakes and five-speed gearbox. Moss drove the car to two wins during the 1958 season. Renumbered to 3083 it was sold to the United States ahead of the 1959 season. More recently, it was comprehensively restored in Austria with spectacular results.
Not quite as well known but equally rare was this Lagonda Rapide. Effectively a four-door version of the Aston Martin DB4, the Rapide was built in very small numbers between 1961 and 1964. The example on display at Villa d'Este is one of just eight left-hand drive cars and when it was new, it was displayed at the New York Auto Show.
Also benefiting from a recent restoration was this Lamborghini Miura P400. It was ordered new by the son of Sherlock Holmes author Adrian Conan Doyle and finished to his specification in red with green and gold stripes. The stripes were eventually removed but fortunately rare, colour photographs were found to allow the Italian restorers to restore 3480 to its unique, original configuration.