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2017-12-12: Historic V8-engined American racing cars ...
Chaparral 1 Chevrolet Now that 2017 is nearing its end, it is time for us to take a look back at some of the great cars we saw during the year. For today's news feature we have highlighted three great V8-engined American sports cars that competed at this year's Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.
The earliest and rarest of the trio is the third Chaparral 1 Chevrolet built by Troutman-Barnes. First raced in 1962 by the Chaparral team, this mighty machine won its class at the Sebring 12 Hours and later also scored an overall win at the Road America 500. Among the last of the great front-engined racers, this Chaparral is today part of a prominent American collection and is regularly raced.
Built a few years later is this Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 R, which was acquired new by Texan Ford distributor Gene Hamon. It was the very last of the first series of the 'R' built, which was raced in period with great success by none other than Pedro Rodriguez. For its next owner, it was finished in Mexican national colours and it remained in this guise until it was acquired by the current owner last year. Chassis SFM5R108 has since been restored to its original colours and raced at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Also re-finished in its original colours was this Chevrolet DeKon Monza, which was raced in period by Huffaker for owner Tom Frank. Thanks to the expert preparation by Huffaker, it was one of the most reliable of the tube-framed Monzas. We have previously only seen chassis 1004 in a red and gold livery but it once agains wears the period correct white and green colour scheme.

2017-12-10: All-new McLaren Senna supercar ...
McLaren Senna Last night, McLaren debuted the all-new Senna road legal trackday car. During the design process function certainly dictated over form as the Senna comes equipped with a rather wild aerodynamics package that includes a deep front splitter, a tall rear wing and a double diffusor. Another striking exterior design feature is the abundant use of glass, not only in the dome like cockpit but also in the doors. Underneath the extreme body, the Senna shares many key design features with the recently introduced 720S road car. For this application, the most powerful McLaren internal combustion engine yet is fitted, the 789 bhp M480TR twin turbo V8. The car also boasts the active hydraulic suspension used on the 720S. With a dry weight of 1,198 kg, it is also the lightest McLaren road car since the F1.
Production of the 750,000 Senna will be limited to just 500 examples. At last night's launch an unallocated example was auctioned for 2 million with the proceeds going to the Senna Foundation.
McLaren's latest offering is of course named after the legendary Brazilian Grand Prix driver Ayrton Senna, who won three World Championships with McLaren in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The first of these titles was scored with the all-conquering MP4/4 Honda. Along with team-mate Alain Prost, Senna used that twin-turbo V6 engined machine to win all but one of that year's Grands Prix. Our detailed feature includes three of the six examples built.
His third and final title came in 1991 with this V12-powered MP4/6 Honda. The glorious Japanese 3.5-litre engine in the back of the MP4/6 could run up to 15,000 rpm. McLaren built 11 of these and the featured example is demonstrated regularly at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

2017-12-08: Fabulous Italian racing cars we shot in 2017 and the first Chiron sold at auction ...
Alfa Romeo 33/TT/12 During the year, we have seen some fabulous classic Italian racing cars and today we take a closer look at three of them. The single most successful of these is this Alfa Romeo 33/TT/12, which was first raced at the recent Dix Mille Tours following a complete restoration. This particular example scored a debut victory at Monza in 1974 in the hands of Mario Andretti and Arturo Merzario and would go on to score many more wins during the 1975. Quite possibly the single most successful of all Tipo 33s, chassis 008 was raced at Paul Ricard for the owner by Derek Bell and Sam Hancock.
Also in action during the Dix Mille Tours was this very rare Maserati Tipo 63 Birdcage. One of just a handful of mid-engined Birdcages built, this particular example was fielded by Team Camoradi in period for the likes of Stirling Moss and Graham Hill. Now beautifully prepared for historic racing, the Tipo 63 was one of the front runners in the Trofeo Nastro Rosso.
An interesting Ferrari to return to the track is this 250 GT SWB Comp/61. Raced in period by Garage Francorchamps, this SWB was heavily damaged at Le Mans in 1962 and later rebuilt with a brand new Drogo body. In this guise it survived the next 50 years and was also raced in historic events in more recent years. The new owner had 2445GT restored to its original configuration by Edi Wyss with a brand new body.
The 2017 auction season ended on a high this Wednesday with the $45.6 million RM Sotheby's New York - Icons sale. Among the great cars sold in the exclusive auction was this Bugatti Chiron; the first built for the American market. It was also the first ever Chiron to cross the block and it sold for a hefty $3.7 million.

2017-12-06: A detailed look at the legendary Jaguar C-Type ...
Jaguar C-Type Today, we have taken a closer look at the first ever purpose-built Jaguar competition car; the C-Type. Initially known as the XK120 C (for Competition), the new-for-1951 sports racer was loosely based on Jaguar's breakthrough sports car. It did feature a bespoke chassis and lightweight aluminium bodywork but retained the 'XK' straight six that made the XK120 an instant classic. Good for over 200 bhp in race trim, the twin-cam engine also proved competitive on the track. The C-Type debuted with an outright victory at Le Mans and won the classic road race again in 1953. In addition to scoring many other victories, most of them in private hands, the C-Type also holds the distinction of being the first racing car to be fitted with disc brakes and also the first to score an international victory with these brakes that were developed together with Dunlop.
One of the many reasons for us to highlight the C-Type today is the fact that this fabulous example will cross the block tonight in the RM Sotheby's New York - Icons auction. Chassis XKC 007 was the first C-Type delivered to the United States and it was raced with considerable success by the late, great Phil Hill. Beautifully restored to its original colours and configuration, this early production C-Type is estimated to sell for $5.5 - 7 million.

2017-12-04: All-new Lamborghini Urus, a lovely LM002 and other news ...
Lamborghini Urus This evening, Lamborghini published the first details and images of the all-new Urus SUV. Built, around an aluminium and composite unitary construction, it features a twin-turbo V8 that sends 650 hp to all four wheels. Among the advanced features fitted to the Urus is rear-wheel steering. The styling is reminiscent of Lamborghini's current range of sports cars and features a sloping instead of an upright rear window.
One of the Urus' predecessors is the very wild LM002 of which a fabulous example has been consigned to Wednesday's RM Sotheby's New York - Icons auction. The LM002 in the sale is a rare American specification car and has recently been completely restored and should be one of the very best examples in existence. Another Lamborghini from the same period available in the auction is this Countach 25th Anniversary. It was ordered new in the launch colours of white over white, which may not be to everyone's taste. With less than 16,000 km on the odometer, it is in a remarkably original condition.
At the launch of the production road car, Volkswagen also revealed the Polo GTI R5. Built for privateers to race, the new GTI R5 is laced with the DNA of its World Rally Championship winning predecessor.