2014-09-19: Ferrari Friday with three of the earliest surviving examples ...
2014-09-18: Paris Motor Show: Mighty Bentley Mulsanne, hot Adam and frugal Citroen and Renault ...
Rounding off the week, we today take a detailed look at one of the very first Ferraris; the 166 Spyder Corsa
. All early Ferrari sports racers shared the same basic design with only slight variations in body design and engine displacement. The first of these produced in any significant numbers was the 166 Spyder Corsa. This featured a two-litre version of the Gioachino Colombo designed V12 engine and a cycle fender body. A series of eight was produced in 1948 and 1949, of which a remarkable number have survived. Our detailed article
features three different examples, each of which is very significant in its own right. The first is the oldest surviving Ferrari, while the second is the earliest Ferrari that still features its original engine, chassis and body, and the third is the first competition Ferrari to be imported into the United States. They are pictured in a 58-shot gallery
at events all around the world.
2014-09-16: 2014 Goodwood Revival report and 360-shot gallery ...
In a fortnight, the biennial Paris Motor Show will kick off with the first of two press days. Among the most powerful machines due to be launched is the Bentley Mulsanne Speed
. Introduced alongside an updated version of the existing Mulsanne, the 'Speed' boasts an all-aluminium, twin-turbo V8 good for 530 bhp and a tarmac-shredding 1,100 Nm of torque. The mighty engine allows the big Mulsanne Speed
to accelerate to 100 km/h in under 5 seconds.
Opel and Vauxhaull will use Paris to showcase a new top-of-the-range version of their popular super-mini. Dubbed the Adam S
, it features a 150 hp version of the 1.4 litre four-cylinder engine, which is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.
Environmentally friendly machines will once again take centre stage. Renault will showcase the Eolab Concept
. This experimental vehicle can cover 100 km on just two litres of petrol. This is made possible by a lightweight construction, slippery design and highly efficient hybrid drivetrain. The Citroen C4 Cactus Airflow 2L Concept
is equally frugal. The compact SUV is powered by a 'Hybrid Air' drivetrain, which combines a three-cylinder petrol engine and a compressed air energy storage unit.
Sister company Peugeot meanwhile has previewed the Quartz Concept
, which offers a first glimpse of a future compact concept. Based on the latest 308, it sports a 270 hp petrol engine, complemented by two electric motors.
2014-09-11: Jackie Stewart's Tyrrell 006 in full detail and Bonhams Revival preview ...
Each year event host Lord March provides thousands of enthusiasts with a magic step back into time in the form of the annual Goodwood Revival Meeting
. Held for the 17th time this year, the 2014 edition celebrated 60 years of the Maserati 250F and Jaguar D-Type, and also celebrated the hugely successful career of triple World Champion Jackie Stewart, who first drove a single seater racing car at Goodwood 50 years ago. Also marked were the 50th anniversary of John Surtees' historic Formula 1 World Championship win and the 75th anniversary of D-Day. In addition the special parades and races, the event featured many familiar races with the Sussex Trophy, the RAC Tourist Trophy and the Glover Trophy among the highlights this year. Across the road, longtime partner Bonhams staged their most successful Revival Sale yet, headlined by a Lagonda LG45R, which sold for over GBP 1.5 million.
We were in attendance throughout the weekend at what is one of our favourite events of the year. The event's unique atmosphere has been captured by a comprehensive report
, illustrated by a 300-shot Goodwood Revival gallery
with an additional 60-shot gallery
of all the stars of the Bonhams sale.
2014-09-10: All-new Mercedes-AMG GT, Jaguar XE and BMW M235i Convertible ...
Fifty years ago this year, Sir Jackie Stewart first raced at Goodwood. This occasion is celebrated with a special parade of cars he raced during his career during this weekend's Goodwood Revival Meeting. Among the ex-Stewart racers present will be a pair of Tyrrell 006 Cosworths
. Introduced halfway through the 1972 season, the all-new Tyrrell design was quick straight out of the box but proved woefully unreliable during its first outings. By 1973, the bugs had been ironed out and Stewart used the 006 to win his third and final World Championship. A very sad footnote in the Tyrrell 006's history was Francois Cevert's crash in the practice session of the final Grand Prix of the year.
We have captured both surviving Tyrrell 006s
in action over the years, with an action-packed fifty-shot gallery as the result. This is due to be further expanded after the weekend, following our complete coverage of this year's Revival, which is due early next week.
We can offer a first glimpse of the event with a preview of the Bonhams Revival Sale
. We snuck into the Bonhams marquee early and captured all the star cars, headlined by a superb selection of Abarths from the Maranello Rosso Collection. The sale is scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
2014-09-08: 2014 Chantilly Arts & Elegance report and gallery, and new Zagato Aston ...
With the summer break now over, manufacturers have jumped at the opportunity to reveal some of the most exciting new releases due at the Paris Motor Show early next month. One of the most highly anticipated will undoubtedly be the Mercedes-AMG GT
. The compact Coupe is the first model from the new high performance sub-brand and features a lightweight aluminium chassis and body, and a twin-turbocharged V8. Unusually, the four-litre engine boasts dry-sump lubrication and the turbos are mounted inside the V. In 'standard trim', it is good for 462 hp, while a GT S version will also be available with 510 hp on tap. With these figures, the Mercedes-AMG GT
looks set to be a real alternative to the ever popular Porsche 911.
Jaguar will also enter a new market segment with the XE
, which was spectacularly launched on Monday evening. The product of a GBP 1.5 billion investment, the compact sedan also boasts a lot of aluminium to keep the weight down. The introduction will have been watched with particular interest by executives in Stuttgart, Munich and Ingolstadt. Topping the range will be this XE S
powered by a 335 bhp supercharged V6, while smaller petrol and diesel engines will also be available.
BMW will use the Paris show to reveal the new 2-Series Convertible. The most potent version in the line-up will be the M235i
, which features a twin-turbo straight six, good for 322 bhp.
Earlier this week, we already received a preview of the Divine DS
show car, which firmly establishes DS as a separate marque.
An international Concours d'Elegance was staged in France for the first time this weekend in over decade with the Chantilly Arts & Elegance
. Organised by Peter Auto, best known for events like the Tour Auto and Le Mans Classic, the new Concours was hosted by the hugely impressive Chateau de Chantilly. Matching the dramatic backdrop was a superb selection of cars spread over ten different classes. Two marked the Maserati centennial, while others included a tribute to Bugatti. In addition to the cars in the main Concours d'Elegance, the event also welcomed clubs, which brought out some superb cars, many of which would have deserved a spot on the field as well.
Our photographers ventured to the idyllic Chateau de Chantilly just north of Paris to capture the inaugural Chantilly Arts & Elegance
in full detail. The result of their work is a concise report
, illustrated by a 210-shot gallery
Reliving the days of old, the Concours d'Elegance also welcomed brand new concept and show cars. Among was the Aston Martin Virage Zagato Shooting Brake
, which was shown for the very first time. It is the third in a series of three one-offs built on Aston Martin chassis by Zagato to celebrate the British manufacturer's centennial. This Virage-based machine boasts a classic Shooting Brake