2014-09-01: 2014 The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering report and gallery ...
2014-08-28: The two Ferrari 250 TR prototypes in full detail ...
One of the most exclusive events during the annual car week on the Monterey Peninsula is the The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering
. The unique concours d'elegance combines an eclectic line-up of cars and motorcycles ranging from early models straight to modern supercars with a superb gourmet food and drinks. What also sets 'The Quail' apart is the fact that the competitors, often as knowledgable as 'professional' judges, themselves serve as judges in their class. At this year's edition the major anniversaries celebrated were 100 years of Maserati and the 50th of the Mustang, marked with a special class for early competition Mustangs. These special classes joined the familiar ones like 'The Great Ferraris' and the 'Post War Racing Cars'. One of the most striking machines lined up in the latter was the very first Porsche 911 GT1
, which was originally raced by JB Racing in Marlboro colours. We did see the car before but sporting a later livery. The Quail also marked several world debuts, including that of the Lamborghini Huracan LP620-2 Super Trofeo
due to compete in the company's one-make series. Lamborghini later also announced their intentions to develop a version of the car eligible to compete in international GT championships.
Our photographers explored the fairway and putting greens in front of the Quail lodge and have returned with a sparkling 200-shot gallery
, which illustrates a concise report
2014-08-27: 2014 Monterey Auctions report, gallery and results ...
At the recent Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
, the Ferrari 250 TR took centre stage with a special class featuring 20 different examples. One of the absolute stars was the second of two 250 TR Prototipos
. First raced at Le Mans in 1957, it was originally fitted with an experimental 3.1 litre engine and a pontoon-fendered body. Serving as a works car for more than a season, it was later updated to 1958 works specification and driven to victory at Buenos Aires and Sebring by Phil Hill and Peter Collins. Although extensively raced in the United States well into the 1960s, it has survived in remarkably original condition. Today it is the only original 250 TR in existence and most recently changed hands for a staggering $40 million. We captured every angle of chassis 0704TR to complement our shots of the sister Prototipo, which we already featured. The result is a mouth watering 69-shot gallery
2014-08-25: 2014 Monterey Motorsports Reunion report and 440-shot gallery ...
How long will it last? This is a question that has been raised many times in the last few years about the ever increasing prices of collector cars. Following the recent Monterey sales, we can say that the boom is not over yet. On the Monterey Peninsula close to $400 million worth of cars changed hands and no record was safe. At the start of the week, all eyes were on the Bonhams sale, which included a 250 GTO offered at no reserve; a sure bet for a new world record. During the following days, all the major rivals had Ferraris lined up that would challenge the old record as part of yet another buying frenzy during the Pebble Beach week.
In between visiting events, we ventured to four of the biggest auctions to capture all the highlights. The result is a 180-shot gallery
, which serves to illustrate a brief report of each of the sales. At the bottom of the article links can be found to the final results from the four auctioneers.
Renault, meanwhile, have released full details of the Sport R.S. 01
, built in conjunction with Dallara. Although constructed for a one-make series, it boasts a LMP1 specification carbon-fibre composite monocoque, which uses a Nissan GT-R derived V6 as a partly stressed member. Not built to or limited by any particular regulations, the sub 1,100 kg machine should be mighty quick. The R.S. 01
will be used from 2015 in the new Renaultsport Trophy, which includes drives in Super GT and LMP2 as part of the prizes.
2014-08-22: Pebble Best of Show Ferrari, striking Pourtout Talbot Lago and new Lambo racer ...
One of the longest running events of the annual Monterey Classic Car week is the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
held on the legendary Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. This year's edition welcomed over 550 classic cars, spread over 15 different race groups. The machines entered ranged from very early Grand Prix and Indy cars to a superb selection of IMSA GTO and GTP racers. The main feature this year was the Maserati centennial, marked by a special display and a strong presence of competition Maseratis in the appropriate groups. Further highlights included a dedicated Can-Am group and the ever popular Trans-Am machines from the same era.
Our photographers were trackside to capture all groups at least once, which has resulted in a 240-shot gallery
, which illustrates a concise report
. Additionally, we had already captured the Monterey Motorsports Pre-Reunion
a week earlier, which featured many of the same cars.
2014-08-20: 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance report and 370-shot gallery ...
At this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
the unwritten rule that only a pre-War car could become 'Best of Show' was finally broken. The car to it was this truly spectacular Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti Coupe
. Built for legendary movie director Roberto Rosselini, it was Scaglietti's first attempt at creating a road-going Ferrari. Following a previous restoration, the current owner already won many awards, including a class win at Pebble back in 1998. A new restoration by Dennison International Motorsport brought the one-off Ferrari up to a new level. In our 64-shot gallery
, which includes shots from this year and previous appearances, you can see just why this Ferrari finally broke the mould.
One of our favourites for Best of Show at Pebble this year was this Talbot Lago T150C SS Pourtout Coupe
. Created immediately before the War, this was one of three 'Teardrop' bodies built on the race-bred T150C SS chassis by Pourtout following a Georges Paulin design. During the second half of the 1940s, it was extensively raced but then disappeared from sight until resurfacing in 2006 in highly original condition. The subsequent ower has since had it completely restored and our 31-shot gallery
includes pictures from before and after the restoration.
Lamborghini, meanwhile, used the Monterey Car Week to launch the all-new Huracan Super Trofeo
racing car. Created with the help of Gian Paolo Dallara, who had already been responsible for the Miura chassis many years ago, the new racer is intended for Lamborghini's popular one-make Super Trofeo series. Compared to the road car counterpart, the switch to rear-wheel drive only represents one of the biggest departures.
On Sunday, the Monterey Car Week celebrated its grand finale with the 64th annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
. Universally considered the most prestigious event of its kind, this year's edition proved an historic one as for the first time since 1968 a Post War car won the coveted Best of Show award. In addition to the familiar classes, the 2014 Pebble Beach also featured special classes for Early Steam Cars, Ruxton, Fernandez & Darrin coach-work, streamlined Tatras, the Maserati Centennial, the 1914 French Grand Prix and the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa. The latter was particularly impressive as no fewer than 20 Testa Rossas were on hand, including all of the surviving works cars. The event had already kicked off a few days earlier with the traditional Tour d'Elegance, which once again included a run on the nearby Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, through the legendary Corkscrew corner.
Our photographers were on hand throughout the week and have returned with a combined 370-shot gallery
of both the Concours and Tour d'Elegance, which serves to illustrate a concise report
with the show's highlights.
As always, you can expect detailed features on many of the cars that starred at this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
in the coming days and weeks.