2016-10-20: Alfa Romeo touring car legend in full detail ...
2016-10-19: Legendary Group 5 BMW 3.0 CSL and limited edition M4 ...
This weekend, we are at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari for the Imola Classic, which will be our final major event of the season. Organised by Peter Auto, it features most of the French company's major grids but also two rounds of the U2TC series for under two-litre touring cars. Among the cars on the grid is a highly genuine Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 GTA Corsa
. These Corsa or competition versions of the GTA are the rarest of the bunch and were raced only by the works team or sold to private teams under the condition that they were raced by professional drivers. These cars featured even more powerful engines and a further lightened shell complete with an aluminium floor. The example
entered for the Imola Classic is an ex-Autodelta team car and was raced by all of the works drivers. It is still raced with great success for the owner by master preparer Alexander Furiani and the hugely talented Frank Stipler.
After the weekend, you can expect a comprehensive report with an action-packed gallery of the Imola Classic!
2016-10-17: Lola Mk6 GT and Delahaye 135 that starred at Monterey in full detail ...
Originally prepared as a touring car, the BMW 3.0 CSL had evolved into this highly successful Group 5 GT-racer
by 1975. At that time it was equipped with a sophisticated 24-valve, 3.5-litre straight six engine and fitted with a very aggressive and wide bodykit. BMW built a total of four of these machines for their works team, which included the original art car designed by Alexander Calder. The most successful of these four, however, is the featured example
. In 1976, it was raced for the factory by the Schnitzer team in the famous 'Gosser Beer' livery and won the Nurburgring 1000 km outright. Following a lengthy spell in Indonesia, this very rare works CSL returned to Europe in the early 2000s and as can be seen in our 24-shot gallery
has been regularly raced. Today, it is actually for sale with German dealer Jan Luehn.
Still a key touring car producer, BMW secured the DTM driver's title this weekend with Marco Wittmann. To mark this achievement a special BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition
has been created. It combines the same 500hp, water-injected engine of the M4 GTS with a stripped down and lightened interior. Finished in BMW Motorsport colours, the DTM Champion Edition
is available at dealers right now.
2016-10-14: Unique Porsche 962 art car and Dodge Viper GTS-R ...
When assessing a potential Le Mans entry, the Ford Motor Company looked at various specialist manufacturers to partner with. Thanks to this Mk6 GT
, Lola and its founder/designer Eric Broadley were eventually picked. Raced at select events during the 1963 season, the Mk6 GT was built around a sophisticated monocoque chassis and featured a mid-mounted Ford V8. The car's design would form the basis of what would eventually become the Le Mans winning Ford GT40. Of the three Mk6 GTs built, two were powered by a Ford V8 and both
are now featured. This includes the prototype
, which was shown at the London Motor Show in 1963. In the same hands since the 1960s, it has recently been completely restored and was one of the stars of The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering
At the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
both Chapron and Delahaye were featured marques. Among the special classes was one for Chapron bodied Delahayes. The best in class award was won by this 135 Coupe des Alpes Roadster
. Acquired by the current owner at auction in 2014, it had previously been owned by a member of the French Resistance and was then driven on the road for most of its life by just two subsequent owners. Although in full running order, the car required a complete restoration at the hands of Butch Dennison and his skilful crew. As can be seen in this 21-shot gallery
, their work was rightly awarded with a best in class trophy.
2016-10-12: Can-Am's 50th with title winning McLaren and Porsche, and Tony Adamowicz remembered ...
Most of the Art Cars that raced at Le Mans have been BMWs. One of the exceptions was this Porsche 962 CK6
, which participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1990. A Kremer Porsche team car, it raced with a Kenwood livery during the rest of the season. For Le Mans, it was finished with a design created by German artist Peter Klasen. It last competed in a contemporary race at Le Mans in 1993. The current Belgian owner had chassis CK6-06/02
re-painted in its Le Mans colours and first raced it at the recent Dix Mille Tours
Also in action at Paul Ricard, be it briefly, was this Dodge Viper GTS-R
. Attributed chassis number C13, it was never raced in period out of superstition. It did serve as a test and development car. This Viper
was owned by Oreca through to 2006 and has recently been acquired by a French historic racer.
2016-10-10: Two great Toyota sports prototype racers ...
This year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the popular Canadian-American Challenge Cup or Can-Am for short. With entrants hampered by relatively few regulations, Can-Am attracted some formidable machines that grew more potent with the year. In 1968, the championship was won by the McLaren M8A Chevrolet
. Built around an aluminium monocoque, this was the first McLaren powered by a big-block V8. It had over 600 bhp on tap and won four of the six rounds. Denny Hulme, using the featured example
won three of these races, beating team-mate Bruce McLaren to the championship in what was quickly becoming the Bruce and Denny show.
McLaren's domination was finally brought to an end in 1972 by this very Porsche 917/10K
. The new Porsche was nearly twice as powerful as the M8A of four seasons earlier, courtesy of a twin-turbocharged flat 12 engine. Follmer won five of the nine races of the 1972 season with the Penske entered chassis 917/10-003
Today, we also pay tribute to American racer Tony Adamowicz, who sadly passed away earlier this week from aggressive brain cancer. Very versatile, he raced a wide variety of machines but is perhaps best remembered for his exploits in this Eagle Mark 5 Chevrolet
. He won the 1969 Continental Championship in this Formula A racer against very strong competition. It was then stored for many years before it was finally restored for the late Doug Magnon. From 2009, Adamowicz raced 'his' Eagle
again with great success. To date he has been the only one that ever raced this particular chassis
Although originally developed for rallying Toyota's turbocharged, 2.1-litre four-cylinder engine also powered some great sports prototype racers. The most successful of these was the Toyota Eagle GTP Mk III
. Developed by Dan Gurney's All American Racers, it dominated the IMSA GTP championship during the 1992 and 1993 seasons. At the recent Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
we were treated to the first outing of the most successful chassis
of the six built. Raced by Juan Manuel Fangio II during the 1992 and 1993 seasons, it scored over a dozen outright victories including two back-to-back Sebring 12 Hours wins. After the car's contemporary racing career, it was presented to Fangio, who would go on to own the car until 2014. It has since been restored for the current owner and was raced for the first time at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as can be seen in this gallery
A few weeks earlier, at the Le Mans Classic
, we also had the privilege of getting a detailed look at one of just two Toyota 85Cs
built. Built by for Toyota by Dome, it was raced at Le Mans in 1985 and this particular car finished 12th overall. It returned to Europe for the first time since its period racing career to compete in the Le Mans Classic and we used this rare opportunity to capture every angle