2015-10-12: Latest news with limited edition McLaren, BMW M4 GTS, new Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and GT3 Corvette ...
2015-10-08: 2015 Dix Mille Tours report with 310-shot gallery ...
To celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the popular Canadian-American Challenge Cup or simply Can-Am, McLaren have created the 650S Spider Can-Am
. Fittingly limited to just 50 examples, it can be ordered in three distinct colours. The launch version is inspired by the McLaren M1B
raced by Bruce McLaren himself in the inaugural season. Deliveries of the 650S Can-Am
will start early next year.
At the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, BMW will showcase this very hardcore M4 GTS
. Capable of running a lap on the Nurburgring in under 7.30 minutes, it is equipped with a water-injected version of the twin-turbo six-cylinder engine. As a result, the three-litre unit produces a startling 500 hp. The M4 GTS
also features a host of other mechanical and aerodynamic upgrades.
Porsche meanwhile upgraded the four-wheel drive 911 range by adding the highly efficient turbocharged engines introduced last month. Among the upgraded models are the 911 Carrera 4S
and the 911 Targa 4S
During the finale weekend of the German ADAC Masters, Callaway revealed the new C7 generation Corvette GT3-R
. Due to be delivered to customers in the new season, the menacing looking machine is powered by a 600 bhp version of the familiar small-block V8. The Corvette GT3-R
is built by Callaway's German subsidiary, in Leingarten.
2015-10-06: Mighty McLarens and GTP Lights winning Acura Spice ...
Run under changing conditions, this weekend's Dix Mille Tours
formed the traditional season finale for most of Peter Auto's historic race series. The weather played a considerable role during the first two days, and the heavy rain even saw one two-hour race suspended after just 20 minutes. Over the weekend a variety of sports racers and touring cars took to the track, ranging from Cortinas and a Mini through to the final F1-inspired Group C. A particularly strong grid lined up for the Trofeo Nastro Rosso races. This included a pair of Ferrari 250 LMs, the unique Ferrari 250 GT SWB Breadvan, a Ferrari 330 GTO and a rare mid-engined Maserati Birdcage.
Most entrants braved the conditions and were on track throughout the weekend. We were also on hand for all sessions with this spectacular 310-shot gallery
as the result. It serves to illustrate a detailed, class-by-class Dix Mille Tours Report
2015-10-02: Two early Abarths we captured on the Monterey Peninsula ..
At the recent Goodwood Revival
, the life of Bruce McLaren was celebrated with a special parade. One of the absolute stars was the original McLaren M6GT
. Very much a pet project of Bruce himself, the M6GT was due to be the first road legal McLaren production car. Unfortunately, Bruce's untimely death in 1970 effectively ended the program as the grief-stricken McLaren staff concentrated all their efforts on the competition programs. In addition to the original prototype, which Bruce used on the road himself, two further examples were produced for McLaren by Trojan. In our 41-shot gallery
both the prototype and one of the two Trojan cars pictured.
Earlier in the year, at the nearby Goodwood Festival of Speed, another McLaren was one of the stars; the F1 GTR Longtail
brought by BMW Classic. Chassis 26R
is the eight example we have seen and one of the most successful of the bunch. After placing third overall at Le Mans, it was also driven to outright victories in two FIA GT races. At the Festival of Speed, it was reunited with period driver Steve Soper.
Even more successful was the Spice SE91P Acura
that was brought out of retirement for the 2015 Monterey Motorsports Reunion
. This car was part of the Comptech-run IMSA GTP Lights program that absolutely dominated its class between from 1991 through to 1993. Using a Spice chassis and a Honda NSX-sourced V6 engine, the car won the championship in its debut season with a 100-point margin. The title was successfully defended during the following two seasons. For the Motorsports Reunion, the featured Spice Acura
was reunited with original driver Parker Johnstone, who placed an impressive second behind a much more powerful Porsche 962C.
2015-09-28: Vanvooren Bugatti Type 57s and Walker LaGrande Duesenbergs ...
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To make it up to you, we have today added two early and lovely Abarths that we spotted on the Monterey Peninsula earlier this year. At Pebble Beach, this 1100 Sport Ghia Coupe
captured the attention of many. This one-off show car was originally shown at the Turin Motor Show back in 1953 and disappeared from sight not long after. Some years ago, it was acquired by the current Canadian owner. A great enthusiast and clearly a talented mechanic, he took up the daunting task of restoring the unique Abarth himself, and in his own garage. As can be seen in our 13-shot gallery
, the result was spectacular. Accordingly, it was awarded best in class and the Abarth was also the only post-War nominee for best of show.
Over at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, this Abarth 207A
was exercised by its new owner. One of around ten produced in 1955, the diminutive machine combined the same Fiat-sourced engine with a new platform chassis and Boano body. This particular car debuted at the 1955 Sebring 12 Hours. As can been seen in this 29-shot gallery
it feels still right at home on the racing track.
2015-09-25: Three Vignale bodied Ferraris that starred at Pebble Beach ...
Paris-based coach-builder Vanvooren clothed around 20 examples of the Type 57 Bugattis. The two featured today are among the finest of these and were part of the very last batch of Bugattis completed before the War. Commissioned by a particular demanding customer was this Vanvooren Coupe
. He had not one but two bodies built for him to choose his favourite. The one he picked was an interpretation of the standard Atalante design, with some unique cues. Cherished throughout its life, the Type 57 C Vanvooren Coupe
has survived in remarkable original condition as can be seen in this 21-shot gallery
Possibly commissioned by an even more demanding customer, the French government, this Vanvooren Cabriolet
is an even more impressive creation. Following a Figoni & Falaschi design, it was created as a gift for the Shah of Persia. Once destined for the scrapper, the spectacular Type 57 C Vanvooren Cabriolet
has survived and is today owned by the Petersen Museum.
One of the most impressive sights at the recent Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
was a line-up of all three Duesenbergs bodied by Walker with the fabulous LaGrande Convertible Coupe body, designed by J. Herbert Newport. Of these, two were fitted on the naturally aspirated Model J
, while the third car featured the rarer and more powerful Model SJ
underpinnings. This may very well have been the very first time that these three cars were lined-up together.
Before using Pinin Farina almost exclusively, Ferraris were clothed by other carrozzerie
, the likes of Touring and Vignale. The latter employed Giovanni Michelotti as a stylist, who often came up with designs that were bolder than those of his rivals. Somewhat more understated were the lines he penned for the unique Ferrari 250 S Vignale Coupe
. Created early in 1952, this is a particularly significant car as it is the first competition Ferrari to be powered by the three-litre version of the Colombo or short-block V12, which would go on to power some of the most legendary of Ferraris stright through to the 1960s. The writing was on the wall early as the 250 S
won the Mille Miglia outright and also scored a victory in the Pescara 12 Hours. We captured this one-off Ferrari
at the recent Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
It was not the only Vignale-bodied Ferrari to line-up along the Pacific coast. Another one-off, and one with a more typical Michelotto design, was this 340 Mexico Spyder
. It is the final of the four cars built specifically for the Carrera Panamericana and the only fitted with open bodywork. Like many of the other Ferraris entered this year, it was not only shown but also driven in the Tour d'Elegance, with the drivers adorning matching helmets. All this and much more can be seen in this 22-shot gallery
Using the same design language as the 340 Mexico was this 250 Europa Coupe
. Shown at the 1953 Paris Auto Salon, it was the very first 250 Europa built and also one of only two clothed by Vignale in this style. Both cars have recently been lovingly restored and can be seen in our 30-shot gallery