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2015-11-25: McLaren and Duckhams sports racers created for Alain de Cadenet ...
McLaren M8C Cosworth Alain de Cadenet raced a wide variety of machines from the second half of the 1960s, including a Ferrari Dino and Porsche 908. He not only drove himself but also regularly fielded cars for others, included the talented Chris Craft. To compete in the 1970 season, he commissioned the unique DFV-engined McLaren M8C. Built around the first chassis constructed, De Cadenet's M8C was slightly different compared to the Can-Am specification cars built later in the year. Like many of the DFV engined sports cars, the Ecurie Evergreen M8C was not often reliable but certainly very quick. It did win in the Swedish Grand Prix at Karlskoga with Craft behind the wheel. Following the 1971 Buenos Aires 1000 km, it was sold to Argentinian, who raced it with a small-block V8. Following a sojourn in North America, the unique McLaren M8C Cosworth is back in Europe and was raced this year at two CER events by the current owner.
For the 1971 season, De Cadenet campaigned a year-old Brabham for Craft in Formula 1 but for 1972 set his sights back on sports cars. He asked a very young Brabham engineer, one Gordon Murray, to build him a new DFV engined sports car using the the Brabham's suspension and other salvageable parts. The result was this Duckhams LM Cosworth, which was named after De Cadenet's primary backer. This striking and again unique machine was campaigned by Craft, often joined by De Cadenet for the better part of three seasons. It was raced at Le Mans three times but, sadly, with little success. Later in the decade, the chassis was fitted with a VW Beetle style body for British club racing. It has since been restored and as can be seen in our 41-shot gallery, it has regularly been raced in historic events.

2015-11-23: RM Sotheby's Driven by Disruption sale preview ...
Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato A long and busy auction season will draw to a close on December 10th with RM Sotheby's very exclusive Driven by Disruption sale in New York. Only 31 cars have been consigned but the average lower estimate is close to $3 million! Headlining the sale is this ex-Fangio Ferrari 290 MM Scaglietti Spyder, which we featured in full detail last month and has a mesmerising pre-sale estimate of $28 - 32 million. Also expected to grab a lot of attention is one of 19 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagatos built. These cars were created by the British manufacturer and Italian coach-builder to challenge Ferrari in the highly competitive GT class. Although faster than the 'standard' DB4 GT, the Zagato-bodied cars only rarely managed to beat the dominant Ferraris. The DB4 GT Zagato nevertheless ranks as one of the most sought after of all Aston Martins and a genuine one has not crossed the auction block for over a decade. The example on offer was originally delivered to Australia and is generally considered one of the finest in existence. Accordingly, it is estimated to sell for $15 - 17, which would make it the most expensive Aston ever sold at auction.
Somewhat more modestly priced is this Bugatti Type 57 C Atalante Coupe. This car features the very last Atalante body built and was famously found in a barn in the mid-2000s, having been stored for over 40 years. We have captured the car in both its barn-find and completely restored conditions. Chassis 57766 is expected to change hands for $2.2 - 2.5 million.
No auction seems complete without a Jaguar E-Type and the Driven by Disruption sale is no exception. To match the quality of the other 30 lots, the E-Type 4.2 Roadster is an absolute stunner, which has been cherished by its three owners and has benefited from a ground-up restoration.

2015-11-20: DeTomaso Vallelunga in full detail and LA Auto Show round-up and another 3.0 RSR 911...
DeTomaso Vallelunga In 1963, DeTomaso launched its first production road car, the Vallelunga. Perhaps even more importantly, the compact machine was also the first mid-engined Italian road car. Clearly inspired by the DeTomaso competition cars, the Vallelunga was built around a steel backbone chassis, featured a Ford Cortina-sourced engine and a lovely Ghia-built coupe body. DeTomaso only produced a few dozen cars as there were problems with chassis rigidity and build-quality. Very rare today, the Vallelunga remains as one of the great could-have-beens. We have taken a very detailed look at one of the finest survivors in this 29-shot gallery.
Rounding up our coverage of this week's LA Auto Show, we have added additional shots of the Fiat 124 Spider, which show the new roadster in its natural environment.
Also added today are two new Japanese concepts launched in LA: the Subaru Impreza Sedan, which follows in the footsteps of the hatchback launched last month in Tokyo, and the Scion C-HR that may inspire a new model-line of compact cross-overs.
Finally rounding off today's news feature is another Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.0 we have added to our ever expanding article. The featured chassis 911 460 9074 was raced extensively in period and returned to the track recently for the very wet Dix Mille Tours early last month.

2015-11-18: LA Auto Show round-up with new Fiat 124 Spider, RWD Huracan, Cayman GT4 Clubsport and new SL ...
Fiat 124 Spider Today, the annual Los Angeles Auto Show kicked off with the traditional media day. One of the most highly anticipated releases was that of the Fiat 124 Spider. The front-engined, rear-wheel drive machine shares its underpinnings with the recently introduced Mazda MX-5, combined with a unique exterior design and Fiat's own MultiAir engine. Good for 140 hp and 240 Nm of torque, it will ensure the 124 Spider will be a blast to drive. We, however, can not wait to see the Abarth version!
Fellow Italian manufacturer, Lamborghini, used the LA Auto Show to reveal the Huracan LP580-2. The stripped down, and more importantly rear-wheel drive version of Lamborghini's entry-level model will be available for 150,000 Euro, excluding taxes.
Already announced earlier this year but, until today, not yet revealed was the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport. This track-only machine is based on the highly acclaimed Cayman GT4 and can be used in the entry-level classes or as a very potent track-day car. One of the races it will also be eligible for is the Nurburgring 24 Hours. The GT4 Clubsport's order books have opened today.
Mercedes-Benz have given the ever popular SL class a mid-generation facelift. Coinciding with these changes is the introduction of the Mercedes-AMG SL 63 and the Mercedes-AMG SL 65. While the V12-engined SL 65 is mechanically identical to its predecessor, the V8-engined SL 63 benefits from a slight hike in power to 585hp.

2015-11-16: New and old BMW GT racers and updates for the Lotus Elise ...
BMW M6 GTLM Ahead of the public debut at the two-day at Daytona on Tuesday and Wednesday, BMW have released the first images of the all-new M6 GTLM from a three-day test at Sebring a few days ago. Based on the M6 road car, the new GT racer replaces the Z4 GTE and will be raced by BMW Team RLL in the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Although no technical details have been released yet, the M6 GTLM will undoubtedly feature a modified version of the production car's twin-turbo V8.
The launch of the M6 GTLM has prompted us to take a renewed look at one of its hugely successful predecessors; the M3 GT2. Based on the E92-series M3, it used the road car's race-bred V8 engine to great effect. It was raced on both sides of the Atlantic, winning the ALMS title twice and also scoring an outright victory in the Nurburgring 24 Hours. One of the car's most famous outings came at Le Mans in 2010 when one of the M3s was finished in an art-car livery created by Jeff Koons. Over the years we have seen six different examples in action and they star in our spectacular 161-shot gallery.
Over the weekend, Lotus released new Sport variants that will replace the current Elise models. The entry level Elise Sport features a 134 bhp naturally aspirated engine and like its bigger brother is 10 kg lighter than its predecessor and also slightly cheaper. That bigger brother is the Elise Sport 220, which boasts a 217 bhp, supercharged engine.