2014-08-22: Pebble Best of Show Ferrari, striking Pourtout Talbot Lago and new Lambo racer ...
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.
2014-08-14: Two spectacular Ferraris due to cross the block in Monterey ...
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.
2014-08-11: Monterey Motorsports Pre-Reunion 200 shot gallery and more ...
In the next couple of days over 100 Ferraris will cross the block on the Monterey Peninsula during six different auctions. Today, we take a closer look at two of the most interesting of the Ferraris on offer.
Gooding & Co. will offer the truly spectacular 365 P Pininfarina Tre Posti Speciale
. Built in 1966, this design masterpiece combines race-bred underpinnings with a mighty V12 engine and a unique central driving position. Although a production model would not follow, the styling for the smaller, V6-engined Dino was clearly based on the Paris Show Car. The first of only two built, the example on offer has been in the ownership of the Chinetti family since the late 1960s, the Gooding auction offers a unique opportunity to acquire this rare machine and the expectations are very high. We captured every detail on our 23-shot gallery
at the Gooding tent this morning.
Another mighty Ferrari on offer, which actually will not cross the block, is the 410 S Scaglietti Spider
. It has been consigned to the unique Rick Cole auction, which offers potential buyers the opportunity to bid online until Sunday August 17 at midnight local time. Constructed in 1955 for the Carrera Panamericana, the 410 S was Ferraris biggest 'hammer' yet. It featured a five-litre V12 good for at least 340 bhp. After the Carrera was cancelled, the featured 410 S was sold to Tony Parravano, who only campaigned it three times. In the following decades it accumulated only very few additional miles as the subsequent owners were quite intimidated by the mighty machine. As a result, the car is in highly original condition, which is very rare for a Ferrari competition car of the era. As can be seen in our 24-shot gallery
, it combines the best traits of the beauty and the beast in one package.
2014-08-07: Two competition Alfa Romeos that starred at Monterey during the last couple of years ...
This weekend, the Monterey Car Week kicked off with the Monterey Motorsports Pre Reunion
at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. As the name suggests, this is very much a build-up to the Reunion scheduled for the coming weekend. Many of the great cars set to appear were already on track. Among them were rare machines ranging from a Toyota Eagle Mk III to no fewer than four Maserati Birdcages. We were also on hand, which has resulted in this 200-shot gallery
, which includes all 12 groups out on track during the weekend.
Bonhams was out in force with a preview of their upcoming and highly anticipated Quail Lodge Auction. The star of the display was undoubtedly the Ferrari 250 GTO
from the Maranello Rosso Collection. Offered at no reserve, it looks set to easily break the existing auction world record.
More than ever before, exciting new cars will be launched this week. At Pebble Beach, McLaren will showcase the track-oriented 650S Sprint
. The new machine will combine a more poised chassis with the 'standard' 650S engine.
Also on display at Pebble will be the high performance Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR
. Probably the fastest SUV available, the 550 hp machine has clocked a lap at the Nurburgring in just 8 minutes 14 seconds.
2014-08-06: Reunion preview with rare King Cobras and new 1,400 Hennessey Venom ...
While the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance has never had a post-War car as the 'best of show' in the modern era, the annual event does offer plenty of real estate to these machines. One of the stand out cars at last year's event was the very last Alfa Romeo TZ2
produced. This prompted us to take a closer look at this pocket GTO and we found that we had already seen a sister car at Pebble Beach some years ago. Accordingly, we have expanded our article
to now include four different chassis
, pictured in a 64-shot gallery
. At this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, competition cars will also take centre stage as the 100th anniversary of the 1914 French Grand Prix will be celebrated, not only will the three Mercedes Grand Prix
cars be featured but also an Opel and a Peugeot that competed in the event.
Another Alfa Romeo that grabbed our attention while browsing through our files was this T33/TT/3 Giro d'Italia Coupe
. Built specifically to allow Jean Claude Andruet to repeat his 1974 Giro d'Italia win, the car was only ever used once. The unique machines combines a 1975 type chassis with an earlier V8 engine and a purpose-built coupe body. We captured the one-off T33/TT/3 Coupe
during a very rare outing at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion back in 2010.
Regular visitors to the annual Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion will undoubtedly recognise many cars from previous editions but there also many rare unusual cars that they most, likely, will have not seen before. Certainly falling into that category in 2013 was this Shelby T-10 King Cobra Ford
, which was built for the 1967 Can-Am championship. Designed by Len Terry, the Group 7 featured an unconventional suspension with a single transverse mounted spring front and rear, as well as a rare all-aluminium 351 Ford V8. Unfortunately, the T-10 King Cobra
proved no match for the more powerful Chevrolet engined Lolas and McLarens and was only briefly raced. The example featured in our 21-shot gallery
was the second chassis completed, which was raced by a private effort in 1968 and 1969. The current owner has had it completely restored to 1967 specification and even sourced the only surviving aluminium Ford V8. For those who missed it in 2013, they will have another opportunity in just over a week's time as it is once again on the entry list, in Group 2B.
To put the second incarnation of the King Cobra in perspective, we have also updated our article and gallery on the original Cooper T61M King Cobra
, which was campaigned with considerable more success by Shelby in 1963 and 1964.
One of the late Carroll Shelby's successors, certainly in spirit, is John Hennessey, who specialises in improving existing models. Of late, he has also started producing complete cars and from 2015 will also offer the Venom F5
. The F5 is a reference to the strongest tornados with winds of 261 - 318 mph, which is most certainly a reference to the machine's potential top speed. Although no concrete figures have been published, Hennessey suggests the Venom F5
will feature an engine capable of producing in excess of 1,400 bhp. A limited run of only 30 examples of this mighty machine will be available.