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2016-10-20: Alfa Romeo touring car legend in full detail ...
Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 GTA Corsa 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!
  2016-10-19: Legendary Group 5 BMW 3.0 CSL and limited edition M4 ...
BMW 3.0 CSL Group 5 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.
2016-10-17: Lola Mk6 GT and Delahaye 135 that starred at Monterey in full detail ...
Lola Mk6 GT 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.
  2016-10-14: Unique Porsche 962 art car and Dodge Viper GTS-R ...
Porsche 962 CK6 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.
2016-10-12: Can-Am's 50th with title winning McLaren and Porsche, and Tony Adamowicz remembered ...
McLaren M8A Chevrolet 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.
  2016-10-10: Two great Toyota sports prototype racers ...
Toyota Eagle GTP Mk III 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.
2016-10-05: 2016 Dix Mille Tours report and 240-shot gallery ...
2016 Dix Mille Tours report and 240-shot gallery This weekend, we were on the French Cote d'Azur to cover the seventh annual Dix Mille Tours. First held in 2010, it is now one of Peter Auto's signature events and featured all the familiar grids associated with the French organiser. These ranged from the 1950s and 1960s GT and sports cars of the two-hour Sixties' Endurance race through to the achingly quick 1980s and 1990s prototypes that featured in the two 45-minute Group C Racing sprint races. Among the many great cars on track were the likes of the Ferrari 250 LM, Ferrari 312 PB, Porsche 917, Sauber-Mercedes C11 and Aston Martin AMR1. Although not quite as wet as last year, Saturday saw some rain, which allowed for beautiful 'rooster tails' but did not affect the running like it did in 2015. Despite the changeable conditions, around 12,000 spectators flocked to the Paul Ricard circuit to enjoy the sights and sounds of these phenomenal racing cars.
We were trackside throughout the event and have returned with a spectacular, class-by-class 240-shot gallery that serves to illustrated a concise report of the 2016 Dix Mille Tours.
  2016-10-03: 2016 Paris Motor Show round-up ...
Hyundai RN30 Concept Now that the dust has settled and we have returned from the Dix Mille Tours, it is time to round up the highlights from this week's Paris Motor Show. Hyundai grabbed the limelight with this very wild RN30 Concept. Based on the latest i30 hatchback, it was built up as a racing car but also serves to preview the first high performance 'N' model. Equipped with all-wheel drive, the RN30 Concept is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, good for 380 hp.
Another preview of an upcoming hot hatch comes in the form of the Honda Civic Type R Concept. Due to be launched in 2017, the latest Civic Type R will be the first ever generation of the model available in the United States.
Alongside the competition version we featured last week, Audi also revealed the RS 3 Sedan. It is powered by a significant evolution of the familiar five-cylinder engine. Now good for 400 hp, it features a light-alloy crankcase that allows for a 26 kg reduction in the weight of the engine. This incarnation of the RS 3 is also the first compact sedan to bear the RS label.
Porsche used the "Mondial de l'Automobile" to reveal the all-new 911 GT3 Cup. Powered by a newly developed four-litre engine, this is the latest in a long line of 911 based Cup cars. With over 3,000 examples built, this is the most sold GT-racer of all time. The new-for-2017 911 GT3 Cup will be available for the Supercup exclusively during its first year while it will be rolled out for the other one-make Porsche championships from the 2018 season onwards.
2016-09-29: 2016 Paris Motor Show first highlights ...
Audi RS 3 LMS Today the doors opened for the 2016 edition of the biennial Paris Motor Show. Among the cars that starred in the French capital was the all-new Audi RS 3 LMS. The latest addition to Audi's customer motorsport line-up, it is based on the equally new RS 3 sedan. Built to comply with the TCR regulations for high performance touring cars, it is powered by a turbo-charged, four-cylinder engine, good for around 330 hp. The RS 3 LMS will be available from the start of the upcoming season and is priced at EUR 129,000.
Of the local manufacturers, Renault particularly impressed with this Trezor Concept. The stylish Coupe is powered by an all-electric drivetrain derived from the successful Renault e.dams Formula E car. Driving the rear wheels, the electric motor produces 350 hp and 380 Nm of torque. While it is unfortunately not likely that we will see a Trezor, the show car does signal a new design language for Renault.
Although already announced earlier, Ferrari have now released more images and details of the GTC4Lusso T. Its unveiling in Paris coincided with the launch of Ferrari's 70th anniversary celebrations next year. As part of this, customers can order their Ferraris in some of the company's most iconic liveries.
  2016-09-26: Le Mans class of 1967 with Ford Mk IV and Ferrari 330 P4, and all-new Ligier LMP2 car ...
Ford Mk IV One of the most tantalising rivalries at Le Mans was the Ferrari and Ford one of the mid-1960s. In 1967, Ferrari was looking for revenge, while Ford fielded the all-new Mk IV. Still considered a GT40, it was actually developed and constructed entirely in the United States and featured a sophisticated composite chassis. What was carried over from the 1966 Le Mans winning GT40 was the big-block V8. Before Le Mans, Ford raced only a single Mk IV but it did win the Sebring 12 Hours straight out of the box. At Le Mans, Ford won again with the winning car piloted by Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt. At the recent Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance no fewer than three examples of the very rare Ford Mk IV were displayed including the Sebring and Le Mans winning cars.
Also on hand was the Mk IV's rival from Ferrari, the achingly beautiful 330 P4. Powered by a much smaller V12 engine and more compact in size, the Ferrari was nevertheless able to almost match the big Fords on raw pace. In the end, there was nothing the Ferrari drivers could but the 330 P4 does remain as one of the most beautiful and sought after cars ever built.
At this weekend's ELMS four-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps, Onroak Automotive revealed the first new-for-2017 LMP2 car. Suitably dubbed the Ligier JS P217, it features subtle changes to the cockpit dimensions to improve driver safety. Due to be delivered to customers from the start of the new year, the JS P217 is expected to star in all the major sports car racing championships.
2016-09-23: 2016 Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort report and gallery, and new Ferrari ...
2016 Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort A September packed with events kicked off at the much loved Circuit Park Zandvoort with the Historic Grand Prix. Headlined by the FIA Masters Historic Formula 1 championship, the event also featured races for a variety of other single seaters, touring cars, GT racers and sports cars. In addition to the races, the Historic Grand Prix also featured demonstration runs provided by the Porsche Museum and the FORCE. This made for an action packed three days. We ventured to our 'home' track for the third year and have returned with a concise report, illustrated by a class-by-class 210-shot gallery.
The latest Paris Motor Show release announced is this Ferrari GTC4Lusso T. An expansion of the Ferrari line-up, it features the twin-turbo V8 of the California T in place of the V12 fitted in the original model. This 3.9-litre unit is still good for an impressive 600 bhp. The GTC4Lusso T is rear-wheel drive only but does retain the range-topping model's four-wheel steering.
  2016-09-21: Goodwood winning Ferrari and the latest news ...
Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Comp/61 Last week's Goodwood Revival was kicked off with the new two-driver Kinrara Trophy that ran into the evening on Friday. It was won by nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen and Joe Macari in the latter's Ferrari 250 GT SWB Comp/61. A winner in period, this car made its historic racing debut after it was in longterm ownership with the two collectors for the last 45 years. Chassis 2973GT's most notable victory in period came at the 1962 Tour de France where original owner Andre Simon claimed victory.
This morning, Bentley announced the company's very first diesel engined car in the form of the Bentayga Diesel, which is due to debut in Paris next week. Being a Bentley, it is not powered by any ordinary engine but a V8 enhanced by twin exhaust driven turbos and an additional electric supercharger. The maximum output of the Bentayga Diesel engine is an impressive 429 bhp.
Also scheduled to make its first public appearance in the French capital is the Citroen C3 WRC Concept. Although officially a show car, it offers more than a glimpse of the French manufacturer's all-new World Rally Car, which is due to make its competitive debut in January at the Rallye Monte Carlo.
MINI, meanwhile, will take the wraps off the 228 bhp John Cooper Works Clubman at the Paris Motor Show. It comes as standard with a six-speed manual and all-wheel drive, while an eight-speed automatic is available as an option.