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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.
  2016-09-19: 2016 Chantilly Arts & Elegance report and 160-shot gallery and more ...
2016 Chantilly Arts & Elegance report and 160-shot gallery Earlier this month, the fabulous Chantilly castle hosted the third annual Chantilly Arts & Elegance. The only major concours d'elegance in France, the event offers a unique mix of classic, modern and competition cars, complemented by a great number of enthusiast clubs. On the eve of the show, Bonhams staged an auction, which was headlined by a Mercedes-Benz 500 K Spezial Roadster, which sold for over EUR 5 million. We were on hand for the third year in succession and have created a concise report, illustrated by a class-by-class 160-shot gallery.
At Chantilly, our eye was particularly caught by this unique Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Figoni Roadster. The only short chassis 8C 2300 bodied new by Joseph Figoni, this car was hidden from sight in single ownership for so long that a replica claiming this number had already emerged. The previous owner was presented with the car as a gift for his 21st birthday and cherished it for the rest of his life. In lovely time-warp condition this striking 8C 2300 only returned to the limelight this year.
One of the special classes was dedicated to the great, French Ferrari privateer Charles Pozzi. Among the cars fielded by the Ferrari distributor from Paris was this 308 GTB Group 4. One of the most successful examples of its type, chassis 21071 was driven to the outright victory in the 1982 Tour de France.
2016-09-16: All-new Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster, Peugeot 3008 DKR and hybrid Panamera 4 E-Hybrid ...
Mercede-AMG GT C Roadster Ahead of the official launch later this month at the Paris Motor Show, Mercedes-AMG revealed the first details of the GT Roadster and the more potent GT C Roadster. Both versions are powered by the M178, twin-turbo V8, which produces 476 hp and 557 hp respectively. The top of the range GT C Roadster can accelerate to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 316 km/h.
Peugeot, meanwhile, have revealed the new 3008 DKR, which is due to debut at the upcoming Dakar Rally. It is development of the 2008 DKR previously used, so it features a twin-turbo diesel V6 mounted amidships in a purpose-built spaceframe chassis. The engine is actually slightly less powerful than the V6 used this year as it received a bigger restrictor. Among the drivers tasked to drive the 3008 DKR is defending Dakar winner Stephane Peterhansel.
With the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, Porsche have added a fourth model to the all-new Panamera line-up. As the name suggests, it features a hybrid drivetrain, which consists of a twin-turbo petrol V6 and an electric motor. The combined system output of the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is 462 hp and 700 Nm of torque.
  2016-09-13: 2016 Goodwood Revival report with 380-shot gallery ...
2016 Goodwood Revival report with 380-shot gallery This weekend, the Goodwood Motor Circuit hosted the 19th annual Goodwood Revival. Amazingly, as of this year, the circuit has served longer as a historic than a contemporary venue, which lasted only from 1948 through to 1966. Event host Lord March has created a tantalising and hugely successful walk down memory lane but tweaks are made every year to further improve the show. This year, a brand new, opening race was added for early 1960s GT cars that ran into the sunset on Friday evening, which provided a true spectacle. The weather was not quite on its behaviour but a rainy Saturday certainly did not dampen the spirits. Set fixtures like the Bonhams auction and the RAC TT Celebration race also did not disappoint.
We were at the sell-out Goodwood Revival for its entirety and have prepared a concise report, which is illustrated with a mouth-watering 340-shot gallery of the event itself and all the races and an additional 40-shot gallery from the Bonhams sale.
2016-09-08: Time-warp Porsche 550 headed for auction and the latest news ...
Porsche 550 RS Spyder We are at Goodwood this weekend for the annual Revival Meeting and a set fixture is the Bonhams auction. The British company's sale is this year headlined by a beautifully preserved Porsche 550 Spyder. Among the very last produced, this car was owned new by a Hollywood executive. The next custodian loved driving the car so much that he decided to open a Porsche dealership. Unfortunately for him, he had to sell the car to raise the required funds to finance his new business venture. Rarely used and seen since the 1970s, it received the coveted FIVA award at the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance for the best preserved car. Chassis 550-0090 is offered in time warp condition and accordingly is estimated to sell for around GBP 5 million.
This week, Audi revealed the first details and images of the second generation S5 Sportback. It is powered by the latest turbocharged V6 engine, which produces around 350 bhp and 500 Nm of torque. This is transferred to all four wheels through an eight-speed gearbox.
Also due at the Paris Motor Show later this month will be the mighty Bentley Continental Flying Spur W12 S. Thanks to its 626 bhp W12 engine, this is the very first four-door Bentley to break the 200 mph top speed barrier.
  2016-09-06: 2016 The Quail report and gallery, and two McLarens that starred ...
2016 The Quail report and gallery One of the most exclusive events during the Monterey car week is The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering. Hosted by the Quail Lodge in the heart of the Carmel Valley, it is a concours d'elegance with a unique atmosphere. The visitors are treated to a mix of automotive and culinary delights with sufficient space to really enjoy both. For us, the cars are still the most important ingredient of the event and we have taken a closer look at some of the highlights in this concise report, which is illustrated by a 150-shot gallery.
Amidst the many great cars on display, two McLarens really stood out. Shown as part of the BMW centenary celebrations was one of the three surviving McLaren F1 prototypes. Referred to as XP4 this was the car used for gearbox and endurance testing and it also starred in the popular television show Top Gear. Of a slightly earlier vintage was the McLaren M16C/D Offenhauser, which was raced for the works team in the 1974 Indy 500 by David Hobbs. This would be the first of six outings in the legendary event. A sister car to the 1974 winning car, chassis 6 was recently completely restored to its original livery and configuration.
2016-09-01: The Monterey Auctions and new car round-up ...
2016 Monterey Auctions Today, we continue our coverage of the Monterey Peninsula Car Week with a detailed look at the auctions staged by international companies Bonhams, RM Sotheby's and Gooding & Company. The major sales this year were awaited with a slightly unsettling mix of anticipation and anxiety. Anticipation because of the magnificent cars that were consigned like the very first Shelby Cobra, the 1956 Le Mans winning Jaguar D-Type, an alloy Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider and a highly original Bugatti Type 51, and anxiety because of the uncertainty in the market that had been raised by the recent Brexit vote. In the end, the best cars managed to sell as expected and the sales did not disappoint. Our coverage provides a closer look with all the results and a 170-shot gallery.
During the week, several manufacturers also released brand new production and show cars. Among them was the Lamborghini Centenario Roadster. Production is limited to just 20 examples and all of them have already been spoken for. With 99 examples, the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante is not quite as elusive but will surely be equally sort after. Among the show cars introduced at Monterey were the Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 and the Cadillac Escala.
At the upcoming Paris Motor Show, Citroen will reveal this striking CXperience Concept. Like the name suggests, this large hatchback sedan is inspired by the great CX introduced back in the 1970s.
  2016-08-29: 2016 Monterey Motorsports Reunion report and 480-shot galleries ...
2016 Monterey Motorsports Reunion report and 480-shot galleries One of the anchor events of the classic car week on the Monterey Peninsula is the annual Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion held on Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. This year's edition underlined why, attracting over 70,000 spectators over four days, who witnessed around 500 historic racing cars take to the track. These ranged from a 1911 National that competed in the first ever Indy 500 to the BMW M3 GTR that clinched a class win in the 2001 Petit Le Mans. The latter was part of the centennial celebrations of featured marque BMW. Additionally, the Motorsports Reunion also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Can-Am and TransAm championships. Among the many other highlights were a race headlined by no fewer than three Ferrari 250 GTOs and the return to the track of the all-conquering ex-Juan Manuel Fangio III Toyota-Eagle Mk III.
You can read all about the 2016 Monterey Motorsports Reunion in our concise report, which is illustrated by a group-by-group 280-shot gallery of the event itself an an additional 200-shot gallery from the Pre-Reunion held at Laguna Seca the weekend before.
2016-08-25: 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance report and 320-shot gallery ...
2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance report and 320-shot gallery This weekend, the exclusive Pebble Beach golf club hosted the 66th annual Concours d'Elegance. It forms the grand finale of a week packed with events and auctions. At this year's edition BMW's centennial and the 50th anniversary of Ford's breakthrough Le Mans win were celebrated. There were also special classes for Bizzarrini, special bodied Fiats, Chapron coachwork and Delahayes. The long day ended with the presentation of the coveted 'Best of Show', which this year was the Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Bocca Cabriolet, which we featured earlier this week.
Our photographers were on the lawn from dawn till dusk to capture all the highlights to illustrate our concise report. The results are presented in a class-by-class 280-shot gallery from the Concours d'Elegance and an additional 40-shot gallery from the curtailed Tour d'Elegance.
  2016-08-22: 2016 Pebble Beach winning Lancia Astura ...
Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Bocca Cabriolet Yesterday, the Monterey Car Week celebrated its grand finale at the 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach golf course with the 66th annual Concours d'Elegance. The culmination of that event is the announcement of the coveted 'Best of Show' award at the very end of the afternoon. This year, three cars were nominated and ultimately this fabulous Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet was called forward to receive the prized award. Finished in an understated black, the winning machine combined the very sophisticated 'third series' Astura underpinnings with a glorious Cabriolet body designed and built by Pinin Farina. It was one of six similar cars built for a Lancia dealer named Bocca. Among its later owners were legendary guitar player Eric Clapton and Pininfarina themselves, who showed the car in their museum for many years. The current owner spent the last six years restoring the car and the results are absolutely stunning, making the 'Bocca' Cabriolet a well deserved winner.
In the coming days, we will take a closer look at all the major events and auctions with detailed reports and extensive galleries, so keep your eye on this page.