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2014-09-11: Jackie Stewart's Tyrrell 006 in full detail and Bonhams Revival preview ...
Tyrrell 006 Cosworth Fifty years ago this year, Sir Jackie Stewart first raced at Goodwood. This occasion is celebrated with a special parade of cars he raced during his career during this weekend's Goodwood Revival Meeting. Among the ex-Stewart racers present will be a pair of Tyrrell 006 Cosworths. Introduced halfway through the 1972 season, the all-new Tyrrell design was quick straight out of the box but proved woefully unreliable during its first outings. By 1973, the bugs had been ironed out and Stewart used the 006 to win his third and final World Championship. A very sad footnote in the Tyrrell 006's history was Francois Cevert's crash in the practice session of the final Grand Prix of the year.
We have captured both surviving Tyrrell 006s in action over the years, with an action-packed fifty-shot gallery as the result. This is due to be further expanded after the weekend, following our complete coverage of this year's Revival, which is due early next week.
We can offer a first glimpse of the event with a preview of the Bonhams Revival Sale. We snuck into the Bonhams marquee early and captured all the star cars, headlined by a superb selection of Abarths from the Maranello Rosso Collection. The sale is scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
  2014-09-10: All-new Mercedes-AMG GT, Jaguar XE and BMW M235i Convertible ...
Mercedes-AMG GT With the summer break now over, manufacturers have jumped at the opportunity to reveal some of the most exciting new releases due at the Paris Motor Show early next month. One of the most highly anticipated will undoubtedly be the Mercedes-AMG GT. The compact Coupe is the first model from the new high performance sub-brand and features a lightweight aluminium chassis and body, and a twin-turbocharged V8. Unusually, the four-litre engine boasts dry-sump lubrication and the turbos are mounted inside the V. In 'standard trim', it is good for 462 hp, while a GT S version will also be available with 510 hp on tap. With these figures, the Mercedes-AMG GT looks set to be a real alternative to the ever popular Porsche 911.
Jaguar will also enter a new market segment with the XE, which was spectacularly launched on Monday evening. The product of a GBP 1.5 billion investment, the compact sedan also boasts a lot of aluminium to keep the weight down. The introduction will have been watched with particular interest by executives in Stuttgart, Munich and Ingolstadt. Topping the range will be this XE S powered by a 335 bhp supercharged V6, while smaller petrol and diesel engines will also be available.
BMW will use the Paris show to reveal the new 2-Series Convertible. The most potent version in the line-up will be the M235i, which features a twin-turbo straight six, good for 322 bhp.
Earlier this week, we already received a preview of the Divine DS show car, which firmly establishes DS as a separate marque.
2014-09-08: 2014 Chantilly Arts & Elegance report and gallery, and new Zagato Aston ...
2014 Chantilly Arts & Elegance report and gallery An international Concours d'Elegance was staged in France for the first time this weekend in over decade with the Chantilly Arts & Elegance. Organised by Peter Auto, best known for events like the Tour Auto and Le Mans Classic, the new Concours was hosted by the hugely impressive Chateau de Chantilly. Matching the dramatic backdrop was a superb selection of cars spread over ten different classes. Two marked the Maserati centennial, while others included a tribute to Bugatti. In addition to the cars in the main Concours d'Elegance, the event also welcomed clubs, which brought out some superb cars, many of which would have deserved a spot on the field as well.
Our photographers ventured to the idyllic Chateau de Chantilly just north of Paris to capture the inaugural Chantilly Arts & Elegance in full detail. The result of their work is a concise report, illustrated by a 210-shot gallery.
Reliving the days of old, the Concours d'Elegance also welcomed brand new concept and show cars. Among was the Aston Martin Virage Zagato Shooting Brake, which was shown for the very first time. It is the third in a series of three one-offs built on Aston Martin chassis by Zagato to celebrate the British manufacturer's centennial. This Virage-based machine boasts a classic Shooting Brake style body.
  2014-09-05: Slippery Porsche 907, all-new Mazda MX-5 and further news ...
Porsche 907 During the very busy summer, we have seen many great and important cars, which we will look at in more detail in the coming weeks and months. Among them was this freshly restored Porsche 907. This was one of two examples prepared for the 1967 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Fitted with a very slippery body and the latest fuel-injected version of the 911 competition engine, this example was clocked at a staggering 302 km/h down the straight. Not surprisingly, the sister car won the Index of Performance. Following a crash in testing, the featured example was not raced again in period. After a complete restoration by noted Porsche expert, Willy Kauhsen, it was raced at the Le Mans Classic by former Le Mans winner Jurgen Barth.
The big (or small if you like) news this week was the launch of the all-new, fourth generation Mazda MX-5. Boasting a fresh design inspired by Mazda's KODO-Soul of motion design language, the new sports car is a full 100 kg lighter than the outgoing model. While no specific performance figures have been released yet, there is no doubt that the latest MX-5 should once again be a blast to drive.
Last night Lexus did release full figures of their new high performance flagship model; the RC-F. It features a 467 hp version of the 5-litre V8 engine, mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Land Rover meanwhile, launched the first model in the completely revised Discovery line-up: the Discovery Sport. At the introduction, the latest 'Disco' will be powered by a four-cylinder diesel engine. Another brand-new SUV to break cover is the second generation Volvo XC90. Packed with sophisticated technologies, it is powered by a two-litre, four-cylinder engine, good for a whopping 360 bhp thanks to the combined use of a supercharger and a turbo.
The most powerful car added today however is the tarmac-shredding Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, which features a 707 hp, supercharged version of the familiar HEMI V8.
2014-09-03: 2014 Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort report and 220-shot gallery ...
2014 Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort report and 220-shot gallery Over the weekend, Circuit Park Zandvoort hosted the third annual Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort. Always a drivers' favourite, Zandvoort is a challenging, undulating track running through the dunes on Holland's North Sea coast. This year's edition included no fewer than 13 different race groups, featuring national and international championships. Headlining the Historic Grand Prix was the FIA Masters Formula One Championship, while among the other highlights were the first ever appearance of Group C at Zandvoort and the hotly disputed Masters Sports Car race. In addition to the races, the crowds were also treated to lunchtime demonstrations, which included a run from David Brabham in a Brabham BT24 in honour of his late father Sir Jack Brabham and a re-enactment of the one-two finish of the Lotus 79 in the 1978 Dutch Grand Prix with two-time Indy 500 winner Arie Luyendyk playing the role of Mario Andretti.
Our photographers ventured to their local track for the first time since 2007 and returned very satisfied. The result is a 220-shot gallery, which serves to illustrate a detailed report.
  2014-09-01: 2014 The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering report and gallery ...
2014 The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering report and gallery One of the most exclusive events during the annual car week on the Monterey Peninsula is the The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering. The unique concours d'elegance combines an eclectic line-up of cars and motorcycles ranging from early models straight to modern supercars with a superb gourmet food and drinks. What also sets 'The Quail' apart is the fact that the competitors, often as knowledgable as 'professional' judges, themselves serve as judges in their class. At this year's edition the major anniversaries celebrated were 100 years of Maserati and the 50th of the Mustang, marked with a special class for early competition Mustangs. These special classes joined the familiar ones like 'The Great Ferraris' and the 'Post War Racing Cars'. One of the most striking machines lined up in the latter was the very first Porsche 911 GT1, which was originally raced by JB Racing in Marlboro colours. We did see the car before but sporting a later livery. The Quail also marked several world debuts, including that of the Lamborghini Huracan LP620-2 Super Trofeo due to compete in the company's one-make series. Lamborghini later also announced their intentions to develop a version of the car eligible to compete in international GT championships.
Our photographers explored the fairway and putting greens in front of the Quail lodge and have returned with a sparkling 200-shot gallery, which illustrates a concise report.
2014-08-28: The two Ferrari 250 TR prototypes in full detail ...
Ferrari 250 TR Prototipo At the recent Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, the Ferrari 250 TR took centre stage with a special class featuring 20 different examples. One of the absolute stars was the second of two 250 TR Prototipos. First raced at Le Mans in 1957, it was originally fitted with an experimental 3.1 litre engine and a pontoon-fendered body. Serving as a works car for more than a season, it was later updated to 1958 works specification and driven to victory at Buenos Aires and Sebring by Phil Hill and Peter Collins. Although extensively raced in the United States well into the 1960s, it has survived in remarkably original condition. Today it is the only original 250 TR in existence and most recently changed hands for a staggering $40 million. We captured every angle of chassis 0704TR to complement our shots of the sister Prototipo, which we already featured. The result is a mouth watering 69-shot gallery.
  2014-08-27: 2014 Monterey Auctions report, gallery and results ...
2014 Monterey Auctions report, gallery and results How long will it last? This is a question that has been raised many times in the last few years about the ever increasing prices of collector cars. Following the recent Monterey sales, we can say that the boom is not over yet. On the Monterey Peninsula close to $400 million worth of cars changed hands and no record was safe. At the start of the week, all eyes were on the Bonhams sale, which included a 250 GTO offered at no reserve; a sure bet for a new world record. During the following days, all the major rivals had Ferraris lined up that would challenge the old record as part of yet another buying frenzy during the Pebble Beach week.
In between visiting events, we ventured to four of the biggest auctions to capture all the highlights. The result is a 180-shot gallery, which serves to illustrate a brief report of each of the sales. At the bottom of the article links can be found to the final results from the four auctioneers.
Renault, meanwhile, have released full details of the Sport R.S. 01, built in conjunction with Dallara. Although constructed for a one-make series, it boasts a LMP1 specification carbon-fibre composite monocoque, which uses a Nissan GT-R derived V6 as a partly stressed member. Not built to or limited by any particular regulations, the sub 1,100 kg machine should be mighty quick. The R.S. 01 will be used from 2015 in the new Renaultsport Trophy, which includes drives in Super GT and LMP2 as part of the prizes.
2014-08-25: 2014 Monterey Motorsports Reunion report and 440-shot gallery ...
2014 Monterey Motorsports Reunion report and 440-shot gallery One of the longest running events of the annual Monterey Classic Car week is the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion held on the legendary Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. This year's edition welcomed over 550 classic cars, spread over 15 different race groups. The machines entered ranged from very early Grand Prix and Indy cars to a superb selection of IMSA GTO and GTP racers. The main feature this year was the Maserati centennial, marked by a special display and a strong presence of competition Maseratis in the appropriate groups. Further highlights included a dedicated Can-Am group and the ever popular Trans-Am machines from the same era.
Our photographers were trackside to capture all groups at least once, which has resulted in a 240-shot gallery, which illustrates a concise report. Additionally, we had already captured the Monterey Motorsports Pre-Reunion a week earlier, which featured many of the same cars.
  2014-08-22: Pebble Best of Show Ferrari, striking Pourtout Talbot Lago and new Lambo racer ...
Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti Coupe 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.
2014-08-20: 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance report and 370-shot gallery ...
2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance report and 370-shot gallery 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.
  2014-08-14: Two spectacular Ferraris due to cross the block in Monterey ...
Ferrari 365 P Pininfarina Tre Posti 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.