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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.
2014-08-11: Monterey Motorsports Pre-Reunion 200 shot gallery and more ...
2014 Monterey Motorsports Pre Reunion gallery 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.
  2014-08-07: Two competition Alfa Romeos that starred at Monterey during the last couple of years ...
Alfa Romeo Giulia 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.
2014-08-06: Reunion preview with rare King Cobras and new 1,400 Hennessey Venom ...
Shelby T-10 King Cobra Ford 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.
  2014-08-04: Ferrari 250 GTO in our largest ever single-car feature ...
Ferrari 250 GTO August has arrived and in our world that means only one thing: the Monterey car week is about to take off. More than ever before, the eyes will be on the auctioneers, which are bound to make headlines with spectacular sales. None more so than Bonhams, who will offer ten Ferraris from the Maranello Rosso Collection in the company's Quail Lodge Sale. This is headlined by the 250 GTO, which had been owned by the late Fabrizio Violati since 1965. With recent prices of privately sold examples having reportedly reached the $50 million mark, a new world record will surely be set with the sale. Particularly because all ten Ferraris, including the GTO, will be offered at no reserve!
The pending sale of chassis 3851GT has prompted us to dive into our archives to further complete our 250 GTO article. In addition to the chassis details of all 28 examples still fitted with the 1962/63 body styles, we have also expanded our gallery to include the 22 cars we have seen over the years. This has resulted in our largest ever single-car gallery at a whopping 462 shots of the cars at events all around the world, which should ensure several hours of viewing pleasure!
Keep an eye on this page as many more previews and reports on the Monterey events will follow.
2014-08-01: 1914 French Grand Prix winning Mercedes and new Toyota rally car ...
Mercedes 18/100 Grand Prix Slated at the time as the greatest race yet, the highly anticipated 1914 French Grand Prix was in many ways a peaceful prelude to the Great War that would sweep over Europe just a couple of days later. Represented by Peugeot and Mercedes, the protagonists of the race were also France and Germany. Built to completely revised regulations, the Germans brought this brand 18/100 Grand Prix. Powered by a 4.5-litre, four-cylinder engine with four valves and spark plugs per cylinder, this was the most sophisticated competition car built to date. After a thrilling 20-lap race on a massive circuit on the roads around Lyon, Mercedes came out as the winner with Christian Lautenschlager heading a historic one-two-three victory. To mark the occasion, Mercedes-Benz brought all three surviving examples, including the actual winner to Lyon earlier this year. We captured the three machines at the Goodwood Festival of Speed where they ran up the hill nose-to-tail. Good news for American enthusiasts; the winning car will be out later this month at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during the Monterey Monterey Motorsports Reunion.
With the all-new Toyota GT 86 CS-R3 announced earlier this week, the Japanese manufacturer is set to bring rear-wheel-drive back to the World Rally Championship. Based on the highly acclaimed GT 86 road car, it features a 250 bhp version of the Subaru-built four-cylinder boxer engine. The GT 86 CS-R3 will make its debut in a fortnight at the German round of the WRC and will be available to customers in 2015.
  2014-07-30: Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Turbo and two Can-Am 917s in full detail ...
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Turbo 2.1 In preparation for the launch of the 911 Turbo road car and the subsequent 934 and 935 competition cars, Porsche fielded the 911 Carrera RSR Turbo 2.1 during the 1974 season. As the road car was not yet built in sufficient numbers, it was not homologated and raced in the prototype class instead. This was of little concern to Porsche, who were more interested in testing and developing car in a proper racing environment and also welcomed any publicity this would generate for the production model. Despite racing against purpose-built competition cars like the Matra 670 and Alfa Romeo 33, the 911 Carrera RSR Turbo did score some great results, most notably a second place finish at Le Mans. Over the years, we caught up with three of the fours cars built, including the example that finished second at Le Mans, while a sister car is seen in action at the recent Le Mans Classic. The result is this 36-shot gallery, which illustrates our detailed article.
Another rare experimental Porsche is the 917 PA 16 Spyder, which is one of two PA Spyders built. Never raced, it was tested during the 1971 season with a massive 16-cylinder engine with an eye on competing in the Can-Am championship. The complicated and heavy engine was ultimately abandoned in favour of a turbo-charged version of the flat 12 engine. The ultimate development of this engine produced in excess of 1,100 bph and was found in the 917/30. At the Goodwood Festival of Speed, we captured the chassis offered by RM Auctions earlier this years and have used the opportunity to expand our gallery of this mighty machine to 65 shots.
2014-07-28: Marvellous Maseratis and news from Aston Martin Lagonda and McLaren ...
Maserati A6GCS/53 Pinin Farina Berlinetta Legendary Italian manufacturer Maserati is 100 years old this year and this is celebrated at most major events. Among these was the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed where Maseratis starred in separate classes both on the hill and in the concours d'elegance. Fittingly, Best of Show in the concours went to the Maserati A6GCS/53 Pinin Farina Berlinetta brought by Egon Zweimuller Jr. This was one of just four of these created by Pinin Farina back in 1953. They are considered among the most beautiful Maseratis ever built and still influence the design of the most recent models. In edition to the concours winning chassis 2060, we have also added lovely shots of chassis 2056, which was brought by the Panini Collection to Villa d'Este. As a result, the gallery now includes 62 shots.
Among the most interesting Maseratis in action during the Festival of Speed was one of the very rare V8RIs built during the mid-1930s. The name is short for V8 Ruote Indepediente (independent wheels), which aptly describes the key elements of the car's design. Unfortunately, the Grand Prix machine was not quite capable of keeping up with the better funded German opposition but several were raced with considerable success in North America. The example at Goodwood was the first of four built and was seen in action for the first time following an eight-year restoration. Our 41-shot gallery also includes pictures of a sister car, which is regularly raced by its German owner.
Purists will be glad to learn that the rather unfortunate Lagonda SUV concept launched a few years ago will not form the basis for a production car. Instead, the Lagonda name will be revived for a yet to be named Super Saloon. Based on the VH-chassis, it will be built in limited numbers in the same factory as the One-77 was previously manufactured. For unknown reasons, it will however only be available in the Middle East.
McLaren, meanwhile, have released another shot of the P1 GTR, which will be officially launched at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in a few weeks time.
  2014-07-24: Indy winning March, Lola Mk6 and Ford GT Roadster to cross the block ..
March 86C Cosworth The annual car week on the Monterey Peninsula is quickly approaching and all major auctioneers have managed to consign an unprecedented array of high quality machines. In the coming weeks, we will take a closer look at some of the very and today we start with RM Auctions. The Canadian company traditionally hosts their sale in downtown Monterey on Friday and Saturday.
Among the most important machines to cross the block during the first evening is the 1986 Indianapolis winning March 86C Cosworth. Designed and engineered by Adrian Newey, the Truesports entered and Bobby Rahal driven March was among the fastest all season long. Accordingly, Rahal did not only win Indianapolis but was also crowned champion at the end of the year. For good measure, a your-old March 86C won again at Indy in 1987. The ex-Rahal March 86C was acquired directly from the team by the vendor and comes complete with its Indy winning engine. It is estimated to sell for between $1.75 and $2.5 million.
Also due to cross the block at RM on Friday is the unique Chevrolet-engined Lola Mk6 GT. The third and final Mk6 built, this example was sold to John Mecom, who briefly raced it with a Chevrolet V8, while the other two actually featured Ford engines. Following a long spell in the Rosso Bianco museum, it was acquired by the consignor, who had it completely restored. We saw the Mk6 GT Chevrolet at Retromobile some years ago and genuinely hope the new custodian will take it racing.
Whereas the Lola formed the basis for the subsequent GT40, the Ford GT Roadster consigned for Friday is one of the actual GT40 prototypes. One of just four open GT40s built, the auction car was used exclusively for testing and as such is the most original of all surviving GT prototypes. We captured chassis GT/108 in full detail at a recent Quail, a Motorsports Gathering. Its pre-sale estimate is an ambitious but not unfathomable $8 - $10 million.
2014-07-21: Coach-built Ferrari and Alfa Romeo, and the Parnelli F1 car ...
Ferrari 212 Inter Vignale Notchback Coupe Over the past decades New York-based collector Peter S. Kalikow assembled a superb selection of machinery. One thing they all shared was that Kalikow saw them in person when new, and a vast majority were also Ferraris bodied by Pininfarina. The first true exception to this rule was this Ferrari 212 Inter Vignale Notchback Coupe. It had escaped from Kalikow's attention as it had been delivered new to a customer in Portugal. Setting it apart from the other 212 Inter Ferraris clothed by Vignale was the unique combination of a Cabriolet body with a fixed hard-top roof. Following a complete restoration the one-off 212 Inter Vignale Notchback Coupe was shown by Kalikow at Pebble Beach 2013 and Villa d'Este in 2014.
Also brought to these exact events was this Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Ghia-Aigle Cabriolet. This is the very first of just eight 1900C Alfas bodied by the Swiss carrozzeria. It remained in Switzerland for most of its life and was displayed in a Swiss museum for several years. In more recent years, it was acquired by the current owner from the spectacular Gene Ponder collection. Following a full restoration, the 1900C SS Ghia-Aigle Cabriolet looked right at home on the 18th fairway at Pebble and on the shores of Lake Como.
Of a completely different order is the Parnelli VPJ4 Cosworth, which was a rare American foray into Formula 1. Headed by Parnelli Jones, the team did use European influences, most notably French designer Maurice Philippe, who had previously penned the World Championship winning Lotus 72. Tasked to drive the car was Vel's Parnelli Jones regular Mario Andretti. He finished in the points during the car's 1974 debut season but ultimately a lack of funding for proper development let it down. Over the years, we captured one of the surviving Parnelli VPJ4s on both sides of the Atlantic, resulting in an action-packed 28-shot gallery. Hopefully, the upcoming American Formula 1 team will last a little longer.
  2014-07-17: Rare F1 racers that starred at the FoS and Roadster V12 Vantage S ...
Lec CRP1 Cosworth Each year the Goodwood Festival of Speed attracts some of the world's most significant and successful competition machines. Fortunately, there is also room for the lesser known but perhaps even more interesting footnotes of our sport's history. This year two Formula 1 cars attended that were very much a product of the 1970s 'kit car' era and were not seen in action again since they were new, although for varying reasons.
Best known of the pair was undoubtedly the Lec CRP1 Cosworth, raced in period by David Purley. Designed by Mike Pilbeam, it was constructed in the off hours at the Lec refrigerator factory owned by Charles Purley. The car briefly led the 1977 Belgian Grand Prix but is best known for a massive head-on incident, which for many years was the crash with the highest g-forces survived by the driver. At Goodwood, the second Lec CRP1 built was demonstrated for the first time after a complete rebuild.
Shrouded in more mystery and altogether more exotic is the Maki F101A Cosworth. Launched at a high profile event in 1974 at a prestigious London hotel, the project promised a lot but ultimately, no Maki ever qualified for a Grand Prix. In its original guise the Maki was at its most interesting and fortunately, the prototype has survived in this specification. It was this Maki F101A that was on hand at Goodwood. This was the first ever venture abroad for this particular car.
Perfectly timed for the summer, Aston Martin have launched the V12 Vantage S Roadster. It shares the same 565 bhp version of the familiar V12 engine with its fixed head counterpart. This enables the wind-in-your-face Aston Martin to accelerate to 60 mph in four seconds and then continue on to reach a top speed of just over 200 mph.