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2017-10-16: Mazda Monday with three rotary racers that competed at the Motorsports Reunion ...
Mazda RX-7 GTU At the annual Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Mazda North America always has a strong presence and this year, the 'works' cars were joined by several very successful rotary racers brought by privateers, one from as far away as Switzerland.
The most successful car to take to the track at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was this RX-7 built by Team Highball to the new IMSA GTU specifications of 1985. It was the first spaceframe chassis GTU car and would become the winningest car ever at Daytona with a total of five class wins. Being a silhouette racer, the privately built machine has used both first and second generation RX-7 body designs.
Of a slightly later vintage is this rotary engined Argo JM19. Built for Jim Downing, it was successfully campaigned in the IMSA Lights category. It proved instrumental in dominating the class for Mazda for several years. The featured example scored class wins from 1986 through to 1989.
Also of the same era but predominantly raced in Europe and Japan was this Mazda 757. Like the other two cars featured today, the 757 was mostly in contention for class wins and clinched those at Le Mans in 1986 and 1987. Brought all the way to California from Switzerland, the pictured example was the class winner at Le Mans in 1987 and still boasts those colours.
  2017-10-13: New DB11 Volante and Artcurial Mercedes-Benz sale ...
Aston Martin DB11 Volante Today, Aston Martin revealed the first details of the new DB11 Volante. The drop-top version of the highly acclaimed DB11 Coupe will be available at the launch with the recently introduced twin-turbo V8 engine built by AMG for Aston Martin. It produces 503 bhp and drives the rear wheels through an eight speed automatic gearbox. The achingly beautiful DB11 Volante is also quite a bit lighter than its predecessor.
At the headquarters of Mercedes-Benz France, French specialists Artcurial will stage the aptly named Mercedes-Benz by Artcurial auction this Sunday. As the name suggests, Mercedes-Benz products only will cross the block and quite a few of these come from the reserve collection of Mercedes-Benz France. That includes the headlining 300 SL Gullwing, which is believed to be only the sixth ever 300 SL imported into France. It is still in highly original condition and is estimated to sell for over 900,000 Euro.
Of a slightly earlier vintage is this 540 K Cabriolet B. The example on offer was shown at the 1937 London Motor Show but then disappeared from the limelight until very recently. Having benefited from a recent restoration, it is estimated to change hands for 750,000 - 850,000 Euro.
Somewhat more affordable is this 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II. The beautifully preserved and well maintained machine has covered less than 40,000 km from new and can be yours for around 170,000 Euro.
2017-10-10: Unique 1950s coach-built masterpieces ...
Jaguar XK120 SE Pinin Farina Coupe As Standard Swallow, Jaguar's roots were in coach-building, so a vast majority of the British company's cars were clothed in-house. One of these very rare exceptions is this XK120 SE, entrusted to Pinin Farina. The only XK120 ever bodied by Pinin Farina, it was commissioned by American luxury car importer Max Hoffman. After it was shown at the 1955 Geneva Motor Show, it was rarely seen in public. Having lingered for many years in the hands of a German collector, it has finally been restored by specialists Classic Motor Cars (CMC) in England. Quite possibly making its first public appearance in over sixty years, the XK120 SE Pinin Farina Coupe was then shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance where it placed second in class.
The unique Jaguar was beaten only by this equally unique Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Boano Coupe. It had been shown at Pebble just two years earlier in time-warp condition but was now fully restored.
Boano designs are exceedingly rare but there were three other cars displayed on the lawn at Pebble Beach produced by Italian coach-builder. Among them were two unique Ferraris; the 410 Superamerica Boano Coupe and the 410 Superamerica Boano Cabriolet. Both were brought by the Robert M. Lee collection, which also includes the third Ferrari using the same design; this 250 GT Cabriolet.
  2017-10-06: Striking Porsche 962C and rare Pierce Arrow Silver Arrow headed for auction ...
Porsche 962C While the Group C cars were not out in large numbers at the Hungaroring Classic, we were treated to a freshly restored Porsche 962C. It was one of the very last examples produced and sold new to Japan to compete in the local championship in 1990. The car was retired from contemporary racing at the end of the year and was recently restored by Freisinger Motorsport. While not liveried, it made its first appearance during last year's Le Mans Classic with Porsche works racer Romain Dumas behind the wheel. Chassis 962-147 has now been fully stickered up and was raced in its original colours at the Hungaroring by its new owner.
Canadian auction company RM Sotheby's is at Hershey this weekend for a two-day sale. The headliner for today's sale is a very rare Pierce Arrow Silver Arrow. The example due to cross the block, without reserve, is the very first built and one of just three remaining. Offered for the first time in over three decades, this iconic Silver Arrow is estimated to sell for $2 - $3 million.
2017-10-03: 2017 Hungaroring Classic report and 230-shot gallery ...
2017 Hungaroring Classic report and 230-shot gallery Just over 31 years after hosting the very first Formula 1 race behind the iron curtain, the Hungaroring was the scene this weekend of the very first international historic race in Eastern Europe. Staged by Peter Auto, the inaugural Hungaroring Classic saw the familiar but nonetheless spectacular mix of machinery take to the track just east of the lovely city of Budapest. These included the likes of a Sauber-Mercedes Group C car, the one-off Ferrari 250 GT SWB Breadvan, numerous Shelby Cobras and fire-belching BMWs and Porsches. Making the most of the unique opportunity, over 20,000 spectators attended the event that was also broadcast live on Hungarian television and on several screens in the city. The entrants and drivers that made the journey across Europe were all full of praise of both the event and the inquisitive Hungarian crowd.
Our photographers were also on hand to witness history in the making. From our very first visit to the undulating Hungaroring circuit, we have filed this report, illustrated by an action-packed 230-shot gallery.
  2017-09-28: Le Mans winning Ferrari headed to auction and Quail's mid-engined marvels ...
Ferrari 275 P Two years after selling this Ferrari 335 S from the Mas du Clos collection for a record amount, French auctioneer will offer another great car from the estate of Pierre Bardinon at Retromobile in February. This is the, if possible, even more spectacular Ferrari 275 P; the very car that scored the outright win at Le Mans in 1964. This was the eighth of nine Ferrari wins in the classic endurance race and the very last scored by the factory team. Owned by the late Pierre Bardinon since the early 1970s, chassis 0816 could sell for a similar amount as the 335 S had done two years earlier.
With its mid-engined layout, the 275 P would have been right at home at the recent The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering where these machines starred in the dedicated 'Mid-Engined Marvels' class. Of the cars entered in the class, this ATS 2500 GTS also took the best of show award at the end of the day. Freshly restored, this was one of just two built with competition features that included a further tuned engine and aluminium body.
Group B rallying was also very well represented with this Lancia 037 Stradale and very rare Ferrari 308 GTB Group B. The Lancia was only just imported into the United States, having spent almost all its life in Japan and the Ferrari was one of just three fitted with the later four-valve engine, making it the fastest of the 308 rally cars.
2017-09-25: 2017 The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering report and 170-shot gallery ...
2017 The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering report and 170-shot gallery During the annual car week, there are numerous events on the Monterey Peninsula and today, we take a detailed look at one of our absolute favourites; The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering. Held for the fifteenth time this year, it is a concours d'elegance with a twist: the entrants are also the judges and all visitors are treated to fine food from around the world. Among the features this year was Ferrari's 70th anniversary and there was also a special class for mid-engined marvels. In addition to the classic sports and racing cars, there was also a lot of real estate for contemporary manufacturers. They brought several (world) debuts like the new Acura ARX-05 DPi car, unveiled by Roger Penske himself, the very retro Infiniti Prototype 9 and the latest creation from brilliant Japanese designer Ken Okuyama. On the eve of 'The Quail', Peninsula Hotels also announced the 'Best of the Best' for which only the winning cars from the world's major concours d'elegance are eligible.
As always, our photographers were at 'The Quail' from the break of dawn and have returned with a concise report, illustrated by this 170-shot gallery of this year's Motorsports Gathering.
  2017-09-21: Turbo Thursday and the new Huracan Super Trofeo Evo ...
Toyota Eagle GTP Mk II Today, we celebrate Turbo Thursday with a detailed look at three great turbocharged racers we shot during the Monterey Car Week. The first and rarest of the trio is this Toyota Eagle GTP Mk II raced to five victories in the IMSA Championship. Built by Dan Gurney's All American Racers, the sophisticated machine is powered by a highly tuned Toyota four-cylinder engine. Although successful, it was eclipsed by the even more successful Mk III. The example in action at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was the most successful of the six built and displayed for many years in the Fangio Museum before being completely restored to full running order by Canepa for the current owner.
The earliest car featured today and one of the first turbocharged GT racers is this Porsche 934. Shown at the Concours on the Avenue in Carmel by the Sea, this example was raced with some success in both Jagermeister and MOMO colours.
Also boasting distinct liveries was this Porsche 962, which started life as Group C car in Skoal Bandit colours and was then raced by Jim Busby as a BF Goodrich liveried GTP car. In this guise, chassis 962-105 won the 1985 Riverside 600 outright and it still wears these colours today.
Lamborghini, meanwhile, revealed an evolution of the Huracan Super Trofeo. Due to hit the tracks in 2018, the 'Evo' features a revised aero package created with the help of Dallara.
2017-09-18: The new TVR Griffith and Frankfurt round-up ...
TVR Griffith Last week, the Goodwood Revival hosted a new car release for the very first time. This honour was bestowed on the TVR Griffith, which was displayed in the Earl's Court Motor Show venue together with many great TVRs from the past. The highly anticipated machine has been engineered by the legendary designer Gordon Murray of McLaren F1, and features his proprietary 'iStream' carbon-fibre composite chassis. As a result, the five-litre V8 engined machine tips the scales at just 1,250kg. Devlopment is ongoing but TVR plan to deliver the first all-new Griffiths to customers in the fourth quarter of 2018.
A few days ago we already touched on the high performance highlights from the Frankfurt Motor Show, and today we take a closer look at the various concept cars revealed at the IAA. Providing a glimpse to an autonomous future is the all-electric Audi Aicon. While it features no steering wheel or pedals, it does boast four electric motors. Catering to a less distant future is the Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA, which offers a first look at the electric version of the new A Class. Renault on the other hand is looking further ahead with the Symbioz. This is what the French manufacturer believes the car of 2030 may look like. Another 'vision' of the future is the BMW i Vision Dynamics, which is a preview of one of the 12 all-electric models the German company will offer in 2025.
  2017-09-14: 2017 Goodwood Revival report and 350-shot gallery ...
2017 Goodwood Revival report and 350-shot gallery This weekend, the Goodwood Motor Circuit hosted the annual Revival Meeting for the 20th time. One of the best historic race meetings on the calendar, the Revival invites visitors to participate by adhering to a period dress code. As a result, the event provides a time-warp experience. Even though tormented by heavy rain throughout the weekend, the spirits were not dampened and the tens of thousands of spectators were treated to spectacular racing. In addition to race groups, headlined by the one-hour, two-driver Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration, this year's event also included celebrations of the 1957 Grand Prix season and of the Ecurie Ecosse team, while Bonhams staged a GBP 10 million sale on Saturday. Among the many great cars on track for the celebrations were the five Jaguar D-Types that finished first, second, third, fourth and sixth at Le Mans in 1957, the Maserati 250F used by Juan Manuel Fangio to win the 1957 German Grand Prix but also a plethora of Ferraris and Aston Martins.
Our reporters were among those who braved the conditions and have returned with a concise report, which is illustrated by a class-by-class 350-shot gallery.
2017-09-12: High performance stars of the Frankfurt Motor Show ...
Mercedes-AMG Project One This morning, the biennial Internationale Automobil Ausstellung (IAA) or Frankfurt Motor Show kicked off with the first of two press days. While sensible electric cars are the big theme at the show, we singled out five of the high performance cars that were also revealed in Frankfurt.
The most potent of all is the highly anticipated Mercedes-AMG Project One, which features a sophisticated hybrid drivetrain good for over 1,000 hp. Almost literally a Formula 1 car for the road, it features a derivative of the successful F1 team's V6 turbo engine complete with its electric turbo. In addition to this power unit driving the rear wheels, the hypercar boasts a further pair of electric motors that power the front axle. Priced at around $2.5 million, the Project One is set to face a familiar rival in the Red Bull Racing developed Aston Martin Valkyrie.
Where most manufacturers go high tech, Porsche and Audi also recognised the demand for more analog cars with the launch of the 911 GT3 Touring Package and the R8 V10 RWS respectively. The former is, to all intents and purposes, the production version of the limited 911 R, while the latter is a rear-wheel drive only version of the R8.
Audi used the IAA to reveal the latest generation RS 4 Avant. It is powered by a 450 hp version of the familiar twin-turbo V6 engine and boasts an exterior package reminiscent of the very first high performance estates built by the German manufacturer.
As part of the launch of the new Discovery, Land Rover revealed the mighty SVX version, which packs a 510 bhp supercharged V8 punch.
  2017-09-07: Goodwood Revival preview and the latest news ...
Vanwall VW Grand Prix Tomorrow, the annual Goodwood Revival will kick off with the first of its three days of non-stop action. At this year's edition of the time-warp event among the celebrations will be the 1957 Formula 1 season. It was the first year that a British car won its home Grand Prix, kicking off many years of F1 dominance by the Brits. This win was scored by Stirling Moss in a Vanwall and this achievement will be marked with the presences of this Vanwall Grand Prix. It is not the actual winning car but this chassis did won five races in 1957 and 1958 making it the most successful of all Vanwalls. Beautifully preserved, chassis VW11 will be demonstrated during all three days. We will also be on hand as always and you will receive our in-depth coverage with action-packed gallery shortly after the weekend.
Over the weekend exciting new projects were announced. The first was this GT, which is an attempt to revive the ATS brand. It combines styling inspired by the original ATS 2500 GT with thoroughly modern underpinnings and a twin-turbo V8 that is good for at least 650 bhp.
Offering similar performance but in altogether different way is the Alcraft GT. The all-electric machine is in the final design phases and depending on sufficient crowd funding will enter production soon.
At the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show, MINI will cater for two very different markets with the Electric and John Cooper Works GP Concepts. The latter should form the basis for the wildest road-going MINI yet.