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2017-07-25: Championship winning racers from the 1980s and 1990s and new Lotus ...
Audi S4 GTO During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Wesbank Modified Series in South Africa was where Audi's racing cars got a second lease of life. For homologation reasons, the mighty 90 quattro IMSA GTO, however, could not be used. Instead, a purpose built S4 GTO was created during the 1992 season, using a 100 S4 chassis with as many parts from the IMSA car as the regulations allowed. The resulting racer won at its debut and dominated the 1993 season. Believed to be the fastest of all of the period's five-cylinder racing Audis, the S4 GTO was reunited with its original driver Christopher Aberdein at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed. Also out on the hill was this Penske PC23 Mercedes, which had been part of Roger Penske's great coup at the 1994 Indy 500. Exploiting a displacement limit exception in the regulations that favoured stock block engines, he had Ilmor create a Mercedes-Benz push-rod V8 from scratch just for the Indy 500. More powerful than any of his rivals' engines, Roger Penske had once again found the 'unfair advantage' and his team dominated the race. The featured PC23 was leading the race by 40 seconds when Emerson Fittipaldi crashed out with less than 25 laps to go. Now part of the Mercedes-Benz Museum collection, it was brought to full running order for Goodwood.
Few cars are as evocative as a Martini-liveried Lancia 037 Group B car. At Goodwood, one of the very last built works cars was demonstrated on the hill.
Hopefully working on a new generation of models, Lotus also continues to further refine the existing line-up and this Evora GT430 is their latest product. Powered by a 430 bhp V6, it is the most powerful Lotus production road car ever. Retaining the well honed Evora platform, the GT430 should be an absolute blast to drive.
  2017-07-20: McLaren F1 and others headed for Bonhams auction and new BMW M8 GTE racer ...
McLaren F1 British auctioneer Bonhams have announced this McLaren F1 as the headliner for next month's Quail Lodge Auction. The consigned car is a superb one-owner example of one of the greatest sports cars of all time. It was picked by the owner at the factory and used for a road trip through Europe first before being shipped to the United States. Chassis 044 is the first of seven cars imported new into the United States and has survived in unmodified, original condition. Bonhams have not posted an estimate but we reckon, a bid of around $15 million will be required to meet the reserve.
Among the many other great cars consigned to the sale are some Italian grand tourers of the 1950s and and 1960s. For Ferrari enthusiasts, there is the choice of a freshly restored 250 GT Boano or a fine example of the second series 400 Superamerica Aerodinamico Coupe. Also consigned is this Maserati A6G/54 2000, which is the first of nine examples clothed by Frua with their very distinctive Spider body. Owned by the current custodian since 1999, chassis 2180 was restored in Italy and subsequently shown at Villa d'Este.
BMW, meanwhile, have revealed the first, camouflaged images of the upcoming M8 GTE, which started testing at the Lauzitsring this month. Based on the upcoming M8 road car, the new GT racer is due to compete in the FIA WEC from the 2018 season onwards.
Mercedes-AMG have worked their magic on the all-new S-Class and created the V8-engined S 63 AMG 4MATIC+ and the V12-powered S 65.
2017-07-17: Ferrari's 70th Anniversary celebrations at Goodwood ...
Ferrari 330 P4 At the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed one of the major themes was Ferrari's 70th Anniversary. This was celebrated in style with two separate classes, one for single seaters and the other for sports racers. Today, we have taken a detailed look at four of these legendary sports racers from four different eras.
Our absolute favourites of the weekend was this Ferrari 330 P4. This achingly beautiful sports prototype was used in Ferrari's successful 1967 World Championship bid. Of the three examples built, the featured 330 P4 is the most original survivor.
The earliest of the quartet is this Ferrari 750 Monza, which was raced extensively in the United States with considerable success and for many years. Although it had its engine replaced with a Chevrolet V8 during its competition career, chassis 0502M was later reunited with the original 'four' and has been comprehensively restored.
Among the loudest cars out on track was this 365 GTB/4 Daytona Competizione. Finished in Belgian racing yellow, it was raced by Ecurie Francorchamps in the 1973 Spa 1000km and 24 Hours of Le Mans. Rarely seen since, 16425 has recently returned to the limelight.
Producing the most glorious soundtrack was definitely the 333 SP. Fitted with a F1-derived, five-valve V12 engine, the 333 SP remains the last sports prototype developed by Ferrari. It was particularly successful in the United States, and this car was the most successful of all with back-to-back wins at Daytona and Sebring in 1998.
  2017-07-13: Mighty machines from Goodwood, Zagato Maserati headed for auction and more on the Valkyrie ...
Mercedes-Benz W125 One of the biggest stars (no pun intended) at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed was this Mercedes-Benz W125 from 1937. This particular car is believed to be the only privately owned example of what was for over forty years the most powerful Grand Prix car ever built. It featured a massive supercharged straight-eight engine that produced close to 600 bhp. The car survived the War in what was to become Eastern Germany and after the W125 was brought to England by Colin Crabbe, it was subsequently owned by Nigel Corner and Bernie Ecclestone.
Building for endurance racing, this Jaguar XJR-12 also proved to be the weapon of choice at Goodwood as specialist Justin Law managed to set the fastest time in the shoot-out at Goodwood even though the car looked wider than the track at some points. This particular XJR-12 was the very last of the V12-engined Jaguar Group C cars and was built specifically for the 1993 Daytona 24 Hours.
American auctioneer Gooding is gradually releasing the highlights due to cross the block next month at the Pebble Beach Auctions. One of the most recent addition to the lot list is this lovely Maserati A6G/54 2000. Delivered new to a Joe Alphabet in September of 1956, it is the last of the A6Gs clothed by Zagato with their striking Coupe body work. Chassis 2186 is estimated to sell for over $4 million.
Aston Martin, meanwhile, released more exterior and interior images of the upcoming Valkyrie hypercar, which is being developed together with Formula 1 team Red Bull Racing. Light, very compact and hugely powerful, the Adrian Newey designed machine should be blisteringly fast, eclipsing all the competition over a single lap.
2017-07-10: McLaren Monday with the special exhibition and two iconic racers ...
McLaren at the Louwman Museum On Thursday, Amanda McLaren officially opened the special McLaren exhibition in the fabulous Louwman Museum. The daughter of company founder McLaren and current brand ambassador, Amanda McLaren explained how her fathers's dreams had become reality with the current range of road cars. Among the stars that feature in this special exhibition until August 27th are the McLaren M8F from Louwman's own collection that was driven to the 1971 Can-Am title and the ex-Ayrton Senna World Championship winning McLaren MP4/5B Honda that was loaned to the museum by a Dutch enthusiast.
McLarens are also always a set fixture at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and this year was no exception. We were particularly taken by this McLaren F1 GTR. It was one of two cars raced in Gulf colours during the 1995 season and it had boasted this iconic livery for most of its life. The one exception was at the 1995 Suzuka 1000 km where it scored an outright win in the Ueno Clinic livery that had famously also been used by that year's Le Mans winning car. For this year's 25th anniversary celebrations of the F1, the car's current owner had decided to re-finish 02R in the unique colours used for just a single outing. The Festival of Speed was the first time the car was seen in these colours at a major event since 1995.
From McLaren's own stable came this M8D Chevrolet, which was driven by two of the company's young drivers. The M8D always provokes mixed feelings as Bruce McLaren had his fatal accident while testing one in June of 1970 but just a few months later Denny Hulme used the featured example to claim the fourth of McLaren's five Can-Am trophies.
  2017-07-07: High performance machines that debuted at Goodwood ...
Porsche 911 GT2 RS This weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed not only celebrated motoring's very rich past but also offered a glimpse at the future with the introduction of several brand-new, high performance machines.
The most exhilarating of these is certainly the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS. Although strictly rear-wheel drive, it is the most powerful road legal, regular production 911 ever with 700hp available from the twin-turbo six-cylinder engine. To help keep control of all this power, the GT2 RS is equipped with rear-wheel steering and massive carbon-composite brakes. There is also an optional Weissach package that strips a further 30kg from the car's kerb weight. Available now, the 911 GT2 RS costs Euro 285,000 in Germany.
British manufacturer Vauxhall will bid farewell to the mighty Holden-based VXR8 model with this special GTS-R version. Production of Vauxhall's most powerful car ever is strictly limited to 15 examples and features a 595hp version of GM's supercharged V8.
Announced at the recent Geneva Motor Show, Aston Martin's high performance AMR Pro treatment is now available for the Vulcan track-day car. While mechanically, the Vulcan AMR Pro is identical to the original specification car, it features a revised body that is both lighter and produces more downforce. The AMR Pro package is available to all owners of the 24 Vulcans built last year and it seems that most are interested in having their V12-engined beasts upgraded even further.
2017-07-04: 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed report and 400-shot gallery ...
2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed report and 400-shot gallery This weekend, we were at the 25th annual Goodwood Festival of Speed. Since its humble beginnings in 1993, the event has quickly grown as one of the largest automotive events in the world, attracting entrants and spectators from all corners of the globe. Among the many themes and celebrations this year was Ferrari's 70th anniversary, 50 years of the Cosworth DFV and Lotus 49, Williams 40th anniversary and the 20th anniversary of Tom Kristensen's first of nine Le Mans wins. Taking centre stage on the striking Gerry Judah structure was the career of Bernie Ecclestone in Formula 1 that spanned five decades. He made his very first appearance at the Festival of Speed while his successor Chase Carrey also joined in the fun and took a ride in the fire-breathing Fiat S.76 up the hill. In addition to the action on the track, the event also boasted the Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d'Elegance with a particularly strong entry and a Bonhams auction that grossed around GBP 10 million.
We were at the Goodwood House throughout the weekend and reckon it was one of the very best editions of the Festival of Speed to date. You can find out why in more detail by reading our concise report, which is illustrated by a 360-shot gallery of the event itself and a 40-shot gallery from the auction.
  2017-06-29: Mighty Saleen headed for auction and the latest news ...
Saleen S7-R French auctioneer Artcurial Motorcars will stage a sale in the principality of Monaco on Sunday. Among the highlights due to cross the block is this spectacular Saleen S7-R. A great example of the machine that was competitive in the GT1 class for a decade, the car on offer was delivered new to Zakspeed Racing. It was driven to three wins in as many seasons of competing in the FIA GT Championship. Offered by a German historic racer, chassis 060R is estimated to sell for at least Euro 400,000.
We are at Goodwood this weekend and among the cars to star will be the V8-engined version of the Aston Martin DB11. The 'entry-level' version of the DB11, it is powered by an AMG-sourced twin-turbo V8 that is good for just over 500 bhp.
Also revealed to the world for the first time at Goodwood is this Jaguar XE SVO Project 8. Fitted with a 600hp version of Jaguar's supercharged V8, this limited production model is the fastest ever four-door Jaguar.
Meanwhile, Peugeot Sport have further developed their Rally Dakar winning machine into the 3008 DKR Maxi. The 'Maxi' moniker is fitting as it is a full 20cm wider due to the us of longer control arms. These were used to make the car even better suited to the challenging terrain of the gruelling event. Peugeot's drivers will submit the 3008 DKR Maxi to rigorous testing now before the cars are shipped to South America for the title defence.
2017-06-27: Porsches that starred and will star at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ...
Porsche 935/2.0 Baby On Thursday, this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed will kick off with the first of four public days. Always assembling a formidable selection of road and racing cars, it is one of the absolute highlights of the year. Among the many great cars that went 'up the hill' last year was this Porsche 935/2.0 'Baby'. Effectively built for a single race, this is one of the most extreme Group 5 racers built and boasts the smallest six-cylinder engine ever produced by Porsche with a displacement of just 1.4 litres. We have taken a detailed look at the car's fascinating history, which is illustrated by a 34-shot gallery of this formidable machine.
In the official Goodwood Festival of Speed sale, staged by Bonhams, two Porsches are also set to take centre stage. Rarest and most valuable of the pair is this 356 A Carrera Speedster. While Porsche only built 152 Speedster with the four-cam Carrera engine the example consigned is rarer still as it is one of just three right-hand drive Carrera Speedsters. All three were sold to Australia, and this car is the only one back in the Northern Hemisphere, which explains why it is estimated to sell for close to GBP 1 million.
In the early 1970s, the Carrera name was revived for the 911 Carrera RS 2.7 homologation special. Of these, 200 were built to 'Lightweight' specification and the example on offer was one of just 17 in right-hand drive. Comprehensively restored some years ago, it is estimate to sell for GBP 750,000 - 850,000.
We will be on hand throughout the weekend and will return with a detailed report of this year's Festival of Speed early next week.
  2017-06-26: 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans report and 150-shot gallery ...
2017 24 Hours of Le Mans report and 150-shot gallery Rarely has a 24-hour race been more riveting with more plot twists than a season of House of Cards than this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was the first edition in nearly two decades without an Audi on the grid and Toyota looked set to finally break their duck in the world's most prestigious endurance race. Further down the order the race featured a brand new generation of very fast LMP2 cars and five closely matched manufacturers in the LM GTE Pro class. While it was expected to be a historic race, few would have predicted that with two hours to go the overall leader was an LMP2 car.
How this all came about can be found in our concise report, which is illustrated by a 150-shot gallery provided by Bob van der Wolf.
2017-06-23: Ex-Le Mans Porsche 917 K and Alfa Romeo 33/TT/12 consigned for Gooding Pebble Beach auctions ...
Porsche 917 K For the upcoming Pebble Beach Auctions, American company Gooding & Co. have announced some truly spectacular consignments already. One of the absolute headliners is this Porsche 917 K. Freshly restored and finished in iconic Gulf colours, it is a great example of one of the most iconic sports racers. Although it was not raced in period, the consigned 917-024 did set the fastest time in the 1970 Le Mans Test with Brian Redman at the wheel. It later also starred in Steve McQueen's legendary movie Le Mans, which explains why it is painted in Gulf colours. At that time, it was owned by Swiss racer Jo Siffert and it served as the lead car of his funeral parade late in 1971. Hidden away for many years, chassis 917-024 has been completely restored and is now estimated to sell for between $13-16 million.
Another fantastic sports racer consigned is this Alfa Romeo 33/TT/12, which helped win the 1975 World Championship. Entered by the works supported Willy Kauhsen Racing Team, it was driven to three wins by Derek Bell and Henri Pescarolo. It was sold by Autodelta to the current owner in 1980 and chassis 11512-010 will now be offered on public sale for the first time in nearly 40 years. The privilege of owning this glorious racer will cost at an estimated $2.4 - 2.8 million.
  2017-06-21: 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed and Bonhams sale preview ...
Brabham BT52 BMW Next week, we will be at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which this year will celebrate the long and colourful career of former Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone. Among his many roles in the sport was owner of the Brabham team. Among the absolute highlights of his time at the helm of the team was the World Championship victory with the BMW-engined Brabham BT52. One of the all time great Grand Prix cars, the BT52 combined the brilliant chassis design of Gordon Murray with the similar talents of BMW's engine designer, the late Paul Rosche. We captured the BT52 at two earlier editions of the Festival of Speed, where it was reunited with former drivers Nelson Piquet and Riccardo Patrese. The car is set to make an appearance again this year.
An intricate part of the Festival of Speed weekend is the Bonhams Sale, scheduled for Friday, June 30th. Among the top lots consigned this year is this Ferrari F40, which was bought new by Pink Floyd's lead guitarist and singer David Gilmour. He actually took delivery of the car together with his bandmate Nick Mason, who had ordered an identical F40. The ex-Gilmour F40 has recently been restored from the ground up and is in virtually as-new condition. For enthusiasts looking to compete in the Goodwood Revival Meeting later this year, Bonhams also has this McLaren M1B on offer. Fitted with a Mercury engine, it competed in several rounds of the inaugural Can-Am championship and more recently has been completely restored to its 1965 specification.
We will of course create an in-depth report about the Festival of Speed after the event but if you want to attend in person, there are still some tickets available on the official Goodwood website.