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2024-07-11: 2024 24 Hours of Spa report and 140-shot gallery ...
2024 24 Hours of Spa report and 140-shot gallery Two weeks ago we were at the Circuit Spa Francorchamps to celebrate the centenary of the 24 Hours of Spa. Run since 2001 for GT cars, the event also has a rich history as a touring car race. To mark the 100th anniversary of the race, the regular program was complemented by the Peter Auto Endurance Racing Legends and Heritage Touring Cup. Further support acts that warmed up the nearly 100,000-strong crowd were races for the European GT2 and GT4 series and also the McLaren Trophy. The race started at 16:30 on Saturday afternoon and had more than its fair share of drama culminating in last minute drama for one car and a historic victory for another.
Our photographers were on hand in time to capture the famous parade around the old track and into the town of Spa. This is included in the 140-shot gallery that covers all the grids and accompanies a brief recap of the centenary edition of the 24 Hours of Spa.

2024-07-08: Bonhams Festival of Speed preview with works Aston and two Ferrari supercars ...
Aston Martin DB2 Team Car One of the set fixtures of the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed is the annual Bonhams auction. Consigned as one of the absolute stars to cross the block is this iconic Aston Martin DB2 Team Car. It is one of five DB2s produced by Aston Martin specifically for racing. It was raced by the likes of Stirling Moss, Roy Salvadori, Tony Rolt and Peter Collins in period and was later part of the fabulous Leyba collection for many years. Offered from a 14-year single ownership, chassis LML/50/9 is a Goodwood regular and was raced during the 2018 Revival by Aston Martin works driver Darren Turner.
The most valuable car on offer is this Ferrari LaFerrari that was sold new to the United Kingdom. It was well specced but only rarely used by its current custodian. It was consigned with 1,430 miles on the odometer and 206287 is now expected to sell for £2,800,000 - 3,400,000.
Another low-mileage Ferrari on offer is this 488 Pista. It is the rare Piloti version, which was available only to Ferrari Challenge and XX Programme drivers. Not quite in keeping with its name, 250957 had only covered 100 mile at the time of consignment.

2024-07-05: 24 Hours of Le Mans recap and one-off Pagani ...
24 Hours of Le Mans report and 80-shot gallery Endurance racing is in a great place right now as highlighted by this year's edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The legendary twice-round-the-clock race featured a capacity grid with nine manufacturers competing in the top category, while the likes of Ford, Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren, Lamborghini, BMW and Aston Martin were all in the running for the new LMGT3 category. Despite hampered at times by tempestuous weather, it turned out to be an incredibly close race with a record-breaking nine cars finishing on the lead lap. Our friend Bob van der Wolf was at Le Mans during the race week and he has returned with an 80-shot gallery for our brief race recap.
The latest one-off produced by Pagani is this Huayra Epitome. Fittingly named, it combines an uprated twin-turbo V12 engine with a manual seven-speed gearbox. The revised engine is good for 851 bhp and 1,100 Nm of torque in this configuration. In addition to the improved mechanical package, the Epitome is also fitted with revised front and rear bumpers to give it a truly distinct appearance as well.

2024-07-01: Wild Aston Martin Valiant track car, new M5 and Continental GTC Speed ...
Aston Martin Valiant One of the perks of being an Aston Martin works driver is that you have the ear of the company's engineers. Fernando Alonso made the most of this status when he requested the development of a track-ready version of the Valour concept cars. Dubbed the Valiant, it boasts more power and a more extreme body package but the H-pattern, six-speed manual gearbox has been retained. Production of the Valiant is limited to just 38 examples and all have been spoken for. It will officially break cover at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next week.
Another world debut set to hit the hill is the all-new BMW M5. It is the first M5 powered by a hybrid drivetrain, which consists of a twin-turbo V8 and an electric motor mounted in the eight-speed automatic gearbox. Thanks to a 717 bhp system output and all-wheel drive, the new M5 will boasts sufficient performance despite the hefty unladen weight of 2,435 kg.
At this weekend's Spa 24 Hours, BMW announced the details of the BMW M4 GT4 Evo. The work has focused on reliability and improved drivability compared to the current model. Existing customers can acquire an upgrade package, while the M4 GT4 Evo is also available as a complete car.
Along with the Continental GT Speed, Bentley have revealed the drop-top Continental GTC Speed. Both feature a hybrid drivetrain that can produce up to 771 bhp and 1,000 Nm of torque.

2024-06-24: All-new Bugatti Tourbillon, Pikes Peak winners and Continental GT Speed ...
Bugatti Tourbillon With the all-new Tourbillon, Bugatti have developed the company's first all-new car since 2016. The successor to the Chiron is powered by an all-new hybrid drivetrain that combines a new V16 with three electric motors. Developed together with Cosworth, the internal combustion engine has 8.3-litre displacement and is naturally aspirated. The V16 alone is good for 984 bhp, while the maximum system output is 1,775 bhp. The prominent grille is a clear nudge to the Bugattis of old but the rest of the exterior and interior design of the Tourbillon is thoroughly modern. With Bugatti still busy producing the final W16-engined models, the first cars should arrive at customers in 2026. Production is limited to 250 examples and the net price is €3.8 million.
This weekend was the annual Pikes Peak Hill Climb. The epic race to the clouds was won for the fifth time by outright record holder Romain Dumas with the F-150 Lightning SuperTruck. The purpose-built battery electric vehicle boasts three electric motors good for a combined 1,600 hp and aerodynamics package that produces 6,000 lbs at 150 mph.
Also out on the mountain was the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N TA Spec. Driven by WRC-ace Dani Sordo, it was driven to victory in the exhibition class.
Bentley will debut the latest Continental GT Speed, which is the first hybrid version of the range-topping model tomorrow. The combined output is close to 800 bhp and the top speed is 335 km/h. We will add more images and details as soon as the car breaks cover.

2024-06-20: 2024 Grand Prix de l'Age d'Or report and 160-shot gallery ...
2024 Grand Prix de l'Age d'Or report and 160-shot gallery Earlier this month, we were at the Circuit Dijon Prenois for the annual Grand Prix de l'Age d'Or. One of the oldest historic race meetings still around, it was the third round of the 2024 Peter Auto championship. Seven of the nine familiar grids were represented, including the two Classic Endurance Racing groups and the Sixties' Endurance. Run under changeable conditions, it proved to be an action packed event with some spectacular racing. Further highlights included a parade of dozens of Facel Vegas.
We were in the French Burgundy area throughout the weekend to capture this 160-shot gallery and race-by-race recap.