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2021-08-02: GT40, Elan 26R and DBR9 we saw in action recently ...
Ford GT40 With historic motorsport restarting slowly, we have had the opportunity to see some cars in action that we had not seen before or not for a while. Among them is this Ford GT40, which competed in a historic race during the recent Grand Prix de l'Age d'Or for the first time in many years. It was raced in period by likes of Chris Amon and Jochen Rindt, and competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966. Chassis GT40P/1017 changed hands recently and is now in French ownership.
Also in action at Dijon in June was this Lotus Elan 26R. The Series 2 machine was delivered new to the United States where it was raced in SCCA events under the Lotus Southwest banner. Until 1998, it had just two owners and the more recent custodians had the Elan beautifully prepared for historic racing.
Of an altogether more newer vintage is this Aston Martin DBR9, which was campaigned last month at the Historic Racing by Peter Auto meeting at the Le Mans Bugatti circuit. It was raced extensively between 2006 and 2008 as can be seen in the 37-shot gallery in a variety of liveries. Its most recent, and only second owner decided to have DBR9/4 painted in the colourscheme used at Le Mans in 2008.

2021-07-29: Ex-Works Cobra and Monza headed for auction and new 765LT Spider ...
AC Shelby Cobra Sebring Consigned to the upcoming RM Sotheby's Monterey sale are a pair of interesting former works cars. Due to cross the block is this AC Shelby Cobra, which is one of three examples built to the so-called Sebring specifications, which included the 289 V8 and rack-and-pinion steering. It was raced by Bob Bondurant and Ken Miles with considerable success for Shelby American. Since 1968, the ex-works Cobra has had just two owners. It is now estimated to sell for $3.75 - $4.25 million.
Also consigned is this Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza, which is offered from the estate of historic racer Peter Giddings. It is based on the car that won the 1932 Mille Miglia and was later crashed. The car was not rebuilt until the late 1980s and chassis 2111037 has since been regularly shown and raced by its successive owners.
Following the highly acclaimed Coupe, McLaren have now revealed the 765LT Spider. The latest addition to the 'Long Tail' line-up, it is lighter, more powerful and aerodynamically more advanced than the 720S that it has been based on. The 765LT Spider is limited to just 765 examples and the allotment for 2021 has already been sold out.

2021-07-26: Gooding Pebble Beach Auctions preview with Ferrari, Bugatti, Porsche and Maserati ...
Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Competizione The latest Monterey car week catalog to be released is for the Gooding Pebble Beach Auctions. One of the absolute headliners is this Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Competizione, which features a truly distinct Italian tricolore livery. It was sold to an Italian gentleman racer with a hot engine and other competition features and was raced with considerable success. It was repainted silver in 1960 and chassis 1235GT was not re-painted in its original colours until 2017. It is estimated to sell for $10 - $12 million.
Another exquisite racer consigned to the sale is this Bugatti Type 35B. A successful works racer, it was later also owned by Louis Chiron. In a single family ownership for nearly 50 years between 1952 and 2000, it has had only two additional owners since and is now expected to sell for over $3.5 million.
Of similar value is this Maserati 200 Si, which was sold to its first owner through Carroll Shelby's Maserati agency. Raced with some success in Florida, chassis 2423 has been regularly raced in historic events from the late 1970s.
One of the most iconic Porsches is the 911 Carrera RS 2.7 and this Lightweight model is also consigned to the Pebble Beach Auctions. Sold new to Italy, it has been in French ownership for most of its life. It was sold to the current custodian at the Pebble Beach Auctions in 2015 and 911 360 1193 will be cross the block again in three week's time.

2021-07-23: New Audi Dakar and GT3 racers for the 2022 season ...
Audi RS Q e-tron Ahead of the competition debut in January of 2022, Audi have revealed further details of their new Dakar racer, which is dubbed the RS Q e-tron. It features an all-electric drive train with separate motors for the front and rear axles. The combined maximum output of the two motors is 670 bhp. Due to the relatively long stages and absence of charging stations in the desert, the RS Q e-tron is also equipped with a TFSI petrol engine, which serves as a generator. Based on the competition engine previously used in Audi's DTM cars, it will run at its optimal rev-band to optimise its performance and limit its emissions. According to Audi, the RS Q e-tron is not only intended as a means of winning the Dakar Rally but also serves as a technology platform.
Another new Audi due to hit the track in 2022 is the second evolution of the R8 LMS GT3 racer. It is a subtle refinement of the highly successful competition car. It features upgrades to the aerodynamics, engine characteristics, air condition, suspension and traction control. The R8 LMS Evo II can be acquired as a complete car but Audi will also offer upgrade kits for existing customers.

2021-07-20: Bonhams Quail auction preview and new Audi RS 3 ...
Ford Mk IV During the upcoming Monterey car week in August, the three major international auction houses will stage a flagship sale. First up is Bonhams, whose auction is traditionally part of The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering. As part of today's preview of the 139-lot sale, we take a look at two headliners. The most evocative is no doubt this Ford Mk IV. It is the ninth of ten chassis built in period and was originally completed as a Can-Am car after the Le Mans program had been curtailed. In more recent years, it was restored to represent the Le Mans winning Mk IV configuration.
Also expected to sell for in excess of $3 million is this lovely Mercedes-Benz 680 S. Among the first in the line of legendary supercharged road and competition cars produced by the German manufacturer, chassis 35920 is offered from a single family ownership of 57 years. It has been cherished throughout its life and has recently been re-painted in a single-hue black that complements the understated lines of the Glaser bodywork.
Audi have revealed the latest RS 3 model in Sedan and Sportback versions. While it uses only a slightly massaged version of the familiar 394 bhp turbocharged five-cylinder engine, the latest incarnation of the high performance machine features a drift mode and can be specified with carbon-ceramic brakes.
Inspired by the successful Abarth engined Formula 4 cars, the Italian manufacturer conceived this limited production F595. The very hot hatch features a 165 bhp version of the familiar T-Jet engine that also powers the Tatuus F4 machines. Abarth also offers the F595 with the Cabriolet bodystyle.

2021-07-15: McLaren, Porsche and Lamborghini and the latest news ...
McLaren MP4-25 Mercedes During this weekend's British Grand Prix at Silverstone, RM Sotheby's will offer this McLaren MP4-25 Mercedes in a dedicated auction. Raced both by Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button during the 2010 season, it was driven to victory by the former at the Turkish Grand Prix. According to RM Sotheby's, chassis MP4-25A-01 is the first Lewis Hamilton Grand Prix winner driven offered in a public sale. The pre-sale estimate is GBP 3.6 - 5 million.
On Monday, Artcurial will stage their annual Monaco sale. Among the headliners is this Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 2.8. This rare competition car is one of just two that were originally finished in black. It was raced in period by Peter Revson and after many years was sold to France. Chassis 911 360 0940 is now estimated to sell for €1.5 - €1.8 million. Another highlight in Monday's sale is this Lamborghini Miura. Many of the current supercar buyers should take note as this Miura actually covered 8,000 km during its first year alone. Since 1969, 3333 has had just three owners and still retains its original interior.
Aston Martin have released further details of the upcoming mid-engined Valhalla sports car. Gone is the bespoke V6 engine, and instead it will be powered by a Mercedes-AMG sourced twin turbo V8, which is combined with two electric motors. The drivetrain is good for a combined 937 bhp and can propel the Valhalla to 100 km/h in just 2.5 seconds.
Last week, Ford and M-Sport revealed the development prototype of the Puma that is due to be raced in the 2022 World Rally Championship. Built to the new Rally1 regulations, it will feature a hybrid drivetrain.