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2018-06-16: New BMW 8-Series, Aston Martin racers and Porsche 911 Speedster ...
BMW M850i xDrive On the eve of this weekend's 24 Hours of Le Mans, BMW finally took the wraps of the second generation 8-Series. At the market debut, in November of 2018, the big coupe will be available with a 530 hp V8 and all-wheel drive in the M850i xDrive trim. A diesel version will also be available, which boasts a formidable 320 hp.
Aston Martin Racing also used the busy Le Mans week to reveal further details of the upcoming GT3 version of the Vantage and a first glimpse of the virtually standard GT4 racer. Due to be homologated on March 1st, 2019, the Vantage GT3'sfinal specification is subject to the GT3 class' balance of performance. In its first configuration it is combines a a 1,245 kg weight with an engine good for 535 bhp.
To highlight the company's 70th anniversary celebrations, Porsche revealed this 911 Speedster Concept. Effectively a 911 GT3 with the roof chopped and the windshield lowered, the new Speedster promises to be a formidable machine. Although shown in Concept form, the new Speedster should hit limited production in 2019.

2018-06-13: 2018 Grand Prix de l'Age d'Or report and 240-shot gallery ...
2018 Grand Prix de l'Age d'Or report and 240-shot gallery The undulating Circuit de Dijon-Prenois hosted the annual Grand Prix de l'Age d'Or. This is the oldest historic racing meeting in the world and since 2014, it has been under the umbrella of the Peter Auto organisation. This means that it features all the familiar grids. This year with the exception of the Group C as the competitors felt the track did not suit these potent sports prototypes. That nevertheless left plenty of action on the track with races for sports cars, single seaters and touring cars throughout the weekend. Adding more spice to the mix was the Global Endurance Legends series with high speed demonstrations for sports cars and GT racers from the 1990s and 2000s. The latter included the Ferrari 333 SP, which arguably has the nicest engine note of all.
For the fifth year running and in changeable conditions, we were on hand to capture the event in its entirety. The result is this class-by-class 240-shot gallery, which serves to illustrate our concise report.

2018-06-08: Jaguar XJR-11 and Porsche 917/10 back on track ...
Jaguar XJR-11 Having visited many events each year for the last decade and a half, we do run into many of the same cars. Fortunately, each event offers some exception. A big one at last month's Spa Classic was this fabulously presented Jaguar XJR-11. This particular car was the very first of the twin-turbo V6-engined Jaguar Group C cars. It debuted on pole at Brands Hatch but ultimately never managed to score a victory. Since its retirement from contemporary racing, it was meticulously prepared to full running order but did not turn a wheel in anger again until last month. Despite being mothballed for over 25 years, chassis 189 was immediately competitive just like it had been when it was brand new.
The Porsche 917/10 featured today is not one we had not seen before but we had not seen it race in this guise until the start of this season. The second 917/10 built, the Can-Am racer was campaigned extensively by Jo Siffert in the STP colours it wears again today. When we shot the car some years ago, it was fitted with the style of body used when it was brand new but which was not quite as striking as the current configuration. Chassis 917/10-002 was campaigned this year at Barcelona and Spa by its new owner.

2018-06-04: Ferraris that starred at Villa d'Este and new BMW Z4 ...
Ferrari 212 Export Vignale Cabriolet With a class dedicated to the rise of the GT, it was not surprising that Ferraris starred at last week's Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. Today we have taken a closer look at two of the Ferraris that grabbed the limelight. The earliest of the pair is this 212 Export Vignale Cabriolet. Built for the Portuguese ambassador in Paris, it was one of just two Vignale Cabriolets built on what was effectively a racing car chassis. Beautifully restored, the 212 Export was an outright winner at Cavallino Classic back in 2017 and is pictured at Villa d'Este and Pebble Beach.
Shown at the same two events was this 250 GT SWB that won the GT class at Villa d'Este. Originally built for an American pilot, it combined the steel body of the road-going SWBs with competition cues like the open air filter and the external fuel filler. Although it spent most of its life painted red, chassis 2243GT was more recently re-finished in the original grey over red during a comprehensive restoration.
Villa d'Este event patron, BMW, meanwhile has been busy creating the third generation Z4. Due to be launched later in the year, it will differ from the previous generation model due to the fold-away fabric roof. To wet our appetites, BMW have revealed a set of shots of the range-topping M40i testing at the Miramas track in the south of France.

2018-06-01: Great Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Porsche we saw during the last month ...
Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale Over the last couple of weeks, we have attended superb events and today we take a closer look at three of most remarkable cars we captured. Taking the prestigious Coppa d'Oro Villa d'Este in last weekend's Concorso d'Eleganza was this fabulous Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale. Built to competition specs, this is a great example of one of the all-time great cars, which combined a Franco Scaglione design with the Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 racing car underpinnings. Very few were built, and the chassis 75033.110 has survived in a stunningly original condition.
A week earlier, at the Spa Classic, we saw the competition debut of this Porsche 962C. It is one of the very last built and was not raced by the original owner. That has now been sorted by the Group C car's second owner, who will also field the car the upcoming Le Mans Classic in July.
Among the many great cars that competed in the Tour Auto this year was an ex-works Lancia Stratos. Boasting considerable period competition history, this Stratos was originally fitted with a rare fuel injection engine. In this Group 5 guise, it was raced in the 1975 Giro d'Italia by Arturo Merzario. Subsequently raced by Jolly Club, the Stratos was recently sold to a Hong Kong based enthusiast after being part of a Swiss collection for nearly three decades.

2018-05-28: 2018 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este report and 170-shot gallery ...
2018 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este report and 170-shot gallery This weekend, we were at the shores of the fabulous Lake Como to capture the annual Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. First held in 1929, it is the oldest event of its type still in existence. As such it is steeped in tradition. Fortunately, the Concorso d'Eleganza is not held back by the rich tradition and new classes are added every year. New to the roster this year were dedicated classes for original cars and for Formula 1 machinery. Both were very interesting but it was particularly great to see and hear Grand Prix cars parade one the gravel path in front of the Grand Hotel Villa d'Este. Among the many other great cars on display was a choice of Bugattis, Ferraris and Alfa Romeos. Each of these are captured in our all-encompassing, class-by-class 170-shot gallery, which serves to illustrate our in-depth report.
As always, you can expect more detailed features on many of the star cars shown at this year's Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in the coming days and weeks.