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2018-03-15: Goodwood Members' Meeting Preview and more Amelia auction results ...
Rover SD1 Group 1 This weekend we will be at the Goodwood Motor Circuit for the 76th Members' Meeting. Although only held for the fourth time in its revived form, the event is already a set fixture on the historic motorsport calendar. One of the blue ribband races of the weekend is the two-driver Gerry Marshall Trophy for late 1970s and early 1980s Group 1 touring cars. It provides for a particularly colourful grid that features a wide variety of machinery. Among the top runners is the Rover SD1 3500 we have highlighted today. No fewer than four examples are featured in our 48-shot gallery, each of which raced at the Members' Meeting last year and should be out on track again this weekend.
Another fabulous machine due on track over the weekend is this ex-Scuderia Ferrari Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza. The car has had a well documented period and historic racing career. It won the Swedish Grand Prix and was also in the lead of the Monaco Grand Prix with Tazio Nuvolari until a last lap failure prompted a retirement. In more recent years, it was famously driven to Goodwood on the road from its home in Germany, claimed victory in its race at the Revival and was then driven all the way back. This weekend the lovely Monza will be pitched against its contemporaries in the Carraciola Sportwagen Rennen.
One of the great seen action last year during the GT1 demonstration was this McLaren F1 GTR. At this year's edition, dedicated demonstrations will be run for Group 5 and Formula 5000 cars both of which promise a stellar field of cars.
As always, you can expect a detailed report and gallery from the event a few days after the event.
Today, we also continue our Amelia Island coverage with a detailed and well illustrated look at the remaining auction results. Gooding topped the results with a combined total of $35.7 million sold and a sell-through rate of 94%. Rival RM Sotheby's saw 'only' 87% of the lots find a new owner for a total of $27.7 million.
  2018-03-12: Bonhams Amelia Island results and Members' Meeting sale preview ...
Bonhams Amelia Island Auction The action at Amelia Island kicked off last week with the Bonhams Auction on Thursday. Of the 104 cars consigned 84% sold for a combined total of just over $13.5 million. We have now published the full results, illustrated by a 120-shot gallery.
On the other side of the Atlantic, Bonhams's motoring department will host another sale on Saturday as part of the Goodwood Members' Meeting. Among the cars consigned to the official Members' Meeting sale is the Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 ordered new by none other than Paul McCartney of Beatles fame. Never restored, it has survived in remarkably original condition. Also boasting famous provenance is this altogether more affordable Aston Martin DB7 Volante, which was owned and used during the first year of its life by HRH Prince Andrew, the Duke of York. One of the more unusual cars consigned and one we have seen in action at Goodwood several times is this Attila Mk3. It is one of a handful of small-block V8 engined sports racer designed and built by the talented Val Dare-Bryan during the mid-1960s. With a pre-sale estimate of GBP 125,000, it offers an affordable way into, for example, one of the Goodwood Revival's most prestigious classes.
2018-03-08: Fabulous Porsches headed for auction and Geneva round-up ...
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.8 Porsche enthusiasts will be spoiled for choice at the three auctions held at Amelia Island this week. Moved from Saturday to Friday, the RM Sotheby's sale includes a formidable line-up of 964 generation 911s from a single collection. We saw this 911 Carrera RSR 3.8 last year at the Concours on the Avenue in Carmel. Sold new to Japan, it had less than 800 km on the odometer. Among the other naturally aspirated examples consigned are a 911 America RS and the rarer still 911 Carrera RS 3.8. Turbocharged cars are also available with the 911 Turbo 3.3 S Leichtbau as the absolute highlight. Also included are two examples of the Flachbau or 'slant nose'.
One of the stars of tonight's Bonhams sale is this Type 993 911 GT2. It was also sold new to Japan and is offered by an American collector.
Rounding up our coverage from this year's Geneva Motor Show, we have also added further star cars. These included the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro, Bugatti Chiron Sport and Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder.
  2018-03-06: 2018 Geneva Motor Show Day 1 round-up ...
McLaren Senna GTR Today, the doors of the 2018 Geneva Motor Show for the first of two press days. We have kept close tabs on the best cars released today. Impossible to miss was the McLaren Senna GTR. Although shown in concept car form, this track only machine will be built in a limited run of 75 examples only in 2019. While there are currently no plans to race the car, the Senna GTR does look like it was built with the LM-GTE class in mind.
Toyota have finally revived the Supra name for this GR Supra Racing Concept. Built by Gazoo Racing, it just screams for a road-going production version.
The recently revived Alpine brand revealed the latest, GT4 version of the A110, which is due to hit the tracks in the near future.
To mark the end of Aero production, Morgan have revealed the Aero GT of which just eight will be built.
With 1,177bhp on tap, one of the most powerful cars on display is this Zenvo TSR-S. The latest evolution of the Danish hypercar is powered by a twin-supercharged V8 engine.
Offering various options for the future were the concept cars like the Lagonda VIsion Concept, the Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo and BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe.
2018-03-05: Final Geneva Motor Show preview with first releases ...
Techrules Ren RS Tomorrow, the doors will open for the ever highly anticipated annual Geneva Motor Show and to get you in the mood, we have taken a first look at the latest announcements. One of the most exotic is unquestionably the Techrules Ren RS. The high performance Chinese machine features no fewer than six electric motors, good for a combined 1,287bhp. The range of the sophisticated machine is further extended by a turbine generator. Responsible for the styling of the Ren RS are father Giorgietto and son Fabrizio Giugiaro.
This evening, at the Volkswagen Group press conference, Bentley presented the company's first hybrid car in the form of the Bentayga Hybrid. The plug-in hybrid SUV features a new turbo-charged V6 that works together with an electric motor. Also revealed there was the Cupra e-Racer, which is an all-electric racing car introduced to highlight the launch of Seat's high performance sub-brand Cupra.
Mercedes-AMG will use the Geneva Motor Show to showcase an improved version of the C 43 Saloon. In its latest iteration, the twin-turbo V6 engine has modified to produce a further 17bhp for a total of 385bhp. This power is fed to all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic.
Well known Mercedes-Benz 'enhancer' Brabus will reveal the latest 800 model, both in Saloon and Coupe form. Whole the former is based on the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S, the latter uses the Mercedes-AMG S 63 S Coupe as basis, which do both feature the same twin-turbo engine. With Brabus' modifications, this sophisticated unit pumps out very close to 200bhp per litre.
As soon as the show opens we will add the cars as they are released, which can then be found on our main page or twitter feed.
  2018-03-02: Highly anticipated Jaguar I-Pace and more 2018 F1 cars ...
Jaguar I-Pace Yesterday, Jaguar revealed the highly anticipated, all-electric I-Pace, which will see the British manufacturer go head to head with market leader Tesla's Model X. Developed from scratch, the I-Pace is built on an aluminium frame that houses the batteries in the floor and boasts an electric motor mounted on either end. Good for 200hp and 348Nm each, the combined output is a staggering 400hp and 696Nm. This allows the five-seat I-Pace to accelerate to 100km/h in under five seconds. Jaguar also promises a range of 480km for the all-electric, which is priced at just under GBP 64,000 and will be available for customers later this year.
Ahead of this year's Formula 1 season, teams are permitted just eight days of testing at Barcelona, split over two sessions. The first of these was this week and fell victim to unusually cold and wet conditions, which saw drivers complete just a handful of laps on Wednesday. While the changeable conditions prevent us to say much about the outright performance but we are certainly impressed by the Toro Rosso STR13 Honda. In the team's very first outing with the previously troublesome Honda power unit, Toro Rosso actually completed the most laps of all and also posted relatively representative times. If the STR13 continues to perform, we could see the senior Red Bull Racing team switch to Honda from the 2019 season. For now, the new and now fully liveried RB14 is still powered by the Tag Heuer badged Renault power unit.
Revealed on Monday morning ahead of the first test was the brightly liveried Force India VJM11. Whether the car will still be dubbed Force India at the first race later this month remains to be seen as the team's owners are engulfed in legal action in India, which might see the country's name removed from the team name.
2018-02-28: The star sports cars from Retromobile ...
Alfa Romeo 2000 Sportiva Coupe Each year, the Retromobile packs more than its fair share of star cars and this year was no exception. Today we have taken a detailed look at four of our favourite sports cars on display. We were particularly taken by this Alfa Romeo Sportiva shown by French dealer Galerie des Damiers. Of the four cars built in period using this fabulous design by Franco Scaglione, this is the only one in private hands. Rarely seen in public, the Sportiva was the show's star car.
British dealer William I'Anson showed this fabulous Alpine A220. Raced in period at Spa and Le Mans, it was subsequently converted for use on rallies and fitted with the short tail bodywork it still wears today. Beautifully restored by one of the car's original designers, chassis 1731 was consigned to William I'Anson by only its second private owner.
On the stand of French dealer Ascott Collection only ground-effect racing cars were shown. Among them was this Lola T600 Chevrolet. This was one of the very first sports cars to use ground-effect aerodynamics. This particular example was raced only at Le Mans in 1981, using a Porsche engine. Built later in the 1980s was the Toyota 88C of which three were built ahead of the 1988 season. After being raced in the World Championship, this car was later also campaigned in IMSA events by Dan Gurney's All American Racers.
  2018-02-26: Competition Porsches headed for Gooding auction ...
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Turbo 2.1 At the upcoming Gooding & Co. The Amelia Island Auction three fabulous competition Porsches will cross the block. The earliest and rarest of the bunch is this ex-works 911 Carrera RSR Turbo 2.1. Fielded by the factory team during the 1974 season, this was the prototype for the upcoming 911 Turbo road and racing cars. Not homologated yet, it was raced in the prototype class at Le Mans and this car finished a remarkable second overall behind the winning Matra. With the sister car in the Porsche Museum, this represents a very rare opportunity and the RSR Turbo is estimated to sell for $6-8 million.
One of the Turbo's direct successors was the 934 of which a great example has been consigned to the sale. It was originally owned and raced by a Swiss enthusiast and subsequently saw action in the United States for many years. Chassis 930 670 0162 was one of very few such cars not modified to later specifications and has a pre-sale estimate of $1.2-1.6 million.
The newest of the trio of Porsche competition cars consigned is this Porsche 962C. It was acquired new by an American enthusiast, who entrusted it to Brun Motorsport to run in the 1990 and 1991 World Championship. Consigned by only its second owner, 962-160 could sell for over $2 million.
2018-02-23: New Papaya Orange McLaren, its inspiration and the new Mercedes and Ferrari F1 cars ...
McLaren MCL33 Renault Following up on Fernando Alonso's popular Indy 500 outing last year and to popular demand, McLaren have picked the classic 'Papaya Orange' livery for their new MCL33 Formula 1 car. While visually very appealing, the more significant change for the new season is the swap of the troublesome Honda engine for a Renault power unit. After some disappointing years, McLaren have a lot riding on the MCL33 Renault and will no longer be able to hide behind the engine issues that plagued the team during the last three seasons. To put the 'new' McLaren livery in perspective, we have also taken a renewed look at the McLaren M20 from the ROFGO Collection. It is the last of the works McLaren Can-Am cars and combines current orange with blue accents livery.
Current World Champions Mercedes-Benz revealed their new challenger, the W09 EQ-Power+ at a filming day yesterday. According to the German team, the car represents an improvement of last years car, which, despite its success, Mercedes-Benz described as a 'diva' for its unpredictable behaviour at times.
Undoubtedly, the biggest rival for the defending champions will be the Ferrari SF71H, which was also revealed yesterday afternoon. Like its main rival, it represents an evolution of last year's design and boasts even more extreme versions of the much copied compact side-pods.
All new Formula 1 cars will hit the track on Monday at Barcelona during the first official test of the season.
  2018-02-21: New Ferrari 488 Pista, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Lotus 3-Eleven and new Sauber and Renault F1 cars ...
Ferrari 488 Pista With the Ferrari 488 Pista, the rich tradition of the hard-core road cars in the same vain as the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale that came before. Compared to the 488 GTB it is based on, the new 488 Pista is lighter, more powerful and features a more aggressive aerodynamics package.
One of its rivals is the latest Porsche 911 GT3 RS. This 520hp hardcore version of the Type 991 II should be one of the final versions of the current generation 911.
Lotus, meanwhile, have revealed a more powerful version of the their track-day special in the form of the 3-Eleven 430. As the name suggests, it is powered by the 430 bhp version of the Toyota-based, supercharged V6 engine. Production of the achingly fast 3-Eleven 430 is strictly limited to 20 examples.
At the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, Morgan will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the popular Plus 8 model with this 50th Anniversary model. Fittingly, only 50 examples will be built.
With the Renault R.S. 18 and Sauber C37 Ferrari revealed yesterday, the launch of 2018 Formula 1 continues. They will hit the track on Monday during the first of the two official tests at Barcelona.
2018-02-19: Lola T70 Mk3B restored, new Red Bull Grand Prix car and Geneva-bound show cars ...
Lola T70 Mk3B Coupe Chevrolet Racing cars often have a checkered history. A great example is this Lola T70 Mk3B Coupe, which was the very first of 16 built and acquired new by noted entrant Sidney Taylor. It was raced with considerable success by the likes of Brian Redman, Trevor Taylor and Denny Hulme. The car was then used in historic racing and during the second half of the 1980s was restored using a replacement chassis for safety reasons. It is here that the story gets complicated as the original chassis was used to create a second car. This fork in identity has now been closed again as the current owner acquired both cars and restored the original chassis using the correct identity of SL76/138. The restored car was shown at the recent Retromobile show by British dealer William I'Anson.
The first 2018 Formula 1 car to be run on track is the Red Bull Racing RB14. Powered by the Tag Heuer badged Renault power unit, the RB14 was driven in a special testing livery by Daniel Ricciardo.
With the Geneva Motor Show drawing closer, more debuts are being previewed. One of the most interesting will definitely be the track prepared Techrules Ren RS. Styled by father and son Giorgietto and Fabrizio Giugiaro, it features no fewer than six electric motors and a diesel gas turbine that car be used to charge the batteries. The combined output of the motors is a staggering 1,287 bhp.
Another electric car set to debut is the Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion Concept, which offers another glimpse at VW's line-up of electric vehicles.
  2018-02-16: Two new F1 cars, Rolls-Royce SUV and the latest Mercedes-AMG models ...
Williams FW41 Mercedes In less than two weeks, the Formula 1 season kicks off with the first of two official tests at the Barcelona circuit. While most teams will not launch their cars until the very last moment, two have already offered a first glimpse of what is to come. Last night, Williams revealed the first renders of the upcoming FW41 Mercedes. Its most obvious new feature is the HALO cockpit protection system that is mandatory from this season but chief designer Paddy Lowe also promises many more subtle changes that should help the team to be more competitive in 2018. The first new F1 car to break cover was the Haas VF-18. Once again designed by Dallara and fitted with a Ferrari engine, the American Formula 1 car will once again be raced by Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen.
Rolls-Royce will be entering a new and very lucrative market with the all-new Cullinan, which is euphemistically described as a 'high-sided car'. For us regular folks this type of car is better known as an SUV. The Cullinan name is derived from the largest flawless diamond ever found. Technical details are still sparse but the new Rolls-Royce will feature an aluminium spaceframe chassis.
Mercedes-AMG have worked their magic on the recently revised G-Class to create the G 63. The 'high sided car' combines the unmistakable, angular lines and classic ladder frame with a sophisticated twin-turbo V8 engine to create most potent G-Class ever. The same engine is also expected to be used in the upcoming four-door Mercedes-AMG GT of which the first camouflaged images have been released.