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2018-07-28: Three rare Porsche racers that starred at Goodwood ...
Porsche 962C GTi At the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed Porsches took centre stage as part of the company's 70th anniversary celebrations. In addition to starring on the central feature in front of Goodwood House, Porsches were featured in no fewer than five of the groups that went up the hill. Among them were many instantly recognisable models but there were also a few that warranted a closer look. Among them was this 962C, which looked quite unusual as it combined the works Rothmans livery with the bespoke body designed by Nigel Stroud for Richard Lloyd Racing. It was indeed one of the British teams' privately built 962s, featuring a much stronger honeycomb aluminium monocoque. It did run the Rothmans livery for a single outing at Kyalami where it received works support and duly won the race in the hands of Jochen Mass. Freshly restored, 962-106B was reunited with Mass at Goodwood.
Very much a works car and also freshly restored was this 911 Carrera Turbo RSR 2.1. The first of two 911 Turbo racers built ahead of the 1974 season, the Martini liveried machine paved the way for hugely successful Porsche road and racing cars. It was also very successful in its own right, with the sister car finishing second overall at Le Mans in 1974. Retained by the factory, the 911 Carrera RSR Turbo was a museum exhibit until a ground-up restoration was completed very recently.
Underlining the diversity of Porsche's racing activities during the 1960s was this 904/8. As the name suggests, it was powered by an eight cylinder engine while 904s were of course also raced by the more common flat-four and flat-six engines. The featured example was the third of three built to this specification and was used only used in period for the 1965 Le Mans Test where it was the fastest car in its class.
  2018-07-24: Bespoke Aston Martins that debuted at Goodwood and resurfaced Nissan Group C racer ...
Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600 At last week's Goodwood Festival of Speed, Aston Martin revealed two very different bespoke machines based on the outgoing Vantage model. Reviving the legendary V600 name first used two decades ago is this V12 Vantage V600. It was built by the 'Q by Aston Martin' department to the special request of a customer. It features a 600hp version of the naturally aspirated V12 engine mated to a manual gearbox and a striking bodykit. The V12 Vantage V600 is available now with production limited to seven coupes and seven roadsters.
Wilder still is this one-off Cygnet V8 commissioned from the Q by Aston Martin department by a very eccentric customer. It is exactly what the name suggests; a V8-engined version of Aston Martin's supermini. Whereas the original Cygnet was built to bring the overall emissions of Aston Martin's line-up down, this car has not been built with the environment in consideration. It was created by grafting the front and rear subframes from a V8 Vantage to the centre section of the Toyota Aygo based machine. The resulting Cygnet V8 is about as wide as it is long and with 430hp on tap, it should be quite an eventful drive.
A week earlier, at the Le Mans Classic, there were many great cars in action. The first we would like to highlight is this Nissan R90CK, which was raced for the first time after spending two decades in the Nissan Heritage Collection museum. It was raced in period both in Europe and Japan where it was fitted with a dual rear wing. Following a complete restoration, the Nissan Group C racer proved blisteringly fast and could have won the Group C support race if it wasn't for a high speed puncture.
2018-07-20: 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed report and 320-shot gallery ...
2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed report and 320-shot gallery Last weekend, the Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrated its 25th anniversary in great style. For the Silver Jubilee, the Duke of Richmond invited some of the many great cars that had starred at the event in the past. They were joined by a whole host of other interesting machinery, headlined by the mighty Volkswagen I.D. R that had just shattered the record on the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. Taking centre stage at the Festival of Speed this year was Porsche's 70th anniversary, celebrated with the central feature display and five dedicated classes. Among the other anniversaries marked during the event were the Jaguar XK's 70th and Lola's 60th both with special classes. As always, there was much activity around the event which included the Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d'Elegance with cars that ranged from a McLaren F1 to a Citroen 2CV. Bonhams delivered their 50th Goodwood sale in great style with a sale total of GBP 32 million.
Our photographers were on hand throughout the weekend and have returned with an action packed 320-shot gallery that serves to illustrate our detailed report.
  2018-07-16: 2018 Le Mans Classic report and 290-shot gallery ...
2018 Le Mans Classic report and 290-shot gallery Every two years, the rich and ever expanding history of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is celebrated during the Le Mans Classic. Held for the ninth time last week, the event is run on the full, 13.6km Circuit de la Sarthe. The main event features six grids each of which has three races during a 24-hour period between 4pm on Saturday and 4pm on Sunday. That means that not only does the event boast the full circuit with its legendary straights, it also features a night race for each grid. While the main event covers cars from 1923 through to 1981, thanks to support races for Group C cars and the new-for-this-year Global Endurance Legends the full history of the world's most famous endurance race is covered. In addition to the action on the track, the Le Mans Classic also boasts more than a weekend's worth of infield attractions.
This year's Le Mans Classic was bigger in every respect and also attracted a record crowd of 135,000 spectators despite scorching conditions. Our photographers skipped a night's sleep to bring you an action packed 290-shot gallery, which serves to illustrate this concise report.
2018-07-10: 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed preview with F1 and Indy cars ...
Penske PC22 Chevrolet While we are still hard at work to process all the material we gathered at this weekend's Le Mans Classic, we also already have to look ahead to this weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed. Celebrating its 25th anniversary by bringing back some of the many great cars that starred at the event's previous editions, it promises to be a true classic. We will of course be there and report on it next week.
Before we do that, we have highlighted four single seater races that starred at last year's edition. The most recent of the quartet is the first Penske PC22 Chevrolet of eight examples built for the 1993 season. After a difficult 1992 season, the Nigel Bennett designed PC22 returned Team Penske to the sharp end of the field. The Ilmor/Chevrolet engined cars won eight of the 16 races, including the Indy 500 with Emerson Fittipaldi at the wheel. The featured example was the test and development car and could well have been the PC22 tested by none other than Ayrton Senna early in 1993. Last year, it was the second fastest car up the hill climb. Another great Indy car that is a regular at the Festival of Speed is this turbine-engined Lotus 56. As can be seen in our extensive gallery, it has been driven by likes of Dario Franchitti and Emanuele Pirro and also event organiser Charles March.
Formula 1 cars are also always strongly represented at Goodwood and at the previous edition we were treated to a couple of runs of the Sir Jackie Stewart's 1971 World Championship winning Tyrrell 003 Cosworth. Owned by the Stewart family for many years, the single most successful Tyrrell made a rare appearance in the hands of Paul Stewart and Damon Hill.
Another Grand Prix car that starred in 2017 was this Ferrari 312 B3/74. Raced by Niki Lauda to two wins in 1974, this car represented a turning point in Ferrari's fortunes that would ultimately lead to three World Championships between 1975 and 1979.
You can also still attend the event yourself as limited tickets are still available on the Goodwood website.
  2018-07-03: Ferrari, Ford Zakspeed and Porsche GT racers headed for auction ...
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Group 4 This weekend, we will be at the Le Mans Classic, which promises to be one of the absolute highlights of the year. Part of the very busy events is a Artcurial Motorcars auction. Fittingly, the sale is headlined by a trio of GT racers. The earliest and most valuable is this Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Group 4. Sold new to Luigi Chinetti, this was one of the prototypes for the Competizione Daytonas that were built between 1971 and 1973. Chassis 12467 was raced to fifth overall at Le Mans in 1971 and is now estimated to find a new owner on Saturday for well over Euro 6 million.
Built at the end of the same decade is this Ford Zakspeed Capri. Built to the Group 5 'silhouette' regulations this blisteringly quick Capri was successful in the DRM and was also driven to the European Hill Climb Championship in 1982. Available for sale for the first time in three decades, the very rare Zakspeed Capri is estimated to sell for Euro 550,000 - 750,000.
GT racing has been Porsche's bread and butter for many years and the successful run of the last two decades was kick started by the 911 Carrera RSR 3.8 of 1993. The example consigned to the Le Mans Classic sale was built to full racing specifications but ultimately was never raced in period. Instead it was cherished by its owners and rarely used. As a result this RSR 3.8 has barely 4,000km on the odometer. It can be yours for around Euro 800,000.