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2020-04-29: Wing Wednesday with a pair of Porsche 911 GT racers ...
Porsche 911 Bi-Turbo GT1 For our recurring celebration of Wing Wednesday, we have today taken a closer look at two 1990s Porsche GT racers. The first is this 964-generation 911 Bi-Turbo GT1 that was raced in the inaugural BPR Championship. As Porsche did not offer a GT1 car to customers in 1994, this was one of two built by Freisinger Motorsport along the same lines as the works car that raced at Le Mans in 1993. Crucially, these were built up by Freisinger using components supplied by Porsche Motorsport like the twin turbo engine and the wild body kit that included a fabulously massive rear wing. The featured example placed second twice in 1994 behind the factory GT1 car and was also raced at Daytona in 1995. It then spent most of its life in New Zeeland but has more recently been repatriated to Europe and was shown at last year's Chantilly Arts & Elegance.
Also displayed at Chantilly in 2019 was this 993-generation 911 GT2 Evo 2, which is one of the very last of the turbocharged Porsche 911s racing cars sold to a customer. The 1998 evolution of the GT2 featured a more powerful engine and revised suspension to help the 911 keep tabs on the very quick Vipers. This particular example was the second chassis ordered by Francois Lafon for the 1998 FFSA Championship. It replaced his first car following an accident. Like that car, this one was painted by German pop-art painter Peter Klasen with a unique livery. The first car was repaired but finished in different colours. The 'Klasen 2' is currently offered for sale by our friends at Historic Cars in Paris.
  2020-04-27: Maserati Monday with Lightweight 250F, A6GCS/53 and 8CL Indy racer ...
Maserati 250F Lightweight Maserati started out as a racing car manufacturer only and today we celebrate that rich heritage by taking a detailed look at three of these competition cars from the 1940s and 1950s. The newest is this Maserati 250F T2 Lightweight. It represents the ultimate development of the legendary front-engined Grand Prix car and helped Juan Manuel Fangio to win the World Championship in 1957. The featured example was one of three built and raced by the likes of Stirling Moss, Jean Behra and Harry Schell. It is now owned by an American historic racer and has been campaigned on both sides of the Atlantic.
Using a similar but smaller version of the 250F's six-cylinder engine is this A6GCS/53 that was bought new by an Argentinean racer. Now in German hands, chassis 2062 is still painted in the Argentinean racing colours of blue with a yellow engine cover.
Maserati also won the Indy 500 in 1939 and then returned in 1940 with the 8CL. It was one of the most complicated cars built by Maserati to that date and used a straight eight with 4 valves per cylinder. The fabulous exhaust manifold features a separate pipe for each port, so 16 in total. The example highlighted today was built immediately after the War and raced to eighth at the 1946 Indy 500. It was displayed at the Indianapolis Speedway Hall of Fame for many years but has now returned to Europe and is regularly raced in historic events.
2020-04-23: Turbo Thursday with McLaren, Eagle and Porsche Kremer racers ...
McLaren MP4/2B TAG Today is Turbo Thursday as we take a look at three forced-induction engined competition cars. The most successful of the three is probably this McLaren MP4/2B TAG Porsche. It is the fifth of six examples built of the evolution of Niki Lauda's 1984 World Championship winning machine. Raced throughout the 1985 season, the twin-turbo V6 engined machine helped Alain Prost secure the first of his fourth titles. The featured example played a crucial role as Prost drove it to three victories. It is pictured in the most unusual of locations as it was show at the 2018 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este by current owner Gerhard Berger.
Forced induction was introduced to Indy racing many years earlier as issues like turbo lag are less of a factor on ovals. Raced with both naturally aspirated and turbocharged engines was this Eagle Mark 7. The turbo-engined example came closest to winning the 1969 Indy 500 but Joe Leonard was black flagged due to a water leak.
Boasting one of the 1980's most iconic liveries is this Porsche 962 CK6, which was primarily raced in Japan with Leyton House backing. It is one of the cars built by Kremer Racing with a stronger chassis and more sophisticated aero than the factory 962s, which had pretty much gone out of production during the second half of the 1980s. Now in Swiss hands, CK6-01(02) made two tentative outings last year and according to the owner is ready to go once historic racing resumes in Europe, hopefully in late July at Paul Ricard.
  2020-04-21: Latest and very first Zagato Aston Martins ...
Aston Martin V12 Vantage Zagato Heritage Twins Continuing the 100th year anniversary for a little longer, Zagato have worked their magic on Aston Martin underpinnings with the V12 Vantage Zagato Heritage Twins by R-Reforged. While this is a bit of a mouthful, the type name does offer an accurate description of the car or, more precisely cars, in question. They are built on the final V12 Vantage chassis by Swiss specialist manufacturer R-Reforged using a Zagato design and a more powerful 600 bhp engine. The 'Twins' is a reference to the fact that customers can only buy the new cars as a pair; a Coupé and a Speedster. As a nod to the original DB4 GT Zagato, production of the Heritage Twins will be limited to just 19 pairs, so 38 cars in total.
To mark the occasion, we have taken a detailed look at the very first DB4 GT Zagato. Shown at the Earl's Court Motor Show in 1960, it made its competition debut at Goodwood on Easter Monday 1961 with Stirling Moss behind the wheel. In 1962, it was also raced at Le Mans but a piston failure brought an early end to the race. Chassis DB4GT/0200/R has more recently been beautifully restored and has been raced during the Goodwood Revival at select occasions.
2020-04-17: Last Porsche 991 Speedster to cross the block and Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ on offer ...
Porsche 911 Speedster Porsche Cars North America have consigned the very last 991-generation to RM Sotheby's for a charity auction. The car in question is this Porsche 911 Speedster, which was completed in December of 2019. This online-only sale will run from April 15 through to April 22 and will benefit the United Way Worldwide's COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund. The winning bidder will also receive a matching timepiece and the opportunity to collect their 911 Speedster at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering in August.
Rival company Gooding & Co. have ramped up their private sales efforts and now offer this Alfa Romeo SZ Giulietta. Originally sold to and raced in Italy, it was brought to the United States in the late 1970s. The lovely little Sprint Zagato has been the same ownership since 1984 and is now offered for $495,000.
Cadillac have offered a first glimpse of the hardcore 'Blackwing' versions of the high performance CT4-V and CT5-V models. Both versions will feature a specially tuned chassis, modified engine and, crucially, will be available with a manual gearbox.
  2020-04-14: Unique Ferrari Uovo, John Horsman remembered and subscription prices lowered ...
Ferrari 166 MM Fontana Uovo Coupe In our hunt for Easter eggs this weekend, we came a cross a particularly unusual egg in the form of the unique Ferrari 166 MM Fontana Uovo Coupe. The car was the brainchild of the Marzotto brothers, who were among Ferrari's most important customers during the late 1940s and early 1950s. One of the most remarkable Ferraris of the era, it features a unique body crafted from an exotic alloy by Fontana following the design of the soon be famous sculptor and aeronautical engineer Franco Reggiani. Light and very slippery, the Uovo was actual faster than all the factory Ferraris in the 1951 Mille Miglia. As a special Easter treat, we have taken a detailed look at the history of this fabulous machine.
With John Horsman, another legend of British motorsport passed away this week. Certainly not as well known as Stirling Moss, he was one of the men behind the success of the Gulf liveried Fords, Porsches and Mirages during the 1960s and 1970s. A stickler for detail, he was a keen observer and wrote everything down, with the fantastic 'Racing in the rain' book as the result. He was proud of the history of his cars and team, and would regularly mail us remarks or corrections if we have gotten something wrong. In his honour, we have today highlighted the 1971 Spa 1000 km winning Porsche 917 K. A most fitting tribute as it was Horsman's modifications that ultimately turned the 917 into an all conquering machine.
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2020-04-12: Sir Stirling Moss remembered ...
Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Comp/61 The very sad news of the passing of Sir Stirling Moss reached us this afternoon. He was one of motor racing's original and greatest icons. During his racing career, which was brutally cut short by a heavy accident at Goodwood nearly 60 years ago, he undoubtedly was the fastest driver around. Among his many achievements are 16 Grands Prix victories, the legendary record breaking win in the 1955 Mille Miglia with this 300 SLR and three Nürburgring 1000 km wins in a row for Maserati and Aston Martin. Following his career ending accident, he invented himself as the world's most famous racing driver and provided commentary on Formula 1 races, participated in historic race meetings and became an ambassador of all sorts of brands. In these roles, he was a regular guest in paddocks and show fields around the world. We fondly remember him seeing him at tracks around the world in a variety of cars but also leading the way in the annual Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance. He effectively was Mr Goodwood as he drove at the very first race meeting at the track in 1948 and was intrinsically involved with the revival of the circuit by the current Duke of Richmond. Sadly, he had to withdraw from public life a few years ago due to illness and today, he passed away peacefully at the age of 90 years old.
To honour Sir Stirling Moss, we have taken a detailed look at the very Ferrari 250 GT SWB Comp/61 that he scored some of his very last period victories in. Racing for his longtime team boss Rob Walker, he scored wins in the 1961 Tourist Trophy at Goodwood and also dominated the end-of-season Bahamas Speed week. Following a complete restoration, chassis 2735GT was brought out at Goodwood in recent years and was demonstrated by Sir Stirling himself at the Revival in 2009 and 2011.
  2020-04-08: Bentley and Lola racers that debuted on Easter Monday ...
Bentley Pacey-Hassan Special It is Easter this weekend and in the United Kingdom that traditionally meant the start of the racing season. To honour that tradition, we have today taken a closer look at two cars that debuted on Easter Monday. First up is the Bentley Pacey-Hassan Special, which first turned a wheel in anger 84 years. It is the second of two single-seat Brooklands racers built by Wally Hassan and features a well honed Bentley 4½-Litre engine mounted in a bespoke frame. Painted in a sinister black, it was instantly successful with Bill Pacey winning at the car's Brooklands debut. Raced for two years in period, the unique Pacey-Hassan Special has had a much longer historic racing career. In recent years, it has appeared at all the Goodwood events in the hands of Bentley specialist William Medcalf.
Another Goodwood regular is this Lola T70 that was ordered new by the Stirling Moss Auto Racing Team for BOAC pilot Hugh Dibley to race. It actually debuted at Goodwood on Easter Monday and was raced to a fourth. Following a comprehensive restoration, SL70/7 has raced at the Goodwood Revival regularly.
2020-04-06: Three very distinct BMW Motorsport powered machines ...
BMW M1 Procar During the 1970s, BMW Motorsport came to the fore as a hugely successful builder of racing engines and complete racing cars. Today, we have taken a closer look at three distinct machines from that era. Perhaps the most famous of all is the M1 Procar. The racing version of the M1 road car, it was originally conceived for a one-make series to support F1 races. The production cars were also built in sufficient numbers for them to be homologated as GT racers. The featured example is one of these and was raced in period by American Joe Crevier in the highly competitive IMSA GT series. It was repatriated to Germany in more recent years and has become a regular in the CER2 events.
The 635 CSi Group A highlighted today as well, is also powered by a straight six engine but that is about where the similarities stop. It was built for the much tighter Group A regulations and is fairly close to the standard production car. It was nevertheless highly successful, competing in the European Touring Car Championship during the mid-1980s with great verve. The car we take a look at today is chassis RA1-08, which was raced in Italy in period and has just been completely restored by Geoff Steele Racing in England.
BMW Motorsport's four-cylinder engine was popular with sports car and single seater manufacturers. Among the many sports prototypes powered by the hugely powerful 'four' was this Lola T298. Sold new to France, it was driven to the European Hill Climb championship by Jean-Louis Bos in 1981.
  2020-04-03: Dix Mille Tours 2019 highlights with Group C Jag, RSR Porsche and Ferrari BB LM ...
Jaguar XJR-12 The last place we expected to be today was at the office as the annual Dix Mille Tours was scheduled to be run this weekend. For obvious reasons it has been postponed to a later date but we nevertheless wanted to illustrate why we like it so much by highlighting three cars that featured in the 2019 edition.
First up in this mighty Jaguar XJR-12 that boasts a particularly purple version of the legendary Silk Cut livery. It was built specifically for Le Mans in 1991 and also finished first in class at Sebring the following year. Following its contemporary racing career, chassis J12-C-891 was displayed for many years in the TWR Museum before being brought back out for historic racing.
Built just two years later, is this Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.8, which was originally raced by a Swiss team. One of 55 built, this car holds the distinction of being the last car that the late Swiss racing legend Claude Haldi campaigned at Le Mans. In his 22nd outing at Le Mans, he finished fourth in class with this RSR 3.8.
Competing in the ever spectacular CER2 class last October was this Ferrari 512 BB LM. It is the second example built and was raced twice both at Le Mans and Daytona. Now in French hands, 26683 suffered from some mechanical issues but we expect it back out again when racing, hopefully, resumes later this year.
2020-04-01: Wing Wednesday with Porsche 934 and Apollo Intensa Emozione ...
Porsche 934 Today, we celebrate wing Wednesday with two sports cars that wear their massive rear wing with great pride. The earliest of this pair is this Porsche 934. It was one of the very first examples produced and has a contemporary racing history that ran from 1976 through to the end of the 1989. During this period, it was modified to meet the particular needs of the successive owners. Following its incredibly long career, chassis 930 670 0161 was eventually restored by Kremer Racing during the early 2010s. At that point, it was chosen to configure the car to 934/5 specification as used by Mandy Gonzales during the early 1980s. It has since been raced in historic events and was more recently consigned to British dealer William I'Anson.
Boasting an even bigger rear wing is the Apollo Intensa Emozione supercar launched a couple of years ago. The wild machine combines a sophisticated carbon-fibre composite monocoque with a modified 6.3-litre Ferrari V12 engine that produces a staggering 780 bhp. Production has started late in 2019, and the first two of ten Intensa Emoziones have already been delivered to their respective owners.