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2018-04-18: BMW Museum Visit, BMW M2 Competition and DBS name revived ...
The BMW Museum During one of our many travels during the 2017 season, we stopped over in Munich, Germany to visit the BMW Museum. Opened to the public in 2008, the museum is part of the massive and impressive BMW Welt building. It offers enthusiasts an in-depth insight in the history of the German mark through numerous displays that included road and competition cars, motorcycles and engines. We have captured the highlights in this 90-shot gallery that serves to illustrate a concise report.
Speaking of BMW, the German manufacturer today announced the first ever M2 Competition. Powered by a 410 hp version of the familiar twin-turbo, straight-six engine and equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox from standard, the compact coupe should be an absolute hoot to drive. The M2 Competition will be available in the Summer.
British company Aston Martin will revive the DBS and Superleggera badges for the upcoming flagship model. Known as the DBS Superleggera, the name harks back at the DBS first introduced in 1967 and the Touring Superleggera bodied Aston Martins of the 1950s and 1960s. Aston Martin plan to reveal further details of the DBS Superleggera before the end of this quarter.
  2018-04-16: Lola, Porsche and Maserati sports racers that starred at Barcelona ...
Lola T600 Cosworth During last week's Espiritu de Montjuic there were many familiar machines in action at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. To make things interesting several cars were campaigned that we had not seen on track before. One of the most interesting was this Lola T600 Cosworth that was raced in the Classic Endurance Racing 2 group. Built in 1981, it is one of the first sports racing cars with full ground-effect aerodynamics and as such provided a first glimpse of the new Group C cars that followed the following year. Powered by the Cosworth DFV and later DFL V8, it won two rounds of the sports car championship in 1981. Fully rebuilt over the winter, the T600 is definitely one of the fastest cars eligible in CER2.
In the CER1 race, we were treated to a very special Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 2.8, which was reunited with its original driver Jacques Almeras. Sold new to France, it was driven to the Group 4 French hill-climb championship by Almeras before it was fitted with the 'Mary Stuart' tail with the help of the factory. In this guise the 911 Carrera RSR 2.8 placed twice overall in the Tour de France.
After being owned for over two decades by Dire Straits singer Mark Knopfler, this Maserati 300S made its debut in the hands of the new, Spanish owner. The car has had an interesting history, first in Brazilian and later Australian hands. Beautifully prepared, the 300S was the only Maserati in action during the weekend.
2018-04-13: Porsche 919 Hybrid unleashed, Audi electric supercar and new FE cars ...
Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo On Monday, Porsche smashed the lap record at the Spa-Francorchamps track with this 919 Hybrid Evo. Based on last year's Le Mans and World Championship winning LMP1 racer, the purpose built machine effectively shows what a modern prototype racer can do without restrictions. These include fuel flow limits and removing them has raised the system output of petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain to close to 1,150 bhp. Additionally, the aerodynamics have been extensively modified with more active components and a larger rear wing. All this helped works driver Neel Jani beat last year's Formula 1 pole time by 0.783 seconds in the mighty 919 Hybrid Evo. The car will be brought out several more events later in the year including the Goodwood Festival of Speed. While it is all very impressive, we think we would have all rather seen the German manufacturer actually race the car in this year's FIA WEC!
Porsche's racing future is in Formula E where it will face off against the likes of BMW and Jaguar, who revealed the first glimpse of their version of the next generation spec electric racers. Dubbed iFE.18 and I-Type 3 respectively, the new cars are set to run in next week's official test in Spain.
The current generation cars are in Rome this weekend and also out on track will be this Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo. Finished in a retro paint-scheme, this is much more than just a full-size version of a car designed for the popular Gran Turimso video game. Fully functional, the e-tron Vision Gran Turismo features three electric motors, good for well over 800 bhp. In Rome and at other events, it will serve as a high-speed taxi with Rahel Frey and Dindo Capello sharing the driving duties.
  2018-04-10: 2018 Espiritu de Montjuic report and 250-shot gallery ...
2018 Espiritu de Montjuic report and 250-shot gallery This weekend, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya hosted the Espiritu de Montjuic, which served as the curtain raiser of Peter Auto's 2018 season. The Spanish track was chosen in the hopes of comfortable spring weather but the competitors and visitors were instead treated to changeable conditions throughout the weekend. This did not deter the 212 cars entered to compete across Peter Auto's seven familiar grids. A subtle change this year was the addition of the new Greatest's Trophy, which replaced the Trofeo Nastro Rosso but featured a similar grid of 1950s and 1960s sports cars. The wide wide variety of machinery ranged from early 1950s sports racers like the Aston Martin DB2 and Maserati 300S to the thundering Sauber-Mercedes C11 and howling Peugeot 905 Group C cars. Among the many highlights across the fields were a pair of Porsche 917s and two Silk Cut liveried Jaguar XJR-8s that made it look like the works TWR Jaguar team had been reinstated.
Our photographers were on hand throughout the weekend and have not returned with a fresh sun tan but instead with this action-packed, 250-shot gallery that serves to illustrate this concise report.
Later this week, we will take a closer look at several of the cars that starred during the weekend.
2018-04-05: A closer look at the Lotus Type 15, 16 and 17 ...
Lotus 16 Climax By the end of the 1950s, Lotus was a racing car manufacturer of note and a regular entrant in Formula 1. Today we have taken a closer at the Lotus racing cars that closed out the decade.
By numerical order, the earliest was the 1958 Type 15 sports car of which an early early example has been featured today. Capable of handling engines of up to 2.5 litres, it allowed Lotus drivers to compete for outright wins. The chassis in the spotlight today is an ex-works car and was raced in period by Cliff Allison and Graham Hill.
That same year, Lotus also produced a new single seater racer capable of running in Formula 1. This new Type 16 was the first Lotus single seater that could handle the full 2.5-litre Coventry Climax engine but ultimately proved very fragile. Featured is a great example, which has had a colourful past but nevertheless has survived in remarkable original condition. It is also believed that chassis 362-2 was the first Lotus Formula 1 car driven by Jim Clark.
The last of today's trio is the Lotus Type 17. Effectively a replacement for the legendary Eleven, it was lower, smaller and lighter than any Lotus that came before. However, the original front suspension design was flawed and by the time the issues were fixed, it was superseded by more modern machinery. Among the examples featured is chassis 655, which was driven by its brave owner during a blizzard at the recent Goodwood Members' Meeting.
  2018-04-03: 2018 Esperitu de Montjuic preview with Lola, Motul and Porsche that will star ...
Lola T70 Mk3B Coupe Chevrolet This weekend, the Peter Auto season will kick off with the Esperitu de Montjuic on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. It represents the first time the popular Classic Endurance Racing field will run on the Spanish track since the Catulanya 1000 km, which was part of the 2009 Le Mans Series. To get you in the mood, we have taken a detailed look at three distinct cars that will star during upcoming event and the rest of the season.
The earliest of this trio is the Lola T70 Mk3B Coupe delivered new to Scuderia Filipinetti. It was raced only once in its original guise as Jo Bonnier crashed the car during its 1969 Brands Hatch 1000 km debut. It did appear briefly in the Interserie championship during the early 1970s. In more recent years, SL76/145 was restored to full running order for its Belgian owner, who will race the car in Barcelona this weekend.
Before Ron Dennis acquired a controlling stake in McLaren, he worked at Brabham with engineer Neil Trundle. Together they formed Rondel Racing and ahead of the 1973 season created the Motul M1 Formula 2 car. It was quite successful especially considering March had an exclusive deal to run the superior BMW engine. The featured car was a spare, pressed into action by the works team late in 1973. It was also raced as the 'Safir' by its subsequent owner. It was later re-acquired by Neil Trundle and restored to its original configuration. Since 2017, chassis RSJ009 has been raced in the Peter Auto Formula 2 series.
Making its historic racing debut late last year, this Porsche 935/77 customer car was raced with considerable success when new. Its career spanned five seasons and it ended its contemporary racing life in 935 K3 configuration. The ex-Josef Bambring 935 has now been restored to its original configuration for its Swiss owner by Equipe Europe.
2018-03-28: 2018 Techno Classic report and 220-shot gallery and New York show stars ...
2018 Techno Classic report and 220-shot gallery Last week we were in Essen for the 30th annual Techno Classica. With around 1,250 exhibitors and more than 200 club displays, it is definitely the largest in-door classic car show in the world. While it seemed that every other car in the 14 halls of the Messe Essen were either a Porsche 911 or a Gullwing Mercedes-Benz, there were some other interesting cars on display as well. These ranged from the new continuation Aston Martin DB4 GT to the Rondeau that holds the record for the single most Le Mans starts and the turbine engined Howmet TX. We explored the vast exhibition centre to capture the highlights that are featured in our 220-shot gallery, which serves to illustrate our concise report.
Today, the doors opened of the New York International Auto Show. This opportunity was used to introduce several high performance versions of existing models. These included the 550hp Jaguar F-Pace SVR, which is the new range topping model of Jaguar's SUV range.
Mercedes-AMG showcased the V8 version of the recently revised C-Class in the form of this C 63 S Coupe. It is powered by the familiar twin-turbo V8 that produces 510 hp in the most powerful 'S' trim.
Built specifically for the North American market, Audi have created this RS 5 Sportback. Like the coupe version, the Sportback's twin turbo V6 is good for 450 hp.
  2018-03-26: Unique Hagemann-Sutton Special and the latest electric racers ...
Hagemann-Sutton Special One of the more unusual cars in action during the 76th Goodwood Members' Meeting was the unique Hagemann-Sutton Special. Wheeled out for the firs time by its German owner on this side of the Atlantic, the car had originally been commissioned from Jack Hagemann in 1959 as a sports racer to rival the better known Scarabs. Sadly, before it was completed the funds had dried up and it would take until 2005 for it to be finished. As can be seen in our 39-shot gallery, the fascinating machine has regularly been raced in California before crossing the Atlantic.
Having withdrawn from WRC, Volkswagen have now set their sights on the legendary Pikes Peak hill-climb with an all-electric racer fittingly dubbed the I.D. R Pikes Peak. For now there are only two renderings available of the car that looks set to challenge the electric record this Summer. Another new electric racer to break cover is the DS E-TENSE FE 19. This is the DS team's version of the new-for-2019 Formula E car. Compared to its predecessor, the second generation car boasts more power and a completely new bodykit that includes the HALO head protection devise also introduced in Formula 1 this year.
Over the last few weeks the recently revived Brabham Automotive have revealed snippets of their all new car due to be named the BT62. It is set to break cover on May 1st and for now, all we can show is a brief video of the car thundering past. We will definitely keep you posted on this exciting new project.
2018-03-23: Group 5 BMW and Ferrari, and Porsche 904 that starred at Goodwood ...
BMW 320 Group 5 Taking centre stage at last weekend's rather cold Goodwood Members' Meeting were the 1970s and early 1980s Group 5 silhouette racers. Driven with great verve by Dutch WRC ace Kevin Abbring was a striking Fruit of the Loom liveried BMW 320. Powered by a Formula 2 engine, the compact and very light BMW was one of the few cars to take the fight to the dominant Porsche 935s. The featured example was raced in the 1978 DRM by the hugely talented Markus Hottinger. He scored three victories, including one at the Nordschleiffe.
Developed by Ferrari and Pininfarina, the slippery 512 BB LM is a great example of the silhouette racer. Ultimately, the package did not turn out to be particularly suited to racing due the engine being mounted on top of the gearbox but the cars are nevertheless highly sought after today. Four of the 25 examples were on hand, including this car, which is the very last one built. Delivered new in Belgium, it has recently been repatriated after spending most of its life in American ownership.
Another highlight of the weekend were the half a dozen 904 Carrera GTS Porsches entered in the opening race of the Members' Meeting. Among them was chassis 904-045, which was delivered new to noted British privateer raced 'Dickie' Stoop. It has recently been completely restored by Maxted-Page and turned a wheel anger for the first time in many years at Goodwood.
  2018-03-20: 76th Goodwood Members' Meeting report and 200-shot gallery ...
75th Members' Meeting report and 240-shot gallery Having covered events around the world for over 15 years, we are more than seasoned but leave it to Goodwood to provide a new experience at this weekend's 76th Members' Meeting. The two-day event was run under truly winter conditions with a blizzard on Saturday and a snow-lined track on Sunday. Thanks to a brisk eastern wind, it was absolutely freezing throughout the event. Despite the treacherous conditions, the show, with the exception of the motorcycle race, went on and there was rarely s quiet moment around the track. In addition to the eleven races, which included the ever popular Group 1 touring cars, 1960s big banger sports cars and the very early, rudimentary specials, there were also special demonstration runs for F5000 and Group 5 cars.
At what was certainly the coldest event we have ever attended, we braved the conditions to capture enough material for this action-packed 200-shot gallery, which serves to illustrate this concise report.
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.