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2018-01-19: A tribute to the great Dan Gurney and Bonhams' Scottsdale result ...
Eagle Mark 1 Weslake Earlier this week, the very sad news reached us that Dan Gurney, one of motorsport's all time greats and a true hero, has passed away. His achievements are too many to list but he was the first driver to win Grands Prix for Porsche, Brabham and his own Eagle but also won Le Mans for Ford, introduced the spraying of champagne after that victory but also has an aerodynamic device named after him and his Eagles dominated single seater and sports car racing in the United States. For today's tribute, we have selected to highlight just a few of the many highlights in the 'Big Eagle's' career.
Arguably, Gurney's most famous creation is this achingly beautiful Eagle Mark 1 Weslake. He used this very car to become the second driver to win a Grand Prix in a car of his own creation by clinching victory in the 1967 Belgian Grand Prix. Beautifully preserved and 'on the button', the Mark 1 is today on display at the Revs Institute in Naples, Florida but is also shown and demonstrated at select events.
Far more actively campaigned is this Brabham BT7 Climax in which Gurney won the 1964 French Grand Prix, scoring the marque's very first Grand Prix victory. Later in the year, he also won at Mexico in this car. Today, chassis F1-1-63 is owned by an American historic racer, who was actually at Reims in 1964 to witness the historic victory and continues to race this fabulous Brabham with great success in historic events.
From the 1970s, Gurney focused on designing and constructing racing cars. Among the very best of these was the Eagle 7200 Offenhauser built for the 1972 Indy season. Blisteringly fast, it was used by Bobby Unser to smash the track record at Indy in 1972 and later that year set a new closed-course lap record. In 1973 this Gulf-liveried and privately entered example was driven to victory in the 1973 Indy 500 Gordon Johncock.
Last night, the Scottsdale auction kicked off and today we can publish the results of the $25 million Bonhams sale, which was topped by this Porsche 550A RS Spyder, which found a new owner for just over $5 million.
  2018-01-17: Great Shelby cars headed for auction and NAIAS round-up ...
AC Shelby Cobra S/C At this weekend's Scottsdale auctions several great Shelby cars will cross the block. Among them was this AC Shelby Cobra 427 S/C, which has been consigned to the RM Sotheby's sale. It is one of just 29 built to competition specification but then converted to road, or Semi Competition specification. Meticulously restored, this Cobra 427 S/C was longtime shown in the Australian York Motor Museum and is now estimated to sell for $2-2.4 million.
Also available in this same sale is the equally rare Shelby Mustang GT350 R, which was originally part of the famous Cobra Caravan. Later sold to Peru, SFM5R213 was recently restored to award winning level. Its pre-sale estimate is $1-1.2 million.
Rival Bonhams have consigned an example of the legendary GT350 H 'Rent-a-Racer'. The example on offer on Thursday was owned for many years by the late Carroll Shelby himself and has no reserve.
On Monday, the North American International Auto Show opened its doors. In addition to the world debuts several show cars, the show also featured the introduction of a new straight-six Mercedes-AMG engine. Equipped with a sophisticated turbo, the three-litre engine produces 435 hp. At its debut, it will be available in the E 53 Coupe, E 53 Cabriolet and CLS 53. Hyundai, meanwhile, revealed a new generation Veloster and also announced that the high performance Veloster N will be available in North America for the first time.
2018-01-15: 2018 Interclassics Maastricht report and gallery, and new Mustang Bullitt ...
2018 Interclassics Maastricht report and gallery This weekend, the MECC exhibition centre in Maastricht, The Netherlands hosted the 25th annual Interclassics Maastricht. To mark the anniversary, the event invited eighteen 'master pieces' that represented the eighteen central themes of the previous editions. Among the cars displayed in the special feature were the 1957 Le Mans winning Jaguar D-Type, the Ford Mustang Eleanor from the movie Gone in sixty seconds and a pair of 8V Fiats. Among the additional highlights were rare 1990s supercars like the one-off Bizzarrini BZ-2001 and the freshly restored ex-works Austin Healey Sebring Sprite built for the 1959 Rally Monte Carlo. We were on the show floor on the opening day and have captured all the highlights in this 110-shot gallery, which serves to illustrate our concise report.
On the eve of this week's North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Ford have revealed an all new Bullitt version of the Mustang. This special edition marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary movie Bullitt that starred the late Steve McQueen in a green fastback Mustang. Unveiled by his granddaughter, the new 475bhp Bullitt was shown alongside one of the two original Mustang fastbacks that was used in the movie. It had disappeared from the limelight in the early 1970s only to resurface in the hands of the same family that bought it in the early 1970s. Reportedly, they resisted several offers from Steve McQueen himself to acquire the car shortly after acquiring it in 1974.
  2018-01-12: Wild Toyota concept, new Bentley, Lotus and Renault, and new Ginetta LMP1 car ...
Toyota GR Super Sport Concept This morning, Toyota revealed the highly anticipated GR Super Sport Concept at the Tokyo Auto Salon. The striking machine provides a unique insight what a road legal version of the successful TS050 LMP1 would look like. Accordingly, the GR Super Sport features the same 1,000hp hybrid drivetrain.
Bentley have expanded the Bentayga line-up with this 'entry-level' V8 version. It uses the familiar twin-turbo V8, which produces 542bhp in this application. Optional on the Bentayga V8 are carbon-ceramic discs with ten-piston front calipers.
Going into their 70th year, Lotus have created another derivative of the Evora in the guise of this GT410 Sport, which replaces the Sport 410 introduced in 2016. Compared to the outgoing model, the GT410 Sport is slightly lighter but uses the same spec engine.
Also new for 2018 is this Renault Clio R.S.18, which is inspired by Renault's upcoming Formula 1 car.
At this weekend's Autosport International, Ginetta took the wraps off the G60-LT-P1 LMP1 car. Due to be raced in the upcoming FIA World Endurance Championship by several teams. The G60-LT-P1 development car features a 3.4-litre twin-turbo, Mecachrome V6 but there are other engine options.
2018-01-10: Lovely Fiat 8V, striking Delage, last PF Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Cabriolet and an electric sports car ...
Fiat 8V Vignale Coupe The year has barely started and we will already attend our first show tomorrow; the annual Interclassics in Maastricht, The Netherlands. It is the most highly anticipated shows of its kind in the Benelux and accordingly it is fitting that this Fiat 8V Vignale Coupe will be one of the cars on display this year as it is currently owned by a Belgian collector and was recently comprehensively restored by Dutch specialists Strada e Corsa. A veteran of the 1955 Mille Miglia, we have captured the rare 8V at Pebble Beach and Villa d'Este.
The Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Pinin Farina Cabriolet featured today has also been shown at these great events recently. It is the very last of the 6C 2500s fitted with the top-of-the-line Pinin Farina Cabriolet bodywork. Still in stellar condition, the Alfa Romeo has been consigned to next week's Bonhams Scottsdale Auction with a pre-sale estimate of $650,000 - $850,000.
A veteran of the most recent Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is this Delage D8 S Fernandez & Darrin Cabriolet. It is believed to be one of just two Delage D8s with this particular bodywork and was originally delivered to a British owner. Freshly restored, its crowning feature is a particularly striking Lalique mascot on the radiator.
Dubai-based sports car builder Jannarelly has ventured into the electric car market with this Design-X1. It was built for a customer in California and is a derivative of the original Design-1. Technical details of the Design-X1 have yet to be released but the company states that it can build up to 11 examples for a price point of $200,000 - $300,000 each.
  2018-01-08: Fabulous Ferrari, Jaguar and Bugatti headline Gooding Scottsdale Auctions ...
Ferrari 275 GTB Speciale The year has only just started but the first major auctions, held in the the Phoenix suburb of Scotssdale, are already less than a fortnight away. Among them is the Gooding & Co. Scottsdale Auctions, which is headlined by a fabulous examples from Ferrari, Jaguar and Bugatti.
We were particularly taken by this unique Ferrari 275 GTB Speciale that has not been seen in public for many, many years. Using the second 275 GTB chassis, it was built by Pininfarina for Battista Pininfarina himself. Not only is chassis 06437 the only 275 GTB bodied by Pininfarina instead of Scaglietti, it also features many unique design cues from the bespoke grille to the diffusor on the rear end. Part of the same collection for 25 years, it is now estimated to sell for $8 - $10 million.
Estimated to sell for even more is this Jaguar D-Type. The car on offer was originally painted red to help Jaguar break into the Italian market but instead it entered the British trade with the first owner being none other than Bernie Ecclestone, who was a wheeler dealer at the time. Chassis XKD 518 was then raced extensively but has never been involved in a major accident and retains its major components. Offered from an American collection, this lovely D-Type should fetch in excess of $10 million when it crosses the block next week.
Also consigned to the sale is this, the very first Bugatti Type 55 Roadster. Originally shown at the 1931 Paris Auto Salon, it was part of the formidable collection of the later Peter Williamson for over four decades and was his favourite Bugatti to drive on the road. Since it was sold from his estate in 2008, chassis 55201 has been restored and was returned to its original configuration.
2018-01-03: Carbon fibre Porsche 962, new Peugeot racer and Infiniti concept ...
Porsche 962 TS We kick off the new year with wishing you all the best and a look at a very rare Porsche 962 derivative. Dubbed the 962 TS, it was built for Team Schuppan with a carbon-fibre composite tub by Advanced Composites. Three were built and raced with limited success during the early 1990s. The featured example was the second of the three and was restored recently by Canepa Motorsport and first raced at last year's Monterey Motorsports Reunion.
It was recently announced that the two major touring car championships; the WTCC and TCR will merge starting this year to form the WTCR. This has prompted manufacturers to develop new cars to the TCR regulations. One of these is the Peugeot 308 TCR, which was announced today and will debut at the coming Geneva Motor Show. It is loosely based on the Peugeot 308 Cup car and features a 350 bhp version of Peugeot's familiar 1.6-litre turbocharged engine. The 308 TCR also features the flared body the TCR spec cars are so well known and loved for.
At next week's North American International Auto Show, Japanese luxury manufacturer will debut this Q Inspiration Concept. The large sedan features a new design language that will be used for a similar production car that should arrive in the near future.
  2017-12-28: The star cars of the 2017 season ...
Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE One of the lasting memories from the 2017 season was the final lap pass at the 24 Hours of Le Mans by Jonny Adam to take the GTE-Pro class victory in the Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE. It was a fitting finale to the lengthy career of the British racer that began in 2008 with the GT2 specification car. In GTE guise the V8 Vantage competed in all rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship. In 2018, it will be replaced by the recently announced Vantage GTE.
Another one of the absolute highlights of the year was getting a detailed look at this Fiat Abarth 1000 Monoposto da Record. Known affectionately as 'La Principessa' or the Princess, it was the last of the hugely successful record breakers built by Abarth and Pinin Farina. Survived in remarkably original condition the 1000 Monoposto da Record starred at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este and the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
Taking 'best of show' at the latter was this exquisitely restored Mercedes-Benz 680 S Barker Tourer that was originally owned by Le Mans winner Lord Howe. It features a unique boat-tail body that was finished in Lord Howe's preferred blue colour.
We also fondly remember seeing this achingly beautiful Ferrari 330 P4, which was one of the stars of the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The year also started on a high with the showcase of the one-off Porsche 917 K/81 at the Retromobile show.
We wish you all the best for the New Year and look forward to cover the greatest events and cars of the 2018 season for you, our very loyal readers!
2017-12-21: Ferrari's 70th Anniversary celebrations in single seaters ...
Ferrari 312 T Ferrari's 70th Anniversary Celebrations were hard to miss this year and we have dedicated quite a few features to it already but decided to go out with a bang and take a closer look at five of the Italian manufacturer's legendary single seaters we shot this year.
Somewhat out of its element was this ex-Niki Lauda 312 T that was displayed on Pebble Beach's 18th fairway. Driven to victory by Lauda at the 1975 French Grand Prix, chassis 022 was instrumental in scoring the Austrian's first World Championship. Even though it was the first time a Formula 1 car of this era was displayed at Pebble, it actually placed second in a hotly disputed class of major race winning Ferraris.
Of a slightly later vintage was the Ferrari 641 F1 that was driven to victory in the 1990 Japanese Grand Prix by Nigel Mansell. Prepared by Ferrari Corse Clienti, it was driven at the Goodwood Festival of Speed by works driver Olivier Beretta. Also in action at the famous hill was one of the earliest surviving Ferrari single seaters, the 166 FL that was originally owned by Juan Manuel Fangio. Originally fitted with a naturally aspirated engine for use in Formula 2, it was driven to a debut victory by the great Argentinian himself. Chassis 011F has survived in the subsequent supercharged Formula Libre guise in which it was also raced by Fangio and his compatriot Froilan Gonzales.
The single best display of Ferrari single seaters this year was at Retromobile where our friends Mario Linke and Franco Meiners brought together a superb selection of beautifully preserved Grand Prix machines from the late 1960s and early 1970s. Among them was this 312/69 F1, which was the last Ferrari F1 car fitted with a conventional V12 engine until the late 1980s. Following this car, Ferrari turned to the flat-12 engine (which strictly speaking is also a V12) that powers the 312 B2 that was also on display at Retromobile. It was raced by the likes of Clay Regazzoni and Mario Andretti but with little luck.
  2017-12-19: The stars of the Festival of Speed and wild Toyota concept ...
Audi R8 One of our favourite events each year is the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which brings out some of the greatest cars from private and manufacturer collections. Today, we take a look at three of these machines that reside in factory in collections.
To celebrate the record breaking career of Tom Kristensen, Audi pulled out all the stops and brought a full array of their successful Le Mans racers to the Festival of Speed. Our eye was particularly caught by the actual R8 that was driven to the German company's first Le Mans win by Kristensen, Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro in 2000. During the weekend, chassis 404 was driven up the famous hill climb by Kristensen himself.
A particularly rare sight was this Lancia LC2 from the FCA Heritage collection. It served throughout the 1984 season and finished as high as second. With the addition of 0006, this means we have now featured all but one of the nine LC2s built in period.
Boasting the same iconic livery as the LC2 is the spectacular 935/78 'Moby Dick' from the Porsche Museum Collection. This is the most extreme evolution of the 935 built by the factory, which exploited the Group 5 regulations to the maximum and inspired the many privately built 935s that followed in the early 1980s.
In 2018, the Festival of Speed will celebrate its 25th anniversary and knowing the organisers, this edition will undoubtedly be even more special than 'regular' years.
At next month's Tokyo Auto Salon, Toyota Gazoo Racing will reveal this GR Super Sport Concept. Although little is known about the car yet, it is believed to based on the current generation of Toyota Le Mans racers, so should be quite a remarkably machine. Coincidentally, Toyota today confirmed that it will take part in the upcoming FIA World Endurance Championship, which includes the 2018 and 2019 editions of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
2017-12-15: Great British sports cars that starred in 2017 ...
Jaguar XJR-6 During our ventures to the great events, we come across many Jaguars, ERAs, Chevrons and Aston Martins but this year we nevertheless shot a few great examples that we had not seen before. Today we have a taken look at five of these machines.
The newest of these is the Jaguar XJR-6, which was the first in a long line of Group C cars built for Jaguar by TWR. The subsequent Le Mans and World Championship winning machines were a direct evolution of the XJR-6. The example that starred at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed was the very first and retains the British Racing Green livery used in the effort's debut season.
Chevrons are regular feature at most classic meeting but we had never seen this B6 before. Chevron built only a handful of these during 1967 before switching to the similar and more common B8 for 1968. The the pictured example is the second of seven built. A spiritual predecessor of the Chevron sports cars is the Lotus 15 of the late 1950s. At the Goodwood Revival we shot chassis 627/3, which is one of the very last built and was originally delivered to the United States.
At the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este we were treated to a great example of the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato. This particular example was built to special order and includes many custom features.
The earliest car featured today is the final ERA B-Type built. It was raced with great success in period by Johnny Wakefield and was later owned and raced for many decades by Donald Day. The current owner acquired R14B last year and raced it at on both sides of the Atlantic in 2017.
  2017-12-12: Historic V8-engined American racing cars ...
Chaparral 1 Chevrolet Now that 2017 is nearing its end, it is time for us to take a look back at some of the great cars we saw during the year. For today's news feature we have highlighted three great V8-engined American sports cars that competed at this year's Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.
The earliest and rarest of the trio is the third Chaparral 1 Chevrolet built by Troutman-Barnes. First raced in 1962 by the Chaparral team, this mighty machine won its class at the Sebring 12 Hours and later also scored an overall win at the Road America 500. Among the last of the great front-engined racers, this Chaparral is today part of a prominent American collection and is regularly raced.
Built a few years later is this Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 R, which was acquired new by Texan Ford distributor Gene Hamon. It was the very last of the first series of the 'R' built, which was raced in period with great success by none other than Pedro Rodriguez. For its next owner, it was finished in Mexican national colours and it remained in this guise until it was acquired by the current owner last year. Chassis SFM5R108 has since been restored to its original colours and raced at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Also re-finished in its original colours was this Chevrolet DeKon Monza, which was raced in period by Huffaker for owner Tom Frank. Thanks to the expert preparation by Huffaker, it was one of the most reliable of the tube-framed Monzas. We have previously only seen chassis 1004 in a red and gold livery but it once agains wears the period correct white and green colour scheme.