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- Meadow Brook Concours d'EleganceThe Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance is considered to be one of the most prestigious events of its kind in the world. Held on the grounds of Oakland University's historic Meadow Brook Hall, it is the perfect setting for this elegant and world renowned event. The 28th annual Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance culminates a week-long celebration of automotive history and heritage. This year the Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance featured the Golden Era Classics of pre-World War II, and its featured automotive artist was François Bruère.
More than 10,000 people attend each year to experience the beauty of the art, and the styling and sophistication of approximately 250 of the world's finest antique and classic automobiles displayed in a lavish outdoor exhibition. Collector car aficionados looking to recapture the indomitable spirit of the early years of the automobile found just that at the 28th annual Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance.
'Each year the Concours at Meadow Brook becomes more spectacular, and our ultimate aim is to make it the best collector car show in the world,' said Lolly Bezy, the event's executive director.
- Lotus Exige 265E ConceptLotus Engineering has developed a bio-ethanol E85 version of the Lotus Exige. The research vehicle is a true Lotus (it weighs just 2050 lbs unladen) and is called the Lotus Exige 265E. 265 indicates the approximate horsepower and is consistent with the naming strategy of other one-off and limited run Lotus variants such as the Lotus Sport Exige 240R; the E indicates the environmentally favorable bio-ethanol E85 fuel (85% ethanol alcohol and 15% petrol / gasoline) that powers this extremely high performing sportscar.
Key to this performance is a slightly modified version of the 2ZZ VVTL-i supercharged and intercooled high revving 4-cylinder engine from the standard Lotus Exige S. This now gives an estimated set of performance figures that would thrash the majority of 'Super-Unleaded' performance cars: 0-60 mph in 3.88 seconds, 0-100 mph in 9.2 seconds and a top speed of 158 mph! In fact, the Lotus Exige 265E is probably the world's quickest road-legal E85 bio-ethanol car.
- Volkswagen Iroc ConceptComeback of a successful idea: At the 1973 international Motor Show in Geneva Volkswagen presented a sensational coupé. It was compact, distinctive, agile, spacious and affordable. Volkswagen called it the Scirocco. The car struck the nerve of the times: More than half a million first generation Sciroccos were produced worldwide. Turning point: In August 2006 the largest car maker in Europe showed the reinterpretation of the successful Scirocco idea in a world premiere – the Iroc concept
- Debut of the EOS Highway 1 at Pebble BeachThe Eos Highway 1 design study will debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance during the weekend of August 18-20. It will be showcased on the Concept Lawn in front of the Lodge at Pebble Beach, an ideal setting to emphasize Eos Highway 1's seductive blend of elegance and sporty dynamics.
'The Eos Highway 1 was imagined as the perfect vehicle for the car enthusiast's driving lifestyle,' said Derek Jenkins, Chief Designer at Volkswagen's Santa Monica, California Design Center. 'The ease of transforming the Eos from coupe to convertible not only makes it enjoyable for all kinds of weather, it's like having two cars in one, both a comfortable cruiser and a performance coupe. We wanted to reflect that dual nature in the modifications we made in the creation of the design study. The special leather upholstery and piano black lacquer trim are key components of the luxurious interior, but the 20-inch wheel and tire package, lowered suspension, thick flat-bottom sport steering wheel and rear lip spoiler all communicate a different aspect of the car's character—performance, the kind that lets a driver really enjoy the challenges of roads like Highway 1.'
- Ruf RK CoupéOn August, 16th 2006 at 'The Quail Lodge Motorsports Gathering' in Carmel, California, RUF Automobile GmbH presented together with Studiotorino the new RUF RK Coupé.
The 3.8-litre Kompressor engine produces 324 kW (440 bhp) and accelerates the mid engine-coupé from 0 - 100 KM/h in 4.3 sec. The body of the RK Coupé is manufactured by STUDIOTORINO in Turin, Italy. Except for the front left fender the complete body, including the bumpers, is a whole new design. The materials used for the custom body are steel sheets, aluminum and carbon fiber.
- Ferrari 412 Sport is Sold at Auction for $5.1 MillionThere are many activities that lead up to the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and among them are at least six auctions. At the Monterey Auctions the highlight was the one-of-a-kind Ferrari 412 S which was estimated to fetch over six million dollars. After over ten minutes of back-and-forth bidding, the lot was sold for $5.1 million dollars. The car comes complete with an extensive racing history and is backed by a prestigious pedigree - the prancing horse.
It has been labeled 'Mysterious, powerful, beautiful and unquestionably one of the most significant cars in Ferrari's history' by Vintage Ferrari Magazine.
- Ferrari P4/5 UnveilingThe Ferrari P4/5 was unveiled to a crowded audience of photographers and media at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center in Monterey, California. Here are some photographs from one of its first public viewing.
The car is a one-off commissioned by James Glickenhaus, the American collector with a yen for the legendary racing cars of the Sixties.
'This project – comments Andrea Pininfarina, Pininfarina S.p.A. Chairman and CEO - represents an exciting challenge, i.e. trying to meet the Customer's requests in the best way possible without deteriorating the company's approach based on stylishness and innovation'.
- Blackhawk Collection at Pebble BeachOne of the first displays that visitors will encounter at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is the Blackhawk Collection Exhibit. This marks the 15th year that the Blackhawk Exposition sale is apart of the concours. On display are over eighty-five of some of the world's finest antique, classic and custom coachwork automobiles available for individual sale.
It has been the guided aim of Blackhawk Collection over the past two decades to acquire automobiles of singular beauty and historic distinction, thereby assuring customers of the Blackhawk Collection that they are able to select from one of the largest selections of automobiles for sale that are unrivaled in their importance as well as their condition.
- Lexus SC Pebble Beach EditionIn celebration of its exclusive partnership with the Pebble Beach Company, Lexus will introduce the fourth annual Lexus SC Pebble Beach Edition retractable hardtop convertible at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Lexus Fashion Preview on Aug. 18.
Evoking a color combination reminiscent of history's classic convertibles, the 2007 SC Pebble Beach Edition features a cream pearlescent exterior paint called Starfire Pearl, with a passionate Pimento Red leather interior and black birds-eye maple wood trim. With only 400 slated for production, this new Pebble Beach Edition SC will be in limited supply.
- Tesla Roadster at Pebble BeachThe Tesla Roadster Prototype is a car that can race from zero-to-sixty in four seconds, has a top speed of over 130 mph, all while achieving 135 mpg equivalent - 250 miles EPA highway. The company estimates that fuel will cost about 1 cent per mile.
In one of its first outings since its unveiling only a few weeks ago, the Tesla Roadster is on display at this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. There are two models on display - one red and one black. The company has a color pallet of available colors also being showcased.
This amazing vehicle not only accomplishes a fuel rating that the entire automotive community has been struggling to achieve, it has done so with impressive performance figures. The Tesla Motor Company has thought of everything, even a trunk just large enough to stow a set of golf clubs.
- Peugeot 908 RC ConceptThe reason of a concept car is to explore new ideas and to test the ideas in an attempt to create the ultimate solution. Know-how and passion, combined with imagination, then become the motive force that turns the dream into reality. A dream that can be shared through the creation of a unique vehicle such as the Peugeot 908 RC.
The 908 RC owes its name to its engine: the Peugeot V12 HDi DPFS, which will power the racing version of the 908 in 2007. The abbreviation 'RC', used to designate sports models in the Peugeot range, also refers to the RC and RC concept cars which made their appearance in 2002 and whose architecture served as an inspiration during the design of this innovative project.
The original idea was to create a limousine with an imposing style that offered its four occupants a new driving sensation. The fi nal design, however, is an uncompromising car that combines dynamic performance, comfort, luxury and environmental protection. In short, it is an exclusive four-door vehicle that will capture the imagination of both occupants and onlookers.
- RM Auctions at Meadow BrookThis years Classic Car Auction at the Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance took place adjacent to Meadow Brook Hall located on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. RM Auctions was on-hand to perform the auctioning duties.
A few of the highlights of the show were the 1914 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, Duesenberg model J, Stutz Model M Supercharged, and the Mercury Turnpike Cruiser Pace Car. The Mercury was the Pace Car for the 1957 Indy race and was awarded to the winner, Sam Hanks. It was the first pace car to complete two laps, since the parade lap was introduced in 1957. The Rolls-Royce has an extensive history that includes the English royal family. It has coachwork by Barker and is truly a unique vehicle that is believed to be the most original Silver Ghost in existence. The Stutz Model M is one of only two Supercharged Model M examples ever constructed. The coachwork is courtesy of Lancefield of England, thus the vehicle has many 'European' characteristics.
- Greenwich Concours d' EleganceThe eleventh annual Greenwich Concours d'Elegance was held in early June of 2006 at the Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Connecticut. The Roger Sherman Baldwin Park sits directly next to water and is within walking distance of restaurants, theaters, and stores. On display were land, air, and sea-going vessels which included vintage and contemporary power boats and a wide array of automobiles. The event was orchestrated by co-chair's Bruce and Genia Wennerstrom. A few years ago the Wennerstroms envisioned a world-class concours in their hometown of Greenwich and since its inception has evolved into one of the top events in the country and one that helps benefit AmeriCares, a favorite charity of theirs.
The Geenwich Concours consists of two separate events. Saturday's Greenwich Concours d'Elegance features pre-WWII and post-WWII domestic cars. Sunday's Greenwich Concours Europa focuses solely on pre-WWII and post-WWII European sports, touring, and competition cars. Both events also include vintage motorcycles, aircraft, and boats. Both events are invitational. Many of the cars shown each day are rare, limited-production, or one-off vehicles. In addition, each day there are galleries of automotive art and memorabilia, a book alley, workshops and demonstrations, and fascinating exhibits.
- Concept ClimaxThe Concept Climax is the brainchild of three Coventry University Auto Design students. They believe the current trend towards environmentally friendly vehicles does not have to include dull designs or small city cars. They have created a two-seater sports car that can run on ethanol fuel and offers performance figures similar to a Lotus Elise. Further enhancements include bringing F1 technology to the high street. Drivers of the Climax will be able to programme their fuel intake via their laptop and make the adjustments to the car's ECU using the Climax Control and a USB Key.
'We wish to bring Coventry back into the automotive limelight by reinventing the car of the future,' says Concept Climax M.D. Simon Long. 'The inspiration for the car came from the need to decrease our dependency on oil while at the same time offering the motorist an eye catching, realistic alternative to existing sports cars. By allowing the driver to adjust the ECU with their USB Key they can control the intensity of the driving experience,' adds Long.