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The European based company, Elva, was formed by Frank Nichols. The cars became very popular, especially overseas, since Nichols was more interested in selling cars rather than racing. This meant that on European soil, the Elva's driven by privateers often battled against the factory Lotus 23/23B entrants. In the US, the Elva's did not have this level of competition; rather, they were often pitted against other privateers in SCCA competition.
The MK7 was designed to house a number of engines; many were given a Porsche powerplant or a BMW 2-liter engine. Aside from Abarth, Elva was the only other company to be allowed to use Porsche engines from the factory. The chassis was based on a tubular spaceframe configuration coupled with an all-independent coil-over suspension. There were anti-roll bars and disc brakes in the front and rear, and a rack-and-pinion steering setup.
The Elva MK7 made its debut race in 1963 at Road Atlanta and emerged victorious. This was a true testament to the cars abilities, the potent Porsche powerplant, and a sign of things to come for the small and nimble racer. It would become the best Under 2-Liter Sports Racer of its era.
In 1962 Lotus introduced their next iteration of the compact, rear-engined sports cars, the Type 23. It was a derivative of the Lotus 19 which had been produced from 1960 through 1961, as well as the Lotus 20, 21, and 22 cars. The Type 23 made its inaugural racing debut at the Nordschleife in May of 1962. The Lotus was fitted with a 100 horsepower engine, but it was enough to propel the car to the front of the pack, ahead of the Porsches, Ferraris, and Aston Martins. At the wheel was the very capable Jim Clark who had brought the car to the front after the first lap, in the wet. Some of the other cars have as much as four-times the horsepower. Sadly, on lap 12 Clark was forced to retire when a damaged exhaust manifold leaked exhaust fumes.
The Type 23 was raced extensively in national and international races winning many class victories and often times beating large-engined competition. It quickly became a popular favorite with many racers and one of Lotus's best selling race cars of all time.
During its production lifespan Louts offered the lightweight car with a variety of options that included the Coventry Climax 750 cc four-cylinder engine and even a 12-cylinder Rotorvic motor for competition at LeMans. In standard form the Type 23 came equipped with an 1100 cc engine. A popular option was to upgrade to the Type 23B specification which included the 1600cc Lotus/Ford twin-cam engine. The Lotus 23B was given a stronger chassis tubes and fitted with a more potent Ford-based 1.5 and 1.6-liter Lotus Twincam engine.
McKee MK VI
Bob McKee began his racing career by building stock cars for Tiny Lund and being **** Rathmann's crew chief for Indy car competition. By the early to mid-1960's, he was building racers under his own surname. His first creation was the Chevette which was comprised of many General Motors components, mainly the Chevelle and Corvette. This was actually how the name was conceived, by forming parts of 'Chevelle' with 'Corvette'. The name was not trademarked by McKee and later used by Chevrolet.
The first creation, the MKI, was a mid-engined special with a tubular space frame. It was constructed for an Illinois Chevrolet dealer named **** Doane who intended to use the racer in amateur racing competition. Power came from a 363 cubic-inch fuel injected Chevrolet V8 engine that produced over 450 horsepower. 11.5-inch Girling disc brakes were used to keep the vehicle in the drivers control. In an effort to keep the weight of the vehicle at a minimum, aluminum was used for the body.
Philadelphia Gains Another National Treasure : The Simeone Foundation Museum
The Simeone Foundation Museum, located in Philadelphia, PA is home to one of the greatest collection of automobiles in existence. The list includes the significant, the rare, and the accomplished. It traverses the evolution of the sports car, with emphasis on racing, from the early endeavors to the mid-1970's race winners. The floor layout is arranged as though each vehicle and display reinforces the next, telling the same story but in a different way. It showcases the most advanced cars of their era in historically correct, life-like dioramas and street scenes to establish a local context for the history of the automobile.
The museum is the personal collection of Dr. Fred Simeone, the former chief of neurosurgery at the Pennsylvania Hospital. The collection is based on the central theme 'The Spirit of Competition' and houses over 60 rare and significant sports cars chosen by Dr. Simeone for their significance in history and design.
Perhaps the hardest detail to comprehend is not the significance of each vehicle in the collection, but rather the consistency of the theme from beginning to end. Each sports car in the collection, except one, has lights, fenders and is capable of road usage. It is hard to imagine that a life time of collecting has been so devoted, focused, and unwavering.
The Triumph TR6 was produced from 1969 through 1976 with about 94,619 examples produced with most destined for the United States. This became the Triumph's best selling vehicle in history. It was powered by a 2498 cc straight-six cylinder engine that produced just over 105 horsepower. The steering was by a rack-and-pinion unit.
The interior was rather luxurious with its bucket seats and wooden dashboard. It was a true and refined sports car that continued on the proud and prosperous tradition of the TR series.
AFS Racing IndyLights
Raphael Matos said before Race 1 of the same-day Corning Duels that he was focusing on the 'big picture' - aka the Firestone Indy Lights championship.
A victory on the 3.37-mile, 11-turn Watkins Glen International circuit brought that into focus. Matos, who started from the front row in the No. 27 Automatic Fire Sprinklers Inc. car for AFS Racing/Andretti Green Racing, recorded a 2.1290-second victory over Richard Antinucci in a race shortened one lap because of a one-hour limit.
Jeff Simmons, driving the No. 2 TMR/Xtreme Coil Drilling car, started and finished third, and Ana Beatriz advanced two positions to fourth in the No. 20 Healthy Choice/Sam Schmidt Motorsports car. Pablo Donoso finished fifth in the No. 22 TMR/Xtreme Coil Drilling car and Logan Gomez was sixth in the No. 23 Menards Guthrie Racing car.
Carlsson Aigner CK65 RS Blanchimont
Following the Carlsson Aigner CK65 RS Eau Rouge, automobile manufacturer Carlsson, a firm that specializes in refinements for Mercedes Benz, has introduced its next limited edition luxury car: the Carlsson Aigner CK65 RS Blanchimont. Conceived in collaboration with the leather and lifestyle brand Etienne Aigner AG and developed by the Carlsson engineers, this luxury limousine, produced in an exclusive small series, catches the mood of an international clientele precisely. Inside the car the fine leather fittings, offset by a combination of selected woods, Alcantara and aluminium, bewitch and beguile. On the outside, the Blanchimont is discreet, sporty and seductive, with exclusive two-colour paintwork.
The vehicle's interior trim and upholstery were created by the world-famous lifestyle brand Etienne Aigner. A combination of the renowned Aigner leather and Aigner Alcantara invite the viewer to climb inside and savour the ambience. The highest level of workmanship characterises the newly-created interior. The ergonomic design of the Carlsson sports steering wheel in leather and in Alcantara turns driving and controlling the Carlsson Aigner into a particularly enjoyable tactile experience. Carlsson aluminium sports pedal pads, illuminated door sill protectors and further visual touches all point the way into a world of luxorious elegance.
It goes without saying that the Carlsson Aigner CK65 RS Blanchimont is only supplied fully equipped with all comfort and safety features. Navigation system, automatic air-conditioning system, ventilated seats with memory function, Carlsson multi-function steering wheel, Distronic, Parktronic, Comand, TV function, KeylessGo and many other inclusive options round off the appointments of the luxury coupé. Moreover, the interior colour scheme can be chosen from more than 30 different combinations. Processing the natural materials is time cosuming and calls for the highest degree of perfection and quality. The Aigner leather, the Aigner Alcantara and the matching wood trim are fitted exclusively by hand. Hence, in the view of the fact that the individual stages call for cooling and setting phases, the production and installation of the entire interior takes over two weeks.
Advertising for the radically shaped 1957 Plymouth proclaimed, 'Suddenly it's 1960', and this startling Virgil Exner creation did have some of the competition looking three years old. The transformation turned Plymouth's workaday image completely around, catapulting the brand into third place in industry sales, on a volume of 762,231 cars.
Although the 'Forward Look' 1957 seemed longer than the 1956 Plymouth, in reality, overall length was virtually unchanged. Hardtops were about four inches lower, though, contributing to the impressively long and wide appearance.
This Belvedere convertible was ordered from the factory with air conditioning and the dual-carb Fury V8. The paint combination is Carnival Red with a Sand Dune White sport tone stripe. Production of Plymouth's sole drop-top model was 9,866 and prices started at $2,313.
Ford Fiesta Zetec S
Fast Ford fans are set to celebrate the return of a sporty UK favourite the exciting yet accessible Fiesta Zetec S. Ford's stylish new small car will offer a sports model from its UK launch this autumn, giving driving enthusiasts a new benchmark for affordable driving fun. It will also continue the 'Zetec S' name, first introduced to the Fiesta in 1999. Ford of Britain's marketing director, Mark Ovenden, said: 'Fiesta has always stood for fun and Zetec S delivers this with a capital ‘F'. Lively performance and sporty styling mean it looks great and goes as well as it looks.' Looking sporty Fiesta Zetec S adds a distinctive sporting flavour to the stylish sweeps and curves of all-new Fiesta. On the outside are five-spoke, 16in alloy wheels, projector headlamps, front fog lamps, a deeper front bumper, side mouldings and a rear spoiler. Inside, a leather teering wheel and bolstered sports seats continue that sports feel to appeal to driving enthusiasts, while the standard equipment list also addresses comfort and safety, with side airbags and air conditioning. These sports interior details add to the ‘cockpit' driving feel, created by a 30mm lower seating position than the previous-generation Fiesta, while Zetec S adds its own twist to the stylish Fiesta interior, with high contrast trim colours and designs inspired by snowboards.
Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio
Traditionally a strong team at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with 1-2 finishes in CART races using Honda power in both 2000 and 2001, Team Penske's Ryan Briscoe led teammate Helio Castroneves to a third Honda-powered victory sweep in Sunday's Honda Indy 200.
Starting on the outside of the first row alongside pole-qualifier Castroneves, Briscoe was the final driver to change over to dry weather racing slicks after late-morning showers led race officials to declare the event a 'wet' race, requiring the entire 26-car field to start on treaded 'rain' tires on a damp, but rapidly drying, track. Most of the field changed over to slicks on the fourth and fifth laps, but Briscoe didn't make the swap until Lap 6, dropping him to 15th.
But a decision by team owner Roger Penske to go 'off sequence' on pit stops and stay on track during a Lap 25-29 caution period moved Briscoe back up to fourth, and fuel conservation during the next stint got the Australian into the lead and back onto the same pit sequence as the rest of the field. Dale Coyne Racing's Bruno Junqueira attempted a similar strategy, but was forced by low fuel to pit out of second place with just seven laps remaining. He finished 13th.
Renault Megane Sport R26.R
Developed by Renault Sport Technologies, the Mégane R26.R joins the family that also comprises the Clio Renaultsport 197, Mégane Renaultsport 225, Mégane Renaultsport dCi 175 and, from September, the Twingo Renaultsport 133. Since the launch in April 2004, the family of Mégane Renaultsport has sold more than 20,000 units in almost 30 countries.
The launch of this ultimate version underlines Renault Sport Technologies' role as a leading manufacturer of high performance cars.
On 23 June, the Mégane R26.R established a new lap record for a front wheel drive production car of the Nürburgring circuit with a time of just 8 minutes 17 seconds. To commemorate this exceptional level of performance, the circuit outline and lap time is etched into the rear side windows.
Plymouth Road Runner Superbird
Plymouth was required nearly 2000 Plymouth Superbirds for 1970 to satisfy homologation requirements for NASCAR racing at Daytona and Talladega. The rules stated that at least one example needed to be provided for each manufacturer's US dealer. For 1970, Plymouth produced 1920 examples of the Road Runner Superbird for street use.
The season opening race was the Daytona 500, which was won by a Plymouth Road Runner Superbird driven by Pete Hamilton for Petty Enterprises.
The Plymouth Road Runner and Dodge Charger were built on the same Chrysler platform. Even though this was the case, there were many differences between the two. The bodywork was different and the Superbird's nose was one inch longer than the Charger's. The wing had a raised entry angle that swept back farther and inclined towards the body's centerline.
This 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird was offered for sale at the 2007 RM Auctions in Amelia Island, Florida where it was estimated to sell between $200,000 - $250,000. The car is powered by a 440 cubic-inch V8 engine that is capable of producing 375 horsepower. There is a three-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel power-assisted drum brakes. The aerodynamic body rests comfortably on the 116-inch wheelbase.
Acura Sports Car Challenge
'Hot, hot, hot' was the theme of the day at the Acura Sports Car Challenge, as Michelin technical partner teams swept all four classes and the first 14 places overall in an exciting race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The Audi R10 TDI diesel claimed its first victory at Mid-Ohio and a 1-2 finish as Lucas Luhr and Marco Werner claimed their third overall race victory of the season and fifth consecutive win in the LMP1 class, finishing 7.717 seconds up on their teammates Dindo Capello and Emanuele Pirro.
Finishing first in the P2 class and third overall was the #7 Penske Porsche RS Spyder driven by Romain Dumas and Timo Bernhard. Dumas withstood a furious closing charge by Lime Rock Park winner David Brabham, who teamed with Scott Sharp aboard the #9 Patrón Highcroft Acura to finish second in P2 and fourth overall.
Mazda Kazamai Concept
Mazda will unveil a sporty, compact crossover concept vehicle, Mazda Kazamai, at the Moscow International Automobile Salon (MIAS) on August 26. Kazamai, which means 'swirling crosswinds' in Japanese, expresses the powerful yet nimble image of a stylish and compact crossover. The concept is based on Mazda's long-term vision for technology development, Sustainable Zoom-Zoom, which aims to provide a unique balance between sporty driving fun and superior environmental and safety performance. Kazamai will be joined at MIAS by the Russian debut of Mazda's CX-9 SUV, which was crowned 2008 North American Truck of the Year in February.
The Kazamai concept further evolves Mazda's 'Nagare' design language by fusing Nagare's 'flow' design cues with aerodynamic proportions. The design features panel lines inspired by crosswinds in nature which evoke visual lightness. Its bold five-point grille, accentuated front wheel arches and sleek roof line, combined with large 22-inch wheels, lend it high emotional appeal.
Sporty to look at, Kazamai is meant to be spirited and fun to drive, with compact dimensions. Kazamai's four-wheel drive powertrain will consist of a next-generation direct injection engine and a newly developed transmission. It is also aerodynamic, with an evolved lightweight body structure and enhanced the vehicle safety attributes. Were it to be built, Mazda's latest show car would deliver exciting driving dynamics, frugal fuel consumption and greatly reduced CO2 emissions.
Mitsubishi Racing Lancer MRX09
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has developed a new competition car, the Racing Lancer, whose mission will be to target victory on next year's Dakar which breaks new ground in 2009 with a switch from Africa to South America. For Mitsubishi Motors, not only does the Dakar serve as a platform for the sales and marketing of the Pajero/Montero but it also provides a unique proving ground for powertrains and 4WD transmission systems. In light of the corporate decision to focus the firm's cross-country rallying activities on the development of a new diesel engine, Mitsubishi Motors sees it as a natural step for the Lancer (known in Japan as Gallant Fortis), a commercially and globally important model powered by the diesel powerplant, to take over the competition baton from the Pajero/Montero and the Pajero/Montero Evolution. The technological expertise accumulated thanks to the firm's cross-country rally program - which includes the Dakar - will be applied to its diesel engine development, including the new-generation clean diesel that will power the future production cars. Meanwhile, as was previously the case, the 4WD systems technology will also be carried over to the production versions after their configuration has been optimized as a function of their end-use.
Under its new corporate communication tagline 'Drive@earth', Mitsubishi Motors has a commitment to providing the joy of mobility for customers worldwide while at the same time taking a responsible stance on the environment. Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart will also play an important role as an integral part of the automobile research and development program.
TechArt GTstreet RS
TECHART Automobildesign GmbH presents its cutting-edge TECHART GTstreet RS, based on the Porsche 911 GT2 (997), with an impressive best time of 1.06:811 minutes on the short course of the Hockenheim circuit.
Since 2001, TECHART GTstreet vehicles have been among the fastest and highest performance sports cars in the world. This high performance is reflected in the GTstreet RS's statistics - 700 PS and 515 KW – with a maximum torque of 860 Nm. This power is achieved through the use of modified turbochargers, enlarged carbon inlet pipes, specially developed intercoolers, a sports flap exhaust combined with high-performance headers, modified pressure sensor and a sports air filter. The GTstreet model demonstrates a high level of performance in the wind tunnel: with a downforce of 10 kilos on the front and rear axles at a speed of 140 km/h.
GT RS front apron is fitted with a carbon splitter. A special air duct has been constructed to enable the cool air to pass directly behind the radiator and over the newly created air outlet thereby reducing the buoyant force on the front axle considerably. Side carbon flics support this effect in that they increase the downforce considerably by acting as a counterpart. All of the sporty basics are featured, creating a sporty appearance and fast model with its aero-bonnet, headlight shades, mirror shades, GT sill panels and carbon roof spoiler. The GT rear spoiler is particularly striking with its carbon winglets and gurney flaps. The GT RS rear apron with carbon diffuser, air outlet and carbon air wings complete the programme for this club sports car.
Dallara Andretti Green Racing Indycar
Andretti Green Racing, headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., has established itself once again as the winningest team in IndyCar Series history.
With four full-time Honda-powered IndyCar Series entries and one Indy Pro Series car, Andretti Green Racing is not only the most successful team ever, it is also the biggest.
Founded in 2003, Andretti Green has three IndyCar Series championships to its credit (2004, 2005 and 2007) and has won the Indianapolis 500 twice, as well, in 2005 and 2007. Andretti Green won its 30th Indy Racing League event on June 3, 2007 – an unprecedented number of league victories – and continues to establish a new IRL mark with every trip to victory lane. Andretti Green currently boasts 32 wins overall in the IndyCar Series.
In addition to its Indy Racing League program, Andretti Green expanded into the American Le Mans Series with Acura in 2007 with and made an immediate impact, capturing an historic class win at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
Andretti Green also boasts a promotional side to its business, owning and operating the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, which saw the conclusion of its third successful outing on April 1, 2007, on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla.
Gala Night at the Museum Celebrates Automobile History
Calling all motoring enthusiasts! RM Auctions, the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) and the AACA Museum will turn back the clock this October for their much-anticipated, fifties-inspired Night at the Museum fundraising gala in Hershey, Pennsylvania – the chocolate capital of America.
Following in the footsteps of last year's sell out event, the October 8th charity gala at Hershey's AACA Museum will be an engaging celebration of the automobile and the collecting hobby. Dedicated to raising funds to help preserve our automotive heritage, the event will kick off festivities for this year's annual AACA Eastern Division Fall meet in Pennsylvania.
'RM shares the AACA's commitment and dedication to both celebrating and preserving automotive history,' said Rob Myers, President and CEO of RM Auctions.
'A must attend event for motoring enthusiasts in town for the Hershey meet, this year's Night at the Museum event will provide a wonderful opportunity to share our collective passion for the industry, mingle with friends and dig deep to support the work of the AACA and the future of our industry,' he added.
Audi Sport North America's two Audi R10 TDI prototypes were in a class of their own in round six of the American Le Mans series at Mid-Ohio (U.S. state of Ohio). Lucas Luhr/Marco Werner and Dindo Capello/Emanuele Pirro achieved a comanding 1-2 victory for Audi – on a track which in the past favoured the lighter LM P2 cars and on which Audi last scored an overall victory in 2004.
Particularly impressive was the victory of the two Germans Lucas Luhr and Marco Werner. They led 107 of the 111 laps. After the start, Werner needed just five laps to pass the four Acura/Honda and Porsche cars which had started in front of him. The German set a new race lap record on lap seven and handed over the R10 TDI to team-mate Lucas Luhr in first position after 50 laps. Luhr defended the lead until the finish.
Four caution periods wiped out the advantage of the #2 Audi, but each time Luhr was able to pull away from the rest of the field after the re-start – and this despite the fact he completed lmost two hours on just one set of tyres.
Chevrolet Unveils The 2010 Camaro - A Fun, Efficient Sports Car For The 21st Century
Chevrolet introduced the production 2010 Camaro today. It is a heritage-inspired sports car for the 21 st century, combining great looks and performance; advanced technology and surprising efficiency – including 26-mpg estimated highway fuel economy. Sales begin in the first quarter of 2009.
Built on GM's new, global rear-wheel-drive architecture, the Camaro is offered in V-6-powered LS and LT models, as well as the V-8-powered SS. All models and powertrain combinations include fuel-saving six-speed transmissions.
'Camaro delivers all of the things that make Chevrolet such a revered, global brand,' said Ed Peper, GM North America vice president, Chevrolet. 'It competes with the world's best sports cars and does so with styling, fuel economy and value our competitors simply can't match.'
Advanced powertrain technologies, including engines with direct injection and Active Fuel Management, enable a satisfying balance of exhilarating performance and good fuel economy.
IFR Automotive Aspid
The Aspid is a new, exciting and technically-advanced luxury sports car, from automotive engineering consultancy IFR Automotive, making its world debut at the British International Motor Show. Very much a driver's car, it offers exceptional performance, agility and style. It is also small, lightweight and ultra compact.
IFR's luxury two-seater is the result of an uncompromised five-year development programme by a top team of professional automotive engineers who have set out to create a vehicle with distinctive looks, outstanding road holding, the most predictable handling possible, and exceptional levels of performance both on and off the track.
The extensive engineering has resulted in a highly developed sports car with well resolved vehicle dynamics. Notably, the Aspid delivers its track performance without compromising the ease and reliability with which it can be driven about town and in the countryside. Another desirable quality is that it makes the most efficient use of its available space and is extremely well packaged.
The B06/10 is the latest in a long lineage of successful sportscar designs by Lola's renowned team of designers at its Huntingdon base. After taking an un-official triple crown of LMES, Le Mans 24 Hours and ALMS class title wins last season with the B05/40 LMP2 design, Lola are looking to more wins in this years European and American endurance races.
The all-new B06/10 will race against stiff competition this year with Porsche and Audi fielding new designs in the LMP2 and LMP1 classes respectively. Dyson will run two of the new cars, with the second scheduled to test for the first time early next month.
The B06/10 has been built specifically for the ACO/LMP1 rules and benefits from the development of the B05/40 LMP2 model that proved to be the pacesetter in the class, on both sides of the Atlantic last season. Features on the LMP1 car include a quick release nosebox, dual high-pressure fuel pumps and back up batteries and starter motors.
Le Belle Macchine d'Italia
The tranquil hills of the Pocono Mountains are a popular destination for visitors around the northeast, including New York City and Philadelphia. The region offers a host of state parks, game lands, natural areas, and a national park. What has become a tradition for over two decades, some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring Italian cars ever created, descend upon this area to celebrate the Le Belle Macchine d'Italia, meaning 'The Beautiful Machines of Italy.' Throughout this peaceful mountainous region, the familiar high-pitched 'whine' of these finely tuned Italian cars can be heard from great distances as owners often explore their cars abilities through the many winding hills. Their first destination of the weekend was the grand historic Skytop Lodge where the Le Belle Concours and several other events were held. The climax of this Italian car celebration was the high-speed driving event at the Pocono Raceway, located just a short distance away.
The 22nd Annual gathering of Italian Cars at Pocono and the Le Belle Macchine d'Italia had a mouth-watering assortment of Italian beauties from both past and present. The union of elegance and performance is a quality achieved on countless occasions by Italian automakers, and a history that can be revisited each year at this event.
Aston Martin Le Mans
This is one of the four LeMans model Aston Martins produced in 1932; it has four cylinders with dry sump lubrication. The body is hand-formed aluminum over an ash frame. This example came to the United States in the 1960's and fell on hard times with the body and engine separated. In a derelict state, the body was once traded for a load of dirt. The body and engine were later reunited and passed through several owners and abortive attempts at restoration until acquired by the present owners in 1982. The car had been totally disassembled with many of the parts literally stored in fruit baskets. Following a complete rebuild by the owner and Montane Engineering in London, the car was made road-worthy and joined the Aston Martin Owners Club Golden Jubilee Tour of Europe in 1985 for 2,000 trouble-free miles. It has since toured in several outings in Ireland and the UK.
The car has been exhibited at Pebble Beach and Amelia Island. This car was the factory exhibit car at the Olympia Motor show in 1932 in London.
Aston Martin Ulster Team Car
This car with chassis number LM17 is the third member of the team that Aston Martin entered for the 1934 RAC Tourist Trophy race in Ulster. Originally the racing Astons were green but were re-painted red because 'Bert' Bertelli, the Aston Martin boss, thought, in accord with Italian superstitions, that green was an unlucky color. He may have been correct, as the red cars brought home the team prize. The car's current owner, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, races it in historic events.
Cadillac Series 62
This 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Seville 2-Door Hardtop Coupe is one of only 3,900 examples produced in 1956. These were very exclusive vehicles, as their $6,500 price tag made them over $2,000 more expensive than the base Series 62 model. As expected, the Series 62 Eldorado's were well appointed and fitted with nearly every standard feature available. Fitted with a 365 cubic-inch V8 engine, the Eldorado's had over 300 horsepower at their disposal.
Dallara Doran Racing JE4 Prototype
On a track turned into a skating rink by torrential rain, Lebanon, Ohio-based Doran Racing parlayed its `home track advantage' into yet another top-7 finish in last weekend's EMCO Gears Classic Grand-Am race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Burt Frisselle, partnered for the first time with young phenom Ricky Taylor, qualified 7th on the grid and brought the #47 Doran Racing/CDOC Dallara Ford home in 7th place. This marks the fifth top-10 finish for the 2-car Doran Racing team, three of them scored by the #47 car, including 9th at Mexico City in the car's first race and 8th at Virginia International Raceway.
'It was all about survival this weekend; this was the hardest race of my career, no joke,' said Frisselle, who has been racing Daytona Prototypes in the Grand-Am Rolex series since 2004. 'I have to thank our sponsor CDOC for stepping up to the plate this weekend, the Doran Racing crew and Ford for providing us with an engine so powerful that it was difficult to drive the car under the conditions. We were battling for a top-5 finish toward the end, but it didn't quite happen and we're satisfied with 7th under the circumstances because it shows yet again that this team is really hitting its stride and that we will be a factor in every race for the rest of the season. And Ricky Taylor did a phenomenal job for being thrown in the deep end on his first race with the team. He and I work together extremely well, and we'll be teamed for at least the next two races at Daytona and Barber Motorsports Park. Hopefully we can get a deal done with him for the rest of the season.'
This concept is from the movie 'Fastlane'. Never heard of the movie? That's ok, it was never released. The studio spent $2.8 million dollars to create the car and part of the project before the decision was made to abandon the project.
The car is powered by a multi-port, fuel-injected V6 engine that sits mid-ship and powers the rear wheels. There is an automatic transmission and a slew of futuristic features such as automatic hydraulic doors, on-board fire extinguishing system, and air-ride suspension. The body is comprised of epoxy and fiberglass with a polymer finish and laser-cut acrylic windows.
It is a drivable concept and currently in the possession of the Volvo Auto Museum. It is one of about thirty Hollywood cars in their possession. The exterior is finished in blue with a red interior.
ITALIAN AUTOMAKER LANCIA IS READY FOR ITS FIRST CLOSE-UP AT 58th ANNUAL PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS d'ELEGANCE
Lancia, the Italian auto manufacturer known for its elegant originality and innovative spirit, will be celebrated as a featured marque at the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on Sunday, Aug. 17. Seventeen significant Lancia vehicles will be on display, ranging from a rarely seen 1953 Lancia Aurelia B20 Rally Car to one of the oldest Lancias on record, a 1908 12 hp Alpha. Lancia will be highlighted at the Concours along with Lamborghini and the centennial of General Motors.
'The Lancia history is quite remarkable,' says Sandra Kasky Button, Chairman of the Pebble Beach Concours. 'Lancia emerged as one of the most progressive, spirited car companies at the turn of the 20th century, producing their first car exactly 100 years ago. Their racing heritage includes wins in Formula One, rallying and sports cars.'
In addition to producing the first narrow-angle V-4 and V-6 production engines, Lancia is recognized for numerous additional engineering advances that outdistanced other pre-war auto manufacturers. Founded in Turin, Italy by Vincenzo Lancia, the first Lancia, a 12 hp Alpha, debuted in 1908, and an example will be brought to the Concours by Milano, Italy car collector Corrado Lopresto, a 2005 Pebble Beach winner.
Eagerly anticipated and making its official global debut at the British Motorshow in London on July 22nd, the first all-new car from Lotus since the iconic Elise in 1995, will enter the sportscar market as the only mid-engined 2+2 in production.
The new car, which is known only by its project name 'Eagle', is a more holistic offering than the Elise and Exige models that have been so massively popular with track day enthusiasts. The car, the name for which will be announced at the British Motorshow on 22nd July at an 11:30 press conference, is designed for people who desire exotic sportscar characteristics of stunning design, exclusivity, dramatic proportions and performance. Project Eagle also offers real-world usability and a unique sense of occasion.
Powered by a 3.5-litre V6 producing 280 PS, the new car employs innovative lightweight chassis technology to ensure visceral all-round dynamic performance, in keeping with the great Lotus tradition. Even in the very early stages of development testing, Lotus ride and handling engineers report that it is considerably faster around the famously demanding Nürburgring circuit than the Elise and more stable at speed than the Exige.
Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series
Sensational appearance, unique performance data, with light-weight design throughout and total exclusivity - that's the new Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series. This high-performance coup is a motorsport engineering thoroughbred, opening up new drive dynamic vistas to sports car enthusiasts. The AMG 6.0 litre V12 biturbo engine, with a maximum output of 493 kW/670 hp and 1000 Newtonmetres of torque, guarantees super sports car level performance. The powerful two-seater was developed in the AMG PERFORMANCE STUDIO and represents the continuation of the highly successful Black Series strategy pursued by AMG, the Mercedes-Benz Cars Performance brand.
Broad, muscular and ready to pounce - that's the new Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series. Even when stationary, the coup's superlative dynamism can arouse great passions. The strikingly broad mudguards, the retractable rear spoiler and the rear apron with diffuser fins point unmistakably to its motorsport origins, part of the Mercedes-AMG corporate philosophy for more than 40 years. One glance at the new SL 65 AMG Black Series and you are reminded of the successful AMG racing sports cars like the present DTM C-Class or the 1997 CLK-GTR from the FIA-GT series.
Lancia at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
ITALIAN AUTOMAKER LANCIA IS READY FOR ITS FIRST CLOSE-UP AT 58th ANNUAL PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS d'ELEGANCE
With 17 vehicles participating, Lancia, a first-time featured marque at Pebble Beach, is set to exhibit its acclaimed automotive innovations
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Mid-Ohio Vintage Grand Prix
SVRA, the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association, has upwards of 400 participants spanning ten groups of race cars with vehicles from around the world. Most of the cars are period-correct, racing in the same configuration as originally raced many years ago. The cars are arranged into groups based on a number of different criteria and offer spectators a wide variety of racing to enjoy. The list includes vintage stock cars, production-base GT racers, open-wheeled Formula cars, and more. Most events feature 10 groups of racers competing in 30 minute Sprint Series races. There are often several featured MotorCheck Enduro Series events, plus several special events, which would place either a marque or type of car in the spot light.
Recently, the SVRA took to Mid-Ohio's 2.4-mile, 15-turn racing circuit as they battled a rain-soaked weekend in quest for the checkered flag. The Austin Healey Sprite and MG Midget were the features and highlights of many of the weekend activities, including a 50th Anniversary race on-track and the 10 Annual British Car Showdown.
Dolphin Porsche Porphin
Dolphin Engineering was formed by Bud Hull and John Crosthwaite. Crosthwaite was an English race car designer whose resume includes names such as Lotus, Cooper and Jay Chamberlain. Hull was an aerospace industry craftsman. The company was formed with the intent on creating suitable racers for the newly formed Formula Junior racing series. Their design was based on a space frame chassis and powered by a Fiat 11cc engine. The future models of the cars continued to evolve and the design was perfected. In the hands of drivers such as Ken Miles, and Kurt Neumann, the vehicles enjoyed moderate success.
Crosthwaite later left the company to work with Mickey Thompson on Indy car projects. He was replaced by engineer, Don Maslin. Maslin's modified the design by increasing the track and adapting a sports racing body. It was dubbed the Dolphin America. The prototype model was fitted with a 750cc Coventry Climax engine. Later versions of the car were equipped with an 1100cc Climax unit. The chassis were sold to customers in varying sizes and lengths to accommodate the buyers engine choice and preferences.
BMW Formula Americas
BMW's commitment to young driving talent goes back as far as the 1970s, when the company supported the BMW Junior Team and the spectacular Procar series over many years. From 1991 to 2001, BMW was involved in the Formula ADAC championship as the engine supplier, helping gifted young drivers progress from go-karts to Formula racing. In many cases, these drivers subsequently went on to compete in international motor sports.
Indeed, over the past twelve years, well over forty beneficiaries of BMW ADAC Scholarships have made their way into Formula 3. The most famous graduate has to be Ralf Schumacher, who competed in his first Formula ADAC race on the Norisring in 1992 and is now one of the leading drivers in Formula 1.
In only its seventh year worldwide, Formula BMW has become one of the top choices of karters around the world to make the progression to race cars. The series provides a strong platform of races along with a diverse Education and Coaching Program. With the help of three championship series held in Europe, the Americas, and the Pacific, Formula BMW takes talented young drivers who have outgrown the kart track and introduces them to professional motor racing.
Lola B08/70 Krohn Racing Prototype
TRACY W. KROHN, the owner of Krohn Racing, also drives the No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola with teammate Eric van de Poele. Won 'Jim Trueman Award' for Grand-Am Sportsman drivers in 2007. Been competing in Grand-Am Series since 2004, climbing from Grand-Am Cup to Prototype. Finished third in GT2 class in Ferrari 430 GT at March 2008 12 Hours of Sebring and second at 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2007. Created Proto-Auto, a partnership between Lola Cars LLC and Krohn Racing in 2007 to build new Prototype chassis for Grand-Am competition for 2008.
Lotus Eco Elise
The Eco Elise project promotes a different perspective on green, one which does not revolve solely around tailpipe CO2. This holistic approach is in keeping with the progressive Lotus culture, driving Lotus to become the worlds green automotive consultancy.
Sustainable materials, hemp, eco wool and sisal have been developed for body panels and trim and, combined with hi-tech water based paint solutions, showcase new affordable green technologies. The green credentials of the technology on show in the Eco Elise have been analysed throughout the lifecycle of the car.
A green gear change display has been integrated into the dashboard to promote greener driving as well as a weight reduction programme, illustrating the holistic approach taken. The energy expended to manufacture the car has been evaluated, working to the 3Rs - Reduce, Re-use and Recycle.
Rotary-Powered RX-8 Remains the Only Rotary-Powered Mass Production Vehicle in the World
High-powered, lightweight and perfectly balanced for nimble handling and supreme control, the Mazda RX-8 is unlike any other sports car in the world. From the industry's only rotary engine to the innovative free-style doors, the RX-8 is a sports car like no other.
The 2007 model-year edition continues to push the parameters of the sports car segment, this year with only minor updates. New for 2007, the Grand Touring model offers available Sand leather-trimmed seats, while the Touring and the Grand Touring models add a standard 6-disc CD changer. Two new exterior colors are available on all 2007 RX-8 models – Crystal White Pearl and Stormy Blue Mica.
'Since its creation, the RX-8 has continued to win rave reviews from the automotive press,' said Tetsu Nakazawa, RX-8 vehicle line manager. 'The RX-8 is a sports car built for the real world; ideal for zooming around a track, but equally suitable for taking the kids to soccer practice. It is a true sports car that can pull double duty.'
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
The new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is entering the 2008 motorsport season with engine output increased to 420 bhp. The car will be raced in the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup, the world's fastest international brand trophy, and worldwide in national Porsche Carrera Cups and GT3 Cup Challenges. 265 units of this production-based racing car developed in Weissach will be built on Porsche's production line in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, marking a new record for a car of this category.
The most significant modification compared with last year's model is the new rear end following the design of the production model. Air venting slits ensure better dissipation of heat at the rear. The 3.6-litre six-cylinder boxer engine developed in Weissach is also based on the street-legal GT3 and develops maximum output of 420 bhp, 20 horsepower more than on the previous model. The sequential six-speed transmission with interruption of engine power enables the driver to shift up under full throttle without disengaging the clutch. The transmission itself has been optimised and the gear ratios adjusted to the characteristics of the engine. Weighing 1,150 kg in race trim, the new 911 GT3 Cup has a power-to-weight ratio of 2.7 kg per horsepower.
The 26 units of the 911 GT3 Cup built for the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup feature a special exhaust system with an even more striking sound pattern reminiscent of the Formula 1 racing scene as well as PCCB Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes as exclusive highlights. Compared with conventional brake discs, PCCB reduces unsprung masses by 20 kg and sets new standards in terms of responsiveness, resistance to fading, and a long service life. The racing cars entered worldwide in the Carrera Cup feature a modified exhaust system and steel brake discs.
Riley Mk XI Samax Prototype
SAMAX Motorsports was founded in 2005 by team owner, Peter Baron. They field a BMW-Riley car in the Rolex Sports Car Series. In 2007, the team of Duno, Patrick Carpentier, Darren Manning, and Ryan Dalziel finished 2nd overall in the 24 Hours of Daytona. This was the teams' best Grand Am finish to date.
Worldwide Auctioneers: The Auburn Auction
Worldwide Auctioneers, whose declared objective for its inaugural Auburn sale is to bring the Grand Classics back to the town where the classic car industry itself was born, looks set to deliver on its promise.
The 1934 Auburn V12 Salon Cabriolet used in the movie 'The Mayor of Hell' and owned by famous actor James Cagney, will join an exceptional line up of fine automobiles to be presented for sale at this years The Auburn Auction.
'Auburn is where the Movie Stars came to buy the most prestigious cars in America', said Managing Partner John Kruse. 'I am thrilled to have one of the most important motorcars produced by The Auburn Automobile Company back in Auburn, Indiana to be sold at our auction. Screen legend and Oscar winning actor James Cagney's association with this car makes it even more fitting'.
SMS Limited 25th Anniversary Mustang Concept
Twenty five years focused on performance automobiles takes a great deal of commitment and passion. From his early automotive days spent race preparing his personal cars, to his inevitable entrance into the professional racing world, and finally into the domain of the automotive business, automotive icon Steve Saleen has done it all. Steve set the course for his automotive future in his first race on August 19th, 1973 at Riverside International Raceway, where he took his GT350 to the winners circle, and he never looked back.
Steve Saleen moved up through the amateur and then professional ranks of closed and open-wheel racing during the 70s and 80s, racing and winning against drivers such as Bobby Rahal, Gilles Villeneuve, Danny Sullivan etc. His racing career eventually intertwined with his USC business degree when, in 1983, he formed Saleen Autosport and produced his first vehicle, a 1984 white and blue high performance Saleen Mustang, the first of thousands of vehicles that would eventually be built based on his innovative niche manufacturing, certification and racing business model.
Steve and his vehicles have dominated the competition wherever they raced around the world, having won nine championships, countless races and set track records from Daytona to Le Mans and every track in between. And Steve is still racing, he is currently testing one of the two European Le Mans Series Championship winning S7Rs in preparation for his return to competition in the American Le Mans Series later this year.
Ford Focus RS
The legendary Ford RS performance car brand is returning in the shape of the exciting new Ford Focus RS, which will be previewed on July 22 at the 2008 London International Motor Show.
The new Focus RS will go on sale in early 2009 and is being created by a small team of dedicated engineers, under the direction of Jost Capito, Ford of Europes Vehicle Line Director for Performance Vehicles.
For performance road car enthusiasts, the new model will mark a welcome return for the Ford RS badge. This will be the second Focus model to carry the RS mantle and promises another exciting chapter in an exciting 40-year story that began in Germany in the late 1960s and gained momentum across Europe with the launch of the 1970 Escort RS1600.
Capito said: We want the new Focus RS to be a serious high performance car as much a car for driving enthusiasts as the one before it and classic Ford RS models of the past. Were staying true to the core RS principles of an exciting, yet affordable performance road car you can live with every day.
Alfa Romeo GT Veloce 2000
From the company that was originally known as ALFA, Anonima Lombara Fabbrica Automobili (translated as Lombard Automobile Factory, Public Company) the Alfa Romeo 2000 was introduced in 1957 on the Turin autosalon.
Founded in 1907 as ‘Darracq Italiana' by Cavaliere Ugo Stella, an aristocrat from Milan, who was in partnership with Axendre Darracq, the French Automobile firm. They originally produced Darracq cars in Naples, but eventually moved to Milan suburb of Portello. At this point the company was renamed ALFA.
The onset of World War I halted all automobile production at ALFa for three years. The company converted the factory to produce military hardware in 1916 for the Italian and allied war efforts.
When the war ended, the Romeo took over complete control of ALFA and car production resumed in 1919. The name of the company was changed in 1920 to Alfa Romeo.
Produced by the Italian Automobile company, the Alfa Romeo, the 2000 was a successor to the 1900. Eventually the six-cylinder Alfa Romeo 2600, produced in 1961, replaced the 2000. Striving to revive the glory of their prewar period, Alfa Romeo began producing more unique vehicles in the late fifties.
Ferrari F355 Berlinetta
For the F355, Ferrari developed a new 3.5 liter 90° V8 engine developing 375bhp at 8250 rpm with a redline of 8500 rpm. Maximum torque was 268 lbs-ft at 6000 rpm. The specific output of this remarkable 5-valve unit was 109bhp per liter.
The engine's aluminum block had Nikasil-coated wet steel liners. Peculiarly light forged aluminum alloy pistons drove the crankshaft through titanium alloy con rods previously seen only in Formula 1 engines. The engine's greatest innovation is its five-valves per cylinder, three intake and two exhaust, that combined high revs with high intake
permeability maximizing gross efficiency. The aluminum head was ultra-high strength with variable rigidity dual valve springs. The radial intake valves made conical cam profiles necessary and the high rotation speed necessitated a high lift for both reliability and long-term performance. The control lobe for the central intake valve was slightly offset, reducing pulse stress and the emission of un-burned hydrocarbons. The valves were actuated by hydraulic tappets with automatic play take-up, a first for engines that rev over 8000rpm. In accordance with racing design, Ferrari engineers created an extremely compact high-swirl combustion chamber of 11:1 compression ratio. The engine was controlled by a Bosch Motronic M2.7 twin hot wire electronic injection-static ignition system, and lubricated by a dry sump engine oil circuit.
Lamborghini 350 GT
Ferruccio Lamborghini had built a significant amount of wealth as a tractor builder. When he bought a Ferrari he expected a vehicle with superior performance and few problems. What he got was a car that did have superior performance but was plagued with mechanical difficulties. Upon returning the vehicle to the Ferrari shop and complaining about the lack of build quality, Enzo Ferrari replied 'You should stick with building tractors and let me concern about the cars.' Ferruccio was so enraged, that he began a new quest - to build proper supercars that had performance and quality.
Bizzarini, a brilliant engineer, had just left Ferrari and was a suitable candidate to build Lamborghini a twelve-cylinder engine. Franco Scaglione, an employee of Sargiotto located in Turin, was tasked with designing a new vehicle for the newly formed Automobili Ferruccio Lamborghini S.p.A. Scaglione's resume included work such as the Alfa Romeo BATs and the ATS 2500 GT. Sargiotto Bodyworks were responsible for the metal work while Neri & Bonacini were given the task of building the square tube steel chassis. The result was a prototype labeled the Lamborghini 350 GTV and first displayed at the 1963 Turin Auto Show. The interior was leather while the finish was a bright metallic blue color. The engine was not installed in the car because it would not fit. The vertical carburetors were too large and did not fit under the hood. Only recently has the vehicle been restored and the chassis was altered to allow room for the engine.
Cisitalia 202 Spider Nuvolari
This 1947 Cisitalia 202 Spider Nuvolari is powered by a 1089-cc four-cylinder engine that produces 60 horsepower. It has a space-frame chassis and a four-speed manual gearbox. It has spent the majority of its life in the United States. It was sent to the US around 1949 and into the care of a NY resident. It was entered in a 1950 Watkins Glen race and in the 1952 12 Hours of Sebring. In 1952 it was featured in Sports Cars in Competition issue number 109. From then, the car passed through several owners. During the years, the car was lovingly restored back to new condition with factory correct materials and components.
In recent times, the car has been raced at historic events such as Lime Rock and the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. It has even traveled the concours circuit.
The initial product of Piero Dusio's Cisitalia Company was a single seat formula type racer using Fiat 1100 mechanicals. It featured a tubular frame, with transverse leaf independent front suspension. Further attempts led to the development of a road going coupe and Formula One cars. In 1949, the company relocated to Argentina.
Approximately thirty D-46 race cars were built between 1946 and 1947. This was number 20, and is one of two with the distinctive side fuel tanks. The car was owned and raced by Zora Arkus Duntov, the father of the Corvette.
The car was shipped to Australia in 1950. It was acquired by the present owner in 1985 and restored to its present condition over a five-year period.
During the Monterey Weekend there are numerous events to attend with many centering around the word, 'exclusive.' The Concorso Italiano could fall under this category, in that it is an event for vehicles that were created from the boot-shaped country of Italy. That is where the exclusivity stops and the warm-welcome's begin. Any Italian built car that is able to make it the Monterey Peninsula and to the Blackhorse Golf Course in Seaside, California is able to be shown. The two marque's in strong attendance were Ferrari and Lamborghini, with many others such as Fiat, DeTomaso, ISO, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Bizzarrini, and Maserati also having significant numbers.
With a show of this magnitude, there were many celebrated models and features. The Countach was recognized for its 35th anniversary. Many examples were on display that spanned the years of production, allowing onlookers to examine the differences that were introduced each year. The most significant Countach on the well-manicured golf course lawn was the first example ever created. Lamborghini's test driver, Valentino Balboni, was present to share stories and experiences about the stages of development for the Countach.
1925 Flint E-55
The Flint was an automobile marque that was assembled by the Flint Motors Division, Flint, Michigan between 1923 and 1927. Flint Motors was a wholly owned subsidiary of Durant Motors Company (USA). The Flint was considered an assembled car because Durant Motors used components manufactured by outside suppliers to build its automobile lines. The cars were powered by a six-cylinder Continental engine, and its body stampings were made by Budd in Philadelphia. Following financial troubles at Durant Motors, the Flint was discontinued in 1927. The Flint was priced to compete with Buick, which was also assembled in Flint, Michigan. This car has a six-cylinder, 56.5 horsepower Continental engine.
Audi Metroproject Quattro
The concept car's styling is simple and coherent, making it look as if it has been cast from a single mould. The basic proportions, with a high vehicle body and a flat window area bordered by a coupé-like roof line, produce a virtually classic look for a vehicle bearing the four rings. Tracing the roof's silhouette are two striking, sturdy aluminium arches which run along the top edge of the windows to connect the A and C-posts, further emphasising the dynamic appeal of the powerfully built, compact vehicle body. The tail is rounded off by a spoiler integrated into the rear window.
The side-on view presents another typical coupé attribute in the form of doors with frameless windows and no visible B-pillar. The bold segmentation of the study's side panelling with its gently rising shoulder line accentuates the styling.
The shoulder line of the Audi metroproject quattro with its Racing Red paint finish is a new interpretation of yet another trademark feature of the current Audi design. Here, the prominent double lines continue around the entire vehicle as a curvaceous band that links the front end – from which it seems to emerge – with the vehicle's tail, that rises to create a slightly wedge-shaped effect. At the front, the metroproject quattro's lowered bonnet that is virtually embedded into the shoulder line forms a novel styling element.
Bentley Mark VI Countryman
It was not a Rolls-Royce but, instead, a Bentley Mark VI that heralded the return of automobile production at Rolls-Royce following World War II. Its appearance was similar to the pre-war Bentley Mark V, of which only 11 were built. A total of 5,201 Bentley Mark VI's were built between 1946 and 1952, with only 999 of that number having special bodies. The example you are viewing is one of that 999. The coachwork is by Harold Radford who conceived the idea for a superb English Town and Country Saloon or 'Countryman.' The 'Mark I Countryman' on this Bentley Mark VI is only the second 'Mark I Countryman' built, the first one going to Harold Radford himself. It is aluminum over ash with wood paneling on the sides. The rear is mahogany veneer on alloy panels. A total of eight 'Mark I Countryman' bodies were built between 1948 and 1949, with 37 more Mark II, Mark III, and later versions of the 'Countryman' made through 1959.
Bentley Speed Six Surbico
Mr. S.E. Parks of the United Kingdom received delivery of the vehicle in April of 1927. The sporty coachwork was created by The Surbiton Coach and Motor Works, known as Surbico. It was built to 6.5 Liter specifications but later updated to Speed Six configuration.
The vehicle was housed for many years in the Manx Motor Museum on the Isle of Man. During the early 1980's it was exported to the United States where the new owner used it in various driving events. It was later acquired in the early 1990's by an Australian collector who commissioned a full mechanical and chassis restoration. A cosmetic restoration was undertaken which carefully recovered and restored the car to its original condition.
This one-off design was auctioned at the 2006 RM Auction in Monterey, CA where it was expected to fetch between $900,000-$1,000,000. There was no reserve on the vehicle which suited the buyer rather well, who purchased the car with a winning bid of $781,000.
BMW Mille Miglia Concept
The history of the Mille Miglia and the history of the BMW brand have been inseparably connected for decades. The roots of this relationship were formed during the classical road races between 1927 and 1957 and the tradition is still alive today in the annual races for historic vehicles.
With the Mille Miglia 2006, the BMW Group Mobile Tradition, the Munich automobile manufacturer's division for classics is also using a series of vehicles that set new standards in the art of engineering in their time and that are now considered milestones in the history of the development of automotive engineering. Furthermore, at the start and finish line in Brescia in northern Italy, BMW is presenting a unique specimen fabricated on the occasion of the Mille Miglia 2006, in which the enthusiasm for racing sports from days past is being united with the technical opportunities of today, along with pioneering design perspectives.
The BMW Concept Coupé Mille Miglia 2006 pays homage to the skills, successes and the visions of the motor sports pioneers of the past, created by its modern successors. On the surface, the BMW Concept Coupé unmistakably bears the traits of a racing sports icon. Its bodywork design is oriented on the BMW 328 Mille Miglia Touring Coupé, that legendary two-seater with which Fritz Huschke von Hanstein and Walter Bäumer drove home the victory during the Mille Miglia in 1940. Their speed record - average speed: 166.7 km/h - has remained until today. No other Mille Miglia victor - neither before nor since - ever travelled as fast as the BMW 328 Mille Miglia Coupé with its touring body, which was driven by the legendary 'racing baron'.
The name speaks to the car's powerful 16-cylinder, 1000-horsepower engine and Cadillac's heritage as a maker of fine luxury automobiles. Cadillac's reputation grew exponentially during the '30s in no small part because of the development of the automotive industry's first V-16. The Cadillac Sixteen's grand exterior proportions create an unparalleled presence; its splendid interior is meticulously handcrafted and urbane.
General Motors' designers drew extensively on the traditions of the coachbuilt era in crafting the Cadillac Sixteen, employing the distinctive talents of leading artisans for the upholstery, instrumentation, interior wood and metal elements, and aluminum body panels.
As an exterior statement, the Cadillac Sixteen's proportional composition is bold. The aluminum hood is long, giving the Cadillac Sixteen tremendous dash-to-axle dimension; the wheel arches were designed to accommodate the beautiful 24-inch polished aluminum wheels. The four-door hardtop incorporates an all-glass roof and is without B-pillars. Crisp-edged lines of the midnight silver aluminum body panels accentuate the Cadillac Sixteen's striking appearance.
Chrysler Imperial Concept
Like the great Imperials of Chrysler's storied past, the 2006 Imperial concept vehicle is designed as Chrysler's flagship, a luxury sedan that is elegant, provocative, aspirational, yet attainable.
For inspiration, the designers looked not only to the classic Imperials of the 1930s and 1950s but also to Chrysler's long tradition of creative concept cars, from the earlier Chrysler d'Elegance and Falcon to the more recent Chrysler Chronos and Firepower. This rich heritage is expressed in the crisp line that parallels the sill, then arches up over the rear wheel and flows to the rear of the car, signaling that this is a powerful rear-drive automobile.
A similarly-shaped line rises up over the front wheel and flows rearward, falling slightly as in moves into the doors. To fully realize the subtleties of the chaste body surfaces, every area was lovingly hand-sculpted in the hallowed tradition of the custom coachbuilt LeBaron bodies of the classic era.
'The Imperial's exterior artfully blends a stately nobility, hand craftsmanship, and modern dynamic sculpture and proportion,' says Mike Nicholas, principal exterior designer.
EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio
While it poured Saturday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley of Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney found a ray of sunshine.
Gurney passed Matt Plumb on the outside with nine laps remaining in the 76-lap (two hours and 45 minutes) and went on to win his first Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 victory of 2008 in the EMCO Gears Classic presented by KeyBank.
Gurney and Fogarty, the defending Daytona Prototype champions, had not visited the podium since finishing second in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Meanwhile, Eric Lux and Leh Keen drove to victory in GT in the No. 86 Farnbacher Loles Porsche GT3, giving Porsche its first triumph of the season in eight races.
A heavy rain began pouring only seven laps into the two hour, 45-minute event, leading to a multi-car spin that involved numerous contenders in both classes.
'It was all about survival today,' Patrick Dempsey said. He and Joe Foster finished 12th in GT, sharing the No. 40 Hyper Sport Mazda RX-8.
Peugeot 402 Darl mat Pourtout Roadster
Georges Paulin's design is Peugeot's most elegantly designed two-seat roadster. 104 of these Darl'mat Special Sport Roadsters were built by hand-shaping aluminum sheets and then nailing them to frames made from Ash. Approximately 30 of these cars survive, and this car is a multiple award winner including Best in Class at Pebble Beach.
Peugeot 402 Darl'mat Pourtout Racing Roadster
The 402 series was first introduced in 1936. This rare example has a special sports body by famed French coachbuilder Marcle Pourtout who was a hero with the French resistance. This 402 Racing Roadster has a 4-cylinder, single-overhead valve engine with two-liter capacity. It is one of three cars with an aluminum body in the 1938 24-Hour Lemans race and won its class.
Combining the benefits of a steel-top coupe with the convenience of a sunroof and the desirous qualities of a convertible, the new four-seat Eos could be Volkswagen's next 'People's Car.'
Volkswagen of America, Inc. introduces the world's first four-seat,hard-top convertible with integrated glass sunroof. The CSC™ (coupe-sunroof-convertible) structure is a revolutionary five-panel roof that transforms the coupe's hardtop, with integrated sunroof and heated-glass rear window, into an open-air convertible.
With the click of a switch, owners of the 2007 Eos can enjoy the desirous attributes of a traditional 'rag top' and the benefits of a protected and quiet interior environment of a hardtop. It should be no surprise, then, that this newest Volkswagen model is already the top-selling convertible in Europe.
The 2007 Eos, now available in North America, comes with a choice of engines: the award-winning Volkswagen 2.0T four-cylinder and the innovative Volkswagen 3.2 L narrowangle V6. Either way you get plenty of power and the innovative hard-top coupe convertible for as little as $27,990 for an Eos 2.0T and $36,850 for the Eos 3.2 L.