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2022-08-09: Gooding Pebble Beach Auctions preview with two Bentleys and a Ferrari ...
Bentley 8 Litre Vanden Plas Sports Tourer As part of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Gooding & Co. will once again stage the official auction. Among the absolute highlights of the two-day sale are a pair of vintage Bentleys. The most interesting is this 8-Litre Vanden Plas Sports Tourer, which was ordered new by Bentley chairman and legendary Bentley Boy Woolf Barnato. Chassis YR5095 was fitted with a striking two-door Tourer body and had a seventy year single ownership between 1936 and 2004. It is now estimate to sell for $7 - $9 million. A similar estimate is given for this 4½-Litre Blower, which was also clothed by Vanden Plas. During its lifetime, it was owned by several leading collectors and was more recently restored by R.C. Moss at an expense of £700,000. Since then, SM3913 was shown only once, at Pebble Beach in 2019 where it won its class.
Another Bentley set to star at Pebble Beach is the all-new Bentley Mulliner Batur. Due to be revealed on the eve of the Concours d'Elegance, it is the latest limited production, bespoke Bentley.
Among the other consignments to the Gooding Pebble Beach Auctions is the collection of the late William Wonder that consists mainly of competition cars. One of our favourites is this race-winning Ferrari 333 SP. Fielded by the successful Doran Lista team, it was also raced with a Judd V10. Once again fitted with the glorious V12, chassis 025 should find a new owner for over $4.5 million.

2022-08-04: RM Monterey preview with McLaren F1 and mighty Mercedes 540 Ks ...
McLaren F1 It will be a very busy weekend for RM Sotheby's in two week's time as the auctioneer will not only stage its traditional, and now three day Monterey sale but will also offer this McLaren F1 in a special online, sealed-bid auction. Delivered new to England, this two-owner machine is the only one fitted with BMW Z1 Roadster derived headlights as part of an experiment to improve night-time visibility. Not seen in public since 2012, chassis 059 is offered from the Pinnacle Portfolio collection.
The first day of the Monterey Auction is reserved for the Masterworks of Design collection, which comprises of close to 50, predominantly pre-War cars, many of which have not been seen for many years. That is certainly the case for the trio of Mercedes-Benz 540 Ks featured today. With a $9 - $12 million estimate, the most valuable of these straight-eight engined machines is this Spezial Roadster. It was sold new to the King of Afghanistan and today is one of three known to exist with a the long-tail, covered spare tyre bodystyle. Chassis 154075 joined the Masterworks of Design collection in the early 1990s and has survived in remarkably original condition. Fitted with the standard Cabriolet A body, the second 540 K featured today retains all of its major components and was only lightly restored. A right-hand drive example, 130941 should sell over $2 million. Even rarer is this Lancefield Drophead Coupe as it is the only known Lancefield bodied 540 K to have survived. It features a distinct disappearing top and like the other two has been part of the same collection for around 30 years. Chassis 169317 would be an excellent candidate for a concours-winning restoration as it retains all its major components and there is also a wealth of period information available.

2022-08-01: New Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren racers ...
Ferrari 296 GT3 At this weekend's Spa 24 Hours, Ferrari, Porsche and McLaren all announced brand-new racing cars. The Ferrari 296 GT3 represents the biggest departure from the norm. It is the first modern Ferrari GT racer powered by a V6 engine and also the first not built by long-term partners Michelotto. Instead, the twin-turbo machine has been developed together with French specialists Oreca. The spectacular 296 GT3 will debut at the Daytona 24 Hours in January and from 2024 will also be eligible for the FIA WEC and Le Mans.
One of the Ferrari's future rivals will be the Porsche 911 GT3 R. Based on the 992-generation 911, it features a new, 4.2-litre naturally aspirated flat-six engine. Although subject to Balance of Performance, the engine is rated at 551 bhp. With the GTE category being wound down, the 911 GT3 R will be the top-level Porsche GT racer going forward.
The latest competition car created by McLaren Automotive is the Artura Trophy. Sharing many components with the recently launched GT4 car, this new Artura is due to compete in the one-make McLaren Trophy from the 2023 season onwards. Owners of the Artura Trophy can also opt to compete in GT4 races with only a handful of changes.
With the Concept Aceman MINI has offer a first glimpse of a new compact SUV due to enter production in the coming years. It will be the first model in the MINI line-up that is electric-powered only.

2022-07-28: 2022 Le Mans Classic Report and 190-shot gallery ...
2022 Le Mans Classic Report and 190-shot gallery Earlier this month, we were at the Circuit de la Sarthe for the 10th edition of the Le Mans Classic. First held in 2002, it is a most fitting celebration of the rich history of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Twice postponed, the anniversary event more than made up for the wait. Once again, the competitors could use the full 13.6 track with historic racing cars ranging from 1920s machinery right up to GT cars and prototypes of the 2000s. There were ten different grids, with four in the 'support' program and the other six in the main event, which ran from 4pm on Saturday through to 4pm on Sunday. Each of these six main grids had a 40 minute race in darkness as the groups alternated. Among the support program were Group C and the Endurance Racing Legends, which alone put up a show worthy of visiting Le Mans. Visit the racing fans did as just over 200,000 spectators attended the event, which saw around 750 historic racing cars compete.
We spent almost the entire event trackside and have captured as many highlights as was physically possible in this 190-shot gallery, which serves to illustrate our concise report.

2022-07-26: Porsche 911 GT3 RS teaser, Maserati racer and BMW M Hybrid V8 details ...
Porsche 911 GT3 RS Three weeks before the official launch, Porsche revealed the first teaser images of the 992-generation 911 GT3 RS. In addition to the two images, the accompanying press release also mentioned that the work has focused on chassis dynamics and aerodynamics and not on the engine. As a result, the GT3 RS will be more track focused than its predecessor.
Italian manufacturer Maserati will return to GT racing next year with the upcoming MC20 GT2. Built to compete in the newly reintroduced GT2 category, it will be subject to Balance of Performance but the twin-turbo V6 engine should produce around 640 hp.
The next step in the development of the BMW M Hybrid V8 was taken this week as it commenced testing on the Dallara test track. New images of the track action were released as well as further details on where the car will race. In 2023, it will compete in the North American IMSA series exclusively and a full FIA WEC campaign will be added in 2024, which includes a return to Le Mans. The engine used is a twin-turbo version of the V8 previously used in DTM. It is mated to a spec hybrid system.
As part of GM's ambitious electrification plans, Cadillac unveiled the Celestiq Concept this week. Based on GM's shared Ultium platform, the plug-in electric show car will form the basis for a future production model.

2022-07-22: Maserati track-day car, new Civic Type R and electric Alpine ...
Maserati Project24 Maserati lifted the curtain today off the limited production Project24. This will be a non homologated, track only machine powered by a 740 hp V6 engine. Based on the highly acclaimed MC20, the Project24 will have a run of just 62 examples.
Following several teaser images, Honda have now released detailed pictures of the Civic Type R. While the pictures are all-revealing the press release had fewer details. What was mentioned was that the new Civic Type R will be the fastest yet but we don't know yet just how fast.
Offering a glimpse of the future, Alpine produced the A110 E-Ternité. Gone is the internal combustion engine and in its place an all-electric drivetrain is fitted. As a result, the A110 is a full 258 kg heavier than the production road car.
Work for the upcoming IMSA season continued at Paul Ricard this month with the first test miles for the Acura ARX-06. The prototype is still in France as it was built around an Oreca chassis. The ARX-06 will be powered by the existing twin-turbo V6 combined with the spec hybrid system.