2014 Blancpain GT Series Begins at Monza

Last Sunday the Blancpain GT Series held its first round at Monza Italy with a healthy field of GT3 contenders under April sun.

From pole to podium, the ART Grand Prix McLaren team dominated the race with drivers Alvaro Parente, Grégoire Demoustier and Alexandre Premat taking first overall.

The weekend was also notable for the debut of the M-Sport Team Bentley team which placed a respectable 7th and 8th place overall with their Bentley Continental GT3.

For this opening round we have assembled a beautiful gallery from the very talented Brecht Decancq Photography for SRO Motorsports Group.


2014 Tour Auto Optic 2ooo

One of the best driving events in the Europe is the Tour Auto Optic 2ooo which has five days of flat out driving on the most desirable roads and tracks.

The 2014 event begins with Checks & Scrutineering at the Grand Palais in Paris then has road and circuit legs down to Marseille in the south of France.

Like year's previous, the entry list is stacked with one of the top cars being the 1962 Ferrari 250 GT ‘Breadvan’ which has been historically raced in anger over the last few years.

Our feature of the Tour Auto Optic 2ooo includes a gallery page with highlights from the event. We will update it as the tour progresses.

**We have updated our page to include the overall winners of Shaun Lynn-Kevin Kivlochan in their AC Cobra.


2014 SuperGT Season opener from Okayama, Japan

Last weekend Japan's greatest series started their 9-round SuperGT championship at Okayama.

The new cars from Lexus really stood out with the RC F GT500 of Daisuke Ito Andrea Caldarelli winning first overall for LEXUS TEAM KeePer TOM'S.

In GT300, the BMWs dominated among some unique cars to series including the Subaru and Toyota CRZ.

Looking somewhat like the future of Gran Turismo 7, we have assembled a photo page with a few highlights from Okayama.


Record-Breaking Mercedes-Benz 190E

In 1983, Mercedes-Benz took their unreleased 190 E 2.3-16 performance sedan to Nardò. It went full throttle, all day and night, for nine days and beat three world records.

In the period from August 11th to 21st, the 190E broke records for 50,000 kilometres, 25,000 miles and 25,000 kilometres in nearly stock configuration that eliminated the cooling fan and power steering.

Three cars were used for the test which was completed just before the model's international debut at the IAA International Motor Show.

After revealing the 190 E 2.5-16 EVO in 1989 the model would later go on to continued success in Group A motorsports alongside the BMW M3.

We have assembled a photo page of the historic runs at Nardò


The $460,000 Ferrari FF

At the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Ferrari offered a look into their Tailor Made program with this $460,000 Ferrari FF.

Late into production Ferrari's customizations grow with increasing variety and Ferrari's Tailor Made program offers the ultimate in bespoke design for the FF.

At Amelia, the Tailor Made FF was similar to a show car made for the Geneva Motor Show. I overheard $460,000 for the price, so I asked, confirmed and yep, it's a $460,000 Ferrari FF! Exclusive price indeed.

We take a close look at the $460,000 Ferrari FF with a gallery page that highlights the exclusive details of this particular show car.


Top 10 Images from the FIA WEC Prologue

In preparation for the upcoming season, FIA WEC held a pre-season testing event at the Circuit Paul Ricard, on March 28 2014.

Many eyes were on the big three Le Mans contenders: the 2014 Audi R18 e-tron quattro, 2014 Toyota TS040 Hybrid, and 2014 Porsche 919 Hybrid.

The four hour session was earmarked by Timo Bernhard who set the fastest time of 1:41.788 in his Porsche 919.

The FIA WEC season beings April 20th for the 6 Hours of Silverstone.

In preparation we have narrowed our feature to the top ten images from Paul Ricard.


Inside the Collier Collection

Finally! Today we can share images from inside the exceptional Collier Collection now known as the Revs Institute. That's because they are opening their doors to the public by reservation only.

For the last 20 years, this specular facility has been out of the public eye, including some of the world's best preserved race cars.

The Collier Automotive Museum was built up from collection of Briggs Cunningham and has expanded to include the most important cars ever built.

Having viewed many of the cars at concours and racing in Monterey, we have always seen absolutely top work from The Revs Institute.

To view the collection in person, please visit http://revsinstitute.org/.


RM Auctions at Amelia Island

RM Auctions host the official auction of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance and this year they sold $35,947,500 in collector cars.

The sale was notable for the inclusion of the late Malcom Pray collection which included the 1939 Delahaye 135 that fetched a world record $6,600,000 USD. His BMW 507 also broke a model record at $2,420,000 USD.

Further highlights came from the Richard and Linda Kughn collection as well as cars from the late Charles “Chuck” Swimmer including his dramatic Windovers Sedanca Coupe Bentley.

We had a great opportunity to meet Charlie Kemp who sold his Mustang GT350R for $984,500. This is the same car which he did 180 mph with at Daytona. The front hood buckled, but forced an air exit out the driver's side which they left on the car.

All these great cars and more can be found in our feature gallery.


Gooding @ Amelia Island

This year Gooding outperformed the market by setting new auction records for some of the world's top makes and models.

Key to this sale was an individual BMW collection which brought out 18 cars and set many precedents for some rarely-offered models.

Porsches also kept the German cars in the spotlight with the Daytona 24-hour-winning 907 fetching $3,630,000. The 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS Lightweight set a new record at $1,402,500 and the 1988 Porsche 959 Sport sold for $1,100,000.

Again, the unrestored cars continued to soar in value, much more than their restored counterparts. As an example the all-original 1964 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster sold for $2,035,000 and the 1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT Coupé fetched $2,530,000.

With torrential downpour outside, we stayed a little longer at Gooding's auction to photograph and appreciate some of the cars in better detail for our feature gallery.


2014 Amelia Island Mega Gallery

With over 300 cars in 40 different classes, the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is one of the predominant classic car shows in North America and one that focuses both on elegance and sport.

Every year each show is puncuated by special classes and 2014 was no exception with 14 classes that were expertly curated with up to two years planning.

In 2014, the most impressive class was entirely from the collection of Ralph Murano who brought out ten Packard concept cars from his home in New York.

Another huge presence on the field was a triubute to 50 years of Bruce McLaren which extended from his Can-Am cars all the way up to the current day P1 supercar and an MP4-12C with McLaren Special Operations details.

BMW brought along their car Alex Calder art car CSL and Amelia curated a class that included three ISMA CSLs and two very well presented road cars to go along with it. Unfortunately the car was deemed to valuable and displayed in a glass box complete with floor lighting.

At the end of the field was 16 cars designed by Zagato which included everything from the 1933 Alfa Romeo 2300 Monza from the Simone Museum to the recently released Alfa Romeo TZ3. Hopefully we will have enough time to prepare a video on this class.

It was also Maserati's 100th anniversary, so Amelia presented separate road and racing classes including the one-of 1931 Tipo V4 with Maserati's only 16-cylinder engine.

We could go on and on as Bill Warner and his capable staff put on a world-class event to benefit the Community Hospice of Northeast Florida.

For our feature work on Amelia, we have spent considerable time sorting 1000s of images into separate galleries:

Class Z - Cars of Zagato Design
Class MAS - 100th Anniversary of Maserati (Street)
Class MASR - 100th Anniversary of Maserati (Race)
Class MCL - 50th Anniversary of McLaren
Class BMW - BMW CSL 3.0/3.5 CSL
Class JM - Cars of Jochen Mass
Class CC - Chrysler Concepts
Class PC - Packard Concepts of Ralph Marano
Class CR - Corvete (Rare Solid Axle)
Class AC - American Classic (Pre-1931)
Class AC1 - American Classic (1931-1935)
Class AC2 - American Classic (1936-1948)
Class AP - American Production
Class APEC - American-Powered European Coachwor
Class B - Bentley
Class BUG - Bugatti
Class D - Duesenberg
Class ECC - European Custom Coachwork
Class FP - Ferrari Production (1950-1964)
Class FP1 - Ferrari Production (1965-1972)
Class FR - Ferrari (Racing)
Class HC - Horseless Carriage (1895-1915)
Class HCB - Horseless Carriage (40+ Horsepower)
Class MB - Mercedes-Benz (1927-1946)
Class MB1- Mercedes-Benz (1947-1972)
Class P - Porsche 904/962
Class RC - Race Cars (Pre-War)
Class RC1 - Race Cars (Post-War - 1959)
Class RC2 - Race Cars (1960 - 1975)
Class RRSG - Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
Class SC - Sports Cars (Pre-War - 1949)
Class SC1 - Sports and GT Cars (1950 - 1954)
Class SC2 - Sports and GT Cars (1955 - 1962)
Class SC3 - Sports and GT Cars (1963 - 1974)
Class U - Underslung
Class RR - Rolls-Royce


2014 Amelia Island Quick Review

Today the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance ended with Robert Lee's 1937 Horch 853A Spezialcabriolet and the Collier Collection's 1958 Scarab Mk. II winning Best of Show for Sport and Elegance respectively.

The 2014 show was punctuated by several distinct classes including American Underslung, Packard Concept Cars, Plastic Porsches, 100 Years of Maserati and a tribute to Bruce McLaren-all of which were expertly curated.

In anticipation of getting our entire gallery online, we have assembled 10 of our favorite images on our quick review page.


2014 Amelia Island Preview

We already know tommorrow's Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is going to be one of the best car shows in the world.

That's because we comprehensively photographed the loading day which included about 25% of the cars.

There are too many great cars to list, so we assembled this article page with our top 10 picks.


Geneva In Pictures

We have quickly assembled our gallery from today`s Geneva Motor Show with all the best sports and luxury cars.

One of the biggest debuts was the Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 which is the long-awaited successor to the Gallardo.

The biggest surprise was Maserati`s unveiling of the Alfieri 2+2 concept car which celebrates the company`s 100th anniversary.

Bugatti also unveiled their newest Les Légendes de Bugatti car which is a Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse made to tribute Rembrandt Bugatti.

All these great cars and more can be found in our feature gallery of the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.


Geneva Preview 1

This past week has been full of great announcements for the Geneva Motor Show and the most recent of these is the spectacular Koenigsegg One:1 with 1360 bhp or one megawatt of power.

Lamborghini, Ferrari and Mclaren will have new models. Lambo will finally bring along the Gallardo replacement with the Huracán LP 610-4 which will also debut at the Amelia Island Concours in America.

Ferrari have re envisioned their Ferrari California T and we made a photo history page in honor of this historied model.

On the tuning side we have some awesome cars including the TechArt 911 Turbo S and ABT RS6-R.

The world of Motorsports will change at Geneva. Porsche will finally debut their 2014 Porsche 919 hybrid and Lexus will have their new Lexus RC F GT3 Concept on display.

Other new cars include:
Bentley Flying Spur V8
Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible
Bentley Continental GT Speed
Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake
Vauxhall Astra VXR EXTREME
Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430
Aston Martin DB9 Carbon Black Edition
MINI Clubman Concept
Hyundai PassoCorto
Volvo Concept Estate
Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition


270.49 mph (435.31 km/h) Venom GT

The Hennessey Venom GT is now the fastest series-production car in the world capable of a proven 270.49 mph (435.31 km/h).

This is bad news for Bugatti who held the previous record of 431.072 kph or 267.70 mph with their Bugatti 16/4 Veyron Super Sport.

Brian Smith of Miller Motorsport drove the Venom GT to a world-record speed at the Kennedy Space Center on the 3.2-mile Space Shuttle landing runway. He said “it was still pulling, if we could run on an 8-mile oval we could go faster than that.”

To celebrate we updated our Venom GT page with spectacular images from Drew Phillips and the record-run video.