This past week, RM Auctions staged their annual London sale and achieved $21 million in total sales. Top bid went to a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB ‘Tour de France’ among 100 other collectible cars.
The event set a world precedent for the Pagani Roadster which sold for $686,000 USD. Other auction firsts included a Maserati Trofeo Light, 2008 Force India F1 and a AC 428 Drophead Coupé.
Our London gallery comes to us from Dirk de Jager who thought the best bought lot was the 1958 Lister-Chevrolet “Knobbly” which sold for $320,000.
On Wednesday the inaugural Mille Miglia North America Tribute left Santa Barbara aimed at Monterey and the roads of the Central Coast. The organizers had a difficult task to successfully syndicate the Italian Mille Miglia in California.
The group which organizes the highly popular event in Italy was definitely humbled by the turnout this week. Around 20 cars have been touring across California in pursuit of driving enjoyment. Based on numbers alone, the Mille is way down from the 300 usually expected in Italy.
Fortunately, the cars that did show up were world class. We were quite happy to see two early Ferrari Testarossas and some very nice Ferrari 250 GTs. Whether this is a stepping stone for next year or a one-of event remains to be seen.
We will follow the cars down the famous highway 1S and complete the journey by attending the 25th Santa Barbara Concours d'Elegance on Sunday.
With SEMA less than one week away, most manufacturers have already released preview material and some of it looks promising. Because many of the show cars are contracted out, good pictures and info are hard to come by before the actual event next Tuesday.
One of the more impressive previews comes from Lexus who will have their own tent to debut the Project GS F SPORT. It's built by Five Axis to promote Lexus' new F SPORT appearance package that will be available on the 2013 350 GS and 200h.
Chrysler & Mopar will have numerous vehicles to showcase their Mopar performance parts including this one-of 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 ACR. Chrysler calls it an homage to the original option-delete cars of the 1960s and 70s.
Lastly we have the Hyundai Hurricane SC which takes the Genesis to its limits with a Magnuson supercharger as well as interior and exterior specialty modifications.
The Porsche Race Car Classic honored Porsche's early history by bringing together 180 cars at the Quail Lodge in California. The event was held in conjunction with Rennsport and proceeds of the $400 ticket benefited lung cancer research.
When event organizer Steve Heinrichs works on a project, we know it will be something special. The show's highlight was Jerry Seinfeld's 550-03 which was fresh from a 5-year restoration and it was joined by two other Carrera Panamericana stablemates.
Revealed like clockwork at 10:20am, the concours also featured 5 of 9 surviving Porsche 550 prototypes, 13 Porsche RSKs, 11 Abarths, two Dreikantschabers and a large amount of Carrera GT 356s. Each car was listed with chassis number, brief history and a full race results table in the program.
As a fitting end to the Rennsport weekend, we attended the Porsche Race Car classic to brush up on our early history and capture this feature gallery.
Held for the first time at Laguna Seca, Rennsport Reunion IV brought together the most impressive collection of Porsches assembled on the west coast. Both Porsche North America & the Porsche Club of America made sure significant cars surrounded the track for three days under the California sun.
Eight separate races made space for almost everything produced from Stuttgart. The Gmund Cup featured Porsche's earliest cars and was started by flag waver Jerry Seinfeld who also brought along several of this cars for static display.
Porsche went to great lengths to bring attention to their sixth generation 911 and celebrated it by bringing together a special section in the pit boxes for the evolution of the 911 in motor sport.
With 350 cars racing, 1300 more in the Porsche corral and many static displays we had more than enough cars to keep us busy. Our feature gallery has over 1300 images including portraits and corral cars for the first time.
As a preview to our upcoming Rennsport Reunion IV feature, we have the Carrera Trophy which was open to some of the most potent 911 variants. Cars like the RSR 3.0, 934 and 935 filled the field to make the most impressive race of the weekend.
Later in the week we hope to offer the complete Rennsport Reunion IV including the North American debut of the Porsche 991 and the five other impressive races organized by Porsche North America.
We also have to respond to the most horrific crash in recent Indycar racing history which might end the series all together. Our hearts go out to anyone effected by the loss of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon who lost his life racing at Las Vegas today. Goodbye Dan.
Today GM announced they would have the Camaro ZL1 Convertible available for the upcoming LA Auto Show in mid-November. Rated at 580 bhp, Chevrolet claim this Camaro is the most powerful convertible in the world.
For those wanting even more from the aftermarket, SLP have their own ZL1 package which uses a custom-built 427 engine to offer 750 bhp. In a similar vein, Hennessey has the HPE700 which uses the LS9 supercharged V8.
All these cars pay hommage to the original ZL1 COPO Camaro of 1969. Built for the 1/4 mile, only very few were made and the last one sold for $305,000 USD at Mecum's Indy Spring Classic.
Today Mazda announced the the SPIRIT R as the final edition of the Mazda RX8. Intended for the Japanese domestic market, it highlights the end of RX8 production which will stop in the summer of 2012.
The SPIRIT R will close a chapter in rotary history that began in 1968 with the Mazda Cosmo. Back in 2001 Mazda first announced the RX8 at the NAIAS with a concept car that was pretty much on point aside from the polished aluminum console.
With the RX8 soon to be behind us, we can't help but compare it to the RX7 which achieved so much more in motor sport. The first RX7 race car appeared 1979 for the 24 Hours of Daytona. Stateside racing continued and in 1990 Pete Halsmer claimed the RX-7's 100th IMSA victory in this radical RX-7 IMSA GTO. The ultimate version of the RX-7 was the RX-792P which raced in the IMSA GTP class for outright victories.
Today Porsche released details of their updated Porsche RSR that will race in the Le Mans Series, ALMS, the nternational GT Open and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
BR>Reading between the lines, Porsche have hinted that this will be the ultimate 997 until the model's 991 replacement for 2013.
The new car features updated bodywork that has a side-mounted air intake for the engine the replaces the previous hood-mounted unit. Furthermore the front and rear valances are heavily revised which give this variant a distinct look.
Today Ginetta released details of the updated F400 which will be now known as the G60. This project started back in 2002 as the Farboud GTS and was resurrected by Ginetta when funds ran dry last year.
The second evolution of Ginetta's version uses the same lightweight, carbon fiber philsophy but has a redesigned chassis and suspension with the 2012 Ford Mustang V6. Ginetta also removed what they call 'nanny aids' such as power assisted steering, power assisted brakes, ABS and traction control.
Price for the newest G car will be £68,000 and we think most will sell inside the UK.
This year's Quail Motorsports Gathering in Monterey was notable for the international debut of the Bugatti 16/4 Veyron ‘L'Or Blanc’. Bugatti kept the car exclusive to the Quail party which meant show goers at the Pebble Beach Concours or the Monterey Reunion at Laguna Seca missed out and the car wasn't seen again until Frankfurt.
Highlighting an impressive class of Ferrari Supercamericas at the Quail was the Best of Show-winning 1955 Ferrari 375 America Coupé Speciale. It was surrounded by 15 other cars of similar pedigree including several with one-of coachwork.
Jaguar E-Types were also celebrated with a dedicated class. Many early outside-latch roadsters were present including the oldest surviving LHD roadster. Many of the E-Types from the Monterey Motorsports Reunion were also escorted to the show.
We can present The Quail with images from both Richard Owen and Dirk de Jager. Some of our favorite cars included the Ferrari 250 TR59 0768TR, a Blue Tahiti 1979 Lamborghini Countach S and 0689GT which is one of the five Ferrari 250 Zagato Coupes.