The 64th running of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance has culminated with the first Ferrari to win Best of Show, but that's just the most obvious of the many great stories from this event.
At the end of the 18th fairway, Pebble Beach assembled the world's best collection of 250 Testa Rossas. 20 were in attendance including all the works competition cars, many of which now live at arms length on the West Coast.
Among the Testa Rossas was the spectacular restoration debut of 0724TR which returned back to its Ecurie Nationale Belge colors by the specialists at Paul Russel. The rumored $1,300,000 job was only eclpised in numbers by the $40,000,000 Testa Rossa which was sold and presented by dealer Tom Hartley Jnr as the only unrestored Testa Rossa in the world.
With great anticipation we thoroughly visited the Streamlined Tatra class. The winning 'Typa 77A' came all the way from Czech Republic with correct details such as proper hides and dyes for the upholstery.
Almost all the world's surviving Ruxtons were present at Pebble. Evelyn & Jim Fasnacht brought out six exemplary examples which joined 10 more cars in the class. Four cars were presented in Joseph Urban’s multiband paint scheme and each is an unforgettable sight.
Mercedes was celebrated for their 1914 French Grand Prix victory and Pebble brought out three fantastic 115HP cars alongside their Peugeot and Opel rivals. It's the best open-wheeled display we have seen at Pebble, even if it meant stranding a fabulous 1910 Fiat S61 to the Antique class.
Runner up for Best in Show had to be the 1934 Hispano-Suiza J12 Fernandez et Darrin Coupé de Ville. Restoration perfection is what Robert Lee and his capable team in Sparks, Nevada aim for and they spent four years on their match set of Fernandez et Darrin cars.
Maserati's 100th anniversary allowed Pebble to line up some of the very best racing examples along the coast including rare variants such as 350S, 250S, 150s and 151.
This year almost every modern manufacturer independently revealed their showcars and later placed them on the Concept Car Lawn for Sunday's event. The green leaves no room for an international unveiling so we have included photos from the private events that happened earlier in the week. Maybe the new cars could deserve a spot on the 18th fairway in the future.
The very thorough selection committee from Pebble Beach does such a good job we have split up our gallery into the 26 classes listed below:
Concept Car Lawn and Manufacturer Displays
Class A : Antique
Class B : Early Steam Cars
Class C-1 : American Classic Open Early
Class C-2 : American Classic Open Late
Class C-3 : American Classic Closed
Class D : Ruxton
Class F : Fernandez et Darrin Coachwork
Class G : Duesenberg
Class H-1 : Rolls-Royce
Class H-2 : Rolls-Royce Phantom Postwar
Class I - Mercedes-Benz Prewar
Class J-1 : European Classic Early
Class J-2 : European Classic Late Open
Class J-3 : European Classic Late Closed
Class J-4 : Prewar Sports Racing
Class K : Streamlined Tatra
Class L-1: Prewar Preservation
Class L-2: Postwar Preservation
Class M-1: Ferrari Grand Touring
Class M-2 : Ferrari Competition
Class M-3: Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
Class N-1: Maserati Centennial Racing
Class N-2 : Maserati Centennial Coachwork
Class O-1 : Postwar Touring
Class O-2 : Postwar Sports Racing
Class V : 1914 French Grand Prix
Monterey's car week ended with a post-war car winning the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance's Best of Show, that being the 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Coupé Scaglietti owned by Jon Shirley.
To do so the Ferrari won the Ferrari Grand Touring class and was then selected by the Honorary Judges among the 26 other class winners.
To see what Jon's car was up against we have assembled a gallery page with all 26 first class winners which were judged to be the best of their breed by chief class judges and their teams.
This Ferrari, chassis 0402AM, was specially-built for Italian film director Roberto Rossellini on a repurposed 375 MM race car chassis. It is one of only a few Scaglietti-styled road cars that was restored most recently by Dennison International Motorsports.
Other Ferraris also dominated the Monterey car week. Bonhams broke the record for a motor car at auction with the $38,000,000 Ferrari 250 GTO and RM fetched $26 for a Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale.
Later in the week we will have a more comprehensive gallery including all the cars from Pebble Beach.
In a somewhat hurried fashion we have uploaded shots from the 2014 Fuel Run Monterey.
Organized by the goldRush Rally Team they travelled 90 miles included a nice lunch at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.
Our gallery includes all the highlight cars including a wrapped DMC Aventador Molto Veloce, Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, Aventador LP 720-4 50° Anniversario, Gemballa Mirage GT, Hennessey Venom GT and more.
This week McLaren and Lamborghini revealed new cars in Monterey but neither used Laguna Seca which would have been an approriate venue.
For instance Lamborghini revealed their stunning Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo on the grass of the exclusive Quail garden party. This new Super Trofeo departs from the 4WD cars of Trofeo's past but likely shortens development time for a real FIA GT contender.
McLaren pitched a tent at Pebble Beach for their new P1 GTR and didn't bring along the Le Mans-winning F1 GTR which was included in the press images. This track-day only concept car likely has a very limited market if it does not conform to any sporting regulations. McLaren describe this as the world's most exclusive drivers club.
Lastly, Jaguar brought out an impressive continuation Lightweight E-Type that will be produced in just six limited editions and brought it out to Laguna Seca. Where a race car belongs!
When Pebble Beach puts together a specialized class of cars the results are usually impressive and this especially holds true for the 250 Testa Rossas.
This year Pebble Beach will have over 20 on the field including almost every factory version. For those in the know this means all the TR58s, all the TR59s, all the TR59/60s and all the TRI/61s.
This morning many brave owners endured the wet weather to take the opportunity to join Pebble's Tour d'Elegance down the Pacific Coast Highway.
We endured the wet and cold to bring you our version of the Testa Rossas at the Tour d'Elegance.
Earlier today Gordon McCall wrapped up his excellent Motorworks Revival at the Monterey Jet Center and we have assembled a photo gallery of this event which seemingly goes from strength to strength every year.
Among the impressive display of aircraft and motorcars was the LA-bound Gemballa Mirage GT belonging to 8bc8 in a splendid Metalic blue and with custom carbon fiber touches.
Hennessey also had two of his potent Venoms and not far away was Bruce Canepa's 1970 Porsche 917 Kurzheck which won Best of Show in Carmel just yesterday.
Celebrating Maserati's 100th was a sole 2006 Maserati MC12 Corse chassis 0002 which is one of the most potent cars to carry the trident badge.
Lamborghini was present in an official vein to show off their new Ad Personam touches on the Aventador and Mercedes used the occasion to showcase the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo.
All these great cars and more can be found in our feature gallery from Gordon McCall's event.
Today is the official start to the Pebble Beach week with the tech inspections happening at the Monterey Motorsports Prereunion.
We were onhand earlier to capture many of the great cars coming out of the transporters and also spotted some platinum-level Maseratis that are celebrating the company's 100th anniversary.
Before the races start we have assembled a gallery page with a few of the highlight cars.
At Monterey, Bugatti will show the six and final Les Légendes de Bugatti Veyron twice during the Monterey car week.
The new car pays homage to the Type 41 Royale Coupé De Ville Napoleon which was envisioned by Ettore Bugatti himself.
Ettore Bugatti's Veyron will first appear at the Quail Motorsports Gathering, followed by the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
Listed are all the Les Légendes de Bugatti cars:
2014 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse ‘Ettore Bugatti’
2014 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse ‘Black Bess’
2014 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse ‘Rembrandt Bugatti’
2013 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse ‘Meo Costantini’
2013 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse ‘Jean Bugatti’
2013 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse ‘Jean-Pierre Wimille’
Today we have assembled our gallery of the 2014 Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's.
Once known as the Meadow Brook Concours, this event attracts some of the best Central and Eastern American cars and joins both Amelia and Pebble Beach as a top American concours.
This year the event was won outright by the 1932 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Victoria owned by William and Barbara Parfet and the 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Cabriolet Voll & Ruhrbeck which has been a winner at just about every other show.
Our gallery of the concours is by photographer Steven Hauptman and it has all the highlights from this year's show.
We have also included a gallery of the Motor City Auction by RM who sold $7.4 million in collector cars.
Our Gallery of the 2014 Le Mans Classic is now online.
This year was notable for rain during many of the races, but the organisers are still reporting 110,000 for the seventh Le Mans Classic.
As with years previous the event was split into 6 groups that divided 56 years of Le Mans history. Each group featured around 80 cars which is larger than any other grids in historic racing.
Our galleries feature the work of photographer Luc Ghys with a special feature on the 250 Tornano a Casa display by Thomas / www.fast-auto.fr and Ferrari S.p.A.
Plateau 6 (1972-1979)
Plateau 5 (1966-1971)
Plateau 4 (1962-1965)
Plateau 3 (1957-1961)
Plateau 2 (1949-1956)
Plateau 1 (1923-1939)
le 250 tornano a casa
Among the great tours of the motoring world is the McLaren F1 Tour and our gallery has some of the best available photos of the 2014 edition.
The tour is organized by Ray Bellm who manages the official club for the McLaren F1 owners with support from McLaren Automotive.
This year they used the picturesque Province of Siena or Sienne Italy and used the incredible hotel Borgo Santo Pietro in Chiusdino, Tuscany as homebase.
Our gallery of the 2014 tour includes the incredible photography from Vincent Martin of CM-ARTE with serial number research by Eric Reynolds aka Peloton25.
The authority that is the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este continues to grow and this year's event had undoubtedly the best cars in the world.
One example is the stunning 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Spider which took the best of show for collector Corrado Lopresto.
Maserati's 100th anniversary was this year's main theme at Villa and the group of cars assembled on the historic grounds were better than any previous centennial display.
The modern prototypes were especially well represented with the international debut of the Lamborghini Gallardo 5-95 Zagato and 2014 MINI Superleggera Vision.
Our comprehensive gallery is robustly built around the exceptional images from Nicolas Jeannier of www.arthomobiles.fr. He patiently and thoroughly photographed every car in the event for our feature galleries:
Page 1- 'Concept Car E Prototipi'
Class A- 'Rolls-Royce - 110 Years of Excellence'
Class B- 'The Great Gatsby - Cars Fot For A Prince'
Class C- 'Gone With The Wind'
Class D- 'Villa d'Este Style'
Class E- 'From St. Tropez to Portofino - Al Fresco Motoring For Two'
Class F- 'Le Fuoriserie - Unique Flights of Fancy'
Class G- 'I Primi Cento Anni'
Class H- 'Piloti Per Diletto - Dalla Pista Al Teatro'
Class I- 'Da Corsa - Racing For Glory'
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is Britian's top motoring event and our gallery has all the highlights from this year's edition.
Unexpectedly Ferrari brought out the best modern supercars with a bright green LaFerrari freshly delivered to Jamiroquai singer, Jay Kay and the new, one-of Ferrari F12 TRS.
Maserati celebrated its centenary at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed and many great examples ran up the hill including an a very quick MC12 driven by Michael Bartels in Goodwood Cent 100 livery. Further more the Maserati A6GCS/53 Pinin Farina Berlinetta won the Cartier Style and Luxe concours.
Some nice groups were in the event including the Old Number 1, 2 & 3 Bentley Speed Sixes and Peugeots 2013 and 1987 Pikes Peak contenders the three surviving 1914 Mercedes GP cars and a quintet of Jaguar D-types.
On Friday Bonhams had the distinction to offer the ex-Ecurie Franchorchamps 1954 Ferrari 375 Plus and received a resounding £10,753,500.
By day 4 Sebastian Loeb was more than two seconds faster than anyone else up the hill using his 2013 Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak.
All these and more can be found in our feature gallery from Goodwood.
With the Goodwood Festival of Speed only one day away, many British companies are taking the opportunity to preview their upcoming releases.
One such car is the Jaguar F-Type Project 7 which Jaguar calls their fastest and most powerful production Jaguar!
In a similar vein, Bentley will show off a lightweight version of their Continental known as the Bentley Continental GT3-R that will be produced in 300 limited examples.
Gran Turismo 6 will have a huge presence at Goodwood. Nissan will show off a full-size version of the Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo made specifically for the game and Aston Martin will make a similar car known simply as the DP-100.
We won't specifically be at Goodwood, so if you are there with a camera please contact us and we can share them everyone.
We have said it before: the 24-hour endurance race at the Nürburgring is our favorite endurance race of them all.
This year Audi supported an armada of capable teams which resulted in the Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS ultra of Christopher Haase, Christian Mamerow, René Rast and Markus Winkelhock taking first overall.
Audi was clearly at their limit, as behind the winning car were two very capable Mercedes-Benz SLSs, the Falcon Porsche, Aston Martin's fastest car and the Team Schubert BMW. The next Audi was back down in 9th position.
This victory let Audi proclaim that they've won the two major 24-hour endurance races within just seven calendar days.
The winning team achieved a record 4,035.102 kilometres which was possible due to faultless 8-lap stints which Phoenix Racing completed like German clockwork.
Our excellent gallery has all the top runners among the usually stunning scenery of green hell.