Tuesday, August 25, 2015

PORSCHE: WORLD’S LARGEST HISTORIC AUCTION!

Coys to hold largest historic Porsche auction at Porsche Classics at the Castle.
In the year of the 60th anniversary of the first production 356 Carrera, Coys auctioneers have lined up a selection of 60 of the finest and most rare examples of the Stuttgart manufacturer. Included are well-loved tractors through to the state of the art Carrera GT supercar, with particular attention on the classic and pure pre-1974 cars.

Chris Routledge, Managing Partner at Coys, said: “Coys have long been the market leaders in the auction sale of historic Porsches and hold the longest established single Porsche sale in the market, The Excellence of Porsche.

“This year our prestigious auction is being held at one of the world’s most exclusive Porsche events and we have lined up a selection of cars with remarkable history and associations with some of the marque’s greatest moments and personalities.”

The auction will feature a ‘66 FIA Porsche 911 SWB Ex-Roy Lane British Hillclimb champion, which is estimated at £95,000 to £120,000, an original right-hand-drive ‘60 Porsche 356 B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet, estimated at £140,000 to £160,000 and a ‘59 Porsche 356 A Convertible D, estimated at £130,000 to £160,000.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

AUDI RACING: MOTORSPORTS NEWSLETTER!

Motorsports news from around the world.
  
Tom Kristensen with Danish crown prince at golf tournament.
Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen was delighted about receiving an invitation to the European Tour with royal participation. The former professional racing driver competed in the Pro-Am class in the golf event ‘made in Denmark’ with two celebrity competitors – the Danish Crown Prince Frederik and the most successful Danish golfer Thomas Bjørn. Jacob Brunsborg, the son of Himmerland Golf Resort owner Lars Larsen, completed the team. Around 6,000 spectators attended the competition in Farsø in northern Denmark.
   

LAGUNA SECA: MONTEREY MOTORSPORTS REUNION!

‘When it comes to historic racing, it doesn’t get much better than the premier Rolex event in Monterey,’ blogs Mike Matune.
 As August arrives, summer begins to wind down, but not before the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (RMMR) treats us to its annual celebration of the racing automobile. Among their celebrated groups this year was Formula 5000. You get a sense of the international character of RMMR when you consider Philip Lewis travelled from Denmark to compete in his ‘72 Matich A50. The car came from the fertile brain of Frank Matich who designed and built the car that achieved noted success in its native Australia and in the U.S.

Didier André brought his ‘77 Greenwood Corvette. A sister car to the one that raced Le Mans and one of five built, the car appeared in only one IMSA race in its day, making it a well preserved time capsule. André made outstanding use of all of the Corvette’s horsepower, slick aerodynamics and road-holding ability to take Second in the Group 4A feature race.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

SHELBY GT350R MUSTANG: ONE FOR THE ROAD!

First all-new 2016 Shelby GT350R Mustang roars off the line at Ford’s Flat Rock assembly plant.
One of the most iconic performance Mustang nameplates of all time, the all-new Shelby GT350R roared off the line today at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant. The new GT350R Mustang is the most athletic Mustang ever, designed to tackle the world’s most challenging roads and racetracks while creating an exhilarating experience for the driver.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

PEBBLE BEACH 2015: TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL!

Postwar Mercury Customs share Pebble Beach’s 18th fairway with the world’s finest classics, racecars and sports cars.
More than half a century after Ken Gross watched the coolest guy at his high school drive down the street in his chopped ’51 Mercury, he put together the first-ever postwar class of Mercury Customs (Class R) to be shown at the Pebble Beach Concours last weekend. A Pebble Beach Selection Committee member as well as Chief Class Judge and automotive journalist, Gross has made it his mission to bring a measure of cool to the18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links.

"Customs of the '50s were not about speed," says Gross. "They were about looking good, going slow, and getting the girls. I'm dating myself with this stereotype, but chicks didn't want to be scared out of their wits and have their hair messed up. They'd much rather look cool in a custom car and cruise the main drag."

Monday, August 17, 2015

PEBBLE BEACH 2015: WHO WON WHAT!

The complete list of 2015 winners, including the Best Of Show.
 BEST OF SHOW

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A F. Ramseier & Cie Worblaufen Cabriolet 
Jim Patterson/The Patterson Collection, Louisville, Kentucky

Best of Show Nominees

1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Kellner Torpedo Phaeton
Doug Magee Jr., Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

1937 Delahaye 145 Franay Cabriolet
Sam & Emily Mann, Englewood, New Jersey

1953 Abarth 1100 Sport Ghia Coupé
Grant Kinzel, Calgary Alberta, Canada

MOST ELEGANT AWARDS

J.B. & Dorothy Nethercutt Most Elegant Closed Car
1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Figoni & Falaschi Pillarless Berline
Don Williams, Danville, California

Gwenn Graham Most Elegant Convertible
1937 Delahaye 145 Franay Cabriolet
Sam & Emily Mann, Englewood, New Jersey

Most Elegant Open Car
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Kellner Torpedo Phaeton
Doug Magee Jr., Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

Strother MacMinn Most Elegant Sports Car
1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta
Jon Shirley,Medina, Washington

PEBBLE BEACH 2015: SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS!

Staged on the scenic fairway of the 18th hole of the Pebble Beach Golf Links, the grand finale of the Monterey Classic Car Week - the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance - hosted 200 outstanding collector cars.
After another scorching day at one of the most sunny Monterey Weeks of recent years, the Concours judges finally delivered their verdict on the coveted ‘Best of Show': the ‘24 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A owned by Jim Patterson of Louisville, Kentucky took the top award.

This beautiful classic was acquired by Carrosserie Worblaufen, Switzerland, around 1931 and used as the basis for a Sport Cabriolet they had planned for the long-wheelbase chassis. The result was displayed at the 1933 Geneva Motor Show after which it won the Grand-Prix d’Honneur in Cannes in 1933. The well-balanced proportions of the chassis, with its long hood and low windshield, belie its true size. It gives the appearance of a close-coupled body on the long wheelbase, enhanced by the dual rear-mounted spare wheels. This magnificent car has had only four owners since new; it lived a quiet life in Switzerland and France before being shipped to North America in 2014.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

2015 LAGUNA SECA: SHELBY MUSTANGS RULE!

Real 1965-1966 Shelby GT350 & GT350R Mustangs are showcased in this year’s Heritage Display for the track’s Featured Marque.
Today, when John Atzbach of Seattle drove his ‘65 Shelby GT 350R Mustang through the turns and straights of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, it was not because he was rehearsing for the upcoming weekend of racing at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Rather, he was accommodating a special photo shoot - squeezed between practice sessions for 15 groups of historic cars here - with three of nine GT 350s (from 1965 and 1966).

"I feel very fortunate to be in possession of this remarkable car," said Atzbach, above, of his chassis #002, which is reportedly worth well north of $1 million dollars. But was dressed in grey primer and rust, having spent decades on a trailer in an open barn, when Atzbach acquired it two years ago. It was the factory's team race car for the first half of the 1965 season, driven by Ken Miles and others, taking four seconds and 12 firsts in 16 races. Then it became a test and development car for all other R models built after that."

THE QUAIL: CROWN JEWEL OF MONTEREY MADNESS!

Some of the world’s finest examples of automotive design and engineering were staged at this year's Motorsports Gathering at the Quail Lodge and Golf Club.
“Among the many facets of the Monterey Classic Car Week, The Quail is the most exclusive taking as it does, the form of a very grand private garden party,” comments Rolex Watch USA President and CEO, Stewart Wicht. “As well as fine food, guests have the chance to view at leisure some of the finest examples of classic race and road cars whose values again, echo those of the Rolex brand.”

Some of the finest examples of the world’s most sought-after cars add spectacular context to this unique garden party. From Aston Martin to Alfa Romeo, Bugatti to BMW, Chrysler to Cooper, and then Ferrari: no less than 56 examples of the legendary Italian supercar maker were on display. Also not to be missed, Jaguar to Jensen, Lamborghini to Lancia, Maserati to Morgan, and so on, not forgetting of course, the mighty Porsche.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

’16 CORVETTE STINGRAY: CHEVY’S LITE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMP!

General Motors puts the Corvette on a diet with Continental Structural Plastics’ TCA Ultra Lite. Less weight equals more performance.
Continental Structural Plastics' (CSP) TCA Ultra Lite material is now in production on the ‘16 Chevrolet Corvette. According to CSP, the use of its Ultra Lite, a Class A body panel material, results in a 20-pound weight savings on the Stingray coupe. This is the first production use of CSP's Ultra Lite advanced composite.

According to Jerry Jackson, right, an OE supplier (AMF Engineering Co.) of lightweight Glassfibre moldings to automotive and truck industries and the military in the UK in the 1970s-1980s, “1.2 sq is a very impressive achievement for body panels for a road-going production sports car.” Jackson also designed Resin Transfer Molding production machinery sold to Lotus and others worldwide. Jackson, a member of the Sarasota Café Racers just completed building his Superlite SLC, below, powered by an LS7 Corvette crate motor. Just like Colin Chapman, he too believes in “adding lightness for increased performance.”

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

AUTHOR, AUTHOR: SO YOU WANT TO BE A PUBLISHER?

Everything you’ve always wanted to know about publishing traditional print, on-demand and e-books … from pros!
Join us October 10, 2015 in Santa Rosa, CA for a one-day intensive seminar in the foundations of establishing your own automotive  publishing company. This seminar, limited to 25 participants to allow for more interaction, may be well be the day that changes the course of your professional life.


Have you been hankering to publish a book, but it just lingers and seems out of reach? Are you leery of getting into contracts with huge publishing companies? This seminar will lead the way. We want to help you publish your own traditional books, e-books, or on-demand books, no matter how big or small the project. The presenters have each had years of experience in the major elements of designing, marketing, printing, and selling of books.

Step-by-step, four industry veterans will explain what is involved in developing a concept, choosing design options, finding where/how to get unique printing done, determining whether to offer online e-books or on-demand books, and numerous marketing and sales suggestions. Presenters provide over 130 years of accumulated knowledge across the fields of publishing. There will be time for Q&A's, as all sessions are designed to be free-flowing and interactive.  Our aim is to offer a framework upon which you can build your own publishing company, or help fill in the parts that have been a roadblock for you in the past.

Monday, August 10, 2015

BIRMINGHAM: AMERICA'S GREATEST SUPER SPEEDWAY THAT WAS NEVER BUILT!

In the summer of 1912, it seemed that anything was possible. Land was cheap and plentiful. Gold was money. The motorcar was the wonder of the world and Alabama could’ve become the epicenter of racing in the U.S., blogs Stephen Cox. 
Two investors from Alabama were convinced that an affluent suburb could be built just five miles south of downtown in what is now the village of Homewood. The new development would attract homebuyers and businesses by tapping into the public's enthusiasm for the latest rage – the motorcar.

Four hundred acres of land were secured. By 1912, more than one hundred of them were under water during the construction of beautiful Edgewood Lake, which would serve as a recreation center for fishing, swimming and boating. Over a mile in length, the lake was narrow and oblong, forming a long and thin oval that lay roughly east to west.

In 1913, a lavish resort was finished on the south shore of the new Edgewood Lake and dubbed the “Birmingham Motor Club.” It featured sufficient parking for hundreds of autos, a dance pavilion and a park-like atmosphere.

The crown jewel of the development was to be one of the greatest speedways anywhere on earth – the Birmingham Motor Speedway. The track would tightly encircle Edgewood Lake with the racing surface just yards from the water itself. The west end of the track would comprise Turns 1 and 2, a continuous 180-degree arc that rounded the lakeshore. The track would widen considerably at the east end (Turns 3 and 4) to accommodate parking, grandstands, a scoring tower and the pit area.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

BMWUSA RACECARS: THREE FOR THE ROAD!

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion will host three fan-favorite BMW racecars.
Three BMWUSA Classic racecars will run in the Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on August 13-16.  Entries include the famous No. 25 BMW 3.0 CSL, BMW M1 IMSA Group 4 endurance racer and the BMW M5 IMSA Bridgestone Supercar Championship 1994-95 winner. Fans and media are encouraged to follow along on Twitter @BMWUSAClassic.

The No. 25 BMW 3.0 CSL Group 4 celebrates the 40th anniversary of winning the 1975 12 Hours of Sebring. This 3.0 CSL is one of five BMW Motorsport chassis built and campaigned in North America in the 1975 & 1976 IMSA Camel GT Series in Group 4 and 5 specifications. Campaigned under the racing numbers 24 and 25, the CSL enjoyed considerable success, winning at Sebring, Riverside, Daytona and Talladega and at Laguna Seca in 1975. At the Rolex Reunion, the BMW 3.0 CSL No. 25 will be driven by BMW of North America President and CEO, Ludwig Willisch. Willisch will run in Group 4A:1973-1981 FIA, IMSA with races on Saturday, August 15th.

Friday, July 31, 2015

MEADOW BROOK 2015: ST. JOHN’S CONCOURS OF AMERICA!

The Meadow Brook folks in Motown have the formula for success on the show field. Kat Kurkov takes us up front and personal.
If you take rare automobiles, add thousands of hours of restoration, then add preshow activities combined with perfect weather in an idyllic setting, the result can only be the 2015 Concours d'Elegance of America held in Plymouth, Michigan.

Still referred to as “the new Meadow Brook” where it was held for 32 years, this concours has a history of getting things “just right”. There was a well–rounded mix of automobiles spanning the dawn of automobile history to some of the supercars of today.

Kevien Adell, left, from Bloomfield Hills, MI brought just a few of the 60 cars in his collection. He has been able to drive his ‘70 Plymouth Superbird, below, after having it undergo a yearlong restoration with “Mopar Kevin”. Although not a daily driver, this car is still driven on the streets. He was joined by his Dad, Donald Haranczak, and his ‘71 Plymouth Road Runner. Adell rounds out his collection with an original Batmobile, a Trans-Am from Smokey and the Bandit and the infamous Ferrari from Ferris Buller’s Day Off.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

CALLAWAY CORVETTE: PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON!

Z06-based Corvette upgrade boasts 32% larger supercharger, triple intercoolers, and consistent power - lap after lap.
Callaway Cars today announced power numbers and performance for its flagship model. Equipped with Callaway’s GenThree Supercharger, the Corvette Z06 now produces 757 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 777 pound-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm. The 0 to 60 mph sprint is now achieved in 2.8 seconds, and a quarter-mile in 10.5 seconds at 131 mph.

To reach that power (which is up from 650 horsepower / 650 pound-feet) the supercharger itself needed to be bigger since the output of a positive displacement supercharger is proportionate to its size. The Callaway GenThree supercharger (patent pending) is 32% larger in displacement (2300cc vs 1740cc).

Monday, July 27, 2015

FORD GT: MOST SIGNIFICANT CONCEPT VEHICLE!

Production version of GT will appear next year, as will race version to celebrate 50th anniversary of legendary Ford GT40 1-2-3 win at Le Mans in 1966.
The all-new Ford GT – a technology showcase for top EcoBoost® performance, aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fiber construction – today nabbed the prestigious North American award for 2015 Production Preview Concept of the Year, as well as top honors as Most Significant Concept Vehicle of 2015.
 


The awards recognize vehicles most likely to shape the future of the auto industry. More than two dozen jurors participated in a selection process that involved a total of 30 vehicles, each introduced to North America during this season’s auto shows in Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Toronto and New York. This is the 20th time Ford is a category finalist, and the fifth time the company has taken home the category title.



For more information on the new Ford GT, please visit https://social.ford.com/content/fordsocial/en/articles/autoshow/all-new-ford-gt-sets-new-standard-for-ford-innovation.html?searchid=260551114|16660224154|64179360537&ef_id=-hBQJYpfWHgAAFqz:20150727193218:s

For more details about the award, check out  https://automediaregistry.org/presskit/#NACVOTY


Saturday, July 25, 2015

SCHENLEY PARK: PITTSBURGH VINTAGE GRAND PRIX!

Mike Matune joins in the ten-day celebration of ‘everything automotive’ at the PVGP and brings us highlights.
Over its 33-year history, the PVGP has raised over $4,000,000 for charities, including the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny Valley School. Returning as presenting sponsor this year was the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers. But as striking a venue as Schenley Park is, the quality and variety of the vintage racers competing really shines through. Bill Stelcher in his ‘29 Ford Model A Speedster and Alan Patterson in his ‘58 Elva MK III, above, taking the green flag along the start-finish straight. The top of Patterson’s helmet looks lower than the cowl on Stelcher’s racer! Here we have George Vapaa and his '59 Lotus Seven, right.

Modern race tracks may have lost some of their visual impact, but that is not true of Pittsburgh where cars compete on streets surrounded by the grandeur of Schenley Park. The inside of Turn 19 is marked by an imposing stone wall; the outside by a hay bale barrier, trees and an embankment. All of these are likely on Perry Genova’s mind as he maneuvers his BMW 2002, below, around the circuit.  

Thursday, July 23, 2015

HOT RODS & CUSTOMS: HOT TIME IN OLD TOWN!

The Bent Axels Car Club shut down Old Town Orcutt, CA, drawing car guys, vacationers and BBQ lovers. Jim Palam, our man on the Left Coast, loves nothing 
more than great BBQ and cars.
The 35th Annual Bent Axles Car Club Show drew crowds hungry for Santa Maria style Tri-Tip BBQ and pre-1972 hot rods, customs and vintage vehicles. This popular, easy-pace show started Friday July 17th with a Strawberry Social and buttoned-up on Sunday the 19th with a Poker Run and Picnic. Proceeds and donations are directed to supporting our military and their families. Old Town Orcutt provided the perfect setting for displaying these boldly painted American classics. Jeff Tann's Candy Purple '36 Ford Cab, above, is ready to whisk you away to a  time when individuality and craftsmanship mattered.

Monday, July 20, 2015

KARTING: HOW TO SAVE AUTO RACING!

Every motorsports enthusiast is painfully aware that racing, in general, is experiencing tough times. Fewer fans are in the stands, and those fans are aging. The question is, what to do about it? 
Everyone has an opinion but the basics are pretty straightforward. People who don't care much about automobiles will care even less about watching them compete. Public interest in the automobile is waning, and the reasons are spelled out in my previous article on the topic.

Perhaps the most immediate and pragmatic idea for reviving American motorsports comes from AutoRacing1 journalist Mark Cipolloni who shared his amazing concept with me on the phone a few weeks ago:

“The problem is that we've lost the youth of this country. Racing is not in the high schools. The kids are not introduced to it. They can't experience it by competing at the high school and college level.”

Sunday, July 19, 2015

’15 M-B S65 AMG: KING OF THE ROAD!

Dan Scanlan finds the S65 AMG to be an amazing car – half ultimate flagship and the other half muscle car king. And both halves behave beautifully.
Doing a smoky burnout in a luxury flagship that can cocoon its passengers in massaging heated or cooled seats with a sound system that rivals most homes, seemed sacrilegious. Yet a tap of the right alloy pedal and our ‘15 S65 AMG spun its rear rubber and did a classic muscle car doughnut, then launched to 60-mph only 7/10ths-of-a-second slower than a Corvette Z06!

So what do we make of this flagship, with more power than even the uber-luxurious M-B S600 Maybach? To find out, we fire up the twin-turbo V-12, burn some asphalt, then pull over and sip sodas from the champagne cooler as we watch a DVD from the reclining back seat with foot rest and a cooling breeze on our S.

Friday, July 17, 2015

2016 AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS: PEGASO CELEBRATION!

The 21st annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance will feature and celebrate the rare and exotic Spanish Pegaso.
Pegaso is Spanish for Pegasus, the winged divine stallion usually depicted as pure white on the Pegaso insignia. Pegasus' mythological role was to deliver thunderbolts to Zeus. Appropriate, because that was the thunderous effect the stunning Pegaso Thrill coupe had on the 1953 Turin Auto Show when the Spanish Touring-bodied grand touring coupe made its public debut.

"That such an elegant advanced design could come from a marketing plan promoting plebian commercial vehicles is a testament to the genius, vision and skill of engineer Wifredo Ricart," said Bill Warner, founder and Chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.

Ricart was the suave, articulate (he spoke five languages) and urbane creator of the Pegaso automobile. From his arrival at Alfa Romeo in 1936, Ricart was Enzo Ferrari's nemesis, finally displacing him and creating a fleet of advanced and remarkably complex Grand Prix and competition sports and touring cars. World War II halted Ricart's leading edge designs for Alfa Romeo and saw him return to his native Spain.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

BUDDY BAKER: THE MEASURE OF A MAN!

NASCAR great Buddy baker has been diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer and signs off his SiriusXM NASCAR radio show for the last time.
I don't know Buddy Baker. I met him only once.

We were introduced about ten years ago at Lingner Group Television Productions in downtown Indianapolis where I was filming an episode of Autoweek on Speedvision. Baker, a huge man who towered six inches over me, was there working on a NASCAR program. He graciously shook my hand and took the time to speak to me. He wasn't in a hurry. 


Baker explained his role in the NASCAR program he was hosting. He asked about my work with Autoweek and listened carefully to my response. A few minutes later we shook hands again and went to work on our separate jobs.

Monday, July 13, 2015

HYDROGEN FUEL CELL ELECTRIC: MIRAI MAGIC!

It’s almost here and, on July 20th, California customers will be able to 
request their own Mirai. 


The Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle uses no gasoline and emits nothing but water vapor. It’s the only zero emission electric vehicle on the market that tops the 300-mile range milestone (an EPA estimated driving range rating of 312 miles, to be exact) and offers an EPA estimated 67 mpge city/highway/combined.



In just one week, on July 20, California trailblazers can request their very own Mirai by visiting http://www.toyota.com/mirai/  Eligible customers will ultimately choose one of the eight authorized California dealers for Mirai delivery. After placing a request, potential Mirai drivers will be contacted directly by a Toyota representative to explore the possibility of Mirai ownership.



And ownership does have its privileges. The Mirai comprehensive, ownership experience offers a range of world-class services, including three years’ worth of complimentary fuel, three years of 24/7 customer call support, 8-year/100,000-mile warranty on key fuel cell vehicle components and much more.



Let the countdown to the future begin!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

CELEBRATE: MONTEREY CLASSIC CAR WEEK!

Historic racecars rev it up from track to city streets to kick off the 
annual Monterey Madness.
 The heart of historic downtown Monterey, CA will be transformed into an outdoor motorsports museum when historic racecars line Alvarado Street between 5 and 7 p.m. on Friday, August 7. That’s when Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca kicks off the annual Monterey Classic Car Week.
 


The racecar show lines the street, allowing visitors to freely walk among the racecars, take pictures beside them and ask questions of their owners. This event marks the start of an exhilarating week on the central coast and allows visitors to gain an up-close look at the weekend’s biggest automotive stars. In addition to its motorsports attractions, the racecar show will also feature raffle prizes, music and driver interviews.
 


TRAINING WHEELS: FORMULA ONE, INDYCAR & WRC!

Almost half of drivers on the current F1 grid have been coached in 
standard Vauxhall road cars.
Rob Wilson is possibly one of the most important players in Formula One racing that you’ve never heard of. Based at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in South Leicestershire, UK, Rob is instrumental in carving split seconds from the lap times of at least 12 drivers on the current grid. His key training weapon is a standard Vauxhall Astra!

As improbable as it seems, Rob’s Astra Sports Tourer – along with a GTC and Insignia Sports Tourer – are perfect for his training sessions, which also benefit drivers from Indycar, DTM and even WRC.

“The Vauxhalls will do everything that an F1 car does dynamically, just at a far lower speed,” said Rob, right. “This allows me to explain the physics behind what the car is doing out on the track in real time, which I’d never manage in a performance car. The other advantage is that the driver’s engineer can ride along too, and this is crucial since a change in driving technique could result in a different setup for the race car.’

Friday, July 3, 2015

’17 AUDI: IS THERE AN RS4 AVANT IN YOUR FUTURE?

Our friends at TopSpeed turn rumors into renderings, showcasing what a ’17 Audi RS4 Avant might look and perform like.
Since Audi has revealed the next-gen Audi A4 sedan and Avant, will there be high-performance RS versions coming soon? The previous RS4 line did not include a sedan, the RS option was available on station wagon models. They were not exported to the U.S. making the ’13 Audi Allroad the only A4 badged model in the US. market.

There is little doubt that Audi will produce a new RS4 Avant, but timing, powertrain details, performance and pricing have been closely guarded secrets.  For RS4 Avant projections, please visit http://www.topspeed.com/cars/audi/2017-audi-rs4-avant-ar170225.html

Thursday, July 2, 2015

POWER & PETALS: RODS & ROSES AUTO SHOW!

Jim Palam captures some of the highlights of the annual Carpinteria hot rod, 
classic and muscle car show.
"Car and Flower Guys" came together again on historic Linden Avenue in seaside Carpinteria, CA last weekend to showcase captivating examples of American engineering and California agriculture. Proceeds from this popular show benefit local non-profits such as Future Farmers of America and Carpinteria Education Foundation. The weather was perfect – as were these “cream of the crop” examples of automotive design and custom fabrication. The sexy and sleek Chris Ito designed Double Dozen '33 Ford roadster, above, was hand-fabricated by Steve's Auto Restorations. There's a supercharged Mustang Cobra 4.6-liter V8 under its hood.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WRL: BEST PART OF AMATEUR ROAD RACING!

I don't do much amateur road racing these days. But I really should. The ending alone makes it worthwhile and no matter how many times you see it, 
it never gets old, blogs Stephen Cox. 
The World Racing League held its 16-hour amateur endurance race recently at Texas World Speedway and league president Joey Todd was kind enough to hook me up with an amazing team called Rocksteady Racing.  Not only did a thrilling turn of events take us to the podium with only 40 minutes remaining, but I got to experience one of the finest moments in sports.

Endurance racing is a grind. It takes weeks to prepare the car for a 16-hour event. The team then travels to the venue sets up shop, unloads the trucks, and checks into a hotel. Friday is a practice day. You're hustling from 6 am until 10 pm. Sometimes later. Then comes two days of hard racing, with the crew working on the car day and night. The attrition rate is brutal.

Monday, June 29, 2015

LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR SUPERVELOCE: LET THE SUN SHINE IN!

With the Goodwood Festival of Speed as a backdrop, Automobili Lamborghini has announced a roadster version of its Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce.
The Aventador Superveloce coupé version made its UK debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend, on display and running 'up the hill', with Lamborghini President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann in attendance.



Speaking at Goodwood, Stephan Winkelmann, left, confirmed production of the Superveloce Roadster. "The Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce is the most pure, sports-oriented and emotional incarnation of a Lamborghini, and all 600 units have been sold, with first deliveries starting now. We will also produce a roadster version, limited to 500 units, which our dealers worldwide are now taking orders for."



The Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce was shown at Geneva motor show earlier this year. The Superveloce accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of more than 217 mph. Compared to the Aventador LP 700-4 the power output of the Superveloce has been increased by 50 horsepower and the weight reduced by approximately 110 pounds.

For more information about the latest from Lamborghini, please visit http://www.lamborghini.com/

Thursday, June 25, 2015

PIKES PEAK: PACE CAR TO THE CLOUDS!

Acura’s next-gen NSX Twin-Turbo Hybrid Supercar paces the field for the 93rd Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
All new Acura NSX supercar will serve as the official pace car in the 93rd running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 28. With a custom racing-inspired livery, the twin-turbo NSX will lead 140 entrants to the top of the 14,110-foot mountain.

“The Acura NSX is the ultimate performance vehicle, and a novel way to promote its capabilities is the iconic race up Pikes Peak,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of the Acura Division. “As the pace car, the beast that is NSX has yet to be fully let out of its cage, but fans and drivers will get a first glimpse of the unique character, performance and handling it will deliver in this one-of-a-kind racing environment.”

SULLY HISTORIC SITE: 42nd ANNUAL CAR SHOW!

Justin Sprinkle captures highlights of one of the most eclectic antique car shows 
on the calendar.
The previous night’s storm didn’t seem to keep the cars and showgoers away from the 42nd Annual Sully Antique Car Show, presented by The George Washington Chapter of the Model A Club of America and the Fairfax County Park Authority. Held on the grounds of the Sully Historic Site in Chantilly, VA, the main house, outbuildings and rolling hills provide an amazing backdrop to roughly a century of automotive design and technology.

Mercury Woody, top, provides a cool foreground for a great car show. You would have never guessed that 12 hours earlier there were torrential downpours and hail in the area! I caught Kelly Buckland just as she was leaving in her Viking Blue ‘71 Olds 442, above. You’ve gotta love it! Even though the horsepower dropped to around 340 from the previous model’s 365, this Olds 442 was still more than enough to get your blood pumping!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

SHELBY GT350R-C: GT350R MUSTANG REDUX!

There’s no mistaking the wicked sound or aggressive looks of the all-new Shelby 
GT350R-C that Ford announced today would see its first official track time at 
Watkins Glen this weekend.
Ford Shelby GT350R-C, the competition version of the reincarnated icon, will compete in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, a showdown of the most popular – and accessible – performance cars from around the world. The GT350R production car was unveiled in January. Since its introduction, enthusiasts have eagerly awaited the debut of a racing version.

AULT PARK: 38TH ANNUAL CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE!

Our Mike Matune discovered the Ault Park Concours in Cincinnati, OH only a few years ago and has been looking forward to covering it ever since.
Tom Shaughnessy brought the famous “Caballo II” from California to grace the field at Ault Park. This car, top, is another piece of real Americana, having been hot rodder Ak Miller’s effort to take on the world’s best. Starting with a Frank Kurtis frame, it has a Jack Sutton crafted aluminum body. Under hood you find a Hilborn fuel-injected early Chrysler Hemi. In period, it showed up everywhere from the Mille Miglia to Bonneville and Riverside Raceway.

Each year the show presents a different, interesting, high caliber group of cars with an array of featured marques and themes. Among this year’s, was a celebration of the VW Beetle, above, a car that still evokes strong emotion and devotion long after its roughly 65 year production run of over 20 million examples had ended. You could trace the evolution of the iconic shape as time shaped detail, but not the basic concept. The show benefits Juvenile Arthritis.

’16 CAMARO RAGTOP: LET THE SUN SHINE IN!

Chevy’s all-new ‘16 Camaro convertible features the segment’s most advanced top plus 455 horsepower in SS trim.
“The 2016 Camaro coupe will set the benchmark for the segment in terms of technology, performance and design,” said Todd Christensen, Camaro marketing manager. “Adding the most sophisticated top in the segment brings another level of refinement – and driving enjoyment – to the Camaro convertible.

 It is the only convertible in the segment to offer all of the following: Fully automatic operation with latches that automatically release and secure the top. Capability of opening or closing at speeds up to 30 mph. Remote opening with the key fob. A hard tonneau cover that deploys automatically, providing a more refined, finished appearance when the top is stowed.

Monday, June 22, 2015

‘15 NISSAN GT-R: GODZILLA IS IN THE HOUSE!

Godzilla is far happier being driven like a sports car - use it like it’s meant to be and the music sounds solid gold, blogs intrepid tester, Dan Scanlan.
Godzilla is a noisy beast. The run-flat tires rumble, the turbos and wastegates whistle and chirp, and the all-wheel-drive gearing on our 15,000-mile-old test car grumbles as the car rolls off. There’s wind noise. Bose Active Noise Cancelation was added, plus more sound deadening. The result is a car that works OK for daily commuting, still noisy but comfortable for two and excels as a road rocket!

The 3.8-liter, 545-horsepower (up from 480 horsepower in 2009) V-6, below, is torque rated at 463 pound-feet. It has plasma-sprayed bores, a symmetrical independent intake and exhaust manifold system with twin IHI turbochargers, an oil-cooling system and wet and dry sump oiling. It’s got a carbon fiber-reinforced engine bay stiffener, and an alloy plate that says Izumi Shioya built the engine. There’s a paddle-shift sequential six-speed dual-clutch automatic with separate wet clutches for odd (1, 3, 5) and even (2, 4, 6) gears - the next one is always ready to very quickly slot in. A carbon fiber drive shaft takes power to a rear transaxle biased toward rear drive.