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Where History and Future Meet ... Museo Storico Alfa Romeo

Book Review ... 10kgs Phill Hill ... Inside Track

Strengthen your bookcase! After a long gestation period the Phil Hill “Inside Track” twin volume book, all 10kgs of it, has been published. The pair of massive hardback books are supplied in a cloth covered slip case, and are divided chronologically into two phases of his career, the first spanning the years 1951-1956 and the second 1957-1962. These were essentially the years that he drove Ferrari’s, both privately and as a works driver, along with many other marques, culminating in him becoming the USA’s first F1 Drivers’ World Champion in 1961.

“La Macchina del tempo – Museo Storico Alfa Romeo” is the heart of a genuine “brand center”, with a bookshop, café, Documentation Center, test drive track, events venues and a show-room with a customer delivery area: it is the perfect bond between past, present and future. In Arese, next to Milan city center and the Expo area.

Laurent Auxietre and Christophe Schmidt, two well established experts in the classic car industry, will make their debut as Auxietre & Schmidt at the world acclaimed Rétromobile week in Paris, from February 6th to 11th.
With great results achieved on exceptional motorcars in recent years, they are today taking their collaboration to the next level, creating a new company dealing with the highest quality automobiles: "We pride ourselves in working with passion and consigning some of the most significant motorcars, both classic and recent, as well as meeting the people behind them."

Auxietre & Schmidt to Launch at Rétromobile

Enzo Ferrari was born 120 years ago ... The Enzo Ferrari Museum is celebrating the anniversary with a photo exhibition

“It seems incredible to think that Enzo Ferrari was born in the 19th century,” says Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne. “His lesson is more relevant than ever and his modernity unquestionable. He was a man with extraordinary vision and ability to manage people and resources as well as a strong entrepreneurial spirit and exceptional courage. One wonders what he could have achieved if he had had access to today’s technical resources and knowledge. The mark that he left on the world remains a source of pride for all of us at Ferrari and for the whole of Italy.”

Museu do Caramulo – Ferrari 70 Anos de Paixao Motorizada

Hans Herrmann Racing driver from Stuttgart celebrates his 90th birthday

Hans Herrmann, one of the most successful and popular racing drivers to join the Porsche AG works team, will be celebrating his 90th birthday this year on February 23. The endurance and Monoposto specialist, born in Stuttgart in 1928, is regarded as one of the most reliable and consistent race drivers of all time. In the course of his motor sport career, Hans Herrmann won more than 80 overall and best of class victories, most of them for Porsche.

First a little history revision on the Caramulo museum - it is situated in the spa town of the same name, high in the hills of the Caramulo mountain range, about 120kms south east of Porto in Portugal. The art and car museum was the brainchild of the brothers Abel and Joao Lacerda, who loved their town and wanted to give it something that would attract visitors, and keep it alive, after the sanatorium that had been its main source of employment and income closed in the early fifties.

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The Museo Lamborghini is situated to the right of the main entrance of the factory in Sant’Agata Bolognese, which is a historic small town in the countryside, approximately mid way between Bologna and Modena. A bonus of its location right on the factory premises is that one will see cars being taken out on test, and maybe even spot the odd prototype. The factory is on the main SP 255, Via Modena, on the outskirts of the town, but within walking distance of the historic centre, and is still the site on which Ferruccio Lamborghini established the original factory in 1963.

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Dave Nicholas has taken many shots of Ferrari's from Sebring 59-50-61-62 and some 64-65 and other major races in the North America. Latest updates ... "Results updates include complete nat'l races from Lime Rock and Marlboro 1957 to 1962.  Bud Hofer donated some great shots from the Glen GP in 1961.  Don Cooke gave us hundreds of shots and the first posted are a great glance at the very last Sunday race at Lime Rock in April 1959. These shots include the notorious Paul Richards trying to dry out the main straight in his Cessna !  A whole new look at Bridgehampton with shots from 1951, 1957, 1966, 1968."

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Concours on the Avenue 2018 ... Best of Show was presented in the late afternoon with the Lamborghini taking the top laurels

After the racing last weekend at the nearby Weathertech Laguna Seca Raceway the Concours week is now officially under way after today´s Concours on the Avenue in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Unlike all the other events during the week this is a free concours attracting the masses from normal tourists coming by chance plus those making their way from all around the world to attend the car week. For the first time this week cars will be seen on the Ocean Avenue but unlike the posh Pebble Beach Concours entrants that could be seen on Thursday the Concours on the Avenue is much more a cars&coffee meeting attracting all sorts of cars from the small Austin Minis to the American muscle cars in different classes

The Quail Lodge - A Motorsport Gathering ...
 Lancia Aurelia PF200C named Best of Show

As soon as the spectators joined the fun at 10 am the sun also came through the clouds and the rest of the day was fine weather. Since a few years the grounds of the Lodge feature two greens on either side of the road and this year the side stage hosted the class of the “Great Ferraris”. Always one of the most spectacular displays the show spanned cars from the early 166MM Touring Barchetta alongside the Le Mans winning 250 TR from the Kadoorie stable, an original 275 GTB/4 N.A.R.T. Spider, the Pinin Prototype as well as the 500 TRC as seen on the tour to the latest TDF models including a taylor made bare aluminium car.

The Salon Privé Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance ... the Best of Show award went to the 1933 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster

The 13th edition of the Salon Privé Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elegance was blessed with fine late summer weather throughout and plenty of warm sunshine. For the 4th running of the event at Blenheim Palace, the show field moved from its previous enclosure away from the Palace right up to the terrace fronting the columned facade of the architectural masterpiece, with the Water Garden to the left and the Italian Garden to the right. Apart from being a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Palace is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and the home of His Grace The 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family, who is now Patron of the event.

Concours of Elegance ... Best in Show 1929 Mercedes-Benz Type S Barker

The seventh edition of the “Royal Concours” as it widely known, due to its tour of Royal residences, including St James Palace and Windsor Castle, before settling at Hampton Court Palace, was held over the weekend of 31 August – 02 September. It featured a total of 60 desirable automobiles displayed in the Palace’s Fountain Gardens, ranging from a 1903 Panhard et Levassor 15 HP to a 2018 Ferrari GTC4 Lusso Tailor Made. There were also massive club displays on the perimeter of the main show area, together with classic dealer displays, broadening the spectrum of cars for visitors to enjoy.

For the 36th time the Lime Rock Historic Festival was held at Labour Day at the track at Lakeville near the border triangle of New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut. With about 200 cars in 8 different race classes the track was hot for three days including practice sessions, the qualifying and the final races on Monday, the Labour Day being the traditional final of the race weekend on the first Monday in September.

Bugatti at the Lime Rock Historic Festival 2018

Last week we reported on the Bugatti Meeting both in the races and the Concours in the park at Lime Rock for the Lime Rock Historic Festival around Labor Day. As mentioned back then this was just the prelude for the International Bugatti Meeting to take place the following week in the New York area. Every year one of the numerous national Bugatti clubs is entrusted to host the International Meeting and after several editions in Europe it was finally time again to head overseas. As the last USA tour being held on the west coast this year the transition period between summer and fall was chosen for the meeting in Saratoga Springs located in the middle-east of the state New York

International Bugatti Meeting USA 2018

The final two races in the International GT Open series were held at the Circuit de Catalunya over the weekend of the 20 – 21 October, with both the Team and Drivers’ Championships still to be decided. In the Team Championship it was a battle between 2018 newcomer to the series, the American team Luzich Racing with their Ferrari 488 GT3s, and the Italian team Imperiale Racing with their Lamborghini Huracan GT3s. The Drivers’ title was mainly between Luzich Racing’s Danish driver Mikkel Mac ...

International GT Open, Barcelona

The 35th annual Auto e Moto d’Epoca show was held a Padova’s Fiera exhibition complex over the weekend of 25-28 October, offering classic vehicle enthusiasts a vast panorama of offerings to view, enjoy and purchase. It lays claim to being the largest and best attended classic car show in Italy, and attracts a large international audience from all parts of the globe, together with international exhibitors for one weekend in October.

The 35th annual Auto e Moto d’Epoca ... with a wide range of interesting and rare cars on display

The Peter Auto organisation ran the Imola Classic race meeting at the Circuit Enzo & Dino Ferrari over the weekend of 26 – 28 October 2018, offering free entry to all. This attracted a good audience to watch a packed weekend of classic racing, despite the weather being a mix of sunshine and showers. At least it didn’t suffer from the torrential rain and storms that some parts of Italy were experiencing that weekend.

Imola Classic race meeting at the Circuit Enzo & Dino Ferrari offering free entry to all

As Sunday 11 November was Remembrance Day and also the centenary of the end of the First World War, commemorative poppies were in abundance at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show over the weekend of 09-11 November. Those who fell and fought in the Great War were remembered with a 2 minute silence on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. If it hadn’t been for their valiant efforts and sacrifices, it is unlikely that many of the vehicles in the show would exist today.

Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, NEC, Birmingham

Ferrari and Formula 1, few terms are linked more than the famous Scuderia and the top category of open wheel racing. Although now waiting for more than a decade to bring back a title to Maranello the Scuderia Ferrari is still the most successful team in the History of F1 and Ferrari is the only team to run every season since the series was introduced in 1950. Being the team principle of the Scuderia Ferrari that ran the works entries for Alfa Romeo in the 1930s Enzo Ferrari early on saw the importance of the GP series aside the sports car world championship to position his marque as the leading sport car manufacturer that it should become over the next decades.

Exposition Ferrari in Monaco

Eight stunning ‘Best of Show’ winners from top concours around the world have been revealed as nominees for the coveted The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award. The cars in contention for the 2018 award will now be carefully reviewed by 26 respected judges, all of whom are leaders in their fields of expertise.

Eight Nominees Competing to be Crowned the Best Car in the World

TFans and representatives of Scuderia Ferrari Clubs from all over Europe are flocking to the Ferrari Museum today for the opening of the ‘Michael 50’ exhibition on the occasion of the champion's 50th birthday. Maranello has put together a special exhibition telling the story of Michael Schumacher's extraordinary record-breaking F1 career: the German champion won an as yet unequalled seven world titles, 91 victories, and 155 podiums.

Michael 50’, Schumacher exhibition opens

This time of the year, at the end of the season with the next one just around the corner it is time to look back over the year and the events one did attend. It is also the time to see what did not make it online in time due to a packed schedule but could well serve to get over the cold days until the classic cars are back on the road for new adventures.

The Petersen Museum 2018

An extremely rare 1987 Ferrari F40 LM leads the Italian marque entries. Upon entering production, the Ferrari F40 was already the fastest road car of its time, but the ‘Le Mans’ version took the model to new extremes – affording the car more aggressive bodywork, more extreme front and rear wings, larger disc brakes and calipers, revised suspension, a race-spec gearbox and a stripped-out interior with a futuristic digital dashboard. Chassis no. 74045 was originally used as a prototype car while the F40 was designed.

RM Sotheby’s Adds Spectacular, Seldom-Seen Ferrari F40 LM to Paris

Several of the most desirable lots in the sale are landmark examples from the finest German marques in the world. The 1957 BMW 507 is a Series 1 example (€1,800,000 - 2,200,000), meaning that it is eligible for some of the most prestigious events in the world including the Mille Miglia and the Tour Auto. It is one of only 34 Series 1 examples built and has matching numbers throughout. The interior is delightfully original, and the engine is effectively 'as new.' The eye-catching teal exterior makes this one of the most distinctive and attractive examples of BMW's most beautiful model.

Masterpieces of German Engineering Star at Bonhams Grand Palais Sale

Several of the most desirable lots in the sale are landmark examples from the finest German marques in the world. The 1957 BMW 507 is a Series 1 example (€1,800,000 - 2,200,000), meaning that it is eligible for some of the most prestigious events in the world including the Mille Miglia and the Tour Auto. It is one of only 34 Series 1 examples built and has matching numbers throughout. The interior is delightfully original, and the engine is effectively 'as new.' The eye-catching teal exterior makes this one of the most distinctive and attractive examples of BMW's most beautiful model.

Masterpieces of German Engineering Star at Bonhams Grand Palais Sale

An extremely rare 1987 Ferrari F40 LM leads the Italian marque entries. Upon entering production, the Ferrari F40 was already the fastest road car of its time, but the ‘Le Mans’ version took the model to new extremes – affording the car more aggressive bodywork, more extreme front and rear wings, larger disc brakes and calipers, revised suspension, a race-spec gearbox and a stripped-out interior with a futuristic digital dashboard. Chassis no. 74045 was originally used as a prototype car while the F40 was designed.

RM Sotheby’s Adds Spectacular, Seldom-Seen Ferrari F40 LM to Paris

This remarkable Formula 1 racing car is particularly iconic to any motorsport enthusiast as it boasts an impressive pedigree.
The Brabham-Cosworth BT26A chassis #3 is the car in which Jacky Ickx contested no fewer than a dozen races during that 1969 season, nine of them fully-fledged frontline qualifying rounds of that year’s Formula 1 World Championship series. Of his nine topline races in chassis 3, the immensely capable young Belgian won the Canadian Grand Prix at Mosport Park, finished 2nd in that year’s Mexican GP at Mexico City, 3rd in the French GP, 5th in the Dutch GP and 6th in the Spanish GP.

The Jacky Ickx Grand Prix-Winning 1969 Brabham-Cosworth BT226A to be Auctioned

The annual Autosport International Racing Car Show, in conjunction with the Performance & Tuning Car Show, was held at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre between 11 – 13 January. The show filled five halls of the venue spread in a U-shape around the north concourse, with a further hall occupying the Live aaction Arena. The main show covered virtually every facet of the many genres of motor sport, whilst the Performance & Tuning Car Show in Hall 4 catered mainly for those for whom the standard product needs personalisation or modification to satisfy their needs.

NEC ... Autosport International + The Performance & Tuning Car Show

TFans and representatives of Scuderia Ferrari Clubs from all over Europe are flocking to the Ferrari Museum today for the opening of the ‘Michael 50’ exhibition on the occasion of the champion's 50th birthday. Maranello has put together a special exhibition telling the story of Michael Schumacher's extraordinary record-breaking F1 career: the German champion won an as yet unequalled seven world titles, 91 victories, and 155 podiums.

Michael 50’, Schumacher exhibition opens

On a weekend that brought in crowds of aficionados, Ferraris dominated the top of the market days with several sales in the top ten coming from the marque, including the 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta which sold for an astonishing $7,595,000, the 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France selling for $5,890,000, the 1953 Ferrari 250 MM Spider Series II selling for a world-record $5,395,000, the 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO selling for $2,507,500, the 1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Cabriolet for $1,930,000, and the 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso which sold for $1,902,500.

Gooding & Company Leads the Pack with Another Successful Auction in Scottsdale with $48.2 Million Sold

The exquisite 1952 Maserati A6G 2000 Frua Spider, the sole surviving example, was the star of the auction. Expertly researched, documented and restored, it was a participant in the world’s two most prestigious concours d’elegance – Pebble Beach and Villa d’Este. Not surprisingly, bidding – in both the room and on the telephones – was brisk and the breathtaking sportscar sold for $2.755-million, setting a new world auction record for the model.

Coachbuilt Sportscars From Frua Command Strong Interest in Arizona

On a weekend that brought in crowds of aficionados, Ferraris dominated the top of the market days with several sales in the top ten coming from the marque, including the 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta which sold for an astonishing $7,595,000, the 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France selling for $5,890,000, the 1953 Ferrari 250 MM Spider Series II selling for a world-record $5,395,000, the 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO selling for $2,507,500, the 1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Cabriolet for $1,930,000, and the 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso which sold for $1,902,500.

Gooding & Company Leads the Pack with Another Successful Auction in Scottsdale with $48.2 Million Sold

The exquisite 1952 Maserati A6G 2000 Frua Spider, the sole surviving example, was the star of the auction. Expertly researched, documented and restored, it was a participant in the world’s two most prestigious concours d’elegance – Pebble Beach and Villa d’Este. Not surprisingly, bidding – in both the room and on the telephones – was brisk and the breathtaking sportscar sold for $2.755-million, setting a new world auction record for the model.

Coachbuilt Sportscars From Frua Command Strong Interest in Arizona

RM Sotheby’s kicked off its 2019 auction calendar this past week with the company’s 20th annual Arizona sale, 17-18 January at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. The two-evening auction totaled $37 million in sales, with 85 percent of all lots finding new homes. The top sale of the week was a fresh-to-market, 2,900-mile 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO, which drew enthusiastic bidding from several parties on Thursday night before selling for a final $3,360,000 (est. $3.2/3.6m).

RM Sotheby’s Sees Standout Prices and Strong Bidder Turnout at $37 Million Arizona Sale

RM Sotheby’s kicked off its 2019 auction calendar this past week with the company’s 20th annual Arizona sale, 17-18 January at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. The two-evening auction totaled $37 million in sales, with 85 percent of all lots finding new homes. The top sale of the week was a fresh-to-market, 2,900-mile 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO, which drew enthusiastic bidding from several parties on Thursday night before selling for a final $3,360,000 (est. $3.2/3.6m).

RM Sotheby’s Sees Standout Prices and Strong Bidder Turnout at $37 Million Arizona Sale