2015-08-26: 2015 The Quail report and gallery, and very striking Ferrari 412 P.
One of the most exclusive events during the Monterey Car week is the annual The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering. Hosted by the Quail Lodge in the Carmel Valley, the event combines a display of fabulous modern and classic cars with a choice of gourmet food and drinks. At this year's edition competition cars took centre stage, while further highlights included a special display celebrating the 50th anniversary of Ford's 1-2-3 Le Mans win. Among the new cars on display was the all-new Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster. while the only Koenigsegg One:1 destined for North America also made an appearance. Our photographers captured the event in its entirety, resulting in this concise report. illustrated by a 190-shot gallery .
One of the cars that captured our attention at 'The Quail' was this Ferrari 412 P. which was freshly restored. One of just two built by Ferrari in 1967 for their preferred customer team, it combined the chassis and drivetrain of the 330 P3 with the striking lines of the new 330 P4, which was raced by the factory team. The example on display was campaigned in period by the British Maranello Concessionaires team.
2015-08-24: 2015 Monterey Motorsports Reunion report and 300-shot gallery.
One of the major events of the annual car week on the Monterey Peninsula is the annual Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Staged since the early 1970s at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the event attracts a wide variety of historic competition cars, which competed in a total of 15 different races. At this year's edition, the fields were even more diverse with the inclusion of Formula 5000 cars for the very first time. Among the other highlights were a special race to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Shelby Mustang GT350, an interesting array of North American specials and factory efforts by the likes of Acura, BMW, Mazda and Nissan.
Our photographers were at the fabulous Laguna Seca circuit for two weekends to capture both the Pre-Reunion and the subsequent Reunion. The result of their work is a concise report. illustrated by a 300-shot gallery of the Reunion, complemented by the 220-shot Pre-Reunion gallery published earlier.
2015-08-21: News round-up with new Lamborghini, BMWs, Lotus and more.
Preoccupied with capturing all the events on the Monterey Peninsula, we could not keep tabs on all the news, so before we continue with our reports, we today take a look at six new cars announced during the last couple of weeks. Actually making its debut in the Monterey area was the new Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster. Powered by the same 750 hp engine as the coupe counterpart, this is the first open Lamborghini to receive the Super Veloce moniker. Like the coupe, production of the SV Roadster will be limited to just 500 examples.
BMW was also present at the Monterey Peninsula to showcase the 3.0 CSL Hommage R to celebrate 40 years of BMW Motorsport in North America. Another new BMW show car is the Concept M4 GTS ; a preview of the upcoming hardcore version of the M4. Among the new features is the inclusion of water injection.
Lotus, meanwhile, debuted the limited production Exige 360 Cup. Compared to the model it replaces, it is lighter and slightly more powerful.
One of the highlights of the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) will undoubtedly be this Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupe. The range topping model is powered by a 510 hp version the fabulous four-litre AMG V8 engine. Also due in Frankfurt is the Audi e-tron quattro concept ; an all-electric SUV show car.
2015-08-19: 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance report and 370-shot gallery.
src="/img/156/379713.jpg" />On Sunday, the 65th annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance formed the traditional Grande Finale of the Monterey Peninsula Car week. In addition to the familiar classes, among the featured marques and anniversaries were Cunningham, Pope, duPont, Mercury Customs, Carrozzeria Touring, 50 years of the Shelby Mustang and 75 years of the Lincoln Continental. Ferraris also took centre stage with no fewer than four different classes. Special for this year were a class for Ferraris that raced at the Pebble Beach Road Races between 1950 and 1956, and a Preservation class, which included the 250 LM that scored Ferrari's final outright Le Mans win, exactly 50 years ago this year.
As always, the activities kicked off on Thursday with the Tour d'Elegance, which saw a vast majority of the entrants drive down the scenic Pacific Coast Highway.
Our photographers were at the famous Pebble Beach golf links throughout the event and have returned with a class-by-class 320-shot gallery of the Concours d'Elegance and a 50-shot gallery of the Tour d'Elegance, both of which serve to illustrate a concise report. describing this year's highlights.
As always, more detailed features on individual cars will follow in the coming weeks, as will reports on the other events and auctions of this year's car week.
2015-08-17: 2015 Pebble Beach Best of Show winning Isotta Fraschini.
Yesterday, the Monterey Car Week culminated with the 65th annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and more specifically the presentation of the Best of Show. Chosen from the day's class winners, this award is one of the, if not the most coveted in the classic car world. This year, the honour was bestowed on Jim Patterson and his fabulous Isotta Fraschini 8A Worblaufen Cabriolet. The striking body with a dramatically long nose was actually built a few years after the chassis was completed in Italy. The work of Swiss coach-builder Ramseier, the car made its debut in its current guise at the 1932 Geneva Motor Show and was later also awarded the Grand Prix d'Honneur in the Cannes Concours d'Elegance. From 1960s, it was consecutively owned by two famous French collectors, until Patterson acquired the car at auction early in 2014. It was immediately entrusted to Canadian experts RM Restorations, who worked their magic in record time. The result of their work can be admired in this 19-shot gallery. which also includes one 'before' shot from when it was offered at auction during the 2014 Retromobile.
A full report and class-by-class gallery of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance will follow later in the week.
2015-08-13: Fantastic Ferrari and Packard due to cross the block at Gooding.
Last week, we already had a first look at the unique Ferrari 250 GT SWB Bertone Berlinetta due to cross the block at Gooding this weekend. For us the one-off show car was one of the cars we looked forward to most and yesterday we had an opportunity to examine the Bertone Berlinetta more closely. The result is this expanded 23-shot gallery of the Ferrari inside the Gooding marquee.
Another star lot on offer at Gooding is this Packard 1108 Twelve Dietrich Sport Sedan. One of only three known survivors, it is the production version of the headline-grabbing Packard show car displayed at the Century of Progress International Exposition in Chicago. Built to order, these cars were finished by Dietrich under the 'Individual Custom' program, which represented the range-topping Packard models. The featured Twelve boasts the typical V-shape windshield, a chrome radiator and a polished belt moulding. Considered as one of the most elegant closed Packards, this car was owned by legendary collectors like J.B. Nethercutt, William H. Harrah and Lee Herrington. The Sport Sedan is estimated to change hands for $2-3 million.