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« Respuesta #2100 en: 26 Octubre 2020, 14:54:34 »

A unique opportunity to purchase a trio of very special BMW M3s
A low mileage, low production BMW Z8
1980 BMW M1 with period provenance
‘Batmobile Homage’ – 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL
The catalogue for The NEC Live Online Auction is now closed, with 150 classic and competition cars
The catalogue for Silverstone Auctions final sale of 2020, The NEC Live Online Auction, is now complete. 150 classic and competition cars will be offered for sale over the two days, along with a selection of automobilia items and registration numbers, on 13th and 14th November.

Within the lot list there are a number of notable BMWs. Nick Whale, Silverstone Auctions Managing Director commented “We are once again delighted with the catalogue of cars we have consigned for the sale and BMWs are a firm favourite with our audience. I am directly offering a very special trio of BMW M3s, which will be available to buy as a collection or, as individual lots.”

The best of breed group is made up of a 1989 M3 (E30) Group A FIA race car, which is one of only 55 period Motorsport factory Group A race cars and is estimated at £175,000 - £195,000. Nick campaigned the car as early as 1990 and in more recent years from 2013 onwards with great success. The 1987 M3 (E30) FIA tarmac rally car is one of the best of its kind in Europe, built to the highest standards from a genuine M3 with no expense spared. Having competed across Europe, with two international outright wins and fresh FIA HTP papers, it is estimated at £100,000 - £120,000. The Alpine White 1992 M3 (E30) road car completes this trio, with 55,000 miles covered, the car remains in extraordinary condition and is estimated at £55,000 - £65,000. Should the cars be purchased together, the estimate for all three as a collection is £300,000 - £365,000.       

The BMWs in this sale do not end there, a 1980 BMW M1 will also cross the block next month. One of just 400 road cars built, the original owner had the car modified by BMW Motorsport to incorporate the look of the wider M1 race car and the car retains this upgrade today. This example looks and drives superbly, is a Concours winning car and is accompanied by its comprehensive history file. Not to be missed in the auction, it is estimated at £385,000 - £435,000.

The last two BMWs to feature in this release, include a rare 2002 BMW Z8 with just 30,000 miles covered. Finished in Sparkling Titanium Silver Metallic these were a low production engineering masterpiece and now highly collectable. With a comprehensive history file, this particular lot is estimated at £160,000 – 180,00. The 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL ‘Batmobile Homage’ has been lovingly restored and built over a ten year period by a BMW enthusiast, with the help of Soper BMW of Lincoln, using a genuine 3.0 CSL as a basis. Superbly presented, it is estimated at £100,000 - £120,000.

All of the cars in the auction will be available to view, by prior appointment, at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire between 29th October – 12th November. This viewing period gives buyers the chance to inspect vehicles of interest prior to the auction day, where bidding will be available online, by phone or commission. To book your appointment to view or to register to bid, contact the Silverstone Auctions team on 01926 691141.


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Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
« Respuesta #2101 en: 28 Octubre 2020, 14:54:57 »

Event to be held during the August bank Holiday weekend

CMC’s annual open day in 2021 is to celebrate the 60th birthday of the  Jaguar E-Type and everyone is invited to the party.

The event will take place at CMC’s headquarters in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, on Saturday August 28th and the company would like to see as many E-Types attending as possible. They will have the opportunity to  be entered into a grand E-Type Concours for a variety of prizes from CMC.

But of course, the celebration is not restricted to E-Types. Guests are welcome to turn up in whatever car they own. Last years’ event, which celebrated the Jaguar Mark 2 saw some 5,000 people attending with more than 100 classic cars on display. CMC would like to break that record.

CMC’s Managing Director Nigel Woodward said: “ We want this open day to be an  enjoyable day for the whole family,  so like last year, we will have live music, food and beverage stalls, indoor markets and  activities for children. There will be an array of Automobilia traders, toy dealers  heritage parts dealers, motoring art and books and much more.”

He added: “ We will be opening the doors to our fantastic workshop so that people  can  look around and see some of the skills and craftsmanship involved in Classic Car restorations. Practical demonstrations will take place and our skilled technicians will be on site ready to answer technical questions.”

Nigel said: “ Over the next few months we will be announcing a range of exciting additional activities, including  items we will be producing to mark the E-Type anniversary. This  is particularly  important to CMC which was founded on the excellent restoration of many early Jaguar E-Types, work which it is still carrying on today.”

He added:  “ We want to make this  a Birthday party to remember. The event will be masterminded as usual by Sarah Bulger who this year will be assisted by Harry Wassell. If you would like to register your car for the E-Type Concours, have a stall, or have any queries then please make contact with Harry, who can be contacted on 01746 765804 or email him:


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« Respuesta #2102 en: 30 Octubre 2020, 17:15:55 »

Welcome to the AC Cobra Le Mans electric

The long and thrilling story of one of the most iconic British sports cars is about to open a new and remarkable chapter.

Today AC Cars is launching a ‘new’ limited series of 12 special cars recreated from the 1963 AC factory Le Mans cars. They will be called the AC Cobra Le Mans electric and retain AC’s proud heritage of power – the motor maybe electric but it has 460 kw of power and 1000 NM of torque (that’s 617bhp and 738 lb.ft).

The new cars are faithful recreations of the cars conceived and built almost 60 years ago to secure for Britain the ultimate accolade in sports car racing – success in the 24 Heures de Mans. International motorsport’s annual test of power, speed and endurance takes place at the Le Mans circuit in France on 12 and 13 June next year, making 2021 a fitting time in which to celebrate these two bespoke, unique and iconic cars.

To ensure maximum visibility and success for the recreated cars, AC has pulled out all the stops to secure the talents employed to design and build them.

Since the late 1990’s those AC buyers who fully appreciate the value of the brand and the quality of its products have sought to acquire the most accurate reproductions of the original all-aluminum bodied Cobras. They have been able to enjoy the works of art which feature hand-beaten bodywork by AC Heritage of Brooklands Motor Circuit in Surrey, the site of many a great victory for AC.

The new cars will have bodywork sourced from AC Heritage using some of the original, now decades old, ‘technology’ employed by AC. This comprises a highly trained pair of human eyes to judge the fineness of the line of the bodywork, sheets of high-grade aluminum and, not least, the services of a specialist ‘planishing’ hammer* wielded over the delicious curves of an AC body jig. Together these elements produce automotive and artistic perfection!

But for these 2021 recreations, new ideas and new skills were required too. Inside the handcrafted bodywork is a power system for a new age. AC has introduced to its talent pool the services of its new Derby-based technical partner Falcon Electric (

Falcon’s proud description of itself more than hints at its pedigree and ambition: “We are a hard-core technology company with the mission to make electric vehicles exciting. Passion and emotion drive us, electricity and innovation drive our vehicles”.

In 1963, AC built two bespoke AC Cobras for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. One of those was registration number ’39 PH’ and the other one was registration number "645 CGT". Six of each of the recreated cars – bearing one of the two distinctive liveries - will be offered to customers from today.

The ‘new’ cars importantly will have chassis numbers each bearing a new and unique prefix as well as their original, in sequence, AC numbers - a vital pre-requisite to their place in the valuation process in the future. The numbers will be listed alongside all other ACs in the company’s ‘Bible’, an important historical listing which underpins the importance and pedigree of the AC Brand.

The Le Mans cars’ most distinctive feature was the large, streamlined aluminum hardtop fitted to improve aerodynamics and to increase their speed along the Mulsanne Straight.

These removable tops necessitated the fabrication of long fuel-fillers which terminated just forward of the top of the rear window but they achieved a great result – they produced prodigious speed where it was needed on the infamous Straight.

As the race approached these cars created a great deal of interest: they were sponsored by The Sunday Times and had Stirling Moss (who became Sir Stirling Moss in the year 2000) as manager for the work’s car.

AC Cars is now going to build six limited editions of each car, constructed just like the original cars from hand rolled aluminum. They will be electric powered and use hand-crafted bodywork from the AC Heritage workshops on the historic Brooklands Racing Circuit, with mechanical units being added at the Falcon premises in Derby.

The 12 ‘new’ heritage cars will each cost £600,000 plus VAT.

The man behind AC since he acquired the brand in 1996, Alan Lubinsky, commented: “We are determined to make a tremendous success of these recreated AC Cobra Le Mans electrics designs when they are launched first in the UK and later in other markets. We know the external appearance will win the approval of many ‘traditional’ AC fans. The inclusion of an up to the minute, emissions free powertrain from our new friends, the electric experts at Falcon, will chime well with the excellence of the handmade bodywork built in the historic and important location of Brooklands!.

“This the start of not just a new chapter but of a whole new era in AC’s illustrious history. We will be following up the launch of these new models with other additions to our already expanding range”, said Alan Lubinsky.


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Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
« Respuesta #2103 en: 03 Noviembre 2020, 13:08:04 »
Una más, sobre las subastas de clásicos en tiempos de pandemia, en este caso:

Settle in for a Long Season of Online-Only Classic Car Auctions

Monterey Car Week auctions are still rolling ahead, for the time being, while others are adjusting to online selling.

Major classic car auctions are adjusting to the new stay-at-home reality; luckily for buyers and sellers of classic cars the technical infrastructure for virtual auctions has been in place for years. The good news for auction houses is that most will still be able to hold previously scheduled auctions for 2020 that had been conducted in a live format in the past, if they choose to do so, but bidders accustomed to preview days and actually touching the cars before bidding begins will have to adjust.

One of the first major changeovers to an online-only format is being undertaken by Classic Car Auctions in the U.K. for its CCA March Sale. The auction house has switched to a timed auction format that will last 16 days, with the auction house offering 10 lots per day with a bidding window of 12 hours for each lot, starting at 8 a.m. each day, local time, and ending at 8 p.m.

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"Due to the changes we now have in place, we have reduced the buyer’s premium to 9.6% including the VAT. If you are planning to bid, please make sure you register with Proxibid as this is the only way you can take part," said Gary Dunne, Classic Car Auctions manager.

"We would like to say a huge thank you to all the vendors who have stuck with us during these challenging times, and we are delighted that we have been able to stay proactive and still find a way to bring this superb catalog to market in a safe and responsible way."

The action house's March Sale has already begun and will run another 14 days.

Other auction houses are either postponing auctions, or they're holding firm on plans to still conduct live auctions later in the year.

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Barrett-Jackson has postponed its 2020 Palm Beach auction, originally scheduled for April 16-18, to now run from Oct. 15-17.

"While every indication shows that our bidders, consignors and sponsors were behind our efforts to hold our auction, we’ve decided to follow the advice of the Florida governor and exercise an abundance of caution at this time," said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. "Our decision to postpone the auction was made to protect the public’s safety and health."

Bonhams has also postponed most of its auctions in the month of April, but it has not indicated if its Les Grandes Marques a Monaco sale scheduled for May 8 will roll ahead. The auction house had switched to a "sealed bid" system for its MPH sale that took place earlier this month on March 23, after canceling the live event. The cancellation of Greenwich Concours for 2020, originally scheduled for the first week of June of this year, may mean that the Bonhams sale traditionally held in conjunction with the concours may also be postponed or held online.

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Gooding & Co. has postponed its Passion of a Lifetime auction in London, originally scheduled for April 1, but remains open for business and has not made plans to postpone its Pebble Beach auction, scheduled for Aug. 14 and 15 of this year.

Similarly, RM Sotheby's has not made any changes to the schedule of its Monterey sale, also held in conjunction with Monterey Car Week events, but did just wrap up its Palm Beach auction days ago, which was among the first to move to an online-only format in response to the pandemic. Additionally, RM has canceled its Monaco sale.

It remains to be seen if major auction houses will stick to their current plans regarding their scheduled Monterey sales, but decisions regarding events in late summer in the U.S. have not been made yet as everything is in a holding pattern.

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« Respuesta #2104 en: 03 Noviembre 2020, 14:41:25 »

The annual Royal Automobile Club Art of Motoring exhibition traditionally takes place at the Pall Mall Clubhouse as part of London Motor Week and is the premier showcase for British automotive art. Rather than cancelling the 2020 edition due to the pandemic, the Club collaborated with respected motorsport commentator Andrew Marriott and Rupert Whyte of Historic Car Art to curate a virtual event.

Now in its sixth year, the Art of Motoring exhibition was launched on Saturday 31 October and draws together the works of nearly 20 prominent motoring artists and sculptors, many of which have not been seen under the same roof for more than a decade.

Making his European artwork debut is former Le Mans winner and Formula One driver Stefan Johansson. The Swedish star took up painting after his friend Elio de Angelis was killed in a testing accident at Paul Ricard in 1986, and although he was based in Britain for many years, he now paints in a Los Angeles studio. He produces a variety of works including some abstracts that evoke different corners at famous race tracks.

The artworks that are being showcased are hugely varied but immediately recognisable to a motoring art enthusiast, from John Ketchell’s semi-abstract style to Johnny Ambrose – the first motoring artist to utilise a 3D printer. The watercolours of Neil Collins – an Art of Motoring discovery – will be displayed alongside the nostalgic works of Roy Putt, the evocative paintings of Paul Dove, and the silk-screen prints of London-based Ella Freire.

Other British artists include Tony Matthews, who is referred to as ‘the cutaway king’ and whose extraordinarily detailed technical illustrations haven’t been displayed in public for over five years. His work will be joined at the Pall Mall Clubhouse by that of Robin Bark, who is just as well known for his sculptures as for the bold use of colour in his prints, plus the atmospheric paintings of Barry Rowe, the unique etchings of Peter Hearsey, and Stanley Rose – whose distinctive style is showcased in portraits and cars alike.

“The Club has been collecting motoring art for over a century,” said Jeremy Vaughan, Head of Motoring at the Royal Automobile Club, “ we are very proud of the collection at our Pall Mall clubhouse, which complements the collections of both the library and extensive archive. Britain has more professional motoring and motor-racing artists than any other nation and the club is delighted to showcase and help promote such talent.”

The Art of Motoring exhibition will feature interviews with a number of the artists included and is available for all enthusiasts to view at


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« Respuesta #2105 en: 05 Noviembre 2020, 14:49:05 »

he Volvo P1800 Cyan is the result of thousands of engineering and design hours, creating a car that represents Cyan Racing's philosophy of how a sports car from the sixties merged with modern day performance should be.

The car has been engineered by the same team that created Volvo’s first-ever world title winning race car.

The first images of the Volvo P1800 interior, engine bay and suspension have just been released.

The interior is, just like the exterior of the car, a delicate interpretation of the original Volvo P1800 of the sixties.

The interior features a leather clad titanium roll hoop, racing seats, racing harnesses and bespoke digital instruments with a clear link to its original design.

"We have focused on creating an interior that reflects the car décor of the sixties in a modern version. We have kept the clean and driver-oriented interior of the original car, carefully moving it forward with modern materials and technology," said Ola Granlund, Head of Design at Cyan Racing.

The two-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine is based on the same engine as used in the world title-winning Volvo S60 TC1 race car, producing 420 horsepower and 455Nm of torque.

The engine has been re-engineered by Cyan regarding how it delivers power and its physical appearance, keeping a clean design for a clear link with its original, in combination with a contemporary performance level.

“The engine is designed for high revs, with the torque intuitively linear to the pedal. We have learnt from racing where the drivers want perfect control of the torque, increasing precision and driving pleasure at the same time,” said Mattias Evensson, Project Manager and Head of Engineering at Cyan Racing.

“Another area of attention is the design of the engine and the engine bay. We have made an effort to highlight the light and nimble VEA Volvo engine, liberated from all elements of modern engines, with clear ties to the original Volvo P1800 of the sixties.”

The chassis is fully re-engineered by Cyan with the purpose of delivering an unfiltered driving experience reminiscent of the sixties, but with modern day performance.

“As with most cars from the past, they tend to be less rewarding to drive then we might want to remember them,” said Mattias Evensson.

“We have designed a completely new chassis for the Volvo P1800 Cyan that keeps the analogue direct unfiltered connection with the road, but with much more control and predictiveness.”

The chassis features rack and pinion steering, replacing the original Volvo P1800 steering box, bespoke lightweight aluminium uprights, double wishbones, two-way adjustable dampers with Cyan hydraulics and an independent rear suspension.

"It was of course a challenge to fuse our new technology with the constraints of the sixties base car. The end result is however a car that at a first glance is a P1800 with a wider track, but when you start driving, it delivers at a completely different level,” said Mattias Evensson.

“The suspension is fully adjustable and can be set up to whichever way the customer wants, be it a more track-focused car, or a one that will be predominantly used for enjoying your favourite canyon roads, or for just visiting your local barista.”


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« Respuesta #2106 en: 05 Noviembre 2020, 14:49:46 »

Classic and vintage restoration specialist Thornley Kelham has revealed the story behind its restoration of a Mercedes icon, the rare 300SL Gullwing
The Gullwing was delivered to Thornley Kelham by a renowned collector and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance judge for a full restoration
The tired-looking silver Coupé came fitted with unusual Roadster lights front and rear, and was totally transformed into period-correct Horizon Blue by Thornley Kelham
5 November, 2020: Award-winning classic and vintage car specialist, Thornley Kelham, has revealed the full transformation of a rare Mercedes 300SL with a highly knowledgeable and critical owner. The owner’s direction to the Thornley Kelham team was simple: it should be perfect, period-correct and finished in anything but silver…

The 300SL was the result of Mercedes-Benz’s decision to develop a sports-racing car in 1952. Using the engine, transmission, suspension and steering from the existing 300 luxury saloon, it was built around an innovative new chassis frame and clothed in one of the most beautiful bodies ever created. The result was the new 300 Sport Leicht or SL, informally known as ‘Gullwing’ because of its upwards opening doors.

This particular 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing arrived at Thornley Kelham’s HQ in the Cotswolds, following a spell in France during its early days and having resided in the UK since 1981. Its early history isn’t all that well documented, but an inspection carried out on the car in 1971 as it transferred owners revealed it to be ‘in perfect condition’.

Immediately obvious on arrival to the Thornley Kelham team were the Roadster headlights and taillights fitted to this Coupé. By 1957, Mercedes was focusing mostly on building Roadsters and there was a suspicion that this car could have been a special hybrid commission. However, a thorough inspection of the car revealed a more ordinary truth; accident damage at the front and rear had led to the car being rebuilt with Roadster parts.

Thankfully, the tubular chassis was in good condition, but years of wear and tear meant that many of the Gullwing’s mechanicals, including its 3.0-litre straight-six engine were in need of rebuilding. Thornley Kelham’s in-house engine-building team set to work cleaning, crafting from scratch or replacing parts of the Gullwing’s drivetrain to ensure it runs reliably and to its optimum performance for years to come.

Outside of restoring all the mechanicals, the team were also in a position to begin painting and trimming the car to the client’s specifications. Adamant to not have ‘another silver Gullwing’, the owner opted for a striking shade of period-correct Horizon Blue, with an interior finished with a blue plaid non-leather option. But perfecting the finish meant challenges at every corner; the complex doors take hours of careful adjustment and the ‘eyebrows’ above the wheelarch were a particularly delicate operation. Later Gullwings had an almost-invisibly different eyebrow design to earlier cars, and it was crucial to get it correct.

As the car began to come together, the Thornley Kelham team were tasked with sourcing a large number of original parts, including things as difficult to find as the interior lights. In total, buying parts alone was more than six-figures-worth of expense. Two pieces they didn’t require, however, were the bumpers – the client wished to do without, preferring the visual of a de-bumpered Gullwing.

Simon Thornley, co-founder of Thornley Kelham, said: “Restoring a Gullwing is a huge responsibility, and restoring a Gullwing for a Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance judge like our client also comes with a fair bit of pressure. When you’re working with a car as rare and iconic as this, originality and accuracy is absolutely crucial. We spent hundreds of hours getting the details of this car exactly right, while making sure it adheres to the same standard that every car we work on does – it has to look good, drive well and is made to last. This car has been enjoyed for over 60 years now, and we’re delighted to have extended its lifetime for many more years of pleasure for its owners.”


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« Respuesta #2107 en: 06 Noviembre 2020, 14:52:44 »

On 6 November 1955 the Maserati Tipo 300S, with Juan Manuel Fangio at the wheel, was the first to take the chequered flag at the Venezuela GP, marking the start of two years of major successes that boosted the Trident Brand’s reputation at the international level.

Today, Maserati commemorates this important victory to underline its strong connection to the world of motor-racing. In fact, Maserati was born on the track, from a unique set of racing DNA, and from the audacity, first of the Maserati brothers, and then of its drivers. A tradition and history of wins on roads and circuits all over the world, where the Trident's victories have made it a standard-bearer for Italian excellence.

Racing has always been Maserati's natural habitat: it was in competition that its myth started to emerge, and even now, with its new Era, the Brand is starting from its roots as it builds its future. The new MC20 supercar will mark Maserati’s return to the world of racing.

Maserati Tipo 300S
The Tipo 300S was created in 1955 as an evolution of the 250S single-seater, and it was the symbol of Maserati in international racing until 1959. Already in 1954, with the development of the 250S prototype fitted with a 230 hp 2.5-litre engine derived from the unit mounted in the 250F racer used in F1, the Maserati technical staff began to work increasing the displacement and power output. The result was the straight six 3.0-litre unit, more powerful and higher-performing but with fewer mechanical stresses due to the lower compression ratio and a reassuringly low rpm, in spite of the higher piston speed.

The rest of the engine’s architecture and details were the same as the straight six 2.5-litre unit, including two overhead camshafts and twin ignition: the grand prix construction concepts had been transferred to a sports car, and in the future the same mechanicals would also be adopted for standard production. From the engineering point of view, the 300S was a true masterpiece: the seats of the high-diameter valves and the recesses for the two spark plugs for the twin ignition are clearly visible in the engine’s hemispherical combustion chamber. The front suspensions consisted of double wishbones and a helical spring with coaxial telescopic shock absorber.

Finally, the brake drum was a real work of ingenuity: the light alloy casting had radial fins and holes for heat dispersal. The chassis was also modified to respond to the greater stresses derived from the increased weight, with a trellis of oval and round tubes.

The external configuration, with bodywork by Fantuzzi and sports car lines, was solid yet attractively proportioned. The large front air scoop carried the traditional trident framed by aluminium profiles, and the driver’s seat was protected by a small windshield. Finned vents featured on the sides to prevent air from stagnating in the engine compartment. Twin exhaust pipes ran down the bottom of the left-hand side, ending near the rear wheel. Finally, the tail was bulkier because it concealed the 150-litre fuel tank, the 20 kg side oil reservoir and the spare wheel.

In the mid 1950s new theories of aerodynamics were being developed, and therefore the bodywork of the 300S underwent a series of styling upgrades during its lifetime to enhance its efficiency.

Looking back over its racing career, in its debut events in 1955 the 300S immediately revealed its prowess in competition, and its successes on track were confirmed by the large number of orders placed by racing teams and gentlemen drivers.

Giulio Alfieri introduced a series of experimental improvements to the car to make it more and more competitive – such as fuel injection – and it was highly successful in Italian and international races, becoming the Brand’s best car in sports category events for two seasons. In 1955 the Tipo 300S won the Venezuela GP with Juan Manuel Fangio at the wheel, but 1956 was the year of its greatest triumphs, and when it just missed taking the Sports car world championship. The reliability of its engine and the perfect response of its chassis were the two main features that enabled the Tipo 300S to achieve its well-deserved success.

In 300S cars, in 1956, Stirling Moss and Carlos Menditeguy won the Buenos Aires 1,000 km, and Pietro Taruffi was victorious at the Giro di Sicilia (1st in class up to 3,000 cc) and the Targa Florio (1st in class up to 2,000 cc), Jean Behra at the Bari and Castelfusano Circuit Races, and Franco Bordini at the Five Hours of Messina. In the same year, the car was successful at the 1,000 km at the Nürburgring, with Stirling Moss, Jean Behra, Pietro Taruffi and Harry Schell taking turns at the wheel.

The new, more powerful 450S was introduced in 1957, although the 300S remained in production until 1959.

The total number of Tipo 300S cars built from 1955 to 1959 was 27.


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« Respuesta #2108 en: 17 Noviembre 2020, 17:25:25 »

The oldest Bugatti car club in the world signs an official partnership with The Little Car Company
In 2019, The Little Car Company launched the Bugatti Baby II, a modern tribute to Ettore Bugatti’s original masterpiece, the Bugatti Baby
Together, they celebrate the marque and inspire a new generation of enthusiasts to fall in love with the world of Bugatti
The partnership offers exclusive opportunities for respective members of the two clubs
For more information on the Bugatti Baby II, please visit:
11 November 2020, Bicester Heritage, UK: The Bugatti Owners’ Club and The Little Car Company today announce an official partnership, following the highly successful launch of The Little Car Company’s limited edition Bugatti Baby II. The stamp of approval from the world’s oldest Bugatti Owners’ Club gives the Bugatti Baby II certified status and marks the start of a prestigious relationship between The Little Car Company and the Bugatti Owners’ Club.

Founded in 1929 and with over 2000 members, The Bugatti Owners’ Club, based at Prescott Hill Climb in the UK, is the oldest club for the marque in the world. The partnership will allow like-minded members of The Little Car Company and members of the Bugatti Owners’ Club to connect and share a common passion of exquisite design and engineering. Additionally, the partnership offers a host of opportunities for respective members of the two parties to enjoy, including events at the Bugatti Owners’ Club clubhouse nestled in the iconic setting of the Prescott Speed Hill Climb, in Gloucestershire, UK.

The Little Car Company’s Bugatti Baby II is an authentic modern-day remastering of the original Bugatti Baby - not only significant in preserving the history of the Bugatti marque, but also inspiring a new generation of young Bugatti enthusiasts, a shared common purpose between The Little Car Company and the Bugatti Owners’ Club.

Gemma Price, General Manager of the Bugatti Owners’ Club, said: “As the oldest Bugatti Car Club in the world we are delighted to have formed a new partnership with The Little Car Company, focused on their Bugatti Baby II. We are looking forward to working with The Little Car Company closely and developing a strong partnership centred around the excellence of Ettore Bugatti’s design and engineering prowess that has proven to be visionary and timeless throughout the decades. This has been exceptionally captured and reimagined with the Bugatti Baby II and we look forward to celebrating this common affection through the development of the association of our two organisations.”

The original Bugatti Baby was first created in 1926, when Ettore and his son Jean decided to build a 50% scale version of the Type 35 for Ettore’s youngest son, Roland, for his fourth birthday. However, what had intended to be a one-off car, had received such positive feedback from customers visiting Molsheim, that Bugatti decided to place the Baby into production - making 500 units between 1927 and 1936. Now, fans of the marque have a chance to own a piece of history with the Bugatti Baby II.

The Baby II is based on a digital 3D scan of an original Lyon GP car with identical geometry and suspension, meaning the handling is as authentic as an enthusiast could hope for. The only nod to modernity is the introduction of adjustable dampers, allowing clients to tailor the handling in ways not possible in the Type 35’s heyday. Indeed, the Baby II’s handling was refined at the Prescott Speed Hill Climb course, home of the Bugatti Owners Club, a video of which can be seen here:


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« Respuesta #2109 en: 20 Noviembre 2020, 16:32:50 »

Motor Racing Legends has great pleasure in announcing the launch of a brand-new Historic one-make race series for the Ford GT40, with two races for the ‘Amon Cup’ in 2021.

The arrival of the Ford GT40 in the 1960s remains one of the most significant moments in motorsport history. The back story of the Ford GT40’s rise as the most iconic GT car of a generation is indeed worthy of a Hollywood film and the dominance of the American challengers on French soil in the Le Mans 24 Hour race shifted the sands of Ferrari’s long standing dominance in the sport.

A machine of great technological advance, the Ford GT40 still commands great respect and affection from competitors and enthusiasts alike. Owners of Ford GT40s have limited opportunities to use their cars in anger so to address the void, Motor Racing Legends and DK Engineering are launching two eighty-minute races for the 2021 season; giving owners and drivers of these exquisite cars a unique opportunity to race in a dedicated one-make grid.

One of the most prolific drivers of all time, Chris Amon will forever be associated with the GT40; and we are deeply honoured that the Amon family will present the awards at each round in person.

The first race will be held at Donington Historic Festival on May 1st & 2nd; with the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit being the venue for the final race of the season on October 30th & 31st at Motor Racing Legends’ newly-announced end-of-year meeting.

Races will be for cars running to Pre-’66 specification, open to two-drivers, with a duration of eighty-minutes with a forty-minute qualifying session. Prospective competitors are asked to register their interest with Motor Racing Legends,


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Motor Racing Legends is honoured to have been appointed by Jaguar Classic to run the Jaguar Classic Challenge for the 2021 season. 

Open to Pre-‘66 E-types, C and D-types, XKs and Mk 1 and Mk 2 saloons - the highly regarded series, founded by Jaguar Classic in 2015, is looking towards its seventh season with renewed vigour as it joins the Motor Racing Legends stable of historic race series.

The 2021 season will feature UK races at Donington Historic Festival, Thruxton Historic, the new Motor Racing Legends end-of-season soiree on Silverstone Grand Prix circuit; and into Europe for the Spa Six Hours Meeting in Belgium, the ‘must do’ event for the Autumn season. Further details and additions this calendar will be announced in the coming weeks.

Motor Racing Legends is a natural home for racing Jaguars with many of our series already catering for the marque.  The addition of the Jaguar Classic Challenge will now see nine historic race series on their books following the well-received announcement of the Amon Cup exclusively for Ford GT40s earlier this week. Owners of eligible Jaguar racing cars are requested to register with Motor Racing Legends through the Jaguar Classic Challenge page on