2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed

This year was the 23rd running of the Goodwood Festival of Speed hillclimb which was won outright by Olly Clark driving his Subaru Impreza 'Gobstopper II'.

Of course there were plenty of great sights, but for many the assembled display of Mercedes-Benz 300 SLRs defined the event. All but one surviving car were at Goodwood including Stirling Moss who piloted 722 up the hill.

Many companies used Goodwood to show off new cars. Lotus unveiled the Lotus 3-Eleven and Aston had their DB9 GT.

Track day specials were especially popular at Goodwood this year. Cars like the Aston Martin Vulcan, Ferrari FXX K and McLaren P1 GTR showcased the pinnacle of sports car performance.

The Supercar run had all of the usual suspects and was won by Anthony Reid in a Noble M600.

All these great cars and more can be found in our feature gallery.


Porsche win Le Mans 1-2

After racing all day, night and day, Porsche have defeated Audi at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans. This year was a much faster event and the LMP1 hybrid cars managed to drop about three seconds a lap and Porsche broke the overall track record in qualifying with a 3:16.887 lap.

Drivers Nico Hülkenberg, Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy won overall in their #19 2015 Porsche 919 Hybrid. This was definitely was a surprise result from the non-season team in the Porsche roster with two rookies. Porsche favored the #17 car which was posed to win the 17th victory with drivers Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley who eventually finished second.

Nissan brought out a three car team with their radical 2015 Nissan GT-R LM NISMO, but the rushed prep and lack of race testing meant that none of the cars would finish the race. They were also nearly 20 seconds of the leading pace.

Toyota also had a long 24 hour race. With just a two-car team, they were several seconds per lap behind the Audis and Porsches which meant the best they could do was 7th or 8th place overall.

For now we have prepared a gallery with the front-running LMP1 cars, and will add the LMP2, LM GTE PRO and LM GTE AM classes soon.


2015 Villa d'Este: All The Cars

Our evergrowing gallery of the Villa d'Este has reached a point of including every car from the show.

This year the coveted Coppa d'Oro, essentially the Best on Show, went to the two-tone 1950 Ferrari 166 MM that was a centerpiece of the Jacques Swaters collection from 1967 to 2012.

There are far too many notable cars to list, so here is the gallery split up by classes:

***We have now added the exceptional photography from Nicolas Jeannier of the Arthomobiles.***

.Concept Cars and Prototypes
Classe A: Stravaganza In Movimento
Classe B: Antidepressivi
Classe C: Storia Della Phantom
Classe D: Alta Sartoria
Classe E: Piloti Gentlemen
Classe F: Hollywood Sul Lago'
Classe G: L'arrivo Dello Sportivo
Classe H: Mai Abbastanza Veloci
Classe I: Due Posti Contro Il Cronometro'


Concepts & Prototypes From Villa d'Este

Today was the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este proper, so we have spent some time assembling a gallery of the highly popular Concepts and Prototypes class.

As we mentioned earlier, we give big props to both BMW and Zagato for releasing new cars at the event.

Jim Glickenhaus should also get a special mention for driving his SCG 003S to the event.

All these cars and more can be found in our gallery. We will be adding all the classic cars in due time.


RM Sothebys at Villa Erba

Just minutes ago RM Sotheby's concluded their Villa Erba sale which is held in conjunction with the Villa d'Este Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

Of the three main Ferraris on offer only the Ferrari 212 Export realized a sale at €6,720,000. This is a record for the 212 Export model which shares its lineage with the iconic 166 Barchetta.

The other spectacular 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione did not sell for €9,100,000 and 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider 2505 GT did not sell for €10,250,000.

Limited to just 36 cars, only the best examples were presented which realized top prices in the market. Ferrari supercars including the 288 GTO, Ferrari F40, Ferrari F50 and Ferrari Enzo all sold for above €1,00,000.

All the cars with descriptions and prices realized can be found in our feature gallery.


Villa d'Este Preview

Both BMW and Zagato take a nod to past with their upcoming prototypes for tomorrow's Villa d'Este.

BMW waited until earlier tonight to reveal their 3.0 CSL Hommage which is a modern interpretation of the classic 3.0 CSL

We have plenty of exciting variants of the 3.0 CSL on supercars.net including the 1976 BMW 3.0 CSL Group 5, 1975 BMW 3.5 CSL IMSA and 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL Group 2.

Zagato will used Villa to reveal their Mostro powered by Maserati. This car is a modern interpretation of the 1957 Maserati 450S Coupé.


Nürburgring 24

Without a doubt our favorite 24-hour enduro is the ADAC Zurich 24h-Rennen.

Not only is the Nürburgring Nordschleife the most legendary of the classic circuits still around, but the organizers make room for all shapes and sizes of GT cars.

This year was notable for the debut of Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus' exotic SCG 003C with a team of two cars. One crashed heavy into the wall leaving the other to finish a very respectable 10th overall

In the end, Christopher Mies, Edward Sandström, Nico Mueller and Laurens Vanthoor were overall winners with their Audi Sport Team WRT 2016 Audi R8 LMS ahead of the chasing BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS BMW Z4 GT3 and Falken Motorsports 2013 Porsche 911 GT3 R.

Our gallery of the 24h-Rennen is a sight to behold with top images from Porsche, Audi and the super talented Gruppe C GmbH who officially photographed the frontrunners.

Porsche also used the occasion to launch their new 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 R which will likely be racing at this same event next year.


Mille Miglia 2015

At just over the half way point, over 400 entrants are making their way towards Rome in the Mille Miglia.

As usual, the pre-1955 entry list is sensational and filled with obscure Italian cars from the post-war era.

Our gallery captures the cars on the first leg from Brescia to Rimini, but we will be adding more images as the rally progresses.


Audi Win SPA 6-Hours

This weekend Audi won the 2015 WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps when Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler beat the chasing Porsche to the finish line.

SPA was the first outing for the low down force version of the 2015 Audi R18 e-tron quattro and the 2015 Porsche 919 Hybrid which will battle at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on the 13th of June.

We have uploaded all the top shots of the LMP1 catagory and will follow up with the GTE classes shortly.


Andrews Collection Sale

Yesterday 78 vehicles were sold out of the Paul & Chris Andrews Collection by RM Sotheby's along with the 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica which sold for $7,645,000.

The collection was built up by the father and son duo in Fort Worth, Texas and the museum hosted many local events.

Increasing time and money to maintain the cars has led to this sale which includes some of the best examples of a specific type.

The Andrews have had quite a string of success in the classic car community. They won the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance with a 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S which they subsequently sold at auction in 2013 for $8,250,000 USD.

For this auction, some great numbers were achieved, especially for the pre-war American cars. Records were smashed for the prewar Packard Twelve, Marmon Sixteen and Cadillac V16.


2015 Techno Classica Essen

The world's largest indoor classic car is Techno Classica Essen and we have a gallery highlighting this year's event from photographer Luc Ghys.

The main display was organized by SIHA and featured that raced in the 1929 Tourist Trophy.

There will many brilliant Porsches at the show including the bright orange 959 built for a sheikh in Qatar, a freshly restored 917/10 and a 930 Turbo Targa with rainbow motif made in period by BB.

As specific as we want to get, there were over 600 cars and way too many cars to list. These attracted over 190,000 visitors and many Manufacturers set up elaborate displays.

Best of Show was issued to Axel Schütte a stunning Ferrari 250 GT Series 1 Cabriolet in metallic grey with red interior.


2015 Amelia Island Concours Mega Gallery

Through much hard work and dedication we have completed our Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Gallery.

This post is long overdue, but in our spare time we have managed to upload over 1300 large images which has resulted in a nicely populated page for each class we covered.

The organized images hopefully convey the tremendous work by Bill Warner, his staff and volunteers that organize an entertaining array of people of cars.

All images are by myself Richard Michael Owen and Jacksonville local Alex Marks:

Class SM - Cars of Sir Stirling Moss
Class AC - American Classic (Pre-1932)
Class AC1 - American Classic (1932 - 1934)
Class AC2 - American Classic (1935 - 1941)
Class AP - American Production
Class B - Bentley
Class BMW - BMW 327/328
Class CR - Corvette Race Cars (1968 - 1972)
Class D - Duesenberg
Class ECC - European Custom Coachwork
Class FC - Ferrari Closed
Class FO - Ferrari Open
Class FF - Forgotten Fiberglass
Class HC - Horseless Carriage (1895 - 1915)
Class HCB - Horseless Carriage (40+ Horsepower)
Class MB - Mercedes-Benz
Class OC - Orphan Concept
Class P - Porsche 914/916
Class RC1 - Race Cars (Post-War - 1959)
Class RC2 - Race Cars (1960 - 1990)
Class RR - Rolls-Royce
Class RRSG - Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
Class S - Stutz (Pre - 1929)
Class S1 - Stutz (1929 - 1933)
Class SC - Sports Cars (Pre-war - 1942)
Class SC1 - Sports and GT Cars (1946 - 1954)
Class SC2 - Sports and GT Cars (1955 - 1959)
Class SC3 - Sports and GT Cars (1960 - 1964)
Class SC4 - Sports and GT Cars (1965 - 1974)
Class SP - Speedsters
Class TC - Chrysler Town and Country
Class WRC - World Rally Cars


2015 New York International Auto Show

Today the 2015 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) opens to the public at the Jarvis Center.

This year had four great releases including the 570 bhp McLaren 570S Coupé which is now Mclaren's entry level model.

Porsche used the occasion to launch their second-generation Boxster Spyder which has an automatic, retractable roof for the first time. It also uses the 911's 3.8-liter engine.

Lincoln revealed their Continental Concept which will likely reach production in the next few years.

Jaguar revealed the new, second-generation XF at New York. They had a North American XF S on their stand. This is the supercharged V6 model as the full range of diesel engines is only available in Europe.

All these cars and more can be found in our feature gallery of the NYAIS.


RM Sotheby’s sell $60 million at Amelia

After the merger between RM Auctions and Sotheby's in February, their first auction together was the Amelia Island event which set a resounding record of $60,000,000 in total sales.

This was headlined by the metallic Bottle Green Ferrari 400 Superamerica which sold for $6,380,000 USD.

Many interesting cars traded hands including an absolutely untouched 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432 which sold for a record $253,000 USD. Some enthusiasts will be glad to have one already in the garage, while others will need to come up with a lot more money for the real Z-car.

Another surprising result was a completely restored 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 that fetched $495,000 USD. That's around $100,000 more than any previous GTC/4.

Rare Porsches continued their upward trend. A 1973 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring sold for $891,000, a 1988 911 Turbo ‘Slant Nose’ Cabriolet for $363,000, and a 1979 911 Turbo brought $253,000.

All of the cars from RM Sotheby's at Amelia with images, prices realized and a breif description can be found in our feature gallery.


Gooding & Company set 13 Records at Amelia

This year Gooding & Company continued their upward rise at Ameila Island by setting 13 records at their annual event.

The most remarkable record prices achieved by Gooding include $561,000 for a 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS, $440,000 for a 1997 Porsche 993 Turbo S, $973,500 for a 1996 Porsche 993 GT2 and $1,155,000 for a 2011 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta.

At the top of their results list was a highly original 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 that has never been restored and sold for $3,300,000 due to its outstanding originality.

We fell in love the Café Mexicano 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RSR that was presented to a very high level and sold for $1,237,500.

All the great lots from Gooding & Company's Amelia Island Sale can be found in our feature gallery with results and brief descriptions.