With the Rennsport Reunion taking place in Monterey this upcoming weekend, we thought it was prudent to show off the 918s we spotted there just a month ago during #carweek2015.
With the 918 production run completely ended in June of 2015, the Porsche 918 was as abundant as it will ever be for the 2015 Monterey Car Week.
We ran into several exciting new cars including Michael Fux's who had his outfitted entrely in Acid Green as well as cars from Graham Rahal and @agentsteven.
On Thursday evening our spotting group found six 918s grouped together in the Carmel parkade. All manners of spotting celebrities came out for the occasion including Jason Thorgalsen and Luke Framton.
The result of our 918 spotting in Monterey can be found here.
Our gallery of the IAA in Frankfurt is now online. Among the many production and concept car debuts are the Ferrari 488 Spyder and Lamborghini Hurac?n LP 610-4 Spyder, both of which will be commonplace in the supercar landscape.
The videogame Gran Turismo nearly stole the show this year with both the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo and the Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo which were made to promote the game. Whether or not these video-game racers translate to real-world performance remains to be seen, but they are some very impressive and radical designs.
As we mentioned earlier Porsche released the highly popular Mission E at the show but also took the oppurtunity to launch the Type 991II updated Porsche 911 line which includes a host of upgrades including a twin-turbo engine for the Carreras. This vastly improves torque response and Porsche says it increases efficiency about 25%. So we have a new 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera, 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera S, 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet and 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet.
Rolls-Royce released their new Dawn at Frankfurt. This is a new four-seat cabriolet from Rolls-Royce that uses entireley new panels but shares much underpinnings with the Wraith. The new Dawn claims to have a completely silent retractable soft top operation.
Many great sports sedans were unveiled in Frankfurt. Audi released both the V6 Turbo Audi S4 and range-topping Audi S8 plus. Alfa Romeo displayed their new Giulia Quadrifoglio and had a classic 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 to compare it to.
Mercedes had their own reveal party the night before Frankfurt for the Mercedes Dream Cars show. A highlight was the Concept IAA, but regular production cars came out one after the other and many with AMG models ready to go. Take for instance the flagship S-Class Cabriolet which was shown in both S 500 Cabriolet and AMG S 63 4MATIC Cabriolet specification. The Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coup? also got updated with the M177 V8 from the AMG GT.
Tomorrow the Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung in Frankfurt, Germany will open its doors and we have five great cars to preview from this year's show:
The first is Bugatti's Vision Gran Turismo which is made to promote Polyphony Digital's Gran Turismo series and is a tribute to its founder Kazunori Yamauchi.
Also sharing the VW Group Night stage was the Lamborghini Hurac?n LP 610-4 Spyder which now uses an automatic electro-hydraulic soft top over the Hurac?n platform.
Porsche will use Frankfurt to relaunch their 911 line with a new range of turbocharged engines. These didn't stop them from making a spectacular show car called the Mission E which is an all-electric, 600BHP, four-door sports sedan.
Mercedes-Benz held their own release party tonight. Amongst the lineup of new cars they had the Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA, which stands for Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile. It uses an entirely retractble rear end to change aerodynamic profile at high speed.
We finish with the Honda Project 2&4 which uses Honda's RC213V competition motorcycle engine in a lightweight, four wheel package.
This weekend Peter Auto organized the second-annual Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille at the stunning Ch?teau de Chantilly, France.
Best of Show honors were given to the 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster from Evert Louwman amongst an exceptional display of european classics.
Our gallery has some of the sights and sounds from this year's event which celebrated the Citroen DS and Bugatti.
Bonhams used the occastion to host The Chantilly Sale. They limtied the offering to just 27 high-end cars including the 1972 Maserati Boomerang prototype which sold for ?3,335,000. All the lots and prices realized can be found in our feature gallery of The Chantilly Sale.
This year's Salon Priv? 2015 was held this weekend including the Supercar Show and Chubb Insurance Concours d'El?gance.
Main supercar attractions included the pictured Koenigsegg One:1, the Aston Martin Vulcan and Ferrari FXX K.
The Concours d'Elegance was won outright by the 1952 Jaguar XK120 Record Car that reached 172.412 mph on the Jabbeke straight in Belgium.
All these cars and more can be found in our feature gallery.
Two weeks ago the 1924/1932 Isotta Fraschini won Pebble Beach and ever since we have been diligentley working on our feature gallery.
This year had several impressive special features including a once-in-every-10-years Ferrari special which featured two special classes including Ferrari Preservation and Ferraris in the Pebble Beach Road Races. Unfortately the 2015 Ferrari year was letdown by Laguna Seca who didn't feature Ferrari as there was no sponsorship money in it for them.
Other one-of classes included Cunninghams, Shelby GT350, duPont and Designs by Carrozzeria Touring which probably had the most impressive entrants of any class.
As with every year, manufacturer's took advantage of the car week to reveal show cars, many at private parties and then shown throughout the week at various events. This year we saw the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R, BMW M4 GTS Concept, Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce Roadster, Aston Martin DB9 GT and the upcoming Ferrari F12 GTO, but with no pictures allowed.
As with past years we have broken up our Pebble Beach gallery by each expertly curated class in the links below.
Pebble Beach is only possible from the talent of people and volunteers that put their passion into it. They do a tremendous job given the resources and limited space available. As an aside, the 100% male jugde list is unbalanced. Maybe if Concours accepted more women, the event could be twice as good:
Concept Lawn and Modern Cars
A-1 - Antique
A-2 - Pope
B - Vintage
C-1 - American Classic Open
C-2 - American Classic Open Packard
C-3 - American Classic Closed
D - duPont
E - Lincoln Continental 75th Anniversary
G - Duesenberg
H-1 - Rolls-Royce Prewar
H-2 - Rolls-Royce and Bentley Postwar
I - Mercedes-Benz
J-1 - European Classic Early
J-2 - European Classic Late
K-1 - British Prewar Sports Cars Early
K-2 - British Prewar Sports Cars Late
L-1 - Prewar Preservation
L-2 - Postwar Preservation
M-1 - Ferrari Grand Touring
M-2 - Ferrari Competition
M-3 - Ferraris in the Pebble Beach Road Races
M-4 - Ferrari Preservation
N - Designs by Carrozzeria Touring
O-1 - Postwar Early
O-2 - Postwar Late
O-3 - Postwar Racing
P - Postwar Cunninghams
S - Shelby GT350 50th Anniversary
This year Gooding and Company sold a total of $128 million at Pebble Beach including the one-of 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Bertone Speciale which sold for $16,500,000.
With this type of auction comes record sales and Gooding broke some incredible Porsche numbers including top prices for the Porsche 956, Porsche 959, Porsche 911 Turbo 3.3 Coup? and Porsche 356A/1600 Speedster.
Other notable records included the Ford RS200 Evolution, Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina, , Ferrari F40 US-Spec, MG A Twin-Cam and Lancia Aurelia B24 Convertible.
Our gallery has all the aformentioned cars with prices realized and breif descriptions.
As if the Monterey Car Week wasn't already overloaded, Pagani used the occasion to host Pagani Raduno which was a multi-day tour culminating in Big Sur near Monterey.
Eleven Huayras participated in the four day event which began in LA. All but one of these came up for the Monterey Car Week and nine were displayed at The Quail.
Some of the most individualized cars were participating including the La Monza Liza and ?The King? 1 of 1.
Our gallery has ten Huayras from various spots as found by Richard Owen, David Burton and Steve Burton during the Monterey Car week.
In support of the 2015 Monterey Ferrari year, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance devoted a class to Ferraris that raced the Pebble Beach Road Races. It was these races that started the Monterey car week in 1950 in conjunction with the car show at The Lodge.
For the first time, Pebble did a second tour on Friday in which the Ferraris retraced the old route of the track near The Lodge. We quickly put ourselves in the last remaining original part of the track and shot the Ferraris that raced it 50 years ago.
For Pebble both 0058M and 0010M were painted in their original Road Race livery for the event.
Our gallery of this class has images from the Tour d'Elegance, the Concours d'Elegance and the second touR retracing the old route.
This year the 1924/1932 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A of The Patterson Collection won the 2015 Pebble Beach Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
This striking car was chosen by the honorary judges and features a 1932 Swiss Worblaufen body on a 1924 chassis.
The winning car appeared at Pebble after a multi-year restoration by RM Restorations. Patterson purchased it from Retromobile in 2004 from Artcurial auctions for ?1,256,000.
We have assembled a gallery page of all the class winners which shows exactly which cars the honorary judges had to chose from.
Today the inaugural Exotics on Cannery Row (EOCR) was a resounding success and firmly planted itself as one of the best new events to emerge in Monterey in the last 10 years.
The same team which is responsible for Fuel Run and the Gold Rush Rally took a bold move to secure Cannery Row in Pacific Grove for an out-and-out supercar spectacle.
The historic district of Cannery Row, known for packing sardines in a previous life, was filled today with 100s of new cars and among them the new LaFerraris, Huayras, 918s and P1s were crowd favorites.
We did our best to capture the cars through the crowd. If our images are any indication, then this event is going to become a staple in of #carweek.
LaFerrari is one of the top spots during this week's car week in Monterey, California.
We have compiled a page with all our LaFerrari sightings.
If you run into any additional cars please let us know.
The 2015 Monterey Car week glamour has officially begun with Gordon McCall's Motorworks Revival.
This year a stellar showing of supercars was on site including many top manufacturers with official displays.
We were pleased to see official displays by Koenigsegg and Pagani which included the Pagani Zonda Revolucion and Koenigsegg One:1.
These great cars and more can be found in our feature gallery of Gordon's Event.
This year's Monterey Motorsports Reunion is bringing together an entire race dedicated to the Shelby GT350. The over 2.5-litre class is already typically filled with Mustangs, but this special feature will bring out 39 GT350s.
With today's pre-reunion event now over, we have prepared a preview gallery with some of the new cars present at Laguna. We found a newly restored Porsche 908, Nissan 280ZX and an incredible set of post-war Alfas.
Among the many manufacturer displays, BMW will bring the 2002 BMW M3 GTR Stra?enversion from the factory collection in Germany. This will be the second time this model has been seen in North America.
Right now Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway might be at a crossroads as the local, long-term sanctioning body SCRAMP is being pressured-out in favor of the ISC which is known for its NASCAR events. As Laguna Seca is built on a County Park, this could jeopardize the agreement with the Monterey County Parks Department.
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.