2014 Le Mans Classic

Our Gallery of the 2014 Le Mans Classic is now online.

This year was notable for rain during many of the races, but the organisers are still reporting 110,000 for the seventh Le Mans Classic.

As with years previous the event was split into 6 groups that divided 56 years of Le Mans history. Each group featured around 80 cars which is larger than any other grids in historic racing.

Our galleries feature the work of photographer Luc Ghys with a special feature on the 250 Tornano a Casa display by Thomas / www.fast-auto.fr and Ferrari S.p.A.

Plateau 6 (1972-1979)
Plateau 5 (1966-1971)
Plateau 4 (1962-1965)
Plateau 3 (1957-1961)
Plateau 2 (1949-1956)
Plateau 1 (1923-1939)
le 250 tornano a casa
Plateau 6 (1972-1979)


2014 McLaren F1 Tour

Among the great tours of the motoring world is the McLaren F1 Tour and our gallery has some of the best available photos of the 2014 edition.

The tour is organized by Ray Bellm who manages the official club for the McLaren F1 owners with support from McLaren Automotive.

This year they used the picturesque Province of Siena or Sienne Italy and used the incredible hotel Borgo Santo Pietro in Chiusdino, Tuscany as homebase.

Our gallery of the 2014 tour includes the incredible photography from Vincent Martin of CM-ARTE with serial number research by Eric Reynolds aka Peloton25.


2014 Villa d'Este

The authority that is the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este continues to grow and this year's event had undoubtedly the best cars in the world.

One example is the stunning 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Spider which took the best of show for collector Corrado Lopresto.

Maserati's 100th anniversary was this year's main theme at Villa and the group of cars assembled on the historic grounds were better than any previous centennial display.

The modern prototypes were especially well represented with the international debut of the Lamborghini Gallardo 5-95 Zagato and 2014 MINI Superleggera Vision.

Our comprehensive gallery is robustly built around the exceptional images from Nicolas Jeannier of www.arthomobiles.fr. He patiently and thoroughly photographed every car in the event for our feature galleries:

Page 1- 'Concept Car E Prototipi'
Class A- 'Rolls-Royce - 110 Years of Excellence'
Class B- 'The Great Gatsby - Cars Fot For A Prince'
Class C- 'Gone With The Wind'
Class D- 'Villa d'Este Style'
Class E- 'From St. Tropez to Portofino - Al Fresco Motoring For Two'
Class F- 'Le Fuoriserie - Unique Flights of Fancy'
Class G- 'I Primi Cento Anni'
Class H- 'Piloti Per Diletto - Dalla Pista Al Teatro'
Class I- 'Da Corsa - Racing For Glory'


2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is Britian's top motoring event and our gallery has all the highlights from this year's edition.

Unexpectedly Ferrari brought out the best modern supercars with a bright green LaFerrari freshly delivered to Jamiroquai singer, Jay Kay and the new, one-of Ferrari F12 TRS.

Maserati celebrated its centenary at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed and many great examples ran up the hill including an a very quick MC12 driven by Michael Bartels in Goodwood Cent 100 livery. Further more the Maserati A6GCS/53 Pinin Farina Berlinetta won the Cartier Style and Luxe concours.

Some nice groups were in the event including the Old Number 1, 2 & 3 Bentley Speed Sixes and Peugeots 2013 and 1987 Pikes Peak contenders the three surviving 1914 Mercedes GP cars and a quintet of Jaguar D-types.

On Friday Bonhams had the distinction to offer the ex-Ecurie Franchorchamps 1954 Ferrari 375 Plus and received a resounding £10,753,500.

By day 4 Sebastian Loeb was more than two seconds faster than anyone else up the hill using his 2013 Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak.

All these and more can be found in our feature gallery from Goodwood.


Goodwood Festival Preview

With the Goodwood Festival of Speed only one day away, many British companies are taking the opportunity to preview their upcoming releases.

One such car is the Jaguar F-Type Project 7 which Jaguar calls their fastest and most powerful production Jaguar!

In a similar vein, Bentley will show off a lightweight version of their Continental known as the Bentley Continental GT3-R that will be produced in 300 limited examples.

Gran Turismo 6 will have a huge presence at Goodwood. Nissan will show off a full-size version of the Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo made specifically for the game and Aston Martin will make a similar car known simply as the DP-100.

We won't specifically be at Goodwood, so if you are there with a camera please contact us and we can share them everyone.


24H Nürburgring

We have said it before: the 24-hour endurance race at the Nürburgring is our favorite endurance race of them all.

This year Audi supported an armada of capable teams which resulted in the Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS ultra of Christopher Haase, Christian Mamerow, René Rast and Markus Winkelhock taking first overall.

Audi was clearly at their limit, as behind the winning car were two very capable Mercedes-Benz SLSs, the Falcon Porsche, Aston Martin's fastest car and the Team Schubert BMW. The next Audi was back down in 9th position.

This victory let Audi proclaim that they've won the two major 24-hour endurance races within just seven calendar days.

The winning team achieved a record 4,035.102 kilometres which was possible due to faultless 8-lap stints which Phoenix Racing completed like German clockwork.

Our excellent gallery has all the top runners among the usually stunning scenery of green hell.


Le Mans Debrief

It wasn't easy for anyone at Le Mans this year. Hybrid power systems of the front-runners were especially problematic and the winning Audis both took 20 minutes in the pitlane to change turbochargers that were not up to the barrage of heat cycles.

In the end Audi was more reliable than Porsche and Toyota which both led the race for a considerable period. It was particularly heartbreaking for Mark Weber who lost the lead due to engine failure of his Porsche in the late stages of the race.

2014 was earmarked as a Grand Prix of Endurance that forced an energy economy via fuel flow metering. Each team had different setups, such as Porsche who were the only team to use turbocharger recovery.

In the end, Marcel Fassler, André Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer gave Audi their 13th overall victory in 15 years at Le Mans using the same team, drivers and race engineer that has won twice before.

The LM GTE category was less dramatic, but the faster Aston Martins did lose to Ferrari and Corvette due to brake and power steering failures. This let Gianmaria Bruni, Giancarlo Fisichella & Tony Vilander take the GT class win for the third time in Le Mans history with AF Corse Ferrari.

As a footnote, the Nissan ZEOD RC ran only for 25 minutes at Le Mans, but it was the first car to run an all-electric lap at Le Mans. We hope to see a better performance next year with their new 2015 Nissan GT-R LM NISMO.


Audi Dominates Le Mans

Earlier today Audi reasserted their Le Mans dominance after Marcel Fassler, André Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer drove the #2 car to overall victory at the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Challenged by both Porsche and Toyota in the LMP1 catagory, Audi benefitted from a steady pace where the other teams suffered technical setbacks and delays.

Our working gallery has some of the best photos of the LMP1 class from Le Mans in anticipation of the the GT classes which will follow shortly.


Group C at SPA-Classic 2014

Group C Racing used the SPA-Classic as one of six stops on their european tour.

This highly organised group has their own regulations and allows Group C, IMSA and GTP cars running to 1982-1993 specifications.

Naturally this brought out an impressive collection at SPA including two Sauber C11s, two Nissan R90CKs and a hoard of Porsche 962s.

We have photographs of every contender from SPA in our Group C gallery from photographer Luc Ghys.


Sports Cars from the 2014 Monaco Historics

With Monaco GP starting up on Thursday we thought it would be nice to feature the Sports Cars (Class C) from the 9e Grand Prix de Monaco Historique held last weekend.

The sports car class is an hommage to the 1952 Monaco GP which was run for sports cars and won by Vittorio Marzotto in a Ferrari 225S against an armada of Aston Martin DB3s, Jaguar C-Types and Talbot-Lagos.

The 2014 historic race was open to sports racing cars that raced from 1952 to 1955. This meant cars such as the Frazer Nash Le Mans and numerous one-of Coopers were allowed to race even though they were not of a type that raced the 1952 event.

Our gallery from Monaco features some epic photography by Loïc Kernen who also did a pit walk for us.


2014 Monterey GP

Recently Laguna Seca staged the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix which included all four classes of the TUDOR Championship.

The TUDOR Championship merges both the Grand-Am and ALMS series into a single weekend but the races are still somewhat fragmented. For instance they run Grand-Am cars and Oreca prototypes separate from the Le Mans GTE cars and American Prototype cars. Hopefully future years will sort out which prototype and GT cars take over entirely.

Our gallery from Monterey includes all four classes from Tudor and a bonus gallery of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America from local photographer extraordinaire Steve Burton:

TUDOR Championship GT Daytona (GTD)
TUDOR Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM)
TUDOR Championship Prototype Challenge (PC)
TUDOR Championship Prototype (P)
Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America


RM's Auction in Monaco

Just minutes ago RM wrapped up their bi-annual Monaco sale held on the same weekend as the 9e Grand Prix de Monaco Historique.

RM had a very successful sale tonight by selling 74 of the 80 cars offered with many new world records being set in process.

Top sale of the night went to the 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C chassis 09067 that sold for €5,712,000 or $8,042,500 USD. Not far behind was the 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series I 1181GT which sold for €4,704,000 ($5,268,500 USD).

Included in the sale were many Monaco supercars including a low mileage Enzo, 599 GTB, Ferrari F50 and Ferrari 599 SA Aperta which set a precedent at €694,400 ($977,700 USD).

All the cars with images, descriptions and prices realized can be found on our gallery page by Loïc Kernen.


2014 DTM Season Starts

Last weekend the much anticipated Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters season started at Hockenheim-Ring with a resounding victory for Marco Wittmann in his team BMW Team RMG 2014 BMW M4 DTM.

BMW Motorsport are calling it a historic victory as 30 years ago Harald Grohs won BMW's first victory in the DTM with the BMW 635 CSi at Zolder.

BMW are also celebrating another 30th anniversary today by releasing the 2014 BMW M5 30 Jahre Edition which is the most powerful of all M5s to date.

Our gallery from Hockenheim features all the competing cars from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi in their 42-lap fight around the 4.574-kilometre circuit.


Toyota Win at SPA

This weekend, Anthony Davidson, Nicolas Lapierre and Sebastien Buemi took a resounding victory at the 6 Heures de SPA-Francorchamps in their team Toyota Racing 2014 Toyota TS040 Hybrid.

Having also won at Silverstone outright, Toyota look set to win against Porsche and Audi at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Saturday, June 14th.

Ferrari won both the LMGTE Pro and LMGTE AM classes thanks to the very capable Italian AF Corse team which fielded five cars at the event.

Our feature gallery from SPA features 50 of the best images available to us and we publish it with great anticipation of Le Mans.


Zenvo ST1 tours Monaco

The Top Marques Monaco show is enhanced with test drives of various cars on a privatized section of the F1 Grand Prix circuit.

This year our enterprising photographer Loïc Kernen took the Zenvo ST1 out a step further to capture it with the sights and sounds of Monaco.

The result is our fabulous picture page of the orange ST1 among some of its best surroundings to date.

We have also used this occasion to update our ST1 page with some fabulous studio photography from Zenvo Automotive.