Ferrari 500 Mondial Restored for Pebble Concours 2015

1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider Pinin Farina, chassis 0438MD

The Ferrari Classiche Department in Maranello, Italy recently completed the restoration of the 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider Pinin Farina, chassis 0438MD, originally owned by Dominican gentleman driver Porfirio Rubirosa. Known as a ladies' man, Rubirosa also dallied with some of the world’s most beautiful women, not least Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Veronica Lake, Kim Novak, Eva Peron and Zsa Zsa … [Read more...]

Nardo Test Track Celebrates 40 Years

Mercedes-Benz C 111-III

The Nardo Technical Center recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. Since its foundation on 1st July 1975 the testing centre in Apulia, Italy has been dedicated to cutting-edge development requirements. The high-speed circular track that is unique worldwide with a length of 12.6 kilometres was built to improve research and development processes by enabling vehicles to be tested under extreme conditions. Since 2012 … [Read more...]

Jaguar C-Type Works Lightweight – Profile

1953 Jaguar C-Type Works Lightweight

Few sports-racing cars have achieved such legendary status as the Jaguar C-Type, which won the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice for Coventry during the company’s domination of the event in the 1950s. The C-Type began life as the famed XK120 roadster, which had taken the world by storm in 1948 with its revolutionary dual overhead-cam engine. Several privateering customers entered factory-supported XK120 examples at the … [Read more...]

Alfa Romeo Museum Opens Doors

Alfa Romeo Giulia display

Alfa Romeo is celebrating its 105th anniversary by opening its historical museum in Arese, Milan, Italy to the public. The museum, which is named “La macchina del tempo – Museo storico Alfa Romeo”, is at the heart of a brand centre which also has a bookshop, cafe, documentation centre, test-drive track, event venues, showroom and customer delivery area, in an effort to feature the past, present and future of the Alfa … [Read more...]

1955 Mille Miglia Victory Celebrated

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR #722

At the 2015 Mille Miglia retrospective, Mercedes-Benz celebrated the 60th anniversary of its famed overall win at the 1955 Mille Miglia. Three of the greatest heroes of the thousand-mile race in 1955 returned to the route between Brescia and Rome. Together with the legendary Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR (W 196 S) racing car, Mercedes-Benz racing drivers Sir Stirling Moss and Hans Herrmann remembered the 1955 race at this … [Read more...]

24 Hours of Le Mans 2015 – Report and Photos

24 Hours of Le Mans 2015

The 24 Hours of Le Mans 2015 was held 13-14 June at the 38-turn, 8.469 mile Circuit de la Sarthe in France. Every race is special. Every race is different. Just when you think you might have seen it all the 24 Hours of Le Mans pulls another surprise. The 83rd edition packed action, drama and pathos into the daylong race that seems to last a week and for some is a year in the planning. In the end it appeared to be … [Read more...]

Happy 80th Birthday to Vic Elford

Vic Elford's Porsche 908 at the Nurburgring 1000 KM in 1968

Born in London on June 10, 1935, Vic Elford was one of the fastest drivers in the highly competitive 1960s and '70s racing scene. Elford’s lap records include Targa Florio, Nurburgring, Daytona, Sebring, Norisring, Monza, Road Atlanta, Laguna Seca, Riverside, and Le Mans - where he was the first driver to lap at over a 150mph average in the Porsche long-tail 917 in 1970. Known as “Quick Vic” to friends and … [Read more...]

Mercedes Celebrates Indy 500 Victory

Painting by Carlo Demand depicting 1915 Indianapolis 500 finish

On 31 May 1915, Ralph DePalma won the 500-mile race in Indianapolis driving a Mercedes Grand Prix car. A major dream had come true for the racing driver born in Italy in 1882. In 1912, he had narrowly failed to win victory in the Indianapolis 500 owing to a technical defect. His victory in the fifth of these legendary races crowned a whole series of successes that DePalma notched up in one of the vehicles with which … [Read more...]

Audi Le Mans Winners Unite for First Time

Le Mans winning Audi race cars 2000 - 2014

Audi is intensively preparing to battle for its 14th victory in the world’s toughest endurance race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Since 2000, the marque has won the race 13 times. This year, Audi assembled all of its Le Mans winning models for a group photo for the first time. The string of victories began with the Audi R8 in 2000. “Following a year of learning and gathering experience at Le Mans, we started the 2000 … [Read more...]

The Colors of the Porsche 919 Hybrid

Porsche 919 Hybrid in 2015 Le Mans colors

The livery of a race car is a science in itself. It should highlight design and proportions, cover design secrets and it must look good when the car runs at high speeds. In the old days cars were painted, nowadays they are covered in ultra-thin material. Often the colours and looks are influenced by sponsors and partners like the never forgotten Porsche Le Mans race cars in the colours of Gulf, Martini, Mobil1, … [Read more...]

First Alfa Romeo F1 Victory Remembered

Giuseppe "Nino" Farina won the first Grand Prix of Europe on Alfa Romeo 158

The first World Championship Formula 1 race of the modern era was staged May 13, 1950 at the Silverstone Circuit in Silverstone, England. Giuseppe "Nino" Farina won the Grand Prix of Europe with his Alfa Romeo Tipo 158 'Alfetta' in convincing fashion. Alfa Romeo fielded a team of four "Alfetta" to the Silverstone track for the debut World Championship Formula 1 race in 1950. They were entrusted to Giuseppe "Nino" … [Read more...]

Shelby 427 Cobra S/C – Car Profile

1967 Shelby 427 Cobra S/C (photo: David Newhardt)

Invoiced to Shelby American on December 14, 1966, Shelby Cobra CSX3356 was first sold to Paradise Ford of Scottsdale, Arizona, at an inventory reduction price of “$1,000 off dealer cost” and was delivered to Arizona by truck on October 2, 1967. In its original configuration it was equipped with the single four-barrel 427 “side oiler” engine and finished in Red with a Black interior. The Shelby Registry notes that … [Read more...]

Ferrari 212 Export Barchetta – Car Profile

1952 Ferrari 212 Export Barchetta by Touring

Ferraris were campaigned frequently and with ferocity by both the factory and wealthy privateers, and the company’s reputation during its early days hinged on the success of its race cars. During these early years, Ferrari created a chassis numbering system that would create legends: the competition cars would be designated an even numbered chassis, whilst road going cars would receive odd chassis numbers. Whilst … [Read more...]

Ferrari 290 MM – Profile and Photo Gallery

1956 Ferrari 290 MM (photo: Sports Car Digest)

A Ferrari 290 MM was displayed at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance 2015, held Sunday, March 15th on the fairways of The Golf Club of Amelia Island next to the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island, Florida. The Ferrari 290 MM, which was restored by the Classiche Department at Ferrari in 2014, was awarded the "The Chairman’s Choice Trophy for the Car Found Most Appealing by the Chairman" at the 20th annual Amelia. … [Read more...]

Look to the Future – Aston Martin Vanquish

2004 Aston Martin Vanquish V12

With classic-era Aston Martins rapidly appreciating in value beyond the seven-digit mark, it’s nice to examine modern-era cars that might someday follow suit. Of course, top-of-the-range collectibles are always more desirable than their standard-production brethren. Such is the case with the Aston Martin Vanquish V12. In the future, collectors undoubtedly will look back upon the Series One Vanquish and heap praise … [Read more...]