GLAMOUR, HISTORY AND SPEED AT SALON PRIVE
Salon Privé is renowned for attracting the world’s finest motor cars to its Concours d’Elégance by AXA, and this year more than a century of automotive history will be represented on the lawns of Blenheim Palace – from pioneering veterans to modern-day hypercars.
Few marques capture the glamour of the inter-war years in quite the same way as Hispano-Suiza, and enthusiasts will be able to revel in the sight of one of its most coveted models. Introduced in 1931, the J12 represented the height of luxury and the pinnacle of Hispano-Suiza’s automotive development, and the car that will be starring in the Concours d’Elégance by AXA is one of only eight open examples ever built. The Cabriolet coachwork was created by the famous Parisian carrosserie Vanvooren, which also designed flowing, elegant bodies for the likes of Rolls-Royce, Bugatti and Bentley. Owned by renowned collector Peter Mullin since 1992, this spectacular J12 will be entered into the Pre-War Open Tourers Class.
Meanwhile, Napier enjoyed a peerless reputation in the early years of the 20th century, and the British company pioneered the use of six-cylinder engines in production cars. Its performance credentials were confirmed via a successful competition programme and, when combined with exquisite coachwork, helped to make Napiers the original ‘Best Car in the World’ – long before Rolls-Royce adopted that line.
Discovered in an Argentinian barn along with two Bugattis, the 1904 Napier L49 that will be appearing at Salon Privé was eventually imported back into UK by the well-known racer, dealer and collector Colin Crabbe.
After being sold to current owner Sirdool Singh, a painstaking ‘nut and bolt’ restoration was carried out in India at a facility owned by His Highness Rana Manvendra Singh of Barwani. Now finished in ‘Napier Green’ with maroon coachlines, the chain-driven semi-limousine will be entered in the Pre-War Closed Tourers Class.
Bringing the story right up to date is a 2019 McLaren Senna, which will be entered in the Classics of the Future Class. Inspired by Brazilian legend Ayrton Senna – who won all three of his Formula One World Championships with McLaren – the 789bhp hypercar is the most track-focused road model ever built by McLaren, legalised for road use but not sanitised to suit it.
The McLaren that will grace the lawn at Salon Privé is finished in a unique colour scheme. Having grown up watching Formula One racing during the 1980s, the owner decided to apply the iconic black-and-gold JPS livery worn by the Lotus in which Senna took his first victory at the rain-sodden 1985 Portuguese Grand Prix.
For this year’s Concours d’Elégance by AXA, virtual judging will be employed by the International Chief Judge Advisory Group (ICJAG). Blazing a trail for all international concours events, Salon Privé and the ICJAG will be the first to carry out serious objective judging in such a manner. Knowledgeable specialist ICJAG Field Managers will be on-site and will be available to coordinate and answer questions from entrants and judges, and the process will be as precise and thorough as ever.
The event will also be live-streamed for the first time, enabling enthusiasts from around the world to immerse themselves in its ambience.
Ed Gilbertson, President of the Jury for Salon Privé, said: “We are pleased and excited that Salon Privé and the International Chief Judge Advisory Group will be conducting the first virtual judging objectively based on originality and authenticity. Experienced judges will be using the same time-tested judging forms and judging guidelines used at dozens of physical shows across the world.”
Gilbertson further stated: “The car world is experiencing fundamental changes in terms of vehicles, technology, and demographics. ICJAG expects to employ more virtual judging in the future using AI and augmented reality coupled with 5G and eventually neural networking. Salon Privé, as always, is crossing the portal into the future world and ICJAG stands ready to provide guidance on proper preservation and correct restoration.”
Andrew Bagley, Chairman of the Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance by AXA, said: “When faced with the problem of over 30 international ICJAG judges being unable to fly into the UK for the annual judging at Salon Privé, we had to quickly adapt. Virtual, but live, judging was the obvious route and so it came to be. For the first time in concours history, the 70 entrants and their cars will be live streamed to judges across the world on Wednesday 23 September, as once again we set about discovering which one of these will be crowned with the ultimate prize of Best of Show 2020.”
BRITISH NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM
COVID-19 APPEAL AND RAFFLE
This is an urgent appeal from the National Motorcycle Museum concerning its plans for how and when it might be able to reopen, and the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on its business. Many visitors will not realize that the National Motorcycle Museum receives no external funding whatsoever. This means that, not only does it rely on visitors to the museum, but mainly on the income from our conference business and two sister hotels. Everyone knows that hospitality and leisure has been one of the worst hit sectors, and the NMM doesn’t know when its allied National Conference Centre, Manor Hotel Meriden, and Windmill Village Hotel Coventry will be able to reopen fully, let alone trade profitably.
Museum Director James Hewing explains further: “Without the income from our three sister businesses, there is little likelihood of the museum opening, and then remaining open, until they return to normal trading. The museum itself requires a surplus of around £500,000 per year just to break even. Without making this appeal, we may have to sell some of our reserve collection of bikes, the last thing we would ever have wanted to do. Unfortunately, all of our business activities are in one of the hardest hit sectors, and we simply don’t know how long they will take to recover”.
Therefore, the museum is launching an appeal which gives people the chance to help us raise the £500,000 required in two different ways. On Friday 17/07/20 the NMM will be launching a special Covid-19 Museum appeal raffle with the chance to win the following fantastic classic motorcycles, one new/old stock and two which have been restored in the museum’s workshops! This special appeal raffle will be extra to the normal summer & winter raffles which will operate as usual.
First prize in the Covid-19 raffle is a brand new/old stock 1977 Norton Commando 850cc. Second prize is a1948 Ariel NG 350cc and third price is a 1959 BSA B31 350cc. Both of these have been restored by the Museum.
The draw will take place on Thursday 21/12/20 at the National Motorcycle Museum.Tickets cost £6.00 each & will be distributed during August & Sept 2020 via subscription copies of the specialist press. Tickets may also be obtained on-line from www.thenmm.co.uk following the launch date of 17/07/20.
How else can you help? By visiting the museum website www.thenmm.co.uk and donating to the reopening appeal fund. From 17/07/20, you will find a link to the appeal fund donation page and can be assured that any amount donated will be used to help the museum remain open until normal trading resumes. Not only this, but you will be helping to preserve as much of its reserve collection as possible.
2021 PEBBLE BEACH TOUR POSTER ART
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (June 25, 2020) — The innovative Ferrari 365P debuted at the Paris Auto Salon in 1966, then embarked on a year-long world tour, travelling to London, Brussels, Geneva, Turin and Los Angeles. Decades later, this distinctive three-seat Berlinetta body by Pininfarina continues to inspire designers and enthusiasts, and it takes pride of place on the poster art created for the 2021 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance presented by Rolex.
The 2021 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will feature the creations of Carrozzeria Pininfarina, which now encompasses 90+ years of style, and the Tour will showcase these designs as they are meant to be seen — in motion.
“Pininfarina has long been a strong creative force, styling cars for a host of marques over many decades,” said Concours Chairman Sandra Button, “But the relationship between Ferrari and Pininfarina is a very special one; Pininfarina has probably designed more Ferraris than any other coachbuilder.” The Concours will feature a full class of Pininfarina-bodied Ferraris, in addition to designs done for other manufacturers such as Lancia, Alfa Romeo and Cisitalia, Cadillac and Chevrolet, Bentley and Nash-Healey, Mercedes-Benz and Peugeot.
The 365P was the first mid-engine V12 Ferrari designed for road use — and it almost didn’t happen. Truth be told, Enzo Ferrari wasn’t convinced that any road car needed all that power. But others, including Ferrari racing legend Luigi Chinetti, argued for it. And Sergio Pininfarina, then a relatively new designer seeking to strengthen the relationship between Ferrari and his family’s firm, was eager to show what he could do with such a platform. At the car’s core is the engine and engineering of the 365P2 raced by NART, Chinetti’s North America Racing Team. But its most innovative feature, as indicated by its nickname “Tre Posti,” is the trio of seats inside; the driver sits front and center, flanked by two passengers just slightly set back.
“The Ferrari 365P is a remarkable car,” said Tim Layzell, who painted the poster art. In 1995, at the age of 13, Layzell won the Young Motoring Artist Award from the British Racing Drivers Club, and he is now rightly considered one of the world’s leading motoring artists. “At first glance, it has many design similarities to, and lines of, the legendary Dino. But as you look closer, there are several distinct differences — mainly as a result of the extra width accommodating the extra center seat. At the time, it was very futuristic and forward thinking.”
After two early owners, each of whom kept the car just briefly (the first returned it in part because he felt it was difficult to parallel park!), the car was purchased in 1969 by Luigi Chinetti himself, who retained it for nearly five decades. He exhibited it at the Pebble Beach Concours in 2004. This car is one of just two 365Ps: a second car was built for Gianni Agnelli and is now in another private collection.
A 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina Cabriolet Series II (with hardtop) is also included on the Tour poster art, which was created with acrylics on canvas and measures 24- by 30-inches.
“Pininfarina has been responsible for some of the greatest automotive styling ever,” said Layzell, “and the Ferrari bloodline definitely made the most of their talent, with the 250 Tour De France, 250 SWB and the 250 PF Cabriolet being among the best. I have painted these cars many times, and they’ve always been on my Top Ten dream garage list. They have such simplicity, but with fantastically elegant and organic lines that could only be crafted by hand. They look great on paper, but when you see them in real life, they make your jaw drop to the floor! Nothing compares.”
The Pebble Beach Tour takes place a few days prior to the Pebble Beach Concours and can have a bearing on which car wins the Concours; cars that successfully complete the scenic 70-mile drive get the nod if tied in class competition.
For more information on the 2021 Pebble Beach Concours, the Tour and related events — or to purchase Concours tickets — go to www.pebblebeachconcours.net.
SALON PRIVE DAY BY DAY PREVIEW
From the globally renowned Concours d’Elégance to the presentation of the Club Trophy, this year’s Salon Privé – scheduled for September 23rd – 26th at Blenheim Palace in the Oxfordshire UK town of Woodstock – is set to be another unforgettable celebration of the very best that the motoring world has to offer.
The traditional curtain-raiser is Wednesday’s Concours d’Elégance by AXA, the most prestigious such event in the UK. As a partner concours of The Peninsula Classic Best of the Best Award, the jury at Salon Privé is led by Ed Gilbertson and is made up of some of the world’s most experienced and knowledgeable judges. All are experts in their respective fields and will carry out their work with scrutiny and precision.
Enthusiasts and collectors will be waiting to see which car is considered special enough to follow last year’s Best of Show – the beautiful 1948 Figoni et Falaschi Talbot Lago T26 GS Fastback Coupé. That announcement will come on Thursday, which is Ladies’ Day by Boodles – when the elegance of the cars is matched by the stylish outfits on display.The Concours d’Elégance then makes way for Friday’s Salon Privé Masters by Pirelli and Lockton. This year, the beautiful South Lawn at Blenheim Palace will be given over to a celebration of the supercar and its evolution from the Lamborghini Miura of the 1960s to the engineering masterpieces of the 21st century. Some of the most desirable cars ever made will be centre-stage, with great names such as Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini and Jaguar all taking a starring role.
Closing the event on Saturday is the popular Classic & Supercar day featuring the Salon Privé Club Trophy. More than 1,000 cars from some of the finest manufacturers in automotive history are expected to take part in this relaxed and enjoyable day, which begins with Club Secretaries and brand representatives creating a shortlist of their favourite cars. Once these have assembled in front of the Blenheim Palace steps, guests will choose their winner – which will be awarded the Salon Privé Club Trophy.
This year’s event will also host the UK debut for a number of significant new models. Morgan will be introducing the limited-run Plus 4 70th Anniversary Edition, which is being built at its historic Malvern factory to celebrate the model’s launch in 1950. Turin-based Manifattura Automobili Torino will be presenting its sensational New Stratos, while those interested in the very latest technology won’t want to miss the all-electric Aspark Owl and Rimac Concept_Two hypercars. Also set to grace Salon Privé are the remarkable Engler Superquad and the PAL-V flying car, with further exciting announcements expected between now and September.
PEBBLE BEACH MAGAZINE AND WEBSITE CONTACT
The organisers of the world-renowned Pebble Beach Concours have announced the inaugural issue of their new Insider, a monthly digital magazine sharing inspiring stories, insights and information about the Concours and the collector car community. In the first issue, Paolo Pininfarina shares some family history and discusses many of his favorite cars, the poster art for the 2021 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance presented by Rolex is previewed and the first decade of Best of Show winners are honoured.
For more information go to www.pebblebeachconcours.net via which you can subscribe to the Insider magazine and the main Pebble Beach website.
THE ‘PURSUIT OF SPEED’ AT LONDON CONCOURS
The London Concours, presented by Montres Breguet, has announced its The Pursuit of Speed display; gathering the cars designed not just to be fast on the road, but to be the fastest. From the all-conquering Jaguar XK120 to the beautifully iconic Mercedes 300SL ‘Gullwing’ and on to the latest Bugatti Veyron and Chiron, ‘The Pursuit of Speed’ is a visual journey through humanity’s quest for ever higher speeds, and the evolving technology that accompanies it.
Taking place from 19-20 August, the London Concours will gather these speed machines and nearly 100 others into the Honourable Artillery Company HQ – a five-acre oasis of green nestled among the tall buildings of the City of London. Classes are dedicated to elegance, or to innovation, design and – in this case – speed.
From naturally aspirated six-cylinder engines to quad-turbocharged W16 engines, the fastest cars on the road have quickly shifted gears from well over 100mph to just over 300mph in less than 100 years, and The Pursuit of Speed will chart each quantum leap. Below are a few of the highlights that will be on the lawn:
1950s Mercedes 300SL Gullwing
Arguably one of the most beautiful cars ever created, the Mercedes 300SL kickstarted the SL model line that continues in the Mercedes range to this day. At the time, it was not just a stunning and innovative piece of design (including those iconic gullwing doors), it was actually the fastest car in the world, capable of hitting over 160mph with the right gearing.
1970s Lamborghini Countach LP400 (Periscopio)
The unmistakable, aggressive wedge-shaped Lamborghini Countach was built on a tubular space-frame chassis with dramatic alloy bodywork draped over it. But never one to skimp on drama, Lamborghini also equipped the Countach with a pair of magnificent scissor doors. Fitted with a longitudinal 4.0-litre V12, the early LP400 ‘Periscopio’ was capable of reaching around 180mph, but the pièce de résistance of these 150 early models is the periscope rear-view mirror which was replaced shortly afterwards.
1980s Ferrari F40
The final car that got Enzo Ferrari’s personal sign off was to be an absolute powerhouse. Celebrating 40 years of Ferrari, the powerful twin-turbo V8 was fitted to a lightweight Kevlar, carbon fibre and aluminium body meaning it was the fastest, most powerful and most expensive car for sale at the time. The amount of weight saving was made apparent in the spartan interior – no door handles, no glove box, carpets or trim. Even today, the Ferrari F40 will keep modern supercars honest with a top speed over 200mph.
2000s Bugatti Veyron
As the first car to break the 250mph barrier, the Bugatti Veyron was a seminal moment in automotive history. It’s 8.0-litre quad-turbocharged W16 engine generated 1001PS, with Super Sport versions boasting 1,200PS. In 2005, it set an average top speed record of 253.81mph, before the later ‘World Record Edition’ model hit a blistering 268mph.
The London Concours 2020 takes place from 19-20 August. Tickets are available to buy now from www.londonconcours.co.uk/tickets
VESPA 946 CHRISTIAN DIOR: BIRTH OF A NEW ICON
The Christian Dior fashion brand has joined forces with Vespa to create an exclusive scooter and a range of matching accessories, celebrating the sunny-spirit and art of living of the two houses. Founded in the same year, in 1946, the Italian brand and the Parisian couture house are linked by an unwavering desire to inspire a new, bright and creative vision of the world. Today, more than ever, the Dior and Vespa collaboration reinvents this spirit of freedom, movement and expression that drives them.
Out of this passionate dialogue, the Vespa 946 Christian Dior scooter comes to life, its monohull architecture and subtle graphic lines paying tribute to the heritage of the two houses. A symbol of refinement, this object of desire reflects their shared commitment to the excellence of savoir-faire and virtuoso art of detail. A contemporary version of the iconic Vespa 946, recognized for its elegant, streamlined curves and technological innovation – the new model was designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri, Creative Director of Dior women’s collections. The scooter is made in Italy, adhering to the exacting standards, commitment and precision of a couture atelier
Echoing the design of the saddle, a top case patterned with the Dior Oblique motif – designed by Marc Bohan in 1967 – is specially designed to be fixed on the luggage rack, adding a distinctive allure. A helmet adorned with the same iconic motif rounds out the unique range.
CONCORSO ITALIANO VIRTUAL EVENT
The organisers of the Concorso Italiano normally held annually during the Monterey Classics Week in August are staging a unique virtual event this year as a response to the actual event cancellation originally scheduled for August. They are inviting owners of suitable Italian machinery to submit 90 to 120 second smart phone videos to the virtual event, which is supported by the Petersen Automotive Museum and which will go online in mid-August. For more information go to www.concorso.com
NEW STRATOS TO BE LAUNCHED AT SALON PRIVÉ
In the first of what will be many new model announcements at this year’s event, the Directors of Salon Privé at Blenheim Palace in September are thrilled to welcome Turin-based manufacturer, Manifattura Automobili Torino (MAT) with the UK debut of its 2020 interpretation of the famed Lancia Stratos.
Following an illustrious career in Automotive Design that saw him spearhead the Special Projects Division at Pininfarina, Paolo Garella together with his son, Riccardo launched MAT in 2014 with the aim being to create a niche automotive manufacturer that could turn dreams into reality, taking projects from conception phase right through to final production. With its skilled and passionate team of designers and engineers, the company has been involved in a number of exotic projects such as the unique P4/5 Competizione and the SCG003C&S Series, all for American collector and entrepreneur, Jim Glickenhaus. Then there’s the Apollo Intensa Emozione and currently, the co-development EV Hypercar, the Aspark Owl.
Whilst the first prototype Stratos debuted in 2010, it wasn’t until 2018 that it officially went on sale following the granting of rights to produce the car by German company, New Stratos GbR, owned by German Billionaire Michael Stoschek.
The New Stratos to be shown at Salon Privé will be the latest interpretation of this legendary 70s rally car. Each car is based on a donor F430 which is then heavily modified to save weight and increase agility and performance. Combined, the carbon body and lightened steel frame save 80 kgs and the wheelbase is then shortened by 20cm to recreate the iconic proportions of the original car. With further MAT modifications under the bonnet, the Ferrari 4.3-litre V8 is good for 540 bhp.
For more information on the event go to www.salonpriveconcours.com
STELLA ALPINA 2020 – FIRST RALLY AFTER LOCKDOWN
The Stella Alpina, which took place from June 26th to 28th. had the honor of being the first classic rally taking place in post Covid-19 conditions, of course with careful attention to the safety of participants, who undoubtedly had smiles on their faces - even if hidden by face masks, in compliance with safety rules!
The rally took place in the beautiful Alpine landscapes of Trentino in Northern Italy’s Dolomite mountains and featured 46 timed trials and six speed average tests. It started from Trento Caproni Airport on Friday June 26th with the first leg, which led the participants to Madonna di Campiglio, pearl of the Dolomites.
Throughout the following two days contestants were then surrounded by the most unspoiled natural scenery while driving challenging and evocative alpine passes, as Passo della Mendola or Passo Lavazè.
TESTING STARTS ON THE ASTON MARTIN/BROUGH SUPERIOR MOTORCYCLE PROJECT
The AMB 001 by Aston Martin and Brough Superior took to the track at Pau-Arnos in France recently to begin its comprehensive testing programme. Designed and engineered for the racetrack, the AMB 001 is strictly limited to just 100 examples and is on schedule for first deliveries at the end of this year. Adorned in the traditional Aston Martin Camo livery, the AMB 001 test mule completed its first test at Pau-Arnos.
Aston Martin Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman said: “Everybody involved has managed to make tremendous progress with the development of AMB 001, despite the challenges we have all been facing. This special motorcycle is, like our road cars, the result of beautiful design melding with modern technology to produce a bike that any collector will be proud of. We are delighted to see how much progress has been made, both on and off track and look forward to the moment when production starts for this stunning machine.”
Prototype testing is one of the most vital parts of the development process with a test motorcycle allowing the team to validate the chassis geometry, the ergonomics and dynamic behaviour. In the same way that Aston Martin’s vehicle dynamics engineers can ‘read’ a car, Brough Superior’s test rider feeds back on all areas of performance, from the overall dynamic feel of the bike to details regarding cornering, braking, acceleration and the like.
Commenting on the ongoing success of the development programme, Brough Superior CEO Thierry Henriette said: “One of the key design features of the AMB 001 is an aluminium fin that runs along the full length of a carbon fibre tank, passing under the saddle and out onto the rear. The body holding the fin and supporting the saddle is one of the areas where we called on the unique knowledge of Mecano ID, who joined the project to apply specialist aerospace-quality carbon fibre skills to the exclusive AMB 001.
While the focus of the track testing is directed at the chassis, engine bench testing takes place in parallel to streamline the development process. The AMB 001 boasts a turbo-charged engine with an output of 180 hp, which is unique in the motorcycle industry for a serial production bike. The turbo package includes an intercooler; this imposing radiator with its striking oversized/wide intake manifold, gives the V-twin a supercar engine appearance.
Once this testing process is complete the AMB 001 will go into production this Autumn at the Brough Superior factory in Toulouse, France. Only 100 examples will be made, with a Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price of 108,000.00 EUR including 20% VAT.
About Brough Superior:
The original incarnation of Brough Superior Motorcycles was established in Nottingham, England, in 1919, by George Brough. It was regarded as one of the fastest, best looking and most expensive machines and was ridden by thrill-seeking record-breakers and gentleman riders from the “roaring ‘twenties”. Brough Superior’s most famous fan was T.E Lawrence “of Arabia” who owned seven examples of the marque.
The Brough Superior brand was relaunched in 2013 by Thierry Henriette, a highly-respected motorcycle designer who has worked for major manufacturers throughout the world. He started by releasing a modern interpretation of the SS100 – the classic 1000cc vee-twin that was the most famous of George Brough’s motorcycles and the by Lawrence of Arabia.
The new era Brough Superior bikes have kept the DNA of the classics such as the art deco design and improved it beyond the modern standards with exclusive technologies and the finest materials. Today Brough Superior produces a range of three luxury modern classic motorcycles, recognised for their superior quality, high performance and precise handling that provide a joy riding experience. These distinctive motorcycles are handcrafted in limited numbers in a fully integrated process including the specific engine built in Toulouse, France, capital of the Aerospace industry, and shipped worldwide.
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HAMPTON COURT CONCOURS - SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 4TH/6TH
The Concours of Elegance will go ahead in 2020 in the spectacular gardens of Hampton Court Palace. It will run from September 4th through 6th and will be the first major international concours d’elegance event since Amelia Island in Florida back in March.
The Concours of Elegance takes place within the 60-acre Fountain Gardens of the palace, measuring ¾ of a mile in length. From its very inception, the event has sought to avoid feeling crowded, allowing the cars the space they deserve.
Tickets to the Concours of Elegance are available to buy now and should government guidance change to negate the running of the event, all tickets will be refunded or deferred to 2021. The number of tickets is limited to avoid crowding and can be bought from: www.concoursofelegance.com.
BRITISH MOTOR MUSEUM’S PHASED RE-OPENING PLANS
The British Motor Museum at Gaydon in Warwickshire UK re-opened on July 4th and has received its 'Good to Go' industry standard mark from VisitEngland. As part of a phased reopening plan the Museum will be open from Friday to Monday until further notice. Visitor numbers will be limited so anyone planning to visit, including annual pass holders, will need to book in advance via the website and choose a timed arrival slot. Annual passes and gift tickets have automatically been extended by four months from their expiry date.
The Museum has put in place all the necessary measures and risk assessments including safety screens and contactless payment at all pay points, hand sanitiser stations, social distancing reminders and markers, one-way entrance/exit and enhanced cleaning regimes.
A guidance video for visitors will be made available on the website, so for more information and to book tickets please visit please visit the site at https://www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org
MV AGUSTA BRUTALE 1000 RR
Based on the MV Agusta Serie Oro superbike, limited production has recently begun of another version - the Brutale 1000 RR. Its engine represents the most recent evolution of the in-line, four-cylinder MV Agusta design.
This new version stands out for its significant upgrading across all areas; the use of the finest materials; and complete review of electronic-management parameters which ae greatly refined compared to previous versions. All of this makes this hyper naked bike the most powerful of its type in the world. In fact, thanks to the use of Formula One and MotoGP technology, the power and torque values set new records for a road-going bike - 208 hp at 13,450 rpm and 116.5 Nm of torque.
VINTAGE MOUNT RAINIER TOUR BUS RESTORED
For anyone visiting an American national park, the vintage tour buses are always a sight to see set against nature’s most intensely beautiful backdrops. Now as the summer road trip season begins, Legacy Classic Trucks present a fully restored take on one of the most iconic vehicles ever designed - the Mount Rainier Kenworth touring bus.
The detailed restoration project took a bright red and black 1937 Kenworth vintage bus and fully restored the vehicle engineering underneath while carefully preserving the rich, vintage aesthetic that has brought smiles to the faces of generations of tourists from all over the world.
The Mount Rainier Kenworth Tour Bus was originally put into service in 1937 transporting visitors to Washington State’s iconic Mount Rainier from local hotels up until 1962. The big red buses logged thousands and thousands of miles over time, helping guests see some of the country’s most majestic natural landscapes.
Legacy Classic Trucks outfitted the limited-edition bus with a six-cylinder Hercules JXD engine which produces up to 130 horsepower. It is mated to the vehicle’s original manual five-speed transmission with the first three gears all compound low gears that originally assisted in climbing and descending the steep mountain passes of Mt. Rainier. Legacy also upgraded the bus with 20x6 Budd wheels and Bias Ply Tires to retain a period correct aesthetic and thoroughly restored the long body bus, which underwent rust-repair and re-painting in the legendary flame red shade that became a classic hallmark of the buses back in the day.
After being on the road for more than 80 years, the Legacy Classic Trucks restoration of the Mount Rainier Tour Bus ensures that at least one of these iconic trucks continues to ride the open road in pristine condition. And it could be yours! The fully restored Legacy Mount Rainier Kenworth Tour Bus is available now priced at $580,000 to any buyer interested in owning a piece of time-honored Americana. For more information on Legacy Classic Trucks and the Mount Rainier Kenworth Tour Bus restoration visit www.legacyclassictrucks.com.
CHILDREN’S CARS STAR AT HAMPTON COURT CONCOURS
The Concours of Elegance, presented by A. Lange & Söhne, will be launching an all-new feature at its 2020 event: the Junior Concours. Celebrating the best of half-scale handbuilt pedal, electric and petrol-powered cars of all ages, the Junior Concours, sponsored by The Little Car Company, will see parents and their children taking on the roles of Works Drivers and Mechanics.
Taking place from 4th-6th September, the Concours of Elegance welcomes the Junior Concours to Hampton Court Palace’s Fountain Gardens on Sunday 6th, as 20 half-scale cars line-up among a priceless collection of vintage race-winning Bugattis, one-off Alfa Romeos, coach-built Ferraris and more.
Much like their full-size stablemates, the Junior Concours cars are mostly hand-built, borrowing intricate details from iconic cars like the Porsche 917, the Jaguar E-Type, Lancia D24 or – perhaps most famously – the Austin J40. The faithful recreations vary in their complexity, with some requiring pedal power and others – Porsche 917 and Lancia D24 included – making use of electric motors or two-stroke petrol engines and centrifugal clutches.
Over the course of the day, the cars will be piloted by their Works Drivers – supported by their Mechanics, of course – up onto the Concours Live Stage. Competitors will win awards for ‘Best Pedal Car’, ‘Best Electric Car’, ‘Best Petrol Car’ and ‘Best Dressed’, before being treated to a tea party in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace.
The procession of cars up on to the Live Stage will be led by red, white and blue examples of The Little Car Company’s Bugatti Baby II. Inspired by the half-size Type 35 built for Ettore Bugatti’s son’s fourth birthday – which then went on to instigate 500 further examples for customers – the Baby II is built from a precise digital scan of an original Bugatti Type 35.
Just like the original, it features a rear-wheel-drive electric powertrain but there are plenty of modern-day upgrades. It is, for example, three-quarter scale and features removable lithium-ion battery packs, a limited slip differential and regenerative braking. The Baby II also features selectable power modes: 1kW, with a 20km/h top speed, 4kW and a top speed of 45km/h, and an optional Speed Key upgrade to 10kW and complete removal of the speed limiter.
Andrew Evans, Concours of Elegance Director, said of the Junior Concours: “We’ve always considered our event to be extremely inclusive, allowing families to indulge their passion, or spark a lifelong obsession with the world of motoring in their children. With our Junior Concours we’re shining a light on the fascinating world of specially built children’s cars, popularised by the Austin J40 of which almost 32,000 were built from 1950. We’ve got a wonderful collection of hand=built cars of all ages, complete with working headlamps, innovative powertrains and a near-perfect likeness to the full-size models they seek to imitate. With the support of their drivers and mechanics, the Junior Concours will be as much of a spectacle as any of our other priceless displays.”
At the heart of the Concours of Elegance is a line-up of around 70 of the rarest and most spectacular cars ever built. Visitors can see race-winning Williams F1 cars, unique coachbuilt Alfa Romeos, priceless pre-war Rolls-Royces and more. Lining up alongside them are a number of special features, including a Centrepiece Display dedicated to the McLaren F1 GTRs that finished 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 13th at Le Mans 24 Hours 25 years ago. The Future Classics class will also return once more, gathering the cars you could expect to see on a concours d’elegance lawn 30 years from now. This year’s collection includes a Porsche 911 Reimagined by Singer and a one-of-100 Bentley Continental GT Number 1 Edition.
Tickets to the Concours of Elegance are available to buy now from www.concoursofelegance.co.uk/tickets
MIL-SPEC $300,000 H1 SUPERTRUCK
Known for engineering high-grade H1 designs for drivers looking to conquer anything, Mil-Spec Automotive is proud to present their newest supertruck. As the summer road trip season heats up and adventurers look for safe, fun ways to experience the best of the open road and beyond, Mil-Spec Automotive’s $300,000 large format rig features all the high-performance and interior magic that the company has become synonymous for crafting.
Designed to make an impression on and off-road, the newest Mil-Spec Automotive H1 is powered by a specially tuned 500-horsepower/1,000 lbs.-ft. LBZ 6.6L Duramax diesel engine mated to an Allison 6-speed automatic transmission. Mil-Spec Automotive also incorporated a special heavy-duty drivetrain configuration into the build, which includes redesigned front and rear drive shafts, carrier bearings, motor mounts, and transmission crossmember. For more stopping power, Mil-Spec Automotive integrated Wilwood’s 6-piston high performance brake package.
The bespoke H1 features several new first-time upgrades offered by Mil-Spec Automotive. To increase drive time, the truck incorporates a new 30-gallon extended range aluminum fuel cell that is included alongside a fully integrated steel skid plate to make this the ideal rig for longer off-road excursions. The truck features an exclusive four-door hardtop configuration in a blacked-out onyx paint scheme. The Deep Sky Black Kevlar-infused polyurethane exterior coating is perfectly offset with semi-gloss black powdercoated accents.
All mechanicals were upgraded with elite Mil-Spec Automotive hardware. A ceramic underbody and engine bay coating were installed to provide insulation and thermal protection for the cabin. For further protection, heavy-duty rocker panel protection skid plates were added on to the truck’s T6 hardened aerospace-grade aluminum body. The new Mil-Spec Automotive H1 also includes the Bumper Tow Package with an integrated two-inch ball hitch, electrical plugs, and a reverse camera to assist with trailer alignment and hook-up for hauling.
Another impressive element featured is the exclusive Baja Suspension Package. This extraordinary system practically doubles wheel travel to an incredible 13 inches to increase high-speed dampening and off-road handling. Among the upgraded components in this package are longer coil springs and remote-reservoir shocks, stronger front and rear billet balljoints, and an upgraded sway bar designed for long travel. Mil-Spec Automotive’s newest H1 rides on 38x13.50R20 Toyo Open Country M/T tires to further improve overlanding capabilities.
Partnering with Formawerx, Mil-Spec Automotive integrated stunning new super-premium components throughout the cabin interior with a brilliant custom-machined steering wheel that matches an all-new car key design. The cabin interior is further upgraded with the company’s exclusive Executive Interior Package, highlighted by onyx colored Nappa leather featuring distinctive quilted stitching, and custom lumbar supports.
Other fabulous interior touches abound, including a custom designed gauge layout featuring anodized black bezels and striking imperial measurements. The cabin doors include specially designed billet aluminum door lock pulls finished in black powder-coat. Mil-Spec Automotive’s newest H1 also features a premium JL Audio sound system.
This new Mil-Spec Automotive H1 was built for a client, and Mil-Spec is accepting new orders for production for any interested customers. For more information on the bespoke Hummer builds from Mil-Spec Automotive as well as their other vehicles, please contact the company at 248.430.5150 or www.milspecauto.com.