Shot by LA-based photographer and die-hard Dodge Charger fan, Webb Bland, this 1970 Off-Road Charger R/T was used in Furious 7, the seventh instalment of the Fast and the Furious franchise. The car was designed and built by Dennis McCarthy of Vehicle Effects, the team behind many of the cars from those films. To see more of Webb’s portfolio, which includes a beautiful original 1968 Dodge Charger R/T, click on the link below. Photos: ©Webb Bland.
With the Divo, the French luxury brand has developed a super sports car tuned for agility, nimbleness and optimum handling performance on the road. It is powered by Bugatti’s iconic eight-litre W16 engine with a power output of around 1,500bhp. The aerodynamics of the model have been intensively fine-tuned and the suspension and chassis settings have been modified. As a result, the Divo is 35kgs lighter and has 90kgs more downforce than the standard Chiron. Its maximum speed is limited to 380 km/h (236 mph). Only 40 examples will be built, priced at €5 million each, all of which sold out immediately.
Based upon the exclusive and already lightweight Carrera RS 2.7, the RSR 2.8 was offered by Porsche from 1973. A further 80 kg was trimmed from the RS, while the nominal capacity increase of just 119 cc belied the myriad technical changes within. Bigger valves, twin-plug ignition, raised compression ratio, and extensive lightening of internal components contributed to an increase from the 210 bhp of the RS to over 300 bhp. Wider Fuchs wheels and wheel arches, as well as a low-level front air dam with integral oil cooler, gave the RSR a much more aggressive disposition.
One of just 55 RSRs constructed for the 1973 season, this example was completed in February of that year and was immediately entered to the 12 Hours of Sebring in March by its owner Grey Egerton. Entered by Far West Racing, and with sponsorship from Pharr Yarns, Castrol, and Cibie, Egerton was partnered with SCCA and Trans Am rising star Elliot Forbes-Robinson.
After qualifying a respectable 7th, they went on to finish 4th overall at the notoriously hard Florida track representing an excellent inaugural outing for the team. Next up was the Watkins Glen 6 Hours – then a round of the World Sportscar Championship. Unlike Sebring, the race featured a full complement of works 3.0-litre sports prototypes, including three Ferrari 312 PBs, two Matra MS670Bs, and two Gulf-Mirage M6s, as well as a pair of ex-works Group 5 RSRs from the Penske and Brumos teams. Qualifying 5th in class, they enjoyed another solid run to finish in 11th place overall and 3rd in class.
RM Sotheby's will be offering this 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 2.8 at their upcoming Porsche 70th Anniversary Sale on the 26th October. Its estimated value is between $2.4m - $2.8m. For more information on this and other vehicles at the sale, click on the link below. Photos: Stephan Bauer ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's.
These beautiful factory Porsche motorsport posters from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s were designed to celebrate their victories and overall dominance in World Sportscar racing during this period.
RM Sotheby's will be offering a big collection of these Porsche racing posters at their upcoming Porsche 70th Anniversary Sale on the 26th October. For more information on these and other Porsche automobilia and vehicles at the sale, click on the link below. Photos ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's.
The Petersen Automotive Museum will debut the first in a series of ‘California-themed’ exhibitions to kick off its 25th anniversary in 2019. Titled ‘Auto-Didactic: The Juxtapoz School,’ the display will examine a mix of art pieces and vehicles from the artists of ‘Juxtapoz Magazine,’ who have helped redefine the role and imagery of automobiles in contemporary art.
More than 50 artists will be on display including skateboarder, designer and OBEY Clothing Founder Shepard Fairey; famous pinstriper of the ‘Kustom Kulture’ movement Von Dutch; and painter, cartoonist and ‘Juxtapoz Magazine’ founder himself Robert Williams.
In addition to the selection of art pieces, the exhibition will highlight notable art cars including the 1932 Ford Roadster named ‘Prickly Heat’ by Robert Williams, ‘The Orbiton’ by Ed ‘Big Daddy’ Roth and the 1959 Cadillac titled ‘The New and Improved Ultima Suprema Deluxa’ by Kenny Scharf.
Launched with the mission of connecting subculture genres such as psychedelic posters, hot rod art, street art and illustration with traditional ‘highbrow’ mediums, ‘Juxtapoz Magazine’ was founded in 1994. Since its inception, the magazine has continuously addressed themes deemed ‘unsavory’ by staunch art critics. It was not until the Laguna Art Museum’s presented its ‘Kustom Kulture’ exhibition in 1993 that the relative interests of underground artists and collectors were presented as a unified group, paving the way for the creation of the magazine.
Bicester Heritage welcomed over 5,500 guests for its last Sunday Scramble of the year at the weekend, with a spectacular selection of vintage, classic, modern and racing cars attending the event. An incredible array of cars were in attendance, making it the largest October event yet. A heady mix of automotive excellence from the likes of the latest Porsche 911 GT2 RS, a pristine Ferrari 250 GT SWB, a very original pre-war Rolls-Royce Phantom I and everything in between was on display for visitors to admire.
The specialists of Bicester Heritage also put on a fantastic show, presenting a range of vehicles from their stunning collections and some of their latest workmanship. Robert Glover Ltd and Kingsbury Racing displayed a breath-taking line-up of some of their favourite Vauxhalls, Talbots and Bentleys outside their showrooms, while Pendine Historics showcased a sublime Sebring-winning Group C Nissan NPT-90 within its patinated ‘Blast House’ showroom.
The Sunday Scramble has become a must-see event, giving enthusiasts a chance to come together and share their passion. With over 40 specialists on site, across a plethora of workshops, showrooms and buildings, it was no wonder that enthusiasts and visitors were charmed throughout the entirety of Sunday’s show. The next ‘Scramble’ will be on the 6th January, 2019. Photos: Amy Shore Photography.
In the early 1990’s, Lusso Service Holland decided to recreate the enthusiasm that surrounded cars built at the peak of Zagato’s collaboration with Lancia in the 1960’s. The brief was simple, design a classic two-door coupe incorporating Zagato’s much-loved styling ques, such as the ‘double-bubble’ roof. The design was completed by Marco Pedracini of the Zagato Style Centre and was unveiled at the 1992 Brussels motor show.
The Hyena was built on the Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evo 1, and was designed to be a limited-run production coupe paying tribute to the Delta and its phenomenal competition success. Initially there were plans to build around 500 examples, but this was quickly adjusted to 75, with only 25 Hyena’s actually completed due to unexpectedly high production costs.
The manufacturing process of this car was incredibly expensive. Lusso Service purchased 25 Delta’s and shipped them to Holland where the body and interiors were removed. Next, the cars were sent to Zagato in Milan, Italy to be fitted with new aluminium coupe bodies before returning to Holland where Lusso Service completed the assembly. Once complete, the Hyena was roughly 15% lighter than the production Delta Integrale, whilst retaining it’s 1,995 cc engine, five-speed manual transmission and four-wheel drive system, resulting in a 0-60 mph time of 5.4 seconds.
This example is available from Girardo & Co. Click on the link below for more information, including a detailed history of the car. Photos: ©Girardo & Co / Tom Gidden.
During the 1960’s and 70’s American privateer Bob Tullius and his Group 44 team were loyal supporters of British Leyland, having raced Austin Healeys, MGs and Triumphs before switching to the Jaguar E-Type in 1974. The most successful Group 44 Jaguar was the XJ-S campaigned during the 1978 season. It had big shoes to fill as Tullius had won the 1977 title of the Trans-Am championship from a Porsche 911.
The sport's governing body weren’t too happy with two European cars dominating their championship so for 1978 the regulations were changed to suit the domestic Chevrolet Corvette. Group 44 set to work on a new car, the XJ-S, with power coming from the latest development of the Jaguar V12 which was modified to achieve around 580 bhp. The car was then finished in Group 44's familiar Quaker State colours.
At the first round of the Trans-Am championship's at Sears Point, Tullius' placed a disappointing ninth but bounced back with a second at Westwood and a third at Portland. The XJ-S then scored a breakthrough victory at St. Jovite, which was just the start. He then went on to win the next six races taking the driver’s and manufacturer’s title at the end of the season.
The Group 44 XJ-S remains as one of the most successful Jaguar racing cars, scoring more outright victories in a single season than any other chassis in the British manufacturer's long and rich competition history. This stunning example is available from Woodham Mortimer. For more information on this and other cars available, click on the link below. Photos ©Woodham Mortimer.
BMW Group Classic won a Silver Dolphin at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards in the category for ‘Social Media and Short Videos’ for this animation ‘40 Years BMW M1’.
The 60-second spot recalls the launch of the mid-engine sports car back in 1978. The BMW M1 moves through a world of colour and graphical patterns typical of the 1970s. It drives through a virtual world of consumer articles, music and fashion styles of the era. The role of the BMW M1 as the fastest German sports car of its time is saluted as much as its racing performances in the Procar Series where famous Formula 1 drivers raced against each other. The BMW Art Car designed by Andy Warhol also features.
The film was created by BMW Group Classic and its long-standing media partner, Shot One.