Erich Strenger (1922-1993) was instrumental in influencing and molding the image of the Porsche brand as we know it today. This book showcases a first-ever comprehensive collection of his work, created over the course of his collaboration with Porsche between 1951 and 1988. This beautiful publication, designed by g31 of Dusseldorf, brings the highlights of his work to the forefront, focusing on the designer's approach and methods. A must for any Porsche or graphic design enthusiast.
Hot off the heals of Terrakhana comes Climbkhana, the next chapter in the series of Ken Block’s wildly successful and award winning Gymkhana viral videos. The all-new concept is a hybrid of the driving showcased in the previous films, blended with a rally-road style attack on unique roads around the world. To kick off this new series, Ken Block chose what is arguably one of the most famous roads out there: The Pikes Peak Highway outside Colorado Springs, CO.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the most well known hill climb in the world, Billed as America’s second oldest, continually running race (the Indianapolis 500 is first), it’s also one of the first places Block ever raced in his career.
To tackle the extreme elevation gains experienced along the way up Pikes Peak, Block knew that he needed more horsepower for his 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR. So, Hoonicorn V2 was born. A 1,400 horsepower, twin-turbo, methanol-fueled machine that lights up its sticky tyres in every corner and properly updates the infamous build made famous in Gymkhana Seven. Unfortunately, extreme engine builds and altitudes can prove challenging. Block and his crew experienced multiple production setbacks, having to go to the mountain on three separate occasions over 12 months due to both weather and development issues to be able to finish the film.
The 4th Chantilly Arts & Elegance recently took place at the Chantilly Château in Northern France. Five cars from Aston Martin, Renault, McLaren, Citroën and stablemate DS were in contention for the Concours d’Elégance. After deliberation by the jury comprising Jean Todt, Margot Laffite, Paul Belmondo and Christophe Bonnaud, the Best of Show of the Concours d’Elégance was awarded to two winners: the Renault Trezor Concept and the Citroën CXperience Concept.
For the Concours d’Etat, the organiser Peter Auto decided to celebrate in its own way Ferrari’s 70th anniversary with the Le Mans 24 Hours as the main theme. Thus, 28 cars bearing the Prancing Horse badge, all of which had taken part in the most famous endurance race in the world, were gathered together for the occasion divided up into five classes. From this unique collection, an exceptional car won the favours of the jury and the Best of Show for the post-war cars went to the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 58, winner of the Sarthe classic in 1958 driven by Olivier Gendebien and Phil Hill. Among the pre-war cars the class reserved for Bugattis attracted the attention of the jury. Gathering four Type 57 Ss together in the same place was a feat in itself and it justified the awarding of three prizes for this class crowned by the Best of Show for the 1936 Bugatti Atlantic, owned by Americans Robson Walton and Peter Mullin.
Photos: ©Mathieu Bonnevie.
With over 1,200 versions of Ferrari’s powerful 365 GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ produced from 1969–1973, only five lightweight alloy competition cars, which dominated the 24 Hours of Daytona, were built. Further to those, Ferrari commissioned only one road-going version of the Daytona with an aluminium body, this very car.
Completed in June 1969, this Daytona was equipped with desirable Plexiglas headlamps and power windows, in addition to its tailor-made aluminium coachwork, and finished in Rosso Chiaro over a Nero leather interior. In September, the car was distributed for retail to the Bologna dealer Motor S.p.A. di Carla Allegretti, from whom it was purchased later that month by Luciano Conti, the founder and publisher of Autosprint magazine. Mr Conti’s company sold the Ferrari in September 1970 to Guido Maran of Verona, who in turn re-sold the car a month later to Carlo Ferruzzi of Ravenna.
In July 1971, the Daytona’s Italian registration was cancelled and the car was imported by a Japanese dealership three months later. Chassis number 12653 was then featured in the January 1972 issue of Car Graphic, a Japanese enthusiast magazine. In May 1975, the Berlinetta was purchased by Goro Guwa of Gifu, Japan, and in April 1979 it passed to Tateo Ito of Nagoya. Almost a year later the car was acquired by Makoto Takai, and he hid the car away for nearly 40 years. It was fabled and known by very few collectors to exist, but many true Ferraristi were unaware that such a special and important car existed at all.
Recently rediscovered in a barn-find state, the Ferrari had clearly been in storage for a number of years. RM Sotheby's sold this truly unique car at their Ferrari – Leggenda e Passione auction on the 9th September. It fetched €1,807,000. Photos: ©2017 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's
'A classic competition car among the all-time greats in motoring history,' was how The Autocar magazine summed up the works Austin-Healey 3000 in 1963. Yet at the time of its arrival in 1959, few would have guessed that the low-slung 'Big Healey' would triumph over its apparent shortcomings so effectively that it now rates as one of the most successful rally cars of the 1960s.
A development of the preceding 100/6 rather than a genuinely new model, the Austin-Healey 3000 was launched in March 1959. The two cars looked virtually identical and under the skin was the same separate ladder-type chassis and independent front/live rear axle suspension. Improvements to the 3000 included a slightly enlarged (to 2,912cc) version of the C-Series six-cylinder engine and Girling disc brakes up front, a development greeted with enthusiasm by devotees of this muscular British sports car. Breathing through twin SU carburettors, the revised power unit produced 124bhp at 4,600rpm; top speed - with the optional hardtop fitted - increased to 115mph, with 60mph reachable in a little over 11 seconds. Like the 100/6, the 3000 was available in two-seater and 2+2 guises and came with wire wheels and adjustable front seats as standard.
Bonhams will be offering this example, at their upcoming Zoute Sale on the 6th October, its estimated value is between €60,000 – €80,000. For more information on this and other vehicles at the sale, click on the link below. Photos courtesy of Bonhams.