Derek Bell will lead the Salon Privé Tour D’Elegance in Jay Kay’s Bentley Embiricos Recreation

There is only one Bentley Embiricos in the world and that sits in California! However, there is a faithful recreation of Georges Paulin’s one-off design which is owned by Jay Kay of Jamiroquai and proudly loaned to 5 times Le Mans winner, Derek Bell MBE to lead a host of rare and unique cars through the Wiltshire countryside for The Chubb Insurance Tour d’Elégance.

The exacting recreation is based on the 1939 example and is the result of an eight year project by Devon-based Bentley restorer Bob Peterson.

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During the 1930s a Greek businessman and avid race car driver named André Embiricos was looking to have a custom car built. Living in Paris at the time, Embiricos contacted a local Bentley representative by the name of Walter Sleator, who then put him in touch with Georges Paulin, a designer working for coachbuilder Pourtout Carrossier. Under Paulin’s guidance, Pourtout produced a strikingly sleek, aerodynamic body for a 4¼-Litre Derby Bentley that would be ideal for racing. With the support of the Bentley factory back in Crewe, owned at the time by Rolls-Royce, a car combining the Derby Bentley with Pourtout’s design was built and from then on was known as the 4 1/4 Liter ‘Embiricos’ Special.

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6 New Jaguar Lightweight E-Types to be built (video)

In 1963, Jaguar embarked on the ‘Special GT E-type project’. A lightweight E-type purely for competition. Just 12 of an intended 18 lightweights were built. Until now.

Salon Privé’s hypercar pavilion will include Jay Kay’s Ferrari LaFerrari

We don’t know about you, but we cannot wait for this years Salon Privé.  Salon Privé is a great event, one of our very favourites, and this year looks to be a cracker.  Recently announced was that Jay Kay, he of Jamiroquai fame will be showing his striking green (of the Italian national flag) Ferrari LaFerrari.

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With only 499 LaFerraris to be built, Jay Kay is among those fortunate enough to get hold of one of the 217mph machines in bright green worth a cool £1.2 million.

Jay Kay said: “I’ve been watching this car and going down to the factory and chatted with Flavio Manzoni , the designer of the car, and Luca [de Montezemolo, Ferrari's chairman] a few times. I remember about two years ago speaking to Luca about it and he said how it looked like a jet and they are still going through development. But the great thing about Ferrari is that every single thing on the car is doing something. It’s not for show.”

Cannot wait to see it again (saw it at Goodwood FOS), who knows may bump into the man himself.

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Record breaking Ferrari 250 GTO sells for $38 million

Stupid money, but what do you buy if you already have more than most of the human beings on the planet?  You spend $38 million on 1 car ($38,115,000 to be precise), in English pounds that’s £22,843,633 including premium.

This is the most ever paid for an automobile at auction, underscoring the unrivalled desirability for Ferrari in the collector car market and the continued dominance of the brand at auctions worldwide.

This Ferrari 250 GTO is now, effectively, the most valuable and coveted car in the world.

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The Maranello Rosso Collection of Ten realised a combined total of $65,945,000 (£39,522,440) and the car that made the most as expected breaking records was the Ferrari 250 GTO.  Watch the auction Ferrari 250 GTO here.

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McLaren P1 GTR Design Concept Unveiled

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Two decades on from when the McLaren F1 GTR began testing ahead of an assault on the 1995 GT season, and the covers have been pulled off the dramatic and purposeful McLaren P1 GTR design concept during a private event at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance event in California. The aggressive racing concept is a preview to the final model which, with a little under a year until production commences, has now entered the next phase as the development team works to hone and further optimise the ultimate track-focused racer. So what do you think?

With no need to meet the legislations for road legality, the McLaren P1 GTR will be the most track-tailored and most powerful model produced by McLaren Special Operations to date, go Special Ops! With a clear target even more focused than its road-going sibling: to be the best driver’s car in the world on track. With even greater emphasis on aerodynamic performance through the dramatic bodywork, the McLaren P1 GTR will also feature race-proven slick tyres, a fixed ride height, enhanced power delivery from the IPAS powertrain and Formula 1 derived DRS from the large, fixed rear wing and an ERS-style push-to-pass system, all combining to offer the ultimate track experience.

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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014: Hillclimb Timed Shoot-out Highlights (video)

EPIC! FANTASTIC!  So looking forward to Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015.

 

If only Nissan built the Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Grand Turismo

Fantasy became reality at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed when the Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Grand Turismo® made its global debut as part of the brand’s thrilling and action-packed Goodwood Festival of Speed programme.

Conceived by the team from Nissan’s European design studio in London for the latest installment of the legendary PlayStation driving franchise, Gran Turismo®, the concept points to how a Nissan supercar of the future could look and we love it.  Go on Nissan, be brave!

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The Classic Car Show will hit our screens from January 2015

So what is “The Classic Car Show”all about?  Well in short it’s:

  • A ground-breaking global TV series that provides unprecedented access to the iconic cars, personalities and glamorous events that underpin the classic car world.
  • Distributed for broadcast globally by Sony Pictures Television.
  • 13 x one-hour episodes presented by Jodie Kidd and Quentin Willson with a supporting cast of global A-list celebrities.
  • Tapping into a multi-billion dollar industry that has seen classic car values rise faster than fine art, gold and real estate.
  • Richly shot in gloss HD, The Classic Car Show will have movie production values, attitude and humour.
  • The series will be formally launched in Cannes in October, with the first show airing in January 2015.

 

The Classic Car Show, is a landmark, peak-time global TV series capturing the passion, glamour, history and remarkable individuals in a multi-billion pound world.

Hitting screens from January 2015, The Classic Car Show will be hosted by international supermodel and racing driver, Jodie Kidd, and founder member of Top Gear and Britain’s most renowned classic car journalist, Quentin Willson.

Richly shot with movie quality production values, The Classic Car Show is currently on location filming some of the world’s most prestigious and glamorous cars with A-list contributions from the likes of David Gandy, Bruno Senna, David Coulthard and Sir Stirling Moss. Everyday classics are also heavily featured in a series that covers all aspects of the classic car world. Read more »

Jay Kay drives his LaFerrari up the Goodwood Festival of Speed Hillclimb (video)

As a Jamiroquai fan and a Ferrari fan, we just had to watch this video, where Jay Kay (Jamiroquai’s lead singer) talks about cars, the Goodwood Festival of Speed and why he chose to order a green Ferrari La Ferrari, what a cool dude!

 

Was the Maserati A6 CGS Berlinetta the most beautiful car you saw at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed?

A sensational Maserati A6 CGS Berlinetta was named ‘best in show’ at the Goodwood Festival of Speed’s Cartier ‘style-et-luxe’ concours d’elegance.  But most importantly, if you where a judge, from all the cars that you saw at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, what would have got your vote?Goodwood-festival-of-speed-Logo

The event, which was held on the Cartier lawn, celebrated its 20th running at the Festival of Speed and celebrated the best in exquisite automotive design throughout the history of the motor industry.

The Maserati, which is owned by Egon Zweimuller Jr, took victory in the coachbuilt Maserati-only Class 3: ‘The height of fashion’, and later beat off competition from the other class winners to claim the overall spoils.

Maserati A6 CGS Berlinetta (FoS 2014 winner)

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