There are places and events which remain in the collective imaginary for eternity: La Tour Eiffel; the Northern Lights; il Colosseo; Cirque du Soleil; Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival; Wimbledon. Some are better known in certain circles, like motorsport and automotive shows: Goodwood Festival of Speed (UK); Villa d’Este (Italy); the Monterey weekend (California).
Next year marks the 50th anniversary since Italian industrialist Ferruccio Lamborghini decided he’d had enough of sub-standard Ferraris, and decided to make his own Gran Turismo car – capable of travelling long distances in the style and comfort which he demanded.
It’s a fitting tribute to the man who epitomised the ‘muscle car’ that the ‘Friends of Carroll Shelby’ should produce an epic, jaw-droppingly grunty Shelby GT500 Cobra in the year of his passing.
We’ve teamed up with Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance to bring you live coverage of Sunday’s awards presentation, the centrepiece of the Pebble Beach Automotive Weekend.
For such a bespoke car where customers are allowed to specify virtually every detail, it seems a little trite to release a ‘special edition’ – after all you’re unlikely to see a car park full of Veyrons and need something ‘special’ to stand out from the crowd.
Another guaranteed star of this weekend’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will be Lamborghini’s Sesto Elemento, seen here in a behind-the-scenes image taken at the Sesto Elemento photoshoot in Monterey prior to the weekend.
Barely three months since the BMW Zagato Coupé was shown at Italy’s Villa d’Este Concours d’elegance, BMW and Zagato have created another variant based on the same chassis for the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The familiar adage, ‘The customer is always right’, can sometimes prove horribly untrue. Well all I can say is that it must have been a ‘very’ important customer who requested this car, otherwise surely this is one step too far the fledgling McLaren Automotive.
Viper Stripes. I had them on a MINI, but they seem kitsch next to the ones on SRT’s Viper GTS Launch Edition Model, due to make its first official appearance at the renowned automotive events in Monterey, California this weekend.
The BMW Zagato Concept which will make its world debut at the Pebble Beach Concours this coming weekend looks like being an open-top version of the Zagato Coupé which was shown at the Villa d’Este Concours in Italy during May.
BMW remain tight-lipped about their latest collaboration with design house Zagato, following its Zagato Coupé which was shown at the Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza in May.
Young people today don’t know what they’re missing. When I were a lad (well perhaps a bit older than a lad) we watched 500bhp Ford Sierra Cosworth’s battle it out with E30 M3s and even the occasional R32 Nissan GT-R. That was touring car racing.