Video: Up close with the 2014 McLaren 12C Spider
Back in Issue No. 282 we featured the new 2014 McLaren 12C Spider in all its glory and we were lucky enough to get it ...full story
A lifetime in Italy and Venezuala — 1957 Cabriolet heads to California
There’s only 40 in the world like it, and this is the eighth ever produced. This 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Pinin Farina Series 1 Cabriolet ...full story

1200-car Auburn Fall event features diverse collections with no reserve

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Photo courtesy of Auctions America

Headlining the Auburn Fall Sale, carried out by Auctions America, is an 80-vehicle private collection featuring some astounding cars including an original factory-buit 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster, a restored 1950 Mercury 255 CI convertible, a 1936 Ford Deluxe Roadster, and a 1929 Packard Series 633 Opera Coupe. Read full story…

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Once in a lifetime opportunity to own a 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale

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Only three of these beauties exist and with two of them unlikely to ever be seen up for auction the chance to own this rare 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale is coming up for perhaps the one and only time.

It will be up for auction at RM Auction’s Monterey, California sale on August 15–16 and this news is definitely capturing the attention of collectors around the world with estimates that this vehicle will leave behind an eight-figure sum when it leaves the auction house next month.

Known as one of the most important Ferraris in the world, the 275 GTB/C Speciale matches it’s rarity and good looks with high-performance. It’s  one of three Berlinetta Competizione cars built by Ferrari for FIA homologation and factory development to compete at only the highest levels of endurance racing. Read full story…

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David Brown Automotive Speedback GT

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Photo courtesy of David Brown Automotive

Over July 21–22, the Made in the UK exhibition in Liverpool featured a unique handcrafted vehicle — the David Brown Automotive Speedback GT.

The exhibition itself brought together the best of manufacturing in the UK from sectors ranging from food and drink, energy, medical, as well as aerospace and defence. It is the advanced automotive engineering sector that featured the Speedback.

David Brown has a background in engineering and manufacturing and the Speedback is the result of combining this experience and knowledge with his other passion of cars.  Read full story…

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Aroha Cruise In to be attended by Mark ‘Fletch’ Fletcher

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Photo courtesy of Aroha Cruise In, Facebook

Aroha Cruise In is heading towards it’s seventh annual event this October and have recently announced that Mark ‘Fletch’ Fletcher from popular televisions show Classic Restos will be making an appearance at this year’s event.

The show airs in Australia, New Zealand and also in USA and the UK. Fletch is all about enthusiasm for classic cars and the classic car scene so will be filming events during the Aroha Cruise In which will put Te Aroha on the classic car map across the places the programme airs in.

The Aroha Cruise In is all about showcasing classic cars, motorcycles, and hot rods and gives the opportunity for people in the area, or those that travel to the event, to see some of the country’s best classic vehicles.

You can see some of Fletch’s work on the Classic Restos show below:

 

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2015 Ford Mustang unleashed

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Source: Ford Motor Company

Fifty years ago Mustang made its debut, and now the 2015 Ford Mustang has just been unveiled.

The new Mustang gives you the choice of three engines; either a standard 300hp V6, anew 310hp EcoBoost, or get an upgraded 435hp V8. You can choose either a manual or automatic transmission — pretty much allowing you to mix and match whichever features you want to get yourself the perfect combination for your driving style and needs.

With the new addition of a 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine (which was specifically designed for Mustang), turbocharging has now been brought to the Mustang powertrain line-up. The EcoBoost engine allowed for optimized breathing and a higher output  while it produces 310hp and 320 lb-ft of torque. This gives it the highest power density yet from any Ford engine. Read full story…

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Timelines: August 1914, 1939, 1964, and 1989

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Rumbling into action in a Minerva WW1 armoured car

Once again, Graeme Rice looks back on the motoring worlds of 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago

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Lieutenant Henkart’s Minervas

As the Germans advanced through Belgium, the Minerva armoured cars of brave Lieutenant Henkart became the stuff of legend as they mounted surprise raids on the unfortunate enemy. In one action Lt Henkart’s cars tackled a company of German cyclists and a squadron of cavalry, reportedly killing 25 and wounding many. When not engaged in action the speed of the Minervas enabled them to quickly locate and keep track of the enemy’s movements.

Henkart’s 16cv Minervas were armoured with 4mm armour plate, fitted with at least one Hotchkiss machine gun and had twin rear wheels to give extra traction and cope with the increased weight. They carried a crew of three, plus the ability to take three sharp-shooters, depending on the nature of their mission. Their 8-litre sleeve valve, four=cylinder 30kW motor gave the 4.9 metre long four ton cars a maximum speed of 40km/h and a range of 150kms. Read full story…

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