2008 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

2008-08-19 / author : lmpcars

Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Corto Touring Berlinetta

今年の Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance で見事WINNER となったAlfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Corto Touring Berlinetta です。1948年にWatkins Glen Grand Prix で見事勝利を飾り、その後も数多くのレースで活躍されたそうです。それにしても惚れぼれするほどのコンディションに仕立て上げられています。さすがPebble Beach Winner ですね。

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This year’s winner of “Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance”, is this Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Corto Touring Berlinetta. This car has won 1948 Watkins Glen Grand Prix, and took part in many races even after that. However this car is in such a fascinating condition. That’s Pebble Beach Winner all over.

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Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Corto Touring Berlinetta  Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Corto Touring Berlinetta<br />   Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Corto Touring Berlinetta<br />

Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Corto Touring Berlinetta<br />
(Photographs by Ultimatecapage.com)

‘Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport debuts at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance’

2008-08-17 / author : lmpcars

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport
‘Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport debuts at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance’
Few cars carry as much interest as the Bugatti Veyron, famous for its ultra-high price tag, striking looks and other-worldly speeds. Now, an even more exclusive ‘roofless’ version dubbed the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport has been revealed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance where the first model will also be put up for auction. In line with previous speculation, the roof must be removed and stowed away manually. Should the weather turn foul, a folding roof stored in the luggage compartment can be opened up like an umbrella and fixed as a temporary measure. Distinguishing the Grand Sport from its coupe sibling is its slightly taller windscreen, new daytime running lights, and of course the lightweight and transparent polycarbonate roof. According to Bugatti’s communication chief, Georges Keller, the roofless ‘targa’ option was the only one available to Bugatti because there was no other solution which could fit with the car’s safety cage. While the roof will be removable, there will be no storage space for it within the car, so the cover will have to be taken off at home. Most low-volume supercars use targa panels because of the low cost of development and to retain the structural integrity of the chassis. With the roof in place, the Grand Sport will reach speeds of up to 252mph (407km/h) just like the coupe. Speeds of up to 224mph (360km/h) are possible with the roof stowed away. The umbrella-like cloth roof limits the Veyron’s top speed to a rather low 81mph (130km/h), however. The Buggatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport will be available from March next year, at a cost of ?1.4 million (USD$2.05 million). Only 150 examples will be produced, with the first 50 going exclusively to registered Bugatti customers. The highly coveted first vehicle to roll off the line will be auctioned for charity at the Pebble Beach Auction.

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport  Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport  Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport  Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport  Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport

Ferrari 500 TRC

2008-08-12 / author : lmpcars

Ferrari 500 TRC
1957 Ferrari 500 TRC
To keep up with the dominating Maseratis, Ferrari’s new chief engineer Vittorio Jano set out to design a new 2-litre racer, but still using the Lampredi four cylinder engine. One of the visible new features of the new car were its engine’s red cylinder heads, after it was named Testa Rossa or TR, Italian for red head. The 500 TR’s body was a development of the Scaglietti design used for the second series of 500 Mondials. It made a victorious debut at the 1956 Monza Supercortemaggiore, where Peter Collins and Mike Hawthorn beat the Maseratis. Development continued throughout the year, which culminated in a special 2.5 litre version for Le Mans. Fitted with a Touring body, these Le Mans cars are commonly referred to as 625 LM. Rule changes forced Ferrari to update the 500 TR to comply with the ‘Appendix C’ for sports cars. These required the cars to be fitted with a full-width windscreen, a passenger door and a fuel tank mounted outside of the cockpit. Dubbed 500 TRC, the new car was fitted with a slightly restyled body, which was considerably lower than its predecessor’s.

Ferrari 500 TRC
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