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This year’s Donington Historic Festival (May 4 & 5) will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Bentley’s first win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with track and static displays of significant historic racing machines from the iconic marque – including 2003 Speed 8 chassis 0004/1 and 2000 EXP Speed 8 Le Mans GT prototype chassis 002/1. The event will also feature fascinating Q&A panel sessions covering Bentley’s remarkable history at the legendary endurance event and will showcase period 1920s and 30s Bentleys battling it out in the ‘Mad Jack’ race for Pre-War Sports Cars.

In addition to the Bentley celebrations, Festival visitors will be treated to a spectacle in the air, with daily flypasts from a Spitfire and Hurricane from the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. They can also enjoy free lunchtime pitlane walks, open access to the race paddock and car club anniversary celebrations, including the 60th anniversary of the Ford Mustang, and displays of cherished vehicles from dozens of car clubs.

The first of many to come

Bentley first took victory at Le Mans in 1924 – the second year the famous race was staged. Victory followed again in 1927, 28, 29 and 30, with Bentley’s domination ensuring that the names of the Bentley Boys – Woolf Barnato, Dudley Benjafield, Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin, Frank Clement, Sammy Davis, John Duff, Glen Kidston and Bernard Rubin – became enshrined in motorsport history. Bentley withdrew from Le Mans in 1931 and didn’t return there until 2001, achieving victory there once more in 2003.

In pole position for the DHF Bentley celebrations will be the 2003 Speed 8 chassis 0004/1 and EXP Speed 8 Le Mans GT prototype chassis 002/1, both of which will be seen in track demonstrations on each day of the Festival. The first of just five Speed 8 chassis built, chassis 0004/1 made its racing debut at the 2003 Sebring 12 Hours, after undergoing extensive testing sessions at the start of that year, it. There it qualified second and finished fourth in the exceptionally capable hands of Tom Kristensen, Dindo Capello and Guy Smith. Chassis 0004/1 then headed for La Sarthe, where it set the fastest time in qualifying for the Le Mans 24 Hours. It was replaced for the race by chassis 004/5, which went on to achieve Bentley’s first victory there since 1930.

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Martin Overington leans on the tires of his 4.5-Litre Bentley going into Woodcote corner.

Speed 8 background

Built in 2000, as Bentley prepared for its first competitive appearance at Le Mans after seven decades, EXP Speed 8 chassis 002/1 was one of the development cars for Bentley’s 2001 assault on the crown. It was tested by James Weaver at Snetterton and Monza in 2000 and filmed at Le Mans

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: Bentley’s first win at Le Mans to be celebrated at Donington
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Published Date: Thu, 21 Mar 2024 07:29:37 +0000

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Gold Leaf Team Lotus: The Deal and the First Glory

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1968: A Year Like No Other

1968 can be considered as the great year of the 60s: the uprisings in Czechoslovakia against the socialist rules, the increase in intensity and scale of the Vietnam War, the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the first time that man orbited around the Moon. A troubled year for sure, but one that would cause great transformations for our society.

So what does Formula 1 have to do with it? Well, in 1968 the category also underwent one of its most profound reformulation processes, from the commercial, economic and technological aspects. We always remember that 1968 was the year in which wings and aerodynamic functions became the object of study and desire of all teams (and that at the end of the year, they already dominated the grid)

But, perhaps the most important of all the changes was the one promoted by Lotus at the beginning of the year: the insertion of master sponsorships, which caused shocks in the entire structure of motorsport. As common as this may seem today, where we see cars and teams filled with advertising and marketing, in the 60s this was almost a sin, a blatant attack on the entire institution of motorsport.

Even with the negative repercussions at the time, now we can see why Colin Chapman is considered one of the great visionaries of Formula 1, and responsible for much of what it is today. Thus, in these few lines, we are going to unfold the whys and reasons for Lotus to have changed the traditional green and yellow for red and gold, and its consequences in the team’s first victory in the new colors.

Part 1: Gold Leaf and Lotus

The end of the 1967 season did not look very auspicious for the Lotus team. Even with the successes achieved at the end of the year (the team had won the last two GPs of the season, in the United States and Mexico, in addition to the non-championship Spanish GP), Colin Chapman was concerned with the sustainability of the team, mainly due to the cohesion and professionalism, the hallmarks of the Team Lotus.

All of this depended on one simple factor: money. As the years went by, Formula 1 became a more professional, more technological and, consequently, more expensive sport. Teams no longer had the means to support themselves, and sponsors increasingly had to pay the bills. Thus, it became imperative to maintain good relations with them, so that they would want to finance the teams.

The decrease in profitability at the end of 1967 left the team’s finances on a tightrope: for the first race of the 1968 reason, in Africa, the team still had the resources to finance itself. “Desperate” might be too strong a word to describe Lotus’ situation after the 1968 South African Grand Prix, but it came pretty close to the word’s real meaning after it.

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Clark’s victory in the 1968 South African GP was a small relief to the Lotus Team_s finances. But that wasn’t enough for the long-term plans of Colin Chapman and his subordinates. Credits: Formula 1 Archives (Twitter_X)

Therefore, for Team Lotus, the number 1 task for the break between the South African GP and the Tasman Series was to find a master sponsor that could bankroll the team; in addition, it was necessary to think of a new form of disclosure, which would influence greater capital than those obtained through traditional agreements.

The opportunity arose with the loosening promoted by the FIA ​​regarding sponsorships, which occurred at the end of the 1967 season. Faced with the departure of historic sponsors (such as Esso and BP) from the category, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile had to finally open itself to a new phase, in which motorsport advertising did not have to be exclusive related to car products; now, a new range of consumer goods began to appear in the race courses.

So, traditional brands like Shell, Goodyear and Dunlop would have to share their space with brands of cigarettes, drinks, home appliances and so many other things. And quickly for the teams, the choice for these sponsorships became an extremely attractive route: there were an infinity of

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By: Lorenzo Baer
Title: Gold Leaf Team Lotus: The Deal and the First Glory
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/gold-leaf-team-lotus-the-deal-and-the-first-glory/
Published Date: Tue, 02 Apr 2024 00:37:52 +0000

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Eyes on the Road: Art of the Automotive Landscape

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The Petersen Automotive Museum has just debuted its newest exhibit, “Eyes on the Road: Art of the Automotive Landscape.” The display, which explores the intersection of art, the motoring environment and automotive innovation, will feature a curated selection of concept cars and artwork from iconic artists, including Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol and David Hockney.

Inspired by American motoring

“Eyes on the Road: Art of the Automotive Landscape” presents the work of artists and designers whose imaginative creations transformed the motoring environment, and the automobile, from mundane facets of daily life into subjects of wonder and beauty. The exhibit will be divided into five sections: vehicle concepts, sign language, at the pump, highways and street art.

Vehicle concepts will showcase rare, fantastical concept vehicles from the 1930s and 1950s while the sign language section will feature road signage found on cross-country roadways as interpreted by contemporary artists. The at the pump portion will focus on art pieces from pop art iconographer Ruscha and artist Vik Muniz, while the street art section will showcase work by Mr. Brainwash, Steve O’Loughlin’s “Freeway Box,” created for the exhibition, and Larry Yust’s “Third Street,” highlighting Yust’s signature photographic elevation method.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: Eyes on the Road: Art of the Automotive Landscape
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Published Date: Tue, 02 Apr 2024 16:00:59 +0000

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SUNSHINE AND SUPERCARS: Day 3 in Florida Brings the Heat with Multiple Million-Dollar and High Six-Figure Sales

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SUNSHINE AND SUPERCARS: Day 3 in Florida Brings the Heat with Multiple Million-Dollar and High Six-Figure Sales
LOT #742 – 2022 FORD GT ALAN MANN HERITAGE EDITION – $1,292,500

The sun was shining during the final day of the 2024 Palm Beach Auction and supercars proved to be the superstars of the show, producing many exciting moments with big sales with an enthusiastic audience. The last of the more than 600 incredible collector vehicles made their way across the block on Saturday, resulting in over 20 record-breaking sales.

The day’s top seller was an Alan Mann Heritage Edition 2022 Ford GT (Lot #742), setting a new world auction record with its $1,292,500 sale, followed by a 2022 Ferrari SF90 (Lot #732) with its world auction record sale of $1.1 million. The third collector car to join the seven-figure club on Super Saturday was a 2021 Ford GT Carbon Series (Lot #721) with its $1,001,000 sale.

Ford GTs continued to command the top slots at the event, with a 2019 Ford GT (Lot #764) crossing the auction block for $902,000, followed by a 2005 Ford GT (Lot #725) for $451,000 and a 2005 Ford GT Heffner Performance Twin-Turbo (Lot #745) that sold for $374,000.

Other superstars of the show that landed in Saturday’s top sales included a 2020 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ (Lot #740) for a world auction record of $698,500, a 1946 Dodge Power Wagon custom pickup (Lot #746) for $363,000 and a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette custom convertible (Lot #716) for $335,500. A 1933 Pierce-Arrow Twelve convertible sedan (Lot #723), 2024 Jeep Gladiator Custom Demon 170 pickup (Lot #748) and the 1969 Dodge Charger “Joe Dirt Daytona” movie car (Lot #749.1) each brought in winning bids of $330,000.

In addition to all the supercars on the block, the Palm Beach chapter of the Ferrari Club of America ‒ along with dozens of participants and their vehicles from South Florida’s Supercar Saturdays ‒ joined in on the final day of Barrett-Jackson fun in Florida by rallying to the event. Dozens of young automotive enthusiasts and students were also on-site as part of the Ford Youth Initiative.

Celebrities in attendance on Saturday included Vicente “The Silent Assassin” Luque, a Brazilian and American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the UFC welterweight division, who stopped by the auction to take in all the action.

The morning’s Automobilia Auction also brought some impressive sales. A spectacular Texaco Oil neon porcelain sign with animated neon (Lot #8296) from the late-1950s/early ’60s was the big winner of the day, with a final bid of $36,800. Other neons that earned a spot in the Top 5 included a large 1951 Mobil Oil porcelain Pegasus sign with animated neon (Lot #8299.1) that sold for $33,350 and a 1940s-50s American Gasoline porcelain with neon sign (Lot #8297.1) that crossed the block for $29,900. Gas pumps remained popular with bidders as well. A highlight was a 1928 Polly Gasoline Wayne Model 615 visible gas pump (Lot #8287) with its $34,500 sale, followed by a late-1950s Polly Oil fuel island with two Wayne 505 gas pumps (Lot #8283), which sold for $31,050.

Barrett-Jackson extends its heartfelt appreciation for the enthusiasm we received at our 2024 Palm Beach Auction from our incredible bidders, consignors, sponsors, exhibitors, guests and fans, along with the vibrant South Florida community. We look forward to seeing everyone at our 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction at WestWorld, October 10-13.

Enjoy the video below with highlights of the 2024 Palm Beach Auction, as well as a gallery of the best moments from the event on Saturday:

1933 Pierce-Arrow Twelve Convertible Sedan making its way to the Meguiar’s Staging Lanes.

LOT #764 – 2019 FORD GT – $902,000

LOT #749.1 – 1969 DODGE CHARGER “JOE DIRT DAYTONA” MOVIE CAR – $330,000

LOT #748 – 2024 JEEP GLADIATOR CUSTOM DEMON 170 PICKUP – $330,000

Ford Youth Initiative.

LOT #8287 – 1928 POLLY GASOLINE WAYNE MODEL 615 VISIBLE GAS PUMP – $34,500

Guests enjoying the collector cars on display.

Guests experiencing all the midway has to offer in Palm Beach.

LOT #716 – 1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – $335,500

LOT #745 – 2005 FORD GT HEFFNER PERFORMANCE TWIN-TURBO – $374,000

LOT #721 – 2021 FORD GT CARBON SERIES – $1,001,000

LOT #8299.1 – LARGE 1951 MOBIL OIL PORCELAIN PEGASUS SIGN WITH ANIMATED NEON – $33,350

LOT #8296 – LATE-1950S/EARLY ’60S TEXACO OIL NEON PORCELAIN SIGN WITH ANIMATED NEON – $36,800

LOT #746 – 1946 DODGE POWER WAGON CUSTOM PICKUP – $363,000

LOT #740 – 2020 LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR SVJ – $698,500

LOT #8283 – LATE-1950S POLLY OIL FUEL ISLAND WITH TWO WAYNE 505 GAS PUMPS – $31,050

LOT #732 – 2022 FERRARI SF90 SPIDER – $1,100,000

2021 Ford GT Carbon Series in the

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: SUNSHINE AND SUPERCARS: Day 3 in Florida Brings the Heat with Multiple Million-Dollar and High Six-Figure Sales
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/2024-palm-beach-auction-highlights-day-3/
Published Date: Sat, 20 Apr 2024 22:05:57 +0000

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