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>Bonhams Festival of Speed Sale will see three track legends on offer, including the last Alfa Romeo to campaign in the most famous and grueling road race, the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The Bonhams Festival of Speed Sale will be conducted on 9 July as a traditional live auction. Bids will be accepted by clients within the room and is scheduled to be live-streamed via Bonhams and Goodwood websites.

1972 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 TT3 

Estimate: £1,800,000-£2,200,000 

Leading a group of historic racing cars is the last Alfa Romeo that Andrea De Adamich and Nino Vaccarella drove at the 1972 Le Mans 24 hours where they finished fourth overall, with the two works Matra-Simcas finishing 1-2 and third-place going to the Siffert ATE Racing team driving the Porsche 908.

The example was one of three works Alfa Romeos used by Autodelta. It has an all-steel spaceframe tubular chassis, matched with a high-revving quad-cam, 36-valve V8 engine, new five-speed gearbox,  new safety fuel tanks, and is capable of producing 440bhp. 

The example qualified 7th fastest in practice, having obtained a time of 3 minutes 52.6 seconds when it lapped the 8-mile Circuit de la Sarthe.

In the 307 laps of the 1972 Le Mans race, the Alfa duo overcame several incidents including a clutch issue and a spin, requiring the attachment of a new nose cone.

Despite Alfa Romeo retired from Le Mans, the example went on to campaign in a few events under its private owners which included the manager of Pink Floyd, Steven O’Rourke, who was also a Le Man’s racer. It also has been included in three distinguished Japanese collections namely, Yamaguchi Collection, Hayashi Collection, and Takeshi Fujita.  

front of 1972 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 TT3

The example has been regularly maintained and restored by Tipo 33/3 specialists and is eligible to join concours events and historic races like the Le Mans Classic race, which it last entered in 2018. 

1928 Maserati Tipo 26B 2.1-Liter Sports, Gran Premio and Formule Libre Racing Two-Seater 

Estimate: £900,000-£1,300,000 

The bright red livery and the 150bhp performance of the example is matched by its history.

1928 Maserati Tipo 26B

The example’s first owner, rancher, and weekend racing driver Juan Augusto (John) Malcolm, an Argentinian with Scottish descent, brought the vehicle to Argentina, making it the first Maserati to be imported into the country. His race career overlapped with the legendary Juan Manual Fangio. 

While racing in Northern Italy, Malcolm ordered ‘number 35’. It was originally finished in Scotland’s sporting colors, which were blue and white, instead of the Argentine racing livery being blue and yellow.

racing the 1928 Maserati Tipo 26B

Juan Augusto Malcolm immediately took third place in this 2.1-liter supercharged straight-eight Maserati Tipo 26B at the Circuito Primavera race at Mercedes in Buenos Aires province.

At the 1932 Carrasco race at Montevideo, Uruguay, Juan Augusto Malcolm obtained a health lead but unfortuently overturned the Maserati in a crash, though escaped unhurt.

interior of the 1928 Maserati Tipo 26B

The vehicle was fixed allowing him to race it in two events at Buenos Aires. In the first race, he lead the first 7 laps until he was passed by Vittorio Coppoli’s Bugatti, and ultimately finished second overall. In the second Buenos Aires race he came second to Domingo Bucci’s De Soto-Chrysler.

For the next decade, Malcolm actively campaigned the example, and eventually, it was converted to be used on the road. The family kept the example until the late 1980s. 

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By: Sports Car Digest
Title: Final Alfa Romeo to Compete at Le Mans to be Auctioned
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Published Date: Fri, 02 Jul 2021 08:51:41 +0000

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Cool Whip: HB-Custom’s crisp Suzuki DR650 scrambler



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Suzuki DR650 scrambler by HB-Custom
If we had to use one word to describe the bikes that roll out of Holger Breuer’s workshop, it would be ‘crisp.’ Whether he’s building a bobber or a scrambler, the man behind HB-Custom has an eye for perfect proportions and liveries that pop. Even when he’s working with a tired old Suzuki dual-sport as a donor, Holger manages to make magic.

This 1994 Suzuki DR650 came to the HB-Custom workshop in Husum, Germany, all the way from Berlin. Holger’s client actually booked two bikes in at once; an old BMW boxer to turn into a bobber for solo rides, and the Suzuki, which was destined for around-town duties and the occasional two-up jaunt.

Suzuki DR650 scrambler by HB-Custom

The bike arrived as a rolling chassis with a very loose brief, so Holger envisioned a svelte scrambler for whipping through Berlin’s city streets. He’s built a number of handsome custom Honda Dominators, and figured that he could apply the same formula to the Suzuki DR650. And he was right.

But first, the Suzuki’s well-worn motor needed attention. Holger tore it down and rebuilt it, complete with new seals and gaskets and a fresh coat of paint. This engine might be almost three decades old, but it’s clean enough to eat off of.

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Title: Cool Whip: HB-Custom’s crisp Suzuki DR650 scrambler
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Custom à la carte: A BMW R nineT streetfighter from France



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Custom BMW R nineT streetfighter by Duke Motorcycles
Lionel Duke builds a little bit of everything. His Nice, France-based custom shop, Duke Motorcycles, has transformed Honda Goldwings, Kawasaki ER6s, and Ducati Scramblers into unique one-off creations in recent years. But the most interesting thing to come from his garage actually isn’t a bike at all—it’s a box full of parts.

More specifically, a box full of parts to convert any stock BMW R NineT into a radical-looking plug-and-play custom streetfighter. It was this very kit that caught the eye of Duke’s latest client, who saw a picture of Lionel’s prototype build online and decided he wanted one for himself.

Custom BMW R nineT streetfighter by Duke Motorcycles

The client loved the original kit’s supercar-inspired design, but wanted a few unique touches of their own to truly make it theirs. And Lionel was more than happy to oblige.

“He had been asking around Parisian workshops that offered their own R nineT kits,” he says, “but none of them were willing to modify their standard parts to suit his tastes. I told him that it wasn’t a problem for me, as I actually prefer to do different things on each project.”

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Title: Custom à la carte: A BMW R nineT streetfighter from France
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Speed Read, May 21, 2023



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The latest motorcycle news and customs.
We’re feeling both retro and futuristic this week, so we’ve rounded up bikes that cover the full spectrum. Leading the charge is Verge’s new Mika Häkkinen edition electric bike, followed by the new Fantic Caballero 700 scrambler. We then profile a Yamaha SR400 from Australia, before coming in to land with a fetching Triton from France.

Verge Mika Häkkinen Signature Edition electric bike
Verge Mika Häkkinen Signature Edition With an impressive 51 Formula One podiums and two championships to his credit with Lotus and McLaren, the Flying Finn knows mechanical excellence. So when Mika Häkkinen partnered with electric superbike manufacturer Verge Motorcycles, you knew it was something worth paying attention to.

Häkkinen joined forces with Verge early in 2023, and instead of just a plain endorsement, Verge announced that Häkkinen is now part of the company’s advisory board and has personally designed his own limited-edition bike. Capped at 100 units, each Häkkinen Signature Edition Verge comes with a numbered plaque with Mika’s signature, unique cosmetics and will sell for around $87,000.

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Title: Speed Read, May 21, 2023
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