Thursday, 28 February 2013

Ferrari 275 GTB/C

What you're looking at here is two things: a racing legend, and something that should be pretty high on your shopping list if your EuroMillions numbers come up this week.
For the 1966 racing season, Ferrari built twelve 275 GTB/Cs - lightweight versions of the GTB road car with ultra-thin aluminium bodywork by Scaglietti. This one, chassis no.9079, was originally delivered to Georges Filipinetti of the Swiss Scuderia Filipinetti racing team, who entered it in the 1967 24 Heures du Mans. It finished 11th and won its class, and was subsequently sold to racer Jacques Rey. Among many, many other races, this 275 had the honour of competing at Le Mans three years running!
More recently, it's been fully restored for the concours circuit, and is now for sale at Fiskens. Why not click here and buy it...? (Y'know, if you've picked the right six numbers.)

1275GT Clubman

Arguably the coolest Mini variant is the 1275GT Clubman, with its functional snub-nose and eager twin-carbed A-Plus engine. It's a focused and purposeful little thing, and the Clubman front really alters the profile of the car to a more up-and-at-'em stance.
This one, which Slam Media are referring to as 'the Bumblebee' for obvious reasons, was built as a father-and-son project from a basket-case of a shell. The father in question is an ex-rally driver, and this is his son's first car; they restored the rotten Mini together in their own garage, repainting it in this eye-catching apian colour scheme. They then treated it to the iconic 1275GT motor, and various other period tweaks such as hi-los, Alleycats, Metro brakes, Group 4 arches and rally spots. The plush interior features leather Cobra buckets, a custom dash and speaker pods, and a set of eighties red braces to hold them in tight. Pretty cool, huh?
Read more at Slam Media.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Resto-mod Rolls-Royce

This project is positively sacrilicious. At first glance it would appear to be a freshly restored 1930 Rolls-Royce 20/25... however, as you scroll through the pictures, certain details start to present themselves to the eye, suggesting that all is not entirely concours beneath the skin. The front suspension, the pedals, the extravagant exhausts, the disc brakes - and then you get to the engine. Holy crap, THERE'S A VIPER V10 IN THERE!
This is the most wonderfully bonkers car I've seen in quite some time. You can enjoy the brilliantly naughty build photos here. That hacking sound is the purists choking on their pipes...

RS4 Paintball

Two brand-new Audi RS4s, a couple of paintball guns, a whole load of GoPro cameras and a massive warehouse... this is what happens when advertising agencies watch a lot of Top Gear. (And I mean that entirely positively!)

Here's the 'making of' vid. SuckSqueezeBangBlow's friend Bruce was working behind the scenes, he says it was exactly as much fun as it looks.

...and here are the drivers. They seem like thoroughly nice chaps.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Mercedes-Benz World

Mercedes-Benz World sits within the historic surroundings of the old Brooklands site in Surrey. It's a free attraction that features all manner of classic Mercedes road cars to admire, as well as various heroic race cars of yore. There's a Formula One area which features a whole host of M-B-powered F1 cars (including an artfully exploded example hanging from the ceiling from dozens of silver threads), while contemporary AMG models are very well represented; the AMG-specific exhibition hall was closed for refurbishment on our visit, but the 'Silver Arrows' display more than made up for it, with the likes of the CLS63, C63 and SLK55 smoking their tyres for the audience outside.
It's a family-friendly place, with a large café and swanky see-through lifts to take you between floors, and there are cheery greeters on the door to tell you where everything is and what time the displays will be happening. There are various things they do that we didn't take advantage of due to having a tiny baby with us - passenger rides, driving experiences etc - but it's good to know they're there, as I'll undoubtedly be popping back in the future. (Did I mention that entry was free...?!) On the whole then, thoroughly recommended. Click here for more details.

Friday, 22 February 2013

'57 Bel Air

The 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air is the archetypal nineteen-fifties American luxo-barge. It ticks all of the boxes of the era - acres of chrome, huge fins, a whacking-great V8 - and adds myriad details and embellishments to make it gloriously absurd: the bullet chrome embedded in the bonnet is a case in point.
The options list featured such thrilling possibilities as a Super Turbo Fire V8, Turboglide transmission, padded dashboard, and seatbelts (which were only ordered by 7.4% of buyers...). They're worth an absolute fortune now, too - I don't know about you, but when I was a kid, if somebody said to me 'American car', it was the '57 Bel Air that I thought of. It is, without a hint of hyperbole, a legend.
This '57 was shot by WMD - click here for more.

'68 Alfa GT Junior

Built by the fastidious experts of Alfaholics, this GT Junior was sourced from Sicily as a solid but mechanically tired car. They rebuilt the suspension, brakes, gearbox and axle, then set about breathing new life into the engine bay with one of their infamous TS engines - big valves, 3D mapped ignition, and 216bhp.
The exterior is flawless, resplendent in its odd mustard shade (isn't it refreshing to see a GT Junior that's not red?), while the interior has been trimmed in leather and alcantara, with new Alfa Romeo branded carpets and a Nardi wheel. Under the skin reside 4-pot brakes, racy Konis, an 8-point 'cage and an LSD. Looks like bags of fun.
See Alfaholics for more.