LINGENFELTER DELIVERS PERFORMANCE PACKAGE SERIES FOR 2014 CORVETTE STINGRAY

LPE-Tuned Standard and Supercharged Packages Available.

DECATUR, Ind. – Lingenfelter Performance Engineering (LPE) has released its expertly tuned performance package series for the new, 2014 Corvette Stingray, with power starting at 550 horsepower and reaching as high as 750 horsepower with forced induction.

The seventh-generation Corvette’s new 6.2-liter “LT1″ engine features technologies that include direct injection, variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation. With calibration of this all-new control system key, Lingenfelter engineers developed tuning for the C7 by relying on their direct-injected architecture expertise gained in-house through Lingenfelter’s 2014 GM truck program and through consultancy work for other OEM suppliers.

“The 2014 Corvette Stingray is one of the most exciting new cars in years and the Lingenfelter team wasted no time in turning out a series of highly-anticipated performance upgrades that deliver uncompromising drivability in addition to horsepower,” said Ken Lingenfelter, CEO/Owner, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering. 

“We’re privileged to have such talented engineers on our team, whose level of passion for performance drives them to produce reliable, road-ready systems.”

Lingenfelter offers the following standard engine packages for the 2014 C7 Corvette:
* C7 Corvette LT1 376 ci N/A Engine Package — Rated at 550 horsepower; includes CNC heads and camshaft; keeps AFM and variable cam systems operational.
* C7 Corvette LT1 376 ci N/A Engine Package — Rated at 600 horsepower; includes CNC heads, aggressive camshaft and headers.
* C7 Corvette LT1 N/A 417 ci Engine Package — Rated at 650 horsepower; includes the 600 horsepower package, a stroker crank, connecting rods and forged pistons.
* C7 Corvette LT1 376 ci Supercharged Engine Package — Rated at 640 horsepower; this is the base supercharger package installed on a stock engine.
* C7 Corvette LT1 376 ci Supercharged Engine Package — Rated at 700 horsepower; includes CNC heads, camshaft and supercharger.
* C7 Corvette LT1 417 ci Supercharged Engine Package — Rated at 750 horsepower; includes CNC heads, camshaft, stroker crank, connecting rods, forged pistons, supercharger and upgraded fuel system.

Initially Lingenfelter also will offer higher-power C7 packages as custom builds, some of which will be added to the “standard” package list, such as the twin turbo application.

Complementing upgrades for the Lingenfelter “LT1″ Corvette Stingray will include higher-performance wheels and tires, higher-capacity brake systems, suspension upgrades and performance-oriented interior and exterior components. Tire offerings include an expanded selection of Continental Tire’s ExtremeContact(tm) DW line with popular Corvette tire sizes for the Z06 and ZR1.

“Lingenfelter has been known as the go-to source for new Corvette performance for nearly 40 years and that legacy continues with the C7,” said Lingenfelter.

Since 1973, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering has created a matchless heritage of bringing astounding new capabilities to the world’s most sought-after sports cars.  This legendary record of precision engineering continues today, as the highly skilled Lingenfelter production team continues to target design excellence in engine packages, superchargers and high-performance aftermarket components that refine power, speed and control.  For more information, visit www.lingenfelter.com, contact Lingenfelter Performance Engineering at 1557 Winchester Road, Decatur, IN 46733, or call 260.724.2552.

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FOUR McLAREN GT CUSTOMER TEAMS CONFIRM DRIVER LINE-UPS FOR 2014 TOTAL 24 HOURS OF SPA

  • Current championship leaders ART Grand Prix to field two cars with factory drivers among the line-up
  • Belgian-based Boutsen-Ginion Racing to contest home race with the 12C GT3 for the third consecutive year
  • Von Ryan Racing return to the season’s headline race looking to repeat the top 10 finish in 2013
  • MRS-GT confirmed as a late addition to the exciting grid
  • McLaren 650S GT3 to be displayed in the paddock during the weekend

 

The Blancpain Endurance Series travels to the Ardennes Forest this weekend (23-27 July) for the headline event of the year, the Total 24 Hours of Spa, and McLaren GT will be represented with six examples of the 12C GT3. Customer teams ART Grand Prix and Boutsen-Ginion Racing will both enter two car line-ups, while British-based Von Ryan Racing and MRS-GT are confirmed for one-off entries into the championship with one car each.

The 24 Hours of Spa is one of the most demanding challenges on the motorsport calendar, and the three teams return to the famous Belgian circuit looking to build on the experiences of the last two seasons having all contested the twice-round-the-clock battle of endurance.

Early championship contenders ART Grand Prix retain the Pro driver line-ups who currently lead the team championship. The #98 car will see factory driver Alvaro Parente partner Gregoire Demoustier and Nicolas Lapierre, with the trio looking to build on the pole position and second place finish at the last round in Paul Ricard, France. Fellow factory driver Kevin Estre will be joined by Kevin Korjus and Andy Soucek in the sister #99 car keen to repeat the race win they scored in the season’s opening round in Monza, Italy.

The Boutsen-Ginion Racing team returns to the Total 24 Hours of Spa with the 12C GT3 for the third consecutive season with two cars. Heading to the team’s home race, the Blancpain Endurance Series regulars will continue with the driver trios that contested the last round in Paul Ricard. Oliver Grotz, Karim Ojjeh and Frederic Vervisch will be at the wheel of the #15 car, while the sister #16 McLaren will be piloted by Alex Demirdjan, Shahan Sarkissian and Chris van der Drift. The line-ups will be completed with current International GT Open champion Giorgio Pantano joining the #15 car, and Belgian Michal Schmetz taking the final spot in the #16 car.

Von Ryan Racing, owned and run by former McLaren Formula 1™ sporting director Dave Ryan, has again put together a strong driver trio, with an extremely strong and experienced line-up set to pilot the 12C GT3. McLaren GT factory driver Rob Bell returns from racing in Asia this season to lead the team alongside 2012 Barcelona 24-hour race winner Tim Mullen and Shane van Gisbergen. The New Zealand racer van Gisbergen is no stranger to endurance racing in a McLaren, having contested the Bathurst 12-hour earlier this season, when the 12C GT3 made its debut at the famous Australian event.

The final McLaren GT customer team to confirm entry was MRS-GT, which will run under the banner Russian GT by MRS for the weekend. The team will continue with this season’s Estonian / German driver pairing in ADAC GT Masters of Marko Asmer and Florian Spengler. Sharing the driving duties will be former Formula 2 racer Kazimieras Vasiliauskas and the experienced Alexey Vasiliev from Russia.

Alongside the high octane action on the track, McLaren GT will also showcase the newly revealed 650S GT3 in the paddock, giving race fans an opportunity to get a closer look at the car which was unveiled at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. The new model will debut on GT grids around the world from next year.

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PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE RIDERS CHASE BONUS BUCKS IN MIRAMONTE RECORDS NHRA PRO BIKE BATTLE AT SONOMA

SONOMA, Calif. – Eddie Krawiec will lead the inaugural MiraMonte Records NHRA Pro Bike Battle field as the No. 1 seed when the lucrative special event takes center stage July 26 during the 27th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.

A purse of $61,000 is available for the eight Pro Stock Motorcycle riders competing in the MiraMonte Records NHRA Pro Bike Battle. The winner of the MiraMonte Records NHRA Pro Bike Battle will earn $25,000. The runner-up will earn $10,000, the two semifinalists $6,000 each, and the four first-round finishers $3,500 apiece.

Krawiec, from Indianapolis, qualified No. 1 at five of the eight NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events where riders could earn MiraMonte Records NHRA Pro Bike Battle points.

The $69,000 MiraMonte Records NHRA Pro Bike Battle showcases the eight quickest Pro Stock Motorcycle teams in a race-within-a-race bonus event. The teams qualified for the bonus event during qualifying at eight NHRA Mello Yello Series events, from the 2014 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville in Florida to the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway near Denver.

Besides the $61,000 available in the MiraMonte Records NHRA Pro Bike Battle, bonuses of $8,000 were paid to the top Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifiers throughout the eight-race qualifying process, including $1,000 to the No. 1 qualifier at each race.

Top qualifier Krawiec will race Scotty Pollacheck in the first round, while Hector Arana Jr. will face his father, Hector Arana Sr. Third seed Andrew Hines will meet John Hall, while Matt Smith will race Michael Ray in the opener.

MiraMonte Records NHRA Pro Bike Battle elimination rounds are scheduled for 12:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m. and 4:40 p.m. on July 26. The bonus race will be televised on ESPN.

To purchase general-admission or reserved seats, call Sonoma Raceway at (800) 870-RACE (7223) or visit www.racesonoma.com/tickets.

2014 MIRAMONTE RECORDS NHRA PRO BIKE BATTLE FINAL STANDINGS:

1. Eddie Krawiec, Indianapolis, Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson   1,295

2. Hector Arana Jr., Milltown, Ind., Lucas Oil Buell                                                   1,290

3. Andrew Hines, Indianapolis, Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson   1,175

4. Matt Smith, King, N.C., Nitro Fish Buell                                                                  1,120

5. Michael Ray, New Braunfels, Texas, Gottspeed/Star Racing Buell                       1,105

6. John Hall, Hamden, Conn., Matt Smith Racing Buell                                             1,055

7. Hector Arana Sr., Milltown, Ind., Lucas Oil Buell                                                   1,000

8. Scotty Pollacheck, Medford, Ore., Petrolhead Apparel Buell                                970

2014 MIRAMONTE RECORDS NHRA PRO BIKE BATTLE ROUND PAIRINGS:

FIRST ROUND (12:45 p.m.):

Krawiec vs. Pollacheck

Arana Jr. vs. Arana Sr.

Hines vs. Hall

Smith vs. Ray

SEMIFINALS (3:15 p.m.):

Krawiec vs. Pollacheck winner vs. Smith vs. Ray winner

Arana Jr. vs. Arana Sr. winner vs. Hines vs. Hall winner

FINAL (4:40 p.m.)

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1918 Cadillac Type 57 – U.S. 1257X joins National Historic Vehicle Register

DETROIT – A 1918 Cadillac Type 57 that earned its place in history during World War I received an honor of its own today. It is the fourth vehicle added to the Historic Vehicle Association’s new National Historic Vehicle Register and U.S. Department of the Interior Historic American Engineering Record.

The HVA and Cadillac announced the listing – which will be archived in the Library of Congress – today.

The car’s story was almost forgotten. But the efforts of the current owner and the HVA ensure future generations can learn about it – and about Cadillac’s 100-year history of mass-producing V-8 engines.

The Cadillac touring car was used to support French and American troops near the front during the Second Battle of the Marne and later was used by Eleanor Butler Roosevelt, wife of Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., during her two-month mission to find and create locations for soldiers to enjoy time off. Roosevelt, the son of President Theodore Roosevelt, served in both world wars. He earned a Medal of Honor for his heroics at Utah Beach on D-Day.

 

“The Cadillac Type 57 – U.S. 1257X is a great example of a rare survivor – a vehicle that saw extraordinary use during its active life yet has survived to the present day,” said Richard O’Connor, chief of Heritage Documentation Programs with the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. “Recognizing the Cadillac military vehicle at the 100th anniversary of WWI commemorates America’s participation in the Great War and illustrates one of the many contributions the automobile has made to U.S. history.”

Said Marc Lassen, the vehicle’s current owner: “Having the Cadillac Type 57 – 1257X included in the permanent archives of the Library of Congress is more than I could have ever imagined. When I first came across a used car ad describing the vehicle, I thought it might be special, but its history had been lost to time. Researching and reuniting U.S. 1257X with its Great War provenance has been an experience of a lifetime, and an honor.”

The Story of Cadillac Type 57 – U.S. 1257X

The Cadillac Type 57 – U.S. 1257X was purchased by the Rev. Dr. John H. Denison from Inglis M. Uppercu, the Cadillac distributor in New York City. Denison then entered the service with the Y.M.C.A. in August 1917 and turned the car over to that organization, along with his services as a driver, to support America’s war effort.

The Type 57 seven-passenger touring car arrived in Europe before the American Expeditionary Force under the leadership of Gen. John J. Pershing. It was used to transport soldiers and officers around the area, then was used by Roosevelt, who mentioned the vehicle in her 1959 autobiography.

At the end of the war, the AEF sold its motor pool equipment to France and other buyers in Europe. However, the Cadillac was returned to the U.S. HVA researchers are still investigating how the car was returned and more about its history in the U.S.

The HVA’s Historic Vehicle Register initiative was launched in January 2014 to document America’s historically significant vehicles and highlight their stories.

Additionally, the documentation of the Cadillac Type 57 – U.S. 1257X is being included in the permanent archives of the Library of Congress based on its historic association with important events and persons, its construction and the design value of the V-8 engine, and informational value as the only car that retains most of its original materials, components and craftsmanship.

“U.S. 1257X may well be the only complete and largely unrestored example of a WW1 military Cadillac known to exist,” said Mark Gessler, president of the Historic Vehicle Association. “As we approach the 100th Anniversary of WWI, the historic significance of this particular Cadillac should be recognized and memorialized as a national treasure.”

During the coming year, the HVA will document additional vehicles and work with the U.S. Department of the Interior to refine guidelines and processes to eventually allow the public to document vehicles for consideration.

The documentation process requires a fully referenced narrative and description of the vehicle, technical drawings, historic records, a line drawing generated from a 3-D scan, detailed photographs and film negatives for archival in the Library of Congress.

In 1914, Cadillac became the first manufacturer to mass produce V-8-powered automobiles. The compact design of the Cadillac V-8 enabled the overall frame length to be shortened by 10 or more inches, making the car more sturdy and easier to handle. In 1917, Cadillac participated in a U.S. Army, 2,000-mile competitive endurance run in Marfa, Texas. From its performance, the V-8-powered Cadillac was selected as the “standard seven-passenger car of the U.S. Army.”

A century later, the 2015 Escalade SUV continues on the brand’s V-8 heritage, as the only Cadillac vehicle lineup with a standard V-8 engine. The 6.2L V-8 in the Escalade produces 420 horsepower and is technologically advanced with variable valve timing, Active Fuel Management and direct injection. A supercharged V-8 engine is also available in the Cadillac CTS-V performance vehicles.

The all-new V-8 in the Escalade is made at the Tonawanda Engine Plant, near Buffalo, N.Y. The facility, which opened in 1938, uses state-of-the-art manufacturing technology including coordinate measuring machines, a smart automated cylinder head assembly system and three synchronistic robots that performs inspections and checks simultaneously for any engine.

 

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Super Chevy Show presented by Chevrolet Performance and Original Parts Group Concludes at Maple Grove Raceway

MOHNTON, Pa. — The annual Super Chevy Show presented by Chevrolet Performance and Original Parts Group (www.SuperChevyShow.com) took place over the weekend of July 11-13 at Maple Grove Raceway. The world-famous all-Chevrolet event included drag racing, an extensive car show, a swap meet and manufacturers midway. The event drew 917 Chevrolet products (Chevrolet cars or cars powered by Chevrolet engines) to the facility.

The feature show was headlined by four Jet Dragsters (MAVTV Missile, Lucas Oil Terminal Velocity, Queen of Diamonds II and Jersey Thunder) and TV and motion picture star Brett “Big Schwag” Wagner. Wagner chose his 10 favorite cars in the car show for special awards on Saturday.

Local drag racers Denny and Elise Renninger took home two car show awards in the Super Chevy Magazine – Top 10 Editors Choice – Race Car category. The Renningers compete in MGR’s Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket racing series.

The three-day Chevrolet fest concluded at 6 p.m. Sunday with the final round of Pro Mod eliminations. Fredy Scriba of Millersville, Md., won the Pro Mod final on the starting line when opponent Frank Patille of Landerburg, Pa., fouled by only 1/1,000 second. To meet Patille in the finale of the 16-car Pro Mod field, Scriba defeated Ed Burnlay (Pasadena, Md.) in the first round, Vinny Budano (Hicksville, N.Y.) in the second round and Jeff Rodgers (Severn, Md.) in the semi-final.

William Gill of Langhorne, Pa., won the DriveDuracell.com Bracket 1 final over Brock Moshier of Lititz, Pa.

Scott Smoker of Kinzers, Pa., won the CamaroGuys Gen 5 Challenge presented by S&WRace Cars final when the car of opponent Tom Johnson of Newport News, Va., broke an axle on the starting line. Jill Canuso of S&W Race Cars — who also pilots the Queen of Diamonds II Jet Dragster — presented the trophy to Smoker.

The top two qualifiers in the Top Sportsman category faced each other in the final. No. 1 Qualifier John Prime of Thomaston, Ct., defeated Ronnie Proctor of Harpers Ferry, W.V.

Super Chevy Show presented by Chevrolet Performance and Original Parts Group Drag Racing results (Driver’s name, hometown, vehicle, reaction time, elapsed time, top speed):

PRO MOD

Winner: Fredy Scriba (Millersville, Md.) 1963 Corvette  .089 6.049 sec./235.19 mph.

Runner-up: Frank Patille (Landerburg, Pa.) 1957 Buick  -.001 (foul) 6.566 sec./186.20 mph.

TOP SPORTSMAN

Winner: John Prime (Thomaston, Ct.) 1968 Camaro .007 6.784 sec./204.85 mph.

Runner-up: Ronnie Proctor (Harpers Ferry, W.V.) .012 6.851 sec./199.91 mph.

CAMAROGUYS GEN 5 CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY S&W RACE CARS

Winner: Scott Smoker (Kinzers, Pa.) 2010 Camaro .039 13.170 sec./96.43 mph.

Runner-up: Tom Johnson (Newport News, W.V.) Camaro .035 42.443 sec./38.39 mph (broke).

DRIVEDURACELL.COM BRACKET 1

Winner: William Gill (Langhorne, Pa.) 1991 dragster .004 7.930 sec./167.43 mph.

Runner-up: Brock Moshier (Lititz, Pa.) 1971 Vega .032 9.064 sec./141.94 mph.

BRACKET 2

Winner: Kris Kurzweg (West Lawn, Pa.) 1979 Malibu .014 9.146 sec./145.11 mph.

Runner-up: Ken Gerberich (Annville, Pa.) 1983 Camaro -.004 (foul) 10.187 sec./129.95 mph.

D.O.T. CLASS

Winner: Jacob Finkbiner (Exton, Pa.) 1970 Nova .002 12.663 sec./105.94 mph.

Runner-up: Mike Licata (Blue Point, N.Y.) 1938 Chevrolet -.004 (foul) 10.395 sec./126.78 mph.

 

JENKINS COMPETITION AWARD

Winner: Mitch Willingham — 1997 Monte Carlo — 7.596 sec.

 

TRUE STREET

Overall True Street Winner: Glenn Hunter Jr.

Overall True Street Runner Up: Patrick Finnegan

14:00 Index Winner:  Tori Hunter

13:00 Index Winner:  Layton Finkbiner

12:00 Index Winner:  Jeff Burnley

11:00 Index Winner:  Benjamin Roman

10:00 Index Winner:  Bruce Simonetti

 

SATURDAY CAR SHOW AWARDS:

Super Chevy Magazine – Top 10 Editors Choice – SHOW CAR

Bill Hollingsworth – 1969 Nova Pro Street

Charlie Costella – 1956 Chevy 210

Bruce Elliott – 1967 Camaro

Dennis Eberly – 1955 Nomad

Gary Donato – 1961 Impala

Scott Chalk – 1968 L72 Biscayne

Paige Mahr – 1973 Nova

Steve Thumma – 1967 El Camino

Jim Brady – 1970 Corvette

Tom Rosencranz – 1970 Chevelle

 

Super Chevy Magazine – Top 10 Editors Choice – RACE CAR

Scott Calica – 1969 Camaro Z28

Scott Embley – 1969 Chevelle

Kirk Madison – 1970 Chevelle

Rick Shindel – 1970 Nova

Denny & Elise Renninger – 1963 Corvette

Denny & Elise Renninger – 1951 GMC Pick-up

John Cole – 1980 Chevette

Ed Heisey – 1975 Vega

Andrew Starr – 1956 Chevy

Andrew Flechenstein – 1978 Malibu

 

Specialty Awards

Promoter’s Award:  George Parkinson – 1966 Chevy Nova Pro Street

Club Participation:  First Generation Monte Carlo Club

Outstanding Engineering:  David Riddell – 1988 Chevy Pick-up

Outstanding Paint:  Denise Kocher – 1957 Chevy

Outstanding Interior:  Chris Young – 1967 Nova

Outstanding Engine:  Charles Randa – 1970 Chevy Pick-up

Outstanding Stock:  David Durst – 1972 Monte Carlo

Outstanding Modified:  Tony Diangelus – 1967 Camaro

Outstanding Show:  Ron Hansen – 1955 Chevy

Outstanding Workmanship:  Wes Castle – 1955 Chevy

 

Top 3 Chevelle

Brian Delp – 1970 Chevelle

Kersten Murphy – 1972 Chevelle

Bob Ulisey – 1969 Chevelle

 

Anniversary Class

Gary Seramone – 1964 Chevelle

 

Brett “Big Schwag” Wagner Saturday Top 10 Picks

Bill & Trudy Crawford – 1979 Malibu

Glenn Lockett – 1991 Camaro

Tim Barr – 1991 Chevy S-10 Pick-up

Corey Haugland – 1978 K 1500 Pick-up

Daniel & Nancy Wall – 1973 Chevelle SS

Mark Hanes – 1954 Belair

Arnold Warner – 1957 Belair Convertible

Gary Donata – 1961 Impala 4-door

William Nash – 1963 Chevy II Wagon

John Stiles – 1964 C-10 Pick-up

 

SUNDAY CAR SHOW AWARDS

GOLD CLASS

Best of Show: Tom Bain (1972 Nova).

Best Stock: Doug Yoder (1967 Chevelle).

Best Modified: Jeff Davis (1970 Chevelle).

Best Engine: Tom Bain (1972 Nova).

Best Paint: Jeff Davis (1970 Chevelle).

Best Interior: Tom Bain (1972 Nova).

 

BEST IN CLASS

Big Car: Dave Schugard (1965 Impala).

Camaro: Frank Androne (1969 Z-28).

Chevelle: Bill Crawford (1979 Chevelle).

Corvette: Patrick Lamberton (1964 Corvette).

1955-1956-1957: Wes Cassel (1955 Bel Air).

Early Chevy: Sherry Cassel (1938 Chevrolet coupe).

Conversion: Charlie Boyer (1934 Ford coupe).

Pro Street: Jeff Weidemoyer (1987 Chevrolet S10).

Pro Engineered: Cindy Ingram (1968 Chevelle).

El Camino: Gary Arsenault (1967 El Camino).

Nova: Chris Young (1967 Nova).

Monte Carlo: Ann & Michael Boyle (1972 Monte Carlo).

Open: Joe Barinsig (1966 Corvair).

Truck: David Riddell (1988 4×4 pick-up).

Anniversary Vehicle: Nick Dellaquilla (1967 Chevelle).

Best In Show (Field): Joe Hackett (1962 Impala).

Best Young Star: Lonnie Leber (1972 C10).

 

TOP 3 CHEVELLE:

1. Jeff Woodin (1970 Chevelle).

2. Tony Dejesus (1971 Chevelle).

3. Dan Wall (1973 Chevelle).

 

PROMOTER’S PICK

Bruce Elliot (1967 Camaro)

 

BRETT “BIG SCHWAG” WAGNER SUNDAY TOP 10 PICKS

1. Roy Hamilton (1955 Chevrolet sedan).

2. Bob Hughes (1978 Pro Street Camaro).

3. Steve Chopko (1969 Chevrolet pick-up).

4. Bruce Elliot (1967 Camaro).

5. Jim Schultz (1957 150 Sedan Delivery).

6. Patrick Lamberton (1964 Corvette).

7. Chip & Deb Myers (2011 Camaro).

8. Dave Schugard (1965 Impala).

9. Jeffrey Yoder (1985 Monte Carlo).

10. Cindy Ingram (1968 Chevelle).

 

BIG CAR 1958-1989

Stock winner: Jerry MacNeish (1965 SS).

Stock runner-up: David Mayo (1958 Impala).

Modified winner: Gary Donato (1961 Impala).

Modified runner-up: Joseph Hutchins (1962 Impala).

Show winner: Mike Garner (1963 Impala SS).

Show runner-up: Don Bock (1968 Impala).

 

BIG CAR 1990 & NEWER

Stock winner: Scott Weik (1994 Impala SS).

Stock runner-up: Paul Remaley Jr. (1995 Impala SS).

Modified winner: Margie & Joe Answini (1996 Impala SS).

Modified runner-up: Kenneth Smith (1996 Impala SS).

 

1964-1967 CHEVELLE

Modified winner: Nick Dellaquila (1967 Chevelle).

Modified runner-up: Donna Huyett (1967 Chevelle SS).

Show winner: James Jewell (1967 Chevelle).

 

1968 & NEWER CHEVELLE

Stock winner: Jim Kellerman (1970 Chevelle).

Modified winner: Wilson Chatham (1971 Chevelle).

Modified runner-up: Tom Cramsey (1970 Chevelle).

Show winner: Brian Delp (1970 Chevelle).

Show runner-up: Kersten Murray (1972 Chevelle).

 

EL CAMINO

Stock winner: Ron Plummer (1980 El Camino).

Stock runner-up: James Fairchild (1970 El Camino).

Modified winner: Joe Klunk (1972 El Camino).

 

CONVERSION

Modified winner: Ron Mule (1930 Austin Bantam).

Modified runner-up: Bill & Trudy Crawford (1993 E-Z Go golf cart).

Modified runner-up: Jeff Rennol (1955 Ford F-100 pick-up).

 

EARLY CHEVY 1935

Modified winner: Harold Keck (1938 Chevrolet Sedan).

Modified runner-up: James Kemp Sr. (1939 Sedan Delivery).

Show winner: Bill Emsley (1941 Chevrolet).

 

OPEN

Stock winner: Charlie Potts (1997 Pontiac Firebird).

Stock runner-up: Mike Pro (2004 Pontiac GTO).

Modified winner: Justin Conrad (1997 Pontiac Firebird).

Show winner: Kimberly James (1995 Astro Van).

 

1967-1969 CAMARO

Stock winners: Ron Forry (1967 convertible); Chuck Sirianni (1969 SS).

Stock runner-ups: Don Baker (1969 Z-28), Guy Amato (1969 Z-28), Mindy Bohn (1969).

Modified winners: Michael Zecca (1969 Z-28), Joe Williams (1969 SS).

Modified runner-ups: Kaylyn Karow (1969), Phil Jatees (1968 convertible), Michael Hipszer (1969 SS).

Show 1967 Camaro winner: Tony Diangelis (1967).

Show 1967 Camaro runner-up: Bruce Elliot (1967).

Show 1969 Camaro winner: Jim Granato (1969).

Show 1969 Camaro runner-up: Ross Gilbert (1969).

 

1970-1981 CAMARO

Stock winner: Carl Franklin (1979).

Stock runner-up: Charles Brauchle (1979).

Modified winner: Jim Kanor (1974).

Modified runner-up: Randall Arndt (1970).

 

1982-1992 CAMARO

Stock winner: Cathy Smith (1991).

Stock runner-up: Alec Klose (1983).

Modified winner: Ken McElroy (1987).

Modified runner-up: Brandon Reichard (1991).

Show winner: Glenn Lockett (1991).

Show runer-up: Joe Anisumi (1992).

 

1993-2002 CAMARO

Stock winner: Andy Cassel (1998).

Modified winner: Frank Johnstone (2001).

Modified runner-up: Richard Schmidt (2001).

 

2010 & NEWER CAMARO

Stock winner: Robert Brullo (2010).

Stock runner-up: Buck Sines (2010).

Modified winner: Jack Price (2012).

Modified runner-ups: Johanes Six (2011), Larry Durst (2010).

Show winner: Chip Myers (2011).

 

CORVETTE 1953-1967

Stock winner: John Cammarata (1965).

Stock runner-up: Randy Bohn (1964).

Modified winner: Barry Kline (1963).

Modified runner-up: Jim Coots (1959).

 

CORVETTE 1968-1982

Modified winner: John Schneider (1968).

Modified runnerup: Jim Brady (1970).

 

CORVETTE 1984-1996

Stock winner: George Hebler (1992).

Stock runner-up: Bob Milliken (1996).

 

CORVETTE 1997-2004

Stock winner: Andrew Heimel (2003).

Stock runner-up: Bruce Durst (2004).

Modified winner: Susan Gregg (2002).

Modified runner-up: Gail & Frank Cahall (2001).

Show winner: Bob Anderson (2000).

Show runner-up: Cliff & Erin Shemeley (1999).

 

CORVETTE 2005 & NEWER

Stock winner: Mike Biehl (2010).

 

MONTE CARLO

Stock winner: David Durst (1972).

Stock runner-up: Jeffrey Yoder (1985).

Modified winner: Stephen Levanti (1971).

Modified runner-ups: David Wieczoreck (1986 SS), Matthew Wieczorek (1984), Dan Ruland (1970).

Show winner: Richard Janis (2002).

Show runner-up: Jay & Jenny Munday (1970).

 

1957 CONVERTIBLES

Stock winner: Greg Marks (1957).

Stock runner-up: Ray Mitchell (1957 Bel Air).

Modified winner: Harold Walmer (1957 Bel Air).

Modified runner-up: Al Hartman (1957).

 

1955-1957 WAGONS

Winner: Jim Schultz (1957 150 Sedan Delivery).

Runner-ups: Bob West (1955 Delivery), Terry Zerbe (1957 150).

 

1955 MODIFIED

Winner: Ron Hansen (Bel Air).

Runner-ups: Lawrence Morris (Bel Air), Dennis Eberly (Nomad).

 

1956 MODIFIED

Winner: Ron Wimer (210).

Runner-ups: Charlie Costello (Bel Air), Rob Love (Bel Air).

 

1957 MODIFIED

Winner: Richard Fontara (210).

Runner-ups: Scott Wagner (210), Scott Gotschall (Bel Air).

 

1955, 1956, 1957 STOCK

Winner: Dick Kauffman (1957 210).

Runner-ups: Ryan Korek (1957 210), Charlie Potts (1955 210), Terry Zerbe (1955 Delray).

 

1955, 1956, 1957 SHOW

Winner: Ted Stoneburner (1955 150).

Runner-up: Denise Kocher (1957 Bel Air).

 

NOVA 1962-1967

Modified winner: Lewis Bosley (1967).

Modified runner-up: Mark Bosley (1967).

 

NOVA 1968 & NEWER

Stock winner: Jim Graybin (1968).

Stock runner-up: Paige Mahr (1973).

Modified winner: Todd Ortolani (1970).

Modified runner: Ron Peters (1972).

Show winner: Russ Richards (1978).

Show runner-ups: Lynn Peters (1974), Kevin Lowes (1971).

 

PRO STREET 1970s Winner: Troy Reigel (1972 Nova).

Runner-up: Bob Hughes (1978 Camaro).

 

PRO STREET NOVA

Winner: Curtis Nevin Jr. (1966).

Runner-ups: Joseph Zappo (1966), George Parkinson (1966), Paul Burnett (1963), Bill Hollingsworth (1969), Robert Kaczymski (1966).

 

PRO STREET CAMARO

Winner: David Barroughs (1969).

Runner-ups: Harold Caron (1984), Denny Sneath (1969).

 

PRO STREET CAMARO 1968 ONLY

Winner: Scott Smyers.

Runner-up: Rick Gentry.

 

PRO STREET TRUCK

Winner: Mike Anderson (1972 GMC pick-up).

Runner-up: Kevin Hoffman (1972 El Camino).

 

PRO ENGINEERED

Winner: Roy Hamilton (1955 Chevrolet sedan).

Runner-ups: George Silvestro (1966 Nova), Mike Raup (1966 Chevy II).

 

TRUCK 1949-1972

Stock winner: Tim Hagarman

Modified winner: Ross Gilbert (1964 pick-up).

Modified runner-ups: Lonnie Leber Jr. (1972 C10), Max Styer (1950 truck).

Show winner: Jessica Gilbert (1950 pick-up).

Show runner-ups: John Stiles (1964 C10), Charles Randa (1970 truck).

 

TRUCK 1973-1989 FULL SIZE

Show winner: Corey Haugland (1978 K1500).

Show runner-up: Pam & Layton Finkbirliner (1974 hauler).

 

TRUCK 1988 & NEWER

Stock winner: George Baronowsky (2010 Silverado).

Stock runne-up: Cliff Shemeley (2014 Denali).

Modified winner: Terrence Burrier (2005 SS pick-up).

Modified runner-up: Mark Meeker (2013 Silverado).

 

TRUCK MINI ALL YEARS

Modified winner: Tim Barr (1991 S-10).

Modified runner-up: Jeff Miller (1993 S-10).

 

TRUCK SUV 2WD/4WD

Late winner: Sly Brisco (2008 HHR).

Late runner-up: Alyssa Holcroft (2008 Trailblazer).

Early winner: Rich Irving (1987 Blazer).

Charlie Krause (1967 Suburban).

 

NEXT EVENTS AT MGR:

Friday, July 18 – Auto Locator Fast Friday. Heads-up drag racing and testing. $10 adult spectator admission. Racer entry fee: $20 for street-legal cars and motorcycles, $25 for trailered vehicles. Gates open at 4 p.m. with racing from 5-10 p.m.

Saturday July 19 – Monster Truck & Motorcycle Thrill Show – Night of Fire and Destruction. Two shows: 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monster Trucks — featuring the legendary Bigfoot, world record motorcycle jumper Doug Danger. Gates will open two hours before each show for Monster Truck rides and pit party. Advance tickets available at www.KSRMotorsports.Ticketleap.com.

Now in its 52nd year of operation, historic Maple Grove Raceway is recognized as a leading facility in the sport of NHRA-sanctioned drag racing. The NHRA Nationals, MGR’s annual NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national event, will take place on Oct. 2-5.

For more information, please call Maple Grove Raceway at (610) 856-9200 or visit www.maplegroveraceway.com. Follow Maple Grove Raceway on Facebook and Twitter (@maplegrove).

 

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SRT Motorsports and Wittmer Victorious in World Challenge at Toronto

TORONTO, Ontario, Canada – SRT® (Street and Racing Technology) Motorsports and Canadian driver Kuno Wittmer climbed to the top spot on the podium with their victory in race two of the SCCA Pirelli World Challenge on the streets of Toronto, Ont., Canada’s Exhibition Place on Sunday.

The No. 92 Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R, prepared by Riley Technologies, started from the second position on the grid and quickly took the lead when Wittmer made a clever pass on the race leader on the first lap’s third turn on the 1.755-mile, 11-turn downtown street circuit.

Wittmer’s victory in the event marked the first win for the Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R in the World Challenge’s GT class and the native of Montreal’s first in the World Challenge since he last competed in the series in 2010. The victory was Wittmer’s seventh in the series and his third World Challenge win in a Viper in six seasons in the series (2006-10, 2014).

“Winning on home turf is the best feeling on Earth,” said Wittmer. “It really is and this is definitely a step in the right direction building momentum for this entire SRT Motorsports team. In these types of North American championships, there are not a lot of Canadian events. When you do have the chance to race in front of your home crowd, it’s really, really special because you grew up racing in Canada.”

Wittmer, who finished second in yesterday’s round nine World Challenge race behind Nick Tandy, had to push his Viper to stay in the lead with several competitors attacking for position in the exciting race. Battling nose-to-tail in the final minutes, Tandy was challenging from second but fell back after touching the rear wheel of the red-and-white liveried Viper.

“I had a lot of pressure from behind from Nick Tandy – he’s a familiar competitor from another championship we race in,” said Wittmer. “I pulled off the tricks that I knew from racing on street courses and you have to rub a little paint in these types of situations and I think he was on the same page as me. It was a lot of fun. Hats off to the team, as the Viper was outstanding.”

The race featured just one caution flag for three laps during the shortened, 37 minute and 53 second, 29-lap event, which was condensed and moved up to an earlier start time due to a rainout of Saturday’s IndyCar race.

In addition to Wittmer’s victory in the GT class, the Viper GT3-R won in the World Challenge’s GT-A class with Dan Knox in the Detroit race in May. Knox finished second in his GT3-R in the GT-A class in Sunday’s World Challenge event.

Wittmer’s entry into the Toronto doubleheader race weekend was the Canadian driver’s only scheduled appearance in the World Challenge. Wittmer and the SRT Motorsports team will next compete in the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday, July 25 with its two full-time Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R entries.

SRT Motorsports Team and Driver Quotes

Kuno Wittmer, driver, No. 92 Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R
How were you able to win this street circuit race? 
“The credit goes to this entire SRT Motorsports team. This Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R was just outstanding. We drove a pace during the race and it worked. I had a lot of pressure from behind from Nick Tandy – he’s a familiar competitor from another championship we race in – but it was a pressure cooker for myself in the car. I didn’t have any water in the car with me, so my mouth was a little dry by the end. I pulled off the tricks that I knew from racing on street courses and you have to rub a little paint in these types of situations and I think he was on the same page as me. It was a lot of fun. Hat’s off to the team as the Viper was outstanding.”

How does it feel to capture this victory in your home country of Canada?
“The champagne was ever so sweet. Winning on home turf is the best feeling on Earth. It really is and this is definitely a step in the right direction building momentum for this entire SRT Motorsports team. In these types of North American championships, there are not a lot of Canadian events. When you do have the chance to race in front of your home crowd, it’s really, really special because you grew up racing in Canada – I know I did for 15 years – and it was extremely special to me. You look up to be at this level when you’re a young guy and here you are winning in front of the fans that followed you for a long time, so it’s really, really special.”

Why was the team showcasing the Viper GT3-R at this event?
“The car we drove today is a GT3-spec car sold globally. SRT Motorsports wanted to compete and showcase the Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R, prepared by Riley Technologies, at this event because it’s a brand new car and brand new program. It’s a customer car and can be run in this and other GT3 championships. The idea was to showcase the potential of the technology built by Bill Riley and Riley Technologies. We’ve shown that today. It’s one of the best available GT3 cars out there.”

Matt Bejnarowicz, lead engineer, No. 92 Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R
How impressive was Kuno Wittmer today?
“Kuno won that race for us, for sure. We had a strong Viper, but the car wasn’t the fastest one out there and he just drove the wheels of it. He did a tremendous job of keeping second-place behind him under pressure the entire race. And another competitor was coming for us last minute too and I think Kuno’s experience endurance racing and dealing with the traffic was the winning edge. My hat’s off to him because he really won the race for us.”

Beth Paretta, SRT director of motorsports marketing and operations
How was this weekend’s doubleheader?
“We couldn’t ask for better results here in Toronto with a second-place on Saturday and first place today. The Viper GT3-R is really a capable competitor to everything on the grid here at World Challenge and I think we showed that. It was a great battle watching Kuno dicing with the second place competitors. I think the fans of World Challenge got a great show and it made it exciting, but the bottom line is the Viper proved once again it’s just a great, capable race car.”

About SRT Motorsports
SRT Motorsports has partnered with Riley Technologies, based in Mooresville, N.C., on the design and build of the Dodge Viper GTS-R race cars. Two identical Viper GTS-Rs compete in the production-based GT Le Mans (GTLM) class in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, where the various GTLM class entrants share many styling similarities to their showroom brands.

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Ford Motor Company to Create Enthusiast Paradise at Hot August Nights Presented by Barrett-Ja​ckson

        

·         Ford to exhibit latest models, including all-new 2015 Ford Mustang

·         The public can drive select Ford cars at Hot August Nights event in downtown Reno

·         50th anniversary of Mustang marked by special Mustang Alley exhibit

RENO, Nev., July 22, 2014 Ford Motor Company will create the ultimate automotive enthusiast and consumer experience at the Second Annual Hot August Nights presented by Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, July 31-Aug. 2, in Reno, Nevada. From hosting Mustang Alley to exhibits and on-site driving opportunities, Ford will give attendees a chance to enjoy every aspect of its performance car lineup at the ultimate summer event for enthusiasts.

“Hot August Nights is one of the greatest summer celebrations of American car culture,” said Steve Ling, North America car marketing manager for Ford. “After being a part of the action for the first time in 2013, we’re thrilled to return as an official sponsor of this year’s event. With our new Mustang Alley exhibit, ride-and-drives and displays of our complete 2015 Ford lineup, Hot August Nights will be an exhilarating time for Ford fans.”

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Ford Mustang, which will be honored with the special Mustang Alley exhibit in downtown Reno. Mustang Alley will feature many of the most memorable Mustangs built over the last 50 years. The all-new 2015 Mustang, which embodies the essence of 50 years of the pony car, will be a part of the display.

“We want to give Ford fans the ultimate automotive enthusiast and consumer experience during Hot August Nights,” said Paul Brearey, Ford marketing manager for enthusiast events. “Ford is at the heart of American car culture and Hot August Nights is a natural choice for us to showcase our ongoing commitment to making the best cars on the road. I’m confident our fans will love our 2015 lineup and the chance to experience real American muscle power during our ride-and-drives.”

Enthusiasts will have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of their favorite Ford models during the ride-and-drive offerings located in the heart of the action in downtown Reno. For those seeking a more exhilarating experience, a professional driver from Miller Motorsports Park will take fans on rides around a closed course in their choice of a Ford Shelby GT500, Boss 302, Focus ST or Fiesta ST.

Ticket sales continue for One-of-a-Kind Mustang convertible

The National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society is partnering with Ford Motor Company for an opportunity to win a One-of-a-Kind 2015 Ford Mustang 50 Years convertible. All proceeds of the Ford4MS Mustang raffle will benefit the National MS Society and the Now research campaign.

The winner of this raffle will receive the only Wimbledon White 50 Years Convertible along with a VIP NASCAR Package and the opportunity to meet Ford Racing Director, Jaimie Allison and Ford Racing NASCAR drivers. To purchase a raffle ticket or more information please visit: www.ford4ms.com or www.mustangalley.net. The drawing will be held on Sat., August 16, 2014.

For auction information, visit the Barrett-Jackson website or Facebook.

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Tre Posti: A Mid-Century Masterpiece The 1966 Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (July 23, 2014) – Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® is honored to announce that it will be presenting a bespoke 1966 Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale at its Pebble Beach Auctions on August 16 and 17. Known as Tre Posti due to its groundbreaking front three-seat layout, this exceptional Ferrari represents the intersection of three great names working at the height of their careers: Enzo Ferrari, Sergio Pininfarina, and Luigi Chinetti. Presented in wonderfully original condition and boasting just 7,900 km, the automotive masterpiece has captivated admirers since it was first introduced with its striking and glamorous Gardenia White exterior, black upholstery with bright red carpets, and distinctive moon roof. Never before offered at public sale, Tre Posti has been consigned for auction directly from the Chinetti Family.

1966 Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale, Tre Posti (Estimate upon request)

Image copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company. Photo by Brian Henniker.

David Gooding, President: “The Tre Posti stands alone. This work of automotive art represents the ultimate in 1960s sports car design. In my opinion, Tre Posti is an extraordinary coachbuilt tour de force and by all respects one of the most important and valuable Ferraris ever designed. Its competition underpinnings and special provenance make it one of the finest Ferraris in existence.”

Luigi Chinetti Sr.
Luigi Chinetti Sr. was an Italian-born racecar driver who was instrumental in introducing the Ferrari marque to the world. He famously arranged a groundbreaking deal with Enzo Ferrari to become the first, and for many years, the only, Ferrari Factory dealer in the US. A larger-than-life figure, Chinetti’s awards and accolades included three wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, two outright victories at the Spa 24 Hours race, and served as captain of the North American Racing Team (NART). He won both Ferrari’s first and its last victory at Le Mans in 1949 and 1965. Chinetti’s love for automobiles and racing, as well as his appreciation of technology and engineering drove his business choices. Under his guidance he directed the cultivation of many outstanding Ferrari collections, only occasionally keeping a select few gems, including Tre Posti, for himself.

Tre Posti in Detail
The culmination of visionary ideas of proportion and detail resulted in one of the most exquisitely-executed Ferraris of all time. Tre Posti, a powerful three-passenger sporting coupe was a prototype based on the racing Ferrari 365 P2. One of the most distinguishing features and a central element of the design was the Ferrari’s three-seat cockpit layout, which places the driver in the center of the car, slightly in front of a passenger seat flanking each side. It is surely among the most remarkable layouts ever created for an automobile. Tre Posti also boasts a lavish interior with a seamlessly integrated chrome roll bar, competition pedal box, and gated shifter, which are further hints at the Tre Posti’s thoroughbred bloodline. In addition, the Ferrari is enhanced with numerous unique characteristics including an expansive moon roof with state-of-the-art bronze-tinted glass and other signature Pininfarina styling cues such as covered headlamps, classic egg-crate grille and sweeping rear sails. From one’s first look, the 365 P Berlinetta Speciale is in the pinnacle of a long line of coachbuilt Ferraris and leads the most elegant and enduring sports car designs of the 1960s.

Significant History
Tre Posti is the result of a unique collaboration between Enzo Ferrari, Sergio Pininfarina, and Luigi Chinetti. Constructed at the height of the P car program in 1966, the 365 P Berlinetta Speciale, chassis 8971, was the first mid-engine 12-cylinder Ferrari designed specifically for use as a road car. Tre Posti is a prototype model based on the Ferrari 365 P2, a model that was successfully campaigned by Chinetti’s NART. According to Pininfarina, the 365 P Berlinetta Speciale has the distinction of being the last car made by the firm for a private client. Before it was purchased by Chinetti Motors, this car was unveiled at the 53rd International Paris Motor Show as the key Pininanfarina show car. A global tour in 1966 and 1967 followed, including engagements at key auto shows in Brussels, London and Los Angeles. Dubbed “a world-wide novelty” in a Pininfarina press release from October 16, 1966, Tre Posti was met with great fanfare on the show circuit and was prominently featured in numerous magazines and publications. Since its delivery to Chinetti Motors in 1967, the car has only been sold twice to important Ferrari clients but returned to Chinetti family ownership in 1969, where it has remained ever since.

By any standard, Tre Posti is among the most important Ferraris of all time. Gooding & Company is honored to offer such a powerful mechanical treasure during our Pebble Beach Auctions this August. (estimate upon request)

The Pebble Beach Auctions
Dates: Saturday, August 16 at 5:00 pm PST and Sunday, August 17 at 6:00 pm PST
Location: Equestrian Center, Corner of Stevenson Drive and Portola Road, Pebble Beach
Public preview: August 13-17 Auction catalogues: $100, includes admission for two to the viewing and the auctions
General admission: $40, includes admission for one to the viewing and the auctions
Live auction broadcast: www.goodingco.com
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M-SPORT BENTLEY READY TO RACE AROUND THE CLOCK

24-hour marathon awaits Bentley at Spa-Francorchamps

  • New Continental GT3 ready for toughest challenge yet
  • Championship-leading drivers prepare for ultimate endurance test

 

(Crewe, 21st July 2014) Following successive victories in the Blancpain Endurance Series, M-Sport Bentley is setting up at the world-famous Spa-Francorchamps track in Belgium for the Total 24 Hours of Spa – the headline race of the season, starting at 16:30 local time on Saturday 26th July. The team is looking for both of its cars to finish in the points, and aiming to strengthen the championship lead of the Bentley Boys of the #7 Continental GT3 (Guy Smith, Andy Meyrick and Steven Kane).

Through seamless teamwork and consistent pace, the narrow victories scored at Silverstone and Paul Ricard have put the team in to a strong position going in to the fourth and most important round of the championship at Spa. Three sets of points are awarded over the course of the race, with teams scoring at the six- and twelve-hour marks before the final finishing order completes the points allocation.

The team is targeting a top-ten finish for both Bentley machines. This task has been made more difficult due to a new Balance of Performance for the Continental GT3 which both increases weight and reduces engine performance. Despite this, Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, is still hopeful of a strong result:

“We come to Spa with a great deal of excitement. Bentley’s motorsport heritage is built on 24-hour racing, and the last time we took part in a race of this length was our victory at Le Mans in 2003. The nature of racing over so many hours means that we not only need a reliable car with great performance, but a good deal of luck. We think the Continental GT3 will suit Spa, but our pace has been dealt a blow with a new Balance of Performance that will certainly restrict us. The thrill of 24-hour racing is that it could be anyone’s race, and we’ll be racing to give the British fans something to cheer about.”

Bentley Boy Steven Kane has taken the chequered flag in his Continental GT3 at the last two races, and comments:

“Spa will be a race like no other this season, as the only 24-hour marathon on the calendar. The first test race for the Bentley was the Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi, and we’ve done a 24-hour test too, so we know we have the reliability. Hopefully we can complement that with the speed needed to compete for major points. We also know that there’ll be a lot of Bentley fans watching the race and we don’t want to let them down!”

Belgian former F1 driver Jérôme D’Ambrosio knows the Spa-Francorchamps circuit better than most, and is very aware of the challenge it presents. Jérôme will be racing with Duncan Tappy and Antoine Leclerc in the second Continental GT, and he comments:

“I’m thrilled to be racing with Bentley at Spa. It’s an historic track, including some of the best corners in the world, and to be racing in front of my home fans again will be fantastic. It’s a really tricky circuit, and while I’ve raced here in series from Formula Renault to F1, I’ve never driven it in the dark – that’s a really exciting new challenge. Duncan, Antoine and I will be looking for our best result of the season so far and I’m confident we can have a great race.”

M-Sport Bentley’s progress over the weekend can be followed at @BentleyComms, where live updates will be posted from the track, while Eurosport and Motors TV will provide live television coverage.

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BONHAMS TO SELL 1957 FERRARI 250 GT PININ FARINA SERIES 1 CABRIOLET

The magnificent Ferrari 250 GT Pinin Farina Cabriolet destined for Bonhams Quail Lodge Sale is a very early, stylish example, and only the eighth of some 40 units ever built.
Having spent its life in Italy and Venezuela, it now travels to California for the highly anticipated auction, with an estimate of $6.5 million to $8.5 million (£3.8 million – £5 million). It will be offered without reserve.
Its chassis frame was delivered to the Pinin Farina plant in September 1957, and upon the assembled car’s completion with this strikingly handsome body it was promptly exhibited at the 39th Salone dell’ Automobile in Turin’s Valentino Park exhibition hall.
In January 1958, this Cabriolet was then shipped to the Venezuelan Ferrari importer, Carlos Kauffman, in the central-American state’s capital city of Caracas.
Newly registered on Venezuelan plates, it was later pictured in the factory’s official 1959 Ferrari Yearbook, whose compilers every year made much of the burgeoning marque’s growing global appeal. On the streets of Caracas the car turned all heads with its original white paint scheme later changed to a bright green hue. Its original price there was at 80,000 Venezuelan Bolivares.
The car later received its first private owners in Luis and Carmen Perez Dupuy. The pair went on to sell it to a Mr. Gustavo Guttierez, who retained the car until 1986 (by which time it had been repainted bright red). Ultimately, in 1991 it was inducted into the Maranello Rosso Collection in San Marino, and returned to its native Italy.
This magnificently imposing Cabriolet has been well maintained and most sympathetically restored, with its exterior Bianco paintwork providing a striking counterpoint to its Pelle Naturale Conolly leather upholstery.
Of all the road-going Ferraris from the Maranello Rosso Collection, this ex-Carlos Kauffman, 1958 Turin Show car, is particularly admired as a Ferrari of enormous distinction, rarity and surviving originality.
The ten entries from the Maranello Rosso Collection are:
  1. 1953 Ferrari 250 MM Berlinetta
  2. 1969 Ferrari Dino 206 GT Coupe
  3. 1968 Ferrari 365 GTC Coupe
  4. 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta
  5. 1978 Ferrari 312 T3 Formula 1 Racing single-seater
  6. 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series 1 Pinin Farina Cabriolet
  7. 1968 Ferrari Dino 166/246T Formula 2/Tasman racing single-seater
  8. 1981 Ferrari 512 BB/LM Endurance Racing Coupe
  9. 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona uprated to Competition Specification
  10. 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Speciale Aerodinamica
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