1975 GRD

1975 GRD

1975 Group Racing Developments or simply GRD, raced by Rick Carlino and Brian Johnson in class Invitation during Qualifying of the 2013 FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship. GRD was a short-lived British constructor of racing cars. It was formed in 1971 with a large percentage of staff coming from those made redundant from the closure of Lotus Cars customer car manufacturing arm. They built cars for Formula 2, Formula 3, Formula Atlantic and Sports 2000 racing classes until a decline in British racing vehicle manufacturing bit into the industry in 1975 that paralleled the oil crisis. The red car in the back is a 1970 Chevron B8, raced by Alec Hammond in class Bonnier.

I took this photo during the Historic Grand Prix 2013 on Circuit Park Zandvoort in The Netherlands. I had such a great time with the following race classes:
MES Pre ’66 Touring Cars
Grand Prix Cars Pre ’61
Historic Formula Junior
FIA Historic Sports Cars
Historic Formula 2
Demonstratie – Yamaha Classic Racing Team Demonstratie
Demonstratie – Porsche Demonstratie
Demonstratie – Coloni Demonstratie
Youngtimer Trophy
Grand Prix Cars ’61 – ’65
NKHTGT – Nederlands Kampioenschap Historische Toerwagens & GT’s
Demo – Yamaha Classic Racing Team Demonstratie
FIA Historic Formula 1
Historic Monoposto Racing
MES Gentlemen Drivers

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Posted by SJ-Photography on 2014-03-16 11:08:27

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Bentley S1 Continental Park Ward Fixed-Head Coupé 1957

Bentley S1 Continental Park Ward Fixed-Head Coupé 1957

Bentley ranks amongst the famous makes in history. Founded by W.O.Bentley in 1919, his cars were most successful in racing, having won the 24 Hours of Le Mans no less than 5 times. The Great Depression and the fading support by its financier Woolf Barnato led to the end of the W.O. period in 1931, when the company was taken over by its rival Rolls-Royce and production moved to Derby. After World War II, the Rolls-Royce plant was moved from Derby to Crewe. Although in the process of industrialisation, Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars were made in the new "Standard Steel" version (car totally built in house including coachwork), the more luxurious "Coachbuilt" version was still available to special offer. For the "Coachbuilt" version, the manufacturer built the "rolling chassis" but then commissioned the coachwork to an authorised coachbuilder, allowing the customer to choose from a variety of different coachwork designs.
From 1950 until 1959, all Bentley cars featured the 6-cylinder engine legendary from the Thirties, gradually upgraded to 4.5 litre, and 4.9 litre after 1959. No other engine offers the silence, smoothness and total absence of any vibration like the Bentley 6-cylinder engine. The subsequent Bentley V8 engine after 1959 was clearly stronger, but not nearly as refined.
Only Bentley (not Rolls-Royce) cars were optionally available with the "Continental" option, an upgrade featuring a more sporty suspension, a higher rear axle ratio and a rev counter instrument, suitable for long distance high-speed cruising. This "Continental" option made these large and elegant Bentley cars surprisingly sporty and nimble to drive. On the coachwork side, one particular model is a milestone in the history of Postwar Bentley cars – the S1 Continental Park Ward Coupé. For reasons never quite understood, the S1 Continental Park Ward handles infinitely better than its contemporaries by H.J.Mulliner, James Young, etc, which must have to do with the way that the bodies are attached to the chassis. Another quality makes the S1 Continental Park Ward unique – its outstanding coachwork design which is elegant yet very sporty.
This particular car, the S1 Continental Park Ward Fixed-Head Coupé chassis N°BC38LCH is very special for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is one of only 33 cars built with left hand drive (of which only some 10 examples were made with the small rear quarter window). Secondly, it was totally restored by foremost expert P. & A. Wood from 2005 until 2009, including a number of special upgrades such as secondary fuel pump system, auxiliary fan system and fully integrated air conditioning. No other Fifties grand touring coupé car offer performances and comfort quite like this car.

Chassis : N°BC38LCH
Engine : N°BC37C
Engine Specification : 6-cylinder with 4887 cc
Equipment : Small rear quarter window, fully integrated air conditioning system

Posted by tautaudu02 on 2013-04-29 18:36:40

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BMW 1M heading to MFest 2013 Las Vegas

BMW 1M heading to MFest 2013 Las Vegas

The BMW 1 Series M ("1M coupe") is a high-performance version of the BMW 1 Series Coupe, developed by BMW’s motorsport branch BMW M. While BMW naming convention would have called the car the "M1", the name "BMW 1 Series M" was used instead, to avoid confusion with the original BMW M1.

BMW M boss Dr. Kay Segler officially announced the making of the M variant of the BMW 1-Series Coupé on July 9, 2010, via an official YouTube video and press release. On December 9, 2010, BMW officially announced all details of the car in the media. The variant was marketed as a spiritual follow-up to the famous E30 M3.

Prior to the 1M coupe, a bespoke engine (with a code starting with "S", for example S14, S50, S65) was used for all BMW M models. However, the 1M Coupé uses a re-tuned version of the twin-turbocharged N54 engine which is used in various other models. In the 1M Coupe, the engine produces 340 hp at 5900 rpm and 332 lb·ft torque from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm (with +369 lb·ft overboost). The sole available drivetrain is a six-speed manual gearbox with a limited slip differential.

The 1M coupe has a significantly wider track and bigger body than the standard E82 coupe, as well as a different body kit. Despite the car’s larger size, it is 77 lb (35 kg) lighter than the standard E82 coupe, giving it a weight of 3,296 lb.

BMW was originally going to release the 1M Coupé as a limited production model of 2,700 units. Then due to overwhelming demand, the company lifted the cap and produced a total of 6331 cars until production ended in June 2012. Nevertheless, production of the North American variant of the 1M Coupé stopped in June 2012, with 740 units sold in the US and a further 220 sold in Canada. Total 6039 cars sold worldwide.

The 1M was featured on Top Gear on 26 June 2011 and recorded a time of 1:25.0 around the Top Gear test track.. The 1M was met in the media with enthusiastic reviews, Jeremy Clarkson likening it, as a breakthrough model, to the original Volkswagen Golf GTI. It also received "Richard Hammond’s Car of the Year 2011" award in Top Gear (magazine).

Posted by I am Ted7 on 2013-05-27 06:26:44

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Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670-4 SV

Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670-4 SV

The great Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670-4 SV was one of the most exclusive cars at the Rit Rond de Rivieren 2013.
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Posted by Lyon1845 on 2013-06-12 20:02:00

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Morgan Aero Coupe

Morgan Aero Coupe

For over 100 years the British Morgan Motor Company has been making exciting sports cars in Malvern, Worcestershire. Morgan cars are famous the world over for their unique blend of charisma, quality materials, craftsmanship and performance. All Morgan cars are coach built. One of the brands strongest selling points is the care taken in the manufacture of each car; Leading design capability, an extensive array of luxurious materials and the latest drivetrain technologies combine to create an unparalleled driving experience.

A Morgan Aero Coupe is a car that is designed to be durable with proven chemical coating and treatments of the rigid bonded chassis and body. Following research by the company on the road, the race track and in automotive laboratories the design of this versatile platform has been consistently improved and re-engineered. Now the Morgan Motor Company is a class leader in this chassis and car body technology.

Engine BMW 4799CC V8
Max Power 270kw (367/bhp)
Performance 0 – 62 4.5 seconds
Top Speed 170mph (273kph)

Posted by Roberto Braam on 2013-12-21 12:08:17

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