This is Part II of the Melbourne Car Spotters Monterey Car Week Full Recap: Auction and Event Coverage, and Our Favourite Snaps. We'd highly recommend reading Part I: New Car Reveals here, so you're in the know about what's on the horizon in the car world.
Every car-lover's heaven
Monterey Car Week. A week in late August circled in every car enthusiasts' calendar. If you don't know what 'the week' is, picture this: those cars you normally only see in a museum (or don't see at all), like Ferrari 250 GTOs and McLaren F1 GTR Longtails? They clog the streets of Monterey, California, like Corollas and i30s do down Chapel Street on a Saturday morning.
Essentially one of the most significant weeks in the global motoring calendar (up there with Goodwood Festival of Speed, Le Mans 24h, and the Monaco GP), the week comprises events, club gatherings, the much-anticipated RM Sotheby's Auction, and the storied Pebble Beach Concors d'Elegance, to name a few attractions. The most exciting part of the week is that a whole host of unicorn-rare cars come out of the woodwork to participate in the festivities - seeing one of these cars on the road is almost too good to be true, but in the numbers you can see in California it's something else to behold.
It’s got to be one of the biggest clichés in the performance motoring industry, doesn’t it? ‘The fastest production car around the Nürburgring’ – a phrase that car manufacturers the world over strive to be able to plaster over their marketing collateral. The thing is, does it really mean anything? To be the fastest car around the 21km, 154 turn German circuit is by no means a small feat. Being able to wrestle a car around the aptly named ‘Green Hell’ requires a perfect recipe of aerodynamics, power, lightweight, tyre compound, track temperature and conditions, fearless driver, the sun and moon to be perfectly aligned; the list goes on. The very existence of hours and hours of ‘Nürburgring crash’ footage on YouTube comprehensively documents the risks involved when taking this track head-on, and how it will spit you out into the armco at a moment’s notice if you fail to respect it.
This blog is dedicated to the fabled circuit, as well as the most recent car to be crowned the coveted ‘Ring King' – the 2018 Porsche 991.2 911 GT2 RS. (Note: this is not a sponsored post)
Who said the Australian automotive industry was dead? Brabham Automotive today unveiled to the world the Brabham BT62 coupe, a supercar with the potential of rekindling the Australian car industry. The launch was in London, but the car's production line is set to be in Adelaide. A price of £1m (nearly AU$2m) before any options or taxes and a production run of 70 units makes the BT62 a very exclusive investment.
We were wondering what to expect as we awaited the arrival of McLaren's latest supercar at our agreed meeting point one cool summer morning. It had just won EVO magazine's 'Car of the Year' award, but our experience of the 720S was limited to a quick (parked) viewing late last year. More than once we had read and watched journalists and professional YouTubers lament that the 720 'lacked emotion' or 'wasn't loud enough' to be classified as a real supercar like its look-at-me Lamborghini counterparts. Thus, we were expecting a sort of quiet spaceship to glide in from a side street and appear under our noses. How wrong we were...
Melbourne in March, what a place to be... The cars, and every photo, video and location of the fabled - yet shrouded in secrecy and mystery - Pagani Raduno 'Pacific Run' 2018. If you want to know why Melbourne was abuzz with multi-million dollar bespoke Italian hypercars in the month of March, we've done our best to summarise what really was a near-surreal time for car enthusiasts in Australia.
You'd be forgiven for thinking January might have been a quiet month for Melbourne's supercar scene. It was anything but. Day two of 2018 saw what will without doubt be one of the best spots of the year. A prized Bugatti EB110 (more below). Other highlights include two Ferrari Enzos, a handful of 812 Superfasts, and the new Audi RS5.