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Mike Hanlon

Automotive Feature

The Top 50 F1 drivers of all time, regardless of what they were driving

Mathematics is the language of the universe, and given the exponential growth of computing power and advanced modeling techniques, it is beginning to make sense of even the most complex of problems. A team from Sheffield Methods Institute in the UK has analyzed all of the drivers, teams and results in Formula One history to produce a ranking of the best 50 F1 Drivers of all-time (with the car/team effects removed), as well as the best wet weather and street circuit drivers. It has also quantified how much of the performance equation is down to the team/car and how much is due to the driver. The results contain some big surprises.Read More

Automotive Feature

Pictorial: Top Marques Monaco 2016

The 13th annual Top Marques has become the world's highest profile show of outrageously expensive toys for the rich and famous. This year a plethora of new toys went on display, with the 270 hp Arcaboard (no, it's a flyboard, not a car), the shape-shifting Kormaran boat, the Martin JetPack, Icona's titanium-bodied 670 hp Vulcano, the beautiful retro-Italian Effeffe Berlinetta, Apollo's 986 hp Arrow, Kahn Design's 510 hp Vengeance, Mazzanti's aero-revised 751 hp Evantra, Belassi's new 333 hp B3R PWC, Newtron's all-electric Fiat 500, plus a full complement of A-list manufacturers of watches, jewelry and expensive playthings of all descriptions.Read More

Automotive Feature

Techno-Classica Essen: The world's biggest classic car experience ... plus a disruptive new technology

Techno-Classica Essen is the world's largest grass roots classic car event, and you really don't understand the sheer magnitude of an industry until you go to its global "Mecca" and walk the show floor. Here's a tour through the 22 halls of this year's gargantuan gathering in words and pictures, including a look at a new technology roll-out that will revolutionize the classic car industry, 1001 ways to decorate your man cave tastefully, and an explanation as to why the classic car "price bubble" isn't going to burst any time soon. Read More

Automotive

Ferrari 335S Spider Scaglietti sells for US$35.7 million (updated)

A Ferrari 335S Spider Scaglietti sold for US$35.7 million (€32,075,200) at Artcurial's Retromobile auction in Paris on February 5. The car narrowly failed to break the world record of $38.115 million set by a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO in August, 2014, but eclipsed the $29.605 million fetched by Juan Manuel Fangio's 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 Silver Arrow in July, 2013, becoming the second most valuable car ever sold at auction. There is however, a catch, because depending on the currency used, the sale price is indeed a world record.Read More

Motorcycles

Moto Guzzi V8 and many important European motorcycles head to auction

Three motorcycle auctions (London, Paris and Gainesville, Florida) in the next few weeks offer unprecedented opportunities to obtain some rare European motorcycles. Bonhams' Paris sale on 4 February will be followed by Coys' London Motorcycle Show sale on 13 February, and Jerry Wood's Florida auction on 8 March. The lots include a fabled Moto-Guzzi V8 plus many important Italian racing motorcycles, including a 1951 Moto Guzzi 500 Bicilindrica GP, a 1956 Mondial 250 GP Bicilindrica prototype and a 1961 Ducati 250 Trialbero prototype. Unprecedented in the motorcycle industry is the launch and auction of the first bike from French custom manufacturer Praëm (top right), which is expected to sell for between US$100,000 and $160,000. At 165 hp and 180 kg, it should be a goer too.Read More

Motorcycles

Vincents dominate 2016 Las Vegas Motorcycle auctions: Detailed report

Vincent motorcycles dominated January's Las Vegas Motorcycle auctions this year, with six of the top seven most expensive bikes of the two auctions, and a new world record for any Vincent motorcycle of US$434,000 going to a Chinese Red Vincent White Shadow 1000cc V-twin. While the marquee bikes expected to sell for the highest amounts were almost all passed in without meeting reserve, numerous world records were broken for mid-range collectibles.Read More

Motorcycles

Las Vegas January motorcycle auctions preview: The state of the market

January's Las Vegas motorcycle auctions are the epicenter of the world's collectible motorcycle marketplace. The world's two dominant motorcycle auction houses hold back-to-back auctions in the first few days of January (Bonhams on January 7 and Mecum Mid-America on January 8-9, 2016) that this year will see 850 of the world's most desirable motorcycles up for sale over three days. The Las Vegas motorcycle auctions are a significant global event, as they strongly influence the market for the remainder of the year. Here's the story leading into the auctions ...Read More

Motorcycles

The "Broughs of Bodmin Moor" – another major barnfind

Barnfinds continued to step from urban legend into reality earlier this year, when eight Brough Superior Motorcycles were discovered in a Cornish village. Stored in barns, the motorcycles were discovered whole, in parts, and some were partially submerged under five decades of dust. The "Broughs of Bodmin Moor" will be offered at Bonhams Sale of Important Collectors' Motorcycles at Stafford on 24 April 2016.Read More

Automotive

Fangio's Mille Miglia Ferrari 290 sells for $28 million

Several storied automobiles crossed the auction block at RM-Sotheby's New York "Driven by Disruption" sale on December 10, the last big sale of the year before the Scottsdale round of auctions in January begin 2016. The star of the show was Fangio's 1956 Ferrari 290 MM which fetched US$28 million and became the third most expensive car ever sold. Janis Joplin's psychedelic 1964 Porsche 356C SC Cabriolet was expected to sell for between $400,000 and $600,000, but fetched $1.7 million to set a record for the Porsche 356. Finally, Roy Rogers' 1963 Pontiac Bonneville Nudiemobile fetched $308,000, which is a record for a Bonneville, but still less than his saddle ($386,500) or his Martin guitar ($554,500). Read More

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