The sixty fifth anniversary of the first Pebble Beach auto racing weekend is now much greater than anyone could have envisaged when California's Monterey Peninsula community began this journey. Originally a race and low-key concours boasting European style racing cars, it has now evolved into what is known as Monterey Car Week. Camera in hand, Somer Hooker attended almost everything of significance at the 2015 event.
Honda has claimed a new Guinness World Record, for the "Lowest fuel consumption – all 24 contiguous EU countries (all cars)." Although that's a bit of a mouthful, it simply means that the carmaker achieved the highest fuel efficiency ever recorded while traversing all 24 adjoining EU countries.
Last year, Honda earned some press for adding paddle shifters to its
Pioneer 500 UTV. Now, it's launching a larger, more powerful
side-by-side with the feature – the all-new 2016 Pioneer 1000. Honda
says its new UTV flagship is the first side-by-side in the industry with
a six-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission and the class leader in
engine size. Work or play, this UTV is hungry for dirt and mud.
Honda's much-delayed NSX and tiny S660 have this year marked the firm’s first venture back into the world of mid-engined cars since the first-generation NSX and Beat of the 1990s – and these patents hint that there may be more to come.
The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and the accompanying Villa Erba auction put on yet another spectacular show at the weekend, with 11 cars selling for more than a million dollars, 34 of the 39 lots on offer sold, and an average sale price of $880,000 per car. While the auction was spectacular, the three day show across the adjacent villas was beyond spectacular in every respect, with the finest of Europe's vast automotive heritage on display.
The legendary Africa Twin is back. Honda has announced that the new adventure model based on the True Adventure prototype shown at EICMA last November will be called CRF1000L Africa Twin, and will be available in dealerships across Europe in late 2015.