Archive for September, 2012

Ferrari Showcased At The Hopetoun House Italian Car And Bike Show

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Graypaul Edinburgh along with the Scottish Ferrari Owners Club were together part of the Hopetoun House Italian Car and Bike Day. The Scottish Ferrari Owners Club showcased to the assembled car enthusiasts a number of Ferraris at the event, which completed the club’s tour of the highlands.

The Hopetoun House Italian Car and Bike event acted as a finale to their tour which is an event which raises money for the HUSH Charity, helping victims of Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome. HUSH was set up in 1997 following the outbreak of E.coli O157 in Central Scotland, when twenty people died and there were 497 reported cases.

The public were treated to a display of more than 25 Ferraris at the show which included the Ferrari California 30, Ferrari FF and the new Ferrari 458 Spider from Ferrari’s current lineup, provided by Graypaul Edinburgh.

Graypaul Edinburgh has very recently taken delivery of its first Ferrari 458 Spider, one of the first Ferrari models in Scotland. Other Ferraris including the Ferrari F40 and Ferrari 458 Italia were on display, provided by members of the Scottish Ferrari Owners Club.

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Classic Ferrari Fetches A Whopping £7 million

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A classic Ferrari has been sold for a whopping £7 million at an auction at the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance in California.

The 1960 Ferrari California 250 LWB Spider Competizione version was sold to an anonymous collector. Previously it belonged to the Sherman M. Wolf collection, which bought it from the original owner in 1979.

Other Ferraris models sold at the auction included a 340 MM Spider for about £2.9 million along with a 1985 288 GTO for more than £630,000.

The Ferrari was one of the many star cars to be showcased at Pebble Beach, which also featured the McLaren X-1 and, for some lucky customers, a showcase of Bentley’s Mulsanne Convertible Concept was also there.

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Woodward Dream A Parade For The Corvette Pantry

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With the Detroit Woodward Dream Cruise in full swing spectators will be able to see a load of activities which awaits car enthusiasts this week.

One of the most favorite events at the annual cruise is the world’s largest one-day celebration of classic car culture which took place yesterday.

The 10-year-old Corvettes on Woodward fundraiser event (brainchild of Larry Courtney, Michigan Captain of the 10th Anniversary National Corvette Caravan in 2014) zoomed along Michigan’s favorite highway. The participants raised funds for one of Courtney’s favorite charities — Open Hands Food Pantry of Royal Oak, MI.

There were at least 500 Corvettes where each driver donated funds for the charity gathered at the event, held at the Radisson Hotel on Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills. A variety of sponsors attended, including big wigs such as: Matick Chevy, West Bloomfield Township, MI-based Cauley Performance Automotive, Sawyer, MI-based Corvette Central and others. Later in the evening the Corvettes headed south on Woodward in an amazing vroom and zoom parade.

The Dream Cruise attracts more than 1 million visitors annually, and more than 40,000 muscle cars, street rods, custom, collector and special-interest vehicles. It’s a sight for car enthusiasts to behold and marvel. For the Corvettes on Woodward fundraiser, attendees came from as far away as places like Sweden where that particular driver had his ‘Vette flown in for the event.

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Classic Citroen Cars Were Showcased At The Carlisle City Centre

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Onlookers were seen taking pictures as well as chatting with the drivers of the cars that had been restored to immaculate conditions.

It was good that it was sunny and warm as the vehicles were lined up outside the Old Town Hall on Saturday. They also made a stopover at Telfords garage in Kingstown.

The 41 Citroens out of which some were built as far back as 1919, were driven from the Netherlands, via Newcastle and Gretna Green, before heading to the Great Border City. The owners take them to various places across Europe every year.

Aad Meijd, 52, from Maasland, in Holland, was seen sitting on the running board of his car while his three-year-old son slept in the back.

Aad said: “I like driving classic cars because you can forget all other things in your life.

“I started because of my father in law – he infected me. Carlisle is a nice city with good people.”

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The First Driver, Who Won a World Championship Rally in a Citroen, Passed Away

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The sudden and untimely death of Philippe Bugalski’s is that news stories that no team ever wishes to have to announce. He was a Frenchman from Vichy and was a renowned Citroën factory driver from 1998 to 2003 and always remained part of the team, as a test and shakedown driver for new cars before they were sent away on rallies.

Sébastien Loeb added: “I feel really upset by this tragic news. We’ve just lost somebody who was incredibly special. Beyond his consummate professionalism and talent, I will always remember his human values. ‘Bug’ was a person with huge spirit, who had time and warmth for everyone. We will all miss him.”

Philippe Bugalski  made his competition debut in the mid-1980s, ‘le Petit Bug’ to quickly become one of the brightest rising French rally stars. With his name already established he joined Citroën Sport at the end of 1997. He was a cornerstone of the development program for the Xsara Kit Car, immediately winning two French Championship titles with it in 1998 and 1999.

The 1999 season was highlighted by two World Championship victories in Catalunya and Corsica. These triumphs which were plucked from under the noses of the four-wheel drive turbocharged World Rally Cars, would prove fruitful to Citroën’s decision to graduate to the highest level of the sport.

From 2000 the team focused on the development of the Xsara T4, which allowed its star driver to claim a third consecutive French Championship title. It was in 2001 that Citroën began its first World Rally Championship campaign with a limited four-round program. Philippe was the first driver to score a point with the Xsara WRC (on the Acropolis Rally) and acted as mentor to Sébastien Loeb when the future champion made his debut with the car in Sanremo.

He was also part of the factory WRC line-up on asphalt rallies in the following seasons before calling time on his professional career at the end of 2003. His passion however remained undiminished. Philippe was also a lover of horses and he judiciously divided his time between his horses, running the Automéca team, as well as his role as test driver for Citroën Racing.

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