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2018 Goodwood Revival Honors Two Decades Of Motoring Heritage And Culture

Rolex 2018 Goodwood Revival – FAST FACTS:

  • 150,000 attendees were on site for this year’s Goodwood Revival – from Friday, September 7 to Sunday, September 9
  • The Revival marks 20 years since competitive racing returned to the historic Goodwood Motor Circuit.
  • The Revival continues to grow in stature, with historic automobiles and glamorous spectators in period dress making the journey to the world’s most revered heritage motorsport gathering.
  • Rolex has supported classic car events for over two decades, closely identifying with the style and beauty on show, while appreciating the history of the sport.
  • The Swiss watch brand first partnered with this exemplary event in 2004, when Rolex became the Title Sponsor of the Drivers’ Club.
  • Racing commenced on Friday evening with the much anticipated Kinrara Trophy and it was only fitting that as Goodwood Revival marked its 20-year milestone, the contest was one of the most valuable motorsport races ever held.
  • A field of pre-1963 closed-cockpit GT cars from legendary manufacturers competed in an electrifying exhibition of wheel-to-wheel motor racing over the course of an hour.
  • No.16 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB, fondly known as the ‘Breadvan’, driven by Niklas Halusa and five-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, Emanuele Pirro, took the checkered flag.
  • Rolex Testimonee and three-time FIA Formula 1® Drivers’ World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart drove the 1957 Cooper T43, the 1966 Eagle-Weslake T1G and the 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB/C in the Rob Walker and Dan Gurney tributes.
  • Sir Jackie Stewart said: “It was an absolute privilege to have the opportunity to drive around this magical circuit once again, especially in memory of motoring legends.”
  • Reflecting on the event’s milestone, Sir Jackie continued: “Seeing Goodwood Revival celebrate its 20th anniversary has been particularly nostalgic; the Duke of Richmond has established an extraordinarily unique and successful event, honoring the heritage of our sport and the beautiful cars that time will never forget. As I mark my 50th year as part of the Rolex family, it is a pleasure to be here and enjoy the special environment of the Rolex Drivers’ Club – which feels like a second home to me.”
  •  Fifteen races took place throughout the weekend of motorsport as Goodwood turned back the clock with pre-1968 Formula 1, saloon, prototypes, sports and Formula Junior cars gracing the 3.809 km track and thrilling fans.
  • The founder of Goodwood Revival, the Duke of Richmond, crowned the 2018 Goodwood Revival winners and announced the Rolex Driver of the Meeting. The specially-engraved Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41 was awarded to Darren Turner, following his display of impeccable driving in three races over the course of the weekend.
  • Darren Turner said: “It is incredibly special to win a Rolex watch. I’ve raced at the Rolex 24 At Daytona and seen the winners there awarded a Rolex, as well as on the top step of the podium at Le Mans. For any driver to receive this honor at a race weekend is unforgettable. I love coming to Goodwood, it’s an amazing weekend and a privilege to be a part of, thank you to everyone involved.”

 
ROLEX AND ENDURANCE RACING

Rolex, a Swiss watch manufacturer headquartered in Geneva, is recognized the world over for its expertise and the quality of its products. Its Oyster and Cellini watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision, performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, the brand pioneered the development of the wristwatch and is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house all the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Through philanthropic programs and a broad palette of sponsorship activities, Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports and exploration, and encourages the spirit of enterprise, as well as the conservation of natural environments.

MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM’S 1937 DELAGE D8-120 HONORED AT SALON PRIVÉ


During the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance at Salon Privé on the stunning grounds of England’s Blenheim Palace on August 30, the D8 won “Best Pre-War Automobile” and “Most Opulent”

Oxnard, Calif. (September 7, 2018) – The Mullin Automotive Museum’s 1937 Delage D8-120 claimed “Best Pre-War Automobile” and “Most Opulent” during the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance held at Salon Privé on Thursday, August 30, 2018.  Salon Privé is one of the United Kingdom’s longest-running and most successful motoring events, where the D8 ultimately took second in show overall during the 13th-anniversary celebration.

Kicking off the three-day Salon Privé, the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance welcomed a world-class collection of automotive glamour and royalty to the prestigious lawns of Blenheim Palace—the birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill. This year featured more than 50 cars and 20 motorcycles from around the word that were judged by an expert panel of 17 judges led by the five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell MBE.

“We are happy with the opportunity to share the beauty and history of the French automotive styling every chance that we get,” said Peter Mullin, founder and CEO of the Mullin Automotive Museum. “We’re thrilled that our passion and one of the most beautiful cars in our collection could be shared at the most elegant and historic Concours event in the United Kingdom.”

Known for its exceptional handling, the Mullin’s 8-cylinder D8-120 starred in the 1951 classic film “An American in Paris.” The film’s producers commissioned certain changes to the car’s design, including taillight modifications and a new green paint job. The car’s original French coachbuilder, Henri Chapron, was involved in the alterations. Years later in 1987, the car was put up for auction and purchased by Peter Mullin, who restored the car to its original configuration and added it to the museum’s collection.

For more information about this car or others in the Mullin Automotive Museum collection, please visit www.MullinAutomotiveMusuem.com.


ABOUT THE MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM
The Mullin Automotive Museum is located at 1421 Emerson Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93033, in the building formerly occupied by the Otis Chandler Vintage Museum of Transportation and Wildlife. The museum is typically open to the public on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month from 10 AM to 3 PM. Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.MullinAutomotiveMuseum.com. Semi-Private tours are offered on Tuesdays at 10 AM and Thursdays at 11 AM for $40 per person. Other weekdays may be available by appointment. Reservations are required. For information on semi-private tours or on Mullin 1000 Club membership benefits, please call 805.385.5400. To see photos of the exhibits and the cars on display, please follow the Mullin Automotive Museum’s official Instagram page.


Ruf CTR first drive review: Stretching the new Yellow Bird’s wings

Thirty years after the original Yellow Bird surprised the world, I drive Ruf’s prototype tribute CTR.

BY: KYLE HYATT on cnet.com
SEPTEMBER 5, 2018 5:00 AM PDT

 

Like many people my age, I first saw the name Ruf in Gran Turismo, plastered across a car that kind of looked like a Porsche 911, but wasn’t. Many years later, I rediscovered Ruf in the infamous Faszination video on YouTube, and that original 1987 CTR, known as Yellow Bird, has been an object of obsession for me and many other car enthusiasts ever since.

You can imagine my excitement, then, when Alois Ruf Jr. very kindly asked me to drive the prototype of his reimagined, modern-day Yellow Bird.

The new CTR is many things, but a Porsche isn’t one of them. The 1987 CTR was based on a narrow Porsche Carrera body-in-white and then extensively modified from there. The new CTR, however, is built on a bespoke carbon-fiber chassis with front and rear subframes made from high-strength steel. It doesn’t share a single body panel with the Porsche 911, or any other car for that matter.

The carbon-fiber tub and body panels were designed by legendary car designer (and Porsche enthusiast) Freeman Thomas. Thomas is credited with working on such iconic designs as the Volkswagen Concept 1, which eventually became the production New Beetle, as well as the original Audi TT. He also founded R Gruppe, a little club for folks who like to hot-rod their classic Porsches.

Ruf’s design brief tasked Thomas with finding a way to make the CTR easier to drive, despite having tons of power and being incredibly lightweight. Keeping in the spirit of the original CTR, Thomas was asked not to make the car appear extremely wide or overly muscular.

The new CTR is six inches wider than its forebear, though Thomas managed to visually conceal this by increasing the width of the door panels, in order to avoid the big-haunch appearance typical of turbo Porsches. The modern car is a few inches longer, too, though it’s all found in the wheelbase, hiding the length in the doors, so the front and rear overhangs remain unchanged.

The body features a number of other tributes to the original car, including the traditional Ruf shaved rain gutters, ventilated bumpers and NACA ducts. New touches include engine air intakes built into the rear quarter windows’ trim.

Ruf’s bag of tricks doesn’t end at the body. The CTR features pushrod-actuated inboard suspension built by ZF/Sachs that significantly reduces the amount of unsprung weight and allows for much finer damping control. The car also makes use of massive — 380mm front, 250mm rear with six-piston and four-piston calipers, respectively — carbon ceramic brakes, which almost feel like overkill on a car that weighs just over 2,600 pounds.

The CTR’s 3.6-liter flat-six engine comes from Porsche, mated to a Ruf-designed, seven-speed manual transmission. The twin-turbocharged engine produces a staggering 710 horsepower, but honestly, that’s not the most interesting aspect of this machine. Rather, it’s the seamless and smooth way the power is delivered. The car is surprisingly easy to drive, and incredibly forgiving. With its heavy clutch pedal and the symphony of whirrs and whistles coming from the wastegates behind your head, you could be forgiven for thinking this new Yellow Bird feels like an old 911.

It takes effort to steer the CTR at slow speeds but once moving, that old adage about driving a 911 over 25 cents and being able to tell whether it was one quarter or two dimes and a nickel starts to make sense. This is a car that communicates its intentions clearly and without malice.

The brakes are a little grabby while cold — a stereotypical trait of big, ceramic stoppers — and though the clutch takes real left-leg effort, the seven-speed transmission is a pleasure to use. It feels more precise than Porsche’s early seven-speed efforts, and unlike that ‘box, the Ruf’s seventh gear isn’t an overdrive for efficiency. Only in its top gear can you achieve the CTR’s ridiculous 225-mph top speed.

For all its ferocity, the CTR is incredibly civilized in traffic — perfectly sorted and shockingly easy to live with. It even has a couple of electronic safety nets for drivers who overestimate their talent behind the wheel. Antilock brakes are especially welcome, given the grabby nature of the ceramic units and the car’s low weight. The CTR has traction control, though remember, this is still a rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive car with 710 horsepower. Things can definitely go wrong in a hurry if you abuse it with ham-fisted nature, but its limits are nigh-unreachable on a public road.

How does the new CTR contend with the legacy of its very famous and universally loved namesake? In some ways, it doesn’t. The new Yellow Bird doesn’t feel like it wants to kill you every time you give it the boot, and it doesn’t run so rich that it reeks of gasoline when it drives by. It’s a modern car with modern construction and a modern engine. It gives you nearly the full experience of the original CTR with only maybe 30 percent of the “I could kill you at any second” factor.

Of course, if you’re the kind of oligarch who has nearly a million dollars to spend on a very fancy reimagined Porsche, you’re weirdly spoiled for choice these days. The Ruf CTR Yellow Bird certainly presents a compelling case against Singer and Gunther Works creations, not necessarily as something better, but rather, something different, with a history all its own.

No matter, the CTR isn’t built to appease the wishes of potential buyers. Alois Ruf commissions cars a specific way, that do exactly what he wants. Lucky for me, and for any of the lucky few who buy in, Mr. Ruf has absolutely exquisite taste.

For more photos, view the original story here.

ROUSH PERFORMANCE ANNOUNCES ITS MOST POWERFUL STAGE 3 MUSTANG TO DATE


The 710 horsepower 2019 ROUSH Stage 3 Mustang with ROUSH Performance’s new TVS R2650 supercharger is available for pre-order at all ROUSH Authorized Dealers beginning September 1, 2018

DETROIT (August 30, 2018) – ROUSH Performance has announced that the 2019 ROUSH Stage 3 Mustang, the highest performance vehicle in ROUSH’s stable, will be available for pre-order at all ROUSH Performance Authorized Ford Dealers on September 1, 2018.  Featuring the new ROUSH Performance TVS R2650 Phase 1 Supercharger, the 2019 Stage 3 boasts a 40 horsepower increase over the previous model, unleashing the true potential of Ford’s iconic Mustang.

At the heart of the ROUSH Stage 3 Mustang is the new ROUSH Phase 1 TVS R2650 supercharger.  Based around Eaton’s new R2650 rotating assembly and matched with a newly-designed, high-flowing front inlet, this supercharger is more efficient than the previous R2300-based supercharger, allowing ROUSH to coax 710 horsepower and 610 pound-feet of torque from Ford’s 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine.

ROUSH also maximizes the handling potential of the Stage 3 with standard performance single-adjustable coilovers, 20-inch ROUSH quicksilver cast aluminum wheels and 275/35R20 Continental ExtremeContact™ Ultra High-Performance tires.  For those looking to further fine tune the handling of their Stage 3 Mustang for track days, the optional ROUSH Performance three-way adjustable coilover suspension system with ROUSH-tuned valving helps to create unparalleled grip, enabling the Stage 3 to achieve 1.07g on the skid-pad.

Maintaining the Mustang’s timeless lines while seamlessly incorporating the latest engineering and technology, the ROUSH R8 Aero Body Kit features a high-flow upper grille with the iconic “3” badge along with a variety of exterior accessories including a widened lower grille, chin spoiler, aero corner pockets and body side scoops. The customization of the ROUSH Stage 3 Mustang continues into the graphics package with a wide array of colors and patterns to choose from.

Inside, the Stage 3 receives ROUSH’s complete Sport Interior Package.  Optional upgrades include Recaro “ROUSH” Sport seats, custom six-speed shifter ball, ROUSH billet pedals and a trunk-mounted tool kit.  For those looking to add even more technology, the Stage 3 Mustang can also be equipped with the ROUSH Active Exhaust System, which allows the driver to control exhaust volume and tone through their smart phone or tablet.

“At ROUSH we constantly strive to produce the highest quality and most innovative performance products for our customers,” said Jack Roush Jr. “When developing the 2019 Stage 3, we let our imaginations run wild to create a car that delivers track-ready performance, but can still be driven and enjoyed on the road.”

The 2019 ROUSH Stage 3 Mustang starts at $22,925 above the cost of the base vehicle and comes with a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. For more information on the 2019 ROUSH Stage 3 or any other ROUSH Performance vehicles, visit www.ROUSHperformance.com.


ABOUT ROUSH PERFORMANCE
ROUSH Performance was founded in 1995 by motorsports legend Jack Roush, the winningest name in racing.  Combining performance engineering with entrepreneurship, ROUSH began selling designs he had created for his own team to the wider world of motorsports. Based out of Plymouth Township, Michigan, ROUSH Performance, a division of Roush Enterprises, designs, engineers and manufactures completely assembled pre-titled vehicles, aftermarket performance parts, and superchargers for the global performance enthusiast market. For more on ROUSH please call 1.800.59.ROUSH or visit www.ROUSHperformance.com.


ROLEX 2018 MONTEREY CAR WEEK RECAP

Rolex Best of Show Recipient at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
J4-7 1937 Alfa Romero 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta, David & Ginny Sydorick, Beverly Hills, California

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Presented by Rolex Fast Facts:

  • 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick claimed the Best In Show Award at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
  • Other finalists for Best In Show were a 1929 Duesenberg J Murphy Town Limousine owned by the Lehrman Collection of Palm Beach, Florida; and a 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Figoni Fastback Coupé owned by Robert Kudela of Chropyne, Czech Republic.
  • David was awarded a steel and yellow gold Rolex at just 41.
    • “This car is one of only five built and it has recently been completely restored, taking a huge amount of effort and dedication from all those involved,” said Sydorick. “It feels great to win at Pebble Beach today and receive a Rolex watch, I look forward to wearing it proudly.”
  • Rolex has been a sponsor of the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance since 1997 and the Tour d’ Elegance in 2007.
  • 234 cars participated in this year’s show.
  • Following the judging, nine-time Le Mans winner and Rolex testimonee Tom Kristensen said: “The collection of historic automobiles and world-renowned concept cars at Pebble Beach creates an event like no other. It has been a privilege to be part of the judging team, and to get so close to these amazing machines and meet their owners. The Best of Show Award represents excellence and timeless elegance – values that I closely identify with Rolex – while recognizing and preserving the greatest cars in the world. This event is an absolute must for all car lovers.”
  • Cars competed in 27 judged classes as well as for four Elegance awards and 22 special awards.
  • Other show highlights included a 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Windovers Limousine owned by His Highness Maharaja Gaj Singhji of Marwar-Jodhpur, Jodhpur, India, that won the Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy and a 1937 Cadillac Series 90 Hartmann Cabriolet owned by Jim Patterson of Louisville, Kentucky, which won its class and the Gwenn Graham Most Elegant Convertible Elegance Award.

 

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Fast Facts:

  • 551 genuine and period-correct competition cars competed.
  • Nissan, and its US predecessor Datsun, was celebrated throughout the event, as the brand became the first Japanese manufacturer to be honored at the Reunion.
  • Since 2001, Rolex has partnered in this cornerstone event during Monterey Car Week, united by values of tradition and innovation that have shaped the watchmaking and automotive worlds.
  • During Picnic in the Paddock, legends of the sport, Sir Jackie Stewart, fellow Rolex Testimonee Tom Kristensen and FIA Formula 1® Drivers’ World Champion Mika Häkkinen, recounted motoring anecdotes that will live long in the memories of those who attended.
  • Rolex Testimonee Sir Jackie Stewart first competed at Laguna Seca in 1965 and this year celebrates a 50-year partnership with the Swiss watch brand. The Scottish legend said: “It is an honor to witness these incredible motor racing cars compete as they were built to; from the early 20th Century right the way through to the 1990s, they truly tell the story of the heritage and evolution in our sport. The highest standards of precision and engineering on show link Rolex and the Reunion, while underlining Rolex’s commitment to motor sport globally.”
  • Nissan’s long-term involvement in motor sport was exhibited, from the 1971 Datsun 510, to the Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo – the 1994 Rolex 24 At DAYTONA winner – and the 2019 Formula E Nissan racing car.
  • Notable Nissan drivers and team owners were present, including John Morton, Peter Brock and Steve Millen, along with comedian Adam Carolla who drove his 300ZX Turbo formerly owned by Paul Newman.
  • Meanwhile, legendary chassis from Lotus, Lola, McLaren, AAR and Surtees formed part of the 50th anniversary of Formula 5000.

ABOUT ROLEX
Rolex, a Swiss watch manufacture headquartered in Geneva, is recognized the world over for its expertise and the quality of its products. Its Oyster and Cellini watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision, performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, the brand pioneered the development of the wristwatch and is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house all the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Through philanthropic programmes and a broad palette of sponsorship activities, Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports and exploration, and encourages the spirit of enterprise, as well as the conservation of natural environments.

PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM ANNOUNCES UPCOMING “FUTURE OF MOBILITY” AND “DYSTOPIAN HOLLYWOOD” EXHIBITS AT PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE

In anticipation of its 25th anniversary in 2019, the museum will launch an exhibit that will focus on future cars and mobility in the 21st century, a new exhibition that will feature cars from Hollywood’s imagined future, an exhibit about outlaw motorcycle culture, a new “Juxtapoz” exhibit about custom culture in the art and automotive realm and more.

Pebble Beach, Calif. (August 26, 2018) – During its annual breakfast press conference at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the Petersen Automotive Museum announced a series of upcoming exhibits for its 25th anniversary in 2019. After hosting more than 1 million patrons since its transformation, the upcoming exhibitions and programs represent the multiple aspects of California’s fixation on the automobile including customization, racing, bike culture, Hollywood and the future of mobility.

Kicking off this theme, the museum’s Armand Hammer Foundation Gallery will focus on art and culture magazine “Juxtapoz.” First conceived in Los Angeles by Robert Williams, the magazine fused hot rods, customs and art to help define and celebrate urban and underground contemporary art.

The Petersen also revealed its plan to stage an exhibition about Hollywood and movie cars in the Mullin Gallery after the wildly successful “Porsche Effect” exhibit comes to an end. Replacing it will be a new exhibit that looks at possible dystopian future forms of transportation, featuring a variety of vehicles from some of Hollywood’s biggest films, from Back to the Future, The Fifth Element, Blade Runner and more.

Featuring all genres of race cars from Southern California, “Built in LA” in the museum’s Motorsports Gallery will include some of the most famous race cars that were manufactured in Los Angeles—from land speed to Indy, road racing to drag racing and more. On the opening night, the museum will honor legendary driver Parnelli Jones with the Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award for his accomplishments in the motorsports world.

In the Richard Varner Family Gallery, the museum will feature an Outlaw motorcycle exhibit, which will educate guests about the history of California outlaw bike culture.

Following the success of its first “Future of the Automobile” symposium, the Petersen will curate an exhibit that studies the future of mobility. The “Imagining the Future” exhibit will be accompanied by a series of programmatic events including panels and symposiums.

“As we head into 2019, the Petersen has monumental plans on the horizon,” said Petersen Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Over the past 25 years, we have worked tirelessly to share our passion for the automobile both locally and internationally. Our announcements today at Pebble Beach reflect our promise to the public to continue this mission for another 25 years to come.”

In addition to the exhibit announcements above, the museum mentioned several notable upcoming events. At its annual gala event on October 5, the Petersen will be honoring Dr. Wolfgang Porsche. Hosted by both Jay Leno who will be joined by Tim Allen, the gala will once again serve as an important fundraiser for the museum’s foundation.

The night of the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, the museum will toast the heroes of International Motor Sports Association at a special dinner. In April, the Petersen will also host a celebratory dinner honoring Mario Andretti for his the 50th Anniversary Indy win.

For more information about the Petersen Automotive Museum, please visit www.Petersen.org.


The Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity. The Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax) in Los Angeles, California, 90036. Admission prices are $16 for general admission adults, $13 for seniors and students with ID, $8 for children ages 3 to 12. Active military with ID, personal care attendants and children under three are admitted free. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For general information, call 323-930-CARS or visit www.petersen.org.

NEW RUF CTR AND FRESHLY RESTORED CTR YELLOWBIRD #001 MAKE U.S. DEBUT AT MONTEREY CAR WEEK

The German sports car manufacturer displayed its new CTR alongside a selection of important RUF vehicles at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, where collector Bruce Meyer captured “Best In Class” with his 1987 “Yellowbird” CTR #001.

Pfaffenhausen, Germany (August, 2018)– Ruf Automobile GmbH, manufacturer and engineer of bespoke sports cars, displayed the all-new CTR and recently restored CTR “Yellowbird” #001, which was awarded “Best In Class” at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. Seven RUF vehicles from different eras were corralled for “The Alois Ruf Reunion”, a culmination of a career that honors Alois Ruf Jr.’s decades of dedication to the automobile.

“The Alois Ruf Reunion” brought together a selection of iconic vehicles from the marque’s history, reuniting them with Alois and Estonia Ruf on the manicured lawns of The Quail Lodge in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. RUF customers traveled from across the globe to have their vehicles on display including legendary models like the CTR, RGT, CTR2 and CTR3 Clubsport.

“We have thoroughly enjoyed our time here sharing our passion for the automotive hobby with RUF owners and enthusiasts,” said Alois Ruf, owner of RUF Automobile GmbH. “This is the first time that we’ve brought a RUF vehicle to the United States since 2001 and we were overwhelmed by the reception. Bringing the all new CTR to display and drive alongside Bruce Meyer’s CTR #001 was a fantastic experience.”

The two centerpieces of the RUF experiences in Monterey were the newest CTR and the very first production CTR “Yellowbird” #001, built in 1987. Crowned the world’s fastest car in 1987 by Road & Track magazine, CTR #001 achieved a top speed of 211 mph at the Ehra-Lessien test track in Germany. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the CTR, RUF developed an entirely new carbon fiber monocoque-based creation. With styling by Freeman Thomas and a 710 horsepower twin-turbo flat six engine, the all-new CTR stunned show-goers throughout the week. The CTR begins production later this year.

For more information on RUF automobiles, visit the RUF website at ruf-automobile.de/en/.

ABOUT RUF AUTOMOBILE GmbH
In 1939, Alois Ruf Sr. first formed his company, AUTORUF, as a general service garage. The company grew and in 1949 Ruf Sr. added a gas station to the company complex. By 1955, Ruf Sr. recognized a need in Germany for a full-size tourist bus and challenged himself to build his own to run this as a separate business. In 1963, the company began specializing in Porsche vehicles, a direction that Alois Ruf Jr. vowed to continue when he assumed ownership of the company in 1974. In the following year, the first RUF-enhanced Porsche model made its debut.
In 1982 RUF has been approved by the German authorities as a car manufacturer in its own right, which meant that RUF cars were identified by their own VIN. In 1987 RUF achieved the approval from NHTSA and EPA in the United States. Now it is still family run by Alois and Estonia Ruf.


1953 LANCIA AURELIA PF200C NAMED “BEST IN SHOW” AT 2018 THE QUAIL, A MOTORSPORTS GATHERING

Attended by more than 5,000 people from around the world, the automotive lifestyle event welcomed icons of the motorsports world, an array of gourmet international cuisine and a spectacular display of the rarest and most beautiful collectible motorcars in history

Carmel, Calif. (August 24, 2018) – A 1953 Lancia Aurelia PF200C was awarded “Best of Show” out of more than 250 entrants today at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. More than 5,000 spectators, including motorsports dignitaries, celebrities and dedicated enthusiasts, gathered on the lawns of Quail Lodge & Golf Club for the show’s much-anticipated awards ceremony, which recognized the Lancia Aurelia for its groundbreaking design.

In addition to “Best of Show” and the top honors given in each of the twelve classes, the following awards were announced:

Spirit of The Quail
1979 Volkswagen Tamiya Sand Scorcher
Owner: Dean Lanzante – United Kingdom

Octane Choice
1958 Ferrari 250 Testarossa
Owner: The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie – Hong Kong SAR

FIVA
1970 Datsun 240Z
Owner: Eric Breslow – Nevada

This year’s event was highlighted by four special classes. The first of which, “50th Anniversary of the Lamborghini Espada & Islero,” paid tribute to two of Lamborghini’s most timeless V12-powered touring cars. Also representing Italian automotive tradition, “The Great Lancias” class exemplified the manufacturer’s strong rally heritage through a selection of noteworthy models.

Celebrating German automotive history and legacy, the “70 Years of the Iconic Porsche 356” class included notable examples of the marque’s first production sports cars. Additionally, “The Alois Ruf Reunion” showcased a selection of bespoke sports cars, including the brand-new RUF CTR, from the legendary Pfaffenhausen manufacturer and tuner.

Throughout the show, guests were treated to a roster of programmatic events including the Fireside Chat Series headlined by road racing legend and winemaker Scott Pruett, renowned former racing driver Tom Kristensen, InStyle Editor in Chief Laura Brown and luxury women’s shoe designer Tamara Mellon. Revered manufacturers and sponsors such as Polestar, Karma Automotive, Gunther Werks, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce, Bugatti and Hennessey Performance also hosted press conferences from the event field to make industry announcements and debut new products.

“The success of our 16th-anniversary celebration was truly overwhelming,” said Gordon McCall, Director of Motorsports for The Peninsula Signature Events. “Because of the support of our sponsors, the gourmet selection of food, the unbeatable program of events and, most importantly, the amazing collector car community, we are continuously proud of how far we’ve come as a staple of Monterey Car Week. We are thrilled to see what 2019 will have to offer.”

Next year’s show is already scheduled for Friday, August 16, 2019. To learn more, please visit the event website, and follow the action on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


About The Peninsula Signature Events
The Peninsula Signature Events are organized by The Peninsula Hotels, dedicated to creating world-class bespoke events at its properties in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills, Paris, Bangkok and Manila. New Peninsula hotels are currently under development in London, Istanbul and Yangon. Quail Lodge & Golf Club is home to the following Peninsula Signature Events: The Quail Ride, The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, The Quail Rally and The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. http://signatureevents.peninsula.com.

ROLEX CIRCLE OF CHAMPIONS WELCOMES 1953 LANCIA AURELIA PF200C SPIDER

Rolex Best of Show, 1953 Lancia Aurelia PF200C Spider at the Circle of Champions at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering

Fast Facts From The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering:

  • 1953 Lancia Aurelia PF200C, owned by Anne Brockinton Lee of Nevada, won “Best of Show”.
  • Brockinton Lee was awarded a Rolex steel and Everose Datejust 41.
  • Throughout the show, guests were treated to a roster of programmatic events including the Fireside Chat Series headlined by road racing legend, winemaker and Rolex testimonee, Scott Pruett.
  • Spirit of the Quail award went to Dean Lanzante for his 1979 Volkswagen Tamiya Sand Scorcher.
  • The Octane Choice Award went to The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie for his 1958 Ferrari 250 Testarossa.
  • The FIVA Award went to Eric Breslow for his 1970 Datsun 240Z.
  • Awards were presented in 14 categories.
  • Rolex Testimonee and three-time FIA Formula 1® Drivers’ World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart said: “While celebrating the rich history of the automobile, every year The Quail offers something new and exciting. Seeing these wonderful cars and hearing their unique stories always gives me a sense of nostalgia and allows me to reflect on my journey, especially this year as I celebrate 50 years with Rolex. Cars and watches go hand in hand and both have played – and continue to play – an incredibly important part in my life.”
  • 6,000 people, 235 cars attended the annual motoring celebration.
  • Featured themes for 2018 included:
    • 50th Anniversary of the Espada & Islero
    • 70 Years of the Iconic Porsche 356
    • The Alois Ruf Reunion
    • The Great Lancias

ABOUT ROLEX
Rolex, a Swiss watch manufacture headquartered in Geneva, is recognized the world over for its expertise and the quality of its products. Its Oyster and Cellini watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision, performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, the brand pioneered the development of the wristwatch and is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house all the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Through philanthropic programmes and a broad palette of sponsorship activities, Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports and exploration, and encourages the spirit of enterprise, as well as the conservation of natural environments.

O’GARA COACH BRINGS RIMAC AUTOMOBILI TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA


The luxury dealership group is the first in the west to offer the new all-electric European hypercar brand to its discerning customers, beginning with the C_Two

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (August 2018) — O’Gara Coach has announced that Rimac Automobili is the latest marque available through its Southern California locations, making it the first California dealer to offer this exclusive brand. Rimac is also the first all-electric hypercar manufacturer to join the luxury dealership group and is the 11th brand it currently offers.

In 2011, Rimac Automobili impressed the automotive world when it released the Concept_One and it is poised to do so again with its latest marvel of technology and engineering — the C_Two. The 2019 model will have a limited production run of just 150 examples, produces 1,914 horsepower, accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 1.85 seconds (one foot roll-out) and has a top speed of 258 mph.

Participants in O’Gara Coach’s Sunset GT Rally to Monterey Car Week will be treated to an exclusive preview of the new C_Two at a reception at the conclusion of the drive.  The C_Two will be on public display the following day at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering.

“Rimac is one of the most innovative and captivating hypercar manufactures in the world and we could not be happier to welcome them to the O’Gara family,” said Tom O’Gara, founder of O’Gara Coach. “There is a lot of interest in Rimac’s vehicles and there isn’t a better market for bespoke electric sports cars than Southern California.”

O’Gara Coach has become one the world’s premier dealerships by providing customers with an exceptional and individually tailored sales experience. Its dedication to hospitality now extends to the Rimac family as O’Gara will immediately begin taking orders for the C_Two.


ABOUT O’GARA COACH
O’Gara Coach, established in 1976, has served Southern California for more than 42 years. With locations in Beverly Hills, La Jolla and Westlake Village. O’Gara Coach is a factory-authorized dealer for Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, Koenigsegg, Lamborghini, McLaren, Maserati, Rimac and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Through unparalleled performance, O’Gara Coach has become respected as one of the largest and most prestigious dealer groups in the entire world. www.ogaracoach.com