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Classic Cars of Essen Motor Show 2018

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What Classic Cars stands for can be simply described as follows: The sun on your skin, the wind in your hair and the sound of the engine in your ears. Classics and Convertibles stand for freedom and driving fun and enjoy great popularity. At Essen Motor show 2018 Hall 3, a large special show with classic and newer models, amongst others, from Aston Martin, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche were on display feasting the eyes of Essen Motor Show 2018’s visitors. With a Mercedes-Benz 190 SL from 1956, the historic highlights include one of the most coveted sports cars on the vintage vehicle market. The impressive figure of 105 bhp at that time seems almost cute in comparison with today: The current state of the art is being embodied, for example, by a brand-new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 with 659 bhp.

The most beautiful out of all classic cars at the Essen Motor Show 2018 is a Lancia Aurelia B 52 Coupé Vignale from 1953. A jury consisting of international vintage vehicle experts chose as the “Best of Show” in the Concours d’Elégance the completely restored vehicle which has already won several prizes.

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On the basis of the legendary Lancia Aurelia which was named after a Roman road and was equipped with a V6 engine and a rear axle differential, the Vignale bodywork firm built a total of just four coupés with absolutely thin window posts – a special feature which provided the, at that time, totally new line of the pontoon shape with American elegance.

The rare vehicle was on the Heijstee Classics booth in the Classic & Prestige Salon in Hall 1 at the Essen Motor Show.

Other real eye-catchers are film cars from Jurassic Park, Ghostbusters and Back to the Future. In addition to elaborately tuned and refined vehicles, valuable classic cars can also be seen, such as a BMW 507 from 1959, which is for sale for 2.5 million euros.

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The Muscle Cars of SEMA Show 2018

What characterizes SEMA Show from any other tuned or aftermarket show in the world is the presence of American Classic Cars. Arab Motor World brings you the best American Classic Muscle Cars of SEMA Show 2018.

The American Classic Muscle Cars at SEMA has a special flavor and is also a trendsetter for paint, styling, low riders, classic restorations, crazy upgrades and pure restorations of genuine parts.

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Arab Motor World was there at SEMA and did a tour in the inside halls as well as the outdoor area and I can truly say I was impressed with the new trends being set for the upcoming few years.

What captures your attention is the presence of all American brands from FCA with Dodge, Chrysler to Ford and Lincoln, General Motors with Chevrolet, Cadillac, Corvette and so much more.

Even aftermarket brands brought in some crazy stuff to impress the audience of SEMA with Hurst bringing in his all-new creation of 1969 Camaro SS, Ringbrothers showing off there last two years’ masterpieces the Di Tomaso and the AMC Javelin with more than 1000 horsepower.

And if this is not enough, the Hot Rods spread everywhere is what makes your head turn at every corner, what we’ve noticed are the new designs being implemented on Hot Rods that reminded us with Mad Max movie in addition to the rusty rat rod concepts.

SEMA show is all about trends and the Classic American Muscle Cars at SEMA Show 2018 and the superb Hot Rods are setting customization and restoration trends for the years 2018 and 2019 until the next SEMA show takes place in Las Vegas next November.

So gear up from now and prepare yourself for next year’s SEMA and join us to discover the best American Classic Muscle cars of SEMA Show 2018 and 2019 alongside the crazy Hot Rods not seen anywhere else in the world.

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Salon Privé the most exclusive automotive Garden Party

Salon Privé, firmly established as one of the longest-running and most successful motoring events in the UK, opened its doors as Britain’s most exclusive automotive Garden Party.

Whilst there are an ever-growing number of automotive events to choose from, Salon Privé has justifiably earned its status as a ‘must-attend’ event and like Revival, it is an event cherished by enthusiasts and collectors from all over the world.

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It’s a place where owners, collectors and enthusiasts from all walks of life can meet and indulge themselves in a lifelong passion. Salon Privé is though much more than ‘just’ a Classic Car competition attracting the most prestigious super & luxury cars from around the world.

This year’s prestigious event marks a particularly special milestone as Salon Privé relocates to the foot of Blenheim Palace to become the first event ever to be located on the Palace’s famous Cricket Pitch.

Visitors of the 13th edition of Salon Privé were able to savour an exceptional world-class collection of automotive glamour and royalty adorning the stunning Blenheim Palace lawns. More than 50 cars, 17 of them international entries, and 20 motorcycles were judged during the day in the Concours d’Elégance by an expert panel of 17 judges, the Concours committee was chaired by the distinguished five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell MBE.

Following its most successful edition ever at Blenheim Palace, the Bagley brothers of Salon Privé have great delight in announcing the 2019 dates as Thursday 5th to Saturday 7th September where once again they host Concours Masters, celebrating 100 Years of Bentley.

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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018 in pictures

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Goodwood Festival of Speed is probably the best motor event any person can attend, this year it was held from July 12 till July 15th at Goodwood – England.

The main event was about Porsche celebrating its 70th anniversary and off-course the usual Michelin Super Car Zone.

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Goodwood is an event where you get the chance to see motorsport legends, classic cars, Super Cars, Muscle Cars, Drift Cars, Formula one, Nascars, Hypercars, Luxury Cars, Supersport Cars, SUV, Classic Formula One, DTM, Rally Cars, Motorbikes, Top Fuel Cars, and bikes…

Have you ever imagined an event where you see a Formula one Car races against a Nascar or against motorbikes, did you ever imagine that you will see a Rolls Royce Phantom Racing on a hill climb race and what about a Range Rover Sport on two-wheels? well, Goodwood is all about that and more.

here are more than 100 photos to bring you closer to the event with almost every car that hit the Goodwood hills.

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Nostalgia to Lebanon glory days with the Classic Porsches trip

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On the 8th of April 2018, a group of Porsche Classic Car Owners wanted to take their classic cars back to the glory days where these cars roamed the streets.

The day started at early morning with more than 7 classic Porsches from all ages got together for a trip down the memory lane. After the first sip of coffee at “Paul” coffee shop, the owners were ready to roll and headed straight to the old Train Station of Tripoli visiting this classic landmark that marked the era of prosperity in the Lebanese North Capital.

An array of colours and history was being created on that day with the 964 Cabrio and 993 Cabrio owned by Assaad Raphael, 911 Targa owned by Fouad Matta, 944 S2 Cabrio owned by Jean Pierre Kebbe, 964 Cabrio owned by Michel Nassif, 944 owned by Michel Chahine and the 930 owned by Henri Azadian.

Each and every one of these cars is a legend by itself. The 964 was the first car to be offered with Porsche’s optional Tiptronic automatic transmission and all-wheel drive as options and was considered to be 85% new as compared to its predecessor. The 993 Cabrio is Porsche’s last air-cooled 911 and also Porsche claims that every part of the car was designed from the ground up, including the engine and only 20% of its parts were carried over from the previous generation, in addition, the car was promoted via its role of safety car during the 1994 Formula One season. The 911 Targa is considered to be the newcomer to the Classic scene of Porsche and is now among the highest in demand. The 944 S2 Cabrio covered heavily in our articles is one of those often forgotten oddities of the automotive world. Its recipe is simple: it is the best, most powerful, final non-turbo iteration of the Porsche 944. And finally the 930 or as we would like to call it the Widow Maker and this car truly lives up to the legend which it carries its name.

The trip back in time was a refresher of memory for many of us and what is better than these amazing machines to feat your eyes on and remember the great days and the superb history of Porsche since the 1970’s.

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Visiting Monaco Top Cars Collection Museum

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We had the privilege to visit the Monaco Top Cars Collection or as the locals would like to call it The Cars Collection of H.S.H. the Prince of Monaco during the month of April 2018.

As soon as you enter the premises you will be captivated by an array of Formula One cars that is breathtaking beyond compare, just a few meters away the trip back in time starts with amazing Rally cars that took part in Monaco Racing series. On top of that, you get the chance to enjoy the history of Monaco throughout its special edition cars and vehicles used by the Royal Family in multiple special occasions.

Before taking you on a journey through time, I would like to start with a brief history of this amazing collection.

At the end of the 1950s, the car enthusiast Prince Rainier III began collecting old cars. His collection gradually grew over the years as he acquired more and more models, and the garage at the Prince’s Palace soon emerged as too small to contain this collection of around a hundred stunning streamlined and sporty cars, from majestic bodywork to gleaming hoods and regal radiator grills!

In 1993, Prince Rainier III, therefore, decided to open his precious collection to the public by establishing the Top Cars Collection Museum located on the Terrasse de Fontvieille. The exhibition spans 5 000 m2 and is unique in the world, bringing together around a hundred-odd different cars, from a 1903 DE DION BOUTON to the 2013 LOTUS F1 via HISPANO SUIZA, ROLLS ROYCE, LINCOLN, FACEL VEGA, DELAGE, DELAHAYE, PACKARD, HUMBER, NAPIER, FERRARI, MASERATI, LAMBORGHINI, ALFA ROMEO, the LEXUS used for the royal wedding in 2011, and without forgetting the racing cars seen at the Monte Carlo Rally and the Formula 1s from the Monaco Grand Prix.

You really can’t get enough as you move from one car to another, it is a dream come true for car fanatics and car collectors and is a must visit if you ever pass by Monaco. We would like to share with you some stories we picked up as we move along the Automotive Journey of the Royal Family:

The Humber 350 cc a motorcycle from 1902 driven by Prince Albert I to go from Monaco to his castle of Marchais in Aisne.

Next down the memory lane was the story of Prince Rainier and his faithful mechanic next to the DEUTSCH BONNET before the start of the Tour of France Automobile in 1953.

Moving up the timeline, was The New 1959 Renault Floride that was received by Princess Grace from Renault manufacturer in the Courtyard of the Princely Palace.

Fast Forward to the 2nd of July 2011 with the wedding of HSH Prince Albert II and the Princess Charlène in the LEXUS Hybrid specially coated in Landaulet.

Other notable cars in the collection were there as well to stun you including the Bugatti Type 35 driven by William Grover-Williams that won the inaugural Monaco Grand Prix in 1929, and Sébastien Loeb’s Citroën DS3 WRC, which he drove to victory in the 2013 Monte Carlo Rally.

The cars collection of HSH the Prince of Monaco is a unique collection of exceptional vehicles combining luxury with rarity.

We had a blast while going on a time-travelling journey in the middle of these amazing machine that ranges from late 1800 till nowadays.

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First electric Ferrari faster than original: ‘It absolutely decimated it’

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Back in 2016, Ferrari boss Sergio Marchionne said an electric Ferrari would be “obscene”. What’s the point of a silent Ferrari when the aggressive sound of its engine is a crucial part of the driving experience, he argued.

And while Marchionne has since changed his stance, admitting that the luxury automaker will move towards electrification by 2020, Hutchinson couldn’t wait that long, so he spent thousands of hours restoring and modernising his vintage 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS. Californian Eric Hutchison accomplished the unthinkable and created the very first — and, as it turns out, fastest — electric 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS.

Hutchison found the 1978 Ferrari totally destroyed after a catastrophic engine fire — the motor and all of its electronics were irreparable. But $10,000 later, he was the owner of a Ferrari 308 shell.

Now fitted with three batteries, the California-based vehicle is not only sustainable, but faster too.

The roar of Hutchison’s car, which has three batteries — one in the front and two in an L-shaped configuration where the gas tanks used to sit — has been replaced by a quieter electric hum.

“There’s something very calming about sitting in a car when it’s not making any engine noise,” he explains.

“You put your foot down on the pedal in this car, it elicits fear, it’s scary, it launches, it explodes and that there’s no noise and then you put your foot down and you hear your tires ripping.

“The adrenaline of getting in an electric car with this much power on a Ferrari frame is phenomenal. Indescribable.”

But is it comparable to an original Ferrari?

“Not by any means,” Hutchison admits. “It’s a whole different experience.

“The association with noise and shifting is an automotive experience … the symphony changes tremendously and the car — the feeling, the motors — sound much more like a jet engine when they fire up.

“So there are other noises that come with the change and if you compare it to what a Ferrari has sounded like forever, of course, it’s not a Ferrari engine.”

After completing work on the car, Hutchison put it up for sale with classic car auctioneer Barrett Jackson.

“The most satisfying part of the experience is having someone else share the experience of the electric car,” Hutchinson explains. “A classic car that’s 40 years old, it’s going to go for 40 more years to share that, to drive it, and to show that elsewhere to other people. ”

The GTE’s new owner, Drew Gill, was ecstatic to find out the sports car was electric.

“I didn’t know that it was electric when I was bidding on it,” he reveals.

“I just thought it was in pristine condition and something that you can drive.”

It was only when Gill won the auction after bidding $77,000 that he learned of its unconventional engine.

“It wasn’t making any noise but it was moving and then we sat in the post-bid section where we were discussing the car and I found out there that it was electric and I was even more amped.

“Being from California, electric right now is the way to be and then the good thing about it is there’s no emissions — all you ever have to do is change brakes and change tires so it’s something that I don’t feel bad about driving.

“It’s fast, it’s way better than any other electric car that you’re going to drive on the market today, and it’s a Ferrari. What else do you want out of a car?”

“The electric car absolutely decimated the gas car,” he says, having hired a professional driver to compare the two, concluding with a 10 second difference between the cars.

Having put the car up for auction, the GTE’s current owner, Drew Gill, was ecstatic to find out the sports car was electric: “It’s fast, it’s way better than any other electric car that you’re going to drive on the market today, and it’s a Ferrari. What else do you want out of a car?”

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