Lap Around the Web – Jan 2nd, 2019

Every Ferrari 250 GT is special in some way. These hand-built Ferraris of the late 1950s and early 1960s were supplied to a number of coachbuilders around Italy, and this particular example stands out as the first one to be skinned by Pinin Farina for the princess of Belgium in 1957. As the story goes, Enzo Ferrari had a great relationship with the King of Belgium and his wife. When Pirelli pulled their tire sponsorship with Ferrari in 1955, Princess Lilian reached out to Belgian tire manufacturer Englebert and arranged for them to pick up the slack. As a “thank you” from Enzo, when Princess Lilian later ordered a 250 GT in 1957, Pinin Farina was brought in to design a particularly elegant V12-powered coupe for her. The end result is what you see here, now making its way to auction some 62 years later with an estimated price tag of $11-13M.

For all the glitz and glamour of Monaco, the one person I’m truly jealous of is the guy who daily drives this 35-year-old Audi. You see, this isn’t just any old Audi. This is a Sport Quattro, one of 214 built to meet Group B homologation requirements. This particular example, owned by racing driver Andre Lotterer, gets driven regularly through the cliffside roads of Monaco, despite having its turbocharged 20-valve, 5-cylinder engine pumped up to a whopping 450-hp. The crazy bulging fenders, louvered hood, and aggressive front grille really help this car stand out, while its rally-bred drivetrain makes it perform every bit as good as it looks!

Speaking of fast and exciting vintage Audis, Speedhunters shared these photos from a visit to a secret Audi museum in Germany. In case you were wondering, in addition to Audi’s public museum in Ingolstadt, there is also more discrete bunker where they hide some of the really special racing Audis of yore. What you see here is a look into Audi’s racing heritage, including all manner of streamlined high-speed Auto Union race cars from the 1930s, through to the blistered fenders of the rally specials, and onward to the IMSA, DTM, and endurance racing era that Audi more recently dominated.

Some of you might remember Land Rover’s involvement with the Camel Trophy – a grueling cross-country adventure covering thousands of miles through some of the most remote and punishing terrain known to man with only a map and a Land Rover to get you through it all. But perhaps a more difficult job than competing in the Camel Trophy is being the guy in charge of planning the Camel Trophy. That means arranging transportation of five Land Rovers and a skeleton crew of support people to South America to explore a made-up route to see if roads even exist in order to get where you want to go. It also involves keeping an eye out for dangers that could trip up competitors, such as angry locals, landmines, washed out roads, and more. But there are few adventures more daring, exciting, and satisfying than being one of just a handful of people to have planned out those routes. To read more about what this was like when the Camel Trophy was running from 1980 to 2000, head over to Expedition Portal.

Lancias, in general, don’t get as much recognition as they deserve. Sure, they’re probably better known for cars that dominated in WRC like the Stratos and Delta Intregale but Lancia has such a rich history that goes back decades further. Considering this small Italian sports car manufacturer designed the world’s first V6 engine and were building production cars with rear transaxles and 50/50 weight distribution back in the early 1950s shows just how engineering-focused this company was. Now, some 65+ years after going into production, the Lancia Aurelia is getting some attention thanks to a beautifully-executed restomod done by Thornley Kelham in the UK. It looks and sounds fantastic, doesn’t it?

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