eGarage http://egarage.com Stories in Motion™ Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:31:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Legends Cafe http://egarage.com/current-interests/legends-cafe/ http://egarage.com/current-interests/legends-cafe/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:31:06 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=16040 Legends Cafe is a delicious racing themed restaurant in Le Mans, France. No better place in Le Mans for a beer.

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Le Mans, France is a quiet French town, a short train ride from Paris. A quaint French experience that’s away from the hectic spiral of the City of Lights. It’s a town typically off the radar for most travelers seeking the French beauty. Once a year, this town of 300k people transforms into an automotive mega city. The streets of Le Mans turn into high speed chicanes, high value sponsor opportunities and city nightlife floods with Motorsport fans, drivers, teams, and legends from the past.

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When 400k people flock to Le Mans for the 24 Hours of Le Mans it becomes a city under siege. So we ask… where can we escape to for a beer and still enjoy culture away from the circuit?

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To get the proper 24 hr Le Mans beer and bite experience, head to Legends Cafe.

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Legends Cafe  Le Mans

Legends Cafe is hard to miss. There is a Corvette Z06 adorning the storefront. The owners are a huge fan of the 3 wins in a row for the Chevrolet team. The restaurant plays home to plenty of Corvette trinkets, and a variety of Le Mans and Motorsport themes.

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I didn’t seek out Legends Cafe, I haphazardly came across the venue while delivering a Gulf liveried Racing Emotion egg chair for the Porsche team’s private party to be hosted there. During closed hours, I was able to snap images of the restaurant empty and share a few beers with the owners. The kitchen was closed at the time so I was promised a true Sunday night meal after the race.

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On our return back to Legends Cafe, we brought friends. It was our chance to order the breadth of their race week menu and see if the burgers were fit for the an American appetite. After all, the Corvette team is known to celebrate their victories here.

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The American bourbon Four Rose started us off. Then followed by a salad, pizza, beer, burger, beer, calzone, beer, and then ice cream for dessert.

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Legends Cafe  Le MansRevisiting for dinner was well worth it. Best burger I had on my whole month long European trip. The pizza wasn’t too far off from the great pizza from Napoli and the salad was garden fresh.

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Legends Cafe  Le Mans

Next time you find yourself in Le Mans for the race, make sure to experience Legends Cafe. The memorabilia alone is worth stopping in for a beer and bite.

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Dirtfish Rally School http://egarage.com/videos/dirtfish-rally-school/ http://egarage.com/videos/dirtfish-rally-school/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 15:30:31 +0000 http://egarage.com/?post_type=videos&p=16185 Rally driving is at the core of Dirtfish Rally School. With profound enthusiasm and tenacity, DirtFish is committed to encourage, inform, develop and inspire people from all walks of life, to experience that same exhilaration and passion and unleashing the potential in all of us.

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Rally driving is at the core of Dirtfish Rally School. With profound enthusiasm and tenacity, DirtFish is committed to encourage, inform, develop and inspire people from all walks of life, to experience that same exhilaration and passion and unleashing the potential in all of us.

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Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance http://egarage.com/events/pebble-beach-tour-delegance/ http://egarage.com/events/pebble-beach-tour-delegance/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 23:46:46 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=16143 Experiencing cars in all these different ways through one event brings viewers closer to the ownership experience, and ultimately their dreams, than any car show.

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Seeing a car at a show is like seeing a picture of someone, you can only judge the car by what you see on its surface when it is in a static state.

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Seeing a car on a tour is like meeting someone in person, now you can see the body roll and operation of its parts, smell the leather interior and the potent exhaust fumes, hear the exhaust, the creaks, the rattles, the gear shifts, and the brake squeal, and feel the engine vibration as the car drives by.

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Classic car tours and rallies provide a chance to see a car going up hills, around bends, accelerating, and braking, giving onlookers a more complete picture of how it responds to challenges, its performance, and its overall nature. Tours also take cars through multiple lighting conditions, weather conditions, and scenic backdrops to show how the car looks in and interacts with a multitude of environments.

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Experiencing cars in all these different ways through one event brings viewers closer to the ownership experience, and ultimately their dreams, than any car show.

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Every year in mid August, California’s Monterey Peninsula hosts the Monterey Car Week, 7+ days of legendary car events, and one of the highlights is the The Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance. It showcases some of the most significant cars in history, shows them in the widest range of conditions of any event that week, and as stated above, provides the most complete experience of a car a spectator can get during this week.

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The Tour D’Elegance is a companion event to the Monterey Car Week’s crown jewel, the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance. The show is show known for combining a collection of the greatest cars and one of the most beautiful settings in the world. This year over 100 of the 200 or so cars in the show participated. The number is impressive because of the risk associated with taking a show car on the Tour; a car may be damaged or break down, making it more difficult to look and function its best to get high marks at the show on Sunday. Because of the risk, a car that participates in the tour will have the upper hand should it land in a tie with another car at the show.

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On Thursday morning around 8am, the cars set off from the Pebble Beach Equestrian center and spend the whole day cruising the roads around the Monterey Peninsula, mainly around Del Monte Forest, Carmel, and Big Sur. Towards the end of the tour, the cars stop in Downtown Carmel where a mini show is held on the main drag, Ocean Ave., while the participants take a lunch break. Afterwards they work their way back along 17 mile drive to the Tour’s starting point where the cars are cleaned, serviced, and put away until the big show on Sunday

Part 1 – Walk to the show: This year I caught the tour at their lunch stop on Ocean Avenue in Downtown Carmel. Since this is by far the most crowded stop on the tour, it usually requires parking several blocks out into the surrounding neighborhood. Fortunately, parking far from Downtown provides an opportunity to stumble upon interesting cars also in town for the weekend. Here are some I found on the hike from the car to the mini show on Ocean Ave.

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Part 2 – Show on Ocean Ave: By the time the cars arrive on Ocean Ave there is already a sea of people to greet them. The crowds can make it difficult to get the whole car in one photo, but the arrangement also allows you to really get up close and personal with the cars, to take in every little detail.

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Part 3 – Cars driving: Once the Tour participants finish lunch and the fans have inspected each car, the drivers head back to their cars to get ready for the final leg of the tour. When all the participants are settled back in their cars and the cars are prepped and ready to go, the police escorts clear the way to start the final short drive back into Del Monte Forest to the Polo Fields, where the transporters that house these classics for the weekend are parked. I usually leave the show before it departs from Downtown Carmel so I can station myself somewhere along 17 Mile Drive to get clear photos of the cars. Just a few turns inside the south gate of 17 Mile Drive is a large uphill left-hand turn in a forest of oak trees that makes for the backdrop of this year’s photos of the Pebble Beach Tour D’Elegance.

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The Quail 2015 http://egarage.com/events/the-quail-2015/ http://egarage.com/events/the-quail-2015/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 02:26:52 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=16123 The Quail is an event that is hard to summarize in just a few paragraphs. It is a bizarre collision of vintage and modern vehicles coupled with a feeling of majesty brought on by the location in the beautiful Carmel Valley.

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Photos | Words: Henry Wurtz

There is an overarching theme to every event during the mid-August Monterey Car Week. That theme is improvement. It may not be something everyone notices, but that is really the point for everyone that week. Every year dozens of manufactures, garages, and collectors try to step up and improve upon their presence from the previous year. As a spectator and journalist, I like to do the same.

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However, trying to get a “better” Quail experience is something not easily accomplished because The Quail is arguably the most spectacular event of the whole week. Yes, this is a bold claim, but the reason I say so is because The Quail is basically a mix of the most special Concours cars and modern super/hyper cars all in one place. Imagine a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO parked casually next to a 2015 Koenigsegg One:1. And that is why this event is so hard to make better.

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My advice for those who want an even more incredible Quail experience is to stay till the very end, 4:00PM, then stay a bit longer. What happens at the end is everyone leaves. First, the attendees depart (usually hours before 4:00pm) but then as the event finishes the manufacturers and display vehicles begin to move out as well. This is what you want to see.

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The set up for The Quail this year was done mostly the day before, so arriving early in the morning before the event won’t get you anything spectacular (I found this out the hard way, i.e. waking up at 6:00am). However, the afternoon after the event, every one and everything must disperse.

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This year that included the new Singer 911 Targa, Lamborghini’s Aventador SV Roadster; BAC with a brace of Monos; Ford with their new GT; Audi and the 2016 R8; a 1 of 6 Koenigsegg One:1; as well as seven Pagani Huayras and a Zonda Revolucion, and that is just to name a few. This was not even half of the spectacular show. In addition to the manufacturer stands, the whole center of the green was filled with exquisite examples from throughout automobile history.

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A veritable museum was there from 1950s and 60s Ferraris and Porsches, 1930s Bugattis, and other classic beauties from every era. The Quail is an event that is hard to summarize in just a few paragraphs. It is a bizarre collision of vintage and modern vehicles coupled with a feeling of majesty brought on by the location in the beautiful Carmel Valley. If you have the chance, go to the 2016 Quail, for I have no doubt it will somehow be better than this year, as hard as that is to believe.

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California Car Week: Ocean Avenue http://egarage.com/events/california-car-week-ocean-avenue/ http://egarage.com/events/california-car-week-ocean-avenue/#comments Sun, 16 Aug 2015 01:08:01 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=16095 If relaxing with a nice beverage or deli snack while observing some truly incredible cars and people is your thing, spend an afternoon on Ocean Avenue in downtown Carmel.

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The week in mid August known as ‘Car Week’ in Monterey, California attracts the most rare, exotic, and unique cars on the planet. Automotive enthusiasts everywhere await this week with avid excitement, hotels are booked out months, even years in advance, and events sell out in no time at all.

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Many people attend the Monterey Car Week to relax, shop, eat great food, and observe some spectacular cars without wanting the hassle or stress of dealing with event parking or fees. To those people, I say check out Ocean Avenue in downtown Carmel. It is easily the best and most accessible way to experience the excitement of Car Week.

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All the small shops, boutiques and art galleries along the avenue adopted a motorsports theme to their wears for the week. In addition there are a plethora of small deli markets, coffee shops, and restaurants to choose from. In the mild California weather it is a relaxing place to grab an espresso and sit back while million-dollar hyper cars and pre-war coach-built behemoths motor by.

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Even though I am young and energetic, the relaxed nature of the neighborhood took me over. I found myself frequently strolling through the tree-lined streets at dusk, my Nikon and 50mm at hand, gathering photo after photo of priceless beauties seemingly strewn about the area.

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The crowds may be daunting, but they are part of the experience. In addition to being one of the best locations during Monterey Car Week for spotting cars, Ocean Avenue is the best place to people watch. After all, Car Week attracts not only interesting cars, but their owners as well!

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Another great event to be on Ocean Ave for is the Tour D’Elegance. This event takes place on Thursday and all of the cars completing in Sunday’s Concours D’Elegance drive through 17-mile drive, ending on Ocean Ave. A warning to take note of: the crowds become too much at this point. A helpful tip is to crack out a lawn chair at the very bottom of Ocean Ave and wait for the tour to continue back to Pebble Beach.

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If you get even a little bit excited seeing these Concours cars, having them blast right by you is enthralling. The best part about it is you can hear and smell every car. This is a treat you don’t experience as much on the 18th fairway at Pebble Beach on Sunday.

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If relaxing with a nice beverage or deli snack while observing some truly incredible cars and people is your thing, spend an afternoon on Ocean Avenue in downtown Carmel.

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Porsche Unexpected: Napa http://egarage.com/videos/porsche-unexpected-napa/ http://egarage.com/videos/porsche-unexpected-napa/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 17:30:19 +0000 http://egarage.com/?post_type=videos&p=16090 Owning a car is meaningless unless you get to experience what it was intended for – driving. Our friends from the Ingram Collection believe in this firmly and take it upon themselves to not only enjoy their cars but to share them with others.

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Owning a car is meaningless unless you get to experience what it was intended for – driving. Our friends from the Ingram Collection believe in this firmly and take it upon themselves to not only enjoy their cars but to share them with others.

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Mopar Madness - Scale Model Collection http://egarage.com/current-interests/mopar-madness-scale-model-collection/ http://egarage.com/current-interests/mopar-madness-scale-model-collection/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2015 14:56:06 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=16018 Mopar Madness - Scale Model Collection. Jim Bur has serious passion for Mopar as a Viper owner and collector of 10,000 scale models.

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When we are lost within the wanderlust of passion, humans accomplish impressive feats.  Being driven by passion it’s also often easy to be blind to how much effort we’ve put in, or even process the collection of experiences you gained.

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Meet Jim Bur. Obviously a Mopar fan. Viper Owner. Scale Model collector. Jim has been in the auto marketing business for over 25 years and a car hobbyist for much longer.

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Jim and I met back in 2008 in Detroit. One hell of experience that was. The economy was in the dumps and Detroit was hit the hardest. We had no idea what was to happen to GM or the American automotive industry. It seemed like the proper time to visit Detroit, Greektown, the casino, and the waterfront.

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I was in town with Jim to photograph a handful of Vipers at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant. The 392,000 square feet plant was a ghost town. The very last production Viper had already rolled off the line. What once was a plant bustling with energy, and now I was centered with two Viper Competition cars amongst an eerie stillness – just me and my camera’s shutter “click”.

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The Viper has been a connecting point for Jim and I. With frequent brief layovers in Detroit, last minute phone calls to Jim for lunch became standard occurrence.  As time went on, I learned about his personal Viper, his talent for ice sculpting, and this little hobby he mentioned about diecast/scale models.

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Jim has between 8,000 – 10,000 diecast models. Yes thousand. The collection is focused on Dodge and Mopar brands.

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Jim grew up a Hot Wheel kid. Hot Wheels were released in 1968, when he was 2 years old. After destroying almost every Hot Wheel as a boy, now he wishes he kept just 1/10 of his Hot Wheels. The value would of made for a nice retirement fund.

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Mopar Madness Scale Model CollectionThe 1992 Dodge Viper RT/10 in 1:24 by AMT (below) is the model that truly created Jim’s Mopar Madness. He was quickly hooked from there, buying cases of models that he would then sell to his friends. After all these years, he still has one of those cases unopened with all the packaging.

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Jim doesn’t truly know why Mopar. He is a car guy that has respect for the entire industry and his fellow gearheads. He’ll collect anything Mopar – muscle, fins, trucks, Jeep, AMC, police/service, race, etc, etc. Any brand or car touched by Chrysler over the years is fair game. Although the majority of Jim’s collection is Mopar,  a small batch are other manufactures like the Ford Anglia which reminds him of times that his father raced the car.

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Mopar Madness Scale Model Collection

The collection doesn’t discriminate against any of the manufacturers either – high price, low price, plastic, metal, resin – and all scales from 1:6 down to 1:144 grace the shelves.  Jim does have a special place for M2 Machines, he currently has all but 4 of the Mopar vehicles they have ever made since the company started in the mid-2000s. Two entire display cases dedicated to them – there are well over 500 thus far.

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Without a doubt being a Dodge Viper owner, the Dodge viper scale model is his favorite. He has 1500-2000 Viper models in the collection. He confessed he doesn’t have every toy Viper ever made but he has carved a solid path towards it. His 1:1 Viper that he stores in the garage is his favorite.

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The collecting community is a key to Jim’s current enjoyment of the hobby. Sharing information, trading cars and ideas and a resurgence in RAOK (random acts of kindness). Jim has been lucky to be able to share his passion and good fortune with some great local and national charity groups through scale model hobby – whether he’s donating toys, delivering toys with a local car club or collector group or just sending an RAOK to a kid who needs a pick-me-up, it changes your perspective to know you can impact with a simple toy.

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Quail Motorcycle Gathering http://egarage.com/videos/quail-motorcycle-gathering/ http://egarage.com/videos/quail-motorcycle-gathering/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:19:06 +0000 http://egarage.com/?post_type=videos&p=16012 The 2015 Quail Motorcycle Gathering in Monterey, California celebrated the Evolution of the Motorcycle, honoring both pre- and post-war eras of the world’s finest sport and racing bikes. Song : You Don’t Own Me – Grace

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The 2015 Quail Motorcycle Gathering in Monterey, California celebrated the Evolution of the Motorcycle, honoring both pre- and post-war eras of the world’s finest sport and racing bikes.

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Blancpain Race Weekend http://egarage.com/events/blancpain-race-weekend/ http://egarage.com/events/blancpain-race-weekend/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 22:00:17 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=15962 The Blancpain Endurance Series is an European championship of sports cars created by SRO Motosports Group (SRO for Stéphane Ratel Organisation) in 2011.

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Blancpain Endurance Series Paul Ricard HTTT 2015

The circuit Paul Ricard HTTT, situated in the South of France welcomed a new edition of Blancpain Race Weekends. During this weekend, several events are combined: Blancpain Endurance Series, Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, the GT Sports Club and this year a novelty: the Ultracar Sports Club.

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It is at the end of June that the 3rd round (5 in total in the season) Blancpain Endurance Series takes place on the circuit Paul Ricard HTTT. Situated two driving hours from Nice and Monaco, the Paul Ricard circuit (High Tech Test Track) is known in particular by its characteristic blue and red zones of clearance.

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The Blancpain Endurance Series is an European championship of sports cars created by SRO Motosports Group (SRO for Stéphane Ratel Organisation) in 2011. SRO Motosports Group is an organization of motorsoports established by the French Stéphane Ratel in 1995. This company is involved in the promotion and the organization of several competitions in diverse country as the FIA GT Series, Blancpain Race Weekends, 24 Heures de Spa, Avon Tyres British GT Championship, British Formula 3 Series, HDI Gerling Dutch GT and the GT4 Cup [1].

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The name of this competition comes from the main sponsor, the watch-maker Blancpain. The luxury clockwork brand is the official sponsor of the Blancpain Endurance Series since 2011. The eligible cars are from GT3 and GT4 classes such as the Nissan GTR GT3, Ferrari 458 Italia GT3, Mercedes SLS AMG GT3, Audi R8 LMS, McLaren MP4-12C GT3.

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Added to the series is the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, an international motor racing series created in 2009 by Lamborghini.

Until 2014, the base car was the Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera but in 2015 the Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo was introduced. It has slightly more power from its 5.2-liter V-10 (611 versus 601 hp), less weight, a sequential gearbox and only rear-wheel drive.

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The car was developed by the Squadra Corse (the automaker’s burgeoning motorsports division) together with chassis expert Dallara and should perform significantly better than the Gallardo LP 570-4 race car it replaces.

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Lamborghini Hurac†n LP 620-2 Super Trofeo

All the drivers compete with the same car, the only difference is driving skill and team efficiency (race strategy, speed, etc). It makes dreams come true for the gentlemen drivers as it gives them the opportunity to race, alone or with a team, to compete behind the wheel of a Lamborghini especially made for the track. The gentlemen drivers are divided into two categories: amateurs and pro-amateurs. Each race weekend is organized with one qualifying race and two 50-minute official races[2].

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Blancpain is also the official sponsor of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo since the beginning in 2009.

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Change of atmosphere, let us pass from the the race to the Supercars. In October, 2014 SRO Motosports Group inaugurated its “Race Center by MMC”. It is a technical center settled on the Paul Ricard racetrack. In association with MMC (Mécaniques Modernes et Classiques), a Parisian company supervised by Michel Mhitarian specialized in prestige and collection cars in France, this Race Center also offers 1800m2 of space for the storage of modern and classic cars, with the possibility of using the track[3].

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In this continuity of exclusivity, SRO Motosports Group announced the creation of the Ultracar Sports Club, a club reserved for exclusive sports cars. Only two events will be organized in 2015, the first one during the Blancpain Endurance Series, this weekend at Paul Ricard, and the second in Misano (October 3rd and 4th, 2015) at the Blancpain Sprint Series.

The Ultracar Sports Club is the first “championship” of this kind. Only Ultracars produced these last ten years will be authorized to drive. The owners will be entitled to four sessions of driving of 30 minutes. At the moment, no classification is organized, but the Ultracars will be separated in two categories: cars on road tires and cars on race tires.[4].

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“Non-exhaustive list of cars approved for the road: Aston Martin One 77, Bugatti Veyron, Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, Ferrari LaFerrari, Koenigsegg Agera, Koenigsegg Agera R, Koenigsegg One:1, Lamborghini Reventon, Lamborghini Reventon Roadster, Lamborghini Veneno, Lamborghini Veneno Roadster, McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder, Pagani Huayra, and for the not approved cars prepared for the track : Ferrari Enzo FXX, Ferrari 599 XX, Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, Maserati MC12 Corsa, McLaren P1 GTR, Pagani Zonda R.”[5]

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Ouch! The cream of the cream! And knowing the will and Stéphane Ratel’s legendary ambition there was little chance that this project would fail as he underlined it in his declarations: “SRO Motorsports Group feels that the fortunate owners of these exceptional Ultracars should be able to do more than valet park them in front of a palace. And there is no doubt that car aficionados worldwide would love to see these Ultracars in action.” [6]

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I was thus impatient to be here for this weekend of June 20-21st and to see these rare cars on the track. And my excitement was confirmed by June 9th during the confirmation of the pre-list: “Already four manufacturers have given their support to the first meeting of the Ultracar Sports Club. McLaren will give the P1 GTR its first public track appearance, with test driver Chris Goodwin at the wheel. Lamborghini brings one Veneno Coupe and one Veneno Roadster, a car of which only nine units have been produced. Then there is Bugatti, with official driver Pierre-Henri Raphanel at the wheel of Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse World Record Car. Aston Martin will also be part of this very exclusive line-up, bringing a One-77 to Le Castellet.” [7]

McLaren P1 ˝ Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse WRC

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“Beside the manufacturers’ essential contribution to the event, a number of private owners have entered a couple of LaFerrari, an highly exclusive Pagani Zonda R, a Porsche 918, an Apollo Gumpert and six McLaren P1 are also confirmed, bringing the total number of Ultracars to sixteen to date and likely to grow.”[8]

A dream that comes true for Stéphane Ratel “This is a dream come true. I feel very passionate about the Ultracar Sports Club, because I believe that these beautiful and exclusive machines belong on a race track. I am very happy to see that the manufacturers of this breed of hypercars share my point of view and will bring some of the most iconic examples to Le Castellet. »[9]

Ferrari 458 Italia GT3

Blancpain Endurance Series Paul Ricard HTTT 2015

Yet another racing series launched by SRO Motorsport Group was here this weekend : the GT Sports Club. It has been created for Bronze drivers who want to race in an exclusive but friendly atmosphere, with an “Iron” categorisation being introduced for drivers over the age of 60. This new Series provides gentleman racers with the opportunity to fight against their peers for race wins.

The GT Sports Club is open to GT3 cars, RACB G3 cars, FIA-homologated GTE cars and cars from single-make series, with one driver per car. Each meeting consists of a free practice and qualifying session, followed by a 25-minute Qualifying Race and 40-minute Main Race, with each car driven by one driver, so there are no mandatory pit stops. Every race will have a separate podium ceremony, with an overall podium that will include the winners from the Iron Cup, Cup Class and Cup Class Iron Cup.  In cases where there are more than five entrants in any of the classes, there would be a separate podium.

30 McLaren 650S GT3

Ferrari 458 Italia GT3

The concept has proven to be popular among gentlemen racers, ready to bring their impressive machinery to tracks around Europe.

A GT Sports Club event will last just over 24 hours. The season starts with the beautiful Espiritu de Montjuic historic-meeting in Spain, followed by meetings in Le Castellet, Algarve and Misano, to allow a parallel entry in the Blancpain GT Series.[10]

Stephane Ratel (CEO and Founder of SRO Motorsports Group) : “With the Blancpain GT Series growing steadily more professional, SRO has become increasingly aware that only the most experienced Gentlemen drivers are still able to compete with reasonable chances of success in the Blancpain Endurance Series. Some other drivers, who have been our valued clients for many years in GT racing, feel they are no longer competitive in the Series we promote, or in many other national and international GT Series in Europe. Therefore, we thought that many of these drivers would prefer their own competition, to race among friends at beautiful circuits in pleasant and sunny locations, with a timetable that suits their busy lives, and with top-quality accommodation and catering.”[11]

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After having sunbathed under the overwhelming sun of the Circuit Paul Ricard HTTT, it’s time to return to Monaco, the next time I shall remember sunscreen!

[1] https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/St%C3%A9phane_Ratel_Organisation

http://www.endurance-info.com/fr/actualite-endurance-15678

[2] http://squadracorse.lamborghini.com/en/series/overview

[3] http://www.autohebdo.fr/endurance/blancpain/article-27-47-29173/061014-sro-inaugure-son-race-center-by-mmc-au-paul-ricard

[4] http://www.endurance-info.com/fr/le-ultracar-sports-club-en-ordre-de-marche

[5] www.blancpain-gt-series.com

[6] www.blancpain-gt-series.com

[7] www.blancpain-gt-series.com

[8] www.blancpain-gt-series.com

[9] www.blancpain-gt-series.com

[10] http://www.gtsportsclub.com/about

[11] http://www.blancpain-gt-series.com/news/340/sro-motorsports-group-introduces-gt-sports-club-a-new-series-exclusively-for-bronze-drivers

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