Highlights from the 2015 Boca Raton Concours

1930 Cadillac V16

This past weekend, I found myself getting a small tan in sunny Florida, while my cohort in the Northeast froze like a Popsicle. 80 degrees, plenty of sun, and low wind make great bedfellows with classic cars on a golf course, and with palm trees abound, the 2015 Boca Raton Concours was a sure thing. This was the first time I’ve attended this show, and I was suitably impressed.

Now in its 9th season, this show is very close in terms of timing to Amelia Island, but takes place much further south, just 60 miles north of Miami. The show is held on the grounds of the Boca Raton Resort and Club, one of the best establishments in South Florida. The show was on the golf course and featured Cadillac products, as well as anything related to the Ford Mustang, to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Best of Show was a familiar face and a familiar car–the same car that won Best of Show at Greenwich last summer, a stunning Minerva owned by Joseph Cassini, won the prize at Boca this weekend. Please enjoy this gallery of fine automobiles–features will be coming very soon of a stunning Ferrari 275 GTB NART Spyder, as well as a few gorgeous old Mopar muscle cars. Enjoy, all! Read the rest of this entry »


Epic Speed Battle: Koenigsegg vs. Bugatti

This is one of those showdowns to end all showdowns. A Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse pitted against a Koenigsegg Agera R in a 200mph duel.

Enjoy!

-Nick


Singer 911 at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering

Singer 911 at the Quail Lodge

The folks at Singer Vehicle Design used the Quail to showcase their newest engine available in their custom 911s. It’s a 4.0L Flat Six, and produces a mighty 390hp. In a car weighing only around 2,600lbs, that is quite a good amount of power. In terms of power-to-weight ratio, the new 4.0L Singer actually bests the current Porsche (991) 911 GT3. But unlike the new paddle shift only GT3, the Singer offers drivers the essence of the traditional 911 driving experience.

Because the Singer 911 is basically an old-school 911 that has been made brand new, I actually prefer it to new Porsches overall. Having said that, though, I should point out that you could have four 991 GT3s for the same money as a single bespoke-built Singer 911. But that isn’t my point. What the Singer proves is that there is still a demand for the old-school Porsche driving experience. That is something Porsche should really consider when developing their new products.

PDK is a great gearbox, it really is, but it dulls the driving experience. In the real world, sports cars are about fun, not lap times or performance numbers. And if I’m going to have a special car to drive on sunny days, why on Earth wouldn’t I want to be as immersed in the experience as possible?

That total immersion in the driving experience is what the Singer 911 offers. And the Singer does it in a manner that these new PDK-only Porsche models cannot ever hope to match. I don’t care how fast the new GT3, Turbo, or GT2 911s are, if they’re only available with PDK, then I’d take a Singer any day.

-Nick Walker

Singer 911 Rear Singer 911 4.0L Flat 6 Engine


Chris Harris Tests The New Mercedes C63 AMG

In place of the old 6.2L V8 monster, the new-gen Mercedes C63 AMG has the same twin turbocharged 4.0L as the AMG GT-S sports car. Chris Harris has taken it out to see how it goes. Enjoy!

-Nick


Lamborghini Gallardo LP-570-4 Spyder Performante Spotted In Carmel, CA

Lamborghini Gallardo LP-570-4 Spyder Performante

We spotted this intense Lamborghini Gallardo LP-570-4 Spyder Performante parked in Carmel, CA during Monterey Car Week. The Spyder Performante is the convertible version of the Gallardo Superleggera that I was so impressed by on the track a while back. That same hardcore experience without a roof would be unreal, and I’ve even seen a few of these fitted with a manual gearbox — so we can all add that to the list of things to covet in life.

I thought the the fighter jet gray showed off this Gallardo’s exotic lines quite well. And the audaciousness of those bright orange brake calipers still gave it the amount of flash that a Lambo needs. It was a stunning machine!

-Nick


Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Spotted in Pebble Beach, CA

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Pebble Beach Bugatti Veyron Badge

While out in California this summer, I had some wonderful quality time with this stunning black Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. It was parked all by it’s lonesome self, yes in a handicap spot, at the Pebble Beach Lodge. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When you find one of the fastest cars on Earth all alone with your camera, set up some nice photos.

For those with fuzzy memories, this German-engineered beast boasts 1200hp from an 8.0L W16 with four turbos. Bugatti set the production car speed record in it at 268mph, but all customer cars are limited to the snails pace of 258mph so the tires don’t disintegrate. Even though the Veyron Super Sport weighs over 4,500lbs, it can still sprint 0-60 in 2.5 sec, 0-100 in 4.9 sec, and the 1/4 Mile in 9.9 sec @ 146mph. It is a marvel of engineering to be sure, and seems to be an exception to the laws of Newtonian Physics.

While flash colors do look great on the Bugatti Veyron, the black on this one gave it a nice sense of class. I also really loved the chrome wheels and trim because it really made the details “pop.” All in all, this Bugatti was a stunning car, and I’m glad I got a nice chance to shoot it. Enjoy!

-Nick Walker

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Pebble Beach headlight Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Rear Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Wheel Bugatti Veyron EB Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Side View Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Rear at Pebble Beach


Autocar Takes Us Around The New McLaren P1 GTR

Ferrari has the FXX K, and now McLaren has the P1 GTR. Yet another track car for the plutocrats of planet Earth.

Enjoy!

-Nick


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