Jaguar F-Type SVR in the most Ultra of Blues

Jaguar F-Type SVR Ultra Blue 6

What a spectacular color!

Never underestimate how much of an effect a car’s hue can have on its appeal. The Jaguar F-Type Coupe is one of the prettiest cars on sale today, but it could still be quite forgettable in gray or beige. You won’t for get seeing one in this Ultra Blue, though, especially not this decked-out F-Type SVR.

This blue Jag stood in brilliant contrast to the bright orange Porsche 918 that stole the show at the Scarsdale Concours d’Elegance this year. People were drawn to it almost as much, despite it costing nearly 1/10th of the price of the hyper Porsche.

The F-Type SVR is the king of the Jags right now, though, the pinnacle of performance in their model range. Its 575hp supercharged V8 delivers a thunderous experience for sure, but a lot of me still wishes it came in RWD instead.

It was a real treat to see this Jag, and to get some quality shots of it. It was quite a sight. Enjoy!

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Highlights from First Class Fitment 2016, Gallery 1

First Class Fitment Rauh-Welt Porsche 993

First Class Fitment is always an entertaining show to shoot. Every car is different, special in its own way. It is a sea of automotive creativity, and this year was no exception.

Enjoy this first batch of photos!

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Jaguar F-Pace S: Enthusiast Approved

Jaguar F-Pace S Review 5

Damn, everyone is jumping on the crossover bandwagon. Clearly following Porsche’s success, Maserati, Bentley, and now Jaguar have now all made high-riding vehicles for people who want a station wagon that isn’t a “station wagon.” I haven’t been much of a fan of crossovers until pretty recently, when some of them have stepped into the ring of high performance. Yes, there is now a full segment of fast crossovers that handle pretty darn well, and they’re sort of like big, comfy rally cars.

I’d heard a lot of praise being thrown at the Jaguar F-Pace, so when I was able to try on out for myself, I jumped on the opportunity. The car I drove was the top-of-the-line F-Pace S, so if this one didn’t impress me, none of them would. And you know what? In many respects, it may be the best fast crossover I’ve driven to date.

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1968 Lancia Fulvia Series 1 at the 2016 Scarsdale Concours

1968 Lancia Fulvia Front

What will always strike me about Lancia is just how good they look, even as a normal sort of car. This ’68 Fulvia sat next to a contemporary Ferrari 330 2+2, and still held its own for styling. This isn’t a supercar. It’s not even really supposed to be a sports-styled car of its era. But the eggshell white paint, tasteful minimum of chrome trim, and pert headlights and taillights accent the sharp body lines and bring out the best of the flair that the stylist of the Fulvia put in place. Of all the Italian cars in attendance at Scarsdale last week, this one was my #2, behind the silver 275 GTB (more on that next week) sitting down the street. Enjoy the photos of this offbeat Italian classic. Continue reading 1968 Lancia Fulvia Series 1 at the 2016 Scarsdale Concours

Look at this beautiful Ferrari 456M GT we saw at Lime Rock

Ferrari 456M GT Lime Rock 1

I love the Ferrari 456, especially the post-facelift 456M, and ESPECIALLY the GT model that has a proper Italian gated manual gearshift. I think it’s a breathtakingly beautiful car with its crisp yet elegant lines, and I love that it’s the quintessential recipe for a V12 Italian grand touring car. I also love that it represents the upturn for the Ferrari brand after some questionable offerings during the 1970s-80s. Ferraris have only continued to get better and better, and in many ways it began here.

While hypercars like the LaFerrari and F40 get a lot of the limelight, the backbone of Ferrari’s road-going models has been GT cars since the early 1950’s. The 456 is a proper Ferrari in the most classical sense. Its got plenty of room in the back for your stuff, and a symphonic V12 howl at the front, what a perfect way to travel and experience life to the fullest.

Seeing this Ferrari 456M GT at Lime Rock reminded me of why I always loved this car. The blue/tan color combo, the gated manual, and that 442hp V12, it was absolutely ideal.

Enjoy the photos!

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The Grand Racing Quiz – Clarkson, May and Hammond are back!

In the video we feature here today, the former Top Gear hosts return to the screen in a preview for their new show on Amazon Prime, called The Grand Tour. This will definitely be a great show–with more freedom of creativity given to the presenters and less regulation on what they can say, I fully expect mayhem. Here, each one takes a C7 Corvette around the track and answers trivia questions while behind the wheel. Every wrong answer results in a 1 second penalty. Watch to find out who wins!

My Drive in a BMW i8: A Concept Car for the Street

BMW i8 Review 4

I’ve been itching to get my hands on a BMW i8 ever since I first saw it, and the chance finally came. As a car blogger working to grow my following, it’s still a very special occasion when someone is willing to throw me the keys to a six-figure set of wheels. As you might expect, it’s awesome to get to live the dream, even if it’s only for a little bit.

The BMW i8 is a total show-stopper. More of a UFO than a car, people go crazy when they see it out on the street. Most of them won’t even know what it is, but they will know that it’s something very, very special.

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1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz at the 2016 Lime Rock Concours

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Front

At Lime Rock this year, I had no idea what to expect, this being my first time attending. What I really didn’t expect was to see a slick black ’57 Cadillac sitting on the field, much less one owned by Skip Barber. This being an enormous, fab-Fifties convertible, it doesn’t make much sense to me that Skip would own one of these, but I’m glad he does, since this car is very tasteful. The black paint and red leather seats go together perfectly, while the parade boot adds a touch of pomp and circumstance–exactly what every 50s Caddy needs. Enjoy the photos. Continue reading 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz at the 2016 Lime Rock Concours

Highlights from the Scarsdale Concours d’Elegance

Porsche 918 Scarsdale Concours 5

We attended the Scarsdale Concours d’Elegance yesterday, and the turnout was great considering the iffy weather. This is a highlight reel, focusing on the details of the whole show. Look for individual galleries of many of these cars in the future. As you might imagine, the orange Porsche 918 Spyder above was the center of attention. Also, that American Flag Stingray is the car from the movie Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.

Turnout to the show was a little light this year, but the cars present were all of staggering quality. It figures that the people who really want to be at the show would also have the best stuff.

Enjoy the gallery!

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