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Historic Livery for BMW Team Schnitzer BMW M6 GT3

BMW Team Schnitzer can look back on an impressive history at the Nürburgring 24 Hours (GER). Team principal Charly Lamm’s (GER) crew has won the endurance classic in the Eifel Mountains five times in the past. To mark the team’s return to the “Green Hell” this season, the number 43 BMW M6 GT3 will sport a special, historic design.

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The imminent Silverstone Classic has got me all excited about Group C again…..I can’t lie, this is only my 2nd favourite Group C car (after the amazing Jaguar XJR14) but it’s still an incredible piece of engineering and design. The number 31 car here was campaigned by Michael Schumacher in four rounds of the 1990 World Sportscar Championship (the car was driven by Karl Wendlinger and Heinz-Harald Frentzen in the other races),  partnered by veteran Jochen Mass. Schumacher’s first race in the C11 was over before it started, when his qualifying time was disallowed for an infraction, but the other three races went differently; Schumi and Mass brought the car home twice in second place (finishing on the lead lap) and finished the season finale in Mexico with a win.

Ferrari 335 S Breaks the Bank in Paris 

The 1957 Scaglietti-bodied 335 S more than lived up to expectations as the star of Artcurial’s Salon Retromobile sale. Chassis no. 0674, owned by collector Pierre Bardinon, fetched €32,075,000 ($36.2 million), making it the second most expensive car ever sold at public auction. The sale also means that 9 out of the top 10 most valuable cars in the world are now Ferraris.

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Germany cup, Porsche vs BMW by NaPCo
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1976 Porsche 934/5 and 1977 BMW 320i Gr5 Classic Endurance Racing 2 @ Grand Prix de l'Age d'Or 2016

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This year’s Spa Six Hours was definitely a story of two halves. This post represents the first half, consisting of warm late summer sun, blue skies and birds singing in the trees. But this is Spa, famous for it’s fickle weather, and only 40 minutes into the feature six hour race, things changed…You might find it hard to believe that the last picture on this post was taken 20 minutes before the first one on the next post…

(cont’d in part 2 below)