The Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic Coupe is not just one of the legends from the French automaker but perhaps the greatest. Only four of these cars were created between 1936 and 1938, with three of the extraordinary coupes still in existence. As they are regarded as one of the most valuable cars in the world, it’s understandable that the automotive world has been searching for the fourth Atlantic for over 80 years. (Image: Bugatti)
Raucous, red-blooded racing returned to West Sussex last weekend at the 77th Goodwood Members’ Meeting, the historic motorsport calendar’s spectacular season-opener. Highlights were almost too plentiful to list – extraordinarily, we’re not lying when we say five Porsche 917s were only the start. Since 2014, the Members’ Meeting at Goodwood has cemented its place on the list of can’t-miss historic motorsport events, and for good reason. Conceived to evoke the intimate atmosphere of the British Automobile Racing Club Members’ Meetings, which took place at the West Sussex circuit every few months between 1948 and 1966, the resurrected event is a limited-entry affair so far hasn’t failed to deliver the biggest names, the finest cars, and truly heart-stopping racing. (Image: Robert Cooper/Classic Driver)
Formula One celebrates its 1,000th world championship race this weekend at the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, one of the sport’s newer tracks, but the milestone requires careful wording. The sport has often had a problem with anniversaries, with statisticians quibbling over how many starts teams and drivers have made according to different definitions, and this one is no exception.
The fact is that some of the 999 championship races thus far have been questionable grands prix and several past race winners never even drove a Formula One car.
The BMW M1 is perhaps the most vaunted car ever sold by the Bavarian manufacturer. Built to satisfy homologation requirements for Group 5 racing, the M1's primary purpose was to do battle with Porsches on the racetrack while also providing a few lucky souls the privilege of driving a road-going, mid-engined supercar into their garage. This particular record-breaking example spent most of its neglected days cooped up in the latter, though, and will now be sent to the auction block to find its new owner, likely selling for a massive amount as all M1 Bimmers do.
With a résumé that includes the Ferrari F430, McLaren P1, and modern interpretations of both the Mini and the Fiat 500, Frank Stephenson is arguably among the most influential 21st Century automotive designers. Now, a documentary will cast new light on his unrelenting chase for aesthetic perfection. (Image: LionsgateFilmsUK)