On the 28th of October, the Royal Automobile Club will be hosting the 2020 Motoring Book of the Year Awards at the Club’s Pall Mall Clubhouse, and it will be broadcasted either via a live or online format. In its seventh consecutive year, the 2020 Motoring Book of the Year Awards is already considered and recognized as the most prestigious in the automotive publishing industry.
So, you already own or just bought a car that you want to restore. You have already read our first story on deciding to undertake such a project and want to go all the way and make your car as good as it was when new. But how do you find the right restoration shop to do the work? There are a number of factors that make for a high-quality restoration shop, some of them are obvious and some of them less so. Let’s go through what you should know when considering a shop to make your car showroom fresh.
Five Senna GTR owners have had their cars upgraded by McLaren Special Operations to LM specification to honor the five F1 GTRs which crossed the line in first, third, fourth, fifth and 13th in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 25 years ago. JJ Lehto, Yannick Dalmas and Masanori Sekiya defied the odds to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans outright in the Ueno Clinic-sponsored McLaren F1 GTR. On their maiden outing at La Sarthe, F1s finished first, third, fourth, fifth and 13th overall — an extraordinary feat for a road-born GT car and not a purpose-built prototype. (Image: McLaren)
The late addition of certain new venues to the Formula 1 calendar is a challenge that the sport should continue to give teams in future but triple-headers should be avoided, according to McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl.
Mugello was the first venue F1 visited at in 2020 that was not on the original season schedule, which underwent a major overhaul as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event in Italy was widely praised by teams and drivers, and despite not having much in the way of simulation and track data to use in preparations, Seidl believes it provides an added competitive challenge.
The world of sports cars was very different in 1969, when the first Datsun 240Z made its debut at the New York Auto Show. The early 1960s may have offered a mix of approaches to performance cars, owing to a number of popular European cars that made their way stateside to offer competition to domestic cars, but the latter half of the decade was firmly gripped by muscle mania. This made the debut of the the original 240Z seem like a breath of fresh air, and while its full legacy was not known at the time, it certainly made a few other automakers sit up and pay attention. (Image: Autoweek)