Christie’s | The Jochen Rindt Autavia sold for $40.000

Questa terza versione del cronografo Autavia a tre registri chiamato “Jochen Rindt Autavia” (Valjoux 72 su cassa da 38,5 mm) è stata intitolata al pilota di Formula Uno morto in prova a Monza. Jochen veniva spesso fotografato con al polso un esemplare simile negli anni ’60. Questo orologio, però, non deve essere confuso con il famoso Universal Genève “Nina Rindt” Compax divenuto popolare quando la moglie di Jochen fu fotografata indossandolo.

Il 5 settembre 1970 a Monza, durante le qualifiche del sabato Jochen perse il controllo della sua Lotus appena prima della curva Parabolica, andando a sbattere contro il guard-rail. La vettura si disintegrò e Rindt morì sul colpo. Successivamente venne riscontrato un difetto nell’impianto frenante della monoposto. L’austriaco fu un pilota molto amato per il suo stile di guida spettacolare e al momento della sua morte era in testa al mondiale. Resterà comunque in testa anche a fine campionato poiché Jackie Ickx non riesci a recuperare la differenza in classifica. Questo fà di Jochen il primo e unico pilota ad aver vinto un titolo mondiale di F1 postumo.

Al lotto 29 della Rare Watches and a Rolex Afternoon Auction di Christie’s questo Heuer Autavia ha realizzato la cifra record di $ 40.000.

Bonhams | Rare British motorcycles head to Autumn Stafford Sale on the 15th and 16th October

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Ex-Texaco Heron Team Suzuki,1976 Suzuki RG500 XR14

Rare British motorcycles head to Bonhams Stafford Sale on the 15th and 16th October with the Croft-Cameron Super Eight leading an exceptional line-up of vintage, classic and racing machines.

 

1924 Croft-Cameron 996cc Super Eight – estimate £160,000-200,000

 

‘Look! Speedmen, Hard Riders, and all such Sportsmen. At last you have the Ideal of your dreams. The Croft Anzani “Super Eight”.’ – Croft Cameron (The Motor Cycle, March 1923)

 

The Croft-Cameron Super Eight ranks among the super-sports big twins of the 1920s and ‘30s. The Coventry based Croft Cameron company enjoyed a short but sweet existence between 1923 and 1926, producing striking and powerful machines for the very top of the market. This rare example of their design, which debuted in 1923, is estimated at £160,000-200,000.

James Stensel, Head of Bonhams Collectors’ Motorcycles says: ‘Our motorcycle dedicated sales are synonymous with the world’s finest machines of yesteryear. This autumn’s sale has attracted some truly remarkable entries including an exceedingly rare Croft-Cameron Super Eight with elegant lines and sporting prowess – a potent machine in the right hands.

Bonhams brings several other fantastic super sport twins to the Stafford Sale. These include the 1925 Zenith 981cc Super 8 (estimate £28,000-34,000) featuring a JAP KTCY 4 cam engine from a Brough Superior SS80/100 and a 1937 Brough Superior 1,096cc 11-50hp Motorcycle Combination (estimate £55,000-65,000), first owned by the Sheffield Police.

 

1907 Vindec Special 5hp & Graham Brothers Sidecar, estimate £30,000-40,000

 

More than 230 lots are set to cross the Bonhams auction block. These comprise no fewer than 20 veterans, including the 1907 Vindec Special 5hp & Graham Brothers Sidecar (estimate £30,000-40,000) – a rare and striking survivor of a little-known German maker that regularly draws the attention of collectors and enthusiasts across the UK.

 

 

The ex-works, NCR, Sports Motor Cycles, Roger Nicholls, Isle of Man TT Formula 1, 1977 Ducati 905cc Production Racing Motorcycle (estimate £55,000-75,000).

 

Also up for auction is the ‘exceptionally rare’ ex-works, NCR, Sports Motor Cycles, Roger Nicholls, Isle of Man TT Formula 1, 1977 Ducati 905cc Production Racing Motorcycle (estimate £55,000-75,000) and a ‘meticulously restored’ Ex-Texaco Heron Team Suzuki, 1976 Suzuki RG500 XR14 Racing Motorcycle previously owned by Grand Prix rider Rob Bron (estimate £45,000-55,000).

1948 Vincent-HRD 998cc Series-B/C Black Shadow (estimate £50,000-60,000)

 

Amongst the Vincents on offer is a 1947 Vincent 998cc Rapide Series-B (estimate £38,000-45,000), a unique chance to secure what is believed to be the oldest complete and original post-war Vincent in existence, whilst the 1948 Vincent-HRD 998cc Series-B/C Black Shadow (estimate £50,000-60,000) is one of just 76 Series B Black Shadows produced, putting it on a par with the series A Rapide in terms of rarity

Ben Walker, Bonhams International Departmental Director says: ‘With such a diverse array of entries, we look forward to welcoming the international crowd to Stafford for what is set to be a memorable event’. 

Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale takes place Sunday 16 October at The Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Staffordshire County Showground. Public viewing 10:00-17:00 Saturday 15 October and from 09:00 Sunday 16 October.

 

For further information on Bonhams motorcycle department visit: www.bonhams.com/motorcycles

Stirling Moss Porsche RS-61 for sale at Bonhams

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Bonhams Motor Car Department è lieta di annunciare la vendita di una delle più celebri e carismatiche vetture sportive mai realizzate, la Porsche RS-61. L’appuntamento è al Company’s Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale il 26 giugno 2015.

Il proprietario di questa straordinaria Porsche RS-61 non è altro che Sir Stirling Moss, uno dei più grandi piloti di tutti i tempi, colui che detiene il record di vittorie tra i piloti che non hanno mai vinto il mondiale di Formula 1. Tra i più forti del suo tempo, la sua carriera sportiva terminò nel 1962 per un incidente proprio sul circuito di Goodwood che vedrà la sua Porsche in vendita.

Sir Stirling descrive la serie Porsche RS60/61 come “l’auto perfetta per gare come la Targa Florio, centinaia di chilometri stretti tra le montagne della Sicilia, dove questa macchina è il perfetto compromesso tra agilità e potenza. Quando mia alzavo per la gara mi dicevo: forza, oggi hai la macchina ideale…”.

Dotata di un potente motore posteriore raffreddato ad aria a 4 cilindri ed una cabina di guida a due posti, vinse la leggendaria Targa Florio nel 1956, 1959 e nel 1960. Ed è proprio in Sicilia che 1961, Sir Stirling ha condiviso una Porsche RS60 2 litri con il due volte Campione del Mondo Graham Hill (padre del futuro campione del mondo Damon). Sir Stirling ricorda ancora oggi: “Siamo stati i vincitori morali di quella gara, peccato però che ai vincitori morali non pagano premi…”

Porsche scelse un motore 2 litri per quella gara in luogo del consueto 1.7 litri per facilitare il lavoro del cambio in quella massacrante corsa nella campagna siciliana: “La nostra Porsche era semplicemente perfetta, difficilmente si poteva desiderare di più, ho guidato la corsa per i primi quattro giri, 44 miglia, passai la macchina a Graham con un minuto e mezzo di vantaggio. Al successivo cambio Graham me la riconsegnò con 76 secondi da recuperare sulla Ferrari e sono riuscito a ribaltare la situazione in 65 secondi di vantaggio con un giro alla fine, fino a quando, a soli 8 km dal traguardo, la trasmissione ha ceduto lasciando via libera alla rossa di Maranello”.

“Mr Motor Racing” non ha mai perso il suo grande amore per questa piccola grande Porsche e qualche anno fa, quando in America vide una RS-61 chassis 070 molto ben restaurata in vendita si innamorò di nuovo…

La stima di questo splendido cavallo di razza è: £ 1,7 milioni a 2 milioni di sterline ($ 2,5 – 3 m).

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The Bonhams Motor Car Department is delighted to announce that it has been commissioned to offer one of the greatest and most charismatic of all small-capacity sports-racing cars – Porsche RS-61 chassis number ‘718-070’ – at the company’s Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale on June 26.

The vendor of this outstanding Porsche RS-61 is none other than ‘Mr Motor Racing’ himself, Sir Stirling Moss OBE – acknowledged as one of the greatest racing drivers of all time. He was without doubt the standard-setting racing driver of his time 1958-1962, and is a multiple winner of World Championship Grand Prix and Sports Car races during his glittering frontline career. Sir Stirling describes the Porsche RS60/61 series as having been “Just super cars – beautifully balanced and simply tailor-made for such races as the mighty Targa Florio around 440 miles of Sicilian mountain roads. That was one morning when I woke up and really could say to myself, ‘For today’s race you have got the ideal car…’”.

The charismatic Porsche company’s agile little RennSport (‘RS’) cars with powerful 4-cylinder air-cooled engine mounted behind the open two-seat cockpit, won the now almost mystical Targa Florio – absolutely the most romantic motor race on the Sports Car World Championship calendar – in 1956, 1959 and 1960.

In 1961, Sir Stirling shared a 2-litre Porsche RS60 there with 1962 and 1968 World Champion-to-be Graham Hill (father of 1996 World Champion Damon). Sir Stirling recalls today: “We have since been described as moral winners of that race, which is unfortunate, because moral first places don’t pay first-place prize money.”

Porsche chose the 2-litre engine for that race in place of their usual 1.7-litre to ease gear-changing demand on that gruelling Sicilian countryside course:

“Our racing car was just perfect for the course, we could hardly have wished for nicer, and I led for the first four 44-mile laps, by 1½ minutes before handing over to Graham for his two laps. He handed the car back to me 76 seconds behind a Ferrari, and I managed to change that into a 65-second lead with one lap to go. We looked on course for a lap record last time round and a great win until – only 8kms from the finish – the transmission failed, put us out, and the Ferrari won instead…”

Moss and Hill then drove the latest, almost identical, Porsche RS-61, fitted with a 1605cc engine, in the subsequent Nurburgring 1,000 Kilometres race in Germany’s Eifel Mountains. On a track slick with drizzle, Sir Stirling took the lead on the second lap but, as the course dried, he was overwhelmed by far larger and more powerful factory Ferraris.

Sir Stirling: “After 12 laps I handed over to Graham who rejoined fifth. Then it began to snow! Graham handed back to me and I found the little Porsche ideal for the Nurburgring in such conditions. We climbed into third, then second. I was set to take the lead when the little car broke – but it had been exciting while it lasted.”

‘Mr Motor Racing’ never lost his great affection for ‘this grand little Porsche’ and some years ago, when he saw the very well-restored RS-61 chassis ‘070’ offered for sale in America he “…just fell in love with it, all over again”.

He bought the car and subsequently campaigned it at Historic level in the Le Mans Classic on the legendary 24-Hour race circuit in France, and in the USA in his very last competitive motor race.

Porsche RS-61 chassis ‘070’ – now to be sold by BONHAMS on behalf of Sir Stirling – was delivered brand-new to first owner Bob Holbert of Pennsylvania early in 1961. He was the leading American Porsche specialist of his era, and he competed in the car in his busy programme of Sports Car Club of America east-coast events, including the Daytona National. He then sold the car to gentleman driver Tom Payne – who always raced wearing an impeccably valeted business suit and tie.

Tom Payne and Porsche RS-61 ‘070’ featured in such further east-coast events as the Cumberland Nationals, Wisconsin Grand Prix, Thompson Nationals and the Atlanta ‘500’ Sprints. Third owner Millard Ripley subsequently won in the car at the glamorous Watkins Glen circuit in upstate New York and overall ‘070’ is credited with having achieved no fewer than 13 victories and 20 podium placings in SCCA National Competition.

The car was finally retired from active competition in 1963, but survived complete and unmolested before being restored for American ‘Vintage’ racing as early as 1969. More recently top historic Porsche specialist Andy Prill has completed a thorough rebuild which saw the car re-finished both mechanically and aesthetically to its current race-ready form. Sale estimate: £1.7m to £2m ($2.5 – 3m).

Bonhams Motor Car Department head James Knight says: “We are hugely honoured to have been commissioned to sell Sir Stirling’s cherished Porsche RS61 following his retirement from competitive motor sport. It is particularly appropriate that we should offer the car at the forthcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed – where Sir Stirling is the founder patron and where he achieved so much throughout his unmatchable career”.

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A brand new black tie evening sale at Chantilly Arts & Elegance, by Bonhams Motoring

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Bonhams Motoring annuncia la partecipazione alla seconda edizione della Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille che si terrà a Chantilly, in Francia, il 5 settembre 2015.

Ospitata nel parco del castello di Chantilly, la manifestazione Arts & Elegance ha debuttato nel 2014, attirando circa 10.000 spettatori. L’evento è anche il teatro di mostre d’arte, sfilate di moda, musica dal vivo e life style, tutto nella cornice del castello di Chantilly.

Chantilly ha una storia legata alle attività equestri, è la sede del celebre ippodromo e del Museo del Cavallo, vanta inoltre la più importante attività legata all’addestramento di cavalli da corsa in Francia. Nel 2005 la tenuta di Château de Chantilly, tra cui il famoso ippodromo di Chantilly, ha ricevuto una generosa donazione da parte dell’Aga Khan per essere ripristinata alla magnifica condizione in cui si trova oggi.

Questo nuovo evento Bonhams Motoring si integra perfettamente con il calendario delle aste di automobilismo ed offre una opportunità in più per la clientela europea. Il concetto alla base è quello di offrire un’asta poco dispersiva, con un numero limitato di esemplari ma molto ricercati, una trentina di lotti selezionati e adatti ad un serata in abito scuro. Un evento particolare, molto selezionato e Bonhams assieme al suo partner Peter Auto vuole farne parte.

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Patrick Peter, responsabile di Peter Auto, ha dichiarato: “Bonhams è famosa nel mondo per le sue aste, in particolare quelle caratterizzate da auto da collezione, quindi siamo lieti che questa rinomata azienda sia nostro partner per il nostro evento Chantilly Arts & Elégance Richard Mille oltre alla sua presenza alla Spa Classic”.

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Fondata nel 1982, Peter Auto ha guadagnato una reputazione internazionale, sia nel campo delle auto storiche che moderne, quale organizzatore di alcuni dei più rinomati eventi motoristici al mondo.

L’ingresso all’asta Bonhams Chantilly Salae è legato all’acquisto del catalogo.

Per i biglietti del concorso Chantilly Arts & Elegance, visitare il sito Peterauto.

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•Bonhams record breaking motoring department announce the Chantilly Sale, a debut auction at the second edition of Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille

•The brand new auction will be Bonhams second dedicated motoring sale for France, taking place at the countries top Concours event

•The sale will take place on Saturday 5 September 2015

 

Bonhams international auctioneers will conduct a brand new black tie evening sale at Chantilly Arts & Elegance, taking place in Chantilly, France, on 5 September 2015.

 

Hosted in the grounds of Château de Chantilly, the Arts & Elegance event debuted in 2014, attracting a crowd of around 10,000 spectators, taking in the delights of the “Concourse d’Elegance” competition for modern concept cars, and a superb “Concourse d’Etat” for classic cars from around the world. The “Art & Elegance” event also plays host to fine art exhibitions, fashion shows, live music and various lifestyle exhibits, all on the grounds of the magnificent château.

 

In addition to the Concours d’Elegance, the original kind of horsepower is in celebration at the event, with equestrian activities in abundance. Chantilly has a notable history with the equine community, home to Chantilly Racecourse and the Living Museum of the Horse, in addition to boasting the largest racehorse-training community in France. In 2005 the Château de Chantilly estate, including the famous Chantilly Racecourse, received a generous donation by the Aga Khan to restore the estate to the glorious location it is today.

 

 

 

 

 

“We’re delighted to announce this brand new and exclusive motoring sale, taking place on the luxurious grounds of the Château de Chantilly. The event perfectly complements the motoring auction calendar, and will offer an additional sale for our European clientele,” said Philip Kantor, Bonhams European Head of Motorcars.

 

“The concept is to offer a bespoke ‘Salon’ style auction, offering a limited number of very fine examples of collectors’ motor cars, perhaps thirty or so carefully selected lots for the ‘black tie’ evening auction. Our partner, Peter Auto, has embarked on an innovative approach with Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille, creating a new style of Concours – and Bonhams is delighted to be part of it.”

Patrick Peter, Head of Peter Auto, said: “Bonhams is famous the world over for its auctions, in particular those featuring collectors cars, so we’re delighted that this renowned company will associate itself with our Chantilly Arts & Elégance Richard Mille event in addition to its presence at Spa Classic. The organisation of such a sale in September in Chantilly confirms the momentum generated by the event only a year after it was held for the first time.”

Founded in 1982, Peter Auto has earned an international reputation both in the field of historical and modern cars, as organisers of some of the most renowned motor racing events in the world.

Entry to Bonhams Chantilly Sale is by catalogue purchase only. To purchase a catalogue, please visit the Bonhams website.

For tickets to Chantilly Arts & Elegance, visit http://peterauto.peter.fr/en

For further information on Bonhams motoring department, visit: https://www.bonhams.com/departments/MOT-CAR/

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Legend of 1980s: A couple of Audi Quattro offered at Bonhams at Bonhams inaugural Members Meeting Sale, Goodwood

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Audi Quattro Gruppo B A1 Rally

Una coppia di fenomenali Audi Quattro del 1980 in asta per la Bonhams inaugural Members Meeting Sale,che si terrà il 21 marzo a Goodwood, Chichester.

Con uno dei design più influenti degli ultimi decenni, la Audi Quattro introdusse le quattro ruote motrici nell’automobilismo da competizione approfittando per prima di un radicale cambiamento dei regolamenti.

Presentata nel 1980, la Audi Quattro è basata sulla carrozzeria della coupé con assetti adeguati per accogliere la sua trasmissione a quattro ruote motrici e sospensioni posteriori indipendenti. Una vettura eccezionale che lasciò un segno indelebile nei Rally del suo tempo vincendo nel 1982 e nel 1984 il mondiale costruttori e nel 1983 e nel 1984 quello piloti. Con i motori a quattro ruote motrici turbocompressi da 200bhp all’albero, queste vetture Rally Gruppo B riassumevano gli eccessi edonistici degli anni ’80.

Il loro avvento fu fulmineo come la loro dipartita visto che si rivelarono presto troppo veloci e pericolose e quindi non fu una sorpresa vederle escluse dai nuovi regolamenti. E’ difficile che vedremo qualcosa di simile di nuovo.

La prima delle due vetture offerte è una Audi Quattro Sport SWB Coupé del 1985, stimata £ 220,000-280,000, in ottime condizioni porta il classico abbinamento colore Rally rosso, bianco e nero.

La seconda è la Audi Quattro Gruppo B A1 Rally che che con la coppia Hannu Mikkola/Hertz Arne vinse il campionato piloti nel 1983. La stimato è £ 240,000-280,000.

La Bonhams inaugural Members Meeting Sale si terrà a Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester, Sabato 21 marzo 2015. Ingresso asta Bonhams è consentito solo catalogo. Per l’ingresso alla 73rd Goodwood Members Meeting visitare: https://grrc.goodwood.com/section/members-meeting-73/


A duo of phenomenally fast 1980s Audi Quattros are offered at Bonhams inaugural Members’ Meeting Sale, taking place 21 March at Goodwood, Chichester.

One of the most influential motoring designs of recent decades, the Audi Quattro brought four-wheel-drive into the motoring mainstream – it was the first rally car to take advantage of a change in competition car ruling, allowing four-wheel-drive cars onto the racetrack for the first time in competition history.

Introduced in 1980, the Quattro was based on the outwardly similar coupé’s bodyshell but used a different floor plan to accommodate its four-wheel-drive transmission and independent rear suspension. The engine was a development of the five-cylinder, 2.1-litre, single-overhead-camshaft unit first seen in the 200 Saloon. It produced 200bhp on the road, with significantly more power available when tuned for competition.

James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director, said: “It really was a game-changer in the world of high-performance road cars. Outstanding both on the road and in competitive rallying, the model won the Manufacturers’ Championship for Audi in 1982 and 1984, plus the Drivers’ Championship in 1983 and 1984.

“With four-wheel-drive and turbocharged engines pumping out a phenomenal 200bhp, these Group B Rally cars epitomised the hedonistic excesses of the 1980s. They swiftly became too fast and dangerous, and so it was no surprise the regulations were eventually changed to slow the cars down. I doubt we’ll see anything similar again.”

The first of the two cars offered, a 1985 Audi Quattro Sport SWB Coupé, is understood to be one of the original six cars delivered to the UK. Estimated at £220,000-280,000, the car is a superb example of the Quattro Sport, in excellent condition, and featuring a striking colour scheme of red, white and black, befitting of the model’s rallying pedigree.

Completing the duo is the ex-works, Hannu Mikkola/Arne Hertz 1982 Audi Quattro A1 Group B Rally Car, estimated at £240,000-280,000. Audi’s win in 1983, when Hannu Mikkola took his first World Drivers’ Championship, was achieved despite a rule change that placed the Quattro at a notional disadvantage. This well restored Group B Quattro is one of the works cars that helped Mikkola achieve that well-deserved success after so many years of rallying.

Mikkola later used the car in the 1982 Monte Carlo Rally, finishing 2nd, and later that year in the Swedish Rally, finishing 16th. The car was then retained for training duties well into the 1983 season, before being converted by Audi to Group B specification and sold.

Bonhams Members’ Meeting sale will take place at Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester, on Saturday 21 March 2015. Entry to Bonhams auction is permitted by catalogue only. To order a catalogue please visit: https://www.bonhams.com/departments/MOT-CAR/

For entry to the 73rd Goodwood Members Meeting please visit: https://grrc.goodwood.com/section/members-meeting-73/

 

121 Year old shotgun owned by field Marshal Sir “Frankie” Festing for sale at “Bonhams Sporting Gun” sale

 

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Francis Festing (1902-1976) è stato un militare dell’esercito inglese, padre di Matthew Festing 79° Gran Maestro dell’Ordine di Malta.

Ritiratosi dalla vita militare nel 1961, si dedicò al collezionismo militare, orientandosi soprattutto su armi da fuoco storiche e spade.

Un raffinato e raro fucile calibro 12 appartenuto alla collezione di proprietà del maresciallo Sir Francis Festing, offerto in asta alla Bonhams Sporting a Knightsbridge il 3 dicembre, per una stima di £ 12.000 a £ 16.000.

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Frankie Festing” si è distinto durante le campagne nell’Oceano Indiano e la Birmania durante la seconda guerra mondiale e la sua carriera dopo la guerra è stata anch’essa ricca di soddisfazioni.

Sottoposto alla valutazione presso il fabbricante, Boss & Co di St James, Londra, è stato confermato che il fucile è stato fabbricato nel 1893 ed è uno dei soli quattordici prodotti.

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Frankie Festing è stato istruito a Winchester College prima di essere destinato al 3° Battaglione del Rifle Brigade nel 1921. Nel 1940 divenne Comandante del 2° Battaglione East Lancashire Regiment e poi nel 1942 Comandante della Brigata di Fanteria Independent Group che era la forza da sbarco di stanza nell’Oceano Indiano, in particolare Madagascar.

Nell’immediato dopo guerra fu al comando delle Forze britanniche ad Hong Kong e nel 1952 anche in Egitto. Infine dal 1958 al 1961 è stato Capo di Stato Maggiore Generale Imperiale, culminando una splendida carriera e dedicandosi così completamente

Patrick Hawes, responsabile per il dipartimento Sporting Guns di Bonhams, commenta: “Questo rarissimo fucile Boss rappresenta una ooportunità unica per i collezionisti e noi siamo orgogliosi di poterlo offrire”.

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121 Year old shotgun owned by field Marshal Sir “Frankie” Festing for sale at “Bonhams Sporting Gun” sale

Festing led the seizure of Vichy French ports and airfields in the Indian Ocean and led the 36th Division in Burma.

A fine and rare 12-bore shotgun once owned by Field Marshall Sir Frances Festing, GCB, KBE, DSO, is offered in Bonhams Sporting sale in Knightsbridge on December 3rd, for an estimate of £12,000 to £16,000.

Field Marshal Festing was known as a soldier who led from the front. “Frankie Festing” distinguished himself during WW2 campaigns in the Indian Ocean and Burma and his post war career was as successful.

The shotgun makers, Boss & Co, of St James, London, have confirmed that the gun was completed in 1893 and is one of only fourteen ever made. This particular gun was made for a Mr Morton H. Festing Esq.

‘Frankie’ Festing (1902-1976) was educated at Winchester College before being commissioned into the 3rd Battalion the Rifle Brigade in 1921. In 1940 he became Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion East Lancashire Regiment and then in 1942 Commander of 29th Independent Infantry Brigade Group which was the landing force of Force 121 for Operation Ironclad, the seizure of Vichy French ports and airfields in the Indian Ocean, notably Madagascar.

In November 1942 he took command of 36th Division, which was the only all British Division in Field Marshal Slim’s 14th Army, all the other Divisions were largely drawn from the Indian Army which included 29th Infantry Brigade, and at the beginning of 1944 led it in the final stages of the Arakan offensive of the Burma Campaign.

In mid-1944 the division moved to Northern Burma as part of the US led Northern Combat Area Command before rejoining 14th Army. Festing had a reputation as a front line soldier and on 29 October 1944 he personally led the advance platoon of the 36th British Division into Mawlu.

He was Commander of British Forces in Hong Kong between 1945 and 1946, and again from June to September in 1949. He became General Officer Commanding British Troops in Egypt in 1952, General Officer Commanding Eastern Command in 1945 and Commander-in-Chief Far East Land Forces in 1956. From 1958 to 1961 he was Chief of the Imperial General staff.

Patrick Hawes, Head of Sporting Guns at Bonhams, comments: “This is a fine example of a very rare Boss hammer gun and together with the provenance it’s a very collectable gun.

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Bonhams announces inaugural auction at the 2015 Goodwood Members Meeting

Bonhams annuncia la prima asta mai tenuta al “Goodwood Members Meeting“. Previsto per Sabato 21 marzo, l’evento completa il trio di aste Bonhams tenute a Goodwood, Chichester. Dopo aver gareggiato ai Members Meetings negli anni ‘50, la Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupé del 1955 che fu di Mrs.Kitty Maurice è anche l’ultima ad aver gareggiato alla 24 ore di Le Mans. La vettura è stimata a £ 600,000-700,000.

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La vendita sarà la terza asta Bonhams tenuta a Goodwood, a fianco dell’annuale “Festival of Speed Sale” (26 giugno 2015) e la “Goodwood Revival Sale” (12 settembre 2015). James Knight, International Motoring Director per Bonhams, ha detto: ”Questa asta chiude il nostro trio di vendite in questa famosa località per l’automobilismo.

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La data è perfetta e completa una stagione ricca di automobilismo sia ricreativo che competitivo per l’anno a venire. Si tratta di una rievocazione favolosa che fa rivivere i gloriosi anni di Goodwood, inoltre offre la cornice ideale per un asta Bonhams. Siamo già pronti a ricevere le prenotazioni per questa asta e non vediamo l’ora di presentare ai nostri clienti oggetti eccezionali”.

Il Goodwood Members Meeting, è stato pensato da Lord March per ricreare l’atmosfera e il cameratismo degli originali BARC (British Automobile Racing Club) Members Meeting organizzati al Goodwood Motor Circuit tra il 1949 e il 1966.

Situato nel Chicane Paddock all’interno del circuito, l’asta sarà trasmessa in diretta on-line sul sito bonhams.com , e sarà caratterizzata da più di 50 vetture d’epoca  sportive e da turismo.

“Bonhams è un partner leale di Goodwood fin dalla prima edizione del Festival of Speed nel 1993 e la decisione di organizzare un’asta in occasione del 73° Members’ Meeting per completare i Festival of Speed and Revival sales è una testimonianza del valore della nostra associazione”, ha detto Lord March, e ha aggiunto, “Sono sicuro sarà un altro grande successo.”

By Andrea Foffi e Manuel Galvez

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Scheduled for Saturday 21 March, the sale completes the trio of Bonhams auctions held at Goodwood, Chichester

Having raced at Members’ Meetings in period (1950s), the ex-Kitty Maurice 1955 Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupé is also the last Frazer Nash to have competed in period at the Le Mans 24-Hours Endurance Race. It is an early high profile consignment to the Bonhams’ sale with an estimate of £600,000-700,000. In 2015 Bonhams will host the first ever classic car auction at Goodwood Members’ Meeting.

Held on 21 March, the newly announced Sale will be the third Bonhams auction hosted at Goodwood, alongside the annual Festival of Speed Sale (26 June 2015) and the Goodwood Revival Sale (12 September 2015). Leading the auction is the ex-Kitty Maurice 1955 Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupé. Spotted racing at several Members’ Meetings in period, the beautiful Sea Green coupé is offered at Bonhams inaugural Members’ Meeting auction with an estimate of £600,000-700,000. Ordered new by a Mrs. Kitty Maurice of Castle Combe, Wiltshire, in April 1955, the car travelled to France for the famous Le Mans 24-hour in June of that year, acting as support vehicle for AFN (Archibald Frazer-Nash) entries.

The cars second and final appearance at Le Mans was under the ownership of John Dashwood. Alongside Bill Wilks, Dashwood managed the car for three hours of the race until he slid into a sandbank at Arnage due to fading breaks.

“Bonhams auction at the Goodwood Members’ Meeting completes our trio of sales at this famous motoring location. The timing is perfect, allowing buyers a full season of recreational or competitive motoring for the year ahead. The Members’ Meeting is a fantastically revived re-enactment of Goodwood race meetings from yesteryear, and provides the perfect backdrop for a Bonhams auction,” said James Knight, Bonhams International Motoring Director, adding, “Consignments are now being accepted for this newly established sale, and we look forward to presenting our customers with some exceptional entries.”

The Goodwood Members’ Meeting is a new style of motor racing event, conceived by Lord March to recreate the atmosphere and camaraderie of the original BARC (British Automobile Racing Club) Members’ Meetings held ‘in period’ at Goodwood Motor Circuit  from 1949-1966. Located at the Chicane Paddock within the motor circuit, the auction will be streamed live online via the Bonhams website, and will feature over 50 sports, touring and classic motor cars.

“Bonhams has been a loyal partner of Goodwood ever since the first Festival of Speed in 1993 and the decision to hold an auction at the 73rd Members’ Meeting to complement the annual Festival of Speed and Revival sales is a testament to the value of our association,” said Lord March. “I’m sure the Members’ Meeting sale, which is sure to include some stunning historic cars, will be another huge success.”

Bonhams Members’ Meeting sale will take place at Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester, on Saturday 21 March 2015. Entry to Bonhams auction is permitted by catalogue only, to order a catalogue please visit: https://www.bonhams.com/departments/MOT-CAR/

For entry to the 73rd Goodwood Members’ Meeting please visit: https://grrc.goodwood.com/section/members-meeting-73/

By Andrea Foffi e Manuel Galvez

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Porsche 964 Speedster: a caccia del mito

Quando negli anni ’50 l’importatore americano della Porsche Max Hoffmann, assoluta autorità cui i vertici Porsche tenevano particolarmente, chiese per il mercato USA una versione della 356 Cabriolet più leggera e anche più economica che potesse passare dalle strade cittadine ai circuiti improvvisati dove spesso in quegli anni ci si vedeva per delle corse nel week end, nessuno si aspettava la nascita di un mito: la Porsche Speedster.

Il mito fu incensato dalle dichiarazioni amorose di personaggi del calibro di James Dean che poi, passato alla 550 Spider, ci lasciò per sempre in uno schianto fatale. La 356 speedster aveva un parabrezza molto basso e una capote Molto più sottile per ridurre il peso ma anche così fragile da Da temere di romperla nell’utilizzarla. Sembra che i concessionari Porsche augurassero ai nuovi utilizzatori della Speedster grandi giornate di sole…

 

A quasi trent’anni di distanza nel 1983, partendo dalla Carrera cabriolet, la Porsche realizzò una nuova versione della mitica Speedster. Caratterizzata dal solito parabrezza basso, dai vetri laterali amovibili e dalle portiere molto leggere essendo state private dei meccanismi di movimento dei cristalli. Naturalmente, come la progenitrice, erano assenti i sedili posteriori e la voluminosa capote. Anche questa ovviamente concepita quasi esclusivamente per il mercato americano. La cosa curiosa però è che questo progetto rimase chiuso in un cassetto per quattro anni. Tenuto al riparo dalle indiscrezioni fino a quando la situazione monetaria internazionale si ristabilì, un prototipo della Speedster riemerse in tempo per essere presentata al salone di Francoforte nel 1987. Dal 1988 entrò in produzione e nel 1993 partirà una seconda serie. La produzione prevedeva due versioni, la normale e la “turbo look”, il motore è un 3,2 lt da 231 cavalli che poteva spingere l’auto fino a 245 km/h.

La più richiesta e di conseguenza quella con i più esemplari prodotti, fu la Turbo Look realizzata in 1910 esemplari contro i 190 della normale. Oggi sul mercato collezionistico è la versione normale ad aver acquisito un valore maggiore, ovviamente a causa della sua maggiore rarità. Guardando oggi una turbo look della prima generazione, si rimane affascinati dai cerchi classici e cinque razze e dai paraurti con le protezioni in gomma adottati sulle Carrera sin dal lontano 1973. Anche l’esperienza di guida è più coinvolgente rispetto alla Carrera, in quanto la scocca più rigida e la minore protezione aerodinamica regalano sensazioni indimenticabili. Anche questa edizione come quella degli anni ’50 vuole essere utilizzata nelle giornate di sole; la difficile impresa cui si è costretti per sfoderare la capote non ripaga il conducente dalle infiltrazioni d’acqua sempre possibili in un auto come questa.

Nel 1993 venne inaugurata la seconda serie (964 Speedster), quasi tutta in versione stretta (normale). Inutile sottolineare che sono tutti andati esauriti immediatamente. La differenza con la prima serie è rappresentata principalmente dal servosterzo e dagli alzacristalli elettrici che aggiungono un po’ di confort al guidatore. Il motore però è un favoloso 6 cilindri 3.6 litri per 250 cavalli e 260 km/h di velocità massima. Il cambio è manuale ma era disponibile anche il Tiptronic. Più che mai in questa seconda versione, la Speedster resta un purosangue ma più facile da domare. Solo 936 esemplari di questa supercar sono stati venduti al mondo di cui 427 negli Stati Uniti, inutile dire che il suo prezzo sia destinato sicuramente a salire…

Meridianae ringrazia per la gentile collaborazione il Dott. Massimo Razzano M. D.

Porsche 964 Speedster: Chasing the myth

When in the 50s, the American Porsche importer Max Hoffmann, (Porsche absolute authority to which the company care particularly) asked for the American market a version of the 356 Cabriolet lighter and also cheaper that could move from city streets to the circuits where people often improvised races over the weekend, no one was expecting the birth of a myth: the Porsche Speedster.

The myth was incensed by the amorous declarations of people like of James Dean who, on a 550 Spider, left us forever in a fatal crash. The 356 speedster had a very low windshield and hood much thinner to reduce weight but also so fragile as to be feared to break in using it. It seems that dealers wanted for new owners great days of sun …

Almost thirty years later, in 1983, starting with the Carrera Cabriolet, Porsche created a new version of the legendary Speedster. Usually characterized by low windshield, side windows removable from the doors very light having been deprived of the movement mechanisms of the crystals. Of course, as the progenitor, were absent from the rear seats and the voluminous hood. Although this is obviously designed almost exclusively for the American market. The curiously, however, is that this project was closed in a drawer for four years. Taking away the rumors until the international monetary situation was restored, a prototype of the Speedster re-emerged in time to be presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1987. Since 1988 started the production and in 1993 will start a second series. The production included two versions, the regular and the “turbo look”, the engine is a 3.2 liter 231 horsepower that could push the car up to 245 km / h.

The most popular and therefore the one with the most pieces produced, it was the Turbo Look realized in 1910 compared with 190 of the regular (narrow). Today on the collectors’ market is the regular version to have acquired a greater value, obviously because of its greater rarity. Looking today a turbo look of the first generation, you will be fascinated by the classic five-spoke wheels and bumpers with rubber protectors on the Carrera adopted as far back as 1973. Even the driving experience is more engaging than the Carrera, thanks to the stiffer body and less wind protection offer unforgettable sensations. This edition like the 50’s meant to be used on sunny days; the difficult task which you are forced to pull off the hood does not pay the driver from water seepage always possible in a car like this.

In 1993 was inaugurated the second series (964 Speedster), almost all in the narrow version (normal). Needless to say, they are all sold out immediately. The difference with the first series is represented mainly by the power steering and electric windows that add a bit ‘of comfort to the driver. The engine, however, is a fabulous 6-cylinder 3.6-liter 250-horsepower and 260 km / h top speed. The transmission is manual but it was also available Tiptronic. More than ever in this second version, the Speedster is a thoroughbred but easier to tame. Only 936 units of this supercar were sold to the world and only 427 in the United States, needless to say that it’s price is surely destined to rise…

Acknoledgments: Massimo Razzano, M. D.

Cosa rende Roger Federer così speciale

Siamo a fine giugno e come di consueto questo è il periodo in cui il mondo del Tennis si ferma ad ammirare la sfilata di campioni che si contendono il più prestigioso torneo del mondo: Wimbledon. Tutti coloro che amano il Tennis sognano di poter calcare almeno una volta nella vita quei meravigliosi campi. L’atmosfera unica, quel campo storico teatro di sfide leggendarie e quell’odore inconfondibile di erba appena rasata che solo chi ha avuto il privilegio di viverlo può descrivere. Tutto questo e molto altro alimenta ogni anno il mito centenario del torneo londinese e chi oggi meglio veste i panni di ambasciatore è Roger Federer. Rolex, da sempre l’orologio ufficiale del torneo, ha scelto da anni il campione come uomo immagine. Stile, classe, resistenza al passare del tempo. Un binomio veramente inscindibile.

Ma cosa dicono di lui campioni come Rod Laver e Chris Evert…

“Non si scompone. Ha un tempismo perfetto. I suoi record dicono tutto. Ha vinto più Major in assoluto. È eccezionale. Ha talento, genialità e un tocco magico. Padroneggia tutti i colpi. Calmo, padrone di sé, concentrato. Nulla lo turba. Gioca sempre d’anticipo, istintivamente. Il suo gioco e il suo carattere ti fanno tifare per lui. Un grande atleta e un gran signore. Vince con classe ed eleganza. Regala momenti di puro spettacolo. Mai visto nessuno così. È speciale.”

Come il suo orologio.

 

We are at the end of June and as usual this is the period in which the world of Tennis stops to admire the parade of champions vie for the most prestigious tournament in the world, Wimbledon. All those who love the tennis dream of being able to scale at least once in your life those wonderful fields. The unique atmosphere, the historical field of theater challenges the legendary and unmistakable smell of grass just shaved that only those who had the privilege of living it can describe. All this and much more is fueling the myth centenary year of the tournament in London and who better today plays the role of ambassador is Roger Federer. Rolex has always been the official watch of the tournament, chose the sample for years as a man image. Style, class, resistance to the passage of time. A combination really inseparable.

But what people say about him samples as Rod Laver and Chris Evert …

“It breaks down. Has perfect timing. His record says it all. Has won more Major ever.’s Great. Has talent, genius and a magical touch. Wield all the shots. Calm, self-possessed, focused. Nothing the disturbs. Play always in advance, instinctively. his game and his character make you cheer for him. a great athlete and a great gentleman. Vince with class and elegance. Delivers moments of pure entertainment. never seen anyone like that.’s special . ”

Like his watch.