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KW @Goodwood Revival 2017

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After a year of absence, the Brooklands Trophy for Sports Cars prior to 1939 was again scheduled for this years Goodwood Revival. Although the success from 2012 – when Max drove our 8C Monza from Germany to Goodwood on the road, won a very close race against a Talbot, drove it back again and therefore rightfully was awarded “Driver of the meeting” – would not be repeatable, we still happily accepted the invitation by Lord March to bring the winner of the Sweden Grand Prix 1933 back to West Sussex.

In the very slippery qualifying on Friday, Moritz secured the sixth best time out of 31 cars announced for the race on Sunday morning, with a Bentley, a Mercedes SSKL, an Aston Martin Brooklands, another Alfa Romeo 8C Monza and the loony Frazer-Nash of Patrick Blakeney-Edwards in front of him.

On Sunday morning it was an early wake-up call for the team as the Brooklands Trophy was the first race of the day. Right from the start, the Monza was afflicted by misfires and therefore only a fraction of the power was available and a couple of cars passed Moritz on the first lap. The attempts to keep the fuel pressure up, unfortunately, did not help to stop misfires. Moritz, regrettably, had to retire the car on the third lap of the race. The inspection in the following week showed that a faulty ignition coil had caused the problem.

Due to splendid driving and a bit of luck with some other cars at the front retiring, young Austrian Niklas Halusa won the race in an Alfa Romeo 8C MM Zagato Spider.

For the 20th time already Lord March showed, that the Revival is rightfully the best event in the vintage racing world. The battles on the track were, as always, great entertainment especially in the closely fought touring car and GT races. Despite the dreadful weather the crowd seemed to fully enjoy the spectacle and the “magical step back in time”. For the future, we hope that the owners of the great original cars are still willing to bring them to Goodwood since the density of replicas racing at Goodwood has noticeably increased in recent years.

Images by www.ultimatecarpage.com and S. Werner

KW Test Day @Goodwood

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End of August we held our first Test Day at the Goodwood Motor Circuit. The participants brought some beautiful historic cars including two Alfa Romeo 8C Monzas, an Alfa Romeo P3, an Alfa Romeo Giulietta, a Maserati 250F, a Maserati Tipo 63 “Birdcage” and a Scarab Chevrolet. Despite a very rainy day the drivers and cars performed very well, due to their meticulous preparation by the supporting teams.

Please also check out the onboard video of a lap in our Monza recorded the same day.

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Review Retromobile 2016

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After a year of absence, KW Autos returned to Paris for 2016 and brought an interesting mixture of highly collectible historic and racing cars.

The oldest of the displayed cars was the SWB California Spyder with covered headlights and beautiful original condition. The first owner of the car was a Swiss hobby racer who frequently and successfully used the 1961 Spyder for hill climb events in Switzerland. Originally being painted dark red, the color was changed to silver-gray metallic in the 90s. However, the body remains undamaged and unrestored. Also, the interior still holds 90% of its original leather and components, which can be clearly seen by looking at the beautiful patina.

Since Max started his historic racing career in an Alfa Giulia Sprint GTA some 15 years ago, it was a real pleasure to have one the best examples on our stand this year. The Autodelta works car has ultra rare aluminum floors, which only the earliest cars had for extra lightness. The GTA has a very fine Palmares winning a lot of international races, which is documented in a huge collection of historic files and photographs. Although the GTA has driven races for more than five seasons, the car never has experienced any severe accidents and therefore has a very original body, which is almost impossible to find on other cars with similar racing history.

Another highly collectible car we brought to Paris this year is the Maserati Barchetta. Purposely built for the „Grantrofeo Monomarca Barchetta Maserati“ the gentlemen drivers car can still today hold up with the quickest sports cars. With more than 300 hp and about 900 kg, it has a better power-to-weight ration than a modern 911 Turbo. The car is beautifully built around an aluminum monocoque with aluminum, GFK/CFK sandwich body panels but has a modern engine and suspension technology, which is easily serviced. Since only 17 cars were built at the beginning of the 90s, the display on our stand was a very rare occasion to take a look at the details of this ultra light sports car.

The other sports prototype we brought is even more unique. The car had never been shown to the public after its last race at Le Mans in 2000. The BMW V12 LM is the only existing 1998 BMW sports prototype still in its original state. The sister car was heavily modified after its career at „La Sarthe”. The car has the same 6-liter V12 engine as the famous McLaren F1. The BMW V12 LM started out as a works car in 1998 but was used by a privateer team at the 24h of Le Mans in the following two years. In 1999 the car became 5th, which at the same time meant most successful non-works car.

Most modern vehicle at our stand was the Renault R25 F1 car. The chassis was used as a test car throughout the 2005 season when Fernando Alonso became World Champion in the same car for the first time after Michael Schumacher’s dominant Ferrari era. The car is the last of the „real“ Formula 1 cars since it has a screaming 3 liter V10 engine producing way beyond 900 hp at 19.250 rpm. Usually impossible to purchase similar cars, the owner has been very lucky to not only have acquired the car on our stand but also the Australian Grand Prix winner of the same type.

Retromobile 2016 has again proofed to be the most important fair for historic and racing cars in Europe. It has been a real pleasure for us to have been surrounded by a great gathering of high-quality cars – especially quite a few in stunning unrestored condition. Additionally, the historic car world has been able to witness the auction of one of the most beautiful and most important Ferrari works racing cars of the 1950s. We are already looking forward to coming back with some exciting cars in 2017.

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