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Supercar Classic Show at Blenheim Palace 2017

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This years Supercar Classic show was an awesome event, the turnout was once again incredible boasting some very desirable and rare supercars from around Europe. The weather none the less was typical of an unpredictable rainy September Sunday, but through the gloomy weather we saw some award winning hypercars.

 

If you love supercars make sure you attend the show in 2018, its definitely a supercar highlight for the year, see https://www.blenheimclassicsupercar.com for more info.

 

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Feature – Matteo Cressoni

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This weeks featured millionaire is Matteo Cressoni,

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Matteo Cressoni was born in Volta Mantovana (Mantua, Italy) on October 28th 1984. His father Giancarlo, a great lover of engines and karts, transmits soon this passion to his son.

Matteo cultivates the love for the four wheels since the age of 10, competing in various go-kart categories of national and international championships.

In 2001, not yet seventeenth, Matteo takes the big jump: he starts racing in Formula cars, initially in Formula Renault 2000, then in Formula 3000 and finally in Formula 3, where he wins the Italian Championship in 2004.

Winning the Italian title gives Matteo the deserved visibility and in 2005 he enters the orbit of Ferrari: here, with the team BMS Scuderia Italia he races the LMES European Championship and, on a Ferrari 550 GT1, he closes the season as Vice Champion.

The Italian driver takes part in many National and International championships with GT racing cars (not only with Ferrari but also with Porsche, Lamborghini, BMW, Jaguar) reaching very often ambitious results.

In 2007 Audi remarks his talent and convenes Cressoni for a test in Almeria (Spain) with an A4 DTM: impressed by his lap times, Audi decides to engage him at the Okayama race of the Asian Le Mans Series championship with a R10 TDI prototype, where he ends up in fourth position. Since 2012, and until today, Matteo “specializes” in endurance races with GT cars, competing in many 24 and 12 hours races in the most famous and insidious circuits in the world: Le Mans, Nurburgring, Spa, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Daytona, Brno and many others.

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See some of Matteos record below

1992/2000 Go-kart: 20 victories in the National Championships, 3rd classi ed in the International Championship
2001 Formula Renault 2000 (System Team): 19th classi ed out on 50 participants, 6th place at the International Finals
2002 Formula Renault 2000 (Bicar Racing): 18th classi ed
2003 Italian Formula 3 Championship (WRC Racing Team): 4 races, two 4th places
2003 Formula 3000 Championship (Traini Corse): 1 race in Brno, 4th place
2004 Italian Formula 3 Championship (Team Ombra): ITALIAN CHAMPION (two victories, ve 2nd places, a 3rd place)
2005 Le Mans Endurance Series(BMS Scuderia Italia–Ferrari 550 GT1): VICE CHAMPION(1st place in Spa, three 2nd places)
2006 European Formula 3000 Championship (Team Vanni Racing): a 2nd place and a 3rd place
2006 European GT Championship (Team Edil Cris – Ferrari 430 GT2): a victory and two 3rd places 2007 FIA GT Championship (Team Edil Cris – Ferrari 430 GT2): 8th classi ed (a 3rd place)
2007 Italian GT Championship (Team Edil Cris – Ferrari 430 GT2): 2 races (a victory and a 3rd place) 2008 European GT Championship (Team Edil Cris – Ferrari 430 GT2): 8th classi ed (a pole position and two 3rd places)
2008 Audi DTM Of cial Test (Almeria/Spain – Audi A4 DTM): 1st CLASSIFIED
2009 International GT Open (Team Sun Red – Sun Red SR1): 2 races
2009 Italian GT Championship (Team Edil Cris – Ferrari 430 GT2): two 2nd places and two 3rd places 2009 Italian GT Championship (Team Mik Corse – Lamborghini Gallardo GT3): one race in Monza, 1st PLACE
2009 East Europe GT Championship (Team No Stress–Ferrari 430 GT2): 3rd classi ed (three pole positions, two victories, a 2nd place)
2009 Asian Le Mans Series (Team Kolles – Audi R10 TDI): one race in Okayama (Japan), 4th place 2010 International Superstar Series (Team MRT – Chrysler and Team Ferlito – Jaguar): a 4th place 2011 International GT Sprint (Team Edil Cris – Ferrari 430 GT2): GTS2 CHAMPION, three 1st places and a 2nd place
2011 Cellular Line G50 Cup Trophy – Motor Show Bologna (Nova Race –Ginetta G50 GT4): 2nd classi ed
2011 International GT Open (Team Edil Cris – Ferrari 458 GT2): one race in Red Bull Ring (Austria), 2nd place
2011 Italian GT Championship (Nova Race – Ginetta G50 GT4): two races, two 1st places
2011 Dunlop 24H Dubai (Nova Race – Ginetta G50 GT4/SP10): 4th place
2012 ADAC Zurich 24H Nurburgring (Nova Race – Ginetta G50 GT4/SP10): 8th place
2012 VLN 4H Nurburgring (Nova Race – Ginetta G50 GT4/SP10): 3rd place
2012 Ginetta G50 Cup (Nova Race–Ginetta G50 GT4): CHAMPION, ve victories, four 2nd places, a 3rd place
2012 Swedish GT Championship (Team Autoropa – Ferrari 458 Challenge): 1 race in Anderstorp, 2nd place
2012 FIA GT1 World Championship (Sun Red – Ford GT GT2): ve races, a 6th place 2012 Bamboogie GT Challenge –MotorShow Bologna (Antonelli Motorsport –Porsche RSR GT3): 5th classi ed
2012 Gulf 12H Abu Dhabi (Nova Race – Ginetta G50 GT4/GTX): 1st CLASSIFIED
2013 Dunlop 24H Dubai (Nova Race – Ginetta G50 GT4/SP10): withdrawal (technical failure)
2013 Blancpain Endurance Series (Vita4One – BMW Z4 GT3): one race in Monza, withdrawal (technical failure)
2013 ADAC Zurich 24H Nurburgring (Nova Race – Ginetta G50 GT4/SP10): 2nd place
2013 Hankook 24H Barcelona (Nova Race – Ginetta G50 GT4/SP3): 1st CLASSIFIED
2013 International GT Open (Team X Drive – Porsche 911 GT2): one race in Monza, withdrawal (technical failure)
2013 Gulf 12H Abu Dhabi (Nova Race – Ginetta G50 GT4/GTX): 1st CLASSIFIED
2014 ELMS European Le Mans Series (Team Kessel – Ferrari 458 GT2/GTE): four races, two 2nd places 2014 Hankook 24H Barcelona (Nova Race – Ginetta G50 GT4/SP3): 1st CLASSIFIED
2014 WEC World Endurance Championship (8 Star Motorsport–Ferrari 458 GT2/AM): three races, a 3rd place
2015 Hankook 24H Dubai (Nova Race – Ginetta G50 GT4/SP10): withdrawal (technical failure)
2015 ELMS European Le Mans Series (AF Corse – Ferrari 458 GT2/GTE): a 3rd place in Red Bull Ring (Austria)
2015 WEC 24H Le Mans (AF Corse – Ferrari 458 GT2/AM): 5th classi ed
2015 TUSC Petit Le Mans USA (Scuderia Corsa – Ferrari 458 GT3/GTD): 6th classi ed
2015 Hankook 12H Brno (RPD Racing – Ferrari 458 Challenge/SP2): 1st CLASSIFIED
2015 WEC World Endurance Championship (AF Corse – Ferrari 458 GT2/AM): one race, a 4th place 2016 – 24h Daytona su Ferrari 458 GT3
– 12h Sebring su Ferrari 458 GT3
– GT3 Le Mans cup con Ferrari 458 GT3

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Mercedes X Class

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The new X-Class series has a domineering 1920mm x 5340mm body using an all-wheel drive (AWD) system. The vehicle has four engine offerings: two four-cylinder diesels, a four-cylinder gas engine, and a V6 diesel.

It’ll also be offered in both rear and all-wheel drive with a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed automatic, respectively. The Mercedes-Benz X-Class will be available in three variants: The PURE basic variant for classic robust use, PROGRESSIVE for a higher quality feel and comfort, and POWER as the high-end variant for urban lifestyles. The vehicle is also capable of carrying cargo up to 1.1 tons with a drag force of 3.5 tons. The X-Class has a more luxurious interior compared to its G-Class wagon, flaunting a wide and open feel, including a freestanding central 8.4-inch display, in conjunction with the command online multimedia system.

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Bentley Continental GT Galene Edition

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I can already see Bentleys latest creation parked up at the docks of Monaco, Bentley‘s bespoke Mulliner division has teamed up with Britain-based Princess Yachts to create the Bentley Continental GT Galene Edition.

Inside the cabin, seating surfaces are covered in light-colored white and taupe, contrasted with caramel stitching and a bluish-gray dash. The steering wheel with paddle-shift gear selects invites an assured grip with increased storage

An eyeglasses case is embedded into the center tunnel that is lined with “Brunel”-colored ersatz-suede microfiber which matches the passenger-side dashboard. A hand-painted yacht illustration by Spanish artist Jaume Vilardell is placed on the fascia that reminds one of the nautical vibe.

To resemble the grandness of a yacht, Mulliner division has created a special open-pore wood for the Galene, a new pinstripe walnut trim that evokes a deck-design found on a yacht. The wood can also be seen lining the door sills and the entire floor of the trunk. On the glacier white exterior that is offset by a dash of blue trim and a dark blue convertible top, the model’s iconic grille has changed from gloss black to bright chrome. Instead of the massive 6.0-liter W-12 stablemates used in typical Continental GT Convertibles, the Galene is powered by the Audi-sourced 4.0 twin-turbo V-8.

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Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Speedster

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Having first unveiled the Volante toward the end of last year, British car manufacturer Aston Martin has now moved once again to extend its ever-growing Vanquish Zagatoaston-martin-extends-vanquish-zagat2 aston-martin-extends-vanquish-zagat1 family. Coming out this time with a double-header announcement, not only will the Vanquish Zagato Speedster officially make its way into production, but a new model — the Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake — will join it. Embodying opposite ends of the spectrum while both staying true to the Zagato philosophy, the Speedster and Shooting Brake respectively representing the unique exhilaration of a high-performance open-top sports car and a showcase for exactly what can be achieved with a practical GT when it comes to design.

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