Photo Album: Luxury Supercar & Concours d’Elegance Weekend – Vancouver 2012

September 11, 2012

This past weekend (Sept. 8th and 9th) marked the third annual Luxury Supercar & Concours d’Elegance Weekend, held on the grounds of the beautiful Van Dusen Gardens in the Shaughnessy region of Vancouver, British Columbia.

The size of the show this year nearly doubled in comparison to the previous year and, it must be said, the thought given towards the layout, open-space and ambiance of the swooping lawns of Van Dusen in displaying these vehicular beauties was an appreciated improvement over any other car-show I’ve ever attended at the historical garden. Well done, organizer(s)… 😉

For this year’s event, special attention was given towards celebrating certain themes. Among those were: 50 years of James Bond cars, Classic Supercars, the 60th Anniversary of Porsche in North America, 50 years of Shelby cars, Mercedes-Benz roadsters, classic Italian motorbikes and (almost) 100 years of Aston Martin.

The weekend culminated with the Shaughnessy Concours d’Elegance, awarding trophies on Sunday to the Best In Class. And Sunday was my chosen day for attending the event, seeing as how the Saturday was absolutely jam-packed with loads of people at the event during one of our last days of blistering Summer-y sunshine before Autumn announces its arrival.

This turned out to be a smart decision on my part, as Sunday was forecasted with overcast skies and a noticeable cooling in temperatures. Less people and less sunshine = a more comfortable and relaxed viewing (and photographical) experience all around.

Some notable cars in attendance were the new 2013 Aston Martin Vanquish, the 1933 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 by Figoni, the 1951 Ferrari 212 Export Vignale Coupe (stunning), the return of the 1967 Toyota 2000GT (the only one in Canada), the Ferrari F40 and Enzo supercar, the wide assortment of Lamborghinis both old and new, the army of Shelby Mustangs, the 4 (or was it 5 ?) McLaren MP4-12C’s in varying trim and colour packages, the Mercedes/Mclaren SLR 722, the Spyker C8, the 1947 Humber Sedanca D’Ville (owned by King George VI)… and so on…

It goes without saying that this was one of, if not THE, most extraordinary vehicular event this fair, west-coast city has ever laid host to… So without further ado, let’s allow the photos to illustrate the extravagance and automotive rarities that were bestowed upon our region for one fine weekend in September… Hope you enjoy the photos.

-Words and Photography: Blake J.

Lamborghini Aventador J: Photo Album (and video) Of The Mad Roadster Hypercar

March 7, 2012

Lamborghini graced the 2012 Geneva Motor Show by presenting a striking one-off Roadster interpretation of their Aventador Supercar. It was a secret best-kept in the finest of Motor Show traditions with its drop-jaw effectiveness basically outshining the debut of Ferrari’s most powerful road-car to date: The 740 bhp F12berlinetta.

So what exactly do we have here…? Essentially, this is Lamborghini displaying their rather unique utilization of carbon-fibre advancements within a bespoke Aventador chassis. Called the ‘J’, its name harkens back to the Miura Jota and (quite possibly) the FIA ‘appendix J’ guidelines for homologation classes and is a uniquely expensive way to achieve your driving thrills with the added bonus of various insects and road-debris ricocheting off your teeth and hair. It’s also comic-book insane… which is a very good thing.

To make up for the loss of bodywork, the Aventador’s carbon chassis has been extensively revised with loads of visible carbon bracing and carbon roll-over hoops. Understandably, the air-con has been ditched (why would you need it..?), as has the sat-nav to help reduce weight. F1-inspired aero nods embellish the front and rear sections while rather tasty carbon-fibre blades adorn the alluring wheel design. Oh, and I quite approve of the ‘upside-down’ rear wing as well…

The J retains the same 6.5L 700 bhp V12 of the standard Aventador yet we’re highly confident that the shocking performance will be greatly enhanced in the visceral sense. Interior-wise, Lamborghini has also displayed a patented new flexible ‘carbonskin’ material to adorn the fixed carbon seats – a material that Lamborghini claims will grace high-end clothing sometime in the near future – sounds geeky… I like that.

If you’d fancy getting your paws on the J, well… we’re sorry to report that it has already been sold. Price..? 2.1 million euros, plus taxes.

Rounding this off with an excellent on-the-podium, close-up view showing all of the mad details that imbue this one-off Aventador J. All I can say is, thank heavens for Lamborghini and their crazy automotive ways… We need more of that in this world.

-Blake J.

Video: The Sounds of 2011

December 27, 2011

Throughout this past year, there have been some heavily impressive creations within the exotic/sportscar realms. The Ferrari 458, the 997-series-ending Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0, the McLaren MP4-12C, the BMW 1M, the Mercedes C63 AMG, the Lamborghini Aventador… the list goes on.

Here we present you with a video compilation from YouTube user jorrie2 displaying the various new sounds of 2011 mixed with some tasty bits of the old….

The internal-combustion’ed high-performance engine shall never die…!

-Blake J.

Photo Album: Lamborghini Reventon meets Countach Turbo S

November 29, 2011

You may or may not have seen these pictures splashed out all over the internet already but we’re inclined to think that they deserve their own place here on AutoInjected. The uber-limited (and comically expensive) Reventon will probably need no introduction here but the rather sexy Countach Turbo S possibly does…

Lamborghini built two Countach Turbo S models back in 1984, one of which was a prototype. The prototype was destroyed so this lone example lives on. The performance figures are outrageous, especially for 1984: 5.2L V12 with twin-turbos (Garrett T4) with a power output anywhere between 550-750 bhp, depending on how far you turned up the excellent period-era boost knob.

Prepare to tie on a bib to aid in catching any residual drool…

So good...

In light of the final photo, I couldn’t possibly end this post without including the excellent intro to the 1981 Cannonball Run movie…

-Blake J.

The Forgotten First: 1964 Lamborghini 350GT

November 24, 2011

Ask any car enthusiast of any age what defines the iconic Lamborghini brand for them and they’ll undoubtedly mention the words Countach, Murcielago, V12 engines, Aventador, Raging Bulls, Gallardo, possibly Espada and most-likely Miura. But the very first lambo of them all…? Not a chance.

Which is a bit of a shame, really, as the very first Lamborghini road-car was an exquisitely-built machine that actually saw Ferrucio Lamborghini take a (in 1964 money) 1,000 GBP hit on each 350GT made. This loss was understandable though as Ferrucio insisted that his cars not be built down to a price, yet still undercutting the competition – namely another Italian sportscar manufacturer called Ferrari.

Yet, it was the legendary Maranello (Ferrari) concern that prompted Lamborghini to enter into sportscar production alongside his already-succesful line of Tractors in the first place. Story goes that Ferrucio visited the Ferrari factory back in the early 60’s with the intention of purchasing one of Maranello’s finest. But after being ignored, shuffled about and generally treated disrespecfully on that initial visit, Ferrucio walked away with his pride damaged and a deeply-seated resolve to become a producer of exciting sportscars to outshine Ferrari.

Also, one can’t help thinking that having your name emblazoned across a sexy and largely capable V12’d supercar was probably far more gratifying  and prestigious than on a Farming vehicle…

Whatever his reasoning, 1963 saw Lamborghini introduce the striking 350GTV Prototype at the Turin Salon to rousing fanfare. The following year (after some notable styling revisions and a detuned engine) the 350GT entered into production with Carrozzeria Touring implementing its impressive ‘Superleggera’ (Superlight) methods of aluminium-body construction.

The stunning 350GTV Prototype

Lamborghini’s very first car is sometimes seen as a slight mish-mash of curves and challenging angles, but the end result was nontheless captivating. Reports from the day focus on the excellent handling, performance and build-quality of the 350GT and routinely tout it as one of the best GT cars of the 1960’s. All of this positive press wasn’t enough for Ferrucio to lose a hefty sum on each one made though, as his insistence to produce a vehicle of exquisite quality adorned with high-end build techniques came with the underlining mantra of securing his reputation as a future force to be reckoned with.

Again, the beautiful 350GTV Prototype

Overall weight was kept down to 1450 kg and power came from an all-aluminium 3.5L V12 mated to a robust 5-speed German ZF gearbox chucking out 270 bhp, enabling 60 mph to emerge from 0 in just 6.5 seconds… That’s pretty brisk for a well-appointed and beautifully-built GT car from 1964. Full 350GT production topped out at just 135 units being made.

The updated 400GT was introduced a year later in ’66 and used mostly steel-bodied construction along with an enlarged V12 lump (upped to 4L) relinquishing 320 bhp. There were some minor styling changes infused as well – most noteworthy being the quad-headlamp setup. Only 23 of these were made. There was also an unconventionally attractive 2+2 steel-bodied version of the 400GT which accounted for 247 examples built until up to 1968.

The updated 400GT

With barely 3 years under its belt as a vehicle manufacturer, Lamborghini unveiled the stunningly beautiful Miura in 1966. It goes without saying that all eyes (and hearts) were blown away and rather transfixed on this striking new Supercar from the barely-broken-in Lamborghini. The 350GT/400GT became the Islero in 1968 and eventually morphed into the Jarama (from ’70-’76) but as the world (mostly young men and famous folk) fell in love with the lovely Miura, the somewhat forgotten GT car that started it all gracefully slid into the history books (and relative obscurity) as simply just that – the car that started it all.

The 350GT was an uncompromising first effort from a man empassioned by style, pace and beauty. It was also his best. The sheer attention to detail graced upon each of the 135 cars made prompted other European manufacturers to take notice as well. It also raised the bar and established Ferrucio Lamborghini in the burgeoning automotive world he so dearly dreamt of makng his mark in.

-Blake J.

Video: When CBS ’60 Minutes’ visited Lamborghini in 1987

October 19, 2011

When CBS sent their New York ’60 Minutes’ TV crew to Sant’Agata, Italy in 1987* to gain an intimate look at the Lamborghini Countach and the factory where it’s built by hand, they probably hadn’t guessed that a certain (then young looking) Valentino Balboni would be launching the grey-suited Morley Safer sourpuss up to 180 mph on public Italian roads… or maybe they did. Either way, it made for a fantastic piece.

Watching this rather refreshingly un-PC 2-part video again, you’re reminded of a time when Italian supercars were constructed and driven by home-bred passion, were dangerous and imbued with near-zero practicality. Just listening to the Marketing Director comparing a white Countach to a virgin, a red one to a mature woman, a black one to a woman of intrigue… People would lose their minds nowadays if a major carmaker uttered something remotely similar in comparison.

It’s also worth noting that Lamborghini didn’t have a swanky test-track to hone the details of their cars on either – Balboni and the army of engineers/test-drivers conducted all testing on the public roads… Brilliantly insane.

So sit back, pour up a cuppa and enjoy the excellent onboard footage and sounds of Countaches being flung sideways through small towns and negotiating the mother-of-all-overtakes at speeds that would surely land you in jail these days… Great nostalgic fun…!

-Blake J.

*Despite what the video reads at the beginning, this segment originally aired in 1987.

Part 1

Part 2

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