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How did a Ferrari 250 GTO fetch $70 million?

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How did a Ferrari 250 GTO fetch $70 million?

Newspaper headlines expressed astonishment recently when a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO (chassis number 4153 GT) changed hands for $70 million. This mind-boggling sum, equivalent to about £52.3m, is the highest price ever fetched by a car - but why? To begin to answer this, it’s worth recalling that several other 250 GTOs have also commanded huge amounts of money in recent years. These set a benchmark which influenced the amount the buyer of 4153 GT, American entrepreneur and WeatherTech founder David MacNeil, was prepared to pay. The first monumental price realised by a GTO was at Bonhams’ Quail Lodge Auction in...

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Book signings at XK70

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Book signings at XK70

The event saw the launch of a brand-new venture for us – our first children’s book. There were also plenty of book signing sessions with some of our authors.

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First Lady of F1 Dies at 91

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First Lady of F1 Dies at 91

I was very sad to hear that Bette Hill, Graham Hill's widow and Damon's mother has died. It was in 2006 that Bette acquired a copy of the first Scrapbook I wrote with Stirling Moss, the very first book that Porter Press published. Bette contacted me and said she had all Graham's old scrapbooks and would I be interested in doing something similar. Stirling was my childhood hero and when he sadly retired, Hill became the driver I supported. So, I was overjoyed to write the Graham Hill Scrapbook, and honoured when Damon Hill penned the foreword and signed the...

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Let's not forget Stirling Moss was also a star of the stage

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Let's not forget Stirling Moss was also a star of the stage

Stirling Moss, rally driver. That’s not a phrase you’ll find easily, if at all, in recent media reports announcing the retirement from public life of our favourite English knight. Yet any pieced-together picture of Stirling’s career must show rallying for the jigsaw to be complete. News stories of Stirling’s retirement have contained accolades aplenty for the best Formula 1 driver never to win the World Championship, scoring 16 Grand Prix victories from 66 starts. Praise for his giant-slaying victory in the 1961 Monaco and German Grands Prix, peddling a privateer Lotus 18 so hard it defeated the factory-entered ‘shark-nose’ Ferraris....

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Sir Stirling Moss retires after seven decades of public life

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Sir Stirling Moss retires after seven decades of public life

  I have just heard the news that Sir Stirling has decided to fully retire. My immediate reaction is that few people, if anyone ever, have deserved retirement more than Stirling. Full of energy until his illness a year ago, he has rarely relaxed for more than a few minutes. Even in his 80s, he would be emailing at six in the morning and still at his desk at seven in the evening. I had the great honour to write four books with Stirling and we became close friends. Spending time with him only enhanced my admiration and adoration for...

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