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Rearview Mirror – August 2017 in pictures

Oh, how we love the summer here at Classic Driver. From the Silverstone Classic to Pebble Beach, these were the month’s key news stories, important events, and most beautiful productions from the month of August…

The month kicked off in spectacular fashion at the 2017 Silverstone Classic – the world’s largest historic motorsport event. 

We took La Principessa to the rooftop test track of Fiat’s former Lingotto plant, to find out how the ultra-streamlined speed machine cheated the wind and the crown. 

Ferrari only built six production versions of the Sergio concept, so you can imagine our amazement when this yellow example cropped up in the Classic Driver Market

To prove that the drive to Goodwood is enjoyable the whole year round, not just during the Festival of Speed or the Revival, we took a fabulous Morgan to Farmer, Butcher, Chef, for a nose-to-tail dining experience. 

It was only a matter of time before Singer Vehicle Design turned its renowned hands to the Porsche 911’s beating heart. And what’s more, it turned to Williams for help.

Three British motoring icons, a 1,200-mile journey and the prospect of non-stop rain throughout – what could possibly go wrong?

The XKSS and the XJ220 are two of Jaguar’s most significant cars, representing the very best of their respective eras. We jumped at the chance to ride shotgun in both at an airfield in Germany. 

The Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Nürburgring is Germany’s premier historic motorsport event, attracting a breadth of cars you’d be hard pushed to find anywhere else. 

His band might have sold more than 80 million records around the world, but Coldplay’s bassist Guy Berryman loves nothing more than to spend his downtime among his sensational collection of cars

In what was a welcome break from the social media onslaught from Monterey Car Week, Rémi Dargegen paid a visit to the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance – essentially, Pebble Beach, but for boats. 

The Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance allows entrants to the prestigious concours to prove that their cars are no trailer queens. Could this be the greatest moving motor show on earth? 

If anything, the Quail, A Motorsports Gathering is an even more exclusive affair than the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Do garden parties get any better?

During its flagship Pebble Beach sale, Gooding & Co. sold a Gulf-liveried Porsche 917K for 14m US dollars, smashing the record for the highest price paid for a Porsche at auction. 

The record-breaking 22.5m-dollar Aston Martin DBR1 spearheaded the RM Sotheby’s charge in Monterey this year. Overall, the Canadian auction house grossed 132m dollars. 

We defy anyone not to be awestruck by Rémi Dargegen’s images from this year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion

Messrs Ickx and Bell – just two of the esteemed judges at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance charged with judging automotive perfection. The 67th edition just might have been the best yet. 

And the winner is… ‘Best of Show’ at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance went to Bruce McCaw’s sensational 1929 Mercedes-Benz S Tourer by Barker. Coincidentally, McCaw’s brother John was also in the winner’s circle with his 1957 Ferrari 315 S Scaglietti Spyder. 

The end of August strikes us as a strange time to reveal a new convertible, but Ferrari chose to do so with the California-replacing Portofino

Photos: Rémi Dargegen, Tom Shaxson, Rob Cooper, Mathieu Bonnevie, Singer Vehicle Design, Iconiccars, Ferrari