Espada, Islero and Morgan Plus 8 all turn 50 in 2018
The 22nd Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique has been set for January 30-February 6, 2019 and has added Milan and Athens to its roster of “starting cities,” the Automobile Club de Monaco has announced. The event is open to cars that participated in the Monte Carlos Rally between 1955 and 1980.
The host city for the rally is Valence, Drome, France.
Participants will start at various locations as they head to the finish in Monaco. Those departures begin January 30 from Glasgow and Athens. On February 1, others will begin their drives from Bad Homburg, Barcelona, Reims, Milan and Monte-Carlo itself with all headed to Buis-les-Baronnies in Drome for the launch February 2 of the official stages of the rally, which ends February 6 at Port Hercule de Monaco.
Lamborghini anniversary tour set for September 7-10
Lamborghini celebrates the 50th anniversary of its Espada and Islero models this year. To celebrate the completion of the restoration of the Islero and Espada that belong to the Lamborghini Museum, Lamborghini Polo Storico will take the cars on tour September 7-10.
The Espada was Lamborghini’s first series-production four-seat car. It was designed by Marcello Gandini at Bertone. During a 10-year production run, 1,226 units were produced.
The Islero was based on the 400 GT but featured larger wheels and tires and bodywork by Mario Marazzi of Carrozzeria Marazzi. Only 225 units were produced from 1968-70.
The cars will be driven more than 650 kilometers among some of central Italy’s most renowned roads as they travel from Perugia to Assisi, Tuscany, Chianti, cross the Apennines, and travel through Mugello, and negotiate the Futa and Raticosa Passes before arriving at Sant’Agata Bolognese, home of Automobili Lamborghini.
Morgan sets ‘Thrill on the Hill’ celebration
The Morgan Motor Company plans to bring together more than a thousand vehicles the weekend of August 11-12 for the “Thrill on the Hill” to honor the 50th anniversary of the Plus 8 model.
A highlight will be the appearance at the event of OUY 200E, the first Plus 8, which will travel from its garage in the United States to be showcased at the gathering. The car, the first 1968 prototype, is owned by San Francisco Morgan dealer Bill Fink.
Other featured cars are the MMC 11, the factory-owned 1968 car; AB 16, Peter Morgan’s own Plus 8; J 9546, the last of the original Plus 8 models; and Plus 8 50th, the first of the new 50th special-edition models.
Activities include a visit to the Morgan factory at Malvern, Morgans challenging the Prescott Hill Climb, and the second Pickersleigh 3 run with 3 Wheelers traveling from Malvern to Prescott Hill.