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Jan 12

Cars: Barrett-Jackson Salon Collection – 1955 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport GSL

This 1955 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport L will be auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

This 1955 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport will be auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

How rare is rare? How special is special? Well, during a decade ending in 1957, the tiny Talbot factory in the Paris suburb of Suresnes handcrafted a total of 750 T26 chassis.

But out of even that small number, they assembled just 19 chassis for the ultimate version, the Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport GSL. Only 11 survive today. Compared to the 39 Ferrari GTOs derived from a long line of Ferrari 250 GTs, for example, a Talbot-Lago Grand Sport GSL is exceptionally rare and very, very special. It’s also wildly underpriced in today’s collector car market.

Jan 12

Dakar Rally: Carlos Sainz Wins Seventh Stage

Carlos Sainz managed to win the seventh stage of the Dakar Rally, but sits sixth overall. (Photo: Getty Images)

Carlos Sainz managed to win the seventh stage of the Dakar Rally, but sits sixth overall. (Photo: Getty Images)

Carlos Sainz of Spain won the seventh stage of the Dakar Rally on Sunday, while countryman Nani Roma maintained a large lead in the overall standings for cars.

The car division drove a 500-kilometer loop near Salta, Argentina, and Sainz took advantage of a speedy special suited to his buggy to lead for the entire day and win his second stage of the race and 27th in his Dakar history.

Jan 12

F1: Caterham Not Ruling Out Kobayashi For Formula 1 Return

Kamui Kobayashi could drive for Caterham in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kamui Kobayashi could drive for Caterham in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kamui Kobayashi appears imminently close to securing his return to Formula 1.

The Japanese lost his Sauber seat at the end of 2012, spending last season as a Ferrari test driver and driving a works Ferrari 458 in the Le Mans series.

But Kobayashi, 27, has also collected millions from his fans to offer to a potential Formula 1 race employer, and just before Christmas was spotted at Caterham’s factory.

Jan 12

MotoGP: Riders And Teams Revving Up For Preseason Testing

The Sepang International Circuit will host the opening test session at the beginning of February. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

The Sepang International Circuit will host the opening test session at the beginning of February. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

As January draws to a close, so too will the MotoGP testing ban which will almost immediately signal the start of pre-season running in Malaysia and a critical period for teams and riders on the buildup to the new campaign.

There has been no MotoGP track action since the first official preseason test for 2014 which immediately followed the final race of 2013 at Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo circuit. Since then, the community has had some time to rest while developments continued behind the scenes across the months of December and January in which the official testing ban is in place.