Truly today is a day of miracles: on Polish Wikipedia I have discovered a picture of a Panoz Esperante GTR-1 chasing down a Vector M12 GT2 race car. I am currently in a state of shock.
This picture was apparently shot in 1998, according to the Wikimedia uploader. Who is that uploader? There could only be one person responsible, as the photo credit reads: “Jon Lewis, President American Spirit Racing, permission sent via email to wikipedia commons.”
As it turns out, there was a time when two of the most strong-headed American sports car companies in history shared the very same track. Which track exactly this was, I do not know.
For those of you not familiar with Panoz, it was one of the most hilarious and great sports racing cars ever. Don Panoz, the American racing yahoo and hero, decided to compete in the top GT1 class in international sports car racing with a front-engined design, basically a V8 muscle car duking it out with ultra high-tech McLarens, Porsches and Mercedes-Benzes. They called it the ‘Batmobile’ for visually-obvious reasons. The chassis was actually British, from Reynard, making it kind of like a Shelby Cobra or a Ford GT40 of the ‘90s.