Two race cars ended up wrecked at Monaco’s vintage grand prix last week, not by any great fault of their own, but because a track safety crew dropped a historic McLaren off of a crane onto the racing surface.
Three major crashes happened on the second day of the 74th Goodwood Members’ Meeting, and while everybody will live to tell their tales, that was down to luck as well as Goodwood’s crew doing their jobs flawlessly. And that’s why it doesn’t need to change.
Ford is back at Le Mans this year with the new GT, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the GT40's first win in 1966, and the three more that followed until 1969. So at this year’s Goodwood Members’ Meeting, a bunch of them showed up. So did the noise.
I’ll be honest: I haven’t really been watching Downton Abbey, and if I have seen it at lately it’s been mostly to watch that old Dowager Whatshername get all dry-Mean-Girls on someone—or for the glimpses of old cars. Well, the DTA crew must have decided to go heavy on the latter, because there’s just been a whole…
The prototypes that raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s were so fast that they still regularly post top times at current Le Mans races. These cars run vintage races regularly, and they’re pretty spectacular.
Hauling your race car with a truck and trailer is one of the biggest mental and financial costs of motorsports. Things are just better with a street-legal machine.
In 1963, Jaguar planned to build 18 E-Type Lightweight racing coupes, with aluminum bodies and ripping D-Type racing engines. Only 12 were assembled. 50 years later, Jaguar set out to build the rest. And Road & Track got to slip behind the wheel.
Is historic motor racing the best? Yes. Yes it is.
There’s something about vintage racing that’s just more FUN than regular racing. Maybe it’s the whimsy of cars that would be delightfully impractical on modern roads:
Feel the Bruce. Know the Bruce. Roast marshmallows off the back of the Bruce. There were other cars in the Nürburgring Legends race that weren’t Porsches, or even German, but none quite expelled flames through the sheer force of Bruce like this Porsche 935 K3.
Northern California has pretty much the best environment in the world for preserving, preparing, and running classic race cars. Check out the cars that NorCal’s top vintage event of the year, the Monterey Motorsports Reunion held at Laguna Seca, and you’ll see what I mean.
We’ve had a lot of posts on Monterey Car Week, but far too few on the really great stuff. By “really great stuff,” my admittedly biased words mean “Porsches racing.” Here’s a great video from Racer that shows what happens when you stick factory driver Patrick Long in a 911 that’s underpowered for its class.
The events during Monterey Car Week embody what I consider to be the best and worst of car culture.
OppositeLock’s Arthur Flax recently went to the IndyCar weekend at the Milwaukee Mile, where several vintage IndyCars were featured along with the newer ones on track. Take a look at some of the most gorgeous race cars you’ll see all week.
The lightened, widened BMW 3.0 CSL might be the high point of the company’s modern ethos. From the street to the track, the car ruled and did it with style. This is the story of bringing one back to its original glory.
If there’s one thing that makes many vintage race cars stand out, it’s the attention to detail. Ever wondered how some of the beautiful hand-painted lettering is made? Wonder no longer. Here’s a few close-up shots of some work being done on a vintage racer.
Vintage racing has long been the province of lovable misfits who are into old cars, but now at least the Classic 24 at Daytona has a bit more weight behind it. IMSA—the same sanctioning body that hosts United SportsCar and a zillion support series—just teamed up to present the Classic 24 at Daytona.
This year certainly wasn’t the first time Porsche won the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Want your very own overall Le Mans-winning Porsche? Look no further! The 1982 Porsche 956 that won the 1983 24 Hours of Le Mans overall—chassis 956-003—goes up for auction at Pebble Beach this year.
There’s something about the simple, powerful, specialized racecars from the Indy 500’s past.