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. »
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: »
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.
Let’s say you’re wheeling a Maserati 250F in a vintage grand prix at Goodwood. You spin — oh no! What do you do now? »
Chris Harris is a lucky, lucky man. The Goodwood Members Meeting brought out everything from road-based race cars to vintage F1 and Le Mans racers. Not only did Chris get to race a Rover SD1 touring car from the era when touring cars were based on road cars, but he also got to drive in a race of all Porsche 911s. »
Every once in a while, an auto show features some cars that I actually want to see up-close and personal, even when parked. Here are the awesome race cars and track toys featured at the New York International Auto Show. ».
You can keep your Porsche 944 Turbo Cups with all their turbo lag and misery. I prefer the smoother, more predictable powerband of the naturally aspirated 944s, and the biggest engine Porsche ever put in a 944 is my holy grail. That, of course, is the 944 S2, and one of just seven IMSA Firehawk 944 S2s is for sale. »
Apparently you're not allowed to take video at the annual Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. So in a triumphant middle-finger to the organizers, eGarage took 23,987 photos on three cameras to make this beautiful, mesmerizing tribute to vintage racing in ultra-high-def 4K. »
They put my name on it. S-A-M and S-M-I-T-H on the side windows, next to a small American flag. When the pictures hit my email, a few months before the race, they triggered a sort of coming to grips. An internal conversation began looping in my head: »