If you are wondering what the trumpets of angels sound like, listen to F1 champion Mika Hakkinen rip through the gears in the 1995 Ueno Clinic McLaren F1 GTR.
The Nissan R390 GT1 is a total legend, particularly the single homologation special road car. An entire generation knows the car from Playstation, but few have ever seen it in person. I did. And I found something.
Truly, one can never be as cool as whoever shows up to the vintage races at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion to run Laguna Seca in a 1970s F1 car with a custom Dodge Street Van.
We’ve gotten to the point that a classic Datsun 510, especially the high-trim SSS, is a collector’s car to be polished and preserved. But back in 1969, Datsun ran them in the grueling Baja 1000, and here’s how beat to hell they got.
We have made it to the Monterey Motorsports Reunion, this most Californian collection of vintage racing cars running in anger down Laguna Seca.
The Monterey Motorsports Reunion had some amazing machinery. Take, for example, this onboard of a 1969 Porsche 917K. Listen to it. Listen to it now.
FACT: Vintage racing is the very best thing about Monterey Car Week. You could hang out with a bunch of scowling millionaires ogling Delahayes parked a golf course, or you could go to Monterey Historics at Laguna Seca and see and hear tons of old-school race cars being driven in anger. Let’s do that now, shall we?
Not bad. Not bad at all.
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.
Absolutely insane, transverse mounted transmission with a boat motor connected by chain to the rears. No suspension. All balls.
A '50s Vette racing a 250 GTO. The Corvette is winning.
Welcome to Pebble Beach (aka Monterey Car Week), the time of the year when exotic cars both old and new descend on a small ocean town and fill the air with the stench of opulence and the glorious burble of engines. Here's how you can follow along.
I'm not what you'd call a "concours guy." Don't get me wrong, I love seeing all the incredible cars that are on hand at each show this week. But seeing a car sitting on a golf course just doesn't "do it" for me. I need to see them moving.
The Pebble Beach weekend brings out some of the most valuable cars in the world and, inevitably, someone stuffs one. Seen here is a crunch-and-munched Shelby Daytona Coupe, chassis #2286, one of the five Cobra Daytonas to race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.