Track Maps of the Virtual Past

Intellivision Auto Racing track map

GPA_Course 1withCrossing2and4map_largeI don’t know about you, but Intellivision’s Auto Racing was my first experience with motorsport. On a given night, I might still occasionally reach for this before Forza or iRacing. Over on the Gameplay Archive, David has deconstructed the maps from Auto Racing to test the map’s accuracy and give us a complete view of the entire racing season’s (series?) venues. I love this kind of nerding out. It’s a great mashup of my love for vintage racing, classic gaming, and messing about with technology in ways the designers never intended. Here’s a video on David’s process, and head on over to the feature on Gameplay Archive for more. Fun!

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Chris Harris’ All 911 Field at Goodwood 73rd Members Meeting

The track action starts at about 4:20. I’d love to have participated in this field.

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Gran Premio di Napoli Footage

Small displacement. Tight courses. Community involvement. Participatory spectators. Pick any one two these and apply them to a contemporary racing series and I’ll be a fan. I’m envious of these residents of Napoli that they got to have all of them.

Possillipo, Napoli, Track Map

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The Beast of Turin Takes a Spin at Goodwood

Just watching the Beast of Turin’s engine fire up a few months ago was flabbergasting. To see her spin around the grounds at Goodwood is downright magical.

It’s jarring to see a racing machine that is as tall as a man’s shoulder. Climbing up on to the seat of the 28.5 liter Fiat S76 is more like perching in a biplane than easing down into a low-slung racing car. You emerge from a car like this with your whole body numb from the battle—shaking and tingling for hours afterwards.

That pheasant barely made it out with his life.

Thanks for pointing this one out, Ryan.

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1963 Road America 500

Thick in the early salvos of the Cobra Ferrari Wars and the Fords were in prime shape. This one, though, wasn’t just about the big boys. There was a healthy field of Porsches, Elvas, Lotuses, a lone Stanguellini, and even one of the ultra-rare Echidnas.

I love seeing old footage of Road America because you can immediately see how little it’s changed in the intervening years: Turn 5 is still tricky and prime viewing; the blind turn into 6; Canada corner managing to get the best of more than a few drivers.

1963 Road America Program Cover

The invaluable database at Racing Sports Cars has more details.

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Early Days of Downforce

Easy to forget that for a few years the development of spoilers and wings was the wild west. It seems like Formula 1 teams tried a slightly new configuration every race, sometimes with spectacular or terrifying or hilarious results.

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Track Map of the Past: Pomona

Pomona Road Races Track Map

You can still make out most of the course on Google Maps. Looks like the 3-4-5 sequence has been completely trashed. Though it looks like you can still faintly see the short straight bit at 7-8-9. I understand that this facility was in use as recently as 2012 for police training and the occasional Porsche Club event. In any event, it looks like it could still adequately facilitate a small bore race.

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Reunited and it Feels So Good

1956 trophy and the Porsche 550 it was won with
A few weeks ago we posted about a Richie Ginther trophy that was being sold on eBay. The auction identified the trophy as the 1956 Santa Maria Road Races trophy pitcher that Ginther was awarded for his first place finish in a Porsche 550. I got an email that evening from Andrew that runs the magnificent type550.com, saying he reached out to Porsche 550-09’s current owner. The trophy was quickly purchased and is now reunited with the very car that helped Richie Ginther claim that victory 59 years ago. Andrew sent along these photos and I couldn’t be more pleased to share them here.

Porsche 550-09

It’s things like this that keep me excited about The Chicane after doing it all these years. I love that this can be a place where these kinds of connections are made and re-made. Fantastic… And thanks Andrew!

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Ebay Spotting: 1954 Watkins Glen GP Press Armband

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From the eBay auction listing: “1954 Watkins Glen [New York] Grand Prix “PRESS” armband. Guaranteed original; leather with printing and elastic. Approximately 7″ wide x 4″ high.”

I’m tempted to pick this one and wear it to vintage events I cover for The Chicane.

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Art Appreciation: 1953 Alfa Romeo 6C 300PR “Disco Volante”

1953 Alfa Romeo 6C 300PR "Disco Valante

More photos and information about Christopher Mann’s stunning Disco Volante at Goodood Road & Racing.

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