In the Workshop

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Oh to visit this little garage and perch on a stool out of the way and watch these gorgeous machines get prepped for the upcoming season.

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Goodwood Revival 2016 Saturday Livestream

♪It’s the mooooossstt wonderful time… of the year.♫

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A Friend is More than a Fiberglass Top

Porsche 914 Ad

Our mid-engine car is a fair-weather friend that won’t let you down in foul weather. On sunny days, the top snaps off in less than a minute, stores under the rear trunk lid and takes up almost no room at all. On rainy days the top locks back on almost as fast. And because it’s fiberglass, it won’t leak or rip. Unlike fabric.

But a friend is more than a fiberglass top. First of all, it’s a two-seater in the classic sports car tradition.

And right behind the two seats is an engine in our race car tradition.

The mid-engine concept gives the Porsche 914 a whole bundle of advantages over ordinary cars.

It holds the road better because its centre of gravity is lower.

It corners better, because there’s no heavy frond end to steer and no heavy back end to slide out.

It brakes faster and saves tire life because all the wheels carry a more equal load.

It also comes with a built-in roll bar, electronic fuel injection, 5 speed synchromesh transmission and two trunks.

Best of all, you can get all of this for a whole lot less than you would expect to pay to own a Porsche. Really.

But don’t just settle for an impression from an ad. Test drive the Porsche 914 yourself. Swing it into a few corners. Pop off the fiberglass top.

You’ll see the light.

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For the 911 Driver that has Everything

I thought I’d seen every possible accessory and customization for the 911, but I’m really digging these Ignition Switch Cover Decals from Car Bone Liveries. It’s such a subtle little touch that is not too ostentatious, not too enthusiastically screaming “outlaw!”. They’re just a nice little detail that pays tribute to a favorite racing livery or Porsche-inspired pattern. I like the tartan myself.. Now I just need the matching seats… and the car.

Check it out at Car Bone Liveries.

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Relive the Monterey Reunion Livestream

I’m glad someone else has followed The Goodwood Revival’s marvelous example of livestreaming and archiving contemporary vintage races. I can think of no better example of an event to do so than the 2016 Monterey Motorsports Reunion. I didn’t learn that the event was being streamed until the Monday after. Thankfully the archive is already up and running and ready for you to start your week. Throw on your headphones and be ready to quickly switch to a spreadsheet when your boss walks by.

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Mystery Footage of the 1951 Watkins Glen GP

This film would surely have disintegrated in its can if Fred Weinberg had not picked up at a yard sale. I like to imagine the thrill of discovery as Fred held that film reel up to the light and unspooled a few feet of film. That slow realization that those tiny shapes are racing cars; then taking it home and loading it into the old projector and beginning to recognize the streets of Watkins Glen. Then there’s trying to catch glimpses of racing numbers as he poured over archives of race results trying to figure out which running of a race this was. The ultimate realization that there’s footage here from the Queen Catherine Cup, the Seneca Sup, and the main event. Magnificent. Despite all of this archeology the original photographer is still unknown, but at least we can all appreciate his or her contribution to our precious little media of early American road racing.

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Some Favorites from the Upcoming Quail Auction

The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering always draws out many of the best vintage racing cars on the planet—so it only makes sense that Bonham’s auction at the event will follow suit. From Duesenbergs to McLarens, there are too many amazing sports and racing cars coming across that magnificent auction block to list them all. I do want to point out a few personal favorites. Some of these may not be the cars that command the high-end bids. They are just some that made me smile as I perused the auction catalog.

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Just Another Racer on the Grid: James Dean at Santa Barbara

James Dean would hate that I’m posting this film featuring him as a celebrity participating in a weekend at the track. I don’t doubt that James Dean or Steve McQueen or Paul Newman had a genuine love for the sport, but I can’t help but think that part of the allure was that they weren’t catered to; weren’t ushered to the best table—they were just another competitor on the track that would be given no preferential treatment by their fellow racers. Being just another one of the guys must have been refreshing. That they were each of them skilled drivers and fierce competitors only helps solidify their respect and legend within the racing community.

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Uninterrupted Strain of Instantaneous Acceleration

Enzo Ferrari for Champion

“Brilliant Italian Race Car Manufacturer Pays Tribute to Dependable Champion Spark Plugs

‘The victory /of Alberto Ascari in one of our Ferrari cars in the 22nd Grand Prix of Italy at 115.547 miles per hour average, established new all-time records for the Monza track, and also established the highest speed attained in European circuits. This 4½ litre 12-cylinder Grand Prix Ferrari was equipped with 24 Champion Spark Plugs which withstood perfectly the uninterrupted strain of instantaneous acceleration and equally instaneous deceleration demanded by European type of racing tracks. At Monza, as on most European race courses, sharp turns and severe braking alternate with straight stretches where flat out speed is possible. We attribute a great deal of the merit of our success in the Grand Prix of England, Grand Prix of Germany, Grand Prix of Italy and the Monza Pan-American Race to the magnificent performance and unfailing dependability of Champion Spark Plugs.’
—Enzo Ferrari

Follow the Experts
Demand Dependable Champions for your Car.”

Hard to imagine Enzo actually saying any of these things.

via Just A Car Guy.

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Taking to the Beach at the Race of Gentlemen

It’s good for the soul to get these old bikes out on the New Jersey beach and flog them like the thoroughbreds they are. Probably good for the bike’s soul too.

Looks like an incredible event. More information at The Race of Gentlemen.

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