Ride Along for the Targa Florio’s Last Hurrah

These onboards from the Targa Florio during the practice period are always harrowing. When you see the occasional shepherd and daily Sicilian traffic it’s not hard to see why this footage from 1973 was the last year of the event. Let’s ride shotgun with the Claude Haldi/Bernard Chenevière Porsche 908. Almost a shame we can’t see the lovely Toblerone livery of this unusually red P-car. The car didn’t make the main event due to blowing an engine in practice. Easy to believe from where I’m sitting.

Porsche908-3 of Bernard Chenevière and Claude Haldi - 1973 Targa Florio

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Guarantees Unstinting Devotion

1961 Corvette Ad

Excitement is standard equipment!

The small blue car lurking behind that ’61 Corvette is a 1927 Bugatti. It was as exciting as any car can be, but it was a little short on creature comfort and only the best coordinated and most sinewy could hope to drive it. The Corvette, on the other hand, guarantees unstinting devotion to all the details of driver-passenger comfort and accommodation with no sacrifice in flashing performance or impeccable handling. Anyone who can drive well can drive a Corvette; the only thing that really sets is apart from today’s automobiles is the absolutely ecstatic way it goes down the road. Build into every Corvette is a lifetime supply of pure sports car excitement such as you’ve never known before.

Corvette by Chevrolet

Chevrolet Division of General Motors. Detroit 2. Michigan

Can you imagine what people would say if you suggested that Chevrolet show another car company’s product in their ads today? I almost can’t believe this happened.

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This Tactic (Still) Doesn’t Work

718 Boxter and 718

The new Boxster is lovely. But sit one next to the old Porsche 718 and it looks like garbage. We’ve talked before about marketers doing this “let’s photograph the new one next to the old one and show our lineage and the power of our history” tactic before. It. Does. Not. Work.

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Nürburgring 1936

Nurburgringmap1936

A bit more standard a map than I usually showcase on our Track Maps of the Past series, but how can you not love the Südschleife?

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Art Appreciation: Simca Deho Special

I’m having trouble finding verifiable information on this gorgeous little barchetta. Previous sellers have said she has LeMans and Mille Miglia provenance, but I’m not finding it immediately and we’ve all known sellers that were prone to exaggeration. Usually when I can’t dig up much information on a car, I don’t post about it. But one thing about this little machine is immediately certifiable—she’s gorgeous. So despite the lack of concrete information on it, I couldn’t help but share it with you.

Forgive me.

More photos in this Google Plus gallery.

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A History of Scalextric

If you’re lucky enough to have a new slot car track under your tree this holiday season, why not throw this documentary about the early years of Scalextric on while your setting up Eau Rouge?

If on the other hand, you only have a lump of coal this year, this clip might motivate you to grab one of your own in the new year. We’re pretty tempted by the Team Mini Challenge Set.

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Sam Posey on LeMans

“… nothing else in the rich and varied world of motorsports means as much.”

Such a magnificent summary of the grandeur of Le Mans from the former Can Am and Formula 1 driver.

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Scenes from the 2015 CycleKart Tieton Grand Prix

In case you’re still looking for a project as the winter season sets in, consider this: There might not be a better way to scratch your vintage racing itch than preparing for the 2016 CycleKart season.

Edit: Ooh! And here’s an onboard.

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Ebay Spotting: Mille Miglia Ephemera

Mille Miglia Ephemera

I’d love to say I just stumbled upon this stuff, but the truth is I’m typing “Mille Miglia” or “Targa Florio” into eBay’s search fields more often than I’d like to admit. In that moment between hitting “search” and the results load, I say a silent wish that someone out there is just cleaning out grandpa’s attic and has some marvelous little trinket from one of the classic races. Ideally they don’t know what they have. This person, however, does know that he has something special—hence the $5,200 price tag. Still worth it if you ask me. The Press grille badges alone could be the centerpiece of a collection. More information at the eBay Lot Detail Page.

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Milne Bros. – Pasadena

Winners Circle

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