Archive for August, 2009

Sebring ’59 in Pictures

Sebring '95: The rain lets up at dusk

Aston v. Ferrari
Gurney’s Ferrari passes the Salvadori / Shelby Aston Martin DBR1. The Aston would shortly drop out of the race with a broken gearshift lever.

Von Trips RSK
Von Trips at the wheel of his Porsche 718RSK would take a class victory and finish 3rd overall.

Behra at Sebring '59
Jean Behra’s Ferrari 250 TR would ultimately finish 2nd.

Sebring '59 rain
Moss made up a lot of ground through the rain in Cunningham’s Lister Jaguar to finish 6th.

Sebring '59 Checkers
Ultimately though, the day belonged to the No. 7 Ferrari 250TR Fantuzzi Spyder co-piloted by Dan Gurney, Phil Hill, Chuck Daigh, and Olivier Gendebien.

More Sebring ’59 photos at Racing Sports Cars.

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1949 Motorcycle Racing on Daytona Beach

Speedway? We don’t need a speedway.

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Indian Motorcycle Board Tracker Footage

Board track cycle footage is exceedingly rare. Board track cycle footage of this quality is virtually unheard of. Makes me wonder what other tremendous racing footage is rotting in the film cans in the basements around the world.

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Upcoming Pacific Northwest Event and Bonus Portland Historics Video

Bonneville_cars_webI was recently contacted by Doug in Portland about the upcoming Oregon Mega-Event, the 2009 All British Field Meet, which combines a concours, The Columbia River Classic vintage race, swap meet, and Land Rover Off-Road course. This year’s event takes place the weekend of September 5 and celebrates the life and work of Donald Healey. The event features some rare cars indeed. Including this 1954 Bonneville Streamliner.

Just look at this thing, it looks like a bad guy’s car from an episode of Speed Racer. It looks like Flash Gordon’s daily driver. It looks incredible. The streamliner first took to the Salt Flats in 1954, and after an extensive restoration by Marsh Classics, planned a return for 2009. Speed Week has just passed, and I haven’t seen any reports of the Streamliner returning to Bonneville, but I’d love to know more about it. The return was set to be chronicled on HealeysReturnToBonneville.com, but it looks like they haven’t yet updated with the news.

Doug was also kind enough to point us to a video of him piloting his Austin Healey 100-6MM through a large field of traffic at this year’s Portland Historics. It’s well worth a watch, this is some of the tightest on-board footage I’ve seen in quite some time.

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Cliff Reuter’s 2009 Monterey Weekend Photos And Videos

Tom Mittler's Ferrari 250 Mille Miglia

Tom Mittler's Ferrari 250 Mille Miglia

The weekend was a paradise for European racing car fans. I took over 300 pictures and an hour of video, click on the links below and enjoy!

Photos

Videos

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Track Map of the Past

KARLSKOGA, GELLERÅSEN
Track maps have sure taken a turn for the worse since this illustration of the Swedish track Karlskoga, Gelleråsen. It’s absolutely fantastic. Dig the illustrated saloon cars racing around the front straight. Perfect.

Compare with the modern official map, and mourn the passing of elegance and style.

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More Monterey Historics Video

More video is finding its way online in the days following the Monterey Historics. Here’s a lovely example: the starting grid for Group 7 rolling out. A field that includes Porsche 917s, 910s, 906, and others. Hallelujah!

Here’s another for the Porschephiles among us. Let’s take a walk among the amazing machines that Porsche brought from their collection. Everything from the LeMans winning Herrmann/Attwood 917 (wow), to a pair of Porsche 804 Formula 1 cars (wow!), to the Redman/Siffert Targa Florio 908/3 (wow!!). Amazing.

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Testa Rossa Mayhem at Monterey

Testa Rossa takes to the sky.

This is a bit heartbreaking. If you suffer from heart problems, are pregnant, or have a weak stomach, by all means look away.

This Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa driver had a bit of an off at Laguna Seca this weekend and put one of the most beautiful cars of all time all the way through the kitty litter and into the tires. It largely looks like body damage, but it’s a chilling sight nonetheless.

TR meets Tire Wall

I love to see vintage cars driven hard, wheel to wheel; the drivers getting a little competitive. Unfortunately, this is the price we sometimes have to pay for that passion. I don’t know what happened at this race, and I don’t say any of this to place blame on this driver. Aggressive contact and carelessness are terribly rare at vintage events, and I’m assuming that this wasn’t the result of either. I hope he wasn’t injured. It looks like a glancing blow on the tires, so hopefully he’s alright.

The sad end

I’m looking for a silver lining here; I guess this is good news for restorers.

You can click on any of these photos for larger versions—but I wouldn’t recommend it. Octane had an excellent photographer in the right place at the right time and has the complete sequence of photos that led us here.

Octane has been really on top of Monterey coverage this weekend and I commend them for it. They’re really taking care of the vintage racing junkies that are trapped at home in front of our computers waiting desperately for information from the Historics.

Update: an incredibly comprehensive set of photos of this crash is available at AutoBlog. They report that the driver, David Love, is a long-time Monterey Historics competitor who suffered a brake failure in the corkscrew. David was dazed, but unhurt.

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I’ll Take One.

Here’s what a few hundred million dollars worth of Ferrari GTOs looks like.

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The World’s Greatest Traffic Jam

The Monterey Historics are underway. There’s more racing action today, but I’m pleased to see that video from day one is already arriving on YouTube. Here’s just another stroll through the paddock as the Porsches line up for the featured marque parade. Keep your eyes peeled for the yellow Porsche 917 – this is the 917-021 that Gunnar Racing has been documenting the restoration of. They finished it in time for the historics, which is an impressive restoration pace for any car. My hat’s off to the Gunnar racing team on this. I’m amazed that they finished it in time.

There’s a whole lot more to love in this video, from Porsche 550 Spyders to RSKs to 908/3, to 935: this one video showcases virtually every Porsche racing model. I’m impressed that the cameraman didn’t fall to his knees and weep when he got to the end of the row.

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