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Archive for August, 2009
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.
I 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here’s what a few hundred million dollars worth of Ferrari GTOs looks like.
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.