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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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Jackie Stewart’s Tyrrell T-Shirt Returns

I’ve received enough emails about the Jackie Stewart Tyrrell shirt that we’re printing a second run of them. After seeing that iconic photo of Sir Jackie holding a model of his GP car, I became mildly obsessed. I looked high and low for someone making this but since I couldn’t find one, I decided to make it.

Pre-Orders are up for the next week so get ’em while you can.

Available at Teespring.

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Jags and Ferraris at LeMans, 1962

Get ready for LeMans weekend!

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Vintage Classified Ads Are Depressing

Porsche 550s for sale

Porsche 550s for sale

Although I do enjoy that the pace of used car sales was such that only a mailing address was necessary.. Now I feel like if a Craigslist post is more than an hour old I’ve already missed it… Especially those $5,000 Porsche 550s or $3,200 Talbot Lagos.

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Charade 1958

This video could have stopped at the handheld footage of the corners from an airplane passing slowly overhead and it still would have been worth sharing. But then the tours of the pits with some of the most beautiful cars ever made, including a whole suite of various Ferrari 250s and their shirtless pilots. Then they prepared for the LeMans start… and I’m hooked—all before the action even starts. Somehow even though I have such a deep love for vintage racing, the atmosphere of the pits and spectators in these old films draws me in just as much.

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