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Onboard a Porsche 935 at Laguna Seca

Turn up those speakers. Damn.

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Gary Mason’s 1960 SCCA Nationals at Marlboro Raceway

Gary Mason sent us a whole pile of his photographs shot as a teenager during his travels through Europe hitting every motor race he could. His passion for racing, however, did not wane once he was back stateside. Here is a collection of his photos from the 1960 SCCA Nationals at Marlboro Motor Raceway in Maryland. Some great images here from the President’s Cup race which featured a wide variety of machines ranging from the heavy iron of Corvettes and big Ferraris down to Porsches and Lotus Elevens.

I love these mixed grids, especially when the finish order isn’t just a descending list of horsepower. Roger Penske took the day in his Porsche 718 after taking over the lead from fellow 718 driver Bob Holbert on the 3rd lap. If we were giving out trophies for aesthetics I’d be tempted to give a special prize to Bill Mitchell’s Corvette. That Stingray still looks exotic.

Gary Mason's 1960 SCCA Nationals - Bill Mitchell Stingray

There are some photos from additional races that weekend, but I’m not immediately finding documentation about this MGA heavy grid or the little blue Devin.


More of Gary Mason’s photos in the archives. Thanks Gary!

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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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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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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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Racing with the Porsche Spyders 1955

Always shocking to see the stark contrast between the glitzy see-and-be-seen fanfare of today’s pits and the casual atmosphere of races of the past. Even a race like LeMans looks more like a club race weekend at your local track than the paramount international endurance event.

Lots of good footage of the LeMans race itself. Rare to see color film from this event. Even with all of the 1955 LeMans disaster documentaries and media analysis, almost everything I’ve ever seen of the race has been in black and white.

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Ride Along in the Jerry Seinfeld 718 RSK

By now we’ve already done all the drooling we can over the impending sale of several of Jerry’s Porsches at the upcoming Gooding Amelia Island auction. But let’s at least take a moment to listen to the man himself introducing us to his 1959 Porsche 718 RSK in the style he’s made famous on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. I’d be happy to join him for a cup if we can take this there.

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Out and About in Porsche 906

The team at Canepa says, “The last of Porsche’s “street legal” racecars was the 906. With dealer plate in hand we went out to test that theory.”

I wonder what the other drivers on the road thought of this blood orange beauty appearing in their rear-view mirror.

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Slip Sliding Away on the 1954 Minnesota Ice Races

Ice racing still happens on the frozen waters near St. Paul, Minnesota. But seeing Siatas and 356s and Allards wheel to slipping wheel is no less a tremendous sight out on the ice in this film of the St. Paul Winter Carnival Winter Ice Races of 1954.

As with many of the races of the period, I’m always astonished to see the variety of machines out there mixing it up. Not just sportscars of various sizes, but several American hot rodders joining the race as well

Worth watching just for the onboard from director Tom Countryman—who was a fixture in the upper-midwest vintage racing scene for decades. It really shows the delicate balance required for this very different kind of off-road racing. Glorious.

Thanks for sending this in, Paul!

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