The four best and the most spectacular formula one drivers that ever existed, left to right, Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet
Will never see that again
— Jean Louis Lebreton
/// 1960 Monaco Grand Prix.Monte Carlo, Monaco. 29 May 1960. John Surtees makes his GP debut in a Lotus 18-Climax. ///
/// 1960 Dutch Grand Prix. Zandvoort, Holland. 6 June 1960. The Ferrari transporter arrives with the Dino 246 cars of Phil Hill, Wolfgang von Trips and Richie Ginther. ////
//// 1960 Portuguese Grand Prix. Porto, Portugal. 12-14 August 1960. Dan Gurney (BRM P48). ////
/// Riverside, California, USA. 18-20 November 1960. Jim Clark (Lotus 18 Climax) retired, action. ////
/// 1960 United States Grand Prix. Riverside, California, USA. 18-20 November 1960. Innes Ireland (Lotus 18 Climax) 2nd position. ////
Karl Kling leading Pierre Levegh at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Both are utilizing the innovative hydraulic air brakes of the Mercedes-Benz 300SLR. (photo credit: Daimler-Benz archive)
High tech rennwagen from the year of my birth.
What a difference 55 years makes juxtaposition of Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA, 1965 and Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA, 2020. Alfa Romeo have revealed a new track-focused version of the new generation Giulia based on the Quadrifoglio and fitted with a more powerful version of the Alfa Romeo 2.9 litre V6 Bi-Turbo engine, now with 540hp. Use of lightweight materials gives a reduction of 100kg compared to the Quadrifoglio. The new Giulia will be available as a limited edition in two versions (500 of each), the GTA and GTAm which features racing seats, roll-bar and six-point seat belts.
The ‘A’ in GTA stands for “Alleggerita,” Italian for lightweight. The original GTA featured a 1.6 litre TOHC 4 cylinder engine that produced 113hp for the stradale (road) version and 170hp for the race car.
I am thrilled to see one of my most lusted after monikers reborn by one one my favorite companies… the beautiful and mighty GTAm !!! Oh, yes, Virginia, I am smiling BIGLY!
Even though I can no longer drive, not that I could afford either of them, it is wonderful to know that the GTAm is still out there vanquishing lesser conveyeances left and right.
Alfa Romeo da tutto il mondo, baby!
Sonnet 73 for Sir Stirling Moss. ASonnetADay
Goodwood Revival 2009. Leading a parade of 80 cars he had raced:
Rest in Peace, Sir Stirling. And Thank You.
A young Jody Scheckter who co drove with Ed Swart in his B19 and won at Lorenco Marques in 1971.
Many of the Dutch related Drivers used Orange on their Helmets. which was originally Holland’s National Historic Colour. Later Jody S just reversed his Helmet Colour to white with an Orange Band !
photo c/o Race Historie NL
Louis Galanos > Historic Racing Cars
The legendary Corvette racer John Greenwood, in his 7-liter Vette, leads the legendary Porsche 917K racer Pedro Rodriguez under the MG Bridge and into the Esses at Sebring fifty years ago (1970) this weekend. Following them is the Jacky Ickx – Peter Schetty works Ferrari 512 S Spyder and the Jerry Thompson – John Mahler Corvette. Greenwood and co-driver Allan Barker would fail to finish due to a busted clutch. Rodriguez and co-driver Leo Kinnunen and later Jo Siffert would finish 4th overall but were leading late in the race when a faulty part sidelined them. The Ferrari would blow a head gasket and the Thompson/Mahler Vette would finish 20th.
BTW, that historic MG Bridge was in sad shape in 1970 and anyone who crossed the track via that bridge held their breath as the metal span undulated as people walked across the track. It would collapse in a storm in 1973 just days before the running of the 1973 race.
The good old days…
Happy 56th birthday, Škoda 1000 MB.
Full article here: ranwhenparked.net/…/50-years-ago-skoda-launches-100…/
Love ‘em all!
1969 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA 1600 Corsa
Mario Andretti on his way to his third and final overall win at Sebring in 1972. He is driving a factory Ferrari 312PB and his co-driver was Jacky Ickx.
Mario Andretti in a Ferrari 312PB at the BOAC 1000km Race at Brands Hatch on April 16, 1972.
Photo by the Klemantaski Collection at Getty Images, via Carlos Reutemann.
DAYTONA BEACH, FLFEBRUARY 28, 1965
The No. 73 Ford GT40 on the outside was the winning Shelby works entry of Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby in the 12 Hour Continental at Daytona.
Photo by ISC Archives CQ-Roll Call Group via Getty Images.
The No. 99 Ferrari was an entry by Luigi Chinetti’s North American Racing Team, an independent with intimate factory ties, based here in my hometown of Greenwich, Connecticut. They won Le Mans that year.
So, swoons all ‘round, eh…
Eric Broadley, Lola Mk 6 GT Ford, 24 Hours of Le Mans, Le Mans, 16 June 1963.
The Eric Broadley designed Lola Mk 6 GT Ford, which would give birth to the famous Ford GT40.
Photos by Bernard Cahier/Getty Images
Fantastic car! Sadly, I have never clapped eyes on one, but, there is always a chance. Especially around these parts.
A beautiful picture of the very first time that the Porsche 917K and Ferrari 512S competed in international competition. This took place at the championship season opener at the Daytona 24 in 1970.
In this photo is the leading Gulf 917 of Jo Siffert door to door with Mario Andretti in his Ferrari 512 S. The Siffert Porsche would finish second behind their other team car and Andretti would finish third.
Following these two cars is the Porsche Austria 917K of Kurt Ahrens, Jr. and Vic Elford and two more Ferrari 512s. While John Wyer thought his Gulf Porsches were to be the only factory entry the #3 Porsche Austria 917K had a lot of factory assistance and this did not make Wyer happy.
Of the five brand new and untested Ferrari 512s to enter this race the Andretti car was the only one to finish. His co-driver was Arturo Merzario.
Those were the days, my friend.
We thought they’d never end.
Mario was a hero of epic proportions to me until I found out a short time ago that when my recent friend’s (a former stock car driver) young teen son approached him sitting on a pit wall in conversation with Roger Penske and asked for an autograph, Andretti abruptly told him to “Get lost kid, I don’t have time for you.” Mario has therefore fallen from grace in my heart. All the way to the bottom That was an absolutely unconscionable thing to do.
Michael Schumacher and Mauro Baldi once piloted this lovely Mercedes C11 Group C car. Seen here at the Esperitu de Montjuïc 2019.
Gran Premio de la República Argentina, 1982
Image by © Phipps Sutton Images Corbis
Gran Premio de la República Argentina, 1978
Image by © Phipps Sutton Images Corbis
Gran Premio de la República Argentina, 1981
Image by © Phipps Sutton Images Corbis
The old days…
- ◎The final version LM05C Group C car produced by Japan’s Le Mans Garage
- ◎Powered by a Toyota 3S-G engine (2.1ℓ Inline-4 Turbo)
- ◎Raced in Fuji and Suzuka 1000km races in 1987 and finished 7th in both races
- ◎Just finished a complete restoration by a Japanese specialist
The LM07 Toyota is a Group C machine produced by the Japanese Le Man Garage in 1987. The Group C machine not being popular among the casual fans, we need to delve into the background of how this machine came to birth.
In 1982, the Group C was founded, and that October at Fuji Speedway, WEC Japan was held. It had been a while since a world championship was held in Japan so among Japanese constructers, the mood to create a domestic group C machine was high. Among them was Le Man Commercial Group’s contractor division, Le Man Garage, which imported and sold racing cars and parts.
The LM03C debuted on July 1983 at the Fuji 1000km with Haruto Yanagida/Koji Tomioka as drivers. The LM-03 was developed as the third car they developed following the Thunder LM-39 which raced both GC and F2 and the Skyline Turbo C which was developed for the Kyalami 9 Hour Race in 1982. The side radiator of this Group C machine shows major influence from the Porche 956 and the chassis combines the single skin aluminum twin tube monocoque with rear steel tube sub frame.
The car is equipped with a Nissan LZ20B-type 2089cc straight-4 turbo, thus the car entered as the Fairlady Z/C. But due to lack of rigidity of the chassis and lack of engine power and maturation, the car struggled. Next year in 1984, improvements were made and 3 cars were introduced as the LM04C. The cars were distributed to Central 20 racing led by Yanada and Hasemi Motor Sports led by Masahiro Hasemi, with Hasemi/Kenji Tohira finishing 4th at the All Japan Fuji 1000km. In 1985, the Le Man Garage developed a LM05C that passed the safety guidelines introduced that year.
The basic concept follows that of the LM03C and 04C but the monocoque of the footboy, etc. were upgraded to fit the safety standards, and the aluminum honey comb applied to improve the rigidity. Also the body design was revamped with the Venturi-structured under floor and the hollow, called the Porsche hump, was moved to the front to improve the aerodynamics.
On the other hand, the LM05C is fitted with a 2341cc Nissan FJ23 inline-four, four-valve turbo engine. On the right side of the body, a radiator and oil cooler , on the left side an inter cooler was mounted. The LM05C (At the time, called Nissan Turbo C) debuted from Team Le Man at Fuji 500 mile in July, and in the rain at the WEC Japan the trio of Osamu Chugo/Akio Morimoto/Piro Emanuel started from the 23rd grid and finished second to everybody’s surprise after Kazuyoshi Hoshino’s March 85C Nissan, the first Japanese driver and Japanese car to win the WEC.
Next year in 1986, with Nissan providing the powerful VG30-type 3-liter V6 turbo, Le Man decided to change the chassis to March but in order to utilize the good balance that the LM05C had with the smaller-output engine, they created the LM06C with a 2090cc Toyota 4T-GT inline-4 turbo. With CARA as their sponsor, the duo of Akio Morimoto/Frantz Conrad raced in the All Japan Endurance Championship and WEC In Japan, but unfortunately the 10th place finish at the All Japan Fuji 500km was their best finish.
The LM07 Toyota is the LM06C with a Toyota 2140cc inline-4 3S-G turbo. The chassis and body has basically not changed from the LM05C but with OLIO FIAT as a sponsor, Osamu Nakako/Maurizio Sandro Sala pair performed well in this car, such as 7th place finish in the opening race at the All Japan Fuji 1000km. They also finished 10th at the Fuji 500 mile race and 7th in the International Suzuka 1000km. The car put up for auction is the only LM07 Toyota built in 1987, which Japanese specialist restored to running condition. Due to its recent restoration, a shake down and setup of the individual parts are still required.
LOT NUMBER 5
This thing is gorgeous!