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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.

LAT photo.

The good old days…













Happy 56th birthday, Škoda 1000 MB.

Full article here:…/50-years-ago-skoda-launches-100…/

Love ‘em all!



Visor Cam: Graham Rahal at Barber Motorsports Park


Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 8:07 PM

VISOR CAM: Graham Rahal takes us on a few laps around the Barber Motorsports Park circuit!

Shot with GoPro!


Ferrari 312PB

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.

Ferrari 312PB

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.


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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…


Lola Mk 6 GT Ford


Lola Mk 6 GT Ford


Lola Mk 6 GT Ford


Lola Mk 6 GT Ford

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.


Chaparral 2D

Phil Hill drives the Chaparral 2D to victory in the 1966 ADAC 1000 km race at Nürburgring.

Jo Bonnier was Hill’s co-winning co-driver.

Eric della Faille photo.

Heroes all.








Pesage 1992 (Scrutineering) — with Yannick Dalmas, Mark Blundell, Karl Wendlinger, Jean Pierre Jabouille, Derek Warwick, Alain Ferté, Eric van de Poele, the Peugeot 905, Mauro Baldi and Philippe Alliot.






A Winner of the 12 hours of Bathurst




Allard J2X

The most interesting 1992 Allard J2X-C GTP car.

Not to be confused with the current production J2X!

allardI love that this Allard exists. It doesn’t even appear on the Allard website!

And that’s a crying shame. But one CAN learn all about it at Drivetribe and several other sites.





Ayrton Senna de Silva, the Legend, at work in his Lotus at the Mónaco Grand Prix in 1985.

via Carlos Reutemann



917K vs 512S

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.

Getty Images.

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.



GT40 Mk IV

Dan Gurney’s and A.J. Foyt’s gorgeously sensual (and Le Mans-winning) Ford GT40 Mk IV posing at the Detroit Auto Show.

Image by John Lacko.




Best lookin’ 911 I’ve ever seen!

Whoa, Nellie, I’m lustin’!

This thing has got to be over a million bucks!



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Michael Schumacher and Mauro Baldi once piloted this lovely Mercedes C11 Group C car. Seen here at the Esperitu de Montjuïc 2019.




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Al Holbert plunges down the corkscrew at Laguna Seca in his Chevy Monza chased hard by the BMW 320i of David Hobbs in the 1977 Camel GT IMSA race.

The good old days… 22, I was.




Gran Premio de la República Argentina, 1982

Vittorio Brambilla

Image by © Phipps Sutton Images Corbis


Gran Premio de la República Argentina, 1978

Carlos Reutemann

Image by © Phipps Sutton Images Corbis


Gran Premio de la República Argentina, 1981

Alan Jones

Image by © Phipps Sutton Images Corbis

The old days…



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Carlos Reutemann

Ferrari 312 T3

Gran Premio de Bélgica, 1978

Image by ©Phipps Sutton Images / Corbis



1987 LM07 Toyota


1987 LM07 Toyota


1987 LM07 Toyota / Gr.C

  • ◎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.


This thing is gorgeous!



Nanni, Brands Hatch, 1972

The great Nanni Galli piloting one of the works Autodelta Alfa Romeo T33TT/3 cars at Brands Hatch in 1972. He qualified 9th and finished 6th.


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The John Wyer Automotive Gulf-Mirage M2 piloted by Jacky Ickx and Jackie Oliver at the 1969 Nürburgring 1000Km.

The awesomeness knew no bounds.

An Eric della Faille image.



lola t 212

A lovely Lola T 212 belongging to Scuderia Filipineti having fun at the Monza Eni Circuit’s Historic 2018 celebrations.

By @rs65photos.



Mark Donohue's Ferrari 512M, Watkins Glen 1971 (did not finish)

Mark Donohue’s Ferrari 512M, Watkins Glen 1971 (did not finish)

I remember it so well. I was just 16 years old.

The times were exciting back then. Things were … “real.”



52 zandvoort

motorsport minganzoon


Sunday, August 17, 1952

Race winner:
Alberto Ascari
Scuderia Ferrari
Round: 7
Weather: Cool, wet and overcast
Laps: 90
Pole position: Alberto Ascari Scuderia Ferrari
Fastest Lap: Ascari, 1m49.8
Country: Holland
Circuit: Zandvoort


Position Driver Team Vehicle Time Points
1 Alberto Ascari Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500 (Pirelli)
2h 53m 28.500s
2 Giuseppe Farina Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500 (Pirelli)

2h 54m 8.600s

↑ 1 Luigi Villoresi Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500 (Pirelli)

2h 55m 2.900s

+1m 34.400s
↓ 1 Mike Hawthorn LD Hawthorn Cooper T20-Bristol (Dunlop)
↑ 3 Robert Manzon Equipe Gordini Gordini 16 (Engelbert) 2
↓ 1 Maurice Trintignant Equipe Gordini Gordini 16 (Engelbert) 0
↑ 3 Duncan Hamilton Hersham & Walton Motors HWM 52-Alta (Dunlop) 0
↑ 1 Lance Macklin Hersham & Walton Motors HWM 52-Alta (Dunlop) 0
↑ 7 Chico Landi Scuderia Bandeirantes Maserati A6GCM (Pirelli) 0
Jan Flinterman 0
NC Dries van der Lof Hersham & Walton Motors HWM 52-Alta (Dunlop) 0
R Ken Wharton Scuderia Franera Frazer-Nash FN48-Bristol (Dunlop)
R Stirling Moss English Racing Automobiles ERA G-type-Bristol (Dunlop) 0
R Ken Downing Ken Downing Connaught A-Lea-Francis (Dunlop) 0
R Charles de Tornaco Ecurie Francorchamps Ferrari 500 (Engelbert) 0
R Paul Frere Ecurie Belge Simca-Gordini 15 (52) (Engelbert) 0
R Jean Behra Equipe Gordini Gordini 16 (Engelbert) 0
R Jan Flinterman Scuderia Bandeirantes Maserati A6GCM (Pirelli) 0
R “Gino Bianco” Scuderia Bandeirantes Maserati A6GCM (Pirelli) 0

And there you have it!



 Le Mans 1999

Joachim Winkelhock in the pilot’s seat of the works BMW V12 LMR at Le Mans in 1999.

From Wikiped ia:

The BMW V12 LMR is a Le Mans Prototype built for sports car racing from 1999 to 2000.

The car was built through an alliance between BMW Motorsport and WilliamsF1 and was the successor to the failed BMW V12 LM of 1998.

It is famous for earning BMW its only overall victory to date at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.



65-66 GT350 Full Race Kit

maier 65-66 GT350 Full Race Kit

65-66 GT350 Full Race Kit includes the following:

  • MF65RAM: 65-66 Front Racing Apron with Molded Spoiler
  • MF65HGL: 65-66 Shelby Style Hood – Lightweight
  • MF65FF5: 65-66 Front Flares – 5″ Mold On
  • MF65RF5: 65-66 Rear Flares – 5″ Mold On
  • MF65SS: 65-66 Lower Side Scoops – Shelby Style
  • MF65TA: 65-66 Trunk Lid with Quarter Extensions – Fastback – Lightweight
  • MF65BRC: 65-66 Rear Bumper – Stock – Carbon Fiber
  • MF65RV: 65-55 Lower Rear Valance
  • MF65LS: 65-66 Headlight Surrounds
  • MF65LB: 65-66 Headlight Buckets

OMG this thing is GORGEOUS!

If it worked, I’d definitely be sporting a tremendous woody!



Old School Ford GT40 DESTROYS a Hellcat…Hell Yeah!

Jun 21, 2017

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Well of course it did! The GT40 is the best car ever made by anyone, anywhere, any time!



Carlos Reutemann

Temporada 1978
Carlos Reutemann
Ferrari 312 T3
Gran Premio de Inglaterra

via Carlos Reutemann

Those were the days… Carlos and colleagues were the best of the best… right up to today.



















The iconic and fantastic Ford Mustang Boss 302 driven by Parnelli Jones in the 1969 Trans-Am season.













Viva Terlingua !

Now, this is a Shelby’s Shelby.

An iconic and powerful conveyance that changed the American car scene forever.