Lately i’ve become an admirer of a cheap, available in the US classic; the Lancia Beta. Here’s a variant which ran in Group 4 rally, the Lancia Beta S2! Hot stuff.
My mate over at Automobiliac has revived a great idea; a race through central park! There isn’t a time that goes by where I don’t imagine race cars pounding through the streets of NYC. Although I must admit that part of my racing fantasy involves the Williamsburg Bridge, FDR, and then pounding through central park. A bit over the top—-yes…….but hey!
As per Automobiliac’s article, I found this most interesting!
“I’m obviously not the first to fantasize about this race through the park. Back in 1965, race promoter Alec Ulmann, of Sebring 12 Hours fame, proposed the very same idea in Automobile Quarterly (Vol. 4, No. 1). He felt that New York should have a Monaco-style Grand Prix right in its heart, and reserved harsh words for the all-powerful Parks Commisioner Robert Moses for scuppering his plans, as well as multiple previous attempts in the 1950’s to run exactly such a race.”
Read the full article and some ideas here: Automobiliac
2011 was a great year in motorsports—–and I personally had an epic time at Petit Le Mans this year, following one of the most heroic wins ever at Le Mans in france. But aside from those glorious events—–DTM racing, GT racing, and endurance racing supplied thrills and spills this year.
Jake Yorath takes wonderful photos—and these were shared by him to remember motorsports in 2011
Is there anything cooler than vintage Super8 rally footage? I doubt it!
Here’s the description of this video provided:
“In 1974 Australia’s first European-style special-stage rally was won rather fittingly by a 1973 Group 4 Alpine Renault A110, the first marque to win the World Rally Championship. The Alpine, Bernard Darniche’s Morocco-winning car, was driven to victory by 1970 Australian Rally Champion Bob Watson. This amateur movie, shot on Super-8 film and with the sound recorded on cassette tapes, has survived transfer to VHS tape, and now to a digital format. There are voice-over interviews with Bob Watson, Geoff Ross, the late Peter Brock, and Gerry Ball. The quality may not be the best, but this is an important part of the history of rallying in Australia.”
Yes it’s an advertisement, but it doesn’t make it any less cool.
It is super exciting news to hear that F1 is finally coming close to the NYC area in 2013! The race will be held in New Jersey right across the river—–with the race having a backdrop of the Manhattan skyline. This is very exciting news for race fans living in the tri-state area, and marks the latest in the sequel of F1 coming back to the US after unsuccessful stints in Indianopolis and Detroit. Obviously there is the Austin, Texas F1 return as well, however I (a) don’t like Texas and (b) think the east coast makes a better venue for F1 racing.
The announcement is expected next week! Now if we can just get the WRC to come to Brooklyn…
full story here!
at the Rennsport Reunion IV
Firstly, apologies for the lack of updates on the IEDEI Blog lately—-i have been battling a lack of time attributed to my job (i do have another job y’know!), but have no fear—-there is plenty of content waiting to unfold here with due time. I still owe you all a big Petit Le Mans report—-which is still being curated.
The BMW M1 was specifically created for racing—–and it has to be one of the coolest production race cars built. It’s unfortunate BMW strayed from this path, and has yet to produce anything to even remotely put up a show against the mighty Audi R8. Hopefully one of these days, they’ll come to their senses—-and build ‘another’ M1 or something of the same caliber.
Meanwhile, here are some grand photos of the mighty BMW M1 in racing glory
all types of goodness…
The first year of production for the SL was for racing, and the 300SL burst onto the scene with beautiful classic curvy coupe form (0.25 cd!?). What did they do in 1952? they won Le Mans.
I am going to refer you to the superb article in E-Mercedes for a lot of great background on the 300SL from 1952—-as i think the article is fantastic. Mercedes-Benz have great digital information about their history these days—if you haven’t already, make sure you download their free iPad application for their museum as well.
some photos from the E-Mercedes site:
The Maserati Bora is a classy 70s supercar in my mind—and i’ve always thought of it as the ‘kind, gentle, relaxed’ 70s italian supercar—-with its soft lines, non-aggressive stance, and its non-angry look. Compared to other 70s italian supercars, the Bora (as well as its sister car Merak) have generally come across as the gentleman in a fine wool blazer compared to its riotous peers in gold chains and silk shirts.
What I never knew is that in 1973, Maserati was set to enter the Bora into Le Mans as part of the gran touring class. Its competition would have surely been the likes of the Ferrari Daytona which had won in 1972. As i’ve understood the story from QV500.com, Maserati needed to sell 500 Boras to get it homologated for these 1973 races—-which they obviously didn’t do. Additionally the car didn’t meet the ‘other’ standards for other classes—-meaning that the Bora Competizione (or Bora GR4 or Bora Group 4) never made it onto the the starting grid, and this car was lost into the archives of 70s mystery cars. I wasn’t even aware of this car, until I stumbled across a photo of a strange looking Bora, which upon investigation resulted in a search which yielded minimal photos, information, or data. The QV500.com site had the best bit of info on the car I could find, and you can head over there to read their concise writeup about the car in question:
here are some photos was able to scavenge online, with many of them credited to a gentleman named Andreas Birner
more photos by Birner can be found here:
more info and pics:
Umbrella makes for a nice roofline on this Triumph TR6!
These are just some amazing videos…..everytime i see the race-prepped Alpine screaming down regular streets as shown in the 1963 video, the hairs on the back of my neck stand up! even though we can’t hear them, they just look epic cruising with regular traffic. Some wonderful behind-the-scenes footage in this videos as well, of the construction and of the founder of Alpine, Jean Redele.
video heaven…for me. my broken french skills help me understand some of these…..as they are both in french.