1967 24 Hours of Daytona – Race Profile

Ferrari Team 1-2-3 Finish at the 1967 Daytona 24 Hours

1967 24 Hours of Daytona - The Revenge of “Il Commendatore” By Louis Galanos | Photos as credited The year 1966 was not a good year for Enzo Ferrari. Ford beat Ferrari with a humiliating 1-2-3 finish at both Daytona and Sebring and for the first time in six years they lost, again to Ford, at the Holy Grail of endurance racing the 24 Hours of Le Mans. With the 1966 World Sportscar Championship (WSC) trophy … [Read more...]

1962 Daytona 3-Hour Continental – The Tradition Begins

Dan Gurney, 1962 Daytona Continental 3-Hour

By Louis Galanos | Photos as credited January 2012 marks the Golden Anniversary (50th) of sports car endurance racing at the Daytona International Speedway (DIS) in Daytona Beach, Florida. DIS was opened in 1959 by NASCAR founder, Bill France, Sr., after years of driving in and promoting stock car racing on the beaches of the Daytona area. From the beginning the new speedway was associated with stock car … [Read more...]

HSR Daytona Historic Races 2011 – Report and Photos

HSR Daytona Historic Races 2011

Report and photos by Louis Galanos Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) returned to the Daytona International Speedway during the 2011 Veteran’s Day holiday weekend after a year-long hiatus due to the unscheduled but necessary paving of the crumbling Daytona track. Blessed with plenty of Florida sunshine and mild temperatures almost 170 entries enjoyed the smooth new racing surface of the 3.56-mile road course and … [Read more...]

HSR Sebring Historic Races 2011 – Report and Photos

Corvette - HSR Sebring Historic Races 2011

Report and photos by Louis Galanos Sebring International Raceway has always held some wonderful memories for me ever since I worked as a race official at my very first 12-Hour Grand Prix in 1970. That was the legendary race where Mario Andretti in a Ferrari 512S beat the then leading Steve McQueen/Peter Revson Porsche 908 by 28.5 seconds, the closest Sebring finish up to that time. From that point on I was hooked … [Read more...]

Gianpiero Moretti – Witness to the Times

MOMO Porsche 935 at Sebring 1978.

By Paolo D’Alessio and edited by Louis Galanos Gianpiero Moretti is the last real “gentleman driver” of our times. During his 37-year career he took part in hundreds of races and drove over 40 different types of cars creating a long-lasting bond between himself and Porsche as well as Ferrari with whom he lived some unforgettable moments of his career as racing driver and businessman. This is how Mister Momo, … [Read more...]

Alfa Romeo T33/6/12 – Car Profile

Alfa Romeo T33/6/12 6-Wheel Project Race Car

By Louis Galanos In secret testing almost two weeks (April 1 to be exact) after the 1970 12 Hours of Sebring race Alfa Romeo arrived at Sebring with their one-of-a-kind, six-wheeled, twelve cylinder Alfa-Romeo T33/6/12. Designed to give the Porsche 917 and Ferrari 512 a run for its money, the Alfa Romeo sported a 5-liter V12/60 degrees/4v engine and six wheels in total. … [Read more...]

1957 Sebring 12-Hour Grand Prix – Race Profile

Juan Manuel Fangio in Maserati 450S at Sebring

1957 Sebring 12-Hour Grand Prix Race Profile - “El Chueco” Rides A Hot Seat Story by Louis Galanos In 1957 Sebring was holding only its sixth installment of the 12-hour race. With the growing popularity of sports car racing in post World War II America, the event was finally coming into its own since its creation by impresario Alec Ulmann in 1952. To many sports car fans in America at that time the Sebring … [Read more...]

1971 24 Hours of Daytona – Race Profile

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1971 24 Hours of Daytona - The End of an Era Story and photos by Louis Galanos Few fans of endurance racing who attended the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1971 were aware they were witnessing the end of an era. Some would later say that the 1971 World Manufacturer’s Championship (previously known as the World Sportscar Championship or WSC) series would be the zenith for that series, although it would drag on until … [Read more...]

Legends of Motorsports at Sebring 2010 – Results and Photos

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Legends of Motorsports – Sebring Finale 2010, A Bobby Rahal Signature Event Report and photos by Louis Galanos The Legends of Motorsports 2010 series of vintage races wrapped up their inaugural season with three days of racing and an awards banquet (December 3-5) at the legendary Sebring International Raceway. With two days of practice and qualifying plus a fifty-minute Enduro on Saturday, everything came … [Read more...]

HSR Sebring Historic Fall Classic 2010 – Results and Photos

HSR Historic Fall Classic at Sebring 2010

Report and Photos by Louis Galanos Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) held its Sebring Historic Fall Classic 2010 on October 21-24 at the 3.70-mile Sebring International Raceway in Florida. For the past 14 years the Sebring International Raceway has been host to the season-ending event in HSR racing calendar. That event was usually held during the first week in December. This year an unexpectedly large monkey … [Read more...]

Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival 2010 – Report and Photos

1952 Cunningham C-4R - Collier Collection

Report and photos by Louis Galanos The 12th annual Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival was held the weekend of October 15-17 in Lakeland, Florida. Blessed with chamber-of-commerce-perfect weather, a record turnout of over 35,000 spectators were drawn to over 640 vintage cars, motorcycles and boats. It is no wonder this event is considered one of the best of its kind in the Southeast. The Lake Mirror Classic … [Read more...]

1965 Sebring 12-Hour Grand Prix of Endurance – Race Profile

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And Then The Rains Came - The 1965 Sebring 12-Hour Grand Prix of Endurance Story by Louis Galanos. Black and white photos by Dave Nicholas and color photos by Walker Fricks, Jr. Whether driver, crew member, race official or spectator, no one who attended the 1965 running of the 12 Hours of Sebring will ever forget that race. A record crowd of over 50,000 race fans came expecting a race to remember, and the … [Read more...]

Happy 40th Anniversary Porsche 917 – Photo Gallery

The pace lap for the 1970 24 Hours of Daytona.  Coming out of the old turn three and behind the camera car we see the #1 Porsche 917K of Jo Siffert and Brian Redman followed by the #2 Porsche 917K of Pedro Rodriguez and Leo Kinnunen.  The 'K' designation stood for Kurzheck or short back.

Story and photos by Louis Galanos (except as noted) This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first race run by what some call the greatest race car in the history of motorsports, the Porsche 917. The Porsche 917 we know today and that was made a movie star by actor/racer Steve McQueen in the movie Le Mans was visually very different from the one that made its racing debut at Spa on May 11, 1969. … [Read more...]