Ferrari 212 Export Barchetta – Car Profile

1952 Ferrari 212 Export Barchetta by Touring

Ferraris were campaigned frequently and with ferocity by both the factory and wealthy privateers, and the company’s reputation during its early days hinged on the success of its race cars. During these early years, Ferrari created a chassis numbering system that would create legends: the competition cars would be designated an even numbered chassis, whilst road going cars would receive odd chassis numbers. Whilst … [Read more...]

Ferrari 290 MM – Profile and Photo Gallery

1956 Ferrari 290 MM (photo: Sports Car Digest)

A Ferrari 290 MM was displayed at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance 2015, held Sunday, March 15th on the fairways of The Golf Club of Amelia Island next to the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island, Florida. The Ferrari 290 MM, which was restored by the Classiche Department at Ferrari in 2014, was awarded the "The Chairman’s Choice Trophy for the Car Found Most Appealing by the Chairman" at the 20th annual Amelia. … [Read more...]

Look to the Future – Aston Martin Vanquish

2004 Aston Martin Vanquish V12

With classic-era Aston Martins rapidly appreciating in value beyond the seven-digit mark, it’s nice to examine modern-era cars that might someday follow suit. Of course, top-of-the-range collectibles are always more desirable than their standard-production brethren. Such is the case with the Aston Martin Vanquish V12. In the future, collectors undoubtedly will look back upon the Series One Vanquish and heap praise … [Read more...]

The Stars Come Out at Sebring

The Porsche 906E that comedian Dick Smothers and Fred Baker drove to 8th overall and first in class at Sebring in 1969. SIR photo.

The first Sebring 12-hour race took place in March of 1951 and within a short ten-year period the annual racing event held on a former World War II training base for B-17 pilots and crews was being touted as the premier sports car event in North America. During those first ten years, and well into the 1960s and '70s, the Sebring race began to draw some of the most famous national and international drivers and cars … [Read more...]

And Then The Rains Came – 1965 Sebring 12 Hours Race Profile

Winning Chaparral 2A of Jim Hall and Hap Sharp (photo: Dave Nicholas)

And Then The Rains Came - The 1965 Sebring 12 Hours Grand Prix of Endurance Story by Louis Galanos | Photos as credited 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 foremost sports car race in this country didn’t disappoint … [Read more...]

Hans Stuck Named Grand Marshal at 2015 Sebring 12 Hours

Hans Stuck in the BMW CSL

Three-time Sebring winner Hans Stuck will serve as Grand Marshal of the 63rd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, scheduled for March 21, 2015 at the 3.74-mile, 17-turn Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Florida. Stuck has a varied career in motor racing with 81 Formula One starts and numerous endurance racing wins, including twice at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. … [Read more...]

McLaren P1 GTR to Debut at Geneva

McLaren P1 GTR and McLaren F1 GTR 06R

The track-dedicated McLaren P1 GTR will debut at the 85th Geneva Motor Show in limited production form with only minor modifications to the Design Concept presented six months ago. The most noticeable change is the livery that the Geneva show car will be sporting. It is one which will be available to the fortunate few who will be joining the McLaren P1 GTR Driver Programme that kicks off at the Circuit de Catalunya … [Read more...]

Remembering Yutaka Katayama (1909 – 2015)

Mr. K put together the key concepts for the Datsun Z-car

Nissan legend Yutaka Katayama, the man known as “Mr. K,” has died at the age of 105. Katayama, the first president of Nissan Motor Corporation U.S.A, passed away on February 20, 2015. Katayama ran Nissan’s U.S. operations in the 1970s and is widely known as the father of the Datsun Z, the world-class affordable sports car. He retired from Nissan in 1977. … [Read more...]

Sebring Saga – 1965 Sebring 12 Hours Profile

Bizzarrini Iso Grifo A3C

Sebring Saga - The Story of Two Bizzarrini Iso Grifos at the 1965 Sebring 12 Hour Grand Prix By Louis Galanos | Photos as credited In March the Sebring International Raceway (SIR) will celebrate a couple of anniversaries that are part of the significant motorsports history of that legendary track. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first win by BMW with the overall honors going to British driver … [Read more...]

Ferrari 212 Export Restored at Classiche

1951 Ferrari 212 Export Coupe Vignale

The Ferrari Classiche department in Maranello "sympathetically restored" a Ferrari 212 Export Vignale to its former glory. The car has an unusual history. It was built in April 1951, then sold that May to Antonio Mambretti Sozogni Juva and a month later it was sold again to Duke Cesare d'Acquarone. The Duke of Acquarone opted for a radical change of bodywork at the end of 1951. The car, which was originally a … [Read more...]

1966 Le Mans-Winning Ford GT40 Sold

#2 Ford GT40, chassis P/1046, at the 1966 Le Mans 24 Hours

The Ford GT40 Mark II that won the 1966 Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race has been sold to enthusiast Rob Kauffman of RK Motors Charlotte. Developed by Carroll Shelby and driven to victory at Le Mans by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon, the #2 GT40, chassis P/1046, will be restored to its original configuration. With an entry list that included no less than eight GT40 variants, Ford dominated the 1966 running of the 24 … [Read more...]

1973 Canadian Grand Prix – Race Profile

Jackie Stewart’s Tyrrell at speed

1973 Canadian Grand Prix - A Study in Firsts and Lasts Report and photos by Al Wolford The Canadian Grand Prix for 1973, held at the Mosport circuit on September 23, involved a number of firsts and last involving the Grand Prix circus and my photojournalism career. I'll start by saying that the event was my first Formula One race and my first attempt -- albeit with a used, off-brand 35mm camera -- at … [Read more...]

1935 Delahaye 135 S – Car Profile

1935 Delahaye 135 S (photo: Simon Clay)

The vehicles for Delahaye’s new strategic direction were the Superluxe and its sports sibling, the Delahaye Type 135. The Superluxe’s and Type 103’s engine, a long-stroke, pushrod-operated, overhead-valve, four-main-bearing, F-head inline-six, was designed by Jean François, under the direction of Delahaye’s technical director, Amédée Varlet, and it would become one of the most versatile, long-lived engine designs in … [Read more...]

Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona 2015 – Report and Photos

Daytona 24 Hours 2015

The Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona 2015 was held January 24-25 at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. The 12-turn, 3.56-mile track is made up of portions of the NASCAR tri-oval and an infield road course. Excitement at the 53rd Rolex 24 At Daytona went down to the wire. An engaging battle between the leading Prototypes was kept alive to the last by an incident bringing the safety car onto the … [Read more...]

Ex-Works 1969 Porsche 911S – Car Profile

1969 Porsche 911 S (photo: Simon Clay)

Competition has always been in Porsche’s bloodstream, and the company thrived on circuit racing and hill climbs from the outset. Whilst its mid-engined spyders became known as “giant-killers” everywhere from Sebring to Le Mans, its bread-and-butter rear-engined production chassis offered a distinct advantage on tight and twisting hill climb roads. Strangely, the company’s racing department had shown relatively little … [Read more...]