Alfa Romeo Museum Opens Doors

Alfa Romeo Giulia display

Alfa Romeo is celebrating its 105th anniversary by opening its historical museum in Arese, Milan, Italy to the public. The museum, which is named “La macchina del tempo – Museo storico Alfa Romeo”, is at the heart of a brand centre which also has a bookshop, cafe, documentation centre, test-drive track, event venues, showroom and customer delivery area, in an effort to feature the past, present and future of the Alfa … [Read more...]

1955 Mille Miglia Victory Celebrated

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR #722

At the 2015 Mille Miglia retrospective, Mercedes-Benz celebrated the 60th anniversary of its famed overall win at the 1955 Mille Miglia. Three of the greatest heroes of the thousand-mile race in 1955 returned to the route between Brescia and Rome. Together with the legendary Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR (W 196 S) racing car, Mercedes-Benz racing drivers Sir Stirling Moss and Hans Herrmann remembered the 1955 race at this … [Read more...]

24 Hours of Le Mans 2015 – Report and Photos

24 Hours of Le Mans 2015

The 24 Hours of Le Mans 2015 was held 13-14 June at the 38-turn, 8.469 mile Circuit de la Sarthe in France. Every race is special. Every race is different. Just when you think you might have seen it all the 24 Hours of Le Mans pulls another surprise. The 83rd edition packed action, drama and pathos into the daylong race that seems to last a week and for some is a year in the planning. In the end it appeared to be … [Read more...]

Happy 80th Birthday to Vic Elford

Vic Elford's Porsche 908 at the Nurburgring 1000 KM in 1968

Born in London on June 10, 1935, Vic Elford was one of the fastest drivers in the highly competitive 1960s and '70s racing scene. Elford’s lap records include Targa Florio, Nurburgring, Daytona, Sebring, Norisring, Monza, Road Atlanta, Laguna Seca, Riverside, and Le Mans - where he was the first driver to lap at over a 150mph average in the Porsche long-tail 917 in 1970. Known as “Quick Vic” to friends and … [Read more...]

Mercedes Celebrates Indy 500 Victory

Painting by Carlo Demand depicting 1915 Indianapolis 500 finish

On 31 May 1915, Ralph DePalma won the 500-mile race in Indianapolis driving a Mercedes Grand Prix car. A major dream had come true for the racing driver born in Italy in 1882. In 1912, he had narrowly failed to win victory in the Indianapolis 500 owing to a technical defect. His victory in the fifth of these legendary races crowned a whole series of successes that DePalma notched up in one of the vehicles with which … [Read more...]

Audi Le Mans Winners Unite for First Time

Le Mans winning Audi race cars 2000 - 2014

Audi is intensively preparing to battle for its 14th victory in the world’s toughest endurance race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Since 2000, the marque has won the race 13 times. This year, Audi assembled all of its Le Mans winning models for a group photo for the first time. The string of victories began with the Audi R8 in 2000. “Following a year of learning and gathering experience at Le Mans, we started the 2000 … [Read more...]

The Colors of the Porsche 919 Hybrid

Porsche 919 Hybrid in 2015 Le Mans colors

The livery of a race car is a science in itself. It should highlight design and proportions, cover design secrets and it must look good when the car runs at high speeds. In the old days cars were painted, nowadays they are covered in ultra-thin material. Often the colours and looks are influenced by sponsors and partners like the never forgotten Porsche Le Mans race cars in the colours of Gulf, Martini, Mobil1, … [Read more...]

First Alfa Romeo F1 Victory Remembered

Giuseppe "Nino" Farina won the first Grand Prix of Europe on Alfa Romeo 158

The first World Championship Formula 1 race of the modern era was staged May 13, 1950 at the Silverstone Circuit in Silverstone, England. Giuseppe "Nino" Farina won the Grand Prix of Europe with his Alfa Romeo Tipo 158 'Alfetta' in convincing fashion. Alfa Romeo fielded a team of four "Alfetta" to the Silverstone track for the debut World Championship Formula 1 race in 1950. They were entrusted to Giuseppe "Nino" … [Read more...]

Shelby 427 Cobra S/C – Car Profile

1967 Shelby 427 Cobra S/C (photo: David Newhardt)

Invoiced to Shelby American on December 14, 1966, Shelby Cobra CSX3356 was first sold to Paradise Ford of Scottsdale, Arizona, at an inventory reduction price of “$1,000 off dealer cost” and was delivered to Arizona by truck on October 2, 1967. In its original configuration it was equipped with the single four-barrel 427 “side oiler” engine and finished in Red with a Black interior. The Shelby Registry notes that … [Read more...]

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...]