1956 Maserati 450S Prototype – Car Profile

1956 Maserati 450S Fantuzzi Prototype

In early 1956, Tony Parravano, a wealthy American housing developer, commissioned Maserati to build a new large-bore V-8 for use in a Kurtis Indy chassis. The order offered Maserati the chance to develop the V-8 project, coded Tipo 54, which had been shelved since the disastrous Le Mans accident of 1955. The project also provided a natural opportunity to try the new powerplant in Maserati’s own sports-racing chassis, … [Read more...]

Legend of “Big Mo” – The Monster Gator of Sebring

The alligator known as "Big Mo" crosses in front of photographer Dave Kutz after causing the accident that eliminated Peter Gregg's Porsche from the race. (Dave Kutz photo)

By Louis Galanos | Photos as credited The legendary nature of the Sebring 12 Hour Grand Prix extends way beyond the drivers and cars that have raced on this most famous of airport courses for over sixty years. During the past six-plus decades the Sebring race has produced a number of stories that over time have gained the status of urban legends. Of those Sebring urban legends the most widely repeated involved … [Read more...]

Porsche at Le Mans – 1974 to 1981

Herbert Muller and Gijs van Lennep finished 2nd overall in a Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Turbo 2.1 at the 1974 Le Mans 24 Hours

In June of 2014, Porsche will return to Le Mans with a newly designed LMP1 racing machine. With 16 overall victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the pinnacle of endurance motor racing, Porsche is the most successful manufacturer in the race's history. Their last win, though, was back in 1998 with the 911 GT1, so Porsche has labeled this endeavor as "Our Return" and "Coming Home". Sports Car Digest continues its … [Read more...]

12 Hours of Sebring 2014 – Report and Photos

2014 Sebring 12 Hours Grand Prix

The 2014 running of the 12 Hours of Sebring was held Saturday, March 15th at the 3.74-mile, 17-turn Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Florida. Time was the defining element in separating the wheat from the chaff at the 62nd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, which came to its dramatic conclusion with the winners being rewarded for their perseverance over the 12-hour endurance contest. … [Read more...]

Development of the McLaren M7C

McLaren M7C and McLaren 650S Spider

The philosophy of constantly assessing, developing and re-engineering through the life cycle of a Formula 1 car was fundamental in achieving the success that established McLaren as a race winner. The development that led to the M7C is testament to the principles that were established by Bruce in those early days in the evolution of McLaren. On the afternoon of Sunday, 9 June 1968, Bruce McLaren, driving an M7A … [Read more...]

Vic Elford Named 2014 Sebring 12 Hours Grand Marshal

Elford in the pits at Sebring in 1971. He and co-driver Gerard Larrousse would pilot a Porsche 917 to victory in the 12-hour race. Photo courtesy of Vic and Anita Elford.

By Louis Galanos | Photos as credited The Sebring International Raceway has announced that legendary British driver Vic Elford will be honored as Grand Marshal at the 62nd running of America's oldest and most prestigious sports car race, the 12 Hours of Sebring. This year's race will be held on March 15, 2014. Born in London, England in 1935, Victor Henry Elford's three-decades long career in motorsports … [Read more...]

Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe in Historic Vehicle Registry

1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe CSX2287

The prototype 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe (serial number CSX2287) became the first automobile to be recorded under the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Heritage Documentation. The Historical Vehicle Association (HVA) recently announced that honor, unveiling the car in its “survivor” state at a press conference in Washington DC. The documentation will be part of the HVA's National Historic Vehicle … [Read more...]

Ferrari 250 GT Lusso – My First Drive

Ferrari 250 GT Lusso

By Stephen Mitchell After a year or so of Jaguar E-Type ownership ('There's nothing like Jaguar motoring!" D.S. Jenkinson was fond of writing in Motor Sport magazine), I had grown weary of breaking down at the side of the road albeit in some very picturesque locations -- the California desert, the Malibu coastline, along Route 66 in Arizona -- not to mention my driveway when starting off on a much-anticipated … [Read more...]

1970 SAAB 96 Rally – Car Profile

1970 SAAB 96 Rally

By Leigh Dorrington World Rally Champion Sebastian Ogier’s victory in the 2014 Monte Carlo Rally in a Volkswagen Polo R was Ogier’s first at Monte Carlo and the first for Volkswagen. First victories in the world’s oldest and most famous rally have lifted countless drivers to prominence—and presaged record-breaking motorsport success to come for manufacturers including Mini, Lancia and Audi. Another example of … [Read more...]

2014 Subaru BRZ – Driving Report

2014 Subaru BRZ

It really had been a sad few years for new sports car buyers, especially since 2008. There were good sports compacts out there (Mazdaspeed 3, Golf GTI, Civic Si), but all were front-drive with rather pedestrian roots. There were also quite a few proper rear-drive sports cars, but unless you wanted to spend Nissan Z or even Porsche Boxster money, the only choice was the ubiquitous Mazda Miata. The Honda S2000 and … [Read more...]

An Unforgettable Day with Porsche Legends

Trevor Ely in the Porsche RSR Carrera Turbo

By Trevor Ely After shoving an industrial-looking lever into what felt like it must have been first gear, I heard a familiar 'back-talk' from the small displacement flat six that surely provided a thrilling noise for the onlookers. As I entered a corner, I remembered that this clumsy-looking beast was a car that Zuffenhausen once claimed would be the way of the future for competitive 911s in sports car … [Read more...]

Porsche at Le Mans – 1969 to 1973

1971 Le Mans winning Porsche 917 KH

In June of 2014, Porsche will return to Le Mans with a newly designed LMP1 racing machine. With 16 overall victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the pinnacle of endurance motor racing, Porsche is the most successful manufacturer in the race's 90 year history. Their last win, though, was back in 1998 with the 911 GT1, so Porsche has labeled this endeavor as "Our Return" and "Coming Home". With so much heritage behind … [Read more...]

Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona 2014 – Report and Photos

Porsche 911 RSR

The Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona 2014 was held January 25-26 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. The 52nd running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona maintained tension right to the finish as a yellow flag 20 minutes from the end shrank the gap between the leading cars. … [Read more...]

Small Car, Huge Win – 1964 Monte Carlo Rallye Profile

Paddy Hopkirk and Henry Liddon in the Mini Cooper at the Rallye Monte Carlo 1964

It is now 50 years since one of the most spectacular victories in the history of international motor sport. On 21 January 1964, the Mini Cooper S won the Monte Carlo Rally for the first time. It was the pairing of Northern Ireland’s Patrick "Paddy" Hopkirk and his co-driver Henry Liddon that pulled off the big surprise, resisting the supposed superiority of significantly more powerful rivals in their small British … [Read more...]

Le Mans-Winning Porsche 935 K3 Seized

1979 Porsche 935 K3 loaded on DEA hauler (photo: David Soares)

By most accounts, Bruce Meyer has it pretty good. His world-class car collection includes the first production Shelby Cobra, the ex-Clark Gable Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Cabriolet, the ex-John Von Neumann Ferrari 625 TRC Spider, a Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta "SEFAC Hot Rod", one of the Briggs Cunnningham Corvettes entered at Le Mans in 1960, a Pebble Beach-winning 1932 Ford Doane Spencer Roadster, the So-Cal Speed … [Read more...]