Bruce’s Unfinished Business – McLaren M6-GT

2014 Pinehurst Concours

History’s top racing car manufacturers have always taken rather different approaches to their road-going products. Enzo Ferrari never cared for them all that much, as fantastic as many of them were, seeing them as a way to fund the next race car. Ferdinand Porsche, on the other hand, placed great importance on his company’s street cars and there was often a strong link between Porsches for the road and Porsches for … [Read more...]

2014 Fiat 500 Sport – Driving Report

2014 Fiat 500 Sport - Front

It’s easy to pick on the little guy, and Fiat’s 500 has endured plenty of this during its few years on this side of the Atlantic. Chosen as the mascot for the brand’s return to American soil, the ‘little’ Cinquecento was a brave move coming from a very new relationship between Fiat and the Chrysler group. Following a 27-year hiatus from the United States, the anticipation was high, and there was news of several new … [Read more...]

Porsche Heritage – Spirit of Le Mans Video

Le Mans 1976 No. 20 (overall winner), driver Jacky Ickx and Gijs van Lennep. # 40: Rolf Stommelen and Manfred Schurti on Porsche Type 935 (4th place overall)

Porsche returned to Le Mans in 2014 with a newly designed LMP1 racing machine, the 919 Hybrid. While victory wasn't in the cards for their heralded return to prototype racing, with 16 overall victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, rest assured that Porsche will do everything within their power to remain the most successful manufacturer in the race's history. Until then, Porsche will lean heavily on their history, … [Read more...]

24 Hours of Le Mans 2014 – Report and Photos

Aston Martin Vantage V8 at 24 Hours of Le Mans 2014

The 24 Hours of Le Mans 2014 was held 14-15 June at the 38-turn, 8.469 mile Circuit de la Sarthe in France. The 82nd edition of the 24 Heures du Mans will live long in the memory. Action in all four categories went down to the wire; racing was compelling, rivalries intense, high profile retirements caused a regular rewriting of the script. The #2 Audi Sport Team Joest of Marcel Fässler (SUI), André Lotterer (DEU) and … [Read more...]

Volvo Sport Turns 60 Years Old

1954 Volvo Sport

On 2 June 1954 the two-seater roadster, the Volvo Sport, and the company's first sports car, made its debut. But a low weight and reliable Volvo technology were not enough - production was shut down after just 67 had been built. Or was it 68? The name of the new car was short and sweet - Sport - and it had a short and plump body with a big grille that looked like a turbine. The wheelbase was 20 centimetres shorter … [Read more...]

Maserati Boyle Special Honored at Indy

Johnny Rutherford, President of Maserati North America, Inc. Pete Grady, President of Historic Vehicle Association Mark Gessler and Chief Restoration Manager for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum Bill Spoerle attend the Maserati 8CTF "Boyle Edition" Commemoration Of Indianapolis 500 Two-Time Victory at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 25, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images for Maserati)

Reminiscent of its renowned win at the same track, the Maserati 8CTF “Boyle Special” (serial number 3032) relived its final victory lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway exactly 75 years later. On the brink of Maserati’s 100th anniversary, the 8CTF was honoured at the Indy 500 in commemoration of its declared win in 1939. Behind the wheel of the vintage automobile was Johnny Rutherford, three-time Indy 500 … [Read more...]

Ferrari and Monaco – A Brief History

Ferrari racing in the Monaco Grand Prix

Ferrari has a storied history at the Monaco Grand Prix, having won the famous race eight times, yet it was not to be at the 61st running of the Monaco Grand Prix, as Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso finished in fourth place and teammate Kimi Raikkonen ended up twelfth. The first ever Monaco Grand Prix in 1950 was the second ever championship race and Scuderia Ferrari’s first. A total of 19 cars started but 10 of … [Read more...]

Ferrari Challenge Laguna Seca 2014 – Report and Photos

Jon Becker in the #28 Ferrari 458 EVO

Report and Photos by Victor Varela Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway hosted the third race of the season for the popular one-make, sports car series – the Ferrari Challenge. The mechanical opera of the new Ferrari 458 Challenge EVO race car made their return to Monterey, California on May 16-18, 2014 to challenge the 11-turn, 2.238-mile road course. 2014 marks the twenty-second year for the series, which currently … [Read more...]

Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Reproduction

1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweigh at Silverstone

Jaguar will build six reproductions of the original, race-bred Lightweight E-type that was created in 1963. The new cars are the 'missing' six vehicles from the brand's Lightweight E-type project, which originally started in February 1963 with the objective of building 18 'Special GT E-type Cars.' Only 12 of the aluminum bodied Lightweight E-type vehicles were eventually built, the last in 1964, the remaining six … [Read more...]

Porsche at Le Mans – 1982 to 1987

Le Mans (pre-test), 1987, Porsche Type 962 C

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...]

Remembering Jack Brabham (1926 – 2014)

Jack Brabham in the #17 Cooper-Climax at the 1961 Indy 500

Sir Jack Brabham AO, OBE, triple Formula 1 World Champion, has died at the age of 88. Sir Jack passed away peacefully at his Gold Coast, Australia, home on Monday 19th May 2014. Formula 1 World Champion in 1959, 1960 and 1966 and double Constructors' Champion (1966 and 1967), Sir Jack was one of the most accomplished drivers and team owners in the history of the sport. The first driver to be knighted for services … [Read more...]

Continental Tire Grand Prix of Monterey 2014 – Report and Photos

Corvette Racing's C7-R Chevrolet Corvette in turn eleven.

The streak of Chamber of Commerce conditions that blessed the first three rounds of the 13-race 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship continued Sunday, May 4th at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca where the fourth round of the championship was witnessed by an enthusiastic and large turnout of motorsports fans. The Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix Powered by Mazda staged the contest in a split format: up first were the … [Read more...]

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C – Car Profile

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/Competition

Creating a replacement for the hugely successful 250 series of Ferraris was a daunting task for the engineers at Maranello. As the 250 series was highly successful both in the showroom and on the track, it effectively etched Ferrari’s name into the automotive history books. With numerous wins at Le Mans, the Tour de France, Sebring, and Daytona, the 250 LWB TdF, the 250 SWB, the 250 LM, and the 250 GTO were the gold … [Read more...]

1960 12 Hours of Sebring – Race Profile

Racing was almost nose to tail in the early going. Roy Schechter archives.

1960 Sebring 12-Hours Grand Prix - Porsche Racks Up Their First Overall Win at Sebring By Louis Galanos | Photos as credited From 1954 to 1959 Porsche of Germany had managed to have one or more of it 1.5 or 1.6 liter race cars finish in the top ten at the Sebring 12-Hour Grand Prix of Endurance, which many considered the premier sports car race in North America. However, during those years as also-rans, the … [Read more...]

Ford GT40 Acquired by Larry Miller Museum

1964 Ford GT40 P-104

The Larry H. Miller Total Performance Museum in Utah purchased the 1964 Ford GT40 chassis P-104 that sold for $7,000,000 at the Mecum Auctions event in Houston, Texas, on April 12, 2014. The second-oldest existing Ford GT40 joins the Museum's collection of five additional historically significant GT40s. “We are thrilled to be able to add GT40 P-104 to the Larry H. Miller Total Performance Museum collection,” said … [Read more...]