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...]

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...]

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...]

1973 24 Hours of Daytona – Race Profile

Brumos Porsche 911 RS at 1973 Daytona 24 Hours

1973 Daytona Race Profile - Daytona Returns to 24 Hours By Louis Galanos | Photos as credited In the eyes of many who had attended the 24-Hours of Daytona since its inception in 1966 people and events in the early 1970's were conspiring to make life difficult for this twice-around-the-clock enduro that is now so much a part of the history of endurance racing. For one thing the ruling body for endurance … [Read more...]

Petit Le Mans 2013 – Report and Photos

GT Class action at the 2013 Petit Le Mans

The Petit Le Mans 2013 was held Saturday, October 19th at the 12-turn, 2.54-mile Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia. Rebellion Racing wrote the final chapter in the history of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, winning the season-ending 16th Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda. Neel Jani and Nico Prost repeated as winners of the 1,000-mile race, joined by Nick Heidfeld in the No. 12 Rebellion … [Read more...]

History of the Pebble Beach Road Races

Phil Hill in his Jaguar XK120 at Pebble Beach Road Races

By Art Evans | Photos as noted The Pebble Beach (now expanded) Weekend has become, arguably, the premier vintage automotive event in the U.S. Held each August, it includes not only vintage races at Laguna Seca, but also the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance along with a number of other Concours, many auctions and parties, parties, parties. The Pebble Beach celebration recalls what sports car racing in the U.S. … [Read more...]

Pikes Peak Hill Climb 2013 – Report and Photos

Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak of Sebastian Loeb

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2013 was held June 24-30 at Pikes Peak Mountain in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The 91st annual "Race to the Clouds" is the second oldest motorsports race in America. An international field of 146 competitors, 63 automobiles and 83 motorcycles challenged the 12.42 mile, fully-paved course with 156 turns that begins at 9,390 feet and ends at the 14,110-foot summit of Pikes … [Read more...]

24 Hours of Le Mans 2013 – Report and Photos

24 Hours of Le Mans 2013

The 24 Hours of Le Mans 2013 was held 22-23 June at the 38-turn, 8.469 mile Circuit de la Sarthe in France. The 81st running of the endurance race will be remembered for many things: the celebration of 90 years of myth and legend; a new chapter in the history book; a rewritten record; and, a stark reminder of the risk that motorsport presents. Tom Kristensen and his teammates Allan McNish and Loïc Duval in the #2 … [Read more...]

IMSA History at the 1973 Sebring Camel 12 Hours

Porsche 911 RSR, winner of the 1973 Sebring 12 Hours

Sebring Celebrates 40th Anniversary of IMSA at Sebring By Louis Galanos | Photos as credited On March 16, 2013 the Sebring Raceway and Mobil 1 held the 61st running of the 12-Hours of Sebring but also celebrated the 40th anniversary of the very first IMSA-sanctioned Sebring 12 Hour enduro. The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) came into being in 1969 under the leadership of John Bishop, the … [Read more...]

12 Hours of Sebring 2013 – Report and Photos

Aston Martin at Twelve Hours of Sebring 2013

The 2013 running of the 12 Hours of Sebring was held Saturday, March 16th at the 3.74-mile, 17-turn Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Florida. After 12 hours of intense racing, the winners of the 61st Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring were greeted by fireworks as they crossed the finish line at Sebring International Raceway. America’s oldest circuit is also one of the world’s most challenging, in part owing to … [Read more...]

Underdog Winners of the 1983 Sebring 12 Hours

Porsche 934

By Charles Dressing / ALMS Americans love underdogs but hate losers. And we really love upsets because they turn reality inside out and generally make the mighty look weak. So when anyone demands a prediction, I try to hide because I always remember some races that didn’t quite go the way the experts reckoned: the 1954 Sebring 12 Hours, 1955 Monaco Grand Prix, the start of the 1958 Race of Two Worlds at … [Read more...]

1963 12 Hours of Sebring – Race Profile

Ferrari 250P, winner of the 1963 Sebring 12 Hours (Gerry Johannson photo)

1963 Sebring 12-Hour Grand Prix of Endurance - The Second Battle in the Ford-Ferrari War By Louis Galanos | Photos as credited In mid-March of 1963 the small community of Sebring, Florida was getting ready for the annual onslaught of cars and racing fans for the 12th running of the Sebring 12-Hour Grand Prix of Endurance. Much to the chagrin of race founder and promoter, Alec Ulmann, the local businesses … [Read more...]

Vingt Quatre Heures du Daytona 2013

Audi R8 Daytona 24 Hours

By Rick Carey | Photos by Mark Coughlin This is by necessity a very personal account, since I arrived late (about 9AM Sunday) and left early (about 3PM to catch a 6:20 plane from Orlando.) Serendipity – the word is as pleasing as the concept – brought the opportunity this year to visit Daytona on Sunday, the last day of the Mecum Kissimmee auction. The last day of a multi-day auction [and Mecum Kissimmee is now … [Read more...]

Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona 2013 – Report and Photos

Ferrari 458 Italia

The Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona 2013 was held January 26-27 on the 12-turn, 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway, a combined track made up of portions of the NASCAR tri-oval and an infield road course. The 51st running of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona put on a tremendous finale, maintaining tension right up to the last. Pre-race favorites in the Daytona Prototype class, Chip Ganassi Racing’s #01 BMW/Riley, took … [Read more...]