1970 24 Hours of Daytona – Race Profile

Still leading after almost 20 hours of racing the Rodriguez/Kinnunen 917K shows the beating it has taken. (Lou Galanos photo)

1970 24 Hours of Daytona - Opening Round of the World Sportscar Championship By Louis Galanos | Photos as credited The ninth running of international sports car endurance racing at the Daytona International Speedway was historic as the new group 5 Porsche 917s and Ferrari 512s met for the first time in a battle for the 1970 FIA World Sportscar Championship (WSC). This fierce competition between Porsche and … [Read more...]

1964 Argentine Touring Car GP – Profile

The Argentine Touring Car Grand Prix, 28 October to 7 November 1964: one-two-three victory for Mercedes-Benz. The perilous fords, known as vados, were popular places for spectators to gather. The water sprayed high in the air as Eugen Böhringer and Klaus Kaiser, the eventual winning team, drove through one in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SE (W 112).

Fifty years ago Mercedes-Benz dominated the 8th Argentine Touring Car Grand Prix -- VIII Gran Premio Internacional de Turismo Super Nafta YPF -- with yet another sparkling performance. At the end of the race, which ran from 28 October to 7 November 1964, the model 300 SE 'Tailfin' Saloons (W 112) occupied the first three places in the overall rankings. It was the fourth win in a row for the Stuttgart-based brand in … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]