Race Profiles

Profiles of races from the past, including Sebring, Le Mans, Targa Florio and others

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...]

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...]

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...]

Porsche at Le Mans in the 1960s

1965 Porsche 904 at Le Mans

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...]

Porsche at Le Mans in the 1950s – Profile

Jean Behra crossing the Le Mans finish line in 1958 in the 718 RSK

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...]

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...]

Ferrari, Villeneuve and Canada Forever Linked

Gilles Villeneuve in the Ferrari 312 T3

No other name sums up the relationship between Ferrari and Canada better than that of Gilles Villeneuve. He never won a world championship nor did he rack up a host of wins; just six Grand Prix victories came his way and yet Gilles is part of the Prancing Horse’s history and its soul and he has a special place in the heart of all its fans. His talent, speed, courage, bordering on the reckless made him immortal in the … [Read more...]