The buzz at the auction was that this car was unusual and desirable in being completely ready to run with the F1 Clienti. The buyer bought it for that purpose
Ferrari entered 1990 with a dream driver lineup. Nigel Mansell was in his second season with the Scuderia and Alain Prost was making his debut with the Maranello team. Ferrari would have its best season in years. Steve Nichols joined Ferrari from Read More
If you’re racing a 911 and it’s feeling twitchy in a high-speed turn, just hang in there, it will be okay. Above all, do NOT lift
While the Porsche 911 has amassed an unmatched record of racing successes, its entry into road racing was not initially championed by Zuffenhausen. With the exception of the 911R for 1967 and a short run of European rally-prepared 911L models, factory support was Read More
It was a glorious combination of beauty, speed, sound, and comfort, a proper object of Gallic pride, and almost (but not quite) the equal of Porsche’s 908
Only three Matra 650s were built. After a successful racing career, one is kept in the Matra museum at Romorantin, while the second belongs to a racing driver who collects French Blue cars. Thus #01 is the only one available. The 650 is Read More
It’s shiny and extreme, weird, overdone, and in-your-face in a manner that puts a grin on you just walking around it
Sydney Allard’s famous one-off hillclimb car, the 1947 Steyr-Allard, is the best known of all his vehicles. Allard competed in the British Hillclimb Championship with this car for five years, finishing 3rd in 1947 and 1948, 1st in 1949, 2nd in 1950, and 3rd again in 1951. The car Read More
Though beautiful, the 6-cylinder, 121 LMs were overpowered, under-braked, evil-handling, notoriously unreliable, and historically unsuccessful
This magnificent sports prototype Ferrari was the fifth and last of the select batch of 6-cylinder big-engined projectiles that provided the absolute spearhead of the factory Ferrari’s endurance racing campaign for 1955.
These gorgeously aggressive and exquisitely proportioned cars were powered by Tipo 118 and Tipo 121 6-cylinder twin-overhead-camshaft engines in 3.7- and 4.4-liter Read More
Cars that were once wild girlfriends have become trophy wives, with all the cattiness that accompanies competitive collecting
By 1962, it was becoming clear that the 250 GTO was no longer competitive, and something completely new was required. So starting in 1961, Ferrari began experimenting with a rear-engine design.
A series of V6 and V8 prototypes named “Dino,” after Ferrari’s late son, were developed, and their early success seemed to Read More
Going, turning, sticking, and stopping were evident and well in hand, but keeping the Jaguar in one piece proved to be more difficult than anticipated
R alph Broad’s racing team had excelled in touring car competition since the early 1960s, running Ford Anglias, Mini Coopers, and Triumph Dolomites.
Leyland subsequently contracted his Broadspeed team to prepare a Group 2 Jaguar XJ12 to confront BMW and Ford in the European Touring Car Read More
If you want to do any serious competition, you’ll need a 2-liter, 4-cam four, and that’s a $100,000 project
Having axed its expensive Formula One program at the end of 1962, Porsche turned once more to sports car racing as a means of improving and marketing its road cars.
The Type 356-based Abarth-Carreras had flown the Porsche flag in international racing during the early 1960s, but an entirely new Read More
It was left in a corner to be junked, but Guy Griffiths, the father of vintage racing everywhere, talked the factory into selling it to him
By 1960, Jaguar had won the world’s most prestigious race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, five times-twice with its original competition-tailored C-type and three times with the tail-finned D-type. At that juncture, company head Sir William Lyons decreed that it was time for Read More
The Elva-built McLarens, called M1A to distinguish them from the original McLaren prototype, were campaigned by some of the most famous and successful drivers and teams with a variety of powerplants. Their characteristics reflect the McLaren team’s emphasis on simple, straightforward design and rugged construction, traits which had been inculcated into them from years with Cooper.
The frame was based on three main tubes incorporating a multi-tubular space frame structure and stressed sheet floor and bulkhead panels. The suspension was Read More