Author: Thor Thorson

1966 McLaren M1B Group 7 Can-Am Racer

Bruce McLaren’s first sports prototype was the M1A. The team’s first self-designed car, the M1A was another simple space-frame design featuring the Oldsmobile V8 engine via a Hewland transaxle. Frank Nichols’ Elva Cars was already building its own highly successful sports racers, and he expressed an interest in the new […]

1968–69 Repco Brabham-Cosworth BT26/BT26A

This is the Formula One Brabham in which — on September 20, 1969 — star Belgian racing driver Jacky Ickx won the Canadian Grand Prix at Mosport Park, Ontario. It is also the actual car in which Ickx finished 2nd in that same year’s Mexican Grand Prix, 3rd in the […]

1987 Ferrari F40 LM

In 1987, Ferrari celebrated their 40th anniversary, and to mark the occasion launched their most uncompromising road car ever — the twin-turbocharged, 471-bhp, 201-mph F40. Developed by Michelotto, the F40 LM benefited from enlarged twin IHI turbocharger/intercooler units and advanced Weber-Marelli fuel injection, which increased power to over 700 bhp. […]

1948 Lesovsky-Offenhauser Indianapolis “Blue Crown Special”

Making its Indianapolis debut in 1948, this car failed to qualify. George Connor was able to qualify the car in 6th position for the Indy 500 in 1949, finishing the race with an impressive 3rd overall. Bill Holland drove it at two subsequent AAA races that year at Trenton and […]

1956 Ferrari 290 MM by Scaglietti

Within the hierarchy of Enzo-era Ferraris, the sports racing barchettas of the mid-1950s are amongst the most significant cars to wear the Cavallino Rampante. The Works-campaigned examples are especially significant, as they often finished at the front of the pack at the most grueling races, piloted by the most talented […]