Having made a stunning rally debut in October 1980 by running their as-yet unhomologated Quattro as a “course car” in the Algarve Rally, when Hannu Mikkola set fastest time on 24 out of 30 stages, Audi quickly came to dominate the rallying scene with their four-wheel driven flyer. And when the rally classes were changed in 1983, Audi appeared to handle the change from Group 4 to Group B adroitly, though of course things were more complicated than they Read More
The name of Mercedes-Benz is synonymous with the heritage of the motorcar, and the company has over the decades produced some of the finest examples of sporting machinery. Early forays into the competition world led to the production of some of the fastest touring cars of their day and an involvement with technical development that was unsurpassed. The post-war years saw the continued development associated with the Mercedes-Benz name, and, with the reintroduction of sports cars into the range, in Read More
The Carrera RS is one of the most famous Porsche models ever built, and has come over the years to be regarded as one of the top sports cars to emerge from the 1970s. It was designed and built with ambivalence very much in mind: Porsche’s engineers wanted a car that could be successfully used on the race track, yet which at a moment’s notice and with no modifications could equally be used for shopping or long distance travel. Read More
Cruise It or Bruise It
“The 1959 Sebring 12-Hours provided the Americans Sesslar/Holbert and their RSK with victory in the 1,500 cc class from the works RSK driven by Barth/John Fitch.and fourth overall behind two three-liter Ferraris and the larger works RSK of Trips/Bonnier.” – Richard von Frankenberg, “Porsche: The Man and His Cars.”
Of all Porsche competition sports cars of the 1950s, the incredibly fast and agile Typ 718 RSK is probably the best known. It was developed for the 1958 season to Read More
Drivers Are Invited
by Glenn Herz
The great charm of the stick shift 530i is that it not only invites but also rewards driver participation and skill. Never common in sedans, this trait is fast disappearing in sports cars as well.
With Rover in the net, BMW becomes almost twice the size of Mercedes-Benz. It was also the only German maker so show a profit in 1993. SCML recently sampled Read More
The 910 is an exceptionally rare and important part of Porsches racing history, and should be of great interest to any serious collector, as it was a direct ancestor for the 908 with which Porsche won its first World Championship in 1968.
The 910 was one of the second generation of Porsche sports racers; it was a line which began with the 904, and it had been strengthened by the lessons learned when the factory bought two Elva Mk Read More
The Camera RSR has a special place in Porsche history because it was the first time that the company ever built an ‘homologation special’ version of a production car.
As has often happened over the years, the sports controlling body then began to talk about a replacement formula; the championship would be run with production-based cars, essentially a ‘silhouette formula’.
Porsche was interested in such a formula; it had built the 911 Carrera RS 2.7 in sufficient numbers for Read More
When Mercedes-Benz made their welcome return to motor racing in 1952, they did so with a stunning looking space-framed Gullwing 300SL sports racing Coupe. The results achieved that year were noteworthy, including winning both the 24 Hours Le Mans race and the grueling Carrera Panamericana, and coming in 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the Mille Miglia. At the end of the season these cars were officially retired, but in the meantime their enthusiastic New York agent was trying to persuade Read More
Back in my car repair days I remember burrowing under the hood of a Mercedes 300 SEL. We called them by their engine size so it was known as the 6.3. If memory serves, it was the water pump that I was trying to excavate from the maze of hardware and plumbing. About three hours into the job my friend Chuck ambled up, peeked into the darkness of the engine bay and said “German cars are always over-engineered.except Speedsters.”