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
Estate sales can recirculate heretofore unobtainable cars, which-absent their owners’ passing-would have remained tucked away indefinitely
Harry Miller’s name may not ring a bell as loudly as Ettore Bugatti’s, but Bugatti acquired Miller race cars to study before producing his first dual overhead camshaft engine in the Type 50 of 1930.
New Indianapolis 500 competition rules for 1923 limited engine displacement to two liters and eliminated the riding mechanic, so Read More
These difficult cars have finally gotten the development they didn’t get when racing in anger and have become superb vintage racers
In 1968, the rules for sports car racing were changed, limiting Group 6 prototypes to a maximum 3-liter engine capacity. For the 1970 season, Ferrari decided to do what Porsche had done earlier with the 917; that is, build 25 examples of a 5-liter car to allow homologation into Read More
A Kenyan safari guide tells of this car landing so nose down that everyone thought it was going to go end over end
This 1972 Ford Escort RS1600 Mk I comes to auction directly from the finish line of the Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic rally, where it was driven to victory by triple Safari winner Bjorn Waldegard and his son Mathias.
One of only two such Escorts prepared by Read More
To be welcome, even invited, to drive flat out over an alpine pass in a raging blizzard at night-that’s priceless
This ex-Works car, fitted with a Mignotet-built and -tuned engine, started its racing career in the 1968 Tour de Corse driven by Jean-Francois Piot. The rally was won by Jean-Claude Andruet in a sister car. Next year “our car” won the Rallye des Routes du Nord with Jean Vinatier and Marcel Callewaert Read More
I will argue that the Glöckler-Porsches were early flickers, puffs of smoke in the weeds, and the tinder didn’t really catch fire until the 550 came along
Walter Glöckler occupies an honored place among Porsche owners. Not only was he one of the first to race a Porsche, he was also one of the first owners to take a standard Porsche and make substantial changes to it in order to Read More
That “inside front wheel in the air” was a function of stiff front springs and soft rear ones, which seemed to work
Ford’s 1960s profile-raising competition program included recruiting Lotus boss Colin Chapman to give the new Cortina a sporting makeover. Chapman’s brief was to develop a Group 2 competition version; Lotus would then build the 1,000 cars required for homologation.
Launched in 1963, the Lotus Cortina featured the Elan’s Read More
Blanco and this Reo scored podium finishes for 22 years-from 1931 to 1954-a monumental accomplishment
Car collectors have known for a long time that some of the greatest barn finds have come out of Argentina, but not many realize why this is so. To understand, it is necessary to appreciate Buenos Aires in the inter-war years.
Argentina was at that time the world’s third largest economy, and motor racing Read More
This is a front-running, potentially winning car at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix. Now the price all starts to make sense
Veritas was formed in 1946 by BMW engineers Ernst Loof and Lorenz Dietrich to build BMW-engined sports cars. Because steel was virtually unavailable in post-war Germany, the bodies were all hand-finished in aluminum, with steel being confined to the main chassis members.
This, and a general shortage of Read More
For sheer giggles per lap, I don’t think there is a vintage racer around that can match the Lola Mk I
This well-presented Lola-Climax Mk I is not only a fine example of perhaps the most sought-after of all British small-capacity sports-racing cars of the 1950s, it is also one that can boast an exceptional history. The Lola Mk I was the first commercial sports-racing car product of Lola Cars, Read More