Of course, there is no experience like driving an F1 car: The sound, the incredible horsepower, the ridiculous braking ability, and the sheer competence of the chassis combine into sensory overload of the best sort
When Jody Scheckter won the Formula 1 drivers’ championship in 1979, few enthusiasts, and even fewer among the management at Fiat and Ferrari itself, could have suspected that it would be 21 long years before Read More
Front-engined Indy cars are the equivalent of those big, muscular farm boys from the ’50s with butch cuts, trucker’s tans, and aggressive smiles that sort of dare you to take them on
After World War II, Frank Kurtis saw an opportunity and began to mass-produce midget racing cars of his own efficient and beautiful design. This business took off, and by the mid-1950s over 500 had been sold. Indeed, Kurtis’ Read More
Anyone who’s ever stood in the cold on the side of a dark mountain road waiting for those headlights to come flashing by can understand the desire to own this car.
This 1984 Audi Sport Quattro is not only the works car of world champion Hannu Mikkola and Arne Hertz, but is probably the fastest street legal way two people can be transported from A to B, whether on tarmac Read More
A tech inspector looked at the front suspension of a J2X and said, “Wow! Where’s the ‘crimes against nature’ checkbox on this form?”
During the mid-1980s, Glenn Shaffer began a search for an Allard J2 with racing heritage. He found this Allard J2 in Lima, Peru, suspecting it was the “missing” #2 Le Mans race car that had been driven by Peter Reece and Alfred Hitchings in 1951. The car Read More
If the new owner knew that 906.016 was a weird but very real chassis number, and that it had both factory development and extensive race history, then he had the unfair advantage
When introduced in 1966 the Porsche 906-marketed generally as the “Carrera 6”-combined a multi-tubular space-frame chassis with strikingly low and curvaceous lightweight fiberglass body paneling aimed at minimum aerodynamic drag. It marked Porsche’s response to new FIA governing body regulations introduced for Read More
Its recent vintage-racing provenance has completely eclipsed whatever original period history the car might have had
By the mid-1960s, Corvettes powered by the immortal 327-c.i. Chevrolet V8 were regular national winners in the Sports Car Club of America’s B-Production class. This storied 1966 coupe had just such an early history, as Texan Dan Hines ran it in SCCA SW division races at Texas International Speedway and other tracks.
The only concern of the Porsche drivers was that they stay well clear of the 512s. The handling of the three overweight Ferraris was as diabolical as anything that had ever emerged from Maranello
Ferrari’s opposed 12-cylinder Formula One technology worked its way into the production lineup in 1971 with the introduction of the 365 Berlinetta Boxer. A super high performance mid-engined berlinetta for Ferrari’s most performance-oriented clients, production of the 365 GT4/BB began Read More
This sucker is one big, low car with ground clearance that would scare a cockroach
Lola constructed just 12 examples of the T600. Chassis T600-HU3 was completed on March 28, 1981, the only example built with a four-cam Cosworth/Ford engine, and the only one retained by Lola Cars, Ltd., as a factory “works” car.
It was entered throughout the 1981 FIA Championship season, campaigned for Lola by Grid Racing and Read More
If the Cobra is a vaguely tamed raging bull, the Nash-Healey is more of a friendly mutt, concocted while under the influence of cocktails out on the bounding seas
The Nash-Healey marque came about from a chance meeting on an ocean liner in 1949. English sports car designer and builder Donald Healey and Nash-Kelvinator president George Mason began a conversation on the ship one day, which resulted in an understanding that Healey would build Read More
Alfa Romeo’s F1 program was classically Italian, i.e. lots of people, huge egos and ambitions, chaotic organization and neither enough money nor development
Alfa Romeo had dipped a toe into the waters of Formula One in 1971 when it supplied a V8 engine for Andrea de Adamich’s works March. Then in 1976, Alfa supplied engines to Brabham. From there it was just a short step towards creating its own F1 Read More