Among all Brooklands habitués of the 1920–30s, perhaps the most glamorous and charismatic of all the historic motor course’s racing celebrities was the diminutive Bentley-driving Baronet, Sir Henry Ralph Stanley “Tim” Birkin. He combined his “Bentley Boy” high-society image with a fearless driving talent.
With fellow enthusiast/racer Mike Couper, Birkin & Couper Ltd was established at Welwyn, where it produced the prototype 4½ Litre “Blower” Bentley in the summer of 1929. W.O. Bentley recalled: “They would lack in their preparation Read More
In February 1966, Ferrari debuted a new sports-racing car formulated for the FIA’s 2-Liter Group 4 class, with hopes of winning over the numerous privateer teams that campaigned in Porsches. Dubbed the Dino 206 S, the car was powered by the development of the 65-degree V6 engine that had been conceived by Dino Ferrari before his death in 1956.
Introduced for the 1966 racing season, the Dino 206 S appeared to be a scaled-down version of the revered 330P, even Read More
This car has a 700-plus horsepower, 5,500-cc twin-turbocharged dual overhead camshaft V12 engine, 6-speed sequential manual paddle-shift gearbox, independent front and rear double-wishbone suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic ventilated disc brakes. The wheelbase is 116 inches.
• 2009 Le Mans Works entry
• Exceptional and undisputed racing provenance
• 1st Overall at Monza, Silverstone and Spa
• Groundbreaking HDi diesel-powered V12 engine
• Run by the Works-Peugeot factory race team
• The first Peugeot 908 HDi to ever be offered Read More
CSX2093 is one of only eight cars modified with the Shelby-developed Dragonsnake package.
Owned by Jim Costilow and piloted by drag racer Bruce Larson, later of USA-1 Funny Car fame, the Dragonsnake dominated the NHRA’s A/SP, AA/SP, B/SP and C/SP classes in 1964. It set records in the 1965 season and won the NHRA Springnationals, Winternationals and U.S. Indy Nationals that year.
With subsequent owner Ed Hedrick behind the wheel, CSX2093 went on to win the 1966 Springnationals and U.S. Read More
This Porsche, 962103, better known as the Holbert Racing Löwenbraü Special, is widely considered to be the most successful and recognizable 962. Built by Porsche AG in spring 1984, 962103 was the third customer car completed at the racing department in Weissach. Intended to compete in the IMSA GT Championship, 962103 was originally delivered to Holbert Racing, an American outfit with long-standing ties to the German marque.
Twenty-five years have passed since 962103 last raced, yet Read More
Among the many builders of Indianapolis 500 cars, the names Frank Kurtis, A.J. Watson and Quinn Epperly stand out, primarily for their work during the glorious era of the 1950s through the mid-1960s. Over the years, however, many other talented and resourceful builders turned their hands to the craft. One of these was Russell Snowberger. His heyday came during the so-called “Junk Formula” years, when Indy rules were skewed toward production engines.
Louis Read More
The Abarth reputation as a giant-killer was cemented on the racetracks, rallies and hillclimbs of Europe and America, as funny-looking but potent little Fiat sedans stormed to class wins and group championships in event after event.
Based on the Fiat 600D introduced in 1960, the 850 TC, for Turismo Competizione, boasted an 847-cc, Abarth-tuned engine with 52 horsepower capable of a 92-mph top speed. Disc brakes were fitted as part of the enhanced suspension package. From Read More
The Makes Championship racers of 1969–74 are not for the faint of heart or weak of pocketbook
Chassis number: AR11572010
– 4th overall at Le Mans with Nino Vaccarella and Andrea de Adamich
– Confirmed as a 1972 Alfa Romeo Autodelta team car
– Driven by Andrea de Adamich in the 1972 season
– Beautiful patina with original paint and interior
I have no idea how much fun it might be to drive, but I can guarantee
it won’t have a chance against the Lotus 11s and Cooper Bobtails
Chassis number: TAD354
Engine number: B44
Archie Butterworth of Frimley Green, Surrey, was a wonderfully extroverted engineering personality involved in the resurgent years of British motorsport immediately post-World War II. Here we offer this most unusual and intriguing Tojeiro-chassised sports-racing car from 1954, powered by one of the Butterworth AJB Read More
From a collector’s standpoint, they were just plain cheap from concept to completion, and they built a ton of them
Chassis number: CA257662044
Engine number: 9FSAY34709
Belying its small size and apparent fragility, the Mini Cooper developed into the most successful Works rally car of the 1960s. One of its most famous victories was Paddy Hopkirk’s headline-grabbing win in the 1964 “Monte.” The Mini Cooper family’s ultimate expression — the 1,275-cc S — won first time out in 1964 Read More