History of Race Cars
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Car racing (likewise referred to as automobile racing, electric motor racing or vehicle racing) is a sporting activity involving the racing of vehicles for competitors. The major aim of an individual event is to set the fastest time in a set variety of laps or time frame. The completing order is identified by race time, with the fastest time in first place, second-fastest in 2nd place and more. Any kind of driver failing to complete a race for any type of reason is deemed 'retired', or more commonly 'out'. Retired motorists will have their positions determined by the order where those retired, with the very first to retire completing last, the next second-last and so forth. In most occasions a driver may be classified their last race placement if he/she completes a sure amount of the race distance, often merely except completing the complete race (for instance, in Formula 1, a driver's race position is classified if he/she completes 90 % of the full race range). There many various groups of car racing, each with different regulations and laws, such as mandatory pit stops and car rules, for all cars and drivers to abide.
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Lola T70 Mk3B GTD Replica Ford's GT40 latterly became known as the 'GT40 Prototype'
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HSR: Stuck and Akin Coca-Cola Porsche 962 reunited for Classic 12 Hour at Sebring
Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Hans Stuck will be reunited with the No. 5 Bob Akin Motor Racing Coca-Cola Porsche 962 at the inaugural Classic 12 Hour at Sebring, Dec. 1-4, the same racecar the German sportscar racing legend co-drove to victory in the 12 Hours of Sebring 30 years ago.
Modeled after the first two editions of the instantly popular Historic SportsCar Racing (HSR) Classic 24 Hour at Daytona, the Classic 12 Hour – officially titled the Classic 12 Hour at Sebring, Pistons and Props, presented by the Alan Jay Automotive Network – is a racing celebration of both the legendary 12-hour sportscar event and Sebring's rich aviation history.
The reunion will be Stuck's second appearance with the 1986 Sebring race winner this year after first reuniting with the 962 in March as the honoree at the 21st Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in March. The 962 was awarded the Amelia Island event's prestigious Spirit of Sebring Award for the car best representing the spirit of the 12 Hours of Sebring race.
Southern Florida-based historic racing competitor Jerry Vento owns the No. 5 Porsche and has been instrumental in arranging for both Stuck and the 962 to appear at the Classic 12 Hour.
Considered one of the greatest victories for the Bob Akin Motor Racing team, which was a standard-bearer in 1980's IMSA Camel GT competition, the Sebring-winning No. 5 Porsche was 962 chassis No. 113.
The 962 was first raced in July of 1985 before winning at Sebring the following March. The Porsche's competitive prime lasted one more season, and No. 113 was last raced at Sebring in 1987.
Stuck, who co-drove to the 1986 Sebring victory with team owner and driver Bob Akin and Jo Gartner, remains today the only surviving driver of the winning trio. Sadly, Gartner was killed later in 1986 competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a race that Stuck won for the first time in his career co-driving with Derek Bell and Al Holbert. Akin passed away in 2002 from injuries sustained in a racing accident at Road Atlanta.
"To have the chance to remember one of the greatest victories in the history of the 12 Hours of Sebring 30 years after Hans Stuck, Bob Akin and Jo Gartner celebrated the win is one of the magic moments the Classic 12 Hour at Sebring is all about," said HSR President David Hinton. "We are delighted that Hans and one of the most memorable Porsche 962s will be joining us for the inaugural edition of what promises to be an incredible event."
Stuck's 1986 12 Hour win was his second at Sebring, splitting overall victories in 1975 in a factory BMW CSL, co-driving with Brian Redman, Allan Moffat and Sam Posey, and 1988 in a Bayside Disposal Racing Porsche 962 that he shared with Klaus Ludwig.
Stuck also co-drove to a rare second-straight win at Le Mans in 1987, once again teaming with Bell and Holbert.
Following the format established by the successful Classic 24 Hour at Daytona, the Classic 12 Hour at Sebring will feature six different Run Groups showcasing race cars from similar eras competing in different classes.
Event updates, race format, the provisional event schedule, race entry form, event classes and run groups and more information are available on the Classic 12 Hour at Sebring web site by clicking here.
Additionally, the Sebring event weekend includes the season-ending events for the 2016 HSR sprint and enduro series, including the year-end awards celebration.
Sebring's motorsports heritage began with the running of the Sam Collier Six Hour Memorial Grand Prix on December 31, 1950. Founder and Promoter Alec Ulmann then established the first 12 Hours of Sebring in 1952. The race quickly evolved into one of America's most important international road racing events.
The Classic 12 Hour at Sebring, Pistons and Props, is also a celebration of the lasting connection between legendary race cars and Sebring's rich aviation history. The on-track and on-the-runways Classic 12 Hour celebration pays tribute to both the legendary auto race and historic Hendricks Field, the iconic military and civil aviation facility on which the 12-hour event is run every year.
Still in part an active airport, the Classic 12 Hour, Pistons and Props, will see vintage aircraft land on one of the Sebring runways and taxi into the paddock to be displayed right alongside the historic racecars. A group of race car drivers will be asked to judge the planes for "best in show" honor and much more.
Joining event presenting sponsor, the Alan Jay Automotive Network, as a partner of the Classic 12 Hour at Sebring, Pistons and Props, is leading vintage and historic motorsports publication Classic Motorsports Magazine.
Using the same program in place at the successful HSR Mitty each April at Road Atlanta, Classic Motorsports Magazine will support the Classic 12 Hours of Sebring with car club corrals, sponsor and spectator promotions, vendor areas and much more.
Additional Classic 12 Hour at Sebring partner announcements will be made in the coming weeks.
Tickets for the Classic 12 Hour of Sebring, Pistons and Props are available at www.hsrtickets.com.
PREVIEW: SVRA U.S Vintage Grand Prix at The Glen
Thursday, 08 September 2016
Mark Dill (words & images)
ABOVE: Peter Klutt, host of the Velocity Channel's "Legendary Motor Car" will be up on the wheel of his 1969 Corvette, shown here being raced at the Brickyard Invitational Indy Legends Pro-Am by Al Unser Jr.
The rich heritage and racing culture of the entire community of Watkins Glen will be hitting on all cylinders when the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) brings its show to town this weekend for the U.S. Vintage Grand Prix presented by Jaguar. America's premiere vintage racing series is working in collaboration with community leaders staging their annual Watkins Glen Grand Prix Festival. The result is a long weekend celebration that extends beyond Watkins Glen International raceway to ignite the entire town in a high-octane buzz.
"What we have is a wonderful three-way collaboration between the community, the track and the SVRA," says Marianne Shoemaker who is the festival chairwoman as well as director of guest and special services at Watkins Glen International. "You don't have many festivals presented on Fridays, but this really is a holiday for Watkins Glen and a great way to kick off a weekend of racing at the track."
Among the many features of the festival will be a Concours d'Elegance that was first presented in 1948 as well as inductions into the Walk of Fame on Franklin Street and tours of the original 6.6-mile public roads race course by vintage and historic cars. The festival's crescendo event is the Grand Prix Tribute Tour featuring select SVRA vintage racers. For most of the day vintage cars from both the SVRA and other invited private owners will be parked along the main drag of Watkins Glen. Corvette is the featured marque of the weekend. A hugely popular street festival underscores the authentic car culture so evident even on ordinary days in the village atmosphere.
The Walk of Fame is testimony to that vibe. The names listed there go on and on: Jim Clark, Dan Gurney, Stirling Moss, Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt, Richard Petty, Parnelli Jones and dozens more of tremendous stature. This weekend Roberto Guerrero and Davy Jones (pictured) will headline the new inductees. Jones is the grand marshal for the SVRA race meet and Guerrero will serve in the same capacity at the festival. In that role Roberto will give the command to start engines and wave the green flag for the Grand Prix Tribute Tour.
"I am a little surprised and a whole lot humbled to have my name added to a list of such amazing champions," Guerrero said on Wednesday from Chicago en route to New York. "These SVRA events bring back so many memories too. I see people I remember, people that care for the sport and love it the way I do. All of that makes this honor so meaningful."
Drivers and personalities competing in the SVRA races this weekend are further evidence of the event's importance and the significance of The Glen in history. Among the numerous headliner names driving is Lyn St. James (pictured), who was inducted into the Walk of Fame in 2009.
"This place has such huge history and such an emotional connection for me personally I just feel like this is where I should be," says St. James.
Lyn made history 31 years ago at The Glen when she became the first woman to score a solo victory in a major sportscar endurance competition at the IMSA GTO Serengeti Drivers New York 500.
Her 1985 success will be commemorated as part of the weekend's festivities. She will be sharing driving duties in Group 9 with one the SVRA's top drivers, Bruce Hamilton, in his 2008 Dallara-Infiniti Indy Lights racer.
TV personalities Lauren Fix (the Car Coach) and Peter Klutt (Legendary Motor Car) have also filed entries. Fix is returning with her 2000 Jaguar XKE (pictured) for Group 10 and Klutt is a Group 6 favorite in his familiar 1969 Corvette – the same car he shared with Al Unser Jr. in their impressive victory at the first Brickyard Invitational Indy Legends Pro-Am. Andre Ahrle, who won this year's Indy Legends Pro-Am with co-driver Robby Unser, will be on hand with his Legendary Motor Car-prepared 1965 Cobra.
Appropriately enough, the Historic Trans Am drivers will ladle on more genuine history when they join the SVRA for the fourth time this season. These cars are from the glory days of Trans Am, 1966 though 1972. They are held to the most rigid standards of authenticity. Many of the machines were driven by genuine legends of the sport such as Parnelli Jones, Dan Gurney, Mark Donohue, Peter Revson, George Follmer and Swede Savage.
NASCAR television announcer Mike Joy will be part of a strong field of 31 Historic Trans Am cars. Among the leaders of the series are Vic Edelbrock, Ken Epsman and Bill Ockerlund.
A major feature race of the weekend will be the Collier Cup race for MGs. The SVRA has now conducted this special contest since 1985. It is homage again to history, recognizing the contributions of sports car racing pioneers, the Collier Brothers: Barron, Miles and Sam. They established America's first MG import business in 1936 and founded ARCA. After the passing of Sam and Miles, the SCCA established the "Collier Brothers Memorial Trophy" race for their beloved MGs in 1954. The Collier Cup is a revival of that history.
One of the Collier Cup favorites this year has to be Dave Nicholas, who helped BMW win an IMSA Camel GT touring class championship in 1973. Nicholas has reeled off ten vintage Group 1 race wins in his "Honeybee" MGA (pictured) since returning to competitive driving in 2013 after a 21-year absence.
Event sponsor Jaguar is back on track with their state-of-the-art F-Type sports cars. Davy Jones and Guerrero will lead a team of performance drivers to greet the company's customers. They treat them to hot laps and give them a turn behind the wheel with one-on-one coaching. In one of the more amazing arrive-and-drive opportunities anywhere, any fan who is a licensed driver with closed-toe shoes can get behind the wheel and feel F-Type performance on an autocross course of Jones' design. Again, the champion drivers will provide coaching.
"This is absolutely one of our marquee events of the season," says SVRA President and CEO Tony Parella. "We are so proud to be a part of an event that is such a perfect fit for this community. This is a tremendously historic track and everyone in Watkins Glen gets behind it one hundred and ten percent. We have one of the largest fields of cars in years with over 450 entries, and all are top quality. This is powerful."
GT40 P/1046 wins "Restoration of the Year"
HISTORIC: GT40 P/1046 wins "Restoration of the Year"
Friday, 09 December 2016
RK Motors Charlotte earned "Restoration of the Year" honors at the prestigious 2016 International Historic Motoring Awards, in recognition of the painstaking 20-month restoration of P/1046 – the iconic GT40 that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.
Almost 4,000 man-hours were spent on the racecar's restoration over a period of nearly 20 months, and no detail was spared, including the hastily painted #2 on the hood with identical dripping paint and the unequal length exhaust pipes at the rear; both characteristics of the original build. That painstaking restoration by Kingston, N.H.-based Rare Drive was chronicled in a seven-part video series, which may be viewed at gt40.rkmotorscharlotte.com
The GT40 is a testament to stalwart and ingenious engineering and is first American-built car to win endurance racing's most prestigious competition, which had always been dominated by Ferrari. Developed by legendary car builder and racer Carroll Shelby, chassis P/1046 carved its niche in racing history as the first of three GT40s to take the checkered flag and earn podium finishes at the 1966 Le Mans race besting Ferrari in the #1, #2, and #3 winning positions. The 1966 race continues to rank as one of the closest finishes in Le Mans history.
"When we acquired P/1046 and set out to fully restore this legendary racecar, our intent was to be able to share it with the international motorsports community and car lovers everywhere," said Joseph Carroll, President of RK Motors Charlotte. "This prestigious international award is a fitting culmination to the restoration, and helps set the stage for P/1046 to serve as the centerpiece of the RK Collection here in Charlotte. We invite everyone to come see this historic racecar, as well as others in this very special collection."
Launched in 2011, the International Historic Motoring Awards recognize and celebrate the skills and achievements of the worldwide historic motoring industry. The event comprises 14 award categories, which are judged by an international panel of experts.
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