WORLD RACING LEAGUE: PARITY ACHIEVED!

‘The WRL brings sanity back to motorsports,’ blogs Stephen Cox. I’ve not yet seen a World Racing League event. I’ve not driven in one, either. But I know a good idea when I see it, and the World Racing League is a good idea. The new WRL has re-discovered the guiding principle that gave us the golden age of road racing in the 1950s-1960s. They've figured out that you don't need a thousand rules to run a race series. You just don't. We live in the era of regulation. IMSA's United Sportscar r...
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CHEVY 427 MYSTERY MOTOR: PORCUPINE POWER!

A 409-based 427 with trick heads, originally developed for NASCAR super speedways, laid the groundwork for the legendary 427 big-block. In 1963, GM’s support of the absurd AMA racing ban stifled Chevrolet in its quest to dominate NASCAR & USAC stock car and NHRA drag racing. Quietly developed with help from Smokey Yunick, a super-409 displacing 427 cubic inches proved to be just what was needed. Chevrolet got it’s chance to hold off the competition until the ban was history and the “mo...
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HENNESSEY VENOM GT: WORLD’S FASTEST EDITION!

Hennessey Performance is building just three World’s Fastest Edition Venom GTs to celebrate the recent top speed run of 270.4 mph set at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center last month.  The Venom also set the 0-300 km/h Guinness World Record. “The Venom GT broke 270 mph on the same runway where the Space Shuttle landed at the Kennedy Space Center,” said company founder John Hennessey.  “We wanted to offer a special paint scheme that would incorporate the colors of the American flag - the s...
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’62 CHEVY SS409 IMPALA: LIGHTWEIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT!

Anyone could order a 409 Impala in 1962; just 18 racers ordered the purpose-built lightweight version. It's in original condition and fully documented. 
Chevy introduced its W-series cast-iron engine family in 1958 as a performance step-up over the popular 283-inch small-block V-8. The first “W” was a 348-inch powerplant that could be fitted with Tri-Power, rated at 315 horsepower. On December 17, 1960, Chevy announced it was enlarging the 348 engine to 409 cubic inches and would offer the...
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PORSCHE RACING: 24 HOURS FOR ETERNITY-LE MANS!

The Porsche Museum in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen is getting ready for the return to Le Mans with a special exhibition from March 26 to July 13, 2014. Porsche is taking a look back, not only to its multiple previous successes at the French endurance race, but also to the present-day Le Mans commitment for 2014. For the first time, the Porsche 919 Hybrid, above, will be presented to the public at the Porsche Museum. The car celebrated its premiere only three weeks ago at the Geneva Motor Show.
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’56 CORVETTE ‘SEBRING’: RPO RACER!

Restored to the way it ran at Sebring in 1956, rare Arctic Blue 265/240 Corvette  is a real time machine. In 1956, five Corvettes were entered at Sebring and rare Corvette collector Phil Schwartz owns the only one entered privately. The other four were official Chevrolet factory racecars driven by high-profile drivers. Sponsored by Doane Chevrolet, the #3 Corvette was driven from the Chicago area to Sebring (FL), raced and then driven back to Illinois. While this racer’s chassis has ...
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MERCEDES-BENZ RACING HISTORY: 120 YEARS!

Mercedes-Benz celebrates 120 years of racing history at Techno Classica 2014. More than 30 racing cars, representing a timeline of extraordinary victories since 1894 and outstanding innovations in racing technology showcase 120 years of Mercedes-Benz motor racing history at Techno Classica in Essen this week.  Mercedes-Benz Classic celebrates this incomparable string of moments in engineering history with a presentation encompassing more than 30 racing cars from all periods and...
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BONNEVILLE, A CENTURY OF SPEED: SAVE THE SALT!

The Bonneville Salt Flats is a magical place and a national treasure; David Fetherston’s latest tome chronicles 100 years of racing there.  While the first known attempts at land speed record setting were on just a little-over-a-mile road outside of Paris in 1898, Land Speed Racing is as American as hot dogs, hot rodding and Motown! In 1898 Count Gaston set the first land speed record at 39.34 mph in a 36-horsepower Jeantaud electric racecar built in Belgium. Over the next couple of y...
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PORSCHE BOXSTER & CAYMAN GTS: MORE EVERYTHING!

GTS badges grace mid-engine Porsche sports cars for the first time since 1963 For the first time, Porsche will be offering the Boxster and Cayman as GTS models, featuring more powerful engines and additional standard performance equipment. They offer as standard equipment unique front and rear fascias, blacked out Bi-Xenon headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), 20-inch Carrera S wheels and sport exhaust systems with black tailpipes as standard. Boxster GTS convertible &am...
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CALLAWAY SUPERCHARGED CAMARO: STREET LEGAL Z/28!

Limited production Callaway Z/28 SC652 Camaro delivers 652 horsepower and  620 pound-feet of torque. Callaway’s SC652 Camaro is equipped with all standard Z/28 features: unprecedented weight reduction, a hand-built 427-inch engine with dry sump oiling, a wind-tunnel-tested aerodynamic package, massive Pirelli® tires, impressive Brembo® carbon-ceramic brakes, race-proven spool-valve dampers, and much more. Callaway adds Eaton TVS supercharging from the 2006-‘13 Callaway Corvet...
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