Mike Matune presents highlights from the race before THE race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Monterey Car Week has grown exponentially and now includes over 40 individual events, but one not often mentioned is the Pre-Reunion. Held the week before the legendary Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, it may have smaller fields and fewer exhibits, but the cheaper tickets and smaller crowds make it really enjoyable for racing aficionados. Some 300 cars show up to compete in 11 groups over two day...Read More
BMW 3.0 CSL Batcar
2016 WISKO GRAND PRIX: HSR AT VIR!
Our man on the track, Mike Matune, brings you four days of glorious historic racing at Virginia International Raceway. Memorial Day weekend marked the return of the Historic Sportscar Racing group to VIRginia International Raceway with the Wisko Grand Prix. Comradery and competition ran high, as an eclectic group of historic road racers did their best to tame VIR’s full course over four days. Here using all of the road, curbing, rumble strip and “gator teeth” available, we have Jeff McKain’s...Read More
2016 JEFFERSON 500: WEATHER OR NOT!
Our man on the track, Mike Matune, captures the essence of what racing is all about at Summit Point Raceway. This year’s Jefferson 500 showcased the full range of Spring weather - from torrential rain to bright sunlight to driving wind against the backdrop of a vast range in temperature. None of that seemed to slow the VRG competitors who soldiered on through the various weather systems. Here Richard Schnabel winds his Fiat 124 Spider through a very wet Carousel while corner workers and ...Read More
BMWUSA RACECARS: THREE FOR THE ROAD!
Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion will host three fan-favorite BMW racecars. Three BMWUSA Classic racecars will run in the Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on August 13-16. Entries include the famous No. 25 BMW 3.0 CSL, BMW M1 IMSA Group 4 endurance racer and the BMW M5 IMSA Bridgestone Supercar Championship 1994-95 winner. Fans and media are encouraged to follow along on Twitter @BMWUSAClassic. The No. 25 BMW 3.0 CSL Group 4 celebrates the 40th anniversary of winni...Read More
BMW 3.0 CSL: TRIBUTE TO A TIMELESS CLASSIC!
On May 22, BMW will unveil the new BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. The Hommage is the BMW Design Team’s tribute to the 3.0 CSL, a timeless classic and iconic coupe from the 1970s. It is a nod to the engineering achievement exemplified by the BMW 3.0 CSL in its lightweight design and performance. The Hommage draws on the character of the earlier model and endows it with cutting-edge materials to translate it into the present in a new and exciting guise. BM...Read More
BMW: SPEEDFEST AT THE MITTY!
Legendary BMW racer Boris Said will be honored as Grand Marshal at the Classic Motorsports Mitty at Road Atlanta this weekend. BMW USA Classic will be well represented at this weekend’s Classic Motorsports Mitty Speedfest, at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA, April 24-26, 2015. Charismatic BMW racer and retailer, Boris Said, will be honored as this year’s Grand Marshal for the vintage races featuring over 300 cars. Said was an integral part of the BMW Team PTG years, co-driving to many victorie...Read More
NEW YORK AUTO SHOW: HERITAGE & HORSEPOWER!
This year’s New York International Auto Show, April 3-12, 2015, has more new model introductions plus vintage and modern racecars than ever before. Here are some of my favorite rides McLaren 570S Ford GT Dodge Challenger T/A BMW 3.0 CSL "Batmobile" BMW 2002 Alpina Plymouth Cuda, 3,000 HP TT Hemi Outlaw Aston Martin Vulcan V12, 800-plus HP Alfa Romeo TZ2 & Mille Miglia Racer Red Bull Infiniti Formula One McLaren P1 GTR Scion Super Street FR-S Release 1....Read More
VIR WILD HARE RUN: SPRING KICKOFF!
Mike Matune is trackside at Virginia International Raceway for the start of the VDAC & VRG historic racing season. For an even dozen years VDCA & VRG have been kicking off the Spring racing season with their Wild Hare Run. This year’s event at VIR (VIRginia International Raceway) in Southern VA contributed to that heritage. About 150 cars answered the call and VIR was ready to show off its new track and paddock paving. Scott Cracraft’s Shelby GT350R clone, above, is one of ...Read More
BMW 3.0 CSL ART CAR: ALEXANDER CALDER!
The very first BMW Art Car, a 3.0 CSL, designed by American artist Alexander Calder, is a highlight of a class of 3.0 CSLs at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance this weekend. The original in the legendary series of BMW Art Cars is the highlight of the BMW CSL class at the 2014 Amelia Concours d‘Elegance. For over 40 years, the BMW Art Car Collection has captured the imagination of art and design enthusiasts as well as lovers of cars and technology with its unique combination of f...Read More
CALDER’S BMW BATMOBILE ART CAR: AMELIA ISLAND
BMWs first Art Car, Alexander Calder's 3.0 CSL Batmobile GT racer, will headline 2014 Amelia Concours' Batmobile Class. BMW's Art Cars debuted to the public in Paris at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs at the Louvre in May 1975. It was an elegant creative alliance of racer and art auctioneer Herve Poulain and American sculptor Alexander Calder mixed with the foresight of BMW Motorsport chief Jochen Neerpasch. Calder started with a scale model of the Batmobile, cloaking it in broad swat...Read More