BEST OF THE BEST: 2017 AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS!

Bill Warner and his team delivered yet another whirlwind weekend of cars, cars and more cars in spite of a major challenge from Mother Nature. This year’s Concours amazed with sensory stimulation at every turn. Not to say that there weren’t challenges. Mother Nature forced a change from Sunday to Saturday, which they handled with aplomb and grace. They are to be congratulated for working untold hours to ensure the show went on. 2017 Honoree was Al Unser, standing next to the Borg Warner Tr...
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RACING’S GREATEST UPSETS: 1966 TRANS-AM ENDURO!

Stephen Cox blogs about Shelby American’s legendary Group 2 Mustang racers, Part 3 of 3. John McComb ordered a new car for 1967. The choice was easy. Given his success in the 1966 Group 2 Mustang, he ordered a new notchback for 1967 to pick up where he left off with the Shelby program. The ‘67 Mustang was the model’s first major redesign and the car gained both size and weight. McComb didn’t care for either. “Even though the ’67 car had a wider track, it was a heavier car, so I don’t really...
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’17 FORD GT: DEBUT AT SILVERSTONE!

All-new Ford GT will make its European racing debut at the opening round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship in April.  Ford’s all-new GT racecar – revealed at Le Mans in June – will make its European racing debut at the Silverstone Circuit in the U.K. next April. Two cars will line up on the grid for the opening round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) where they will compete in the GT-Endurance Pro Class for the Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy. The event ...
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BUDDY BAKER: THE MEASURE OF A MAN!

NASCAR great Buddy baker has been diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer and signs off his SiriusXM NASCAR radio show for the last time. I don't know Buddy Baker. I met him only once. We were introduced about ten years ago at Lingner Group Television Productions in downtown Indianapolis where I was filming an episode of Autoweek on Speedvision. Baker, a huge man who towered six inches over me, was there working on a NASCAR program. He graciously shook my hand and took the time to speak to ...
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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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CAMARO Z/28.R: DAYTONA ENDURO DEBUT!

New Z/28.R Camaro debuts at 2.5-hour race ahead of 52nd annual Rolex 24  at Daytona this weekend. Stevenson Motorsports and CKS Autosport will be campaigning Z/28.R racecars in the GS class of the IMSA Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge, kicking off the 12-race 2014 season. “The original Camaro Z/28 was designed for racing and became an iconic performance car through its hard-fought victories,” said Mark Kent, director of racing for Chevrolet. “A new chapter in racing begins this w...
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PORSCHE 914-6 GT: RELIVING THE DREAM!

Sarasota Café Racer Bob Bailey, together with co-drivers Jacques Duval and George Nicholas, won class honors at the 1971 Daytona 24-hour Enduro in the #5 Porsche 914-6 GT. Bob’s back racing a nut & bolt recreation of the original. The original race-winning #5 Porsche 914-6 GT is currently in Paul Pflugfelder’s collection in Boston and has been replicated for Bob Bailey by Ron Zitza, Zotz Racing in Orlando, FL. Bailey’s current racer, in original Sunoco livery, has been updated from orig...
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VINTAGE COMPETITION CORVETTES: CARLISLE REVISITED!

Mike Matune showcases some of the finest vintage racing Corvettes, off track  at Corvettes At Carlisle. It was like I couldn’t get enough of Corvettes. Scarcely a week after attending the Monterey Reunion where Corvette was the featured marque, I found myself in Carlisle, PA attending Corvettes at Carlisle. With dust from Laguna Seca literally still on my shoes, I wandered the grounds among the Corvette faithful, as fervent a crowd as you would ever hope to see. There’s little doubt ...
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