CAN-AM REDUX: THUNDER ROAD AT LAGUNA SECA!

The guttural rumble of Can-Am cars from an “anything goes” era of motorsports delighted enormous crowds during its heyday. They’ll be back at the inaugural Spring Classic at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on May 19-21. Sports car racing’s booming popularity following WWII resulted in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and the CASC (Canadian Automobile Sports Club) founding the Can-Am Series for Group 7 type sports racers in 1966. Armed with sponsorship from Johnson Wax, the Can-Am Series was ...
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MONTEREY MADNESS: LAGUNA SECA PRE-REUNION!

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...
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MID-OHIO VINTAGE GP: SNAKE BITE & SPORTS CARS!

Chronicles’ Mike Matune is trackside at the SVRA vintage GP, held in conjunction with one of the hobby’s most exciting single-marque club events – SAAC 41. The Shelby American Automobile Club held its 41st convention in concert with SVRA’a Mid-Ohio GP. In addition to shows, open track events and dinners there was an SAAC-only race. Curt Vogt would take top spot home in his 1970 Mustang Boss 302, top, followed across the finish line by pole sitter, Scott Hackerson’s ‘67 Mustang. Here they le...
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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....
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PENSKE’S L&M 917 PORSCHE: UNTOLD STORY OF CAN-AM’S MOST FAMOUS CAR!

Stephen Cox blogs about the most iconic of the thundering Turbo Porsche 917s.  PART II: The Accident.  “A doctor specializing in football injuries told him, no, his sore left knee was really a knot of shredded ligaments. There was surgery and a six week plaster cast and a career grounded.” – Pete Lyons, Road & Track. The story had to be cleaned up for the press. If the truth came out on national television, nobody at Porsche or Penske Racing was going to be happy about it...
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AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS D’ ELEGANCE: 19 YEARS STRONG!

‘Early March brings Spring and one of the more significant events on the show calendar, the Amelia Island Concours,’ blogs Mike Matune. Top photo shows why the Amelia Island Concours is considered one of the top events of its kind in the world: Spectacular setting, important cars and an appeal for serious as well as casual spectators. Jim Glickenhaus’ Ferrari 330 P3/4, above, is radiant in the early morning sun on the fairway. Irwin Kroiz’s ‘62 Corvette Sebring racer returns to its s...
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McLAREN & AMELIA ISLAND: HALF-CENTURY CELEBRATION!

2014 Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance will honor 50 years of McLaren at speed, displaying rare and significant racers from five decades of competition. McLarens were not only victorious in the world's richest and most prestigious races, the company changed motorsports through a relentless pursuit of perfection. They brought a strictly professional approach to a sport that had been more of a glamorous hobby than a true business. Today McLaren is still the only marque to win the Formula 1 Con...
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McLAREN 12C SPIDER: DROP-TOP ROCKET!

Dan Scanlan samples the latest sophisticated Supercar from McLaren.  And, he wants one!  
New Zealander Bruce McLaren began building open-wheel racecars in 1964, his M1A such a winner that he built 24 for others. His company's tradition of building championship-winning machines - F1 cars as well as Can-Am, Formula 5000 and Formula 2 and 3 and Indy - continued after his death in 1970. They proudly flew the Bruce McLaren Motor Racing orange livery. High-performance street cars were...
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