Dan Scanlan blogs about Porsche’s first real 911 sports-racer - 1967 LIGHTWEIGHT: PORSCHE 911 R - and Gérard Gilles Marie Armand Larrousse, racing legend who drove it into the record books. It rumbled up in front of the judges stand the day before this year’s 25th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, shiny in the bright March sunlight, a Porsche racecar unlike any other. Racing champion Gérard Larrousse (left) stands with legendary racer Brian Redman and the French driver's famous ‘67 Porsc...Read More
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...Read More
STEPHEN COX: TRAPPED IN A BURNING RACE CAR, PART II!
The fire that ended my race at COTA last month and sent me to the intensive care unit of the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, also destroyed our on-board cameras. We were convinced that no video of the event existed, but last week's article drew over 50,000 readers and three videos surfaced. All three videos are very short and are presented uncut. The first video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nmXIueTx1g&feature=youtu.be comes from the on-board camera of a fellow comp...Read More
TRACK ATTACK: PORSCHE CAYMAN GT4 CLUBSPORT!
Porsche has added a new sports car for amateur and club racing to its Motorsports fleet: The Cayman GT4 Clubsport debuted today at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The 385 horsepower mid-engine entry level racer, which is not legal for road use, is based on the successful street-legal Cayman GT4 sports car. Sales of the racecar by Porsche Motorsport North America started when it was unveiled in LA.Just like its well-developed production sibling, the Cayman GT4 Clubsport is powered by a ...Read More
PORSCHE 911CARRERA GTS: RENNSPORT REUNION EDITION!
Built by Porsche Exclusive, there will be just 25 Reunion Edition 911s. Run, don’t walk, to your nearest Porsche dealer! In honor of the fifth Rennsport Reunion, Porsche has unveiled a special edition of the 911 Carrera GTS at this year’s gathering at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The Rennsport Reunion Edition is limited to 25 units worldwide and will be sold exclusively in North America. Built by Porsche Exclusive, the Rennsport Reunion Edition is based on the 430 horsepower 911 Carrera GTS...Read More
PUT-IN-BAY (PIBRRR): ROAD RACES REUNION!
Mike Matune covers the 1950s-era road racing reunion, celebrating classic ‘airport & street racing' at its finest. The starter waves the green flag as the field accelerates down the front straight during the 2015 Put-in-Bay Road Races Reunion on South Bass Island in Western Lake Erie. In period, the racers at Put in Bay occupied an important spot on the racing calendar for small-bore production and race cars. Its recreation as a vintage event has involved perseverance and dedication by ...Read More
SHELL ECO-MARATHON: STUDENTS CONTEST LE MANS!
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Shell Eco-marathon Europe, which started in France in 1985. Students who engineer and drive cars that could complete the Le Mans 24 hours on just over a litre of fuel were on track at the world’s most famous motor race on Wednesday, 10 June. Staking a claim to be the most energy-efficient vehicles ever to roll a wheel on the hallowed Le Mans tarmac, the Shell Eco-marathon vehicles built by teams of French students have achieved up to 3,771 km per litr...Read More
QUICK VIC: VIC ELFORD CELEBRATES 80th BIRTHDAY!
Iconic racer was one of the fastest drivers in the highly competitive Sixties and Seventies racing scene. Vic Elford’s lap records include Targa Florio, Nurburgring, Daytona, Sebring, Norisring, Monza, Road Atlanta, Laguna Seca, Riverside and Le Mans. He was the first driver to lap Le Mans at over a 150 mph average in the Porsche long-tail 917 in 1970. Known as “Quick Vic” to friends and competitors, Elford is one of the few drivers to excel in sports cars, rally cars, and Formula 1 at a c...Read More
FORD GT40s: LEGENDS OF LE MANS!
Seven GT40s are amongst legendary racecars lining up for this year’s Le Mans Legend event. The extended age range for this year’s Le Mans Legend race on Saturday June 13th has allowed seven Ford GT40s to join the spectacular historic grid that will race on the full Le Mans circuit. It all happens just a few hours before the start of the modern 24-Hour endurance race. 61 iconic cars, dating from 1949 to 1968 and representing 26 different marques, will take to the track in an outstanding...Read More
PORSCHE RSR GROUP 4: ONE OF 54!
Rare racer will be showcased at the Hurlingham Club’s Salute to Style next month. History, fashion and racing achievements blend beautifully at Salute to Style at The Hurlingham Club, an elegant celebration of the best classics in life. Famous Porsche 3.0 Carrera RSR with its unusual and distinctive livery occupies a unique position both in Porsche 1970s racing history and the display of classic cars, sports cars and racers at the summer garden party on July 16-19. Giorgio Schön, son of re...Read More