Mike Matune stays dry long enough to bring us coverage of the wet and wild Gold Cup weekend at VIR. With a nod towards poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the story of the 2015 Gold Cup weekend at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) could be wrapped up in the phrase, ”Water, water, everywhere …”. The point is illustrated by David Pintaric’s Corvette, above, with its grille full of VIR landscape and water teaming off every inch of the car as it drags a cloud of spray behind. A torrential d...Read More
JEFFERSON 500: VINTAGE RACERS INVADE SUMMIT POINT!
The Vintage Racers Group (VRG) takes over Summit Point Raceway with their latest rendition of the Jefferson 500. Our Mike Matune was trackside. Racers and spectators were treated to five days of driver schools, practice, qualifying and, of course, racing. Here the Cunningham Cup cars, top, are caught coming under the bridge with Hobart Buppert’s Chevy-powered Lola and Michael Zappa’s Ford-powered Superformance GT40 racer at the head of the grid. Behind them comes a field chock full of...Read More
TRACK ATTACK: ’16 CORVETTE Z06 C7.R!
Latest special edition Corvette is a road-going, track-capable homage to the Corvette Racing C7.R racecars. Only 500 examples of the C7.R Edition, in Corvette Racing’s signature yellow livery – or black – with coordinated exterior and interior accents, will be built when they go on sale later this year. All will include the Z07 Performance Package with carbon ceramic brakes, as well as a specially serialized vehicle identification number. The Z07 Performance Package includes Brembo carbon...Read More
ROLEX MONTEREY MOTORSPORTS REUNION: LAGUNA SECA!
‘When it comes to experiencing vintage racing greatness, the Reunion has few equals,’ blogs Mike Matune. Mid-August brings us what is lovingly referred to as Monterey Hell Week and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca. The Reunion is what vintage racing aspires to be, a collection of truly important cars and drivers competing head to head. Eddie Lawson, top, climbs the Rahal Straight towards the “Corkscrew” in Racing Commonwealth’s Osella PA 3/5. I have been attendi...Read More
L88 CORVETTES: RAREST OF RARE AT MCACN!
Close to half of the 20 multi-million-dollar ’67 L88s, plus a few ground-pounding 1968-’69 Corvettes, were at one place at one time: MCACN 2013. Bob Ashton has a reputation for assembling the quickest, fastest, rarest and most valuable muscle cars and Corvettes at his annual Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (MCACN) in Chicago. This year he outdid himself. Working with Kevin Mackay at Corvette Repair, Valley Stream, NY, they assembled a mind-boggling number of L88 Corvettes, including seve...Read More
CORVETTES & MOTOWN MUSCLE: VIR GOLD CUP!
Kick-ass domestic & imported racers fill the field at the SVRA bash at Virginia International Raceway. SVRA invaded Virginia International Raceway for the annual Heacock Classic Gold Cup Historic Races. As you can see from this shot of David Thomas’ Sprite, right, the course never seems to stop moving. Be it left and right or up and down, the driver is always challenged. Combine this with outstanding facilities and a beautiful setting and a race at VIR is tough to beat. With ...Read More
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 ...Read More