MENDENHALL: CARS, GAS PUMPS & PETROLIANA MUSEUM

CarGuyChronicles’ Jim Palam pulls in to the MENDENHALL: CARS, GAS PUMPS & PETROLIANA MUSEUM to fill-up with American petroleum industry history and an eyeful of colorful signage and cars from a bygone era.  Sitting at a window table at Ellen's Pancake House I could see the large neon and red Pegasus rising up above the tall wooden perimeter fence surrounding the Mendenhall Museum – located just across Avenue of the Flags from the eatery in Buellton, CA. Over the years I had picked up a ...
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ANTIQUE RACECARS: CELEBRATED AT LAGUNA SECA

ANTIQUE RACECARS: CELEBRATED AT LAGUNA SECA
Ragtime Racers will celebrate pre-1920 achievements on and off Laguna Seca - ANTIQUE RACECARS: CELEBRATED AT LAGUNA SECA - at Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion during Monterey Car Week. The need for speed abruptly began when the second automobile was built. To help celebrate these early beginnings of motorsports, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion will celebrate the early days of racing with a lively interactive exhibit of pre-1920 racers that helped cement motorsports’ place in history. ...
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PERFECT MATCH: DAVID PORTER & PEUGEOT HPi FAP!

PERFECT MATCH: DAVID PORTER & PEUGEOT HPi FAP!
Consummate historic competitor and Sarasota Café Racer campaigns 2009 Le Mans winning, twin-turbo V12 LMP. It’s a PERFECT MATCH: DAVID PORTER & PEUGEOT HPi FAP! Vintage is a relative term, and among HSR’s Group 6 for Historic, Post Historic and Modern Era Prototypes are a slew of racecars that have only recently “retired” from professional competition to join the ranks of vintage racing. Among them is the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP, chassis number 10, now owned and driven by David Porter, ...
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ENDANGERED SPECIES: VINTAGE DRAG RACING

Hot rodding historian and ROD and CUSTOM editor Pat Ganahl rants about the sport’s latest ENDANGERED SPECIES: VINTAGE DRAG RACING. Nostalgia drag racing - like the once - revered Antique Nationals - has fallen victim to rules and regs that turn away true vintage hot rods and drag cars. I only did a tiny rant last time. I held most of it in, so to speak. My plan was to let ‘er rip this week. But you know what? We’ve had enough negativity this past year, and I don’t really want to add to ...
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VIR: CLASSIC GOLD CUP!

VIR: CLASSIC GOLD CUP!
As summer begins to give way to fall each year, the vintage racing crowd heads to the picturesque VIRginia International Raceway in southern VA for SVRA’s Heacock Classic Gold Cup. CGC's Mike Matune brings us highlights. The challenging 3.27-mile-long VIR circuit welcomes all with its undulating, rolling pavement. The VIR: CLASSIC GOLD CUP! hosts a variety of activities that entertain automotive enthusiasts of all ilk and ages. Here Dave Roberts sets up for VIR’s Turn 12 before starting down the...
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’64 TEMPEST: THE GRAY GHOST RIDES AGAIN!

Car Guy Chronicles’ Mike Matune is trackside for the return of the Gray Ghost at The Monterey Pre-Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Fans at the annual Pre-Reunion, held a week prior to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, were given a real treat with the return to active competition of the Gray Ghost. In 1971 a team of moonlighting Pontiac engineers, including Herb Adams, raced Sandy Adams ‘64 Pontiac Tempest in SCCA’s Trans-Am series. Joining the effort at the Pre-Reunion were Her...
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INDY: BRICKYARD VINTAGE RACING INVITATIONAL!

SVRA enjoyed a second year at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with its Vintage Racing Invitational. Mike Matune was trackside for the Chronicles. Clark Howey’s ‘66 Corvette won its class at Daytona. After more than 20 years and numerous owners, it is once again owned and raced by Howey. So much more than just racing, the event encompasses a car auction, car show, Jaguar exhibit and autocross and an enactment of the very first event at the Speedway - 1909 hot air balloon race. To us, the si...
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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...
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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...
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VIR: 13th ANNUAL WILD HARE RUN!

Mike Matune, our man in the field, blogs about another great vintage racing event  in Southern Virginia. VRG and VDCA combined for an early season event at Virginia International Raceway. Despite early threats of intense weather, the event ran under clear skies. The organizers somehow managed to hold the rain off until evening and the racing was over, neat trick! Here the Group 3 field, top, moves out of “Oak Tree” and stretches all the way down the back straight. Noted author Tom Co...
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