George Haddad’s Fabulous Restorations creates a picture-perfect TRIBUTE: PENSKE’S DAYTONA-WINNING L88 CORVETTE Sting Ray, GT-Class winner of the 1966 24-Hour Continental. Thanks to Fabulous Restorations, a mouth-watering recreation of Penske Racing’s first race car, the L88 Corvette that scored The Captain’s first win as a team owner in its debut in the 1966 Daytona 24 Hour Continental - now the Rolex 24 At Daytona. It’s now on display at the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in Daytona Beach...Read More
LEGENDS OF LAGUNA SECA
As WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca celebrates its 65th racing season, we take a look back at some of the LEGENDS OF LAGUNA SECA, the iconic characters who helped mold the mystique of the now world-renowned race track. In 1960, Laguna Seca had three years of racing under its belt and started to form into an elite racing venue. Its competitions often attracted not only the best drivers in the U.S., but around the world. Beginning that October, the Pacific Grand Prix implemented an innovative way ...Read More
’69 CAMARO: 10 COOLEST EVER!
Arguably the most popular Camaro – with the longest list of engine options from mini-powerhouse small-block 302 to the maximum muscle big-block 396-427 – is the first-Gen ’69. Adding to its cred are the big-block tire-fryers from Baldwin-Motion, below, right, Yenko and others, showcased here by Scott Oldham in ’69 CAMARO: 10 COOLEST EVER! Launched in 1967, Chevy’s Camaro had a very strong first year. The Bowtie brand finally had a rival for the Ford Mustang, and Chevy sold nearly 221,00...Read More
IN DETAIL: FLY LIKE AN EAGLE!
Both Steve Miller (Band) and Dan Gurney had chart-topping Eagles, but IN DETAIL: FLY LIKE AN EAGLE! zooms in on Dan Gurney’s AAR, the only constructor in the US to design and build winning F1, Indy 500 and sports car Eagles. For our second installment of “In Detail”, we look at a pair of Eagles from the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance (AICE), up close and personal. These came from All American Racers (AAR), established by Dan Gurney who made many contributions to racing as a driver, owner, c...Read More
SILVER SALUTE: AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS
The Matunes help us celebrate the silver anniversary of what has become THE ‘show of shows’ on the international Concours calendar, and honor Roger Penske. Few cars invoke the feeling of the Grand Sport Corvette, the only ’63 Corvette coupe (five or six built depending on who you ask) not to have a split backlight! There is just something about its brutal, purposeful lines and the untapped potential it represented that captures the imagination. Not surprisingly, Roger Penske fit into its history...Read More
PENSKE: HAT TRICK AT BAHAMAS SPEED WEEKS
An unprecedented reunion of Roger Penske’s three Bahamas Speed Weeks winners – Porsche 718 RS 61 Spyder, Corvette Grand Sport, below, and Chaparral 2 – will be celebrated at the Silver Anniversary Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. As the calendar wound toward the final month of 1960 the entire road-racing universe looked to Bahamas Speed Weeks, a week long party, race meeting and celebration. It drew racers from all disciplines of motorsport, from NASCAR to go-karts; sports car champs to Indy 5...Read More
LAGUNA SECA: ROLEX MOTORSPORTS REUNION!
No vintage-racing event showcases and celebrates the ‘way it was’ better than the 2019 Historics at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca, sponsored by Rolex during Monterey Car Week. CGC’s Mike Matune was trackside to bring you highlights of this year’s RMMR. Each year since 1974 vintage racers have flocked to California’s Monterey Peninsula to make their mark during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (RMMR). Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca again played host in 2019. This year was a celebration o...Read More
BOOK REVIEW: THE CORVETTE HUNTER!
When it comes to finding rare, truly significant Corvettes, especially high-profile vintage racecars and bringing them back to life, Kevin Mackay is your go-to guy. He thinks nothing of spending years locating, documenting and then buying the rarest of the rare. He is the Corvette Hunter. “If you could look inside the head of Corvette Repair owner Kevin Mackay, you’d see one of the most organized, methodical automotive barn-finding minds in the world,” said Tom Cotter, author of Corvette In The...Read More