Category Archives: Vintage Racing

60 for 60: Day 39 – Tobacco Road

One of our very first racing toys was a McLaren diecast with tobacco advertising.  We thought nothing of it; it was a sign of the times, as surely as the beer sponsors and other vices (Penthouse, for one, smokeless tobacco, … Continue reading

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60 for 60: Day 27 – Mark of the trident

Red is for passion.  Red is for Italy. We spotted this gorgeous Maserati 250 at the CSRG opener in March. With very little details about its provenance, we simply love its sheer beauty and perfect styling.  What better way to … Continue reading

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60 for 60: Day Seven – Porsche 935: sign of a beast

Enthusiasts do not need an introduction to the Porsche 935.  A powerful turbocharged version of Porsche’s classic 911, the 935 was the logical conclusion of performance developments that began in Germany and took on legendary status in the hands of … Continue reading

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Vintage racing: when Formula wasn’t formula at all – Atlantic, F1 and F2 cars of the 1970s

In the mid-1970s, to be good enough for F1, you had to be good enough for Atlantics.  Gilles Villeneuve and Keke Rosberg are two notable names who found grand prix greatness after establishing their reputation in Formula Atlantic.  The machinery … Continue reading

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CSRG at Sonoma: Legendary SCCA racers of the early 70s

We always want the first car we loved.  If, like us, you first noticed cars sometime around the Ford administration, these cars are familiar.  Especially if you madly collected die cast models in the 1970’s. The CSRG opener at Sonoma … Continue reading

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Vintage: CSRG at Sonoma – Lower formula evokes golden age of grand prix racing

Between the late 1950s and early 1970s, the lower formula of racing often presented serious competition to F1, the leading class of international open-wheel racing then as now.  At last week’s CSRG season opener at Sonoma, a collection of F2, … Continue reading

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Vintage: Good things in small packages – pre-1967 smaller displacement cars at CSRG opener

Never count out the little guy. Power is always admired in racing, but smaller cars seem to punch above their weight in a most satisfying way.  What they lack in sheer grunt they make up for in power-to-weight ratios and … Continue reading

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Vintage: Classic Sports Racing Group 1 – GT and sports cars from Truman to Kennedy

Of all the classes featured at the CSRG season opener last weekend at Sonoma, none are more romantic than Group 1: GT and sports cars from the days before the Beatles.  These cars span more than a decade, starting with … Continue reading

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Vintage: Classic Sports Racing Group opens season with healthy grids, wet weather

Most racing drivers approach a wet track with no small amount of caution, doubly so when the machinery is a priceless 40-year-old race car.  But competitive instincts are hard to dampen, as evidenced by the Classic Sports Racing Group season … Continue reading

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Vintage: Lost circuits, grand prix ghosts – San Francisco, 1915

We are keen students of the history of our sport, and a side project has revealed the fascinating tale of the one – and only – grand prix event held in San Francisco.  In 1915, English driver Dario Resta won … Continue reading

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