To keep with our recent racing theme we stumbled upon some amazing old video from the 1960’s narrated by Carroll Shelby. The video covers a brief history of Carroll’s racing career along with footage of legendary drivers Pete Brock, Ken Miles and Dan Gurney testing the Mustang GT 350, AC Cobra and Ford GT at Willow Springs International Raceway. Yes, the footage is 1000 times worse than what a 10-year-old can shoot with their smartphone, but that is not the point – this is an homage to the glory years of America’s racing prowess.
We are getting excited about hitting the road and attending the Rolex 24 at Daytona at the end of January. For the past 53 years, racing teams have descended on Daytona to test their stamina in the punishing 24-hour marathon race.
Keep an eye out as we bring you the latest from both the track and the pits from this legendary event.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed, if it’s not on your bucket list, it should be since it is one of the top events an auto enthusiast can experience. Wrapping up today on the grounds of the immaculate Goodwood House, West Sussex, England, this three-day festival is an annual hill climb featuring historic motor racing vehicles of epic proportions. This year’s line-up includes a variety of famous racing cars from eras past driven hard and fast around the famous estate’s private track. As an homage to the racing stars of the past, the event brings together both auto and motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the world attracting on average 150,000 annual spectators. To check out this incredible event you can watch live streaming on YouTube. Happy viewing!
With the Goodwood Festival of Speed just around the corner we wanted to show a cool video segment from our friend’s at Goodwood Road & Racing. They recently travelled across the pond to visit “The King” Richard Petty at his North Carolina headquarters as a warm-up to Richard attending the UK’s Festival of Speed at the end of June.
The trip appears to have been totally worth it because they got up close and personal with Richard and tour the shop with him as their guide. However, the real cherry on top came in the form of a ride along with Petty’s mechanic Larry who took Goodwood Road & Racing’s Andy out for an impromptu rip on the rural North Carolina roads in Petty’s decorated 1970 Plymouth “Superbird”. Petty describes how the front and rear wings made the “Superbird” so stable and how it was near impossible to spin out driving the famous car. Petty goes on to say that he has not driven the car since 1970 which seems like a real shame since we’d make it our daily grocery getter especially after hearing the epic sounds of its 625 horsepower. Make sure to turn up the volume for this one (scroll to 6:50 min)
It’s been a while since we covered F1 so we thought it was time to take a closer look at auto racing’s top league. As tomorrow is the Monaco Grand Prix, today was the practise day and reigning champion and current series points leader Lewis Hamilton showed why he earns the big bucks (he just signed a new £100m contract).
For those of you who think the F1 boys are just a bunch of soft “diva” drivers you need to check this out. Today’s pole position winning ride from Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes proves you must have major league “grosses boules” as an F1 driver to let it all hang out and put down a fast lap at this infamous street circuit.
Talk about music to our enthusiasts’ ears! If you love cars you need to watch this symphony of sound. Nitto Tires has outdone themselves with this video montage showcasing some of the world’s most beautiful and rare automobiles roaring to life. The collection includes a total of 33 models ranging from vintage classics like early Mercedes and Porsches to a 1969 Jaguar E-Type and Austin Healey 3000 Mark III to the roar of the Lamborghini Aventador’s 6.5L V12. Along the way there is the sonic sounds of the Saleen S7’s twin turbos and the exotic Pantera’s sloggy sounding V8. With the distinctive 60s Corvette and Camaro throaty muscle exhaust tying it all together.
For the average car enthusiasts the privilege to see these rare pieces of engineering is simply enough, but to hear each one come alive just puts things on a whole new level. Enjoy the beauty of these classic cars and turn up your speakers!
For those wanting to know the order of this musical genius here you are:
1. 2005 Ford GT
2. 2014 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4
3. 1964 Austin Healey 3000 Mark III
4. 2013 Vorsteiner McLaren MP4-12C
5. 1969 Jaguar E-Type
6. 2009 Mercedes Benz McLaren SLR
7. 1963 Ferrari 250GT Berlinetta Lusso
8. 2006 Saleen S7 Twin Turbo
9. 2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale
10. 1964 Porsche 356
11. 2002 Ferrari 360 Modena
12. 1957 Mercedes Benz 190 SL
13. 2013 Radical RXC
14. 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed
15. 1967 Ford GT40 Mark III
16. 2009 Koenigsegg CCX
17. 1971 De Tomaso Pantera
18. 2013 Audi R8 V10
19. 1957 Jaguar XKSS
20. 1968 Chevrolet Camaro
21. 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano
22. 1965 Ford Mustang
23. 2005 Carerra GT
24. 2014 Lamborghini Murcielago
25. 1974 Iso Grifo Iso Rivolta
26. 2014 Jaguar F-Type S Roadster
27. 1964 Porsche 901
28. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette
29. 2014 Vorsteiner Lamborghini Aventador-V LP-740
30. 2013 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT
31. 2010 Aston Martin DBS Carbon Black Edition
32. 1990 Ferrari F40
33. 2014 McLaren P1
Learn more about how the video was made here: bit.ly/1ylloE0
Special Thanks To Following Collections: Lamborghini Newport Beach, McLaren Newport Beach, Petersen Automotive Museum, The Breslow Collection
The boys over at Motor Trend Channel’s “Roadkill” show have had some crazy fun taking apart a 1985 Corvette C4 and turning it into a supreme go-cart. Having grown up with a mighty 8.5 horsepower powered go-cart I was curious to see what a 300 horsepower version was all about.
As I’m not too interested in the high-priced Lingenfelter Corvette, the real fun for me starts at 18 minutes when they hit the track and at 24 minutes when they head out to the desert. At only $10,000 in parts, the Corvette Cart has got to be the best “bang for buck” racer ever…..
There has been lots of buzz this week surrounding Michael Schumacher and this newly suggested idea that the GoPro camera he was using may have been part of the “problem” and may have worsened his head injuries. The sheer scale of this speculation is massive and the resulting press articles have sent shares of GoPro, lower this week.
Time will tell what happens with this one as we are sure there will be more to come here.
Seven-time F1 champion Schumacher suffered severe head injuries in a skiing accident in the French Alps last December. He emerged from a medically induced coma in June and returned home after being discharged from hospital in September.
Brian Makse from Autonet has just published his review of the 2014 Porsche 911 GT3. The Porsche 911 GT3 is the ultimate enthusiast car as it is stripped down, powered up and race prepped for the track. The folks who ordered these cars have waited a while for delivery as a result of a major manufacture engine issue. As a result, anticipation has been immense since everyone has been very curious to see what the final product would be on the track. Well, good news Porsche has fixed the engine issue and the models are now being delivered to buyers. And judging from Brian’s review and video this new Porsche does not disappoint and is 100% worth the wait. We so wish we were behind the wheel of this beast on the German test track as you could not ask for more fun. Some guys really do have all the luck!
Source: Associated Press
Tony Stewart pulled out of the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen Sunday, 12 hours after the three-time champion struck and killed a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the darkened dirt track trying to confront Stewart during a race at upstate New York’s Canandaigua Motorsports Park.
Kevin Ward Jr. had crashed following contact with Stewart one lap earlier and got out of his car as it was stopped along the fence. Video of the incident showed Ward walking from his crashed car onto the racing surface as cars circled by, and, as he gestured at Stewart’s passing car, he was struck.
Authorities questioned Stewart but said no criminal charges were imminent. Stewart travelled to Watkins Glen International following police questioning.
Stewart released a statement Sunday afternoon that read as follows: “There aren’t words to describe the sadness I feel about the accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr. It’s a very emotional time for all involved, and it is the reason I’ve decided not to participate in today’s race at Watkins Glen. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and everyone affected by this tragedy.”
Greg Zipadelli, competition director for Stewart-Haas Racing, said at a news conference that Stewart “feels strongly” about not racing Sunday following Kevin Ward Jr.’s fatal accident. The decision was an about-face for the organization, which had previously said that Stewart would race on Sunday.
“We gave Tony some time to sleep on it. He feels strongly this is the right thing to do,” Zipadelli said. “All you can do is what you feel is right, and we feel this is right. We get through today and do it the best we can as a group.
A witness said it appeared Ward was trying to confront Stewart, the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion. The video showed Ward standing to the right of Stewart’s familiar No. 14 car, which seemed to kick out from the rear and hit him.
Moments earlier, Ward and Stewart were racing side-by-side for position as they exited a turn. Ward was on the outside when Stewart, on the bottom, seemed to slide toward Ward’s car and crowd him toward the wall. The rear tire of Stewart’s car appeared to clip the front tire of Ward’s car, and Ward spun into the fence.
Ward, who was wearing a black firesuit and black helmet, had walked into the racing area and one car swerved to avoid him before he was struck by Stewart.
“The next thing I could see, I didn’t see (the other driver) anymore,” witness Michael Messerly said. “It just seemed like he was suddenly gone.”
A spokesman for Stewart’s racing team called Ward’s death a “tragic accident.”
The dirt track located about 30 miles southeast of Rochester cancelled the remainder of the race and later posted a message on its Facebook page encouraging fans to “pray for the entire racing community of fans, drivers, and families.”
Ward’s website kevinwardracing.com says he began racing go-karts in 1998 at age 4, but didn’t start driving sprint cars until 2010. The 20-year-old from Port Leyden, New York, was Empire Super Sprint rookie of the year in 2012 and this year was his fifth season racing the Empire Super Sprints.
Stewart often competes in extracurricular events like the race on Saturday. The multimillionaire is known to participate in races with purses worth less than $3,000 and drive alongside drivers of varying ages and talent levels.
“Everybody has hobbies. Everybody has stuff they like to do when they have downtime, and that’s just what it is for me,” he said last month following his return to sprint car racing. “That’s what I like to do when I have extra time. I don’t think there is anything wrong with doing it. I feel like there are a lot of other things I could be doing that are a lot more dangerous and a lot bigger waste of time with my time off do than doing that.”
He’s struggled a bit this year since returning from his leg injury, and heads into Sunday’s race winless on the season and ranked 19th in the standings.
The site of Saturday night’s crash is the same track where Stewart was involved in a July 2013 accident that seriously injured a 19-year-old driver. He later took responsibility for his car making contact with another and triggering the 15-car accident that left Alysha Ruggles with a compression fracture in her back.