Sunday, October 31, 2010

Kandy Koated

Be it gasser or funny car, all of Big John Mazmanian's race cars were a visual delight.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Turn On, Tune In, Trans Am

A magnificent example of motor racing art, before it the sport was swindled of its soul.


Pit Stop #34

Nurburgring 1000 Kilometres 1966

Ferrari Dino 206S
Pedro Rodriguez/Richie Ginther
3rd Place.

Rebel 400

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Forza Ferrari

There is nothing more appropriate than one of Maranello's masterstrokes wailing hysterically through the sun tortured history of the
Targa Florio.

Two Wheels Eight Cylinders

1957 Isle Of Man Senior TT

Dickie Dale / Moto Guzzi V8.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Driver's Seat #8

Targa Florio 1970.

Ferrari 512S

Nino Vaccarella / Ignazio Giunti.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Tuff Stuff

The 1969 Trans Am Mustangs left an indelible impression upon my five year old mind. Ford ticked every one of their baddest boxes when they built this evil piece of machinery for Smokey Yunick. As far as this kindergarten aficionado was concerned, things couldn't get any better. In hindsight I was probably correct, considering the wretched parody the Mustang became.

It's The Wolf !

Chester Arthur Burnett.

The Wingless Gullwing

Hollywood bodyshop owner Chuck Porter built this modified Mercedes 300SL Gullwing from a wreck in 1955. A variety of engines powered this special including a Hilborn injected Corvette mill.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Product Placement

French Grand Prix 1957

Juan Manuel Fangio on his way to victory in the lightly crumpled Maserati 250F.

Via: PistonHeads.

Pit Stop #33

Italian Grand Prix
Monza 1960.
Ferrari Dino 246P F2 / Wolfgang von Trips.

Via: 10-tenths.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Pit Stop #32

Le Mans Trials 1967.
Ford GT 40 #1020
The Ford France entry of

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Trans-Atlantic Hot Rod

In 1955 the Italian associate of Bardahl bought this Kurtis 500D, less engine, and shipped it to Italy for Ferrari to fit one of their 4.4 litre, 6 cylinder motors. Ferrari lost interest in the project, chiefly because of the time involved to adapt their engine to the 3 speed Offenhauser gearbox supplied with the car. The Maserati brothers finished the project in 1956 and sent the car to Indianapolis for Nino Farina to drive. The car was originally set up with Weber carburetors for gasoline and had to be reworked to run on Hilborn methanol injection. Unreliability and a lack of speed plagued the car. Farina was nearing the end of his career by this time and never qualified for the 500.

Like Father Like Son

It is inevitable that you will follow in your father's footsteps when you have toys as cool as this. Damon Hill tests his race car while father Graham looks on.

Via: Autodiva

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Growing Pains

What a difference a year makes !

Gas Ronda's A/FX Mustang certainly went through a growth spurt in 1966. Things were starting to look a little odd amidships with more than a few inches added to the wheelbase. The injected engine was set back and the rear end was moved a little further forward to put down those extra ponies. Headlights, tailights and bumper bars were no longer on the menu, whilst parachutes and wheelie bars certainly weren't available on the 1966 dealer option list. The whole package was getting further and further away from what was available on the showroom floor and a lot closer to the looming funny car circus.