VeloceToday for April 14, 2015

by pete on April 14, 2015

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Listen up now…VeloceToday is undergoing an upgrade as well as coming up with a new and (of course) exciting homepage. During the month of April there may not be a normally scheduled Tuesday edition of VeloceToday. Do not fear if you don’t get your weekly fix or if you see glitches on the homepage.
We are on it.

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cover-350 Mid-Atlantic American Sports Car Races, 1953-196
By Terry O’Neil
Dalton Watson Fine Books, February 2015
ISBN 978-1-85443-263-6 320mm by 240mm
393 pages, Hardbound with dust jacket
569 color and B&W photos
$155.00 USD, plus shipping
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Review by Pete Vack
This is Terry O’Neil’s third book on racing in the colonies. The first opus covered the Bahamas Races and the second the Northeast SCCA region, 1952-59. His latest book covers SCCA races in the Mid-Atlantic Region from 1953 to 1962.

The Mid-Atlantic Region as covered by the book. O’Neil noted that although Kentucky and North Carolina were actually not officially within the SCCA defined region, it was best to include them in the book as well. The Mid-Atlantic Region as covered by the book. O’Neil noted that although Kentucky and North Carolina were actually not officially within the SCCA defined region, it was best to include them in the book as well. [click to continue…]

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Cisitalia Ford

by pete on April 14, 2015

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The unusual Cisi Ford..no match for the classic 202. Photo by Hugues Vanhoolandt.

By Brandes Elitch

A few years ago, the organizers of the Pebble Beach concours, in an effort to dispel the image of the entrants as so called trailer queens, initiated a drive for the entrants around the Monterey Peninsula.
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VeloceToday for April 7, 2015

by pete on April 7, 2015

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Listen up now…VeloceToday is undergoing an upgrade as well as coming up with a new and (of course) exciting homepage. During the month of April there may not be a normally scheduled Tuesday edition of VeloceToday. Do not fear if you don’t get your weekly fix. We’ll be back bigger than ever.
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1,2,4,5,8,9,10,12,13,14,17,21,22,24,25,26,27,30,31,32,33,36,37. Most have English text, (4,14,27,33 are in Italian.) 1, 2 printed in (IT/EN). 1,2,27 are hard cover. Nice condition, #1 has a few loose pages but is complete; dust jacket on 2 70% complete. £495 GBP/$750 plus shipping Contact:willgrant@yahoo.co.uk

*$25 Ads for anyone who has something to sell, to giveaway, or to holler about. Ad will be placed above the fold and run for one month. Contact vack@cox.net .

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Three Moretti Gran Sports

by pete on April 7, 2015


Above: Posing with the Harry Jones Moretti are (left-to-right) Viola Jones, Pat McAfee (then wife of Jack McAfee), and Vi’s husband Harry Jones. Santa Barbara paddock, September 1954. Photo: John Edgar, Edgar Motorsport Archive
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By Pete Vack
From the Archives of VeloceToday

Thanks to Peter Vanlaw, William Edgar, Alex Vazeos, Rex McAfee, Cliff Reuter, John de Boer, Karl Ludvigsen and Cindy Meitle.

Road & Track, August 1954. The color photo is by photographer and journalist Bob Rolofson; the car, a Moretti Gran Sport—the archetypical “Baby Ferrari”. No doubt many more people saw this photo than would ever lay eyes on the actual car itself; few subjected to the cover photo or the reality would likely soon forget the sight. Even today, the car stirs the imagination.
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The Three Musketeers Part 3

by pete on April 7, 2015

A 1949 Pourtout Delahaye is now part of the Louwman collection in The Hague Netherlands. Photo by Hugues Vanhoolandt.

By Gijsbert-Paul Berk

Of our Three Musketeers, only two survived the war. But despite all odds, both Pourtout and Darl’mat continued to create interesting designs well into the 1950s.

Georges Paulin and the Resistance

While it was sad that the Rolls-Royce Paulin Corniche was destroyed at Dieppe, even more tragic is the fact that Georges Paulin did not survive the war. [click to continue…]

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By Roberto Motta
Photos by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles press archive and GGRM archive

Read the history of the X1/9 Prototipos
Read X1/9 Prototipos Today

Characterized by taut lines, and equipped with the engine and various mechanical components taken from the 128 sedan, the Fiat X1/9 was, and remains, a dream car.

The “X1/9” was part of a design series designation that began with the Fiat 128, which was the “X1/1”. The X1/9 was the first ‘Targa’ car produced by FIAT and Bertone.
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Jim Clark: Racing Hero

by pete on April 7, 2015


Jim Clark, Racing Hero

By Graham Gauld
McKlein Publishing/Verlag Reinhard Klein GbR
400 pages, hard cover, with slipcase 29 x 29 cm
72 color, 253 B&W images
English and German text
ISBN: 978-3-927458-75-8

Price 99 Euros plus shipping
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Review by Pete Vack
All photos by and courtesy of Graham Gauld

Being the editor of VeloceToday is a wonderful job; In fact if one asked me if to create the ideal occupation for someone with my aptitudes and skills, the resulting job description would be identical with those of the editor of VeloceToday. Fancy that. [click to continue…]

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VeloceToday for March 31, 2015

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The Three Musketeers Part 2: 1930-1939

March 31, 2015

By Gijsbert-Paul Berk Read Part 1 During the 1930s, our Three Musketeers, together and individually, were involved in a number of projects with French, Italian and British carmakers. Lancia In 1934-35, Carrosserie Pourtout transferred it activities from Bourgival to the Paris suburb of Rueil-Malmaison. In fact Marcel Pourtout acquired the factory of Hurtu Automobiles in […]

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Lynch Does Amelia

March 31, 2015

Story and Photos by Michael T. Lynch Over 20 Editions, Bill Warner has built the Amelia Island Concours into a concours second only to Pebble Beach and its 65-year tradition. Because of Bill’s long involvement in racing, photography and journalism, the weekend is basically a gathering of Bill’s old buddies from those fields plus major […]

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Amelia Roadside Attractions

March 31, 2015

Story and Photos by Jonathan Sharp Dear Pete, Up like a lark for a crack of dawn start this morning. The general consensus among other photographers who have covered the event before was to get there before first light, so I did. Not sure why though! Had a problem finding the car park; I knew […]

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