Archives for November 2012
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Collectors aside, how many real enthusiasts are able to walk out to their garage, lift the door and see their own genuine ex-works Lancia rally car sitting there?
This is a reality for Jeremy Browne, a man who has immersed himself in his passion for rallying and the Lancia marque for most of his life. Whilst his fascinating stories from competing all over the world offer remarkable distraction, it’s the journey that Jeremy has taken with his Lancia Fulvia 1.6 HF, a works car used by the factory to win the International Rally Championship (the forerunner to the WRC) in 1972, that brings us here today.
One can see these genuine works cars from time to time at historic events and in museums, but they’re often part of large collections, desired because of their status and traded like commodities. What makes Jeremy’s Fulvia unique is that its owner is a genuine enthusiast who holds a lifelong passion for Lancia, and who has actually used it enough over the past two decades to build his own special relationship with the car.
By Eric Davison
It is hard to determine the ownership succession of a car like the BNC. We do know that Caswell bought it as a used car, after which he modified it and competed with it before it changed hands. To whom it went next is a mystery.
It was reportedly in the hands of Eric “Sonny” Grainger for a time. Grainger was the track announcer at the Islip, Long Island race track for a period and in 1955 was one of the founders of the Bridgehampton circuit.
Photos and Captions by Jonathan Sharp
This year’s annual Footman James-sponsored NEC Classic Motor Show show at the sprawling National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham England was the largest yet. spread over 11 halls. The visitor number was also the largest ever with just shy of 58,000 attending over the three days. The show has certainly grown in size and stature since the early days at dear old Alexandra Palace in London (or as us ex locals call it Ally Pally). It is very much a show built by the attending owners clubs – everything from Alfa Romeos to Zastavas. Each year, many of the clubs try to outdo each other in their imaginative display settings. They also bring different cars each year which keeps everything fresh.
[Read more…] about NEC Show, Birmingham England, November 16-18, 2012
Photos courtesy and copyright Ferrari Media and Planet F1
Before reaching Brazil, its grand and final destination, the 2012 Formula 1 season had already given us a thrilling cornucopia of high excitement. A relentless unfolding of momentous events throughout the year – eight different winning drivers and six different manufacturers, for instance – had already marked it for the history books once the teams had taken to the air in Texas only days earlier. And we all knew the World Driver Championship would be at last decided in São Paulo.
[Read more…] about Grand Prix of Brazil: All Great Things Happen in Threes
By Alan Yankolonis
In preparation for the 100th birthday of Alfa Romeo, the staff at the Simeone Foundation brought out the famous 8C 2900. This car is the “crème de la crème” of Alfa Romeo race cars; the 1938 8C2900B MM serial #412031 which won the 1938 Mille Miglia. Of the five original Mille Miglia cars only two remain intact and restored to the 1938 configuration (Simeone Museum & Ralph Lauren’s). There are two others that have been extensively modified with different body styles and chassis changes and look nothing like the Mille Miglia cars; the last car was the Le Mans coupe that had been reconfigured from the 1938 Mille Miglia Spider and is now in the Alfa Romeo Museum. (see Mike Sparken)
What’s nice about this author’s job at the Foundation is working on the cars. What is really great is that the Foundation’s collection focuses on sport racing cars that have two seats. In this case, one for the author and another for curator Kevin… who did the driving “chores”.
A Franco-American Hybrid
By Eric Davison
No one knows how George Lymber’s BNC reached America. We do know that a legendary figure of the early days of sports car racing, Otto Linton, (who was of great help in writing these articles) was a close friend and business associate of George Caswell, who purchased the car from motorcycle dealer George Taylor sometime in the early 1940s. Since both Taylor and George Caswell have both passed along to the great racetrack in the sky, there are no details to be had about the arrival of the BNC to these shores.
By Graham Gauld
Unlike the Continent, rallies in the U.K. did not use special stages on closed roads to decide the winners; they normally used gymkhana style driving tests; in 1960 the RAC rally was going to use special stages for the first time. These were a handful in Scotland mainly using loose-surface tracks in the forests and prepared by the Forestry Commission.
By Philippe Defechereux
Photos courtesy and copyright Ferrari Media unless otherwise noted.
Grand Prix of the Americas: Splendidly, to the Finish!
Bernie Ecclestone always wanted the New York skyline in frame for a new attempt at conquering the U.S. market. After the inaugural “Grand Prix of the Americas” in Austin this past weekend, it seems that a Texas Hat Trick was a more perfect opener. New York will follow. The new Texas venue indeed proved a trifecta for Formula 1: world fans and the racing teams discovered a challenging, curvaceous, racy beauty of a new circuit; attendance on Sunday was full at near 120,000 spectators; last but not least, a thrilling “Race of World Champions” unfolded over 56 laps, leaving the Driver Title open until the season’s final event next Sunday in Brazil.
[Read more…] about United States Grand Prix 2012