Tue Jul 16 2013 00:39:01 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
The Alfa Romeo 33/3 made its debut in 1969 at the 12 Hours of Sebring. The engine was enlarged to 2998 cc (183ci) with 400 hp (298 kW), which put the 33/3 in the same class as the Porsche 908 and the Ferrari 312P. The chassis was now a monocoque. The new car did poorly at Sebring and Alfa did not take part in Le Mans after Lucien Bianchi's death in a practice session. The car took a couple of wins in smaller competitions but overall the 1969 season was not a successful one, and Alfa Romeo was placed seventh in the 1969 International Championship for Makes.
Tue Jul 16 2013 00:45:20 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Lotus 77 (John Player Special Mk.II) in action in the 70s. This photo debunks my theory that even the racing suits had bellbottoms back then.
Mon May 20 2013 20:10:10 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
The most unusual Chaparral is the 2J. On the chassis' sides bottom edges are articulated plastic skirts that seal against the ground (a technology that would later appear in Formula One). At the rear of the 2J are housed two 17-inch, JLO (pronounced "EE-lo") fans driven by a single 45 hp two stroke twin snowmobile engine. The car had a "skirt" made of Lexan extending to the ground on both sides, laterally on the back of the car, and laterally from just aft of the front wheels. It was integrated with the suspension system so the bottom of the skirt would maintain a distance of one inch from the ground regardless of G forces or anomalies in the road surface, thereby providing a zone within which the JLO fans could create a partial vacuum which would provide a downforce on the order of 1.25-1.50 G of the car fully loaded (fuel, oil, coolant). This downforce, materially greater than the weight of the car, had one journalist remark—literally quite accurate—that the 2J, which weighed less than ton, with its JLO motors running and generating their downforce of 1+ G could have been unveiled to the public on the ceiling. This gave the car tremendous gripping power and enabled greater maneuverability at all speeds. Since it created the same levels of low pressure under the car at all speeds, down-force did not decrease at lower speeds. With other aerodynamic devices, down-force decreases as the car slows down or achieves too much of a slip angle, both of which were not problems for the "sucker car".
Thu Jan 31 2013 21:55:45 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
The 24 Litre Napier-Railton Endurance Record and Track Racing Car. Commisioned by the Brooklands driver John Cobb, and designed by Reid Railton, the car was built by Thomson and Taylor at their engineering works within the Brooklands site. The car was completed in 1933 and first appeared in a race at Brooklands in August of that year.
Sat Jan 26 2013 18:45:35 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Kenneth Leroy Roberts (born December 31, 1951 in Modesto, California) is an American former professional motorcycle racer and racing team owner. In 1978, he became the first American to win a Grand Prix motorcycle racing world championship. He was also a two-time winner of the A.M.A. Grand National Championship. Roberts is one of only four riders in American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) racing history to win the AMA Grand Slam, representing Grand National wins at a mile, half-mile, short-track, TT Steeplechase and road race events.
Roberts left his mark on Grand Prix motorcycle racing as a world championship winning rider, an advocate for increased safety standards in racing, and as a racing team owner and a motorcycle engine and chassis constructor. His dirt track-based riding style changed the way Grand Prix motorcycles were ridden. Roberts' proposal to create a rival motorcycle championship in 1979 broke the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) hegemony and increased the political clout of Grand Prix racers, which subsequently led to improved safety standards and a new era of professionalism in the sport. In 2000, Roberts was named a Grand Prix Legend by the FIM.
Sat Jan 19 2013 23:16:39 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Here's an onboard lap from Ronnie Peterson around Scandinavian Raceway in Anderstorp, the year is 1972 and the car is the March 721. So far this is the only full onboard lap I've ever managed to find from Peterson, so enjoy!
Thu Jan 17 2013 16:01:24 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Born October 14, 1909, Bernd Rosemeyer started his career by participating in motorbike races on grass tracks and on the road. He signed up as a works driver at NSU in 1932 before switching to DKW in the following year. In October 1934, he passed a test for up-and-coming drivers in Auto Union’s challenging mid-engined racing car with flying colors. He was then immediately promoted to the company’s racing car team alongside Hans Stuck and Achille Varzi. His rise from there in the motor-racing universe was meteoric. Here he is in the Avus race in 1937 on the new ultra-fast high bank.
Thu Jan 17 2013 16:08:01 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
This Lister-Jaguar sports-racing cars has a long history as the very first prototype ‘Knobbly’ Lister-Jaguar in the Cambridge sports car marque’s definitive 1958-season form. As one of the Briggs Cunningham Automobile Racing Team’s two regular, highly-developed and beautifully-prepared entries it played a major role in securing the 1958 Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) National Championship title for driver Walt Hansgen.
Sat Jan 12 2013 15:46:16 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Sam Posy and Massimo Natili drove this Bizzarrini GT Strada 5300 at Le Mans in '66. They were disqualified from the race for crossing the pit safety line.
Sat Jan 12 2013 15:48:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Jean Guichet and Lorenzo Bandini drove this factory Ferrari 330 P3 at Le Mans in '66. They were a DNF due to engine problems.
Sat Jan 12 2013 15:52:19 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB/C driven by Clive Joy and Arturo Merzario leading the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO (s/n 3767GT) driven by Joe Bamford and Alain de Cadenet during the RAC TT Celebration at the 2012 Goodwood Revival.