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Jeff Westphal won pole position at this year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours, he’s the 1st American in the race’s 45-year history to win pole position and he did it in a car dreampt up by an American, with an American-owned team.

June 22nd, 2017 by admin

Westphal raced the No. 704 Traum Motorsport SCG 003C at this year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours. The SCG 003 is American racing enthusiast Jim Glickenhaus’ idea of the perfect track and street car, and the SCG 003C is its racing-only version.

This year was the SCG 003C’s third attempt at the Nürburgring 24 Hours, and while they didn’t finish, they certainly proved that an outsider to the European racing scene can break in and be the fastest.

The team quickly learned that there’s nowhere they could test that could come close to simulating laps on the Nürburgring with the same mix of harsh bumps, hills, fast sweepers and tight corners. Replicating the ‘Ring’s over 8-minute laps anywhere else was impossible.

So, the team had to spend a lot of time testing and racing at the Nürburgring, Westphal estimates that he got around 450 laps at the ‘ring before this year’s 24-hour race, participating in about five races there a year with between six to eight hours of seat time in each race.

Skip the first 11 minutes of sitting in the pits. And for Pete’s sake, millions of dollars of race car, and this shit video is the best they could do? What is that, a crappy old cell phone, Why they hell couldn’t they buy a Go Pro?

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Jeff Westphal won pole position at this year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours, he’s the 1st American in the race’s 45-year history to win pole position and he did it in a car dreampt up by an American, with an American-owned team.

Ford is ready to go racing

May 5th, 2017 by admin

Ford GT drivers Joey Hand Racing, Dirk Müller Racing and Billy Johnson made a pit stop at the Ford Performance Racing School in Tooele, Utah before the IMSA and FIA WEC races at Circuit of The Americas and Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps this weekend.

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Trans Am racing has a new owner operator, who happens to already do that for the SVRA, Parella Motorsports

April 2nd, 2017 by admin

Parella Motorsports Holdings has taken a co-ownership position in partnership with The Trans Am Race Company, LLC (TARC), the operators of the professional Trans Am Series which this year is celebrating its 50 th anniversary. The move expands an already collaborative relationship between Parella Motorsports Holdings’ principal motorsports property, the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA), and Trans Am who have raced together several times during the last two years.

Tony Parella, the CEO of the SVRA now adds the Trans Am Racing to his Parella Motorsports. “Fans are responding to a show with a variety of automotive designs and engine sounds both in wheel-to- wheel competition and on display. SVRA and Trans Am have tremendous cultural synergies, including drivers crossing over between the two series. All of this promotes sponsorship investment.”

Organizers of racing festival weekends such as the Brickyard Invitational at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway report growth in ticket sales over the past three years. Along with the vintage racers of SVRA the weekends frequently include other features such as Historic Trans-Am, Motostalgia car collector auctions, and the International GT series.

Parella has already seen growth in sponsorships from both premium, automotive and motorsports-related brands in SVRA, and will look to continue that momentum in the pro-racing world with the Trans Am Series and its growing platform. From the induction of The Trans Am Race Company nearly five years ago, the Trans Am Series has grown from 10 car fields to 60-plus car entries and multi-race weekends

the ownership group of TARC is now Tony Parella/ Parella Motorsports Holdings, Jim Derhaag, David Jans and Mike Miller all holding equal shares while John Clagett now joins Simon Gregg as a minority shareholder. Tony Ave will remain as a management consultant and advisor.

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Designed in Italy by Fiat, adapted in Japan by Nissan, made in Mexico, powered by a Renault engine in India, and spec raced in Canada, but not sold in the USA… the Nissan Micra is a racing machine that before racing mods sells for 10 thousand Canadian dollars

March 30th, 2017 by admin

there are 3 versions sold in Canada, and they have the same engine and HP, just more optional luxury features like bluetooth.

it’s the most inexpensive car sold in Canada, so, the Motorsports In Action team built some up, and went racing, then other people got the bug to go racing cheap (like Mazda Miata used to be) in identical cars (like IROC used to be)

you can read about the racing of the Micra all over the car enthusiast magazine websites, or

Dennis Anderson, driver of Grave Digger, was injured during a show Saturday night, his son says he’s getting better and will be ok

January 18th, 2017 by admin

Just after the 2 minute 40 second mark, Anderson tried a backflip but there wasn’t enough rotation, and it landed on the lid, hard.

Anderson, 56, is one of the most successful monster truck drivers in history, having competed in Monster Jam since 1982. The Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina native has four World Finals titles, three in the racing category and one in freestyle.

During last weekend’s show in Tampa, Florida, he attempted a backflip that went awry with the truck landing upside down. Anderson was helped from the wreckage by paramedics before being transported to a local hospital for further evaluation

Just in case they are wondering,

wow, a 52 Aero Lark beat five BMWs, two Nissan 300ZXs, a Mustang, a Camaro, and a pair of Mazda RX-7s at LeMons. The "Four Yak Press Racing" 1952 Willys made its grand entrance to the LeMons scene at the California season-ender.

December 16th, 2016 by admin

The team, members of which hail from Hella Shitty Racing (who race a Bricklin SV-1, a diesel-engined Porsche 911, and a dual-control Volkswagen Beetle, among other things) and Cerveza Racing (the winningest team in 24 Hours of LeMons history), picked up a long-neglected project Aero-Lark for dirt cheap and got to work.

When the race ended, the Aero-Lark had completed 132 laps around one of the most challenging courses in the LeMons world. The team finished 160th out of 183 entries

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wow, a 52 Aero Lark beat five BMWs, two Nissan 300ZXs, a Mustang, a Camaro, and a pair of Mazda RX-7s at LeMons. The "Four Yak Press Racing" 1952 Willys made its grand entrance to the LeMons scene at the California season-ender.

Can Am 50th Anniversary book review (one word, awesome)

December 15th, 2016 by admin

The Can Am was a racing series for 9 years, and they did a fantastic damn job of writing one chapter for each year.

There are so many cool things I learned, I can’t even figure out where to start… check the video (notice that WING? Biggest wing ever used)

and the smallest car, which should be compared to a go cart… it had 10 inch wheels, well, it was supposed to, but Firestone ran into problems and didn’t get them made in time. Regardless, the point was to make the smallest race car, for less aerodynamic drag, but… they forgot that the brakes would also be tiny, and that does NOT work well for racing.

When they did get the tires, they were really wide, and you know that tires if over inflated or spun really fast, are going to get stretch in the center… but if they aren’t designed well, and aren’t inflated enough, they only touch the ground above the outside edges of the rims…. that is a big problem too. So, basically they didn’t think this through very well.

Some cars were thought out very well, so much that they were quickly outlawed…. in a race that had been set up as “without rules” because ironically, the race series hadn’t been thought out very well. That is what makes this book invaluable to car guys that love the prime history of 60s racing… it is analytical about what made the race cars better, how they evolved (in cases like the Chaparral) and what was so overlooked, but obvious in hindsight, that was missed when they came up with the notion of unlimited racing.

One word: money. You can’t have unlimited racing, as only the unlimited funding from the largest corporations can compete, and whoever spends the most, wins. It’s not racing if it’s won by just spending the most money.

That is what nails this book for me, as the only book I’ll need to read on the subject of Can Am… it’s so damn thorough! Who won, why, how, and what caused failure. Both in the cars, and the race series itself. Brilliant writing direction that the author took, it’s on point for the reader that likes to learn, and for many people, we learned more about Trans Am racing, F1, Gran Prix, Rally, drag racing, or Nascar… and Can Am was something heard about, but not studied or learned very thoroughly. Then, the comparison of a lap time from one team to another, or year to the next, to show that this or that was advanced significantly, or not at all… that sort of analysis is great stuff to me…. to learn that the best driver that there ever was had a time, but the mediocre car was letting him down, or that the next years advances in engines or tires put him some seconds faster when little else changed. Terrific info.

for example

Vic Elford remembers: “My first impression was, I don’t really see it as very quick, because it just sort of goes around corners. But then of course, when it got down to analyzing it, we found it was going around corners about 12 or 15 percent quicker than anything else would.”

I sure as hell never learned about Can Am til now, but hell, I’d glimpsed so much about it from looking at the drivers, team owners, and hearing about the tracks that I wasn’t coming at this book without some knowledge of those aspects of it, and that is pretty damn cool. It’s a lot harder to enjoy a book where you have to learn about EVERYTHING, like the characters, locations, or whatever.

When it’s just another aspect of the history of so much you’ve heard of already, well… its a damn pleasure to get more info on all of the stuff involved. Tire technology, engine advancement with turbos and injection, wings and aero, and what part the famous racers played in the various teams in Can Am… as I never learned before about the teams, the drivers that were hired like movie stars to play a role, and just as quickly released for other racing venues (F1 for example) or the business aspect of running a teams in multiple race series (F1, Trans Am, Nascar for example) and the effect that had on owners or drivers.

There were only a couple minor things that bugged me, and that’s down to editting… for example, the info and photos about a car should be on the same pages, right? When the “sucker” car is discussed for 4 or 5 pages, but the photos are all 6 or 7 pages further down, for no reason I can see… that bugs me (pages 140-147) and pages 127 -134 are about the death of Bruce McLaren, but the photos are all about the “Shadow” which gets discussed after the photos were all used in the previous 7 pages. But that was the only quibble I had.

You’re going to see the striking excellence of three teams and it’s amazing, the Penske, the McLaren, and the Hall teams. That such a fantastic group of race car engineers and innovators all were vying for the incredible championship win money, it’s competition level was just absurdly high, and then you also had the drivers that were among the best in the world, Gurney, Hulme, Donohue, McLaren, Parnelli, Phil Hill, George Follmer, Peter Revson, Andretti, and Pedro Rodriguez to name a few.

You can see some of the book at

Andy Warhol had one rare Ferrari, he bought it only to make an art piece parody of Rolls Royce, but sold it without racing it, making art of it, or knowing how rare it was

December 11th, 2016 by admin


1st time I’ve ever seen this album cover

December 9th, 2016 by admin

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1966 Barracuda S at the 1967 Sebring 4 Hours.

May 7th, 2016 by admin

hell… I thought that was rare and significant that a Barracuda was racing in the bigs, nope. There were over 2 dozen 66 Cudas racing at Daytona, Sebring, and other tracks like Mid America