Archive for July, 2013

Brian Redman\'s The Hawk – Elkhart Lake, WI – 07/18 – Road America – USA

DISCUSS (No Comments)

Brian Redman\'s The Hawk – Elkhart Lake, WI – 07/18 – Road America – USA

DISCUSS (No Comments)

New In the Chicane Shop: Legends of the 50's

Legends of the 50's Shirt

Who am I to choose from among these names? How can I ask any of you to choose from the best of 1950s racing? Why argue the point when we can celebrate not any specific favorite, but the glory of this entire golden era of competition?

Available today in The Chicane Shop.

DISCUSS (7 Comments)

Views of the 1955 Gran Prix d'Agadir, Morocco

Andre Guelfi's Gordini T15S at the 1955 Gran Prix d'Agadir

When the winter comes and the European tracks ice over, were drivers content of just let their racing machines languish in the cold workshop? No. Ship them to Nassau, to Tasmania, to Angola, and indeed to Morocco. The exotic locations captured in images like these always make me wonder why we don’t see more of this kind of thing in contemporary racing?

Sure, the street courses themselves may not allow for racing today, but why aren’t we keeping the motors running all winter long. Then it hit me, these exotic races were usually non-championship races. Why wouldn’t Moss or Graham Hill head to the Bahamas and gather up a win or two (and the often large purses that went along with them)? In the modern era, drivers are often dissuaded—or explicitly forbidden—from competing outside their series and the off-season is spent on a bike or in the gym in constant off-track preparation for the “real” racing to come in 5 or 6 months. What a pity.

A shame that we can’t enjoy a race weekend in a location like this gorgeous seaside resort town of Agadir? It proved a fantastic backdrop for this running in 1955.

More than the national racing colors; more than the accessibility of the paddock; perhaps even more than the skyrocketing expense of racing; it may by the hyper-specialization of drivers and the lack of crossover from single-seater to sports car to stock car that is the tragedy of contemporary motorsport.

More Agadir photos at Jewish Community Agadir

Enzo Ferrari? in a parade lap at the 1955 Gran Prix d'Agadir
Also, is this Enzo Ferrari in a T-Bird? If so, there’s just something wrong (or very very right) about Enzo Ferrari being in a Ford.

Update: Although there is quite a resemblance to Ferrari in that particular photo, a Agadir1960.com identifies that Ford’s passenger as Hubert Terrier, President of the Sports Car Club of Agadir. Many thanks to Autodiva members for digging up the facts.

DISCUSS (8 Comments)

Sat. Hillclimb – 07/13 – Some Hill Somewhere (contact the club for details)

DISCUSS (No Comments)

PVGP – Wampum, PA – 07/12 – Pittsburgh International Race Complex – USA

DISCUSS (No Comments)

Le Sommet des Legendes – Mont-Tremblant, Quebec – 07/12 – Circuit Mont-Tremblant – Canada

DISCUSS (No Comments)

Fangio's W196 Brings In $29,650,095.

Fangio's Mercedes-Benz W196

Ladies and Gentlemen, the ex-Fangio Mercedes-Benz W196 is the most valuable motor vehicle ever sold at auction with a final price of $29.6 million.

I have been guilty of complaining about the skyrocketing prices of classic racing cars (after all, I’m still a buyer in this equation). I have complained about speculators buying these cars simply as investments rather than as an expression of their passion for motorsport… but if ever a car deserved the title of “the most”, it might be this one.

More at Bonhams.

DISCUSS (20 Comments)

911 3.2 Self-Teardown

I love that this is becoming a thing.

DISCUSS (7 Comments)

Goodwood Festival of Speed – Chichester, West Sussex – 07/11 – Goodwood – England

DISCUSS (No Comments)

The Chicane is licensed under a Creative Commons (Attribution: 3.0) License. | The Chicane is a *January Studios Production. | info@thechicaneblog.com