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|Forty-five years ago this past week, American racing history was made, and thus far has neve rbeen matched again. With the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend, Racing in America reflects on the 45th anniversary of the Ford Mark IV claiming the second of four consecutive victories for Ford Motor Company cars at LeMans, arguably the greatest American racing victory on foreign soil. That day in 1967, the stunning red Mark IV, now in the procession of Henry Ford Museum as part of its Racing in America collection, was driven to the overall victory by A.J. Foyt and Dan Gurney. It remains today the only Le Mans overall win by American drivers, in an American-built car, with an American engine (Ford V8), preparedby an American team (Shelby American). The No. 1 Mark IV, which was capable ofspeeds as high as 220 mph, led all but the first 90 minutes of the race, andwon easily by four laps over the second place Ferrari. The iconic car featured numerous innovations for its day, including its aluminum honeycomb structure, a sunken driver compartment, and a sleek, wingless design that had been extensively tested in the wind tunnel. 'It was a very sophisticated chassis, but not a very sophisticated engine,' said Bob Casey, curator of transportation forThe Henry Ford. 'The engine they used, a big 427 Ford V8, was based ontheir NASCAR engine.' But the car may be best known for theaddition of the 'Gurney bubble,' a 'bubble' on the roof built in to accommodate Gurney's head, since he stood nearly 6-foot-4. Gurney and Foyt were known as fierce competitors in the United States, indeed having competed against each other just two weeks before in the Indianapolis 500. But the two American racing legends were brought together by Ford Motor Company and team owner Carroll Shelby to do just what they did. 'For us, it's a great transference tothe United States as far as technology, it's a wonderful story about teamwork, it's a great story about collaboration, and foremost, it's a great story about the process of innovation, all through the lens of American racing,' said Christian Overland, executive vice president of the Henry Ford. In addition to the stunning victory, the post-race celebration saw the birth of one of racing's finest traditions -- the champagne shower in victory lane. The Mark IV race car, in honor of the 45thanniversary, recently left Dearborn for a European tour, including the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and is expected back in Michigan in September, when it will be returned to its place on honor on the floor of Henry Ford Museum in the Driving America exhibit.|
| 10th Annual Keeneland Concours d'Elegance Announces 50 Years of Mustangs Will be on Display• Classic cars, muscle cars, vintage motorcycles and helicopters are among the featured exhibits|
LEXINGTON, KY – In celebrating its 10th year, the Keeneland Concours d'Elegance will honor one of America's most popular cars, the Ford Mustang, on Saturday, July 20.
This year more than 130 collector cars and motorcycles will be on display, competing for honors in 19 judged classes. Working in conjunction with the Bluegrass Mustang Club, the Concours' organizers are expecting 1,000....
| Italian Sports And Racing Exotics Head To RM's Eagerly Anticipated Monterey Sale• RM Auctions announces stunning early roster of blue-chip Italian exotics for its flagship Monterey sale, August 16–17 in California |
• No less than 21 Ferraris already consigned alongside two spectacular Maseratis
• Eight Ferraris offered without reserve from the Estate of William H. Tilley
• Additional early highlights include a fabulous 1931 Duesenberg Model SJ Murphy Convertible Coupe and a 1935 Hispano-Suiza K6 Brandone Cabriolet
• Frequently updated list of entries available online a....
|Honda Chases 10Th Consecutive Indy Triumph05/21/2013 - TORRANCE, Calif. An accomplished 16-driver lineup, including two previous race winners and 11 graduates of open-wheel training-ground series, make up the Honda-powered effort for the 2013 Indianapolis 500, as the company seeks its 10th consecutive '500' victory – and fourth-in-a-row with engine-manufacturer competition.|
In 2012, Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Dario Franchitti scored his third Indy triumph in a thrilling battle to the finish with fellow Honda drivers Takuma S....
|Spectacular 1936 Delahaye Type 135 Competition Court Coupe and 1969 Ford GT40 MKI take Best in Show at the Concours d'Elegance of TexasHouston, Texas. May 17, 2013. Last weekend, the award winning La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa in Montgomery, Texas, played host to the biggest celebration of vintage motoring in Texas, welcoming thousands of visitors through its doors for The Houston Classic Weekend and 2nd annual Concours d'Elegance of Texas. The weekend got off to a high-octane start when Concours participants took to the open road on the Texas Tour d'Elegance, led by Richard Rawlings of Fast N' Loud fame, in a newly re-s....|
| Raw Power Has a Stamp of Its Own Muscle Cars Roar at Spring Classic AuctionWhat do you get when you bring the U.S. Postal Service and Dana Mecum's Original Spring Classic Auction together at the State Fairgrounds — a Muscle Car Extravaganza!|
Since it began 26 years ago, Mecum's Spring Classic auction in Indianapolis has featured the largest auction of muscle cars in the world. This year, the Postal Service will celebrate the raw power of the performance vehicle at the Spring Classic event by dedicating five, limited edition stamps featuring iconic muscle cars....
| 1970 Monaco Grand Prix: A Reversal of FortunesIn gambling and sports there is one word that seems to be absolutely foundational to both—luck. Heading into the 1970 season Jack Brabham had had his share of luck. Jochen Rindt, on the other hand, seemed to have none of it. This would all change on the 10th of May, 1970.|
Jochen Rindt had come into Formula One during the mid-1960s and was certainly fast straight-away. Often one of the quickest drivers on the circuit, Rindt would find his choice of teams to be his biggest letdown as the reliab....
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• McLaren P1™ to feature at the 2013 Goodwood festival of Speed
• Short, high definition video showing the McLaren P1™ testing can be viewed at: http://youtu.be/Hb_6pNFqqNA
With only a few months remaining until the first deliveries will be made to just 375 customers, the development programme for the McLaren P1™ continues to accelerate as it nears its end. This extensive wor....
|Start Your Engines! The Houston Classic Weekend Gets Set To Open Its Doors To The World'S Fastest Cars And Stars.Houston, Texas, April 29, 2013. Organizers of The Houston Classic Weekend are gearing up for one of the state's biggest celebrations of vintage motoring and getting set to open their doors to some of the world's fastest cars and stars. Visitors to the event, which runs from May 3-5, can look forward to a spectacular gathering of over 200 rare and exotic classic motorcars, sports cars, racers, and antique motorcycles, all assembled in the glorious lakeside setting of La Torretta Lake Resor....|