This low slung roadster had an offset body and a laydown engine. The engine, however was tilted the opposite direction from the other laydown roadsters. This allowed the drive shaft to pass to the right of the cockpit and the top of the cylinders, laying to the left side 15 degrees from horizontal. Driver Johnny Thomson sat in a custom-made seat that leaned back 13 degrees.
In 1958, prior to the start of qualifying for the Indy 500, Lee Elkins bought this car without an engine from A.J.Watson. The McNamara Motor Freight Company car #73 was hastily put together by crew chief Floyd Trevis, then Dick Rathmann qualified on the pole at 145.974 mp/h, setting a new track record. The car finished 27th following a first-lap, third-turn accident with Ed Elisain: sixteen cars were involved and Pat O'Connor lost his life.
A front-row qualifier and early leader of the 1957 Indianapolis 500 in the hands of Troy Ruttman, this car's greatest success came during the two runnings of the 500-mile race conducted on the steeply banked concrete oval section of the circuit at Monza, Italy.
This car has a most interesting history, having been driven at various times by both Rodger Ward and A.J. Foyt. In the 1956 Indy 500 race, Rodger Ward qualified this car 15th, and finished 8th. After the 1956 race, the car was sold to Bell Lines Trucking owners Fred Sclavi and Jon Amos, who put Eddie Russo in the car for the 1957 Indy 500 race.
This Kurtis-Kraft-500F Novi Replica is famously known in American racing history as 'the fastest car never to win the Indy 500.' These Novi Indy racers were the work of Novi, Michigan industrialist-sportsman Lew Welch, who first entered the 500 in 1946 with a front-wheel drive racer built by Frank Kurtis and driven by Harley Davidson racing legend Ralph Hepburn.
This Watson built car is mechanically unmolested except for refreshing the paint a number of years ago. It remains as it was raced during the 1950s. Don Frieland drove the car to a 7th place finish in its debut in 1954.
This car was entered at Indianapolis from1954-1959. It made the 500 Race five times. Fred Agabashian, who preferred Kurtis Kraft race cars and assisted Frank Kurtis with technical input, started 24th in the Merz Engineering Special in the 1954 500 and worked his way up to a 6th place finish. The next year in 1955, Walt Faulkner finished 5th in the car at Indianapolis.
This is KK500B that was initially owned by Pat Clancy of Memphis. Jim Davies qualified this car for the 1953 and 1955 Indy 500s, where it finished 10th and 3rd. It was a second alternate in the 1954 race.
Construction for this car began in 1951 by Myron Stevens for H.A. Chapman. Chapman and Stevens had words, so the car was moved to Frank Kurtis' shop to be finished by Art Simms (Chapman's chief mechanic) and driver Bill Schindler. The car ran in the 1952, 1953, and 1954 Indy 500s finishing 14th, 8th, and 18th respectively.
Among the milestones surrounding the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 this weekend is Chevrolet's legacy as the official pace car – an honor it has held more than any other manufacturer.
The new 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO today made its world debut at the famous Nürburgring race course, known as one of the longest and most challenging race tracks in the world. This is also the place where the Nissan GT-R's potent performance was honed, tuned and developed.
26 students at the ŠKODA vocational school have built their dream coupé: the ŠKODA ATERO is a spectacular car based on the compact ŠKODA RAPID Spaceback. The fully functional, unique vehicle is already the third 'student car' from ŠKODA Academy.
Southern California is the hub of eclectic car culture, but next month, Auctions America will take 'California cool' to a whole new level, offering a vast selection of poster cars and late-model collectibles at its annual Santa Monica sale, June 25-26. In just three years, the Auctions America event—held at the historic Barker Hangar—has emerged as a staple on the SoCal collector car scene, offering vehicles perfectly matched to diverse Southern California tastes.
Bentley Motors unveiled the most powerful Bentley vehicles ever offered for sale here this week during an exclusive event in New York City. These four revised models to the Bentley Continental line up are the 2017 model year GT Speed, GT Speed Convertible, the GT Speed Black Edition and the GT Speed Convertible Black Edition.
Subaru of America Inc. today announced a comprehensive update to the 2017 BRZ including improved handling, increased performance, more aggressive styling and new convenience features. These enhancements continue the company's original mission of offering enthusiasts a pure sports car with an unmatched driving experience.
GMC today announced the 2016 Yukon SLT Premium Edition – a chrome-trimmed special model offering a premium, personalized appearance on SLT models.
Acura today celebrated the highly anticipated line-off of the first serial production 2017 Acura NSX at the new Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio. The PMC is the exclusive manufacturing home to Acura's next-generation NSX, the only supercar made in America.
The BMW Group has created a very special car for this year's Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este to pay tribute to one of the most significant models in its history. First and foremost, the BMW 2002 Hommage celebrates the extraordinary feats of engineering behind the BMW 2002 turbo – and re-imagines them as a design study for our times.
Aston Martin and Italian design-house Zagato are proud to announce the Vanquish Zagato Concept, the latest creation from their long-standing partnership. The Vanquish Zagato Concept will make its global debut at the prestigious Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, held at Lake Como in Italy from 21 – 22 May 2016
One year on from the dramatic victory clinched by the all-new R8 LMS on its race debut at the Nurburgring 24 Hours, Audi is paying homage to the GT3 car that can lay claim to no less than 323 overall wins with a special edition of the all-new, road-going R8. A total of 24 exclusive R8 V10 plus 'selection 24h' models will be built for the world market, combining competition-inspired styling enhancements with an exceptional specification that includes Audi magnetic ride adaptive damping, a sport exhaust for further amplification of the R8's much-loved ten-cylinder soundtrack, and laser lighting.Next Page >>