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Portraits of CIAS 2013

I’ve found the Autoshow to provide great photo opportunities.  Unfortunately, the background ruins a lot of the shots.  I’ve tried to go for up close photos to fix that.  Practice, practice, practice.  I honestly didn’t think I’d be uploading my own photos as much as I have lately.  More to come!!
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Cars of Yesteryear: Group C Pt.1



Why is the Mulsanne Straight ruined by two chicanes?   ….Group C.  From 1982 to 1993 this was the category that formed  Sportscar racing.   These were purpose built prototypes that had little to do with production cars.  The major restrictions allowed only engines from any manufacturer already homologated in FIA’s Group A or Group B  and another allowing only 600 litres of fuel to be consumed over 1000kms.  This provide for a variety of engine types to compete.  Big motors vs. small turbo charged lumps. V12s V10s, V8s, V6s, Flat 6s…  This proved enticing for many manufacturers.

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Rothmans Porsche 956.

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NewMan Porsche 962

The first 6 years were DOMINATED by one manufacturer. Porsche.  The all conquering 956 is arguably Porsche’s best ever.  The 956 was an aluminium monocoque, turbo flat six engined world beater.  Among its claims to fame is the, still standing, lap record at the Nurburgring (6:11 by Stefan Bellof).  Jackie Ickx, Derek Bell, Stefan Bellof, Kluas Ludwig, Henri Pescarolo, Hurley Haywood, Hans-Joachim Stuck, Al Holbert, Jochen Mass, Mario and Micheal Andretti, Bob Wollek, and Stefan Johansson are all former drivers of the 956.  That pretty much reads as the who’s who of sportscar racing for that time period.  Once the 956 ran its course the 962, which was basically an evolution of the 956, won for another two years.  Its also the basis for that nameless hot wheels prototype car we had as kids. Other successful manufacturers after Porsche include Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, and Peugeot.   Jaguar having success with both the XJR-9LM and XJR-12 provided Porsche with its first real competitor. They did however have a few more prototypes, like the XJR-14 below with little success.  Its Silk Cut livery will forever be one of the eras favourite.  As a kid I thought, how big do hair salons get to sponsor a whole Le Mans team.  Turns out they were smokes.  The Jags unique feature were the rear wheel covers.  Other manufacturers would run them eventually too.  In contrast to Porsche turbo flat six, Jaguar used a huge 7.0L V12.  It’s drivers include Mark Bundell, Martin Brundle, Teo Fabi, Andy Wallace, Patrick Tambay and Jan Lammers, among others.
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SilkCut Jaguar XJR-9LM.
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Silk Cut Jaguar JXR 14 (not a successful car, I just like the livery)

Next in line were Mercedes Benz.  With the help of the Sauber team its C9 and C11 were on top of the field for a few years.  However they were only able to win Le Mans once.  Incredible top speed were helped along with a twin-turbo charged 4.9L V8.  The Silver livery was a throwback to its Silver Arrows days back in the 50’s.  It’s lineup included Micheal Schumacher, Manuel Rueter, Jochen Mass, Jean-Loius Schlesser, Jean-Pierre Jabouille.
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Sauber Mercedes C9

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Sauber Mercedes C11

The end of Group C saw Peugeot clean up with the 905 and 905 Evo.  It ran a 3.0L V10.  The car and engine were both developed by Peugeot Talbot Sport.  The same team that designed all of Peugeot rally cars, so you know the pedigree was up to task.  And with drivers like Derrick Warrick, Yannick Dalmas, Geoff Brabham, Christophe Bouchut and Eric Helary.  Part 2 will see the Japanese machines of this era along with the also rans.

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Peugeot 905 Evo

Goodwood Revival

This is what it’s like when someone who can actually write in english pens an article for you.  Ben Koflach from Performance BMW was kind enough to send us his photos and words for last weekends Goodwood Revival in th UK.  Thanks for the photos Ben!!  You’ll be seeing some more PBMW related stuff here soon 😉  For the full album, click here.  But please do take the time to read.  🙂

Many events claim to be unique – not many are. The Revival at Goodwood in the UK is different, however. Run by devoted petrolhead Lord March, the annual event sees people flock in their thousands to his Sussex estate, which happens to feature a hillclimb circuit (otherwise used as the driveway) and a race circuit within its borders.

Where else in the world can you experience a step back in time and a petrolhead’s dream all in one place? Unlike the also annual hillclimb-based Festival of Speed, which is based around the hillclimb, the circuit-based Revival celebrates purely the racing, fashions and way of life of the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s.
If you’re not going to turn up in appropriate dress, you may as well not turn up – those choosing not to wear period clothing look out of place. Those that make the effort go a long way towards making the event what it is – a celebration of the good old days.

This year’s event was fully sold-out – you can only get to the Revival if you book your ticket before-hand, and numbers are capped. This year that meant 146,000 people visited in its three days of opening. This included those that camped and so stayed all three days.
Just because many of the cars are priceless pieces of automotive art, don’t think they’re all driven around in some sort of procession-style manner. Oh no, these classics are all driven just as hard as they would have been back in the day. That includes a number of Ferrari 250 GTOs, each of which is worth more than an average suburb – up to $35 million USD a piece in fact. Lightweight E-Type Jaguars, 50s saloons and ex-F1 single-seaters also feature, along with historic motorcycles. There were quite a few pricey looking crashes over the weekend too – a sign that none of the drivers are holding back. Several of which, as it happens, were current and ex-professional race drivers, including Anthony Reid and ex-F1 driver Martin Brundle.
The weather on our Friday visit started off a little grey and rainy, but luckily it sooned turned into a beautiful day. The track dried out, and despite being mainly practice sessions, the action was fantastic – several near-misses again confirming that all of the drivers meant business. One of the most spectacular cars to watch was undoubtedly the leading mk2 Jaguar in the 50s saloons category, which had tyre smoke pouring off its rear tyres round almost every corner, and proved to be very fast indeed.
By the end of the day, the sun was beginning to set in a beautiful fashion as the WWII Lancaster and Spitfires circled the skies and the track action began to wind down. As we left, we soon realised that the Revival doesn’t end there, either. The car park for starters is divided into the general parking areas and the pre-’66 area – in either, though, there’s a feast of classic motors on display as far as the eye can see.
Heading back on to Sussex’s roads, we were soon greeted by countless waves, cheers, and knowing nods – I had the privilege of sharing the driving home in a good friend’s tuned ’68 Triumph Herald, which I cherished – the amount of attention all classics get in the traffic, whether a priceless E-type Jag or a slightly snotty Herald, is terrific.
Home was welcome by the time we got back there – the Revival is a tiring place to go, but simply epic. It almost seemed saddening to go back to wearing skinny jeans and a hoodie the next day – I think I left a part of me at Goodwood. Stepping back into the past, to the world of period racing is just like nothing else – and nothing in the world can match Goodwood.

Superstars Series

This relatively new series is quickly becoming one of my favourites.  In my eyes, this is the formula DTM should be run with.  Big sedans that are still closely related to their road going counterparts.  While the high tech DTM cars are amazing, they differ too much from road cars.  This Superstar series reminds me of DTM in the late 80’s early 90’s.

Jaguar, Mercedes, Chrysler, Chevrolet, Maserati, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Lexas and Porsche are all eligible to race.  I haven’t picked a favourite yet.  Though I do find it funny watching the 300c lumbering around the track.  Surprisingly, it’s actually competitive.  One thing I don’t like are the fast and furious wing.  I’d lik to see ome proper gt wings and swan necks.


Best thing about the series though, is undoubtedly the sound…..