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    somebody posted a photo of this '50 caddy that raced at lemans on my FB and i decided to look it up:

    https://revsinstitute.org/the-collec...lac-series-61/

    having always been a peripheral fan of motorsport, i thought it was really cool. my brother in law would take me and my brother to the dirt track and to national trails raceway outside of columbus in the early to mid seventies and i got to see some of the cool exhibition vehicles like the little red wagon and a few of the other popular dragsters during that era.

    top fuel dragsters still had the engine in front of the drivers back then.

    this old caddy is really cool though (look at that body roll!).

    the porsche 917 is one of my favorites, too as it the movie "lemans" starring steve mcqueen.

    what are your favorite vintage race cars, whether they be dragsters, can am racers, indy cars, ect. ect?

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    Not super old school...but I've always loved 90's European racing...particularly the production class cars.

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    there's a european series i catch on TV from time to time or maybe it's australian running today's caddys and mustangs i recognize, with a lot of BMWs, volvos and other euro makes thrown in the mix.

    i like it because i can tell the cars apart.

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    RS VR6 you have very good taste! Though I always preferred the Corolla to the Celica with regard to the Toyota WRC cars. Wish I'd made it to more of the events they had here in NZ!


    The Warsteiner E30 M3 was another favourite of mine. Forget the supercars, if I won lotto I'd have a garage full of 90's awesomeness like this, the Corolla and the Hondas in the post above!


    The Repsol livery Ford Escort Cosworth and the Castrol Honda NSX are also right up there too!

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    The Lancia Stratos always makes my heart beat a little faster

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    Quote Originally Posted by shekky View Post
    somebody posted a photo of this '50 caddy that raced at lemans on my FB and i decided to look it up:

    https://revsinstitute.org/the-collec...lac-series-61/

    having always been a peripheral fan of motorsport, i thought it was really cool. my brother in law would take me and my brother to the dirt track and to national trails raceway outside of columbus in the early to mid seventies and i got to see some of the cool exhibition vehicles like the little red wagon and a few of the other popular dragsters during that era.

    top fuel dragsters still had the engine in front of the drivers back then.

    this old caddy is really cool though (look at that body roll!).

    the porsche 917 is one of my favorites, too as it the movie "lemans" starring steve mcqueen.

    what are your favorite vintage race cars, whether they be dragsters, can am racers, indy cars, ect. ect?

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    I don't know if you have checked out the goodwood youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/GoodwoodTV/videos) but if you haven't you are missing everything old and amazing!

    During the pandemic they have been posting some amazing archival historical racing videos. Everything from amazing Mini races to races between Ferrari GTO's and D-types.

    I literally have watched every video on this channel. This one goes well with your post. 7.3L Ford Fairlane picking its way sideways through crowds of smaller euro race cars. Awesome!
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RS VR6 View Post
    Not super old school...but I've always loved 90's European racing...particularly the production class cars.

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    Touring cars were such a good idea. Like Nascrash only with entertaining racing. I segued from F1 and Indy watching during its heyday to Nascar when those 2 became processions of pole to finish but all the while would have given anything to have access to the Touring cars or Rally cars the rest of the world enjoyed. Once Nascrash lost its way and tried to be american football, I left for online streaming of rally and couldn't be happier. I miss the old days of F1 when it was up to the driver and not always the best car, I was watching the Zandvoort 1985 F1 grand prix on Vimeo the other day () and was watching a then very young Ayrton Senna race and then watched him lose a spot because of a missed shift. That is what made that racing good. You could go from 2nd to forth by missing a shift.

    They also mentioned how others had lost position by hitting the alligator strips as it ruined their cars, etc. Sure they were more dangerous than cars today but there was a requirement that the driver be amazing at driving a car as well as being tactical and being able to anticipate the conditions. Today's races seem like 200mph parades which is sad and antithetical to how rally and touring car was. There are a lot of good archives of these races on the internet and they are substantially better than anything on the air, especially the new esports versions of racing now making the rounds.
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    Any group b rally car, or Kremer Porsches, throw in anything with Martini, Gulf, or John Player Special livery.

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    For the BMW fans

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    throw some American Muscle in there

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    Colin McRaes '97 Suabaru WRX.

    Mostly because it was the first "proper" car I got to drive. My ex-brother-in-law had one of the initial limited run of the McRae cars and driving it was awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by driver bob View Post
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    Colim McRaes '97 Suabaru WRX.

    Mostly because it was the first "proper" car I got to drive. My ex-brother-in-law had one of the initial limited run of the McRae cars and driving it was awesome.
    Colin McRae was a genius driver. Much like the proper mythological drivers and like so many of them taken before his time. His prodrive cars were epic but I loved when he was in a legacy vs. the wrx. Such a cool era of Rally, when you could ostensibly buy a rally car for the road. The current class of cars for rally are similar to touring cars, stock in appearance only.
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    Quote Originally Posted by azimiut View Post
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shekky View Post
    Yes they did, and they also built 55 1968 Barracudas with the mighty 426 HEMI. Labeled for “competition use only”. Some managed to get them street legal for terrorizing the streets.
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    I've been watching lots of videos of hillclimb racing. And rally cars. More crashing in the rally events, more speed and dreaming of being the only car on the road in the hillclimb events.

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    I raced a 1963 Volvo 122S in a semi modified category in SCCA and local autocross. Vehicles in my class regularly consisted of late 1960s and early 1970s vehicles (Porsche 911s & 912s, Sunbeam Tigers, and V8 Mustangs). The car was also my daily driver, so naturally, keeping it in a straight line on the freeways was quite a task, given the aggressive front suspension geometry!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Yes they did, and they also built 55 1968 Barracudas with the mighty 426 HEMI. Labeled for “competition use only”. Some managed to get them street legal for terrorizing the streets.
    i just learned plymouth execs wanted to name the barracuda the "panda".


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    Quote Originally Posted by shekky View Post
    i just learned plymouth execs wanted to name the barracuda the "panda".


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    Glad they decided against that name. And Barracuda was shortened to CUDA in 1969 - 1971 for the performance motor optioned Barracudas. The name Barracuda remained in the lower performance motor optioned cars. And 1970 and 1971 were the last real years of performance motors with these cars even though the Barracuda ran until 1974.
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    Cool enough?


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    Porsche 919. I like the old race cars (specially the rally cars) but the 919 is a spaceship compared to anything else. The Audi E-Tron cars are spectacular as well.

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    Probably my favourite of all time

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    Oh yeah, almost forgot about this in-car autocross footage from 2002:
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    I love those old BMW's, and rally cars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by *OneSpeed* View Post
    I love those old BMW's
    3.0 CSL at BMW Welt in Munich, when we visited in 2011. Well worth it if you're ever in the neighbourhood!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redlands R&C View Post
    I've been watching lots of videos of hillclimb racing. And rally cars. More crashing in the rally events, more speed and dreaming of being the only car on the road in the hillclimb events.
    I love watching pikes peak racing before it was paved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azimiut View Post
    I love watching pikes peak racing before it was paved.
    Yep, scary climb. Living so close to it back then I’m pissed I never went as a spectator. I did however ride up and down it on my dirt bike in my late teens. Fun but also a bit sketchy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Yep, scary climb. Living so close to it back then I’m pissed I never went as a spectator. I did however ride up and down it on my dirt bike in my late teens. Fun but also a bit sketchy.
    Back in 2001 I was in France maybe an hour from Le Mans while the race was going on. I didn't go to watch because my friends were having more fun playing counter strike. I was pissed.
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    Is that in Laguna Seca?

    The F1 race I linked below was from Lauda's last season! Check it out.
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    ^Yeah that's Laguna. From the historic car races a few years ago. Its amazing hearing these machines roar.

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    I used to go to the Monterey Historics with my parents, but then one day back in 2001 my mother died so haven’t been back since, except for the Ferrari Racing Days with my sons about 11 years ago.
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    early seventies NASCAR. who could forget the charger daytona and the superbird?

    the torino talladega was pretty badass as well:


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    Quote Originally Posted by shekky View Post
    early seventies NASCAR. who could forget the charger daytona and the superbird?

    the torino talladega was pretty badass as well:

    These guys had serious los cojones. All that power and those speeds with the size of those cars. Yes I remember watching the wing cars as a kid. Nothing prior [or since] looked like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shekky View Post
    somebody posted a photo of this '50 caddy that raced at lemans on my FB and i decided to look it up:

    https://revsinstitute.org/the-collec...lac-series-61/

    having always been a peripheral fan of motorsport, i thought it was really cool. my brother in law would take me and my brother to the dirt track and to national trails raceway outside of columbus in the early to mid seventies and i got to see some of the cool exhibition vehicles like the little red wagon and a few of the other popular dragsters during that era.

    top fuel dragsters still had the engine in front of the drivers back then.

    this old caddy is really cool though (look at that body roll!).

    the porsche 917 is one of my favorites, too as it the movie "lemans" starring steve mcqueen.

    what are your favorite vintage race cars, whether they be dragsters, can am racers, indy cars, ect. ect?

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    that is so weird...you probably saw my uncles race at National Trails back then...we were probably there at the same time I would imagine. They would race late 50's/early 60' Oldsmobiles...
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    Quote Originally Posted by str8edgMTBMXer View Post
    that is so weird...you probably saw my uncles race at National Trails back then...we were probably there at the same time I would imagine. They would race late 50's/early 60' Oldsmobiles...
    i guess what your uncles raced were known as "gassers":

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    OK, brace yourself, I dug through my archives a bit. This will take a couple posts and I'll add a couple comments on the few I know a thing or two about.

    Some are museums, some are at a track, all were taken by me on a fancy camera called a "cell phone". Bear with me.

    In this batch the groups of cars are from the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Alabama. (the motorcycles are even more impressive, and much more numerous.) The Mini is just a car I saw at the track, rally car.

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    Ok, this is a couple more from Birmingham, the Ferrari was super cool! Then "The Famous Velie.

    My favorite MTB race series of the year happens on private property. The land owner is not only gracious enough to host the event, which has some of the best singletrack in 60 miles, but also opens up his barn to all that attend. It has a few pretty cool bikes hanging on the walls, and a couple pretty cool cars, tractors, etc. I don't know story or history but the car is covered in very cool stickers/decals. It appears to be very original (I've never crawled underneath it) and it still runs. Super fun!

    Last is the Mclaren F1, displayed at a BMW event at Watkins Glen (BMW built the V10 in the Mclaren F1 that set something like 6 world records at the time. $1 million price tag (1994), 240.1 mph stock, 3 seater with the driver sitting in the center of the car, so much cool stuff going on I can't even remember it all, it's my second favorite all time car, maybe first, can't decide.

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    Forgot to mention Lotus was a featured brand at Birmingham.
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    The Shelby Cobra is original and has some legit racing history. It was at the Newport Car Museum in Rhode Island (look it up). If you're anywhere near that place, and a car guy, go see it! Seriously impressive private collection.

    Cobra was 3.5M, ran and drove. So many good cars there. Honestly not all of them were to my taste but it was still cool... he had the "old" and the "new" versions of many classic American muscle cars. GT 350, Dodge whatever (sorry, I'm terrible with Amer classics), corvettes, etc. Often even in the same color.

    Also some nice Porsche's, Lamborghini Countach, that weird swoopy Jag, an old Mercedes, etc.

    Got to meet the owner, and got to sit in that Cobra!!!! ("shoes off, no rivets in your jeans please.")

    Lastly was this other Red car from the same local MTB race. I know nothing about it but it's freakin cool.





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    Quote Originally Posted by shekky View Post
    i guess what your uncles raced were known as "gassers":

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    I think they could ha ve also ben Super Street...that sounded familiar as well...

    they also raced at Mid Ohio...
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    1952 Gullwing Mercedes... creamed the Le Mans race that year.


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    Thanks for the Cobra pics *onespeed*

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    Reminds me of model-building when we were kids in the 70's. My brother built a model of Bobby Allison's car, nuked it up good w/glue, and then we'd roll it off of our porch roof from our bedroom window into the grass. From what I recall, it survived at least a few of those jumps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankout View Post
    Reminds me of model-building when we were kids in the 70's. My brother built a model of Bobby Allison's car, nuked it up good w/glue, and then we'd roll it off of our porch roof from our bedroom window into the grass. From what I recall, it survived at least a few of those jumps.
    I had a model of every muscle car I could get. Revell; Monogram; I kept mine in good shape, in a showcase my dad built

    we used to nuke our Tonka trucks like you guys did you models...THOSE tings were indestructable
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