Wednesday, August 31, 2011

1973 Porsche 917/30 Can Am

Chassis: 917/30-006 

With the 917/30 program coming to an abrupt end at the end of 1973, three of the six designed frames were never completed in period. Chassis 917/30-006 was already at Penske's workshop ready to be built up as one of the 1974 team cars when the Can-Am entry was axed. In 1982 the existing parts were acquired by legendary Porsche dealer Vasek Polak and he set about assembling sufficient parts to complete the car. He finally succeeded in 1995 and shortly after sold the car. Since then it has been regularly raced and is seen here at the 2009 Monterey Historic Races where Porsche was the featured marque.
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photos MoVilla/ and Wouter Melissen 

Configuration 912.52 180º V12
Location Mid, longitudinally mounted
Construction magnesium alloy block, aluminium alloy head
Displacement 5.374 liter / 327.9 cu in
Bore / Stroke 90.0 mm (3.5 in) / 70.4 mm (2.8 in)
Compression 6.5:1
Valvetrain 2 valves / cylinder, DOHC
Fuel feed Bosch Fuel Injection
Aspiration Twin Eberspacher Turbos
Power 1100 bhp / 821 KW @ 7800 rpm
Torque 1112 Nm / 820 ft lbs @ 6400 rpm
BHP/Liter 205 bhp / liter

Body glass-fibre reinforced plastic body
Chassis aluminium tubular space frame
Suspension (fr/r) double wishbones, coil springs, shock absorbers, anti roll bar
Steering rack-and-pinion
Brakes ventilated discs, all-round
Gearbox Type 920 4 speed Manual
Drive Rear wheel drive

Shakira - Rabiosa - featuring Pitbull

Electric Car Speed Record at Nordschleife by Toyota

Toyota’s TMG EV P001 just became the first electric car to shatter the 8-minute barrier at the Nurbirgring racetrack in Germany, with a blazing new time of 7 minutes and 47.794 seconds. Toyota Motorsport GmbH knocked an entire minute off the speed record for an EV at the ‘Ring’. The car handily beat the Peugeot EX1′s already amazing April record of 9 minutes and 1.338 seconds, which shows that the technology behind electric vehicle motors is really taking off.


Billabong Pro Teahupoo Tow In Session

The famed Tahiti surf break, Teahupoo, has produced some of the most epic waves the ASP has ever seen for any event with the Billabong Pro Teahupoo tow in session to go down in the surfing records books as one of the most insane sessions ever surfed. Watch this video created by the team at Billabong which shows the Billabong Pro Teahupoo tow in session. You won’t believe it is humanly possible to surf on these slabs of water. Absolutely insane!!!
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

1968 Penske-Sunoco Camaro

  • First car built for the 1968 Penske team, by fabricator Ron Fournier.
  • 2nd place at 24 Hours of Daytona driven by Mark Donahue, Craig Fisher and Bob Johnson.
  • 2nd place (4th overall) at 12 Hours of Sebring driven by Joe Welch, Bob Johnson and Craig Fisher.
  • Podium finishes for Sam Posey for the balance of the season.
  • Raced successfully in Europe in Group II sponsered by Sunoco Belgium. Won 18 of 20 races, 1969-71.
  • Continued racing in Europe until 1987 when it was returned to the US for restoration.
  • Belgium vintage racing in 1999. 

Sunday, August 28, 2011

1969 Porsche 908 LH (long tail)

1972 Brian Redman and ArturoMerzario Ferrari 312 P/B

Brian Redman, one of the greatest all-round racing drivers in the history of our sport, was re-united with the legendary Ferrari 312P/B at Pebble Beach past weekend (August 19, 20, 21).  Here, in his own words, he recalls that brilliant car and his life and times at Ferrari.
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Friday, August 26, 2011

1971 Trans Am AMC - Javelin

This car is a unique piece of Trans Am history. It was built in 1970, driven by Mark Donahue and finish second in the points championship. In 1971, Penske sold this car to Roy Woods racing, and they updated the sheet metal to 1971. In 1971, the car was driven by Vic Elford, Peter Revson, Milt Minter and George Follmer. In 1972, Roy Woods again campaigned the Javelins in AMC red, white and blue colors, and won the Trans-American championship with George Follmer and Roy Woods, as the drivers.
This car was restored as driven in 1972.