The Mar/Apr 2022 Vintage Motorsport issue is in the mail to subscribers and if you are a subscriber, thank you! It’s also headed to newsstands at Barnes & Noble bookstores nationwide. If you’re not a subscriber, you can go to VintageMotorsport.com/Subscribe or call 877-425-4103. Single copies can be purchased at our online store HERE.
There’s a “Blade Runner” on the cover of Vintage Motorsport’s Mar/Apr issue, the 1989 AAR/Toyota Eagle HF89 MkII, Dan Gurney’s next-to-last IMSA GTP weapon. We also show it off over seven pages in the Salon section, the car raced by Juan Fangio, Drake Olson and Rocky Moran back in the day. Its 815 horsepower out of a 2140cc 4-banger was and is impressive, the car beautifully restored by Canepa Motorsports, and best news, they have it for sale!
We talk to NHRA drag racing champion Eddie Hill about his Favorite Race, the 1988 NHRA Supernationals at Houston Raceway Park, an amazing tale where his Top Fuel car grenaded three blowers in a row. Out of blowers and money, another racer loaned Hill a blower, and as a thank you, Hill beat him in the next round. Joe Amato was defeated in the final go with Hill running a 4.936 ET, and as Hill came down the return road, the heavens opened up. What a race, and what a story!
Becoming the first person to set World Land Speed Records at more than 400mph, 500mph and 600mph set American Craig Breedlove apart from all his peers. Read why in “The Spirit of America,” his unquenchable thirst for knowledge has always driven him forward.
Did you know that NASCAR stock cars raced at Road America in 1956? Yes, top drivers of the day—Lee Petty, Tim Flock, Fireball Roberts, Curtis Turner, Joe Weatherly and Rex White—were all there to tackle the 4.0-mile road course among many others, Tim Flock’s Mercury the winner. It was only the third race held at Road America and the track’s first professional race, and fans had to wait 65 long years before they could watch NASCAR racers challenge the legendary track once again on July 4, 2021.
VM often celebrates the performances of legendary drivers around the world, but in the story “Smaller Heroes,” the two most famous Ford Pinto road-race cars are featured, along with a touching story by “Barn Find” author Tom Cotter about the man who races these historic IMSA RS series cars.
As this is Vintage Motorsport’s 40th Anniversary in publishing The Journal of Motor Racing History, we look back to the decade of the 1980s, and what we were up to, one of the first magazines to embrace the new technology of desktop publishing and the Apple Macintosh computer. We were groundbreakers! Read all about it!
Our UK editor Steve Havelock visits a great vintage shop in West Sussex, Vintage Bentley, who work their very best to improve the breed known as prewar Bentleys. Bentley Boys, indeed!
Most wannabe vintage racers or experienced vintage racers know the importance of a good driving school, so we’ve included a special section on Accelerating Your Driving Skills, a complete section on all the performance driving schools around the country. Find one near you to go faster, safer!
Event and racing coverage includes the Vintage Racer Group’s popular Turkey Bowl at Summit Point Raceway, Historic Sportscar Racing’s Classic 12 Hour and Sebring Historics, SoCal’s incredible Nitro Revival 4 at Irwindale Raceway and the long-running Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California.
Columns by Burt Levy, Pete Lyons, Jeff Allison, Jochen Mass, Jim McCraw and D. Randy Riggs are here as well, along with all the auction scene action from Scottsdale by John L. Stein.