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It’s summertime, and automotive events and vintage races are in full revs. And for your summer reading pleasure, Vintage Motorsport’s July/August issue kicks it off with “Firstborn,” Porsche’s very first sports racer on the cover and the focus of the 7-page Salon feature. Seven decades ago, this little Porsche set the pattern for all succeeding mid-engine sports racers, proving its design at Le Mans and in the Carrera Panamericana.
The always colorful Doc Bundy tells us about his “Favorite Race,” the 1982 24 Hours of Le Mans, where he and Jim Busby shared a Porsche 924 Carrera GTR Turbo to win the GTO class. Entry difficulties, a warm-up practice crash, a blown head gasket and starting dead-last did not lessen their perseverance—and they did it on one set of BFG street radials!
In “Innovation at Indy,” we look back at an even dozen of the most interesting and innovative race cars to ever enter the Indianapolis 500, from a 1914 Peugeot L45 Grand Prix to the Lotus-Ford Type 38 and Lotus Turbines to the Chaparral 2K “Yellow Submarine” and Penske’s Mercedes-Benz PC-23. No spec-series cars here!
The Part 3 wrap-up of our “Spirit of America” series, explains why after being the first to break records faster than 400mph, 500mph and 600mph, Craig Breedlove still had more to accomplish in Land Speed Racing. On the horizon, was 700mph and the speed of sound.
What a feature is “Nivola Against the World,” where Tazio Nuvolari at the 1935 German Grand Prix blew off the Germans and their “Silver Arrows” on the treacherous Nürburgring—in the rain—racing an underpowered Alfa Romeo Tipo B. On their home circuit, the Nazi officials were thunderstruck. The brilliance of what Nuvolari had accomplished is a story not to be missed.
We also home in on racer and restorer Jon Norman in “Alfa Bravo,” telling about his 55 years in motorsport, his help in “rescuing” Formula Atlantic and his longtime involvement in the cars bearing the Milano, Italy, city crest.
Since it is Vintage Motorsport’s 40th Anniversary in publishing, Part 4 of “40 Years On” looks back at big mid-’90s changes, where VM moved to a new publisher, with new editors and art directors. The magazine was continuing to grow, attracting new readers along the way.
And if you love Shelbys of any stripe, Mustangs too, then don’t miss reading about Southern California’s Shelby Event Center. It’s a mind-blowing collection of Cobras, GT350s and memorabilia that the photos will make you want to visit in person.
With vintage racing all revved up, we cover HSR’s Spring Fling at Sebring and The Mitty at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, HMSA’s fantastic effort in bringing GTP race cars to the Acura Long Beach Grand Prix, CSRG’s Laps for Laguna at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and CVAR’s Marvelous May races at Eagles Canyon Raceway.
Also make sure to check out our Brake Product Showcase and popular columns by Burt Levy, Pete Lyons, Jeff Allison, Jochen Mass, Jim McCraw and D. Randy Riggs are here as well, along with all the latest auction sales and trends by John L. Stein.