Driving the 2011 Scion tC
The new, more purpose-driven Scion tC lets out a growl we haven't heard in
a Toyota product since the Celica.
Martin Brundle's Supercars
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Racing In America Spotlight: 1967 Ford Mark IV
In 1967, American racing history was made, and thus far has never been
With the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend, Racing in America reflects on
the 45th anniversary of the Ford Mark IV claiming the second of four
consecutive victories for Ford Motor Company cars at Le Mans, arguably the
greatest American racing victory on foreign soil.
That day in 1967, the stunning red Mark IV, now in the procession of Henry
Ford Museum as part of its Racing in America collection, was driven to the
overall victory by A.J. Foyt and Dan Gurney. It remains today the only Le
Mans overall win by American drivers, in an American-built car, with an
American engine (Ford V8), prepared by an American team (Shelby American).
1967 USA GP at Watkins Glen
Winner: Jim Clark (Lotus-Ford)
Pole position: Graham Hill (Lotus-Ford) - 1:05.48
Fastest Lap: Graham Hill (Lotus-Ford) - 1:06.0
Nine Days In Summer - Ford Archive Gems DVD 1967
1968 Lotus 56 at the 2011 Goodwood Festival Of Speed
The 1968 Lotus 56 Turbine Indy car, driven here by Parnelli Jones, as seen
at the 2011 Goodwood Festival Of Speed.
Lotus founder Colin Chapman is best remembered for having a lot of success
with unconventional and revolutionary racing cars. One of the most
outrageous Lotus designs was the Type 56, prepared for the 1968 Indy 500.
Although the novelties found on the 56 were not new, but the combination
proved to be a package very well worth the Lotus badge.
Designed by Maurice Philippe, the 56 was not equipped with a regular
internal combustion engine, but with a Pratt and Whitney industrial turbine
engine. Such an engine was used previously and proved very reliable. Due to
the nature of a turbine engine, no gearbox was needed. Using the proven
Ferguson four wheel drive system, the turbine engine's power was
transferred to all wheels.
Although the turbine was not quite as powerful as the turbo charged internal combustion engines used by
the competition, Chapman was confident that the four wheel drive system
would give Lotus the edge over the rest. The operation was partly funded by
Andy Granatelli's STP company and the wedge shaped cars were livered in
STP's striking orange colour scheme.
Lotus intended to enter their two Formula 1 drivers, Jim Clark and Graham
Hill and Granatelli himself would enter another two cars for American
drivers, including Parnelli Jones. Unfortunately Clark lost his life in a
Formula 2 accident earlier that year. His replacement, Mike Spence, was
struck by tragedy as well, losing his life after a high speed accident with
Lotus 56 in one of the Indy 500 test sessions.
Eventually Graham Hill, Joe Leonard and Art Polland entered the race with
the turbine Lotus. Again Lotus' bold move proved successful with Leonard on
pole, closely followed by Hill. Hill crashed out early in the race, and
Leonard and Pollard both retired with fuel pump problems. Leonard was in
the lead with just a few laps to go, when his turbine engine died.
A grief strucken Chapman had returned to Europe with Spence's body and left
the turbine Indy cars in Granatelli's hands. He campaigned the cars with
little success. At the end of the season the innovative cars were left
obsolete when the sport's governing body (USAC) banned both turbine engines
and four wheel drive.
Featured is Parnelli Jones' Type 56, which has benefited from a ground up
restoration in recent years. It is in full running order, but it is no
longer fitted with the original turbine engine. This unique racer is
pictured here at the 2004 Eyes on Design exhibition held at the Edsel and
Eleanor Ford House.
Nurburgring '1967 [TEAM LOTUS]
Winner: Denny Hulme (Brabham-Repco)
Pole position: Jim Clark (Lotus-Ford) - 8:04.1
Fastest Lap: Dan Gurney (Eagle-Weslake) - 8:15.1
Nine Days In Summer - Ford Archive Gems DVD 1967
Spa Francorchamps old track circuit
new HD version : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMi8aN7P-4o
Les Combes - Burnenville 1:30 Malmédy 2:14
Masta 4:16 Stavelot 5:20 La Carriiére 6:27.
Old Spa Francorchamps circuit as used from 1922 till 1970. Filmed bewtween
connections with new track from Les Combes to the new Stavelot corner.
As you can see in the beginning of the vid, the track was wider at the
time. Looks like a new asphalt layer on top of the old road.
Its pretty hard to find race footage of the old track, especially from
Combes, Burnenville, Malmédy , Stavelot and te entire climb back up to La
Dan Gurney: All American Racer - The Eagle Soars (episode 2) presented by Bell Helmets.
Gurney was one of the greatest drivers, innovators, thinkers, that America
has produced. He remains the only American team owner to win a Formula 1
Grand Prix in his own car, and RACER's Robin Miller took the opportunity to
accompany Gurney down the hallway of the All American Racing workshop in
Santa Ana, California, and ask him for the stories behind some of the many
hundreds of photos on the walls. The result is a six-episode series giving
some insight into the genial gentleman -- and gentle man -- who turned All
American Racing into a winner on both sides of the Atlantic.
In this second episode, Dan tells Robin about taking the Eagle into
Formula 1 and talks of Nurburgring and Spa-Franchorchamps, the two most
daunting tracks on the grand prix schedule at that time.
This video is presented by Bell Helmets. The famously simple logo that
became simply famous did so almost subconsciously. Just as, when you
purchase a car, the number of similar examples you see on the road
seemingly multiplies, once you start looking for Bell logos, you spot them
everywhere, be they in frayed and sepia-tinted monochrome, in early
glorious and classic Technicolor or embedded in the wild colorschemes on
helmets of today.
But Bell's link up with Gurney is closer than that. The man who famously
used to wrap a hotel handtowel around the lower part of his face to protect
himself from the elements and debris was perhaps the natural choice to
embrace the concept of a full-face helmet. Bell produced its first
full-face motorcycle helmet in 1966, and Dan leapt at the chance to use
one, debuting an all-black example in the 1968 Indy 500. Three years later,
everyone who started the "500" was wearing Bell.
Enjoy this second episode of Dan Gurney: All American Racer, produced by
Adam Friedman's Vertical Ascent for RACER. More will follow on consecutive
Tuesdays through May and early June.
Perry King's Gurney Alligator - 2012 Quail Motorcycle Gathering
Ten years ago F1 racing legend, Dan Gurney, donated the first Gurney
Alligator for permanent display at the Peterson Automotive Museum. Perry
King was in attendance at the event and one of Gurney's first paying
customers. Troy Siahaan talks with King about the different model
Alligators on display at the Quail event.
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