The 1992 Baja 1000

Baja 1000

There’s something about vintage Baja-style desert racing that is hugely appealing to me – the relative simplicity of the machinery and the fact that it largely comes down to the toughness of the driver to determine the winner is how I think all motor racing should be. I’m still convinced that we need a racing series…

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1951 BSA Star Twin Bonneville Racer

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There’s something unusual about the salt flats at Bonneville, for some reason the sodium from this location in Utah inspires some of the most jaw-dropping amateur engineering on earth – the veterans call it “salt fever” and once you’ve got it, you’ve got it for life. One such sufferer of salt fever is Dan Daughenbaugh,…

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1966 Shelby 427 Cobra

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This 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 is a great example of the magic that typically happens when the Brits and the Americans stop arguing about warm beer and what constitutes ‘football’ for long enough to work on a joint project. At its core, the Shelby Cobra is a lightweight British roadster with an absurdly large American…

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1963 Lola Mk6 GT

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The Lola Mk6 GT is a car that may look vaguely familiar – it was the result of a collaboration between Ford and Lola, and it would eventually become the basis of the iconic and hugely successful Ford GT40. Similar to the GT40, the Lola Mk6 GT had a mid-mounted Ford V8, a space-frame chassis,…

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American Stock: The Golden Era Of NASCAR

American Stock The Golden Era Of NASCAR

American Stock: The Golden Era Of NASCAR is a 3 part series that covers the early years of NASCAR – that all-American racing series that formed from the beach racers of Daytona and the whiskey-runners of the prohibition. Each episode is ~45 minutes long, and I’ll be featuring all 3 over the coming 3 weeks….

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1000 Lakes Rally

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The 1000 Lakes Rally was an event held in Finland that was so difficult it became known at the “Grand Prix” of the world rally circuit – It was so difficult that it was only ever won by non-Scandinavians on 5 occasions, the course was hilly, wide and usually dirt or gravel. Spectators would turn…

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Le Mans – 1971

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As the start of Le Mans draws closer over the coming hours I’ve been researching to find something suitably Le Mansy to feature on Silodrome, after a little hunting I discovered that the entire 1971 Steve McQueen film “Le Mans” is available to watch on YouTube. I’ve added it above for your pre-Le Mans viewing…

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