Lancia Stratos

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The Lancia Stratos, or more correctly, the Lancia Stratos HF (HF standing for High Fidelity) is a car developed by Italian design house Bertone for their fellow Italians over at Lancia. It was to be the first car developed from scratch for the World Rally Championship – specifically for the hotly contested Group 4 class, which…

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Ferrari 212 Export

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The Ferrari 212 Export was the successor to the hugely successful Ferrari 166, it went on to become an outright winner in many of the era’s great races and helped cement the legend of the still-new automaker. Ferrari offered the 212 in two major variants, the 212 Export which was specifically for racing, and the…

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Documentary: The Road To Monte Carlo

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The Road To Monte Carlo is a 1960 documentary film about the legendary Rallye Monte Carlo – a race only marginally less famous than its Formula 1 equivalent. In 1960 the race encompassed a huge assortment of motor cars from Europe and further afield, half a dozen Minis made their first major race outing at…

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AC Cobra 289

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Carroll Shelby’s AC Cobra is the car that put him on the map as a builder of custom racing machines, he was already a famous racing driver of course – but the Cobra is the car that launched his legacy. The story of how the AC Cobra came to be has been told more times…

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Maserati 200SI

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Maserati’s 200SI was a car developed with very large shoes to fill, it was to be the replacement for the popular and successful A6GC6, it would be driven by some of motor sport’s biggest names – including Carroll Shelby and Stirling Moss. Moss took 1st place at the 1956 Trofeo Supercortemaggiore in an evolved version…

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Race For Survival: The 1984 Paris-Dakar Rally

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The 1984 Paris-Dakar was a seminal year for the annual race, Porsche made their first appearance with the 953/991 – a car that would be developed into the now legendary Porsche 959. In 1984 the Stuttgart factory entered three cars with Rothmans livery, the team was headed by Formula 1 icon Jacky Ickx who can…

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Caterham Seven 620 R

Caterham Seven 620 R

The Seven 620 R is listed by Caterham as being the fastest road car they’ve ever made – and the only reason they stipulated “road car” is because they have a Formula 1 team with cars that are marginally quicker. Discussing specifications can sometimes give you a good idea of what a car’s capabilities will…

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Jaguar D-Type

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The D-Type Jaguar is an excellent example of what happens when you take an aeronautical engineer and have him design you a racing car. Post-WWII Britain was brimming with engineers used to the fast-paced design and engineering required during times of war, and this mindset helped launch the country to the forefront of both automobile…

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