Ford Model T/A Dirt Track Roadster

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Dirt track racing is an American institution, the simple set up of the race track means that it’s a style of racing that could be enjoyed in both country towns and larger cities – and as a spectator you can get close to the action, often separated by just a flimsy wire fence. The cars…

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Bocar XP-5

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The Bocar XP-5 was the fifth experimental prototype design developed by aeronautical engineer Bob Carnes of Denver, Colorado. Bob was an engineer first and foremost, and as is the case with most engineers he was a decidedly logical man. The name of his new racing car company was derived directly from his own name for…

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Documentary: The Hot Rod Story

The Hot Rod Story

The Hot Rod Story is a film from the late 1950s that was produced as an introduction to the world of hot rod racing including drag racing, land speed racing, and other forms of motorsport that were transitioning from illegal or unregulated, to a standardized format. At just under 48 minutes in length, the documentary…

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1962 Ferrari 268 SP

Ferrari 268 SP

In the early 1960s Ferrari was in the midst of a giant leap forward in automotive development. The SP series of cars numbered just 6 in total but they were the first of the mid-engined Ferraris, and both their styling and engineering would set trends that would help define the Italian marque for decades to come….

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The Bill Thomas Cheetah GT

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The Cheetah GT is a car built by Bill Thomas and his team with a very specific target in mind – Carroll Shelby and his then new Shelby Cobra. As a race car builder, Bill Thomas had worked with Chevrolet on a number of projects including performance work on the Chevrolet Corsair, Biscaynes and Bel-Airs…

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No Ordinary Passenger

No Ordinary Passenger

No Ordinary Passenger is a short film directed by Cabel Hopkins that takes a look into the life and times of iconic sidecar racer Stan Dibben. In 1953 Dibben made up half of the two man team that won the World Sidecar Championship, a feat that he remembers in detail during the film. It won the Best Short Documentary…

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The Breakfast Club Series

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The Breakfast Club is a new series by Blackbird Automotive, a Hong Kong based company that features both the Blackbird Heritage Motorworks garage and the Blackbird Automotive Journal. The Breakfast Club is a four part series covering some of the most iconic purpose-built racing cars of the late 20th century, each episode runs approximately 3…

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BMW 2002 Tii Racer

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The BMW 2002 is a car that only came into existence thanks to a happy coincidence and some pressure from Max Hoffman – the pre-eminent automobile importer in the USA at the time. At some point in the mid 1960s, Helmut Werner Bönsch (BMW’s director of product planning) and Alex von Falkenhausen (the designer of…

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Bugatti Type 73C Grand Prix Monoposto

Bugatti Type 73C Grand Prix Monoposto

The Bugatti Type 73C was to be one of the last great achievements of the iconic French automaker – development of the new Grand Prix racer began in 1944 towards the end of WWII, and the first car began assembly in 1947. The Type 73C was fitted with a 1.5 litre DOHC all-alloy engine with…

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Alfa Romeo 1900C Sprint Supergioiello

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The Alfa Romeo 1900C was introduced in 1951 as the coupe version of the four-door Alfa Romeo 1900, the addition of the C in the name wasn’t for coupe as many assume, but for corto – the Italian word for short. The 1900 model series was the first new Alfa Romeo to be built after…

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Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ – Tubolare Zagato

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The Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ (Tubolare Zagato) is one of the most successful road racing Alfas of the 1960s, despite its dominance in European racing events it’s still more famous for its good-looks and its iconic Kammback tail – designed in collaboration with Wunibald Kamm himself. Alfa rolled out the Giulia TZ in 1963, it…

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