1964 Lotus Type 34

The Lotus Type 34 would go on to become the winningest Lotus Indy car ever built, an impressive feat given that it was only the second Lotus model built to compete at the Indy 500. The early 1960s were a transitional time for the iconic American race, which was still overwhelmingly contested by somewhat antiquated…

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Pur Sang Type 35

A Brief History of the Pur Sang Type 35 The Pur Sang Type 35 has the unique distinction of being the first replica car ever to appear on the pages of Silodrome. Although if the Pur Sang faithful ever hear you refer to the car as a replica, they’ll be out for your blood. Automotive historians…

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Lee Munro’s Indian Scout

Lee Munro is the great nephew of motorcycle land speed legend Burt Munro, and in August this year he’s going to return to the Bonneville Salt Flats – 50 years after his great uncle was last there piloting his own Indian Streamliner. Burt Munro is a man who needs no introduction, he was made even more…

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1966 Lola T70 MkII Spyder

The first Lola T70 was built in 1965 based directly on the lessons learnt at Lola during the development of the Ford GT40 for the Americans. In turn, the GT40 had been largely based on the Lola Mk6, with which it shares more than a passing resemblance. A Brief History of the Lola T70 The 1960s…

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Documentary: Clash Of The Titans – Lauda vs Hunt

The extraordinary battle between James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1976 Formula 1 World Championship has become motorsport legend. It was even made into a blockbuster film in 2013 by Ron Howard with Chris Hemsworth as Hunt and Daniel Brühl as Lauda. This documentary is an earlier look into the season, including period interviews…

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1974 Porsche Carrera 3.0 RS – Ex-Lord Mexborough

The 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.0 is an exceedingly rare car, just 55 were made and today they’re considered amongst the finest naturally aspirated 911s money can buy. The “RS” designator in the model name comes from the German word “Rennsport”, which roughly translates to “race sport” – Porsche developed the model based on…

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The Crosslé 90F Open Wheeled Racer

A Brief Introduction to the Crosslé 90F The Crosslé 90F is an open wheeled racing car developed specifically for the Classic Racing School based at the legendary Circuit de Charade in Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne, Central France. The fact that the Crosslé 90F looks like a 1960s era Formula car is no mistake – its basic design…

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Land Speed Racing Documentary: The World’s Fastest

The World’s Fastest is a documentary currently in production by director/photographer Alexandra Lier and producer Laia Gonzalez. If the name Alexandra Lier sounds familiar to you, that’s because she’s one of the world’s foremost land speed record photographers, and the creator of the books Speedseekers and The World’s Fastest Place. Alexandra has been travelling to…

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1976 Porsche 934/5 Kremer Group 4

A Short History of the Porsche 934 The Porsche 934 was a development of the Turbo 911 (the 930) for Group 4 racing – hence the name 934. Porsche built approximately 400 examples of the 934 for two years between 1976 and 1977, with some variation in specifications over the two years of production. The…

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1954 Documentary: Mercedes-Benz Races Again

This documentary from 1954 shows the victorious return to racing by Mercedes-Benz after 15 years of non-participation, it was an extraordinary achievement that went a long way towards changing Formula One forever. The revolutionary streamlined Mercedes cars were far more advanced that the vehicles being driven by their competitors, and the precision with which Mercedes…

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Documentary: The 1988 Season with Williams F1

This film, called “Toys For The Boys”, is a look at the 1988 Formula One season through the eyes of the Williams Team. It offers interesting insight into the lives and philosophy of the engineers and other team members, it also includes some excellent racing footage. Perhaps the most startling thing is just how little…

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1919 Indian Powerplus Board Track Racer

A Short History of Board Track Racing Board track racing was one of the first mass-spectator forms of motor sport, it rapidly rose to popularity in the 1910s and peaked in the 1920s, before quickly disappearing forever during the difficult years of the Great Depression. The first board track was the Los Angeles Motordrome (pictured below) built…

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