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miercuri, 23 aprilie 2014

Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/2 Daytona 1968 - World Of Classic Cars -

Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/2 Daytona 1968

By the end of 1951, Alfa Romeo had decided to retire from international grand prix competition. During the early 1950s, it would win the first two Driving Championships with its Tipo 158 and 159 racers, and in 1952 and 1953, the famed Disco Volante would astonish the world, as it had an entirely new design. At the same time, Alfa Romeo was developing an intriguing two-litre V-8 prototype engine that was intended for a sporting GT car; however, this project was shelved for the time being.

With Alfa Romeo and its competition arm, Autodelta, experiencing much success with the Giulia Coupé derivatives and the TZ and TZ2 throughout the early 1960s, in various touring and GT races, the decision was finally made to return to international sports car racing. The heart of Alfa’s return would be the two-litre V-8 engine, which had been abandoned 10 years earlier. This effort would encompass 11 racing seasons and result in Alfa winning the World Championship in 1977.
Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/2 Daytona 1968

The 1967 Fleron Hill Climb event in Belgium would mark Alfa Romeo’s triumphant return. Their new car, which featured a rather exotic H-shape chassis made of magnesium and aluminium, would finish 1st overall in this event, at the hands of Teodoro Zeccoli. With years of competitive driving experience, Teo had also built up quite a reputation. As the Autodelta test driver, he was actively involved in the Tipo 33 project, as he had allegedly tested every T33 personally. He had also been an Abarth Works driver, as well as a respected Le Mans and hill climb veteran. After its success in Belgium, the Fleron name quickly became associated with this model.
Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/2 Daytona 1968

Throughout 1967, Alfa Romeo won four victories, with three taking place in hill climbs and one at the Vallelunga circuit later in the year.

The car offered here was delivered new by Scuderia Autodelta in 1968, and it was campaigned by the Alfa Romeo Deutschland concessionaires team. Chassis 026’s first competitive outing was on 19 May, at the 1968 Nürburgring 1000 KM. The car was driven by Herbert Schultze and Nino Vaccarella, and it claimed an impressive 3rd in class and 10th overall finish. It went on to compete for the remainder of the 1968 season, with Herbert Schultze driving, at mostly European hill climb championship events.
Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/2 Daytona 1968

On 17 April 1969, this car was first road-registered as F-RW 35 in Frankfurt. As noted by the original Fahrzeugbrief, which accompanies the car, it was equipped with engine 0035. Throughout the 1969 season, Michel Weber competed with the car at 11 competitive events. Highlights of these events include wins at the Fassberg Hill Climb in May and the Gaisberg Hill Climb in September. Weber also competed at the famous Trento-Bondone, where he finished 3rd, and at the Mont Ventoux event in September, where he finished 8th in class. In 1970, Weber again competed with the car for Alfa Deutschland.

Hesketh 308 Formula One Photos - World Of Classic Cars -

Hesketh 308 Formula One
Hesketh 308 Formula One
Hesketh 308 Formula One
Hesketh 308 Formula One
Hesketh 308 Formula One
Hesketh 308 Formula One
Hesketh 308 Formula One
Hesketh 308 Formula One
Hesketh 308 Formula One
Hesketh 308 Formula One
Hesketh 308 Formula One
Hesketh 308 Formula One
Hesketh 308 Formula One
Hesketh 308 Formula One
Hesketh 308 Formula One

Hesketh 308 Formula One 1974 - World Of Classic Cars -

Hesketh 308 Formula One 1974

Lord Hesketh’s first grand prix racing car was designed and engineered in-house by Harvey “Doc” Postlewaite (the team previously ran a 1973 March 731). Their new 308, which referred to the three-litre, eight-cylinder DFV engine that powered the car, was assembled by B.S. Fabrication Ltd. in Luton. When James Hunt first laid eyes on the car, he pronounced it simply “beautiful”. He was likewise impressed by the roomy cockpit, which had been tailored to fit his relatively large form.

The 1974 season began with the team racing the previous year’s March 731. At the Brazilian Grand Prix, Hunt finished 9th overall in the old car. After that race, several teams stayed on at the Interlagos circuit to continue testing. As Hunt prepared to try out his new Hesketh 308-1, the rival teams, with stop-watches in hand, looked on. Being competitive and faster than the March team cars was one thing, but as the Formula One pundits opined, “Wait until Hesketh tries building his own car. Then he’ll find out how difficult this business is!”
Hesketh 308 Formula One 1974

After a few warm-up laps and some adjustments, Hunt was ready for a “lap in anger”. To everyone’s surprise, that famous lap proved to be a second faster than Emerson Fittipaldi’s pole-qualifying time in the McLaren, and a full four seconds better than Hunt’s own qualifying time in the old March! For Doc Postlewaite, this immediate display of speed, in front of many of their disbelieving rivals, was one of Hesketh Racing’s “most satisfying highlights”.

Chassis 308-1’s first real test came at the Race of Champions at Brand’s Hatch. Here, James Hunt would qualify on the pole, but after contact with another car caused a loss of front bodywork, Hunt was forced to eventually retire due to handling problems. Hunt’s first race win in this car came at the Silverstone International Trophy race, beating Ronnie Peterson’s championship Lotus with a daring late-race pass.
Hesketh 308 Formula One 1974

Pete Lyons, in his 1975 book Formula One, The Drivers, aptly wrote: “Carefully weighing up the differing performance characteristics of the other car, he decided at which point in the circuit he should make his move—selecting Woodcote Corner, one of the most spectacularly fast corners in the whole GP schedule, a frightening matter of feathering the throttle and catching lurid slides at 160 mph—and by chance the most public corner at Silverstone! The way James threw his Hesketh beneath Peterson’s Lotus and powered through to take the lead and win the race became etched on that imaginary but very real bronze tablet that every British enthusiast keeps near his heart. It was a magnificent moment!”
Hesketh 308 Formula One 1974

By mid-1975, chassis 308-1 had been sold to Harvey Stiller and his associates for Alan Jones to drive. In 1975, driver/journalist Harald Ertl was at the wheel.

sâmbătă, 19 aprilie 2014

Ferrari 275 GTB/C Photos - World Of Classic Cars -

Ferrari 275 GTB/C
Ferrari 275 GTB/C
Ferrari 275 GTB/C
Ferrari 275 GTB/C
Ferrari 275 GTB/C
Ferrari 275 GTB/C
Ferrari 275 GTB/C

Brabham-Repco BT20 Formula One Photos - World Of Classic Cars -

Brabham-Repco BT20 Formula One
Brabham-Repco BT20 Formula One
Brabham-Repco BT20 Formula One
Brabham-Repco BT20 Formula One

vineri, 18 aprilie 2014

Aston Martin AMR1 Group C Sports Photos - World Of Classic Cars -

Aston Martin AMR1 Group C Sports
Aston Martin AMR1 Group C Sports
Aston Martin AMR1 Group C Sports
Aston Martin AMR1 Group C Sports
Aston Martin AMR1 Group C Sports
Aston Martin AMR1 Group C Sports
Aston Martin AMR1 Group C Sports
Aston Martin AMR1 Group C Sports

miercuri, 16 aprilie 2014

Mirage M12 Group C Sports Photos - World Of Classic Cars -

Mirage M12 Group C Sports
Mirage M12 Group C Sports
Mirage M12 Group C Sports
Mirage M12 Group C Sports
Mirage M12 Group C Sports
Mirage M12 Group C Sports