We can be really brief with this one. The seller’s eBay listing does a fine job of describing the immaculate preparation effort lavished on this solid, good-looking MGB. It is said to be event ready and it looks like it. If you are new to TSD rallies or any track events, you might look too good for skill level. But that’s okay for us. The modifications are well thought out and the quality of the parts seem to us to be top-notch. We love the plexiglass headlight covers and the safety hood latches. Read More
We were really excited to hop up to LRP and catch some racing this holiday weekend. Today’s schedule featured the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series and American LeMans practice. It was sunny and hot with temperatures well into the 90s. But after a few weeks of rain and thunder everyday, we had to appreciate the good timing of the weather gods. We drove up in The Rally Tribute (aka The Colonel) and they took a liking to The Colonel right away. We were directed to The Midway and given a very special parking space. About an hour later, I got a phone call and was told I had to move the car. They preferred it be parked next to track owner/president Skip Barber’s car. We advertise Mint2Me at the track and were happy with the placement of our banners on the false grid. Here’s a video of the Super Trofeo Lambos waiting to get some track time.
Race cars are meant to be fast. Duh! But some builders make performance their only criteria. Or maybe safety is first? We are sure the safety inspectors will make sure the race car hasn’t been neglected. Vintage racing is exciting to do and great for the spectators but make no mistake, it is dangerous. When we came across this race-prepared 356 we knew this must be an immaculate build. Read More
Before you get too excited, this car is in Italy. The owner resides here in Texas and has done all the research necessary to make getting it in your garage easy. This is a Squadra Corse “spare” rally racer. Squadra Corse HF is a rally team sponsored by Lancia. When it comes to the HF versions, do not forget that these sports versions saw the day thanks to the insistence of Cesare Fiorio and his team who worked in a little corner of the Lancia factory. Read More
The modern La Carrera Panamericana is a revival of the famous international Pan Am that was conducted between 1950 and 1954. Many of the world’s most famous drivers, including world champions like Phil Hill and Juan Manuel Fangio came to Mexico during these years to test their cars, skill, and stamina. The race was started in 1950 by the Mexican government to inform the world that Mexico had a new system of highways stretching across the country–from north to south–for commerce and tourism. When the race was canceled in 1955, its purpose had been accomplished. In 1988, a group of Mexican and North American auto enthusiasts revived the Pan Am as a “pro-rally” or “stage rally.” Read More
My apologies to the memory of Donald Healey. Forget Austin-Healeys. If you want to go racing, you need to consider a Daimler SP 250 Hemi V-8 Dart. The Daimler SP250 was originally the Daimler Dart before Dodge rightfully objected. They renamed it SP250. And Daimler, by the way, has nothing to do with German Daimler-Benz. To say it possesses controversial styling is an understatement. Some say it was inspired by a catfish. We’ll not comment because now that it is old and collectible, it is “distinctive”. Read More
Take one Fiat 600 chassis, add a smart business man who knew how to get the most out of a car, and you get an Abarth 750 Zagato. Carlo Abarth wore a few hats before he set out to build his own line or racing cars. He saw a void in the “drive to the track, race, and drive home” class and he set out to fill that segment with cars branded Abarth. By basing the cars on a Fiat 600 chassis, he was able to provide a capable racer at an affordable price. That strategy paid off as he maximized sales to privateer racers. Read More
It is finally Spring here in Connecticut and that means the smell of the grease (paint) and the roar of Lime Rock Park. The Northwest Corner is home to LRP and really comes alive when there is an event at the track. You can see cars streaming into the track from New York, Massachusetts and lower Connecticut. It was the 1st time the Rally Mercedes has been to a VSCCA event. It’s a great event, well it’s not really an event but a process. Cars go from trailers to the paddock and then the sorting out begins. There didn’t appear to be too many DNS racers. That’s a good thing. We met Andy Reid from one of our favorite magazines – Classic Motorsports. He brought his latest project – a ’66 Volvo P1800S that is so very well done. And obviously, Andy shares our enthusiasm for the timeless beauty of these Swedish GT cars.
VW Syncro Country
Andy’s ’66 Volvo P1800S
Don’t Know What It Is!
Ford Flat-Head Special
Alfa Romeo Zagato
2 great Z Cars.
We know, you are probably thinking that the folks at Mint have finally fallen off their rocker. Why would they feature a plain-Jane, homely looking Dodge or think anyone in their right mind would want to buy it. Well, grasshopper, if you underestimate this Dodge you have fallen into a trap set back in1964. You see this is a Max Wedge Dodge and that probably means a conservative 415 horsepower. Read More
We can go on and on about how Italian cars are special. Italians don’t let anything leave their hands without a generous dose of special sauce. This theory applies to art, food, wine, clothing, opera and most of all, cars. Now the Alfa Romeo GTV 2000 has that sauce – but today’s featured Alfa has just a little bit more. If it were a lobster dish, it would be fra diavolo. The Alfa hails from California before heading east to its new home. Read More
The 1954 Carrera Panamericana was the fifth and final running of the Carrera Panamaricana Mexican sports car racing event. The race was won overall by Umberto Magioli in a Ferrari 375. Ray Crawford and Enrique Iglesias won the over-3500 stock car class in a ’54 Lincoln. Now that should be part of the Lincoln Rebirth Campaign instead of a shadowy image of our dearly departed President in a stovepipe hat. Read More
We like the Northwest. It gave us the 747 and Starbucks. The folks up there are really cool and keep their cars in one piece. Our Mercedes 230S came from Seattle, so we know from experience. And they have their own group of vintage racers out there – SOVREN, Society Of Vintage Racing Enthusiasts. A great group of enthusiasts and they do great philanthropy so we are told. If you want to play with them you need a car. A really neat car – one you can see in the fog and drizzle.
We posted a street Torino Fastback last week and we received some great comments. And this bad boy is the king of Torinos! Originally driven by Rhea Greenwell, Decatur, built with special assistance from the Alabama Gangs; Red Farmer, Bill Hamner, Bobby and Donnie Allison in the fall of 1969. Constructed from a 1968 Ford Torino Fastback body and Holman Moody Roll cage /Chassis/Suspension Kits on NASCAR prepared 1968 Ford car frame, with a BOSS 351 Cleveland engine. The car had a checkered (pun) race history not establishing any career wins mostly due to circumstances beyond its control. It was readied for the ’72 Permatex 300 however the driver’s dad got sick so it was a non-starter. It has been freshly restored and enjoys battling the Titans once again, this time in Historic Racing. Visit the seller’s website by clicking here.
This era Monte Carlo had little redeeming qualities as a street car but it made a great race car. You know by now, we like original cars. So when you find an original Winston Cup car with original graphics still on and driven by Junior Johnson, you have to look at this one. Yes, it’s a real nice Survivor with fantastic original paint and graphics. The Interior is flawless and the exterior has a few cracks and chips that need touch up, but no real body work or paint is needed. Impressive since it accomplished 5 top 5 finishes, one pole position and 10 top 10s! Visit the seller’s website!
Buyer beware. Surviving stock cars with a race history are rare. When a team was finished with a racer, they either handed it down to a lesser series or just sold it to a novice who raced it to death at tracks around the country. After all, who would have thought old race cars would be worth anything. I guess the folks who have owned a Ferrari GTO for 40 years knew something the rest of us didn’t. We aren’t experts on Stock Cars so we defer to the seller for the details. This Holman Moody factory built car was born in the winter of 1968-1969 and re-bodied later with one of the super speedway’s most aerodynamic and fastest body designs, the ’71-’72 Mercury Cyclone. Donlavey entered and ran this car in fourteen Grand National races in 1973 scoring an impressive seven top 10’s. Jody Ridley finished the teams best 5TH at Atlanta in July. The other drivers were Bud Moore, Ramo Stott, Ray Hendricks, Dick Brooks, Jimmy Hensley, Eddie Pettyjohn, and Charlie Glotzback. The racer was then sold to a Richmond Virginia’s Val Knight and campaigned in NASCAR’S other east coast junior series events. A Holman Moody enthusiast / racer from Canada retrieved the car from Knight, still in his Princess Anne Auto Sales livery, and stored it until sold in 2001.
This car is currently undergoing a period correct detailed show quality restoration that includes its 427 CI. sideoiler FE engine and correct Holman Moody high performance parts. Learn more by clicking here.