40 minute onboard: BMW 2800 CS Alpina

Written by Kurt | Wednesday, 09 November 2011 15:05
If you're slightly silly and absolutely adore BMW coupes this might be the perfect video for you; 40 minutes of onboard driving footage of a BMW 2800 CS Alpina at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. 40 minutes! 40 minutes of divine straight-six engine noise! Well, even we couldn't sit that out (nor the the BMW as it breaks down near the end :-), simply because we don't have time the nor patience, really. But, at least enjoy some moments of this video. Driver Jürgen Schilling looks like he knows how to throw this classic race car around the legendary Ardennes track, frequently provoking oversteer, but always managing to control it. Also included are of course some scraps with other cars in the race, including a Porsche and an Aston Martin.
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From the archives: Sergio Mantovani @ the German GP 1954

Written by Kurt | Tuesday, 30 August 2011 01:22
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Another photo we snapped up taken in a fantastic (but deadly) era on the greatest race track in the world; the Nürburgring. We see Sergio Mantovani (Maserati 250F) flying past at the German GP 1954, on the way to Nürburg / Koblenz ;-)

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Ford GT40 + Jaguar E-Type onboard

Written by Kurt | Sunday, 28 August 2011 12:40

Ford GT40s, who doesn't like them? I mean a big V8 roar, great looks, le mans winning pedigree and an icon of its time. As we noticed that at the end of the month in the Spa Six Hours historic race there will be an amazing turn out of no less than 10 (!) GT40s, we thought it would be a good idea to dig into Youtube and find some period onboard footage. Thankfully the Youtube treasure trove always has something to offer, mostly in questionable quality, but the clip in this post isn't too bad. This one shows us round the Le Mans track during the Le Mans Classic 2008. Don't like GT40s, then come and see the 12 Jaguar E-Types that have been entered for the Spa Six Hours race. Of course Youtube offered up some good onboard images of these beauties as well, see it after the jump.

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From the archives: Norisring 1949

Written by Kurt | Wednesday, 20 April 2011 00:00
Norisring1949-3The Norisring is the well-known street racing track in the German town of Nürnberg. It is possibly the track with the most illustrous history in the world as it uses the former nazi parade ground to race on. Just after the war the allies, and in particular the americans, granted the German citizens some more freedom by allowing them to, initially, organise motor bike races on the grounds. Obviously to give them some much needed entertainment to keep the people happy and prevent them from doing silly things (again). The Americans made sure there was enough petrol and provided security for the onlookers, some 60.000 of them in the first few years. In 1947 the first race was held, 1948 for the first time featured cars. 1949 was the year when both formula 2 and sports cars raced in the same race. There was the F2 AFM-BMW driven by Alexander von Falkenhausen, the F2 Polensky-BMW driven by Helmut Polensky and numerous Veritas RS sports cars came up trumps.

 

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Portrait of F1's Gunnar Nilsson

Written by Kurt | Thursday, 14 April 2011 00:00

nilsson2Normally one would describe a Swede as blond hair, blue eyes and being as temperamental as say, a barn owl. But with Gunnar Nilsson this was slightly different; on his head whirled dark hair with eyes to match, he looked like he was from Sicily or some other mediterranean isle. Nilsson was born in Sweden though, to be precise in Helsingborg in 1948, son of real estate magnate Arvid Nilsson and Elisabeth Nilsson.

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