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Posted on April 16, 2015 Comments (0)

F1 - China Ho Hum

Empty F1 Grandstands

Shanghai, China: Following an exciting Malaysian GP, hopes were high that China would produce another close race between two teams. It didn’t and it did. The first six spots returned to form and Mercedes, chagrined by their loss in Race #2, emphatically and depressingly controlled every facet of Race #3.

Meanwhile back in the remainder of the field, the once mighty Red Bulls were beaten by lowly Lotus and Sauber and McLaren, the perennial challenger with the second most successful GP record of all modern day teams finished one lap down and trounced only Marussia. Sad.

For the top four cars, Mercedes and Ferrari, this was a race determined by tire degradation. For those watching on TV, color commentators, with the aid of intercepted team-driver communications, interpreted what passed as drama. Pity the poor people in the stands who, without access to even that sad explanation, paid serious money and watched a 90 minute parade interspersed with lightning fast pit stops.

Press: Autoweek.com reports that after the event, China GP organizers lamented the steadily declining quality of the F1 show. Their accompanying image showed stands filled with empty seats. Fascinating.

IndyCar - Nola Contendere

Rainy Pit Lane at IndyCar in New Orleans

New Orleans, LA: It is really quite amazing how, blessed with a field of competitive cars and many talented drivers, the crucial ingredient for good racing (and quite the opposite of F1), IndyCar still manages to produce a mediocre product. Sunday’s event on the outskirts of New Orleans was halted after 47 laps because TV time ran out. James Hinchcliffe stayed out when everyone else pitted on lap 33, and the race was called before he ran out of fuel.

Press: Racer.com ran an excellent commentary by print and oft times TV pit lane reporter Robin Miller. In it he decried the suitability of the track, the size of the crowd (8,000 maybe), and the IndyCar organization. In a piece entitled IndyCar Fans Deserve Better, he complained about the shame of running races on such courses when real race courses like Watkins Glen, Mosport, CoTA, Road Atlanta, and Road America go begging. Not to mention Mt.Tremblant and Lime Rock Park.

WEC Silverstone 6 hours: Audi Again

Silverstone 6 Hours

Silverstone, UK: First race of the season and primer for Le Mans in June, last year’s LMP1 World Endurance Championship (WEC) winning Audi finished first and fifth. Porsche was 4.6 seconds behind in second and Toyota Racing was another 10 seconds back in third and one lap down in fourth. Ligier/Nissan cars were sixth and seventh overall and first in LMP2. In GTE Pro, Ferrari beat Porsche and Aston Martin. In GTE Am, Aston Martin beat Ferrari and Porsche. This was the first race of the year, next comes SPA, on the same weekend as the Tudor IMSA race at CoTA. This is great racing and hopefully some broadcaster will pick it up for TV. We will, of course, see the Le Mans race.

Michael Furman - Photographer

This week’s Michael Furman image is detail of a 1959 Porsche 356A Carrera GS GT from his book Porsche Unexpected.

1959 Porsche 356A Carrera GS GT by Michael Furman

Classifieds

This week’s selected cars from MMR Classifieds are several interesting Porsches.

Eye Candy

Ferrari Interior, Amelia Island, by Bengt Persson

The eye candy this week is from the recent Amelia Island Concours event. We thank friend and MMR supporter Bengt Persson for his wonderful images. Circumstances dictated that Bengt was actually unable to attend the Concours but was fortunate enough to be there on Saturday and his work proves that people and surroundings contribute much to making images of even the most beautiful cars just a little more interesting.

Sandy’s Dino Image

Ferrari Dino, Amelia Island Concours, by Sandy Cotterman

Also at Amelia, Sandy Cotterman took a picture of a winning Ferrari Dino that had recently been prepared by Paul Russell and Co. of nearby Essex, MA. Unbeknownst to us at the time, this car is also the cover image for a forthcoming book by Michael Keyser about his close friend Jonathan Williams.

Shooting Star on a Prancing Horse, book cover, by Michael Keyser

Michael brought Jonathan to us and you can  read his Le Mans 1970 story here. The book will be available late summer.


From our MMR Goods & Services Directory we feature a brilliant garage lift for us amateurs. It’s finally getting warm enough to do some work out there.

F1 is in Bahrain this weekend.

Have a great one. And don’t forget to subscribe a friend who will thank you forever! And so will we.

Peter Bourassa
Publisher


MMR Community Newsletter

Posted on March 5, 2015 Comments (0)

Retro Redo

1961 Ferrari GT SWB California Spider auction results, Baillon Collection

Last week, for an as yet unexplained reason, some browsers did not permit access to Sandy Cotterman’s excellent story about the recent auction of the Baillon Collection at Retromobile in Paris.

We present it again this week and apologize for the inconvenience.

Michael Furman

1958 Aston Martin DBR1, by Michael Furman

Michael Furman’s image this week is a 1958 Aston-Martin DBR1 which first appeared in the Simeone Foundation’s book Spirit of Competition.

Buick, Olds, Pontiac, Rover, Morgan, MG, Triumph, TVR, Apollo, and Brabham Engine

Apollo automobile, owned by Bud and Stephanie Bourassa

In possibly the final chapter on the 215 cid engine and its many lives, we present images of the Apollo owned by MMR readers Bud and Stephanie Bourassa (no relation) of Scottsdale Arizona. This is one of the early cars and Bud is its second owner. The original owner was a California lady who bought two new Apollos, one for her and one for her son. She sold her car on Craig’s List when she went into a nursing home. Bud had owned one before, sold it and regretted the sale. He was driving home from a trip when a phone call from a friend alerted him that this car was on Craig’s List. He called immediately and bought it. It had 59K klms on it and was white with a black vinyl interior. Read more about Apollos here.

Goods & Services Directory Supplier of the Week

Our featured resource from the MMR Goods & Services Directory is eEuroparts, an online supplier of parts for modern and vintage European Cars, based in Connecticut.

MMR Classifieds: Competition Cars

Our Classifieds selection this week is cars that were initially conceived for competition and qualify for vintage racing, replicas of racing cars, or street cars that have been modified to be used on track days. With spring just around the corner, it is certainly time to begin browsing.

Have a great weekend.

Peter Bourassa
Publisher