Tag: Racing

The Laguna Seca Follies – Tom Stahler @ClassicCars.com

The Laguna Seca Follies – Tom Stahler @ClassicCars.com

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For John Narigi, the new general manager of the Laguna Seca Recreation Area that includes WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, we must offer our most heartfelt welcome to the business of motor racing, natch. But unfortunately, that is where our optimistic view of the change of guardianship of the track from the Sports Car Racing Association of Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) after 57 years of management will end.

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How Rajo Jack went from speed parts salesman to one of the first black race car drivers – Daniel Strohl @Hemmings

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[Editor’s Note: The story of Rajo Jack isn’t an easy one to tell – he went by multiple names throughout his life and told many a tall tale of his exploits – but it’s a necessary one when discussing the color barrier in motorsports. Bill Poehler took on that task recently and the result of his research, The Brown Bullet: Rajo Jack’s Drive to Integrate Auto Racing, will hit bookstores soon. Ahead of its May 5 release date, Chicago Review Press has given us permission to run this excerpt from the book in which Rajo Jack determines he wants to be a racecar driver and takes his first step toward that goal.]
The Tacoma race was a dud. Jimmy Murphy was the biggest name driver in the race, having won the Indy 500 a month earlier. Barney Oldfield, chomping on his trademark cigar, drove the Marmon in the pace laps at such a fast pace people thought he might take off from the rest of the field and drive the full 125 laps. Oldfield eventually pulled off the track in time for the green flag, allowing Murphy and Tommy Milton to speed off from the rest of the field. Murphy won the race and the $7,500 top prize. As the prize winnings were announced over the public address system after the race, Rajo Jack could hardly believe what he was hearing. Even the last‑place money was more than he could earn if he sold dozens of Rajo heads each year for the next decade.

SVRA announces charity pro-am Vintage Race of Champions series for 2019 – Kurt Ernst @Hemmings

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In 2014, the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) debuted the Indy Legends Pro-Am race, pairing amateur drivers with Indy Car stars at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As the event’s popularity grew, pro drivers from NASCAR sports car and endurance racing joined the ranks, and, in September 2018, a second event — this one at Virginia International Raceway — was added to the SVRA’s schedule. For 2019, the organization has added a third charity pro-am race, at Road Atlanta, with the trio forming the new Vintage Race of Champions series.

Petersen museum showcases Los Angeles, City of Speed – Larry Crane @classiccars.com Journal

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New exhibit displays a dozen amazing racing machines built in Southern California

The Petersen Automotive Museum has opened its “Legends of Los Angeles: Southern California Race Cars and Their Builders” in the Charles Nearburg Family Gallery. The display features 12 race cars and two vast screens for a 180-degree panoramic video offering spellbinding action of and from some of the most famous cars built in the Los Angeles area, as well as interviews with their constructors. That alone is worth the trip

Read the rest of Larry Crane’s article  here