Sunday, 1 June 2014

1962 Ferrari 250 GT California

1962 Ferrari 250 GT California

The Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival 2014 was in custody May 16-18 at Sonoma Sluice Sears Point in Sonoma, California. Sunny and warm season greeted the nearly 350 vintage and historic cars that competed in 14 groups on the 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course in Northern Californias wine country. This years Historics celebrated the Can-Am Series, which ran from 1966 to 1974, with a focus on the unique Shadow battle cars that competed from 1970-1974.

From a 1929 Lagonda, a 1911 National 40, to a cadre of booming McLaren Can-Am cars from the 60s and 70s, and the fan-favorite Trans-Am cars of the uniform era, an enthusiastic crowd was treated to literal competition among many classic battle cars from the remaining 100 years. Other notable entrants included the 1970 Gulf Porsche 917K 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Tour de France 1953 Jaguar C-Type 1935 Alfa Romeo Tipo 8C-35 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage 1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight 1974 BMW 3.5 CSL 1976 Porsche 935 K3 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 FIA 1928 Bugatti 35B 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Mm and 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO.

The featured battle at the 4th annual Sonoma Historics 1966-1974 Historic Can-Am Cars was won by Spencer Trenery in a black 1970 McLaren M8C, followed by the 1972 McLaren M8F of Rick Knoop and the 1968 McLaren M6B of Robert Ryan. Fred Cziskas 1972 Shadow DN2 and Dennis Loshers 1971 Shadow MKII ended fifth and eighth, respectively.

Dyke Ridgley posted double-header victories, taking the victory in together Group 3 (1946-1955 Sports Racing and Production Cars) with his 1953 Jaguar C-Type and Group 5 (1955-1960 Sports Racing Cars) in his 1960 Maserati Type 61 Birdcage. Additional battle winners included a 1970 Porsche 9083 driven by Cameron Healy, a 1936 ERA R6B, raced by Charles McCabe, a 1962 Lotus 22 Formula Junior piloted by Carl Moore and a 1971 Chevron B-19 driven by Randall Smith.

The weekend was thriving once once more, said Steve Earle, president of General Racing, Ltd. We are very proud of the quality of our drivers. We had only one small incident, excluding otherwise it was a good, clean, fun weekend for the whole the participants and fans. Thats what its thought to be, and has always been.

Similar to 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, Chief Photographer Dennis Gray too documented the 2014 Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival, offering the following images that highlight the quality grassland at this years upshot. We run off up Dennis 180 pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below facial appearance our favorite images, the whole displayed in the full-width scrutinize of Sports Sports car Digest, even as the second gallery and battle results tin can be found on the remaining page of the object and gives a comprehensive scrutinize of the whole the photographs.

Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival 2014 Featured Photo Gallery

Sports car of Interest, 1953 Jaguar XK 120C Chassis 053 is the remaining C-Type built in 1953 and one of the three lightweights built that year. These three lightweight cars used disc brakes, thinner alloy body panels mounted to thinner and smaller chassis tubes. Weber carburetors were used for the first period on a factory Jaguar battle sports car. The rear suspension was modified with Panhard Rod and upper trailing arms. The three lightweights were among the first battle cars to wear and tear a rubber bladder fuel cell. Chassis O53 Was a factory sports car in 1953 then migrated to the Ecurie Ecosse lineup in 1954. 053 is the only lightweight retaining its inventive hulk. Ended 2nd overall at 1953 Le Mans 24 Hours MossWalker 1953 Lisbon Gran Prix Moss 2nd OA 1953 Goodwood Nine Hours WhiteheadStewart 3rd OA 1953 Tourist Cup MossWalker 3rd OA 1954 Castle Combe Stewart 2nd OA 1954 Zandvoort Sanderson 1st OA 1954 Barcelona Sanderson 3rd OA. Powered by a Jaguar 3.823cc DOHC inline 6, iron block with aluminum cylinder head, wet sump, 12.0 to 1 compression, three Weber 45 DCO3 carburetors. 323 b.h.p. with a 6,500 r.p.m. redline. 146 m.p.h. top speed with the current gearing. Dunlop Disc brakes with six piston front and four piston rear calipers. The gearbox drives a hydraulic brake booster. For the 2014 Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival, chassis 053 carried the numeral 17 as it did during the 1953 Le Mans upshot.

Sports car of Interest, 1970 Porsche 9083 Porsche 9083-007 is one of 11 Mark 3 examples built for the 1970 and 71 seasons. 007 was a factory or works battle sports car originally built and raced as a stopped up low drag vehicle. Chassis 007 was first entered in the 1970 Targa Florio as a works sports car with the sunburst corporate colors it wears nowadays. Driven by Vic Elford and Hans Herman it crashed on the first slurp up and was retired. (Brother cars 008 and 009 ended first and second). 9083-007 next raced at the 1971 1,000kms of Nurburgring under Martini Racing corporate colors, finishing third driven by Gijs von Lennep and Helmet Marko. At the end of the 1971 time of year 007 was sold to a privateer lineup. Since 2012 Cameron Healy has owned and campaigned the sports car away of Portland, Oregon.

Sports car of Interest, 1974 BMW 3.5 CSL Take of the weekend goes to Henry Schmitt in this 1974 BMW 3.5 CSL, chassis numeral 987. This sports car was raced by Hans At a complete loss and Sam Posey in the 1974 and 75 IMSA time of year. The tale not far off from what makes this cardrivercrew combination so interesting is that the sports car has been undergoing an engine and chassis rebuild for two years. Bill Watsons RoadRockets garage at Sears Point first got the CSL up-and-running late Saturday afternoon. Henry took to the track Sunday afternoon in the Group 13a with no seat period in the sports car for the past year or other. Starting 21st of 22 cars, Henry drove the CSL through the backpack ending the battle in fourth overall and second in class. Watching Schmitt wheel the CSL in traffic was an education in clean, fast driving.

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