A Brief History of the Willys Jeep

Willys Jeep WW2

Enzo Ferrari is reported to have called the Willys Jeep “the only true American sports car” – it was also one of very few things designed by a committee that turned out to be a success. This true American sports car, designed by a committee, was the American icon of the Second World War, the humble Jeep.

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An Original 100% Driveable Porsche 356 A Training Chassis

Porsche 356 Chassis Back

This original 1956 Porsche 356 A training chassis was developed to give American mechanics a detailed understanding of Porsche running gear and engineering – most of which would have been a little unusual to them back in the mid-1950s when Porsche was still a relatively new company. Interestingly the suspension arrangement differs between the left…

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Porsche 356A 1600 Super Speedster – Unicorn Project Car

Porsche 356A 1600 Super Speedster

The Porsche 356A 1600 Super Speedster wasn’t originally designed to be an expensive car, in fact it was specifically designed to be as inexpensive as possible while still being profitable to build and sell. Max Hoffman – Godfather of the Porsche 356 Speedster The idea to build the original Porsche 356 Speedster came not from…

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A Brief History of the Ford Escort Mk 1

Ford Escort Mk 1 Ad

Introduction: Exit the Anglia, Enter the Ford Escort Mk 1 The Ford Escort Mk 1 is one of the most beloved British cars of its generation with styling that quickly embedded itself into the British and European pantheon of humble commuter cars that made good on the race tracks of the Continent, not to mention…

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Untelevised Race: 1980 Showroom Stock C National Championship Race

1980 Showroom Stock C National Championship

Showroom Stock racing is exactly what it says on the box, cars are strictly limited to factory fresh condition with no performance modifications allowed. Only safety mods are permitted, typically limited to a roll bar, fire extinguisher, and multi-point driver restraints. This particular race was never televised and you can hear the commentators slipping between…

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Cannonball! World’s Greatest Outlaw Road Race – A True Story

Cannonball! Book Cover

The fact that Cannonball! is a true story is almost impossible to fathom looking back on it from 40+ years since it was last run. The Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash The actual race was named the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash with the first running of the event taking place in 1971, though…

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