Just a few days after I found that 1953 film, I stumbled upon this one. Keep in mind that this story was never officially confirmed. However, I don’t have much difficulty in believing it 😅😅😅.
2010 Audi R15 TDI+ #9 Pilots: M. Rockenfeller, R. Dumas, T. Bernhard Team: Audi Sport North America Race: 1st overall (LMP1) at Le Mans in 2010 Ixo - LM2010 (diecast)
First time I see a more “personal” view of a Le Mans race. From 1953, with color and black & white footage.
2006 Lamborghini Murciélago RG-1LM #53 Pilots: M. Apicella, K.i Yamanishi, Y. Hinoi Team: JLOC / Isao Noritake Race: DNC (GT1) at Le Mans in 2006 Ebbro - 43784 (diecast)
Last year, around April when this bloody pandemic was becoming serious for us here, I found this video on Porsche’s YouTube channel. It seemed to be pretty good, so I downloaded it to watch on a big screen. I saved the file to my “Race Videos” directory and then, well, totally forgot about it 😣. Yesterday I was going over my hard drive and found it among other saved files. I ended watching it on the laptop and yes, it is awesome. And should be seen on a big screen.
In a nutshell, it’s 91 minutes on Porsche’s effort in GT racing at the 2019 Le Mans and 24 Hours of Nürburgring. Specially interesting for the Porsche fan boy however good enough for all endurance racing fans.
1954 Ferrari 375 Plus Spider Pilots: J. Gonzalez, M. Trintignant Team: Scuderia Ferrari Race: 1st overall (S) at Le Mans in 1954 Ixo - LM 1954 (diecast)
Richard John Beattie-Seaman was more than probably England’s best racing driver of the 1930s. Despite that, his name is relegated to footnotes in history books. This 47 minute-long video by the Discovery Channel tells his story. A little bit over-dramatic at parts, and also not 100% historically factual, however a thoroughly delightful film. I really enjoyed seeing actual Golden Era race footage, specially of the 1937 Avusrennen.
All in all a very interesting window to the Silberpfeile and the Golden Era of GP racing.
McLaren F1, Porsche GT1 and Mercedes CLK-GTR. I doubt anyone will disagree that those three cars are all dream cars. I would go as far as saying that they were THE best supercars of the 1990s. Carfection made a very interesting piece about them, divided in three parts. The first part (McLaren F1) came out on May 17th, the second part (Porsche GT1) on May 19th and the third (CLK-GTR) yesterday. From the first video above you will see links to the subsequent parts.
What make these three cars so great in my eyes is one very pertinent characteristic – race legacy. All three raced at La Sarthe and all three were winners, though the CLK-GTR elsewhere. With that, the three videos sum up 41 minutes of pure gearhead bliss 🏁.
I came upon this video and thought of sharing. The great Chris Harris interviews the legendary Norbert Singer, talking about what made the 962 so great. He even gets to take the 1987 Le Mans winner #17 out for a spin at the Weissach test track.
However, specially nice for me, was to hear Mr. Singer saying “Porsche was thinking with nearly all race cars about Le Mans”. And that my friends, is why I had to add a special section just for Porsche cars at the top of the page 😋.
1976 Porsche 936 #20 Pilots: J. Ickx, G. Lennep Team: Martini Racing / Porsche System Race: 1st overall (S 3.0) at Le Mans in 1976 Ixo - LM 1976 (diecast)