Though this has been on YouTube for many years, I first saw it last night. The original documentary is pretty old (80s, perhaps?), so the video quality is far from what we expect today. Even so, it’s a delightful 49 minutes about the Golden Era of Grand Prix racing. The last third part of the film is almost solely about the Silberpfeile, which of course was the best part in my opinion. In fact, this was the first time I saw color footage on the Silver Arrows. All in all, a very nice documentary about the Silberpfeile and something on their predecessors.
Daytona 1970: the 917’s finest hour?
As most have surmised by now, I’m a Le Mans nut (duh). Yes, the 24 Heures du Mans is THE greatest car race of this mud ball we call Earth. No questions asked. PERIOD. However, some times, very rarely in fact, some races come very close to that title. And one such race was the 1970 24 Hours of Daytona. John Ficarra of VINwiki tells the story of how the Porsche 917 came to fame at Daytona in 1970. The video is about 16 minutes of pure joy. Watch. Now.
PS: I absolutely need to get that 917 #2 winner 🧐.
How a GT3 is made in 4’13”
Yesterday Porsche posted a FANTASTIC time-lapse video showing the assembly of a new GT3. In a little over 4 minutes you can see every phase of the manufacturing process, from the automated parts selection process to painting to final assembly.
Totally awesome, however, gold? A GOLDEN 2022 911 GT3?!?
Come on… 🤐
Bernd Rosemeyer’s tragic LSR
Inside Morgan’s factory
Last week Morgan posted a video of a drone flying through it’s factory at Malvern Link, in England. Just over three-minutes long, it is utterly automotive bliss for us gearheads.
Le Mans 2021 – The Movie
A few weeks ago (October 4th) FIAWEC posted on their YouTube page an almost hour-long recap of the 2021 24 Heures du Mans. And dummy here only found it this morning 😣. Better late than never, I guess.
I am going to watch it tonight, on a big screen TV.
Today Peugeot officially revealed their new hypercar, the 9X8. The French manufacturer didn’t offer much in terms of specs, however the new 9X8 will be hybrid. The rear wheels are powered by a 2.6-liter V6, with 680 hp (500 kW), while the front wheels will be powered by a 200 kW electric motor. Perhaps the most striking characteristic of the new car is that it doesn’t have a rear wing (!). Hopefully we will see the new beast at La Sarthe in 2022.
1953 Le Mans: brandy and a broken windscreen
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 😅😅😅.
1953 Le Mans
First time I see a more “personal” view of a Le Mans race. From 1953, with color and black & white footage.
Le Mans + Nürburgring
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.