When NASCAR Raced at Le Mans

I told this story here before, or at least mentioned it, but it’s nice to see some footage of the feat. Yes, in 1976 you had NASCAR cars racing at La Sarthe. Something that may sound utterly absurd, but as GT Rain explains in the video, at the time it wasn’t so out of the question.

Well, that was the one time NASCAR was interesting… πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚

Derek Bell at Le Mans in 1982

Surfing around YouTube, I found this gem. It’s a feature about Derek Bell’s perspective of the 1982 race – which along with Jacky Ickx, he won by the way. You will see a delightful 26 minutes of original footage from the race and behind the scenes.

Not counting the actual footage, which was awesome, I loved to hear Bell’s thoughts throughout the race. Also, I learned that at the time, refueling stops became much longer, because of the restrictions on fuel flow.

So all in all a very nice film πŸ‘

The new 1929 Bentley Blower is coming along

Back in October last year I wrote about Bentley making a brand new 1929 Bentley Blower. The plan was to produce 12 new cars that are exact replicas of the original model. For that, a specialized team at Crewe, in the UK, took apart the second car of the 1929 “Team Blower” and laser-scanned every single part of the car. Recently Bentley showed photos of some of the new parts already made for the prototype model.

From the images that Bentley released, the new “Continuation Series” car will look absolutely fantastic. The cars are expected to be available by 2021, and all 12 are already spoken for. As I said before, sometimes it’s really nice to be rich…

Lauda Γ— Hunt: 1976 F1 Season

I’m probably correct to assume that everyone who has an interest in motorsports in general has seen the film “Rush”. I also believe that very possibly, the film was inspired by the convoluted 1976 F1 season. It’s a very colorful story and Aidan Millward very competently resumed it in his YouTube channel. Though actual events diverge some (a lot?) from what the film shows, in essence it’s a VERY good film. In fact, I l-o-v-e it, and kick myself for not getting a Blu-ray copy when it was easily available 😫.

If you enjoyed the film, check out Aidan Millward’s very nice resume of what happened during the 1976 season.

Le Mans, 1968

Another Le Mans video, this time from the 1968 race. It’s narrated in English and no music (well, just a little of elevator music, at least). Very good footage of the whole race, and the best coverage of the “Le Mans start” I’ve seen yet. Interesting to see how Porsche 908 #34 takes off with the door open, that is slammed shut by the wind. Wanna bet that Joe Buzzetta (or Scooter Patrick) went off WITHOUT seat belts fastened 😲?

McLaren at La Sarthe

Edgard, my good friend (and stinker), sent me this link a few weeks ago and though I bookmarked it, unfortunately I forgot about it. My bad, because it’s 40 minutes of pure gearhead bliss. McLaren released this video in the 90s, where they show a lot of the development behind the Mac F1 and their attempt at Le Mans.

Even if you’re not a Mac F1 fan boy it’s cool to see 😎.

1962 Monaco Grand Prix

Stumbled upon this short film last night. The big deal is that it’s high quality footage, so the image is really good for something shot in the 60s. It’s almost seven minutes of very enjoyable old-school racing. In fact, if not for the helicopter shots instead of drone footage you could almost think this is current footage of a vintage racing event.