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Daytona – 1967

Collage of shots from back in 1967 Daytona

Daytona 24 1967

 

Bruce Meyer’s LeMans Porsche

LeMans winning Porsche (Last of the privateer winners) from the Bruce Meyer Collection

 

Bruce Meyer 935

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Porsche 956 New Man Art

Artsy 956 New Man Porsche from original shot

New Man Porsche

 

What Happened to the Toyota at LeMans?

What happened at Toyota?

June 19, 2016

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Trent Price/Stefan Ruitenberg

There were just two minutes left on the clock, when Kazuki Nakajima’s number five Toyota TS050 began to slow after the second Mulsanne chicane until coming to an abrupt halt but a few metres after the start-finish line.

Nakajima could only look on in horror as the number two 919 Porsche Hybrid of Romain Dumas cruised past – the eventually winner probably just as gobsmacked at what was transpiring.

Toyota team mate and second-placed Stéphane Sarrazin summed it up best, saying: “even in your worst nightmares you don’t think about that.”

“The car was great to drive” said Nakajima. “It was tough to have Porsche #2 only 30 seconds behind me towards the end but we had the pace and we managed it very well. It was only two laps missing and it’s a pity we didn’t get the trophy; the team deserved to win.”

“When I was doing my last lap to the chequered flag, all the marshals and fans were really kind to me and that was very emotional. I want to say thank you for that. Let’s come back stronger and grab that trophy.”

Nakajima was able to restart the Toyota, presumably on electric power, to complete his final lap final lap before stopping once again at the scene where Toyota lost sports car racing’s ultimate prize. However, with the lap being well over eleven minutes, the car was unclassified for not fulfilling the regulatory six minute minimum lap time.

Nakajima had reported to the team that he was losing power and talk overheard in the garage from a U.S. journalist suggested that a turbo was the most likely culprit.

But why no smoke? It’s possible that the turbo itself wasn’t the root cause, but rather a loose (or burst) intercooler pipe/coupler failure may have occurred, resulting in a loss of boost pressure.

If this is the case, it’s unlikely to have been a progressive problem, rather a sudden issue that no-one could have predicted via telemetry back in the garage. Nobody was to blame, but blame never solves anything anyway.

IMAGES: Richard Washbrooke Photography

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Configure your new Ford GT

Very cool link Ford has set up to configure your new GT…

 

https://www.fordgt.com/en_gb/performance/gt/

Ford GT 40 Exterior 1 Ford GT 40 Interior configurator 2 Ford GT 40 Interior configurator

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James Hunt Artwork

James Hunt art

New NSX shown at Super Sunday Show with News

New NSX makes appear….

The first appearance at the public show today for the only white NSX in California and it looks fabulous!

2016 NSX  (6) 2016 NSX  (1)I got to sit inside (few of us did), and found everything in the right place and easy to fit my 6’2″ frame.  Large step in, but well crafted foot well and nice stick and paddle shifters.

2016 NSX  (2)

The big news was that they are looking to create a GT3 racing version; factory version to start with customer versions available later.  Very exciting news.

The start rolling out shortly. Contrary to local lore, Jay Leno did not get the first one, but Rick Hendrick paid a cool $1.2 million for serial number 1.

2016 NSX  (7)

Bentley no more?

Word has it that Dyson is not renewing their commitment to Bentley for 2016….  This is bad news for us Bentley racing fans!2015 LBGP  (2288)1434-01

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Racing Porsche GT3

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Great old Porsche

Vaillant 51

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