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2014 Le Mans Classic report
A bigger-than-life experience

Pierre Mellinger/Tommaso Gelmini, Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona, 2014 Le Mans Classic

It’s a treat that only comes once every two years. However, if you are looking to dive into the rich and exciting history of the Le Mans 24 Hours, there is only one place to go. Fittingly, that’s Le Mans itself, where the bi-annual Le Mans Classic has quickly grown into one of the crown jewels on the historic motor racing calendar. We went to taste the atmosphere at the LMC’s seventh edition and found that it was bigger than ever.

 

Penske-Mercedes PC23-500I - Mercedosaurus Rex at Indianapolic Park
Appendix 7: a review of Beast by Jade Gurss

At 8W, we're not used to claiming bragging rights, but since it was first published in the fall of 2009, Henri Greuter’s 30-part series on the Penske-Mercedes PC23-500I was the only work in the world that solely focused on that most amazing of Indy 500 wins: the one-shot-to-get-it-right victory taken by Al Unser Jr in 1994 driving a Penske PC23 powered by an Ilmor-designed and Mercedes-Benz-badged, purpose-built V8 turbo engine with 'stock-block'-inspired pushrod valve actuation. Yet for all its merits, Mercedosaurus Rex at Indianapolic Park cannot be said to be an inside story, despite Henri having talked to several of the project's key players including Nigel Bennett, Nigel Beresford, Chuck Sprague and Paul Tracy. This has now changed with Beast, a new book by Jade Gurss. Here's our review.

Al Unser Jr, Penske-Mercedes PC23-500I, 1994 Indianapolis 500

 

The Delahaye years
1947-'48: racing with cars over 12 years old

Jean Achard, Delahaye 155 V12, 1947 Albi GP

Gone for ever were the pre-war years when Delahaye could line up almost a dozen cars in an international race… and win, writes André Vaucourt in his latest instalment of his Delahaye series, this time covering the post-war years of 1947 and '48. New pilots had arrived: Henri Rigodon, Serge Pozolli, Pierre Meyrat, Jean Braud and his team mate André Marechal, Guy Mairesse, Guy Jason-Henri in England, Pierre Larrue, Roger Loyer. And they were driving cars of over 12 years old...

 

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