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2014 Zandvoort Historic GP report
Seaside sensations

David Hart, Leo Voyazides/Simon Hadfield, Manfredo Rossi, Tim Cousins/Steven Hart, Lola T70 Mk3B, Lola T70 Mk3B, Osella-Abarth PA1, Chevron B23, 2014 Zandvoort Historic GP

Three years into the reborn Historic GP at Zandvoort, it was an easy guess what the visitors from abroad were going to say. Most were now back for the second or third time, and they loved it. No matter who you talked to, they all loved the track, the people and the atmosphere, and almost fell over each to praise the event. In an action-packed schedule that crammed even more sessions and races in the same three days, the audience on the grandstands and in the dunes could hardly catch a breath. We were present all three days and were left breathless too.


The Indy 1964 second-lap disaster - Closing in on the truth
Part 5: On Black Noon by Art Garner

Exactly half a century ago the Indianapolis 500 lived through its most horrific overture, a fiery multi-car accident that stopped the race and claimed the lives of Dave MacDonald and Eddie Sachs. The cause of the accident was never established, and so for years, all sorts of theories and myths were allowed to run wild. Four years ago, Henri Greuter attempted to separate fact from fiction in a four-part series on the 1964 inferno.

Now it's time to add a fifth part to the series. Commemorating the tragic events of May 1964, Art Garner’s Black Noon was published just ahead of the 50-year anniversary and is the first book to fully deal with the horror blaze. We review the book while Henri adds his notes.

Dave MacDonald, Sears Allstate Special, 1964 Indianapolis practice


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.


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