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8W is forix.autosport.com's motorsport history section and covers the drivers, cars, circuits, eras and technology that shaped the face, sounds and smells of motor racing.
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.
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.
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...
Other recent stories on 8W
- Monaco - In Grand Prix heaven, 2014 GP Monaco Historique report, by Mattijs Diepraam
- Goodwood - No crowding proves a delight for the right crowd, 72nd GRRC Members' Meeting report, by Mattijs Diepraam
- Delahaye 135/145/155 - 1945-'46: after five years of war, by André Vaucourt
- Big, bigger, biggest! - Vettel storms top-3, by Willem Visser
- F1 design - The 1970s: trial and error in Formula One design, by Willem Visser
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- July 21, 2014: Who goes where in 2014? - Spa 24h update
- July 20, 2014: Grand Prix wins - Hockenheim update
- July 20, 2014: World Championship positions - Hockenheim update
- July 20, 2014: World Championship fastest laps - Hockenheim update
- July 20, 2014: World Championship point totals - Hockenheim update
- July 20, 2014: World Championship Grand Prix participations - Hockenheim update
- July 20, 2014: Grand Prix winners - Hockenheim update
- July 20, 2014: F1 2014 - Hockenheim update
- July 20, 2014: Winners' circle 2014 - F1, Indycar, GP2, GP3, Auto GP, Indy Lights, ELMS, Asian LMS, Super GT, GT Open, Porsche Supercup, Super TC2000, Euroformula Open updates
- July 19, 2014: Winners' circle 2014 - GP2, GP3, Euroformula Open updates
- July 19, 2014: Who goes where in 2014? - Auto GP, GP3, Indy Lights, ELMS, Super TC2000 updates
- July 19, 2014: WEC, Le Mans & ELMS 2014 - ELMS Red-Bull-Ring update
- July 16, 2014: Who goes where in 2014? - GP2 update
- July 16, 2014: GP2 2014 - Hockenheim update