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2015 Montlhéry Vintage Revival report
Just when you thought you had seen it all

2015 Montlhery Vintage Revival, Richard Brasier

Whoever regrets that the Monaco GP Historique – and the Le Mans Classic for that matter – only takes place in even years should think again before electing to stay at home instead of venturing to France for the May holidays. The Pau event is an interesting alternative to any motor racing aficionado, but so is the Vintage Revival at the classic track of Linas-Montlhéry. There is no racing involved in the two days that form this magnificent spring event, but the vehicles and the people make up for it and more – as does the track itself. The Montlhéry Vintage Revival is the planet’s non-plus-ultra for anyone fascinated by pre-war rolling machinery propelled by any kind of drive. And if you’re not fascinated yet, you will be.

 

73rd Goodwood Members' Meeting report
Still the right crowd, but slightly more crowding

The second Members’ Meeting of the modern era proved to be colder than last year’s, but last year’s success convinced many of the doubters not to stay away in 2015. The racing was even more spectacular – albeit with quite a bit of priceless damage – while the ‘high-speed demonstrations’ were now actually held at high speed! That made the 73rd Members’ Meeting into even more of a success compared to that of its predecessor, even though it took ages to warm up after…

Emanuele Pirro/Shaun Lynn, AC Cobra, Rob Hall/Andy Wolfe, AC Cobra, James Cottingham/Joe Twyman, Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupé, Bobby Verdon-Roe/Jamie McIntyre, Bizzarrini A3C, 2015 Goodwood Members' Meeting

 

1996 Indianapolis 500
The 239.260 car

Arie Luyendijk's Record Car, IMS Museum, 2014

The first Indianapolis 500 after the acrimonious split between CART and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway wasn't really memorable for the strength and depth of its starting field, comprising of a fascinating collection of left-over CART machinery that needed to be used ahead of the IRL's own new formula taking shape. Amidst the additional controversy created by the IRL 'locking out' the first 25 starting positions while CART hosted the rival US 500 at Michigan on the same day, and the tragedy of pole winner Scott Brayton being killed in practice, one amazing car-and-driver combination set a couple of qualifying records that will perhaps remain unsurpassed forever. Henri Greuter tells the story of Arie Luyendijk's Record Car.

 

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