41st Classic Motorsports Mitty Presented by Hagerty

41st Classic Motorsports Mitty Presented by Hagerty

  Race 1 Click on any image to enlarge.       DSC_1305R: Winner McDowell / Hermalyn – 1971 Nissan Skyline, best lap 1:39.3 DSC_1281: Second place Grayson Upchurch – 1970 Datsun SLR-311, 1:40.7 DSC_1297: Third place Scott Kissinger – 1971 Datsun 240Z, best lap 1:39.3 DSC_1298: John Morton, El Segundo, CA – ’70 Datsun 240Z, 1:41.2 DSC_1338: Ron Branom, Florida, winner of the Nissan Feature race, best lap 1:44.7 DSC_1339: Michael Anderson, Cal – ’68 Datsun 1984cc, best lap 1:43.5 DSC_1340: Jim Froula, Woodinville WA – ’73 Datsun 260Z, 1:46.3 DSC_1341: Charles Perry, Florida – ’79 Nissan 280ZX, 1:46.6 DSC_1342: John Coyle, UK – ’71 Datsun 510, 2nd in Nissan Feature race, 1:46.6 DSC_1614: Daniel Caggiano, Argentina – Datsun 510, 3rd in Nissan Feature race, 1:46.9 DSC_1343: Race-long Datsun 510 battle, Alex Moya (83), 2L, & David Stone, 1.8L DSC_1346: David Plott, Mt Juliet, TN – ’73 Datsun 240Z, 1:47.1 DSC_1344: Ron Fuller, Doraville, GA – ’77 Datsun 200SX 1952cc DSC_1295: Mitty’s opening victory – inspiring start for featured marque, Nissan     Race 2 Click on any image to enlarge.         DSC_1352: Robert Hoemke – ’62 Cooper T59, 1100cc, 1:43.3 DSC_1351: Greg Hibbs – ’72 Merlyn Mk 20A, 1600cc, 1:43.8 DSC_1362: Mitchell Hibbs – ’69 Merlyn Mk 11A, 1600cc, 1:43.3 DSC_1363: J.R. Mitchell – ’60 Lotus 18, 1100cc, 1:51.1 DSC_1353: C. O’Grady – ’62 Cooper T59, 1100cc, 1:51.8 DSC_1354: Doug Elcomb – ’61 Dreossi Special, 998cc, 1:54.3 DSC_1360: Thomas Atlas – ’61 Huffaker Mk II, 1098cc, 2:01.3 DSC_1350: Hugh Ruthven -’59 Bandini F/J, 1100cc, 2:13.8 DSC_1356: Hibbs followed by David Mock – ’69 Merlyn...
The Mitty 40th Anniversary, 2017

The Mitty 40th Anniversary, 2017

  Full grids and spectators in abundance for Mitty’s 40th Anniversary 2017 Beautifully preserved, the Walter Mitty racing weekend, April 21-23, has never been relegated and rarely obscured. The legacy of a group of Atlanta road racing enthusiasts who conceived the idea in the mid-nineteen-seventies, the Mitty resurrects our memories of racing’s bygone charms. Run by the HSR (Historic Sportscar Racing, Ltd) and celebrating its fortieth consecutive year of action at Road Atlanta, this year’s event remained eminently appealing. Why? Because, it’s a delight not only to admire the cars that grace Road Atlanta’s ancient landscapes but also for the hospitality of the organizers, who try their very best to make the event memorable. And it was – just terrific. This year, Porsche was the featured marque (over 75 competing) and appropriately the event’s grand marshal was Hurley Haywood. Haywood is a congenial man whose equanimity rarely deserts him but, perhaps more importantly, he reveals thoughts from an orderly mind – sufficiently prodigious they will nourish any racing enthusiast who’s interested in improving his race craft. His association with Porsche began more than 45 years ago; during that time he’s driven the Stuttgart marque to victory five times at Daytona, three times at Le Mans, and twice at Sebring. An automotive festival sponsored by Hagerty and Classic Motorsports magazine, this year’s event enjoyed mixed weather. On Saturday during our visit the sun blazed bright and hot – not the most conducive conditions for great photography. Still, despite the intense mid-day light, we hope you enjoy some of the action featured below. Group 5, April 22 Click on any image...
Road Racing – Irish Style!

Road Racing – Irish Style!

Race of the South, Walderstown, Ireland 2016. The Race of the South is long established, probably started in the 1970s. Now held deep in the County Westmeath countryside, the venue is known as Walderstown, a hamlet near Athlone. Located about three-quarters of an hour’s journey west of Dublin airport, this would be Round 7 of this year’s Irish Road Racing Championship, which consists of 13 national events and scheduled for July 9-10. One week later, at the Faugheen road races, Derek Sheilds became the 2016 Irish Superbike Champion. Click on any image to enlarge and view the series. To read the full story click here.   Green field paddocks are pleasant until rain falls. Wrapping tires with cling film is the method used to roll the bikes to the grid. The Walderstown races give this lad new meaning to the old saying “Don’t get too bogged down by the moment.” Pragmatically, Michael Dunlop parked away from the central paddock area in the cleaner grounds of a private home across the road. You could easily digest the technical content in a few hours but not the human presence. These are people who have a longing to go racing. Dum de dum de dum, wonder what goodies in store today—need to wash and wrap these tires before gridding. Classic 250/350 Championship rider Irwin Linton with 350 Honda K4: Under these conditions pushing with two is best. On the Emerald Isle, classics race bikes, often in period loveliness, are in regular use—July 2016 features four racing weekends. Honda 350 with Drixton frame: When in pristine condition, never a more evocative image graced...
Old Car City USA

Old Car City USA

Ancient outdoor museum with 4,400 junk cars: Nostalgic fix for old car lovers By Matt Marsh   In late April 2016 I ventured away from beautiful Watkins Glen, New York on a road trip of two-day distance to White, Georgia. In my garage I have a lowered, supercharged, side-piped, 1971 Corvette. It’s just like my dad’s stock 1971. During the day, I design automotive engine parts and since youth I’ve had a passion for old cars and a love of photography. Through some random searching I found an ancient outdoor junkyard that had a very large collection of vehicles and allowed paid admittance to photographers. Called Old Car City USA, curiously they don’t sell parts. As the idea settled in my head I figured it was time to cross something off the bucket list! Upon arrival, the shock and amazement is something I will never be able to put into words. Over 4,000 vintage cars resting on 34 acres connected by six miles of trails, this family-owned outdoor museum has operated since 1931. To whet your appetite I have included a sample of some of the photos I took while there. I have just started reviewing them and will have more available soon. Plans are now in place to return to God’s Acreage and capture more photographs now that the OMG factor has worn off and I can focus a little better. In fact, I was so distracted while mingling among these treasures that at one point I fell over my tripod; expensive cameras went flying and a smashed tripod the result. Every one of these enchanting old machines...
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