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...
Barber’s 11th Vintage Motorcyle Festival

Barber’s 11th Vintage Motorcyle Festival

Commemorating its eleventh anniversary, the three-day Barber Vintage Festival, October 9-11, drew its largest crowd yet, almost 70,000 attendees. This historic motorcycle extravaganza has been the principal power in historic and vintage motorcycle matters for over a decade. Located at George Barber’s magnificent 830-acre parkland estate at Leeds near Birmingham, Alabama, it is a treasured preserve for enthusiasts, collectors and racers. Before its creation, few of us had realized just how great the void it would fill. To read the full report click here. Barber’s 11th Vintage Motorcycle Festival: Racing Click on any image to enlarge and view the series. To view the Britten exhibition images and others, scroll down.     Barber’s 11th Vintage Motorcycle Festival: Britten exhibition, Fan Zone, and more Click on any image to enlarge and view the series.  ...
Goodwood Revival 2015

Goodwood Revival 2015

The Goodwood Revival of 2015 and its founder. The Goodwood Revival, now in its eighteenth year, is one of those entrancing events more often found in an Evelyn Waugh novel than in life. It is the creation of the successful Charles Gordon-Lennox (60) who is the Earl of March and Kinrara and the celebrated son of the Duke of Richmond dynasty. A British aristocrat and owner of the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex, he took control of the 12,000-acre domain at the age of 40. A lifelong car enthusiast, Lord March restored the estate’s historic motor racing circuit and created the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Revival. Held each July and September respectively, they have become the world’s foremost historic motor sport events. When you arrived at this year’s Goodwood Revival, a Fish Fingers trawler was probably the first object to catch your attention followed by American drag racing Gassers from the 1940s and ’50s – an eccentric mix! Sixty years ago, around the middle of Goodwood’s 18-year racing period, Bird’s Eye introduced their Fish Fingers to the British public. Created by American inventor Clarence Birdseye, it was the new frozen food sensation of 1955 – twenty fish fingers, just heat and serve. No bones, no waste, no smell, no fuss – as their motto declared.   Click on any image to enlarge and view the series. For further race event picture galleries scroll down.   Opening Day Goodwood 2015 Birdseye fishing trawler on display 60 years of Fish Fingers in UK Crew complete with flying pelicans Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe and forebears on display En route to their...
2015 Inaugural Historics at Barber Motorsports Park

2015 Inaugural Historics at Barber Motorsports Park

2015 Inaugural Historics at Barber Motorsports Park Barber Motorsports Park hosted its first annual Historic motor sports three-day event May 15-17, 2015. And if they do for Historic road racing cars what they did for vintage motorcycles, they’ll have 80,000 attendees in 10 years’ time. Though the premiere event weekend, organized by the Historic Motor Sports Association (HMSA), attracted modest numbers of vintage race cars, around 70, it was an excellent first step. The sights, sounds and speeds, particularly of rare Formula One cars from the nineteen-sixties, -seventies and -eighties were glorious. Like Barber’s annual motorcycle Vintage Festival, held each October, a treasure trove of nostalgia was laid before us, all very accessible, informal and agreeable. Click on an image to enlarge and view the series. F1 Historics at Barber 1973 Shadow battles with Lotus 79 in the FIA Masters Race Series Paddock Tower Race Control overlooks Turns 5 & 6, known as Charlotte’s web hairpin Barber Museum Houses the world’s largest collection of motorcycles. Barber’s Statues Striking sculptures showcase the track and museum grounds Barber’s Statues Opened in 2003 the Barber facility is set in 740 acres of parkland Inside the Museum 2003: Museum moved from B’ham city building to sumptuous new HQ Museum from new bridge Latest development: new bridge extends from museum over track Race observation Observing race through glass panels on bridge between turns 9 & 10 From bridge Back straightaway: Part of the Barber 17-turn 2.3-mile racetrack Chuck Huneycutt Former vintage bike racer turned master restorer Tyrrell F1 James Hagan driving 1983 001 machine in full Benetton livery Can-Am intake stacks Can-Am McLaren with...
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