Barber’s 10th Vintage Motorcycle Festival

Barber’s 10th Vintage Motorcycle Festival

2014 Barber Vintage Motorcycle Festival Barber’s annual Vintage Festival is a highlight of our year. For the 2014 event, their 10th anniversary and presented by the Triumph dealers of North America, Barber Motorsports Park was expecting crowds of around 50,000 and though mixed weather conditions were forecast, nothing seemed to dampen the enthusiasm or attendance. In the end the sun shone as tens of thousands arrived at the parkland from virtually every state in the nation. Click on an image to enlarge and view the series. To read the full story click here....
The 2014 Walter Mitty at Road Atlanta

The 2014 Walter Mitty at Road Atlanta

 The 2014 Walter Mitty at Road Atlanta. Road Atlanta race circuit is the spiritual home of the Walter Mitty. An annual adventure, it has been this way since the mid-1970s, when a group of Atlanta enthusiasts organized an occasion that is now the largest and oldest event for Historic race cars on the East Coast. Over the years the “Mitty” has become as much a state of mind, pardon the pun, as a race, and as you drive through north Georgia its approaching awareness puts you in the atmosphere that can only be the Walter Mitty. A favorite point in the season, it’s a reward for those who enjoy historically interesting racing cars. Sponsored by Classic Motorsports magazine and Hagerty, the insurance people, the Mitty typically attracts 250 to 400 competitors. Though both competitors and spectators alike enjoy the festive atmosphere—and why not for there’s almost unfettered freedom to roam—it’s the diversity of cars that put the icing on the cake. Ranging from the nineteen-fifties MGA that might reach 120mph to a modern-day Audi R8 with speeds approaching 240mph, the cars present delightfully striking contrasts. Here in the following sequence of photographs is a brief display carrying some of the most vivid memories of this year’s Walter Mitty. Click on an image to enlarge and view the series....
Goodwood Revival 2013

Goodwood Revival 2013

Goodwood Revival 2013. Let’s stipulate a time period that starts in 1948 and ends in 1966. Like any bygone era this time period might be characterized by its music and its fashions, its aircraft and its road transport. But for the racing enthusiast it would be distinguished by its fine cars and motorcycles. An impossible fantasy? No it isn’t. It is the reality known as the Goodwood Revival now the highlight of each racing season. Each September racing enthusiasts, many with their wives and partners, dress-up in period attire and sally forth to Goodwood near Chichester in West Sussex. Less than two hours distance southwest of London, the Goodwood estate is opened to the public where one hundred and twenty thousand devotees revel in historical air displays, fashion, and a 15-race program like no other over three days: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Click on an image to enlarge and view the series. To read the full report click...
2013 ChumpCars at Atlanta Motorsports Park

2013 ChumpCars at Atlanta Motorsports Park

  ChumpCars at Atlanta Motorsports Park For their first visit to the new two-mile AMP (Atlanta Motorsports Park), forty-one ChumpCar teams arrived as the Dawsonville, Georgia venue prepared to host their fourteen-hour endurance race: seven hours each day, 9am till 4pm for the 2-day event. Not including the required safety equipment, roll-cage, racing seat, racing harness, etc—ChumpCars must be valued at less than $500. This is the value assessed by the general market, not the amount paid for the car. Vehicles valued in excess of $500 are handicapped and as a consequence compete over a longer distance. An intriguing endurance concept, ChumpCar has many elements to its credit, not least competitive long-distance racing, an abundance of seat time for the drivers, premier race tracks on which to compete, full entry lists, and enthusiastic parts suppliers rubbing their hands safe in the knowledge that long-distance racing means vibrant parts sales. Here is a flavor of ChumpCar racing: Click on an image to enlarge and view the series....
Hot Rods of the Moonshine era

Hot Rods of the Moonshine era

Hot Rods of the Moonshine era Attending the annual Mountain Moonshine Festival in Dawsonville, Georgia is always an agreeable occasion, not least because the town is closed to regular traffic and the Hot Rod prevails. On the Friday afternoon, October 25, 2013, ancient automobiles from a century past, some beautifully restored others not, began rolling into town in substantial numbers. Evoking five decades, from the nineteen-twenties to the nineteen-sixties, they had arrived to celebrate the 46th Mountain Moonshine Festival. Inevitably, it was the allure of the glorious Ford V8s of the 1930s that carried the real nostalgia, for it was in those machines the risk-taking old timers ran moonshine through the foothills of the Northeast Georgia Mountains. For most of them, hauling their illicit corn liquor from Dawsonville to Atlanta during prohibition times of the Great Depression was their only sustenance. In celebration of the moonshiner, here are some examples of their most prized possessions. Click on any image to enlarge and view the series....
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