Orlando Festival of Speed 2014

November 20, 2013 by  
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The 7th Annual Festivals of Speed Orlando will take place on November 29 to December 1, 2013, benefitting the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. Guests will have the opportunity of viewing exotic cars, customized motorcycles, vintage and contemporary aircraft and high performance boats, along with a range of luxury lifestyle products. For more information visit www.festivalsofspeed.com

Dates: 29 November to 1 December 2014
Venue: Ritz-Carlton Orlando
City: Grand Lakes
State: Colorado
Country: United States


February 9, 2009 by  
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This section of Autoracing.com delves into the wide world of automobiles, and explores the reasons why cars and trucks have become much more than simple tools of transportation.

  • Sports Cars provides fresh insights as well as basic information on these exciting adrenaline-pumping vehicles. Find out how sports cars first came to be, and learn how they have evolved over the century that cars have traveled our highways and byways.
  • Touring Cars introduces you to the world of touring car racing and explains what exactly a “touring car” is. What it isn’t, is the good ol’ Family Truckster from National Lampoon’s Vacation!
  • Muscle Cars rips the lid off these rip-snortin’ tire squealing beasts and discusses the amazing transformation of classic muscle cars from bargain-basement big-engined stockers to megabuck machines that bring spectacularly high bids at high-powered car auctions.
  • Off Road explores the off the beaten track world of four-wheel drive vehicles and SUVs. From rock crawlers to beach buggies, it’s all here in Off Road at Autoracing.com!
  • Production Vehicles tells the story of the daily drivers we all use to commute to work and play. Perhaps surprisingly, they don’t have to be boring “plain janes”.
  • Racing Manufacturers explores and explains the companies who produce some of the racecars we love to watch. What makes a NASCAR stock car different from an actual stock car? You could ask a racing manufacturer – or just browse our Racing Manufacturers page.

We’re sure you’ll find Autoracing.com’s Automobiles section interesting, informative, educational and entertaining. We love cars just as much as you do, and it shows! Come on over… you’ll enjoy the ride!

North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame

July 30, 2007 by  
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The North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame is dedicated to remembering and bringing honor to the people and the machines that have been responsible for many memorable and extraordinary moments in racing. All the exhibits and inductees at the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame are testament to the love and commitment that goes into this sport, the long hours and the hard work done by everyone on a racing team.

There is a Board of Directors at the North Carolina Hall of Fame that ensures that all areas of this non-profit organization are taken care of. The board consists of Penske Team Owner Don Miller; Vice Chairman Cecile Ebert; Secretary and Treasurer Wanda Cavin; Bobby Allison, Winton Cup Champion and previous team owner and motor sports broadcaster, Buddy Baker. Other members include Johnny Hayes, Joe Gibbs, Darrell Gwynn, Max Helton, Garry Hill, Benny Parsons, Mickey Nutting, Rusty Wallace and Deb Williams.

The exhibits are constantly being rotated and changed to keep loyal fans returning to the North Carolina Hall of Fame. With more than forty vintage race cars being displayed at the museum, it is not an attraction that visitors should rush through. Cars, such as 1965 Ford Galaxy driven by Fred Lorenzen and by Wendell Scott, are still ready to hit the circuit at any time. The very rare Flathead V-8 1934 Ford is also on display, as well as the “Midnight” Pontiac that was driven to victory many times by Rusty Wallace. Racing uniforms and helmets adorn the walls and the Goodyear Mini-Theatre features some of the most spectacular racing documentaries and footage from year’s gone by.

The N.C. Hall of Fame also has a gift shop on the premises that has a vast variety of shirts, gifts and other memorabilia for the public to take home with them. Garry Hill is responsible for the many wonderful pictures that are displayed and has been commissioned many times over to bring the important racing events back to life. His artistic talent is seen in every painting and the public is able to purchase lithographic prints of his amazing work. The Indy Simulator is another great way to experience the excitement of the racing world.

Inductees to the N.C. Hall of Fame have included Bobby Allison, Ned Jarrett, Dale Earnhardt and David Pearson. Names such as Maurice Petty, Robert Yates and Dale Inman come to mind when thinking of the recipients of the Snap-On Golden Wrench Award. These names have been written down in history to be seen by future generations. Looking at the future, one often wonders who has what is takes to have their name etched onto that wall?

The Strangest Indy 500 Tradition

May 25, 2007 by  
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A racing event with a history as long as the Indy 500 is sure to have spawned more than a few traditions, but the “Milk Drinkingpost-race ritual is surely the strangest. It was way back in 1936 that the curious practice of the race winner drinking a bottle of milk first began, and it has continued virtually without interruption ever since.

Picture the Winner’s Circle following the 1936 Indianapolis 500… veteran race driver Louis Meyer has just won his third Indy 500, the first driver to do so. Starting 28th in a thin field of just 33 cars, Meyer won the race after leading for 96 of 200 laps and was one of just 10 drivers still in the race as the checkered flag waved. The 32-year old Meyer had to be exhausted, yet what did he ask for when race organizers offered him something to drink? Milk. Buttermilk, actually, an unlikely thirst-quencher but one Meyer’s mother had always offered him on especially hot days. Meyer lived until the ripe old age of 95, so maybe buttermilk’s restorative properties are more than just an old wives (make that mothers) tale.

In any case, the dairy companies who began sponsoring the Indy 500 and contributed to the race purse had a vested interest in seeing their product share the spotlight in victory lane. Of course, a little financial incentive was needed to encourage reluctant drivers who may have preferred chugging something, anything else after enduring 200 dusty laps at The Brickyard – the current sponsorship by the American Dairy Association has risen to $10,000.

Only one driver disdained the dollars since Meyer established the tradition: Emerson Fittipaldi in 1993. Fittipaldi, Brazilian by birth, owned orange plantations in his home country and made a point of downing a cool glass of OJ to highlight his product.

The New Ferrari F2007

March 26, 2007 by  
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To the untrained eye and to the enthusiasts that are not mechanically minded, the new F2007 Ferrari or as the project was known, the 658, does not look all that different to its predecessor. But as the professionals know, it is all in the small details. And it is those unnoticeable changes that makes all the difference in a Formula One performance car.

Although Scuderia Ferrari has revealed the new car, there are a few photographic angles, such as the rear, that are missing. But it is also expected that the Ferrari team would like there to be a few surprises, as in this business, competition is tough and secrecy is the name of the game.

What is known about the new car is that the design has been modified and is different in many ways. Opposed to the 248 F1, the F2007 has a longer wheelbase and the front suspension has been changed. Due to the changes in the body, other parts of the car, such as the air intake for the engine, cooling systems and radiator exits have been adjusted. Aerodynamics is always the most important factor when designing and creating a car, and again the team has remained with carbon fibre for the gearbox housing, which has also been shaped a little differently to fit the narrower rear, and includes a seven speed gearbox, plus reverse.

The side-pods of the F2007 Ferrari have also been revised and the car weighs approximately ten kilograms more than the 248 F1 did, to meet the standard safety requirements. The engine has also been modified and has slight changes made to it.

It is still the 056 engine but revisions have been made to exhaust chambers, pistons, valves and combustion chamber. In a general overview of the new Ferrari F2007, the car is 4545 mm in length, 1769 mm in width and together with the driver, water and lubricants, that car will weigh 600 kilograms. The engine will have total weight of 95 kilograms and have eight cylinders and thirty-two valves. The new and improved pistons will be able to handle 19 000 rpm and many hours have been dedicated to the control and safety of the car.

The new red force on the track will also have a few advertising changes, such as Vodafone being replaced by Italia Telecom sponsored Alice. But it is not the look of the car that Formula One enthusiasts and fans will be looking out for, but its performance on the circuit.

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