American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix 2009

June 10, 2009 by  
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On 17 and 18 July 2009 the Limerock Park Circuit will come alive with spectacular racing action as world class drivers put magnificent cars such as Acuras, Vettes and Ferraris through their paces. Do not miss out on the greenest event in auto racing.

Tickets vary between $25 to $75 and for information regarding this racing event, the website http://www.limerock.com/ will be able to answer any queries or contact the racetrack on 860.435.5000.

Date: July 17, 2009
Venue: Limerock Park Circuit
City: Lakeville, Connecticut
Country: United States of America

Bruce McLaren

February 9, 2009 by  
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Bruce McLaren is a renowned name in the world of auto racing. A fantastic driver, F1 Grand Prix winner, top racing designer and manufacturer, Bruce McLaren was both talented and resourceful, leaving a legacy that will no doubt remain for decades to come.

Bruce McLaren was born on 30 August 1937 in Auckland, New Zealand. Unfortunately at the age of 9 years McLaren was hospitalised due to a serious medical condition which resulted in his left leg being several inches shorter than his right leg requiring him to spend two years in traction. When he turned 16 years of age Bruce McLaren’s father purchased a car for him and in 1952 he entered a hill-climb event, coming in second place. He studied engineering during which time he took part in a number of events, and by the age of 20 McLaren was auto racing in open wheelers and Cooper-Climax sports.

Bruce McLaren met with a wonderful opportunity in 1958 when he won a spot to go racing in Europe. His success in Formula 2 led to an offer by Cooper to join the Formula One team. He truly impressed all in his debut year and was made team leader in 1962. Unfortunately, his team’s cars were not quite up to the standard of BRM and Lotus. McLaren founded Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Ltd in 1964 but stuck with Cooper until the end of the 1965 season. McLaren modified a Cooper chassis and raced to victory in the Tasman Series. Later he purchased a Zerex which he improved with an Oldsmobile engine. From then on he began racing in the USA. In 1966 the first McLaren car was designed by Robin Herd. Bruce MacLaren was the winner at the Le Mans 24 hours that year. 1968 saw the arrival of the impressive Cosworth engine, and with this new power McLaren and Denny Hulme stood a chance at gaining F1 victories which they did in Canada, Italy and Belgium. McLaren made his 100th start in 1970 at Monaco. Sadly on 2 June 1970 he lost his life in an accident at Goodwood whilst testing a new McLaren CanAm. McLaren’s name lives on today with his company and team still very active in the sport. He certainly did much to develop technology in motorsports and his legacy will not be forgotten.

Racing Manufacturers

February 9, 2009 by  
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Many auto manufacturers also design and build cars for the race track. Some of these racing manufacturers are Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Lotus, Porsche, and more. Ferrari, especially, has been at the forefront of auto racing since the early years of the 20th century. The Prancing Horse has been a regular fixture of Winner’s Circle celebrations in many types of auto racing, most prominently Formula One racing and endurance road racing such as the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans. Some racing manufacturers, such as Toyota, Chevrolet and Ford, limit their activities to producing specialized racing engines. The Ford-Cosworth engine used in many kinds of race cars is just one of these ventures.

There are many types of auto racing and therefore manufacturers have to create designs for the most efficient function of these vehicles in different situations. Off-road and rally racing cars require excellent suspension and have to be able to handle unusual terrain, for example. Of course, these ventures are very expensive since the volume of cars or engines is low compared to that of regular production vehicles and their parts. Even so, the prestige and fame that accrues to automakers from having their names associated with winning racers is well worth the significant expense.

Racing manufacturers design sports cars for high performance, fast speeds and reliability. They are specially designed for light weight, a balanced chassis and innovative suspension for exceptional handling in extreme situations. Racing manufacturers need to be concerned with precise, exacting design and make use of only top quality components to ensure the safety and success of race car drivers.

Below is a list of links to pages about specific Formula One Car Manufacturers. You are certain to find the details interesting and informative.

FORMULA 1 MANUFACTURERS

BMW Sauber
Ferrari
Honda
McLaren Mercedes
Renault

Graham Hill

February 9, 2009 by  
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Norman Graham Hill, or as most people knew him Graham Hill, was born on February 15, 1929 in Hamstead, London. He was made famous as an English motor racing champion and is the only driver to win what is known as the Triple Crown of Motorsport.

Graham Hill started off serving in the military, after which he joined Smiths Instruments as a mechanic. Later on he found his skills as a mechanic served him well when he joined Team Lotus as a mechanic during the mid 1950s. Unlike most other drivers, Graha only started his racing career at the late age of about 30 years. Due to Lotus’ attendance at Formula One it wasn’t long before he had a chance to race there. His debut race took place at Monaco Grand Prix in 1958.

Two years later in 1960, Hill joined British Racing Motors (BRM), later winning the world championship with the BRM team. Hill was also part of the alleged ‘British invasion’ of drivers who took part in the Indianapolis 500 during 1965. A year later he won the Indianapolis 500 in a Lola-Ford. With Lotus, Graham Hill was able to help develop the Lotus 49, which contained a new Cosworth- V8 engine.

With the unfortunate and untimely death of team mates Jim Clark and Mike Spence, Hill was left to lead the team, which he successfully did, with a win at his second world championship in 1968. The Lotus was growing in reputation as an immensely fragile and dangerous car, especially since the new aerodynamic aids had also caused similar accidents with Jochen Rindt and Hill during the Spanish Grand Prix in 1969. That same year Hill broke his legs at the United States Grand Prix, putting a spoke in his career.

At the age of 41 years, Graham Hill refused to retire, carrying on his Formula One racing for another 7 more years, but with little success. The last win he ever had in Formula One was in the non-Championships International Trophy in 1971 at Silverstone with the Brabham BT34. Graham was also known throughout his career for his endurance. In 1972 he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Matra with Henri Pescarolo. With this win he finished the so-called Triple Crown of Motor Sport: winning the F1 World Championship, the Indy 500 and the Le Mans 24 Hours. Till today he is the only person ever to have achieved this.

Racing Legend Phil Hill Dies

September 1, 2008 by  
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Racing legend Phil Hill recently passed away at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at 81 years of age due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. The celebrated octogenarian was the first and only US born racing driver to ever win the Formula One international auto-racing championships.

Philip Toll Hill was a memorable racing legend who was born on April 20, 1927, in Miami. He was raised in Santa Monica and started to develop his passion for cars from an early age. At just 12 years of age, he started to drive a Model T Ford that his aunt bought him on the private roads in Santa Monica Canyon. Cars were clearly a life-long obsession for him – one that stood him in good stead in future years. Hill started out his automobile career as a mechanic, but by the mid-1950s he found himself behind the steering wheel in Santa Ana. From there he went on to race in Pebble Beach, Mexico and even Europe. After his long but brilliant journey to the top, he eventually managed to join the Ferrari team and tackle a Ferrari Formula One car. The year was 1958 and it marked the start of the most spectacular leg of an already spectacular career – one which culminated with his earning the Formula One world title for himself.

During his years as a Formula One driver, Hill witnessed many tragic events. Perhaps the most memorable of these was the 1961 Grand Prix in Italy at Monza when German Wolfgang von Trips was killed in a tragic three-car collision that also took the lives of eleven spectators. It must have been a tragic race for Hill since Von Trips was his Ferrari teammate. Nevertheless, Phil Hill managed to enjoy a very successful career without ever suffering a serious injury. He not only won the F1 Championship in 1961, but became a three-time winner of both Le Mans and Sebring. After he retired from competitive racing, he never left his passion and focused on his love of classic cars, pianos and other antique musical instruments. His life as a driver was commemorated in 1991 when he was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Hill is survived by his wife, children, step child and grandchildren. He lived a very full life of passion and excitement and will no doubt be remembered fondly by loved ones and fans around the world.

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