Treasure trove of 50's and 60's sports racing photos
February 6, 2007 6:56 AM   Subscribe

A crufty but invaluable resource for anyone interested in the classic era of sports car racing.
posted by machaus (12 comments total)
Awesome post, man. Awesome!
posted by spicynuts at 7:38 AM on February 6, 2007

Cool stuff. Those old cars are so much cooler looking than modern NASCAR or CART cars. I'm sure that they were death traps though.
posted by octothorpe at 7:42 AM on February 6, 2007

My left foot is cooler looking than modern NASCAR cars. CART cars I think are cool, but modern F1 cars are absolute works of art. Then again I may be prejudiced since I've been obsessed with them since I was about 5.
posted by spicynuts at 7:45 AM on February 6, 2007

I love it. I particularly think the Gullwing is gorgeous.
posted by caddis at 7:52 AM on February 6, 2007

So rad. Thanks for this, machaus.
posted by saladin at 8:17 AM on February 6, 2007

If you're into vintage race cars (or modern, for that matter) and feel like looking at stuff that you wish you had lots of extra cash to drop, has all sorts of fun stuff on it. It's one of those sites I like to go to and drool over the cars they've got and be sad that I can't afford them.

This site should easily occupy my day while I should be working. Thanks!
posted by Swervo at 8:56 AM on February 6, 2007

While going to college at Chico State, I worked as a track safety worker at Thunder Hill near Williams, Ca. I was literally on the track during many weekends, most of the time watching/officiating vintage racing clubs. It is incredible to watch classic Formula One, NASCAR, and GT cars go at it on a track. Anyone traveling up and down I-5 over the weekend should check the calender and see if you can go watch (they aren't always open to the public.)
posted by Big_B at 9:52 AM on February 6, 2007

If you're in the northwest, SOVREN is the place to find info on local events.

And I highly recommend the book "Long Straights and Hairpin Turns" about the local Northwest racing scene post-war. I met the author last weekend and he's a great, down-to-earth guy.
posted by maxwelton at 11:25 AM on February 6, 2007

I can't let this pass without the following links:

International Motor Racing Research Center
Watkins Glen, NewYork

McKlein Image Database
I don't recall where I found this link, and I cannot seem to be able to navigate my way out to anything resembling a home page, so there you have it. But some great vintage photos.
posted by maxwelton at 11:32 AM on February 6, 2007

I like old and new cars, and dislike old and new cars, on a case-by-case basis. Nice resource.

Not sports cars, but I like the illustrations of each car in F1 up to 2003 here..
posted by juiceCake at 12:05 PM on February 6, 2007

Is "crufty" the way our Founding Fathers spelled "crusty"?
Or am I just clueless?

I heard that.
posted by Dizzy at 7:04 PM on February 6, 2007

On the topic of F1 pics, the Cahier archive. They seem to be midway through a redesign - you used to be able to search by decade from the 50s onwards, but now just offer you some results for driver names under "Gallery", not all of which work. As a result, you have to use the QuickSearch option for best results - search on Prost, and you'll get plenty of results, despite the empty menu section.
posted by unless I'm very much mistaken at 5:54 AM on February 7, 2007

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