Situated near the Talladega Superspeedway, this complex has three exhibit halls, the Motorsports Hall of Fame and the McCaig-Wellborn Motorsports Research Library, which has an expansive collection of motorsports information. The hall of fame’s 2008 inductees are Art Arfons, Robert “Red” Byron, Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins, Frank Kurtis, Everett “Cotton” Owens, and Ralph Seagraves. Tours of the motor speedway are available. Open daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission fee.
It was by far the most exciting race the Valencia street circuit has ever produced and it was won by a top performance from Fernando Alonso. I used to find this circuit boring, but the last couple of years the races here were very interesting. Vettel started to run away from the field, but his car stopped dead and new history was in the making. Alonso was in tears after winning in his home country. He also was the first driver this season to win twice. He broke the string of different winners.
In the last couple of laps Lewis Hamilton started to lose his grip allowing Kimi Raikkonen to slip into second. His highest finish since his return to Formula One. Hamilton then crashed out and Michael Schumacher moved to third for his first podium since he returned to Formula One. Mark Webber came in fourth which he has done every race this year....after starting 19th.
There may be a penalty against Schumacher which could cost him the third place. Which would allow some of the drivers to move up a notch. I hope they don't do it. It was a good race and everyone deserved to be where they were.
It was interesting in the post-race talk to note that each of these drivers had been World Champions under the Ferrari flag.
Well, well, well! The bright yellow racing suits are in first place again for the second week in a row. Ryan Hunter-Reay seems to have the groove for the ovals this year. His third oval win this year. Yet another rain delay and he was in the right spot when the caution flag came out near the end of the race. His teammate, Marco Andretti, came in second. Hunter-Reay credited his teammate with setting up his car earlier in the week. Tony Kanaan came in third. Kanaan is going to have a win soon...I can feel it in my bones.
1950 was the final year for Chrysler's famed wood-trimmed Town and Country sedans and was offered only on a Newport two-door hardtop. Although it would continue in a station wagon for one more year, the next appearance of the nameplate would be on a minivan. The '50 T&Cs are also unusual, and unusually attractive, for their body colored steel panels. The wood was confined to ash trim on the doors, sides and rear deck. Here it presents particularly well against metallic green paint and a white roof which demonstrates the appeal of the popular description of this body style as a "hardtop convertible." The green and white color scheme is carried through to the leather and cloth upholstered interior. The wood is handsomely varnished and neatly finger jointed. It is equipped with Fluid Drive, radio, heater, whitewall tires, wheel covers and seat belts. The engine compartment and its 324 cubic inch 135hp inline eight cylinder engine is tidy and orderly. Paint and chrome are good. It is a high quality car and a quality driver. Only 700 were built, making it especially unusual and an important example of the final iteration of the famed Chrysler Town & Country.
At le Mans it is Audi 1 - 2 - 3. The race-winning No.1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler.Twenty-four hours is a long time to keep a race car together. This was Audi's 11th first place finish. In this race they are allowed to do almost anything to get the car back on the road. It can be put back together after an accident and sent back out. Check out the video below to see what Romain Dumas does to his car to get it back to the pits. He still came in 5th overall.
Anthony Davidson, former Formula One driver, now a SKY-TV announcer for Formula One races had this problem driving a Toyota which got clipped by a Ferrari. He suffered some broken vertabre in his back.
Ryan Hunter-Reay wins in Milwaukee for the second time in his career. Tony Kanaan came in second and he is long overdue for a win. James Hinchcliffe came in third.
The race didn't appear to be well attended, but in this economy what can you expect. Those that stayed home to watch it got a 'bite' from ABC-TV. The broadcast left the race before it was over. This is not the first time. IndyCar would do well to dump their contract with ABC and show the races on the internet like they used to.
CUSSLER MUSEUM - Classic cars owned by the author Clive Cussler, like a 1936 Pierce-Arrow V-12 Berlin with a 1937 Pierce-Arrow Travelodge trailer, a 1932 Stutz Town car and a 1955 Rolls Royce Silver Dawn. Open Mondays and Tuesdays May through September. Admission fee.
Studebaker 1/2 Ton Pickup. Body-Off Restoration, no Expense Spared, Equipped with a 289 2 BBL / 178 Horsepower Motor and 3 speed Column Shift Manual Transmission, Undercarriage & Frame Finished to Matching Quality of Exterior, Factory Options included Chrome Vent Shades & Bumpers, White Wall Tires, Show Quality Paint, Gorgeous Two-Tone Exterior - Wedgewood Blue & Arctic White with Two-Tone Blue & White matching Interior. A True Museum Piece!
There it is, seven races, seven different winners. Unusal for Canada, the race was a ho-hum event until the last few laps. With Alonzo and Vettel slipping away from first positions they left it wide open for Lewis Hamilton. Romain Grosjean, from Lotus, came in second and said that he was confused because the line-up changed so quickly at the end. Maybe he didn't even know that he was second. Third went to Sergio Perez from Mexico. Both the second and third drivers are great tire savers. They have proved that in the past and this time it payed off. Not that anyone cares, but I am pleased the way this ended.
Hey! This is Texas! This is America! Where else can you shoot your guns off at the end of the race? Graham Rahal looked like he was going to be the winner, but this is Indycar where looks don't count until you cross the line. A couple of laps from the finish Rahal bumps the wall and Justin Wilson takes a shot for the win. A disappointed Rahal comes in second. Ryan Briscoe is dancing in third.
I am not overly fond of oval tracks. When I was a little kid that was all we had and then along came road racing. I was in love. Europe always had road racing from the beginning. True road racing, from town to town, can't get any better than that. Due to safety fears they started building more and more tracks. I will give ovals the fact that they are very fast and very exciting.
When I first became interested in European racing (58-59) Roy Salvadori was a name and a picture that constantly appeared. He raced in sports cars and Formula One. Just 23 days before he died his co-driver, Carroll Shelby also passed away. It was a well remembered win for the two over the years. Salvadori raced into the mid-60's then managed the Cooper Formula One team for a couple of years. In those days drivers could wear almost anything and be of any size in the human spectrum. Both Salvadori and Shelby were very tall men compared to today's drivers. The drivers of today have to maintain a certain weight.
VOLO ANTIQUE AUTO MUSEUM This 30-acre museum features a collection of nearly 300 antique and famous cars like the original Batmobile from the TV show "Batman" and the Ecto 1 from "Ghostbusters." Open daily except Monday.
Hand crafted 1950's Grand Prix cars for sale by the creator. Nineteen cars in all on the scale of 1:20. A beautiful set for the man that has almost everything. Cars that you remember and cars that you forgot all about.
Considered one of the finest V-8 Cadillacs built during the Classic Era, the 1935 series showed Harley Earl's effect on evolving streamlined design. This 1935 355-D Series 10 (128" wheelbase) Convertible Coupe received a body off the frame restoration in the early 90's in the period colors of Washington Beige with tan leather upholstery and a tan cloth top matching its original configuration as confirmed by the copies of the build and order sheets which come with it. Its equipment is impressive including highly unusual full wheel discs, rumble seat, enclosed rear-mounted spare, whitewall tires, dual taillights and banjo spoke steering wheel. One of its noteworthy features are the parking lights integrated into the headlight brackets. It comes with a book with photos of the solid, straight car it was before restoration began and throughout the restoration. Its cosmetics are still exceptional, the engine compartment is clean, tidy and freshly detailed and the interior, including the window sill wood, is sharp. This is an exceptional automobile indicative of Cadillac's impressive build and design quality during the Thirties that will be proudly owned, driven and shown.
Boy, oh, boy! Detroit can't get a break no matter what it is. Detroit team-owner, Roger Penske, had been pushing for four years to get the indycar race back in Detroit. Sponsered by Chevrolet, a Detroit auto manufacture and engine builder for many of the cars in the race. They both lose. Certainly it is not anyones fault, but it is just the way it looks. Run on the streets of Belle Isle which have probably not had any repairs in the last four years until this race. Penske, who had three cars in the race didn't win in his hometown even though his cars are more than ready to do so. Chevy, with a multitude of engines in the race didn't win either....Honda 1-2-3. Race winner Scott Dixon, who held on to finish 1.9628 seconds ahead of Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Dario Franchitti, also was joined on the stage by Simon Pagenaud as Honda swept the top three in Chevy's home race.
To top it all off, the track started to come apart damaging many cars and possibly causing two accitdents. In order to make repairs they stopped the race at the halfway point for 2 hours. And when they started up again they only went for 15 laps. With the race 66% done they decided to call it a day. Polymer patch used to fill some of the cracks in the concrete and asphalt (because it expands and contracts with the seasons) was being sucked up by the downforce of the 25-car field in the race. Crews used a concrete filler, which dries after about 30 minutes, to fill about 20 feet of cracks that were 5-6 inches wide and 2-4 inches deep in Turn 6, 30 feet and in Turn 7 and about 60 feet in Turn 10.
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