Aston Martin DB3S Words by:  Gary Horstkorta – February 2018 Cover Photo: Carveth leads Barneson at Palm Springs In 1953, Aston Martin introduced the successor to the not so successful DB3.  The new car had a sleeker body; a new Twin Cam, straight six cylinder engine with more horsepower, improved suspension and differential plus it […]

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Ferrari Words by:  Gary Horstkorta – January 2018 Cover Photo: Eric Hausers Ferrari Mondial gases up at Cotati in 1957 Whatever language you say it in, il cavallo rampante, das tanzelnde pferd, le cheval cabre or el caballo saltando, it means the same thing, “The Prancing Horse”. Along with its famous logo of a black […]

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The Allard Words by:  Gary Horstkorta – December 2018 Cover Photo: Tom Frisbey at Palm Springs 1950 In 1937, Sydney Allard introduced his first production car powered by a flathead V8 Ford engine. Unfortunately, just as the production of this car was ramping up, W W II broke out and Allard turned to servicing military vehicles […]

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The Other Moss Words by:  Gary Horstkorta – October 2018 Cover Photo: Bill Pollack in a Cadillac Allard on the pole for 1951 Golden Gate Park Usually when someone mentions the name Moss in a racing context, the first full name that comes to mind is Stirling Moss. Generally accepted as one of the greatest […]

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UPDATES TO THE ARCHIVE Words by:  Gary Horstkorta – September 2018 Cover Photo: Photo from Jim Crank – Cotati 1957 As the word has spread that the SFR has an archive which accepts all forms of memorabilia, race programs, magazines, photos and basically anything pertaining to  the history of racing in our Region, many individuals have […]

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Daimler Dart SP250 Words by:  Gary Horstkorta – July 2018 “I say old chap, is that a Hemi V8 in your British Sports Car?”  The answer in this case is yes and it’s we’re not talking about a resto mod or an old sports car with just an engine swap.  Back in 1959, the Daimler Motor […]

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The Sports Car Olympics Words by:  Gary Horstkorta – June 2018 Perhaps it was the 1960 Winter Olympics held at Squaw Valley Ski Resort that inspired the Northern California Sports Car Council (NCSCC) to announce a new event – The Sports Car Olympics.  While not an SFR sanctioned event, many of the council members were […]

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Pro Racing Words by: Gary Horstkorta Tracy Bird was an early member of the SCCA and began his racing career in 1953 in what else but an MG TD. Over the next thirteen years he raced primarily on the west coast in a variety of cars including Mercedes Benz, Porsche 356, Fairthorpe Electron, Porsche 550, Maserati […]

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The Denzel Words by: Gary Horstkorta One of the more interesting cars to race in the San Francisco Region was the Denzel which also had a very interesting back story. This little rear engine sports car was designed and built in Austria by garage owner, Wolfgang Denzel. As a young boy Denzel built racing bikes and […]

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Moffett Field Words by: Gary Horstkorta August 16, 1953 was the date for the inaugural road races at Moffett Field, the former World War II Naval Base for Lighter-Than-Air blimps in Mountain View, CA. With the huge blimp hangers as a backdrop, a rectangular course with rounded corners utilized the fields runways and taxiways. It didn’t take […]

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