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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Arnolt Bristol Words by: Gary Horstkorta Stanley Harold Arnolt II couldn’t have had better timing when he purchased a struggling marine small engine company, the Waukesha Engine Company in 1939 and moved it to Warsaw, Indiana. Combing his degree in Mechanical Engineering with a good business sense and with World War II on the horizon, the […]

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Don Dickey Words by: Gary Horstkorta Perhaps Don Dickey’s first race as a Novice class driver was an indication of what was to follow in the succeeding years. The event was the opening race of the 1952 season at Stockton Airport on August 24th.  Dickey arrived with a nicely prepared XK-120 Jaguar which was entered in […]

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Winter Entertainment Words by: Gary Horstkorta With the racing season over and winter setting in, there may be a need for some of you to find other forms of entertainment to wile away the hours. There are several racing related videos, DVDs and books that you might find interesting. For example, www.youtube.com has many videos uploaded […]

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JAGUAR C-TYPE Words by: Gary Horstkorta You have not doubt heard the Enzo Ferrari proclaimed after the introduction of the Jaguar E Type as the most beautiful car design he had ever seen and rightfully so. Even today the E Type is still a beautiful car to behold. As wonderful a design as the E […]

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Cooper Monaco Words by – Gary Horstkorta In the early 1950’s and into the 1960’s, one of the dominant race car manufactures was the Cooper Car Company Ltd. of England. They built and developed several trendsetting race cars including the Formula 500, the Cooper Bristol, the Cooper Formula Jr., Formula II and Formula I models, […]

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