Lorenzo Bandini won the 1967 Daytona in another Ferrari 330P4

Lorenzo Bandini won the 1967 Daytona in another Ferrari 330P4

Lorenzo Bandini and Chris Amon drove a 4-liter Ferrari 330P4 Spyder to first place at the ’67 Daytona 24 beating a large contingent of 7-liter Ford Mk IIs and GT40s. In this photo he is trying out the third place P4 that was entered by NART. Most of the Fords failed to finish due to faulty transmissions. Because they beat the much favored Fords this win is considered by some the racing comeback of 1967. Ferrari didn’t take the cars to Sebring in 1967 because they feared that their cars would be impounded by the courts because of a lawsuit over the death of four spectators at Sebring in 1966. John Gauerke photo.

Posted by Nigel Smuckatelli on 2012-07-19 01:02:27

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BMW M1 Procar Racer – BMW Art Car #4, Andy Warhol – 1979

BMW M1 Procar Racer - BMW Art Car #4, Andy Warhol - 1979

Sometimes the only way to high art is through deep pockets.

Perhaps this occurred to Andy Warhol when BMW asked him to paint its M1 Group 4 race car in 1977. Warhol, already a superstar, was constantly fascinated with the melding of the commercial and the artistic. BMW was happily molding America as its largest export market.

In the past 40 years, there have been just 17 BMW Art Cars, on average one every three years. Out of all of its Art Cars, this M1 — already nearly priceless as an automobile, let alone one breathed upon by the most recognizable name in modern art — is BMW’s most expensive and valuable. Recently, it was shown for just two days at Paris Photo LA at Paramount Studios, the prestigious art festival’s first foray outside France.

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1957 Sebring 12 Hour Grand Prix of Endurance

1957 Sebring 12 Hour Grand Prix of Endurance

The ill-fated Arnolt Bolide that raced at Sebring in 1957. S.H. "Wacky" Arnolt co-drove this car with Bob Goldich. Goldich was at the wheel when he entered the "esses" and hit one of those large 55-gallon oil drums that lined the circuit. He flipped the car several times breaking his neck and fracturing his skull. When corner marshals righted the car he was dead from his injuries. He became the first driver death in the history of Sebring. Team owner Arnolt withdrew the other team cars upon hearing of the death of Goldich.

Posted by Nigel Smuckatelli on 2016-05-05 20:50:22

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Gulf Ford GT40 at Sebring in 1969.

Gulf Ford GT40 at Sebring in 1969.

J.W. Automotive fielded two Gulf Ford GT40’s at Sebring in 1969. Both cars were considered to be ancient by racing standards but the team would win with the #22 GT40 driven by Jacky Ickx and Jackie Oliver. The #23 team GT40 in this photo was driven by David Hobbs and Mike Hailwood but failed to finish due to a broken front suspension. Suspension breaks were not uncommon at Sebring back then. On the back airport straight the expansion joints on the large concrete pads would rise up just a little when it was hot and some drivers described driving over them, at speed, as if they were driving over 2×4’s for almost a mile. Fotografo Sconosciuto.

Posted by Nigel Smuckatelli on 2018-11-14 12:33:13

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