The Corkscrew: perhaps the most famous turn in all of racing. For years, I’ve been attending races at the famed Laguna Seca circuit, and I’ve hiked the track’s perimeter more times than I can count. I’ve hunted for photographer’s nooks and crannies, having been met with both resounding success and utter failure. Time and time again, though, I return to the hill and settle in: it just can’t be beat.
“They don’t make them like they used to.” Or something like that. It goes for everything, including fantastic car videos. Today, we hit you with a double feature, because sometimes, one screaming Ferrari just isn’t enough. First on the list is an all-time great with an all-time great: French Formula One driver Jacques Lafitte is behind the wheel of a Ferrari F40 LM – in casual clothes no less – flogging it like few F40s are today.
The term “track car” is an ambiguous one. It denotes nothing more than a car dedicated to track usage, or at least built to split time between street and track duty; however, there’s little doubt that it conjures specific imagery. “Track car.” It’s unlike you’re imagining a four door sedan, or moreover, a 3,800 pound car, instead opting for something more expected, such as an M3, an FRS, or perhaps even a Civic.
It’s hard to believe it was nearly eight years ago that Andrew and I took a trip to Hilliard, Ohio, to photograph and document BMW of North America’s “Vintage Collection.” With a garage full of cars that will make, quite literally, any BMW fanatic struggle to maintain composure, it was a week of a lifetime. Face to face with many machines we’d only dreamt of seeing in person, we wheeled each beast out one by one and did what we do best.
In 2020, the Toyota moniker, “Corolla,” is unlikely to spark anything other than outright boredom. “Sporty,” “lightweight,” “rear-wheel-drive,” and “driver-centric?” There’s almost no chance those come to mind. The 2020 Toyota Corolla is, by nearly any measure, a transportation appliance and little more.