While standing trackside, with camera in hand, I often find myself musing on races of the past.
Frankly, it’s the last car I’d have expected to fall in love with. I struggle to find infatuation with cars of the era; I often jokingly suggest they look like machines from Wacky Races, or like something a Scooby Doo villain might drive. The ’40s and ’50s were a time for flowing lines, big fenders, and cues that are born the growing midcentury designs aesthetics of the time.
It always seems as though August is the busiest month of the year. With SEMA rapidly approaching, our project builds take off, just as the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion arrives. Balance that with the tail end of show season, travel, and the StanceWorks day-to-day, and we’re hoping you feel a bit of pressure with us. Luckily, August is coming to a close, and with that, we’re excited to look back on a bit of what has happened in the past few weeks.
Trans-Am race cars have a menacing look to them that draws me in every time I come across them. I’m not often a muscle car guy, but the low-slung physique mated with aggressive air dams and meaty tires tucked into the deep wells are just undeniably cool in every sense of the word. In between races, I took a moment to photograph some of the cool details found throughout the 1971 AMC Penske Javelin that Mark Donohue campaigned to an SCCA Trans-Am Championship win in 1971.
There’s a breed of racer out that that holds no reverence for the auction block values of cars. Instead, they strap into the harnessed seats of legendary race cars, bent on competition and the exhilaration that comes from the throaty roar of the vintage machines. Ferrari GTOs are one of the rarest cars out there, and since the 70s, their values have been rising.