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12/31/2015 - Marvin Panch 1926-2015

The family of Marvin Panch is saddened to announce the passing of NASCAR Legend Marvin E. Panch earlier today in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Panch was 89 and died of natural causes. He was a pioneer in NASCAR racing winning 17 NASCAR sanctioned events including the 1961 Daytona 500 driving for top car builders such as Pete DePaulo, Smokey Yunick, Ray Fox, Holman-... Read more...

8/16/2015 - BMW To Be Honored as Featured Marque of 2016 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Monterey, CA -- The full, rich heritage of the Ultimate Driving Machine will be celebrated when Bavarian Motor Works is honored on the occasion of its 100th anniversary at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. The celebration takes place August 18-21, 2016 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on the scenic Monterey Peninsula.

"The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion... Read more...

7/23/2015 - Opinion/Formula Eunich

There's a terrific new sitcom playing on Fox Sports network this year. They're showing episodes of that cosmic joke perpetrated by the FIA, the Formula E championship. They call it Formula E, but the E doesn't stand for the electricity that powers these pseudo race cars. Rather it stands for the FIA's Eunuch-like disembowelment of real racing. Read more...

6/25/2015 - New Management for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca?

Right: International Speedway Corp. is negotiating with Monterey County regarding the operation of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Above: Vintage Maseratis as the featured marque during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in 2013. (Photo: Mazda Raceway).

Monterey, CA -- The Monterey Herald has reported that Monterey County is in negotiation with International Sp... Read more...

2/14/2014 - The Gaping Maw: Corvettes Consumed By Sinkhole

Photo: The sinkhole that swallowed eight significant Corvettes. Courtesy Corvette Museum

Bowling Green, KY -- At 5:44 a.m. last Wednesday, Feb. 12, the manager of the National Corvette Museum received a call from the organization's security company, alerting him that the motion detectors were going off in the original section of the museum, the Skydome. A sin... Read more...

8/5/2013 - Brock Yates Tribute Fund Formed To Battle Alzheimer's Disease

A fund to honor legendary automotive journalist and Vintage Motorsport columnist Brock Yates has been established under the umbrella of the Alzheimer's Association to honor Yates and advance the fight against the disease. Yates revealed in his Sept/Oct 2010 "Brock Busters" column for VM that he had the disease and that the symptoms were steadily diminishing... Read more...

5/2/2011 - Indy In The 1950s

Who knew back then that the drivers and cars wouldn't last forever but their memories would? Certainly not I, a pudgy kid from New England, who was lucky enough to attend every Indy 500 from 1955 to 1961. It all started around September of 54, when a sore throat made my dad keep me home on Saturday night when we were supposed to watch the Bomber Stocks race... Read more...

5/8/2009 - Darlington Legends - Million Dollar Bill

DARLINGTON, S.C. (May 1, 2009) Bill Elliott wasnt exactly daydreaming that evening in 1984 when RJ Reynolds Tobacco president Gerry Long laid out the guidelines for the Winston Million bonus, but he might have been excused for not giving Long his full attention.Elliott's head wasn't elsewhere. He just didn't think Long's terms applied. Read more...

3/18/2009 - Darlington Legends - Junior Johnson

Darlington, S.C. - Ask racing legend Junior Johnson who his best driver was at Darlington Raceway, and you have to add the codicil, "present company excepted."

Picking No. 2 is hard, he said. But No. 1?"I always thought I was the best," Johnson said, chuckling. "I just didn't have the patience."

Johnson is justified in his self-assessment, and right, too. The... Read more...

2/10/2009 - Darlington Legends: S.C. Native Leaves His Mark on Darlington

DARLINGTON, S.C. Surprisingly, Everett "Cotton" Owens didnt make much of a dent as a driver at Darlington Raceway, despite its being the biggest track in his home state of South Carolina, and despite his status as one of the top 50 drivers in NASCAR history. But in 1970, as a team owner, he knocked a hole in the old track.

"That was really a special weekend... Read more...