Vintage News

6/30/2014 - Chuck Tatum 1926-2014

Stockton, CA - Chuck Tatum, whose "Tatum Special" sports car was among an early breed of home-built racing specials to challenge import marques on SCCA West Coast circuits in the early ’50s, died here June 22, 2014. He was 87. His life was chronicled in Sept/Oct 2013 issue of Vintage Motorsport.

A restless innovator who caught motor racing fever at a pr... Read more...

6/30/2014 - Happy Birthday to the Corvette!

On this day in 1953, the FIRST Corvette rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan. Happy 61st Birthday Corvette! Read more...

6/29/2014 - Surtees and Raikkonen Create Magic Moments at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Chichester, UK - The final day of the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed more than lived up to its theme of Addicted to Winning as two Ferrari Formula 1 legends, John Surtees and Kimi Raikkonen, were united for a unique moment on the iconic 1.16-mile Hillclimb on Sunday.

The 50th anniversary of Surtees' 1964 F1 title was marked with a special run up the hill in... Read more...

6/6/2014 - Vintage Car Racer Howard Katz Named Third Recipient of Gorsline Cup

Photo: Howard Katz (left) and John Gorsline by Michael DiPieco

INDIANAPOLIS - Vintage car racer Howard Katz was named the third recipient of The Gorsline Cup on June 5 at The Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Gorsline Cup is presented by Gorsline Company, the premier insurer of high-risk individuals, to a driver who... Read more...

6/1/2014 - "Speedy" Bill Smith 1929-2014

Lincoln, NB - The performance automotive community lost a pioneering racer, hot rodder and entrepreneur on May 30. Speedy Bill Smith, founder and owner of Speedway Motors, died at his home in Lincoln, Nebraska just weeks before his 85th birthday. He is survived by four sons, their wives, 10 grandchildren, and an extended family of Speedway Motors employees a... Read more...

5/15/2014 - Jaguar to Build Continuation Series Lightweight E-Types

Mahwah, NJ -- Jaguar is to build six perfect reproductions of the original, race-bred Lightweight E-Type that was created in 1963. The new cars are the "missing" six vehicles from the brand's Lightweight E-Type project, which originally started in February 1963 with the objective of building 18 "Special GT E-Type Cars."

Only 12 of the aluminum-bodied Lightwei... Read more...

4/28/2014 - John Surtees a Hit at the UK's Classic Motorcycle Show

Stafford, UK - John Surtees, multiple world champion and the only man to capture world crowns on both two and four wheels, kept the gathered enthusiasts spellbound as he shared superb stories from his incredible life at the 34th Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show at Staffordshire County Showground.

As an added treat, both the MV Agusta and Ferr... Read more...

4/15/2014 - Copperstate 1000 Concludes Rollicking Rally With Awards

Right: Scott and Jody Rosen's delectable 1948 Alfa Romeo Nardi Danese roadster won the prestigious Director's Award (photo: Mike Silverman 2014 Vintage Motorsport)

Scottsdale, AZ -- The four-day Bell Lexus Copperstate 1000 rally concluded its rollicking 24th annual installment through the wide-open asphalt of Arizona's highways and byways with its traditiona... Read more...

3/28/2014 - Engineering Legend Drino Miller Passes Away

Southern California -- Drino Miller, whose successes in motor racing spanned the distance from Baja's off-road races to professional sports car racing, and from the driver's seat to an engineer's drafting table, lost his final race, against cancer, on March 4th. Born on July 30, 1941, he was 72 years old.

In auto racing, legendary status is usually reserved f... Read more...

3/28/2014 - Corvette Racing Legend Jim Jeffords Passes Away

Palm Springs, CA -- Jim Jeffords, 87, one of the all-time great Corvette racers, passed away March 6 at his winter home here, just weeks after the death of Ronnie Kaplan, who helped build the Purple People Eater Corvettes that made the two men fixtures of the American road racing scene.

Right: Jim Jeffords. (photo by Art Evans)

Jeffords started his racing care... Read more...