Vintage News

10/12/2016 - Brock Yates' Vintage Motorsport Farewell Column Nov/Dec 2014

Editor's Note: On October 8th we lost a legend in automotive journalism and a friend to all in the world of automobiles. After a long career the legendary Brock Yates joined Vintage Motorsport as a columnist beginning with the Jul/Aug 2006 issue and continued until the ravages of Alzheimer's made him push away from the keyboard, this his farewell column tha... Read more...

10/6/2016 - Brock Yates 1933-2016

Brock Yates has died at the age of 82 after a long and courageous fight with Alzheimer’s disease.

Considered a founding father of automotive journalism, he leaves behind a prolific legacy of columns, books and movies which span decades and embrace his incredible love and respect for all things motorsports.

Coming of age during the birth of NASCAR and For... Read more...

8/15/2016 - CSRG Group 8 To Accept IMSA, Trans-Am Cars to 1990

San Rafael, CA -- In response to numerous inquiries from owners of faster and newer race cars, the Classic Sports Racing Group is adjusting its Group 8 rules and makeup,to accept newer, tube-frame Trans-Am cars, plus IMSA GT, GTO and GTU cars built through 1990.

Long and still one of the West Coast's most traditional (i.e. rules-enforcing) vintage race clubs,... Read more...

8/3/2016 - Chris Amon 1943-2016

Rotorua, New Zealand -- Chris Amon, the driver who many considered the best to have never won a Formula 1 race, died Aug. 3 in New Zealand after battling cancer. He was 73.

Bad luck was often cited as the key reason for his lack of racing wins, prompting Mario Andretti's oft-cited quote about Amon: "If he became an undertaker, people would stop dying." 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...

12/10/2008 - Homegrown Yarborough Has Storied History at The Lady In Black

Darlington, S.C. In 2002, Jeff Gordon tied Cale Yarborough's record of five Southern 500 wins at Darlington Raceway, but there's one mark Yarborough is likely to hold forever: To date, he's the only driver in NASCAR history to come in under the fence at Darlington and go out over it.His daddy would have been proud.

Maybe not so much the "under the fence" par... Read more...

11/11/2008 - Bud Moore's Memories of Darlington

Darlington, S.C. (Nov. 10, 2008) Bud Moore won't be pinned down by the question about his favorite driver at Darlington. Metaphorically speaking, he holds up a fistful of cards and says, "Pick one."

"Well, they all stick out," said 83-year-old Moore, whose 63 NASCAR Sprint Cup wins as a team owner still holds him in ninth place on the all-time list. "To go to... Read more...