GT40, part of a small show of cars which had played a part in Le
Marcos The english Marcos was a
popular favourite (because of the sound of the V8). One notes the
Apple Computer sticker on the wing-mirror. Having a front engine, they
coped well with the wet weather and ran faster than most of the
Porsches during the night. Come day, they started breaking down and
spend some time on the pits. One did however cross the finishing line
after the 24 hours.
McLaren F1GTR The third place
finishing McLaren. I'd like to think that I shot it as Derek Bell
it, but I can't say I made a mental note at the time. The McLarens won
because they were able to run faster than the prototypes in the rain.
Ferrari 250LM from David Piper
Racing. David Piper brings gorgeous cars. And he drives them fast, too
D Piper in a Ferrari wanting to pass
a slower car before the entry to a slow turn.
Can-Am cars entering corner at end of
the fast straight. These cars make the loudest noise every year, they
also make the fastest lap times. The cars in this picture are all
McLarens, M6s and M8s.
In reality, this is a pure race car beneath the skin. Only two were ever made, one for the personal use of the Mercedes team manager, Uhlenhart (who was a very competent driver).
A minimum of comforts (added weight) and a maximum of race technology makes this one of the most mouth-watering "specials" of the 50s - in my opinion.
This is a side view of the Mercedes 300 SLR coupe. The long hood and
the extreme exhaust system (ear-plugs are not
optional) are two external give-aways that this is no "mere" 300SL...
The front view shows the different hood. The two slight bumbs of the 300SL are replaced by a small intake to the left of this picture (not visible).
This is the reason the hood is so long...
A straight-eight engine with mechanical fuel injection and desmodromic
valve drive. A slightly detuned Grand Prix engine, really.
The W196 / 300SLR was of the last generation of racing cars with drum brakes. To fit sufficiently large brakes, they were positioned well inside of the wheels, and so there was most of a complete drive system at the front.
This is the front of the engine compartment. The brakes take up a
significant amount of room.
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