‘Miscellaneous Ramblings’ for June
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by terryjohnsen
2w ago
Le Mans starring Steve McQueen – The best auto racing movie ever. A Solar Production, Released June 23, 1971. One of my yearly traditions as an auto racing enthusiast happens during the first few days of June. Having just experienced the excitement surrounding the Indianapolis 500, my attention automatically turns towards the 24 Hours of Le Mans. I, like many sports-car fans of my age, became hooked on the sport, and in particular this race and endurance racing in general, through the movie Le Mans, starring Steve McQueen. In my opinion it is simply the best movie about auto racing ever made ..read more
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Archive Flashback – May 2020 ‘A.J. – The Life of America’s Greatest Race Car Driver!’
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by terryjohnsen
1M ago
There is no greater race in the world than the Indianapolis 500. The pre-race festivities giving honor and tribute to our fallen heroes on Memorial Day weekend fill our hearts with pride and gratitude. Finally, the singing of the traditional song ‘Back Home in Indiana’ sets the stage for the most famous words in racing, “Drivers Start Your Engines!” This year Josef Newgarden piloted his #2, Team Penske, Dallara DW12-Chevrolet to a thrilling win for the second year in a row. The first back-to-back winner in twenty-two years. To honor the Indy 500 I thought we’d look back to my Vintage Racing Bo ..read more
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Archive Flashback – April 2015 ‘The Power of Pink!
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by terryjohnsen
2M ago
Let’s look back in the archive for a spotlight piece I wrote about Jeff Wright’s 1978 Chevron B45, which appeared in the April 2015 edition of Victory Lane Magazine. It was a pleasure to speak with Jeff and his wife Eve about this special car and its unique lineage. Enjoy!  TJ  The Power of Pink! – Jeff Wright’s 1978 Chevron B45 Victory Lane Magazine, April 2015, Vol. 30, No.4; September 2014, SVRA Heacock Classic Gold Cup Historic Races @ VIR. Story and photos by Terry Johnsen What’s not to like about a 70’s era, pink race car?! Especially, a pink race car with an interes ..read more
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‘Miscellaneous Ramblings’ for February
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by terryjohnsen
4M ago
Lewis Hamilton to Ferrari in 2025 The month of February was not even 24 hours old when we learned that 7-time F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton will leave Mercedes and drive for Ferrari, beginning in 2025. Some have labeled the move as a ‘shocker’. But I for one saw it as inevitable. It was just meant to be. All the signs were there; he’s nearing the end of his career, he’s still driving at an elite level, the Mercedes car just hasn’t had the dominance and has struggled with pace in recent years, Red Bull and Max Verstappen don’t appear to be slowing down, and most importantly…it’s Ferrari! Th ..read more
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‘Miscellaneous Ramblings’ for January
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by terryjohnsen
5M ago
Andretti F1 snub Earlier today it was reported that the FOM (Formula One Management, F1 teams basically) declined, rejected, refused the entry application of the Andretti Formula Racing LLC to join the Formula One grid. Their statement included nonsense to the effect that they didn’t believe the entry would be competitive. That almost made me laugh out loud when you consider over half the grid of 20 cars in each F1 race has not a prayer to win. No, this is all about money, greed, and snobbery. I hope Michael Andretti and his group (to include General Motors) turn their sights on the WEC (Worl ..read more
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VRG Turkey Bowl @ Summit Point
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by terryjohnsen
6M ago
Victory Lane Magazine – January 2024: Volume 39, No.1 Summit Point Motorsports Park, Summit Point, WV, November 17-19, 2023 Story by Terry Johnsen Once again, the vintage racing season has drawn to a close. In general sports terms that conjures up thoughts of ‘the grand finale’, the fantastic finish that crowns a champion, or the gala event with all its bells and whistles. The fine folks of Vintage Racer Group (VRG) for years have chosen to take a different path to commemorate the end of their season. The Turkey Bowl at Summit Point Motorsports Park, a week before Thanksgiving, is a race meet ..read more
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Watkins Glen Grand Prix Festival/US Vintage Grand Prix Weekend
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by terryjohnsen
10M ago
September in Watkins Glen, my favorite time of year. Once again the crew gathered for our yearly brush with racing history. We were very fortunate with the weather, in that it always rained where we were not. You can’t argue with that. It was a weekend to enjoy the sights and sounds of race cars, delicious food and beer, and the camaraderie of good friends. The following are a few photos from the International Motor Racing Research Center, the downtown street party known as the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Festival, SVRA’s US Vintage Grand Prix/Speedtour, and the Seneca Lodge Bar and Restaurant. En ..read more
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The Charles Town Car Show, September 2nd, 2023
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by terryjohnsen
10M ago
The Charles Town Car Show in West Virginia made such a positive impression on me in 2022 that I made sure to mark it on my calendar this year. It was a fantastic turnout, and seemed to be even bigger and more well-attended than last year! There were loads of beautifully-prepared roadsters, hot rods, and classic cars, along with a wide-variety of incredible food vendors. Combine that with a bright and sunny day, it resulted in a fun and memorable festival atmosphere for everyone. Here are a few snap-shots from my stroll along Washington Street. Enjoy. TJ….2023 1970 Chevy Chevelle1956 Chevrolet ..read more
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VRG Jefferson 500 @ Summit Point Motorsports Park
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by terryjohnsen
1y ago
Friday, May 19, 2023 It was great to be back at a racetrack. My first vintage event of the year. It’s been far too long of a break for me. The Jefferson 500 presented by VRG proved to be the perfect reboot. It’s a can’t-miss event. Here are a few photos from Friday’s activities. The race review will follow in short order. Enjoy. TJ 1964 Alpine M641967 Porsche 911S/2.3L1969 Macon MR7B1968 Chevrolet CorvetteThe Lambretta TV175 – The only way to get around the paddock ..read more
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IMRRC – A Hidden Gem
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by terryjohnsen
1y ago
A Conversation with Mark Steigerwald, Executive Director, International Motor Racing Research Center By Terry Johnsen Victory Lane Magazine, November 2022, Volume 37, No.11 Located just a few blocks from the first corner of the original grand prix course in Watkins Glen (New York) is the International Motor Racing Research Center (IMRRC). You’ll find it tucked away on a quiet street, amongst large shady trees, adjacent to the local public library. Having attended many races at Watkins Glen International (WGI) as a spectator and while reporting on vintage events, I was surprised that a large p ..read more
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