Posts tagged with "racing"

Benzel-Busch Motor Car Hosted AMG Road Rally

Elite New Jersey motorcar enthusiasts participated in the exclusive Benzel-Busch Motor Car Road Rally Race that recently took place at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut. Touted as the “Road Racing Center of the East” for nearly 55 years, Lime Rock Park is a classic 1.53 mile, 7-turn course nestled in the scenic Berkshire Mountains in northwest Connecticut, the ultimate driving event featured world class Mercedes Benz AMG vehicles. Guests met the State’s foremost niche car aficionados and witnessed an exclusive AMG lineup including a GTR and the 2020 G-wagon. These awe-inspiring vehicles are handcrafted and tailored to elite Benzel-Busch client specifications, running from $50,000 to $200,000.

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Aston Martin is licenced to thrill at British Grand Prix

th F1TM Grand Prix

One of the most enduring movie partnerships will be in the spotlight this weekend when Aston Martin Lagonda and EON Productions, the company that produces the James Bond films, celebrate the 1,007th Formula 1 Grand Prix, which takes place at Silverstone.

The British Grand Prix is the home race for the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team, so it is fitting that the race falls on a number forever associated with James Bond.

The two Aston Martin Red Bull Racing F1TM cars will feature the iconic 007 logo and Bond number plates on the back of their rear wings. Max Verstappen’s RB15 Formula 1 car will run the number plate from the Aston Martin DB5 in Goldfinger (1964) while Pierre Gasly’s car will feature the Aston Martin V8 plate from The Living Daylights (1987).

The Aston Martin Red Bull Racing pit garage will feature wall graphics inspired by Q’s MI6 Lab.

Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group CEO, Dr Andy Palmer said: “Aston Martin is proud of its association with James Bond. This weekend, we look forward to celebrating this longstanding partnership at Formula One’s 1,007th Grand Prix.”

When James Bond first appeared in the iconic Aston Martin DB5 in Goldfinger (1964) a lasting relationship was created. The following movie, Thunderball (1965), featured the Aston Martin DB5 at Silverstone in a chase sequence. Through the decades, Bond has driven many Aston Martins including the DBS, the V8 Vantage Volante and the DB10 to name but a few. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Aston Martin DBS, which featured in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, 50 special-edition 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggeras will be sold. The first of these special cars will be on track at Silverstone during the Pirelli Hot Laps sessions. Ticketholders can see a number of the Aston Martins from the James Bond films on display in the Bond In Motion exhibition including the V8 that will appear in Bond 25, located in the Fanzone, to register for tickets go to https://www.eventworld.com/en/events/11.

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Pirelli Brings P Zero Tire Number 10,000 For The Ferrari XX Program

During the latest Ferrari Racing Days event in the paddock at the Nurburgring in Germany, a very special tire was on display: the 10,000th Pirelli P Zero created for Ferrari’s XX program. The FXX, FXX EVO, 599XX, 599XX EVO and FXX K (with its latest Evo variant) are the most exclusive cars in the world; derived from roadgoing models and developed for track use. The base cars are already incredibly quick, but circuit racing modifications from Maranello’s engineers then make them even more extreme. The FXX-K Evo, for example, already exceeds 1000 horsepower, and to equip cars with so much power, Pirelli has developed tires specifically designed for each model. In Germany, the number of these special tires made reached 10,000 since 2011: the year that Pirelli became exclusive supplier to the XX program.

DEVELOPED LIKE F1 TIRES

From the very first car in the XX program, the FXX to the most recent FXX-K Evo, the development methodology has changed dramatically. In the beginning, the development process was more traditional, using the P Zero tires created for the Ferrari Challenge one-make series as a starting point for the more extreme FXX tires. For the latest cars, the development process now mirrors the methodology used to make P Zero Formula 1 tires. As well as on-track testing, Pirelli’s engineers have also been able to rely on data acquired from Scuderia Ferrari’s simulator – which is also used at the very highest levels of motorsport.

With the tire developed for the FXX K as a base, Pirelli’s engineers were able to create a tire in fewer than six months that was capable of dealing with the enormous downforce loads generated by the latest Evo aerodynamic package (in excess of 800 kilograms at top speed). At the heart of this latest development path were new P Zero rear tires that now feature a more even contact patch even when the Evo’s rear wing is generating maximum downforce. This helps to ensure excellent stability in terms of more balanced wear and more transparent drop-off, which contribute to more predictable handling and greater safety, regardless of the driver’s experience. Furthermore, the tires for the XX program have to offer very wide working windows, in order to ensure similar levels of performance on very different circuits all over the world, with varying asphalt and often unpredictable weather. The 2019 program, for example, began in February with the sandy corners of Bahrain and will conclude at the up-and-down Mugello circuit in Italy, at the end of October.

PIRELLI × TRANS AM × SVRA

PIRELLI, TRANS AM AND SVRA RENEW AGREEMENTS UNTIL 2024

 

Pirelli Tire North America and the Trans Am Series have renewed their partnership until the end of 2024, with the Italian tire company as presenting partner for America’s Road Racing Series.

At the same time, Pirelli has also extended its agreement with SVRA (Sportscar Vintage Racing Association) for the same period as the ‘Official Street Tire of SVRA’. SVRA, the largest vintage racing organization in the United States open to virtually any vintage or historic race car, will share a number of key dates with the Trans Am Series as part of the ‘Speed Tour’.

The recent five-year extension between Pirelli and the Trans Am Series comes off the back of the current three-year agreement that lasts until the end of this year. As a result, Pirelli will continue to be the presenting sponsor as well as official tire supplier to one of the best-known road racing championships in the United States, which is rooted in popular culture as well as motorsport.

The Trans Am Series has been thrilling fans and drivers alike since 1966, with a range of classes that include production-based entries up all the way up to the iconic 850 plus horsepower TA Class. This complements Pirelli’s road to track philosophy perfectly, in which the lessons learned on circuits are put into practice on road car tires. Pirelli will continue to supply the entire Trans Am field, including a purpose-built competition tire for the TA and TA2 classes, enabling the drivers to get the very most out of their cars while spectators enjoy a magnificent show that highlights the very best of American racing.

Ultra-high performance and competition is at the very heart of Pirelli, which celebrates more than 110 years of motorsport and recently renewed its exclusive partnership with Formula 1. In addition to supplying more than 220 car racing championships worldwide, Pirelli is one of the companies that invests most into research and development through motorsport in order for the competition product to be as closely aligned to road car tires as possible.

Consequently, Pirelli and Trans Am are currently testing 18-inch tires for the headlining TA class, which may be adopted from next season, bringing the tires used on the track even closer to those on the road. In a similar move, Pirelli is introducing 18-inch tires to F1 in 2021.

Pirelli North America Chief Executive Officer, Marco Crola, said: “We’re delighted to renew this relationship for a championship that’s at the heart of American automotive culture, with extremely close racing and very high standards of driving. As well as providing great entertainment, this agreement enables us to reinforce our links with iconic American car manufacturers, and further enhance the connection between road and track with our high-technology P Zero products. This same technology is also seen in our Pirelli Collezione tires for classic cars, which combine classic looks with modern know-how, underlining the importance of the SVRA series to our portfolio as well.” 

Trans Am Series President John Clagett added: “It’s a pleasure for us to extend the partnership with Pirelli, which is an extremely popular move among drivers and teams as well. Pirelli is an iconic brand that stands for performance and style, with a commitment to competition and technical excellence that fits in perfectly with our own.”

Tony Parella, SVRA President and Chief Executive Officer, commented: “The renewal of the partnership with Pirelli is an ideal match for SVRA, given our mutual commitment to support and promote vintage racing by providing our drivers with tires that are perfectly suited to the needs of their classic cars that are still driven flat-out in close competition.”

On the road, the Pirelli Collezione range features high-technology tires for classic cars, which are specifically designed to enhance the original driving dynamics of these cars.

CHAMPIONS DEFEND THEIR CROWN AT THE 24 HOURS OF LE MANS 2019

24 Hours of Le Mans 2019 – Fast Facts:   

  • After 24 hours of competition at the 8.467 mi Circuit de la Sarthe, it was the No. 8 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing that took victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2019.
  • The record-breaking 61-car field that started the 87th edition of this historic endurance challenge, demonstrated the durability and robustness of the modern sports car.
  • Rolex has championed 24-hour racing since the 1960s, recognizing the on-going quest for engineering excellence and precision.
  • The Swiss watch brand has been the Official Timepiece of the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2001.
  • The No. 8, driven by Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso, secured back-to-back 24 Hours of Le Mans titles and the 2018-2019 FIA World Endurance LMP Drivers’ Championship.
  • This edition marked the first time the 24 Hours of Le Mans hosted the season finale of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). Over the course of 86 hours of driving across six countries and 14 months, the WEC witnessed incredible technical developments across the field as the teams continuously closed the competitive gap to one another.
  • Rolex Testimonee and record nine-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Tom Kristensen remarks: “This weekend has illustrated the rollercoaster of emotions at Le Mans – we have experienced the thrill of close racing, as well as the anguish of untimely reliability issues. The race demands absolute perseverance and durability from both human and machine in their shared pursuit of the ultimate performance.”
  • Presented to the overall winners of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is a specially engraved Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona.

ROLEX AND MOTORSPORT
Rolex’s close ties with motorsport date back to Sir Malcolm Campbell’s World Land Speed Record successes in the 1930s, when he became the first driver to break the 300 mph barrier (483 km/h) at the wheel of his car Bluebird. Since then, Rolex’s presence in motor racing has grown steadily, its support extending to revered endurance events, such as the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship. In 2013, Rolex became associated with Formula 1®, the pinnacle of motorsport, having supported Rolex Testimonee Sir Jackie Stewart since 1968. The brand also has a global appreciation for classic car events steeped in elegance, beauty and tradition, including the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and the Goodwood Revival.
 
ABOUT ROLEX
AN UNRIVALLED REPUTATION FOR QUALITY AND EXPERTISE
Rolex, a Swiss watch manufacture headquartered in Geneva, is recognized the world over for its expertise and the quality of its products. Its Oyster Perpetual and Cellini watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision, performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige. The word “Perpetual” is inscribed on every Rolex Oyster. But more than just a word on a dial, it is a philosophy that embodies the company’s vision and values. Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of the company, instilled a notion of perpetual excellence that would drive the company forward. This led Rolex to pioneer the development of the wristwatch and numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism, invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 500 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Furthermore, Rolex is actively involved in supporting the arts and culture, sport and exploration, as well as those who are devising solutions to preserve the planet.

Recaro Automotive Seating and Skip Barber Racing School Announce Partnership

Recaro and Skip Barber Racing School (SBRS) aim at providing the highest level of safety, performance and racing trainings. This includes the unique characteristics of Recaro performance seats: They help drivers sensing the limits of a vehicle on the track or in critical situations on public roads.

Besides the steering wheel, the seat is the most important link between a driver and a car. Through their body-hugging contour, Recaro seats provide a great deal of body support even with high lateral forces and their direct feedback provide incomparable, dynamic driving pleasure without signs of fatigue. During Skip Barber Racing School’s training sessions, Recaro Pole Position, Pro Racer, and Profi performance seats will enhance the driving experience. They will be installed in the fleet of race prepared Ford Mustang GTs operated by SBRS.

“Skip Barber Racing School and Recaro share a passion for high performance driving. For decades, both renowned brands have been perfecting their abilities to test, train – and re-define – the limits. As leading brands in the field of high-performance driving, our aim is to create intense driving experiences,” said Ulrich J. Severin, head of Recaro Automotive Seating. “We believe that the psychology of performance driving starts with the correct, relaxed seating posture. Thus, we are thrilled about our cooperation and to bring our Recaro seats to SBRS.”

“We are proud to provide our students at Skip Barber Racing School with the highest quality racing and driving experience,” said Anthony DeMonte, CEO of Skip Barber Racing School. “By incorporating Recaro seats in our race prepared vehicle lineup, we strive to further develop the skillset of current and future racers, safely and successfully.”

This partnership builds on both brand’s years of automotive and racing expertise. Founded in 1906 as “Stuttgarter Karosseriewerk Reutter,” Recaro has provided top-quality OEM as well as aftermarket race and performance seats since 1965. The brand’s seats are widely considered ‘the heart of driving’, and are representative of Recaro’s focus on safety, design, ergonomics, lightweight construction, and first-class quality. Skip Barber Racing School was founded in 1975 and serves as one of the largest auto racing schools in the world, operating a full system of racing and driving schools, championships, as well as corporate and OEM events.

Both Recaro and Skip Barber Racing School work with a number of auto racing teams and drivers. 30 percent of all drivers on the starting grid for the Indianapolis 500 for the last 25 years are Skip Barber graduates including Alexander Rossi, Ryan-Hunter Ray, Spencer Pigot, Colton Herta and Marco Andretti.

Recaro Pays Homage to Nürburgring with All New Sports Seat

For the 47th year, the Nürburgring will be the stage for its unparalleled 24-hour race, taking place June 20-23. Exactly 50 years ago, the planning for a ‘real endurance competition’ began, bringing to life a twice around the clock race on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring.

“It is truly the perfect time for us to create a product that celebrates this legendary race track, and we are excited to unveil it at one of the world’s greatest motorsports events,” says Ulrich J. Severin, head of Recaro Automotive Seating. “In close coordination with the Nürburgring, we developed the idea for an exclusive edition of our successful Sportster CS with a tie-in to the Ring.”

In dynamic driving, the Sportster CS uniquely supports and protects the body by surrounding it like a second skin. Its body-hugging contour has the strength of a metal structure with an ultra-thin, reinforced polymer backrest. Together with the pronounced side bolsters on the backrest and seat, the Sportster CS offers an excellent shoulder and torso support and keeps the body stable even with high lateral forces. These characteristics are essential for professional racers like Frank Stippler, winner of the 24-hour races at the Nürburgring and in Spa.

“After 26 years of racing and series development, my body appreciates the maximum comfort and support of Recaro seats,” said professional racer, Frank Stippler. “On the uniquely demanding Nordschleife, with its many fast passages, corresponding centrifugal forces and significant uneven stretches of track, a perfectly shaped seat is worth its weight in gold.”

The seat displays a high-performance aesthetic through its exterior features and was designed with black and red high-quality leather. It was built with ultra-light composite materials and high-end foams for the shell and upholstery. Red decorative seams and sporty accent stripes on the back shell emphasize its dynamic appearance and is complemented by embroidered logos of Recaro and the Nürburgring on the integrated headrest. A numbered edition badge on the seat confirms that consumers have purchased an exclusive item.

The special edition seat comes as a standard with manual length and backrest adjusters, as well as seat heating. A side airbag can also be ordered as an option. After the seat presentation at the ADAC Total 24h Race at the Nürburgring, the special edition will be available as a driver and passenger seat via the worldwide Recaro service partner network. Only 999 units will be produced, and each will cost from $2,450. U.S. customers may order the product upfront from Recaro North America, with an estimated 12 to 14-week delivery timeframe.

For more information on the limited Nürburgring edition of the Recaro Sportster CS, and its presentation during the ADAC Total 24h Race, please visit: www.nuerburgring.recaro-automotive.com.

Mitch Evans Wins First Formula E Race for Panasonic Jaguar Racing in Rome

Mitch Evans made history for Panasonic Jaguar Racing, claiming the team’s first ever ABB FIA Formula E win in Rome. It is Jaguar’s first international motorsport victory since 1991.

During a qualifying session plagued with intermittent rain showers, an impressive performance from Mitch saw the Kiwi driver clinch P2 from Super Pole. Teammate Alex claimed a ninth place qualifying, before being penalised for exceeding the maximum power limit and started at P21.

An early collision at turn 17/18 caused a pile up of several cars and brought out a red flag.

Mitch drove confidently at the restart and managed to overtake Andre Lotterer with Attack Mode at turn 11 for the lead of the race. Despite Lotterer activating Attack More a lap later, the Kiwi driver defended well and held onto his first win in the series.

The Panasonic Jaguar Racing team will now prepare for the Paris E-Prix on 27 April.

Mitch Evans commented about the win:

“This feels beautiful. It was a fantastic race. The first few laps were tricky in the wet. After the red flag I just wanted to stay steady. From early on I felt comfortable and my energy management was ahead of target so we decided to use it when it mattered. I wanted to use Attack Mode when Lotterer didn’t have it to gain that power difference. We had great pace from the beginning, so I really felt confident out there today.

It’s been years since I had a win, so this really feels amazing. I’m so happy for the team, for everyone at Panasonic Jaguar Racing for all their hard work and to Jaguar Land Rover for their support over the past three seasons. This has really come at a great time.”

A SEASON OF MILESTONES FOR FORMULA 1®

Next week the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship™ starts with the FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX 2019. Motorsport’s pinnacle series will take to the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 March, launching the 70th Formula 1® championship. Formula 1® attracts fans from across the world, captivated by the sport’s cutting-edge technology and its remarkable athletes in their quest for perfection. The competition’s enduring spirit, as well as its commitment to bold performance and innovation, aligns closely with Rolex’s own passion for continuous excellence. This season, Rolex marks its seventh consecutive year as a Global Partner and the Official Timepiece of Formula 1®.

In a move to improve overtaking, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and Formula 1® have introduced rules reducing aerodynamic turbulence from the front and rear wing, encouraging the cars to follow each other in close proximity. Rolex Testimonee and multiple Formula 1® race winner Mark Webber explains their impact: “The new regulations are designed to encourage drivers to get into a position to overtake. The cars should be more predictable, meaning the drivers will be more confident about creating exciting passing opportunities. There’s definitely a lot to look forward to this season and I think there will be a good fight for the championship. I hope it goes deep into the year – I really believe it will.”

The 2019 season, spanning March to December and consisting of 21 races around the world, will feature several milestones. Next month’s FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN CHINESE GRAND PRIX 2019 will be the championship’s 1,000th Grand Prix™. Since its first race in May 1950, Formula 1® has pioneered technology across the globe, showcasing legendary drivers behind the wheel of the most advanced racing cars. This May, the FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO 2019 celebrates 90 years since the inaugural race around the Principality’s famous streets and almost a century later the circuit still paves a virtually identical route. Rolex Testimonee and 2016 FIA Formula 1® Drivers’ World Champion Nico Rosberg highlights the importance of celebrating the sport’s past: “I’m very proud of the great heritage of Formula 1 and the small part I have played in its history. I look forward to being involved in these landmark occasions, to reflect and reminisce on the sport’s tremendous legacy and its exceptional achievements. Formula 1 continues to be one of the most technologically advanced sports in the world and these attributes – legacy, excellence and innovation – fit perfectly with Rolex.”

On 7 September 2019 at Monza (Italy), Sir Jackie Stewart, a Rolex Testimonee for more than half a century and three-time FIA Formula 1® Drivers’ World Champion, will celebrate 50 years to the day since he clinched his first championship. The Scottish legend, who marks the occasion at the same circuit where he sealed the crown in 1969, reflects on the milestone: “I’ve always felt emotion is dangerous for a racing driver, but I hope there is a little flush of it when I get to Monza this year. I’m incredibly proud, and fortunate, to have seen the sport grow in prestige as well as from a safety perspective, it’s a wonderful story. To honor the anniversary at one of the greatest race tracks in the world where I won my first championship is truly special and I look forward to a weekend full of celebrations.”

This season will feature several new driver partnerships, with only Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport and Rich Energy Haas F1® Team keeping the same line-up as in 2018. The shake-up has created added intrigue as the teams travel to Australia. “There’s nothing like going racing,” says Mark Webber. “It’s amazing how quickly the drivers will settle into their new environments, but prior to Melbourne they have had only a limited amount of testing, so the first race of the year will answer a lot of questions. Melbourne is one of the best Grands Prix of the year; the city comes to life. It is very significant for the event that Rolex has been involved for so long, united by their world-class approach and attention to detail. For me personally, and for all Australians, it makes the event extra special that such an incredible brand like Rolex is so closely associated.”

ROLEX AND MOTORSPORT

Rolex’s close ties with motor port date back to Sir Malcolm Campbell’s World Land Speed Record successes in the 1930s, when he became the first driver to break the 300mph barrier (483km/h) at the wheel of his car Bluebird. Since then, Rolex’s presence in motor racing has grown steadily, supporting iconic endurance events such as the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship. In 2013, Rolex partnered the pinnacle of motor sport, Formula 1®, having supported Rolex Testimonee Sir Jackie Stewart since 1968. The brand also has a global appreciation for classic car events steeped in elegance, beauty and tradition, including the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, the goo and the Goodwood Revival.

ABOUT FORMULA 1®

Formula 1® racing began in 1950 and is the world’s most prestigious motor racing competition, as well as the world’s most popular annual sporting series. The 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship™ runs from March to December and spans 21 races in 21 countries across five continents. Formula One World Championship Limited is part of Formula 1®, and holds the exclusive commercial rights to the FIA Formula One World Championship™.

Formula 1® is a subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation (NASDAQ: LSXMA, LSXMB, LSXMK, BATRA, BATRK, FWONA, FWONK) attributed to the Formula One Group tracking stock.

ABOUT ROLEX

AN UNRIVALLED REPUTATION FOR QUALITY AND EXPERTISE

Rolex, a Swiss watch manufacture headquartered in Geneva, is recognized the world over for its expertise and the quality of its products. Its Oyster Perpetual and Cellini watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision, performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige. The word “Perpetual” is inscribed on every Rolex Oyster. But more than just a word on a dial, it is a philosophy that embodies the company’s vision and values. Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of the company, instilled a notion of perpetual excellence that would drive the company forward. This led Rolex to pioneer the development of the wristwatch and numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism, invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 500 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Furthermore, Rolex is actively involved in supporting the arts and culture, sport and exploration, as well as those who are devising solutions to preserve the planet.

Petersen Automotive Museum Opens New “Legends of Los Angeles” Exhibit

On November 10, 2018, the Petersen Automotive Museum opened its latest exhibit, “Legends of Los Angeles: Southern California Race Cars and Their Builders,” in the Charles Nearburg Family Gallery presented by Lucas Oil. The display features 12 Los Angeles-built race cars powered by engineering masterminds such as Ed “The Old Master” Pink and Fred Offenhauser and piloted by legends such as Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, Parnelli Jones, Bill Stroppe and Dan Gurney.

“Legends of LA” is highlighted by a stunning180-degree panoramic video, which surrounds the collection of race cars and provides an immersive way to experience the fastest race cars ever built in Los Angeles as they are raced on the region’s famed tracks. Featuring vehicles from every major racing type including midgets, sprint cars, dragsters, off-road cars, IndyCars, land-speed cars and road-racing cars, the panoramic video works alongside the display to take viewers on a visual journey down historic tracks such as El Mirage, Willow Springs International Raceway and Perris Auto Speedway.

Key vehicles on display include a 1963 Ol’Yaller Mark IX, which was one of the last race cars designed and built by Southern California hot rod legend Max Balchowsky; a 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 FIA, one of five FIA-spec factory team cars that competed in the 1964 World Championship and was raced by Dan Gurney in the Targa Florio; a 1967 Long 
“Shelby Super Snake” with an Ed Pink racing engine, which made history when driver Done Prudhomme accomplished four quarter-mile runs in the six-second range at the 1967 NHRA Spring Nationals; and Big Oly, a 1970 Ford Bronco which was raced to a back-to-back victories at the Baja 1000 in 1971 and 1972 by the legendary off-roading team of Parnelli Jones and Bill Stroppe.

“From the early years of auto racing to today, Los Angeles has played a key role in the development and growth of motorsports in North America,” said Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Our new exhibit honors the region’s rich history through some of the finest examples of race car engineering and design, telling a comprehensive story about the legends that helped establish Los Angeles as the diverse racing destination that is today.”

Preceding the public opening, the Petersen hosted a formal cocktail reception and media preview on Thursday, November 8, 2018. The evening paid homage to LA-based racing icon and race car constructor Parnelli Jones, a motorsports legend known for his victories in nearly every major auto racing event in the United States. Jones, whose voice is featured in the gallery video was praised on stage while guests bid on his signed racing memorabilia during a silent auction.

“Legends of Los Angeles” will run through December 1, 2019. To learn more about the new exhibit or the Peterson Automotive Museum, please click here!

The Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity. The Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax) in Los Angeles, California, 90036. Admission prices are $16 for general admission adults, $13 for seniors and students with ID, $8 for children ages 3 to 12. Active military with ID, personal care attendants and children under three are admitted free. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For general information, call 323-930-CARS or visit here!