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DAYTONA BEACH — Raise your hand if you’ve ever taken a ride in Dan Gurney’s race car.

That’s what I thought.

It was no bargain entering or exiting the left-side passenger seat of the 1962 Lotus that carried Gurney to victory in Daytona’s inaugural sportscar race 50 years ago. Especially when your host is watching you with the look of a guy who doesn’t want any part of his four-wheeled jewel — which he values in the $5 million range  …  More

Rolex 24 Parade of Champions
Overcast skies couldn’t stop the historic parade featuring Rolex 24 champions on the streets of Daytona Beach, as they roared from the Ocean Center, over the Seabreeze Bridge and on toward Daytona International Speedway. Drivers of winning Rolex cars over the last 50 years — and our own Ken Willis — greeted waiting fans.

Two-time New Zealand V8 Champion Andy Booth will take a step back in time to make his Hampton Downs V8 race debut when he drives one of the country’s most important historic racing cars.

Booth, who will compete in the inaugural V8 SuperTourer series that kicks off at the Waikato track in February, will race the unique McLaren M1A/B Can Am car during the second race weekend of   …  More

Sports Car Digest covered nearly 90 historic car races and rallies in 2011, starting with the VSCC Pomeroy Trophy and ending with the Legends of Motorsports event at Sebring. Dozens of photographers took untold numbers of photos, spending hours post-event analyzing and choosing the best ones in an effort to wow our readers. And did they ever…

It is now up to you to choose the best photo of the year  …   Great pictures and more

…  Growing up in Pleasanton in the 1950s and living in a wrecking yard, all I could think of was building a hot rod. Times were really simple then. There were only two police officers in town (one for day and one for night) and if you drank too much, they’d simply drive you home. My father owned the only wrecking yard in the tri-valley area, and I was around cars all the time.

Roadsters were hot back then. A friend of our family came out to the yard one day …  More

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