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The Marcos Mantara LM600, Marcos’s swansong!

Marcos was founded in Wales in 1959 and it has a very special place among the small independent British manufacturers because of the originality of its cars.   Marcos is the acronym of the first three letters of the family names of its two founders, Jem Marsh and Frank Costin. Their first cars stood out because of their plywood ... Read more

The Trans-Am Ford Mustang Cobra

22This Ford Mustang Cobra is one of the emblematic cars that raced in an American series which is little known in Europe – the Trans-Am Championship.   It was created in 1966 by the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America), and was first of all called the Trans-American Sedan Championship, then christened the Trans-American Championship ... Read more

McLaren, king of the Can-Am

The McLaren M8C is the third generation of a car that dominated the Can-Am Challenge at the end of the 1960s and early 1970s in several iterations: M8A, M8B, M8C, M8D, M8E, M8F and M8FP. Originally the McLaren M8A was introduced in 1968 for the Can-Am Challenge run in the United States and Canada. The aluminium chassis housed mainly 7 ... Read more

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Lotus Eleven: 11 a golden number for Lotus

From 1956 to 1958, the Lotus Eleven (also spelled Lotus XI or Lotus 11) was one of the first technical and sporting successes of the make founded by Colin Chapman in 1952. Designed by Colin Chapman and Frank Costin, the XI was the perfect expression of the main principles that would guide the Lotus adventure in motor racing: aerodynamic ... Read more

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Lola T70 Mk3, the privateer’s favourite weapon

During the second half of the 1960s and the early 1970s the Lola T70 was much sought after by private entrants and drivers to the extent that over 100 were produced. The Lola T70 came out in 1965 and was the work of Eric Broadley, who also designed the Ford GT40. It raced in the CanAm Challenge and in endurance and appeared in three ... Read more

Maserati Tipo 63 Birdcage

Maserati Tipo 63 Birdcage: a very special “birdcage”

The Birdcage Maserati Tipo 63 came out exactly 60 years ago as it was designed in 1959. It was one of the most original racing cars seen on the track at the beginning of the 1960s. This Maserati owes its nickname “Birdcage” to its chassis, which consists of around 200 small tubes welded together that can be seen under the ... Read more

2-litre Porsche 911, the early days of an icon

From 1963 to 1966, the Porsche 911 was available with a 2-litre engine. Today, it is the star of the only single-make grid in the Peter Auto series: the 2.0L Cup created in 2018. In the early sixties, Porsche produced 7500 cars per year and also had to find a replacement for the 356 whose design dated from the immediate post-WWII ... Read more

The Lola T600, a revolutionary prototype

The Lola T600 was a very important milestone in the history of endurance as it was the first ground effect prototype. Its design was a benchmark for all the future prototypes complying with the Group C regulations, which came into force in 1982. This type of aerodynamic configuration had become standard in Formula 1 in the wake of Mario ... Read more

Shelby Cobra 289, an Anglo-American encounter

The association between American Carroll Shelby, former driver and wizard tuner, and the British manufacturer AC Cars led to the creation of one of the most famous sports cars of the 1960s: the Shelby Cobra. Carroll Shelby retired as a driver in 1960 and when he decided to create a racing GT capable of taking the fight to Ferrari, he ... Read more

Panoz Esperante GTR-1, taking an original approach!

At the end of the 1990s and the beginning of the noughties, the Panoz Esperante GTR-1 was the first symbol of the originality and passion of the man behind it, Don Panoz. He was also a major player in the renaissance of endurance racing as we know it today. Don Panoz (1935-2018) made his fortune in the pharmaceutical industry as the ... Read more