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Visual History: Endurance Racing vol. 1

Posted by Rory

Ahhh, spring is here. So we head to the Continent for some of the best racing of the year. Its name has changed over the years, but the format has largely remained the same: fields of 40+ cars of varying classes (and relative speeds) going as fast as possible for irresponsible amounts of time on extremely long, dangerous tracks. Spa Francorchamps, the Nürburgring, Circuit de la Sarthe, Monza, all european locales known for high average speeds and hosting these prestigious 24 hour (or sometimes 1000km) events. After the jump is a collection of some of my favorite images from the late 50′s through the 1970′s, as well as a short video of the 1971 ADAC Nürburgring 1000km to give you a sense of the scope and speed of the old event.

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Sorbus says:

May 16, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Love the Ford Capri leading the pack in image two. Great cars – especially the RS and Zakspeed versions.

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andy hopper says:

May 22, 2013 at 1:36 am

Anyone know what it says on the guys coat in the first pic or what company that is?

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Lena says:

June 27, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Desde que estiven este vere1n camif1ando polas Montaf1as Rochosas en Canade1, non me quodeu mais remedio que cof1ecer ao oso, pois a sfaa abondosa presencia e9 un dos por aquelas terras. Agora, xa de volta neste pais, ando mais pendiente que nunca das novas sobre grandes mamedferos como o lobo e o oso, e penso que a sfaa presencia no noroeste peninsular e9 un afortunado privilexio que debereda ser a envexa de moitos pobos europeos.Recentemente visitei e o propietario da casa de turismo rural onde parei comapartiu algunhas impresif3ns sobre o oso na sfaa terra. Esta persoa, orgullosa do lugar onde vive e feliz de compartir o espazo co grande animal, nos comentou que Muniellos e os vales do entorno era o lugar onde mais osos habeda, que se estaba estendendo por todo o occidente asturiano, que se atoparan rastros preto da costa e de Oviedo, que as incursif3ns en Galicia iban ser mais frecuentes, e que o que nos faltaba para asentar a especie era abun pouco de bosquebb, pois as plantacif3ns de pino non axudaban nada. Tame9n enumerou algfans encontros que tivo el co oso e dalgfan dos seus clientes.