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Spit­fires at Le Mans

Given Porsche’s re­cent suc­cess at Le Mans, and the his­tor­i­cal pres­tige in terms of brand suc­cess at the race, you’d be for­given for think­ing Cir­cuit de la Sarthe is the ex­clu­sive stomp­ing ground of up­per-class mar­ques. That would not be quite cor­rect, how­ever, as Tri­umph — of all man­u­fac­tur­ers — has also en­joyed a pe­riod of Le Mans suc­cess in the’60s, thanks to their high-per­for­mance works Spit­fires. We have the back­ground in­for­ma­tion on th­ese gi­ant-killing lit­tle sports cars, along with Le Mans 1965 footage, on the­mo­tor­hood.com. Have a look — it may come in handy at the next pub quiz.

Su­per GT slant-nose Porsche 911

Take a look at this spot­light fea­ture of an in­cred­i­ble Stuttgart racer. Alas­tair Rus­sell owns this RSR replica slant-nose Porsche 911, and had taken it to Hamp­ton Downs to give the old girl some shake­down laps in prepa­ra­tion for Jan­uary’s NZFMR Porsche Fes­ti­val. Jump onto the­mo­tor­hood.com and search ‘slant-nose Porsche 911’ to get a closer look at this beau­ti­ful ex– Su­per GT racer that’s still be­ing driven the way it was built to.

Mike Lowe’s new Targa Abarth

If you have fol­lowed the Targa events in any ca­pac­ity, you’ll likely be fa­mil­iar with the name ‘Mike Lowe’ — fa­mous for con­sec­u­tively cam­paign­ing his lit­tle Fiat 500 Abarth for the last 20 years. For 2015, though, ‘Barty’ — as the 1964 Abarth was fondly nick­named — has been re­tired, and Mike has be­gun to race ‘Barty 2’, a late­model Abarth As­setto Corse works race car. Take a closer look by search­ing ‘Weekly Mo­tor Fix’.

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