TOP 10 EPIC ROAD RAC­ERS SHAPED BY MO­TOR­SPORT

Com­peti­ton based clas­sics are the best of the breed - here's the best of the best.

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News - WORDS Russ Smith PHO­TOG­RA­PHY Magic Car Pics/CCW ar­chive

This could eas­ily have been billed as a bat­tle of the camshafts be­cause – by chance rather than de­sign – all but one of the cars we’ve picked boasts a twin-cam en­gine. Don’t feel sad for the odd one out though; that com­pen­sates by hav­ing a tur­bocharger in­stead.

Bump sticks aside, each of th­ese cars owes its very ex­is­tence to the need felt by man­u­fac­tur­ers to add a bit of com­pe­ti­tion gloss to their of­fer­ings, be they sa­loons or even pretty sporty cars in the first place. That’s great for us as they give us some­thing to get ex­cited about; ‘hero’ cars that you can at least as­pire to, maybe blag a ride or drive in, and hope­fully own one day.

Our se­lec­tion cov­ers ev­ery­thing from rally ho­molo­ga­tion spe­cials to a supercar that had its own star-stud­ded race se­ries, via a slice of brave but doomed Bri­tish in­ge­nu­ity from the 1950s. There’s some­thing for most bud­gets too – ex­cept tiny ones. But then any­thing spe­cial and built in lim­ited num­bers should surely be re­as­sur­ingly ex­pen­sive or it would prob­a­bly lose some of its ap­peal. The up­side of that is that if you do buy one, it’s go­ing to be some­thing spe­cial; the kind of car that al­ways easy to sell and may even cover its own­er­ship costs. You can’t ask for much more than that.

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