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James Hunt’s iconic ’77 McLaren M26 will be in the spotlight at the RKMCCA auction at the Charlotte Convention Center, October 31–November 3.
RK Motors Collector Car Auctions to Offer Historic Hunt McLaren M26 Formula 1 Racecar
RK Motors Collector Car Auctions (RKMCCA) will offer collector-car enthusiasts the first-ever opportunity to bid on James Hunt’s iconic ’77 McLaren M26 (Lot #3032). The legendary racecar will be in the spotlight at the RKMCCA auction at the Charlotte Convention Center, October 31–November 3. Steeped in Formula 1 history, this McLaren earned Hunt’s last-ever Formula 1 win at the Japanese Grand Prix in ’77. Hunt will be featured in the Ron Howard film "Rush," which chronicles the ultra-competitive relationship between Hunt and Niki Lauda during the tumultuous ’76 Formula 1 season.
The M26, chassis No. 3, is powered by a Ford Cosworth DFV 90-degree V8 that pumps out 525 hp. The M26 has been preserved and is race-ready, capable of 0–60 mph in 3.5 seconds, and a top speed of 195 mph.
The November RKMCCA auction will feature hundreds of collector cars representing multiple categories of investment-grade vehicles, from America’s favorite musclecars to rare European entries.
Bobby Lagana Sr. Passes Away
Hardcore drag racer Bobby Lagana Sr. passed away September 5. In lieu of flowers, the Lagana family asks that support of a charity close to heart be remembered—D.R.A.W.
Kevin Rivenbark claimed the Pro Mod runner-up title at the ADRL's Battle of the Belts race at Rockingham Dragway in Rockingham, North Carolina, September 6–8, 2013.
Rivenbark Runner-Up in ADRL Battle of the Belts
Galot Motorsports' driver Kevin Rivenbark claimed the Pro Mod runner-up title at the ADRL's Battle of the Belts race at Rockingham Dragway in Rockingham, North Carolina, September 6–8, 2013. Rivenbark, still in his rookie season, went head-to-head against some of the most seasoned Pro Mod drivers in this "best of the best" competition.
Qualifying sixth overall for the race in the Pro Mod class with 1,090 series points earned this season so far, Rivenbark drove his supercharged ’02 Pontiac Firebird to a win in the first round with a 3.895 at 190.32 mph pass. Knocking out an almost identical pass of 3.889 at 190.73 mph in the second round, Rivenbark secured his spot in the finals. The following day, Rivenbark qualified fifth overall for the standard Pro Mod class with a best pass of 3.937 at 189.55 mph while teammate Todd Tutterow piloted his twin turbocharged ’67 Ford Mustang GT500 to the 14th position and also took the Top Speed class honors with a 199.64 mph run.
The Andreas Wirth and Christian Hohenadel team in the Callaway Competition-developed and built Corvette Z06.R GT3.
Callaway Competition Teams Head to Slovakia Ring
September brings the ADAC GT Masters series into the final phase of its season, and Callaway Competition is leading the championship into the homestretch. After four regular-season victories, the team of Diego Alessi and Daniel Keilwitz are leading the pack in the Callaway Competition-developed and built Corvette Z06.R GT3. This weekend, the penultimate race weekend of the season provides a new challenge to the Callaway Competition drivers, as the ADAC GT Masters series races at the Slovakia Ring for the first time. The uncharted territory will also be faced by Andreas Wirth and Christian Hohenadel and their Corvette following their performance in the last race. They have a top-five finish in their sights. After a difficult start to the season, the Wirth/Hohenadel team hope to haul in the points at the Slovakia Ring debut. In cooperation with Toni Seiler Racing, Callaway Competition will start two other Corvette Z06.R entries: Toni Seiler/Mike Parisy and Remo Lips/Lennart Marioneck in the Gentlemen category.
The Corona Grand Race Celebration begins Saturday at 9:00 a.m. at the official starting line of the ’13 race track located at Grand Boulevard and Washburn Streets.
Lucas Oil and MAVTV American Real Salute 100th Anniversary of Corona Grand Race
Lucas Oil Products Inc. and MAVTV American Real will participate in the 100th Anniversary celebration of the City of Corona's Grand Road Race, Saturday, September 14. Corona's City Park will host a variety of fun activities to commemorate Corona's racing history, including a racing display featuring cars from the ’13 Road Race era to Lucas Oil's modern racers.
The Corona Grand Race Celebration begins Saturday at 9:00 a.m. at the official starting line of the ’13 race track located at Grand Boulevard and Washburn Streets. Vintage race cars from the ’13–’16 era that would have raced on the 2.75-mile-long circle will form a procession that honors the racers who 100 years ago sped into the record books at more than 100 mph before a race crowd estimated at 100,000 strong. This Saturday, the vintage race cars will make their way slightly more slowly around the original Grand Boulevard before heading to City Park (930 E. Sixth Street) where the Celebration continues and the Lucas Oil/MAVTV booth and race cars, under the direction of Lucas Oil's Director of Motorsports Tom Bogner and racer Ron DeHoop, is located.
Jay Blake's Permatex/Follow A Dream team heads to zMax Dragway in Charlotte for the sixth annual Carolina Nationals this weekend.
Permatex/Follow a Dream Team Heads to Charlotte for Penultimate Event of 2013
This weekend, Jay Blake's Permatex/Follow A Dream team heads to zMax Dragway in Charlotte for the sixth annual Carolina Nationals, the second-to-last race of the year, with an eye on solidifying its place in the national Top 10. The team set low e.t. and top speed two races ago in Cecil County, Maryland, and last year at Charlotte, driver Todd Veney made his quickest and fastest run ever—a 5.52 at 262.64 mph. During the race, Follow A Dream will host Gold & Blue Star military moms and members of their families and also a group of children from the Palmetto School foster home. Qualifying sessions are set for Friday at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and Saturday at 11:00 a.m. The first round of eliminations is Saturday at 5:15 p.m.