This great YouTube video is one of a series of Top Fives from Porsche. Anyone with even a passing interest in Porsche will be aware that Rennsport Porsches are minimalist and light weight. The 2.7RS … [Read more...] about Top Five Lightweight Porsches and the GT3 RS that is ‘Almost’ Lightweight
The Historic Racer Project
The Historic Racer Project was a website that I created and edited for several years.
However, Historic Racer has not died. Many people still enjoy reading the features I created, so they remain right here and I'll be adding more.
The Historic Racer ethos remains - writing passionately about the things I care about. I figure you feel the same way.
Driver Coaching. A hot topic as ever in motorsport and an ever growing area for discussion in Historic Motorsport. This is something we’ve written about before, so it was interesting to spot this film … [Read more...] about Rob Wilson and the Flat Car Mantra
Sorting through my hard drives this month, I came across these grabbed shots of Malcolm Wilson at Goodwood in 2005. This was the first year they ran the rally stage there and they brought back happy … [Read more...] about Riding Shotgun – Malcolm Wilson & The Computervision 6R4 – Still As Fast As Ever
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]For many, the definitive 1960’s sports racing car was the Lotus 23 and 23B. The elegant lines represented everything that was desirable at the time of booming … [Read more...] about Driving the Elva Mk7
Ever since I was a kid, I've had a love for the Avro Lancaster that flies with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. This love is probably entirely my grandfather's fault. He was an airframe … [Read more...] about On Board The Lancaster PA474
“They just don’t make them like that any more’ “In my day, they were proper cars. Racing cars today are way too easy" Comments you’ll often hear in the paddock or grandstands of any race meeting. Sir … [Read more...] about Modern Racers vs Historics and Why Driving is Still Driving
In this digital age of always on internet, Wikipeidia, Porsche owners forums and chat groups, you could be forgiven for thinking that there was little point in buying a book about the Carrera 2.7. … [Read more...] about The Beautiful Carrera 2.7 Book
Looking back, it’s quite remarkable how simply carrying a camera can change the course of things. As I left for Donington Park that day, I wasn’t actually going as a photographer. I was there as a … [Read more...] about Sir Stirling and The Blonde – The Final Edition
In theory I should be a fully signed up chain smoker, a two packs a day man with a gravelly, action film voice-over tone. Born in the sixties when pretty much everyone smoked, in a family of parents … [Read more...] about Light Up – Memories of Cigarettes and Motorsport
Here’s a couple of laps of the iconic Donington Park circuit from summer 2015 alongside Andy McKenna. The race is the two driver Guards Trophy, part of the HSCC calendar. The car is the pretty Elva … [Read more...] about Elva Lotus Twin Cam, On Board, Donington Park 2015 with Andy McKenna
Across the decades of Porsche 911 production, we've seen many changes in technology and style. And not just in the cars themselves, but in the ways of marketing. Today's 'always on' social media … [Read more...] about The Changing Styles Of Porsche 911 Advertising
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A recent article on the highly regarded Road and Track Magazine’s website proved popular. Writing about the practice of track instruction and driver coaching from … [Read more...] about Driver Coaching and The View from The Passenger Seat
I recall to this day the very first time I saw a GPA Formula One helmet. Watching Formula One on TV at home, the cars forming up on the grid and Villeneuve climbing into his Ferrari. His mechanic … [Read more...] about Design Icons – The GPA Formula One Helmet
A pause down the phone line from McKenna. That’s rare, as he’s never normally short of something to say. “It was pretty emotional. Plus that car is unique, it’s the first time I’ve ever had a concern … [Read more...] about Driving KPU 396C – Jim Clark’s Lotus Cortina
It makes a great headline but it's also the bold claim made by P51 Mustang designer. A few years ago now, in 1999 I was privileged to attend a talk by Lee Atwood, designer of the North American P51 … [Read more...] about The P51 Mustang – “I Can Build You A Faster Aircraft Than The Spitfire XIX” – Lee Atwood.
It’s back in 2004, the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Rain is falling in those annoying short showers that just stop the track from drying completely. Tricky conditions, the sort of thing that sends cars … [Read more...] about Villeneneuve, his father’s GPA and the Ferrari 312T3 at Goodwood
Anyone with a passion for aviation will have head the tale of the Royal Air Force ground technician who accidentally took off in an English Electric Lightning after an error on what was supposed to be … [Read more...] about The Accidental Fighter Pilot
It's March 2006, Orebro, Sweden. A bright sunny, early spring day, but very cold. The nearby lakes still frozen over, with only the beginnings of a thaw. I'm in Sweden with Andy McKenna, in the … [Read more...] about In Memory of Superswede
For those of us of a certain age, the phrase RAC Rally stirs emotions. Memories of misty cold November days spent walking into a forest, Ordnance Survey map folded to the correct Special Stage and … [Read more...] about The Real RAC Rally – That’s Roger Albert Clark To You…