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Old 09-28-2011, 10:00 AM   #1
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Default Vintage Road Race Programs



Alright, maybe I'm getting kinda obscure here, but I really dig any vintage automotive racing illustration *if it's done well*. Most of you are familiar with the classic Monaco GP posters of the 1930s, and just after the war, sports car racing began ...

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Old 09-28-2011, 10:05 AM   #2
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Some of the early Watkins Glen programs had an ARDUN sales brochure in them, don't be startled if you find one at a flea market, just pay the man and keep smiling.
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Old 09-28-2011, 10:21 AM   #3
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This era also spawned some very interesting American Specials - to me, this was the "Golden Age" of road racing.
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Old 09-28-2011, 11:27 AM   #4
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A few years ago, I picked up a copy of the 1949 Bridgehampton road race program at a yard sale. It was a great find, and it made my day....
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Old 09-28-2011, 11:55 AM   #5
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I picked up a copy of the 1949 Bridgehampton road race program at a yard sale
That's when you casually inquire whether they have any more racing memorabilia in the house.
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Old 09-28-2011, 01:01 PM   #6
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I love this vintage race car art. Thanks for bringing it up.

When you see something like a Jag XK120 you immediately understand how, back in the late forties, early fifties many Americans were inspired to own a sportscar or racer.... or build their own affordable backyard version, a hot rod.

Here's an XK120, which still excites and inspires, more than 60 years later, plus a few more posters I pulled off the web.
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Old 09-28-2011, 04:20 PM   #7
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As much as I love the crazy giant cars the Germans were building just before WWII, the mid-fifties are my favorite period for Road Racing. Still a chance for the average joe to compete with the factory entries, and there was no single 'right' way to go.

Actually, let me amend that- seems like either buying an Allard or building your own variation on the theme was the most popular option. The factory Allards were KILLER, and it seems like there were a ton of specials that used the same idea: european suspension and other components with a gi-normous American V8, all wrapped in aluminum with cycle-fenders.

there were other killer American racers of the era too.. the Cunninghams of course, and then homebuilts like the Manning Special. Great time for racing.


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Old 09-28-2011, 07:56 PM   #8
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Looks like a strong theme of impressing the ladies at Bridgehampton in the late forties/early fifties.
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Old 09-28-2011, 10:09 PM   #9
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Paramount Ranch Road Races Program
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Old 09-29-2011, 03:17 AM   #10
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I love how the earlier program illustrations have such a "Stroker" vibe to them!!!
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Old 09-29-2011, 07:39 AM   #11
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I miss the days of C and D sport racers that you could build at home from a wrecked Saab, MG or what ever.
Nowdays the car has to be designed by an engineer and put it out of the home builder reach. That is how I ended up here along with a few other of my old road racing friends.
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Old 09-29-2011, 07:45 AM   #12
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My next project is probably going to be a road racer.
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Old 10-01-2011, 07:41 AM   #13
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another fun cover

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