This classic Hemi Road Runner is the stuff of legends. It was bought new by an 18-year-old and lived a life of high-performance running in the gold-lined streets of Santa Barbara, California, a quarter-mile at a time. But with only 25,185 miles of hard driving, the owner had encountered enough problems with the local law to drive up his insurance rates to $150 per month, a huge figure in 1978 dollars. So, the Hemi’s original owner parked the car behind his garage after removing the engine for a redo and upgrade. He had every intention of rebuilding the rare engine, but unfortunately, this is where the Road Runner’s life took a hard turn for the worst.
You really do have to pinch yourself sometimes at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the world’s fastest summer garden party. Is that really Damon Hill behind the wheel of the Benetton B194 Michael Schumacher notoriously crashed into him at Adelaide to claim the 1994 Formula 1 World Championship? Or Arturo "Little Art" Merzario cracking wise in the paddock with Emerson Fittipaldi, Riccardo Patrese and Sir Jackie Stewart? Or current McLaren F1 star Lando Norris wrestling the 700bhp M8D Can-Am car up the dauntingly narrow hill climb? For bona fide motorsport buffs, there is simply nowhere else on planet earth where you can imbibe so much high-octane history and nostalgia as you can at Goodwood. (Image: Classic Driver)
After smashing records at Pikes Peak and the Nürburgring with the ID R electric vehicle, Volkswagen and Romain Dumas added a third notch to their belts this past weekend. The setting couldn't have been more different from Colorado's high-speed, high-altitude mountain or the racetrack they call the Green Hell: the team went to Goodwood in England, a genteel country estate that's home to the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed.
In the market for a real Formula 1 car? Well, you're in luck. This 1981 Williams FW07 competed in nine races throughout the 1981 and 1982 championship seasons, and now, it's for sale. Best of all, it's ready to race.
You might not know it, but the International Pikes Peak Hill Climb (PPIHC) is one of the most historically rich motorsports events in American history. Since the inaugural race in 1916, the hill climb has been held an incredible 97 times, only pausing for both World Wars. As you might expect, there’s quite a bit of memorabilia and historical race cars floating around, so while I was in Colorado Spring for this year’s race, it only made sense for us to stop by the Penrose Heritage Museum, where a large portion of former competition cars, documents, trophies, and race paraphernalia is on display. Check out our eight favorite cars we found below. (Image: Conner Golden)