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M7A Wins McLaren’s 1st F1 Victory
From 1968 to 1971, the McLaren M7A represented the company in F1 racing. Unfortunately, this car didn’t impress during the first two seasons, with only 6 points of a possible 180. Overall, the best placement during that time was 4th place. But, this car, being driven by Bruce McLaren, would win the company’s 1st F1 victory. In 1963, Bruce McLaren founded his Motor Racing company. Beforehand, Bruce was the factory driver for the Cooper motor racing team. This sound similar to the story of Enzo Ferrari beginning at Alfa Romeo, then venturing alone. Then, finally, in 1968, Bruce McLaren won the 1968 Belgian Grand Prix. This truly shows with commitment and dedication, anything is possible!
McLaren M7A Specifications
The McLaren M7A begins with a mid-engine Ford-Cosworth DFV 3.0-liter naturally aspirated V8. This motor works in combo with a Hewland DG30 5-speed manual transmission. Backing up this motor are Goodyear tires and Shell fuel, two companies that are still around today. This open-wheel, single-seater race car weighs only 1,140 lbs. This is almost half a ton! Unfortunately, it did sustain damage at the 1968 Monaco Grand Prix, but was repaired to race again. Furthermore, the M7B, M7C, and M7D have a basis in this vehicle, with their own modifications. McLaren began the journey here, and continues today.
McLaren Celebrates 50 Year Victory
In 2018, McLaren celebrated 50 years since the 1st F1 victory with the McLaren 720S Spa 68 Collection. But, initially, M7A’s F1 racing debut from 1968 to 1971 included 22 races and 4 wins. Now, this car is a respectable start to what is now an amazing sports car company. Through the years, McLaren has come a long way, and Bruce would most likely be proud. Today’s McLaren sports cars are absolutely stunning masterpieces available on the market. Who doesn’t want to own a McLaren? Well… maybe some people. But, most do! In conclusion, the McLaren M7A was the true start of McLaren’s successful F1 racing history.
Note: The featured image for the article is by Chris Eaton on Wikipedia.
Celebrating McLaren’s 1st F1 Victory
In honor of McLaren’s 1st F1 victory, the 720S Spa 68 Collection was born. McLaren Special Operations (MSO) was commissioned by a Brussels dealership to build 3 models for sale. The McLaren 720S Spa 68 is a stunning car in MSO Bespoke Anniversary Orange paint. The rear wheel arch has a silver tracing of Spa-Francorchamps, where the victory took place. Bruce McLaren, the founder, won his fourth F1 victory at this event. But, it was the first ever victory under the McLaren manufacturer name. Furthermore, the car has text written on it stating “1st McLaren F1 Victory Belgium Grand Prix 9th June 1968 – Bruce McLaren”. Obviously, this is a straightforward statement of the reason for the model.
Deeper Look Into Design & History
The McLaren 720S Spa 68 Collection commemorates one of McLaren’s largest milestones in it’s racing career. But, Bruce McLaren was obviously not driving a 720S in 1968. He was behind the wheel of a McLaren M7A, a historic vehicle for the company. This car had the signature papaya orange livery, that MSO mimics today. On the current Spa 68 model, there are satin black split five-spoke wheels. Obviously, high-quality tires meant for track fit these wheels. Finally, the interior is a mix of black Alcantara with orange stitching. McLaren sure does know how to make cars unique!
MSO Does It Again!
MSO has another hit with the McLaren 720S Spa 68 Collection. This vehicle pays tribute to Bruce McLaren’s tremendous M7A victory at F1 Spa-Francorchamps. With only 3 models for sale, 2 have already been sold by the dealership. So, if there is enough cash in the bank, now may be the time to contact them for a settlement. Unless, it is already too late – which it may be. Overall, the Spa 68 is an awesome vehicle that’ll be another collectible piece for any McLaren fan.
A Limited Production of 20 Units
During the 1960 London Motor Show, Aston Martin introduced the DB4 GT Zagato. The 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato is a grand tourer (GT) coupe. Basically, the car begins as a DB4 GT. But, it receives alterations by the Zagato Factory in Italy, making it ever so greater. Thanks to Ercole Spada, this car became slightly smaller and more lightweight. From 1960 to 1963, Aston worked with Zagato to produce 20 total cars. Also, noteworthy, this car is to not be confused with its successor, the Aston Martin V8 Zagato.
3.7-Liter DOHC Straight-6 Engine
The 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato sports a 3.7-liter aluminum twin-spark DOHC straight-6 motor. This engine produces 314 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. of torque. Supporting the motor is a David Brown all-synchromesh 4-speed manual transmission. With a compression ratio of 9.7:1, this car can reach 60 mph in only 6.1 seconds. From 0 to 100 mph, the Zagato takes only 14.1 seconds. On the high end, this car can reach around 154 mph. For the time, this car was able to compete in Grand Prix and Le Mans racing events. Thankfully, due to the Zagato Factory, this car shed over 100 pounds from the base DB4 GT.
A Review of Parts & Specifications
As an older car, the 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato has some top-notch specs from back in the day. Firstly, there is a rack and pinion steering layout, which can be seen in modern race cars as well. Next, there are wishbones, coil springs, telescopic dampers, and an anti-roll bar in the front. As per the rear, there is a live axle on coil springs. Furthermore, the brakes are Girling discs all around with no servo and separate master cylinders. On the carburetor side, there are three Weber 45 DCOE4 carbs. Finally, the car finishes off with Borrani 16×5” wire spoked alloy rims with Avon Turbospeed Mark II tires.
A Brief DB4 GT Zagato Racing History
At Goodwood in 1961 during Eastertime, the 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato raced in its first outing. Surprisingly, the car was able to accomplish 3rd place while being driven by Stirling Moss. Next, the car made its own history by winning first place in the July 1961 British Grand Prix Support race. The model sporting “2 VEV” obtained the DB4 GT Zagato’s first victory under John Ogier’s Essex Racing Stable. Unfortunately, this car was crashed at Spa in 1962, requiring it to be rebuilt. This led to alterations which were later removed after another road accident. Finally, the DB4 GT Zagato Chassis 0200 participated in the 1962 24 Hours of Le Mans. Unfortunately, again, this car blew a piston after 9.5 hours of race time.
A Tip of the Hat to the DB4 GT Zagato
The Aston Martin DB4 GT Lightweight Is Much Stronger Than English Breakfast Tea – Petrolicious – YouTube
Overall, the 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato is quite a spectacular vehicle. Initially, the MSRP of this car was $7,080 USD. At the time, this was enough money to buy a livable home. Not surprisingly, this car recently sold by RM Sotheby’s New York for $14,300,000. That is quite an increase in value for the car. Regardless, this car is worthy of its highly collectible status, especially due to 19 remaining. In conclusion, it is only right to tip a hat to the DB4 GT Zagato due to its unique history.
An Aston Towing a Caravan? Yes.
In a Top Gear style stunt, Red Bull Formula One drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen pull the ultimate race. Each driving an Aston Martin Vanquish variant, the two F1 drivers pull caravans around the ring. This Aston Martin caravan race takes place at the F1 Austrian Grand Prix track. At 1,760 lbs., the caravans didn’t stop the Aston Martins from a track day. Fortunately, the cars and drivers survived… unfortunately, the caravans did not.
Aston Martin & Red Bull Racing
The Aston Martin caravan race may make one ponder, what is the connection between Aston and Red Bull? Well, first off, Aston Martin is a Red Bull sponsor. This leads to a tendency of working together. Secondly, Red Bull’s involvement in the F1 racing scene has led to an interest in hypercars. Not surprisingly, Aston Martin is working with Red Bull on the stunning Valkyrie. The Aston Martin Valkyrie is a beastly machine that will shake up the hypercar realm. Unfortunately, for Aston, Red Bull vehicles are built with Renault engines.
Daniel Ricciardo & Max Verstappen
The drivers for the Aston Martin caravan race were Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. Ricciardo made his F1 debut in 2011 with Toro Rosso, Red Bull’s entry driver team. With 4 victories and 3rd place last year, this driver can race. During the caravan race, Ricciardo drives an Aston Martin Vanquish Volante with 576 horsepower. Now, everyone knows the Vanquish Volante is ready for the caravan road trip.
On the other hand, Max Verstappen made his start in F1 racing in 2015. Surprisingly, Verstappen was only 17 years old! This makes him the youngest F1 driver in history. This stunt wasn’t completely new as Verstappen. He once took the Red Bull F1 car up an Austrian Alps ski slope… yes, really. Lastly, Verstappen drove an Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante with 603 horsepower in the race.
Ready to See the Race? Hell Yes!
A Caravan Race with an F1 twist! Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen take to the Red Bull Ring – Aston Martin Red Bull Racing – YouTube
The Red Bull Racing Aston Martin caravan race is quite the spectacle. Who would’ve thought Aston Martin’s can tug a caravan along the track? Well, if you don’t know, now you know. If you did know, then… good for you. Unfortunately, in recent years, Red Bull is struggling with the hybrid powertrain rules from 2014. Regardless, Red Bull can still put on quite the show, on and off the F1 track. In conclusion, the Aston Martin Vanquish is a powerhouse waiting to show the world what it is capable of… or not?
The Formula 1 Ferrari 641
In the 1990 Formula 1 season, Ferrari used the 641, also known as the F1-90. This Formula 1 racing car was the main vehicle of the Ferrari racing team for the entirety of the season. The Ferrari 641’s design is by Enrique Scalabroni and Steve Nichols. Furthermore, Steve Nichols was a McLaren designer who helped the project. With 6 wins during the 1990 Formula 1 season, the Ferrari 641 was competitive with McLaren, but at 10 horsepower less. At high speed, the 641 held its ground regardless of the power difference.
Ferrari Tipo 036/037 3.5-Liter Mid-Engine V12
The Ferrari 641 sports a Ferrari Tipo 036 3.5-liter mid-engine V12. This motor is capable of 680 base horsepower. Furthermore, the engine works in combo with a 7-speed semi-auto transmission. In San Marino, the 641 withheld the number 037 engine instead. This motor works on Agip fuel, a former Italian auto gasoline. To get the power to the ground, the 641 has Goodyear tires. The Ferrari 641, or F1-90, definitely packed the power to compete in the 90s Formula 1 season.
Race Worthy Engineering: Chassis & Suspension
The Ferrari 641 Formula 1 race car was built with a race worthy chassis and suspension. Firstly, the 641’s chassis comprimes a Kevlar and carbon fiber composite monocoque. Next, the suspension differs slightly in the front and rear. Both the front and the rear contain anti-roll bars, double wishbones, and telescopic shock absorbers. In the front, there is push-rod actuated torsion bar springs. On the other end, in the rear, there is push-rod actuated coil springs. Surprisingly, only one 641 chassis is non existent today due to destruction in testing. Lastly, while two remain in museums, four are privately owned by collectors.
A Throwback to 1990 Formula 1 Racing
Ferrari 641/2 – 1990 (Emozione Ferrari) – sagitt76 – YouTube
This Ferrari 641 article is basically a throwback to the 1990 Formula 1 Racing season. Although this vehicle was not the best race car on the track, it still won 6 races. One of these vehicles was also in a famous collision at the Japanese Grand Prix with the McLaren race car. The Ferrari 641 and the McLaren battled it out frequently for whom was the best car. Regardless of who was better, both cars deserve respect from car enthusiasts worldwide. In conclusion, the Ferrari 641 was a beastly feat of engineering that competed with the “crème de la crème” (cream of the crop).
Enzo Ferrari’s 1st Vehicle
The 1940 Auto Avio Costruzioni is the first vehicle designed and built by Enzo Ferrari in Modena, Italy. In 1938 Ferrari left his position at Alfa Romeo running the Scuderia Ferrari racing division. From here, he decided it was time for him to begin his own automotive manufacturer. Unfortunately, his contract with Alfa Romeo forbade him from reviving the Scuderia Ferrari racing team for 4 years. So, Enzo Ferrari went forward by creating a business titled Auto Avio Costruzioni (AAC).
The 1940 Brescia Grand Prix
Although his business’s purposes was to build aircraft parts for the Italian government, this is where he built his first car. In December of 1939, AAC was commissioned by Lotario, Marquis of Modena, to build two race cars for the 1940 Brescia Grand Prix. The race cars he built for Lotario would become the AAC Tipo 815. Enzo Ferrari’s first vehicle was able to participate in the 1940 Brescia Grand Prix. Unfortunately, both models didn’t finish due to engine problems. One of these vehicles was scrapped by Lotario’s brother while the other one was sold to a car collector in Italy.
2-Seat Barchetta with 1.5-Liter SOHC I8 Engine
The 1940 Auto Avio Costruzioni 815 is a 2-seat Barchetta with a 1.5-liter SOHC I8 engine. This motor has two valves per cylinder and a semi-dry sump lubrication system. Furthermore, this engine has 4 Weber 30DRZ carburetors. In addition, this engine produces 75 horsepower at its peak. At only 1,378 lbs., this power was adequate for racing at the time. Unfortunately, this engine is also the reason that the 815 didn’t complete the Grand Prix.
Bodywork by Carrozzeria Touring and Dubonnet Suspension
For the suspension system, the 1940 Auto Avio Costruzioni 815 has quite an interesting setup. First, the car features a Dubonnet suspension with an integral shock absorber at the front. On the rear, this car sports a live axle on semi-elliptical leaf springs and hydraulic shock absorbers. For the bodywork, the work is by Carrozzeria Touring using Itallumag 35, an aluminum and magnesium alloy. Furthermore, this bodywork only weighs 119 lbs. which allows the vehicle to hit a top speed of around 110 mph.
The Beginning of the Ferrari Manufacturer Dream
Ferrari Auto Avio Costruzioni 815 startup at Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari – Andrea Manieri – YouTube
Overall, the 1940 Auto Avio Costruzioni 815 is Enzo Ferrari’s 1st vehicle. Although Alfa Romeo didn’t want Enzo to pursue a racing team, it was his dream and goal. Alfa Romeo may have prevented Enzo was labeling his first Ferrari but Auto Avio Costruzioni was the beginning. Thankfully, the marquis of Modena was kind enough to choose Enzo for his race car builds. In conclusion, without the AAC 815, Ferrari may have never built the brand that we know today.
The World’s First Ferrari
On May 11, 1947, the Ferrari 125 S made its debut at the Piacenza Racing Circuit. The 1947 Ferrari 125 S is the first vehicle produced and built by Ferrari of Modena, Italy. Although, the 125 S preceded Enzo Ferrari’s first build, the 1940 Auto Avio 815. From this model, Ferrari began its legacy in performance and racing for the years to come. There were only two 125 S units which were strictly for racing purposes, not for sale. On the debut day, the vehicle was driven by Franco Cortese. Unfortunately, the vehicle was unable to finish its first race.
1.5-Liter Colombo 125 V12 Engine
The 1947 Ferrari 125 S sports a 1.5-liter Colombo 125 V12 engine. This motor produces 118 base horsepower. It works in combination with a 5-speed traverse transmission. Furthermore, the engine is a SOHC design with 2 valves per cylinder. Moreover, it uses 3 double-choke Weber 30DCF carburetors.
Brakes, Chassis, & Suspension
For the chassis, the 1947 Ferrari 125S has a steel-tube frame. This works in combination with performance style brakes and suspension for the 1940s era. The suspension setup is a double wishbone with transverse leaf springs in the front. On the rear, there is a live axle. Lastly, the vehicle contains hydraulic power drum brakes in the front and rear. For the time, this car was built to perform under competitive racing conditions.
Victory at Grand Prix of Rome
Two weeks after its debut, the 1947 Ferrari 125 S won the Grand Prix of Rome. This race was held on the Terme di Caracalla Circuit. The driver for this race was Franco Cortese who revenged his loss in this vehicle. Overall, in 1947, the 125 S won 6 out of 14 total races. For a first build, Enzo Ferrari did pretty well with a 42.8% chance of winning each race.
The Ferrari 125 S was the Beginning of Ferrari’s Racing Legendry
Overall, the 1947 Ferrari 125 S began Ferrari’s racing legendry. With this vehicle, Ferrari became competitive in the racing world and it was just the beginning. With high determination and experience from working at Alfa Romeo, Enzo Ferrari took his new brand to the next level. Although many people today don’t appreciate the older vehicles, this car will forever hold its place in history. For those who don’t know, Ferrari celebrated 70 years in March of 2017. In conclusion, the Ferrari 125 S is a racing masterpiece from the 1940s.
One of the World’s Oldest Ferrari Race Cars
The 1947 Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa is one of the world’s oldest Ferrari race cars. The 47 Spyder Corsa was built following World War II by Ferrari S.p.A. after Enzo Ferrari left his mechanic and racing position at Alfa Romeo. Recently, a 1947 166 Spyder Corsa with the engine build number ‘002’ was rebuilt by Jim Glickenhaus of Pebble Beach, California. Initially purchased at auction for $770,000 in 2004, this 166 Spyder Corsa was restored with a hefty investment of $500,000. Furthermore, this Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa may now be worth around $8,000,000.
2.0-Liter Supercharged SOHC Colombo V12 Engine
Under the hood, the 1947 Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa sports a 2.0-liter supercharged SOHC Colombo V12 engine. This motor produces 128 horsepower and 117 lb.-ft. of torque. In combination with a 5-speed manual transmission, this car can reach around 100 mph. This engine also features two valves per cylinder and 3 Weber carbs. Lastly, the rebuilt model features the build number ‘002’ which makes it the second 166 SC built by Ferrari.
Victory at the 1947 Turin Grand Prix
The engine in the 1947 Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa allowed Ferrari to win the 1947 Turin Grand Prix. The 166 SC is an iconic showcase of race car styling in the late 1940s. Although not powerful in today’s terms, this car was a beast of a machine at the time. You may also be wondering what happened to the ‘001’ model of the 166 Spyder Corsa. Unfortunately, the ‘001’ model was lost in an accident.
Current Market Estimation of $8,000,000 Value
Overall, the 1947 Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa is the one of the world’s oldest Ferrari race cars. Worth an investment of $1,270,000, the 166 SC may now be worth around $8,000,000. The old frame and motor collaborate to create a unique collector’s car. The 166 Spyder Corsa is a beautiful, rare spectacle that is truly a one-of-a-kind vehicle. In conclusion, the Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa is the definition of an original Ferrari.
Note: The picture and video are of 1948 Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa race cars, not 1947 models. The above mentioned ‘002’ model is a 1947 vehicle.
Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale’s 50th Birthday
In August 2017, the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale celebrated its 50th birthday. The 33 Stradale was originally penned by Franco Scaglione in Italy. Currently, the Museo Storio Museum in Arese, Italy has a 33 Stradale on display. The Italian wording for this year’s celebration was “33 La Bellezza Necessaria” which means “33 Necessary Beauty”. These words fit perfectly with the beauty and timeless appearance of the exterior of the Stradale.
Debut at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza 1967
The Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale was initally designed around the technology of the Tipo 33 race cars. It made its debut at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza in August 1967. At this point, Alfa Romeo adapted the Quadrifoglio four-lead clover badge as a symbol of pride. Fortunately for fans, the 33 Stradale was displayed on temporary exhibit for it’s 50th birthday. If you don’t get a chance to see it here, there’s always next time.
33 Stradale’s Chassis Used for Many Concept Vehicles
From the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale’s chassis, there were multiple concept cars designed over the years. These cars include the 33/2 Daytona, 33 SC 12 Turbo, 33TT12, Carabo, and Iguana. There’s a good chance you may have never heard of some or all of the vehicles. But, they were all created by Alfa Romeo on the 33 Stradale’s chassis. Each car had its own styling and purpose, ranging from full out race car to pedestrian concept car.
2.0-Liter V8 Engine with 6-Speed Colotti Manual Transmission
The Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale is a rear mid-engine two door vehicle. It was produced from November 1967 to March 1969 and assembled in Milan, Italy. The 33 Stradale sports a 2.0-liter V8 engine couped with a 6-speed Colotti manual transmission. At only 1,543 lbs, this was a very lightweight vehicle with an estimated 230 horsepower. This allows the car to hit 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, which was quick upon release but can be considered a bit sluggish in modern times. The 33 Stradale has a top speed of 160 mph.
Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale is Worth Over $10 Million in Today’s Market
Overall, the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale is a legendary car that hit it’s 50th birthday in August 2017. Initially sold for $17,000 in 1968, the 33 Stradale is worth well over $10 million in current times. As a rare spectacle, many are not fortunate enough to see this beautiful vehicle. For car collectors, this car equates to the dreams of many. In the end, the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale is a beautiful and timeless car that helped shape the way of racing through the years.