Video: There's Something Special About Listening to Pre-War Race Cars

The thought behind many pre-war race cars seemed to be less about "How can we make this car faster?" and more about "How can we attach four wheels to this giant engine?" Things were different back then, but the results are often impressive: massive, high-powered cars with skinny tires and little thought to aerodynamics.


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5/15/20 3:28 p.m.

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wspohn Dork
5/23/20 12:12 p.m.

When I was racing at Laguna in the early 1980s, one of the true gentlemen (sadly no longer with us) was Peter Giddings, who owned a number of wonderful prewar cars. I ran in the same race as he did on a number of occasions at several tracks ad he usually ran his Talbot Lago. It sounded wonderful!

The difference between the old cars and the new guard was brought home when I had just finished watching another prewar car being started by being up on a jack, in gear. with one helper cranking it and another going back and forth across the intake trumpets (it was another straight 6) spraying ether.  A few minutes later as I walked by the Porsche contingent from the factory, I watched a fuek injected 917 that the started instantly by a push of a button.   Easier, but not as romantic!

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