If you read our F1 post from several days ago, the world known as Formula One was on the brink of becoming CART Wars, PART II. A majority of the teams who race in the international F1 Championship were prepared (so they said), to launch a breakaway series, due in large part to their dissatisfaction with the requirements set forth by the governing body and its president, Max Mosely.
It’s been nearly a week since the Italian Grand Prix run at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, in Monza, Italy – and already, I miss Phil Hill. As the first American to win the Formula One Driver’s Championship in 1961, Hill, who died of complications from Parkinson’s Disease August 28, 2008, in Monterey, California, was an important influence on the world of automobiles, racing, and International relations.
Even as recently as this year, Hill was a constant, loyal attendee at races all over the world and as such, was an influence on the culture of things automotive and served as an American ambassador of good will. When I think about the risk that drivers faced in F-1 and other forms of racing in the 1950s and ’60s, it’s amazing Hill even lived to tell the tale.
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This week, the all-new VehicleVoice podcast takes you to the Monterey Historic Races at the Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway. Trackside!
This is one of our very favorite automotive events each year. The Historics are everything auto enthusiasts hope for. Where else can you see a Bentley from the 1920s competing on the same track that hosts the American Le Mans series? Race cars from the genesis of the sport, all the way up to the current Toyota F1 car took to the track this weekend, and we were there…with cameras and microphones, to bring it to you.
The races aren’t the only event that takes place during the Historics. The Concours de Elegance at Pebble Beach brings million-dollar trailer queens together to strut their stuff before hitting the auction block. The Concorso Italiano features so many gorgeous Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Fiats, Lancias and Maseratis, it’s hard to think straight amidst all the red paint. And MINI claimed the weekend as their own this year as well, celebrating the featured Historics’ marque, Cooper. They introduced their new MINI Cooper GP and kicked off a two-week cross-country drive of MINI enthusiasts.
We were there for it all, and we begin our coverage with an audio podcast that will have you drooling over the sounds of Maseratis from the 50s, 60s American muscle cars, and the incredible song of Toyota’s F1 race car, driven to a track record by none other than Ricardo Zonta.
Hear it all right here!
00:35 Track Introduction David Barrett, VehicleVoice contributor
01:40 The Featured Marque – Cooper Karol Andrews of the Cooper Car Club
05:10 Mini Cooper Mini Takes the States Kick Off Party with Jim McDowell, Vice Prersident of Marketing for MINI and Andrew Cutler, MINI Communications Manager
07:44 The Sounds of Classic Race Cars David Barrett, VehicleVoice contributor
09:56 Toyota TF Formula 1 Race Car engine noise courtesy of Toyota and test driver Ricardo Zonta