Group C was one of the greatest eras in racing history, producing the fastest cars to ever run the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans. The story of how it died was, sadly, one that it should have seen coming. As I said, Group C was one of the greatest eras in racing, possibly an equal to the classic Ford versus Ferrari, Ferrari versus Porsche battles of the 1960s. What’s odd is that both eras died the same way. Back in the early ‘70s, the organizers at Le Mans became concerned that the big 5.0 liter Porsche 917s and Ferrari 512s competing for overall wins were getting too fast, so they agreed that they would limit engine size to 3.0 liters. By no accident, this was also the same size that engines were allowed to be in Formula 1 at the time. The cars that competed at Le Mans would share their engine designs with the top single seaters of the era. While Ferrari and Porsche etched themselves into history fighting against each other in 1970 and ‘71, Ferrari and the French … [Read more...] about How Group C Died
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Maryann Struman Detroit Free Press Published 3:09 PM EST Jan 17, 2019 Karim Farid "Fred" Ajluni, an immigration lawyer who helped establish metro Detroit as one of the largest Arab-American immigrant communities in the country, died on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 of natural causes. He was 89. Born in Ramallah, Palestine, a few miles north of Jerusalem, he immigrated to Detroit in 1948. He graduated from Wayne State University and Wayne State Law School. He specialized in immigration law. "His is the immigrant's story, an example of how a young man can leave his homeland in search of a better life with new opportunities and come to the 'land of opportunity' to live the American Dream," said his son, Dr. Sam Aljuni. As an immigration lawyer, he helped to bring people from all over the world to metro Detroit, initially starting with Middle Eastern countries like Syria, Egypt and Yemen, and then extending to other regions, such as Eastern Europe after the fall of the … [Read more...] about Palestinian philanthropist Fred Ajluni dies at 89
Mission: Impossible Fallout, the sixth movie of the spy franchise which hit theaters last weekend, has been blowing people away with its incredible action. One of the best sequences in the movie is a motorcycle and car chase through the streets of Paris. Here’s how it was pulled off. Wade Eastwood, stunt coordinator for Mission: Impossbile Rogue Nation and Mission: Impossible Fallout, among many other impressive titles, is not just the guy responsible for stopping Tom Cruise from killing himself when filming unbelievable stunts. He’s also a Formula 3 and Radical racing driver on the weekends with dreams of racing LMP2 Le Mans. Earlier this week, he took half an hour out of his busy schedule to talk to me about how he managed to execute one of the best chase sequences of the decade, with Tom Cruise on a motorcycle and behind the wheel of an E28 BMW M5 being chased by the police and Rebecca Ferguson’s returning character, Ilsa Foust, through Paris. This interview has … [Read more...] about Here’s How the Mission: Impossible Fallout Crew Designed One of the Best Car Chases of the Decade
Preparation We’re very much a divided community, although not necessarily in a bad way. Our world of car culture has only flourished courtesy of the internet; it has revealed things to us which we never could have even imagined otherwise. It has, however, also been responsible for the formation of sub-cultures within sub-cultures, the result of which has fragmented the overall automotive community. I remember quite vividly joining my first automotive web forum. It was just a group of car guys and girls from all walks of life, with all manner of different tastes in cars. Regardless if you were a Japanese or Italian car fan, we were all under the one banner. Today, it’s rare to find somewhere that caters for all areas of car culture, with most marques and models having their own specific user groups which rarely venture outside their own self-imposed confines. I think we argue a lot more now than we used to, or maybe the arguments are just easier to have or … [Read more...] about How Group B Can Save Us All
Fifty-nine years ago, the 1955 Le Mans 24-hour race started like any other. It ended with the usual champagne, as well. In the middle as many as 130 died in the most horrific disaster in motorsports history. [Warning: graphic content] It's hard to say just how many people died in the crash. The French police files have never been opened, and one long time Le Mans racing chief later estimated the death toll at 130. Within hours of the crash, the local police reported sixty five dead, as one racer remembered, and now the death toll is usually reported as something in the 80s. An initial news report claims 82 spectators killed, some decapitated by a flying hood "like a guillotine." Another 120 were "maimed," according to current writing, though initial news stories estimated around 70. All of this was from one car cutting through the crowd alone. It remains the worst disaster in motorsports history. I'll try and give an explanation of how it happened, why so many people died, and why the … [Read more...] about Just How Horrifying Was The Worst Crash In Motorsports, Le Mans ’55?