2017 Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Texas at Circuit of the Americas Schedule of Events #COTA

The 3.4-mile undulating racetrack at Circuit of Americas in Austin Texas features dramatic, natural elevation changes, including a 133-foot climb up to its signature Turn 1. The 20-turn circuit incorporates some of the best-loved and most challenging turns from other iconic Formula 1 tracks.

Friday, Sept 1, 2017
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM Pirelli World Challenge Registration – Ticket Booth – Lot A
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM Pirelli World Challenge Tech and Scales Open
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy Practice #1
8:40 AM – 9:20 AM Pirelli World Challenge TC/TCA/TCB Practice #1
9:30 AM – 10:20 AM Pirelli World Challenge SprintX Practice #1
10:30 AM – 10:55 AM Radical North American Masters Practice #1
11:05 AM – 11:50 AM Pirelli World Challenge GTS Practice #1
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Pirelli World Challenge TC/TCA/TCB Practice #2
12:30 PM – 1:15 PM LUNCH and Media Activities
1:15 PM – 1:45 PM Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy Practice #2
1:55 PM – 2:45 PM Pirelli World Challenge SprintX Practice #2
2:55 PM – 3:20 PM Radical North American Masters Practice #2
3:30 PM – 4:15 PM Pirelli World Challenge GTS Practice #2
4:25 PM – 4:40 PM Pirelli World Challenge TC/TCA/TCB Qualifying Group 1
4:45 PM – 5:00 PM Pirelli World Challenge TC/TCA/TCB Qualifying Group 2
5:10 PM – 5:35 PM Radical North American Masters Practice #3
5:45 PM – 6:05 PM Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy Practice #3
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM Pirelli World Challenge SprintX Pre-Race – CTMP Make-Up Race
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM Pirelli World Challenge SprintX Race

Saturday, Sept 2, 2017
7:00 AM – 3:00 PM Pirelli World Challenge Registration – Ticket Booth – Lot A
7:15 AM – 8:05 AM COTA Car Corral
7:30 AM – 5:00 PM Pirelli World Challenge Tech and Scales Open
8:10 AM – 8:35 AM Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy Warm Up
8:50 AM – 9:20 AM Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy Qualifying
9:30 AM – 9:50 AM Pirelli World Challenge GTS Qualifying
10:10 AM – 10:50 AM Pirelli World Challenge TC/TCA/TCB Race #1
11:10 AM – 11:30 AM Radical North American Masters Qualify
11:45 AM – 12:00 PM Pirelli World Challenge SprintX Group 1 Qualifying
12:05 PM – 12:20 PM Pirelli World Challenge SprintX Group 2 Qualifying
12:20 PM – 1:15 PM LUNCH and Media Activities
1:15 PM – 1:45 PM Pirelli World Challenge GTS Pre-Race
1:45 PM – 2:35 PM Pirelli World Challenge GTS Race #1
2:50 PM – 3:25 PM Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy Race #1
3:25 PM – 4:00 PM Pirelli World Challenge SprintX Pre-Race
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Pirelli World Challenge SprintX Race #1
5:15 PM – 5:45 PM Radical North American Masters Race #1

Sunday, Sept 3, 2017
7:30 AM – 12:00 PM Pirelli World Challenge Registration – Ticket Booth – Lot A
7:30 AM – 4:00 PM Pirelli World Challenge Tech and Scales Open
8:00 AM – 8:20 AM Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy Warm Up
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Radical North American Masters Race #2
9:10 AM – 9:40 AM Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy Qualifying #2
9:40 AM – 10:00 AM Pirelli World Challenge Pre-Race GTS
10:00 AM – 10:50 AM Pirelli World Challenge GTS Race #2
11:00 AM – 11:15 AM COTA Car Corral
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM LUNCH and Media Rides
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Pirelli World Challenge SprintX Pre-Race
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Pirelli World Challenge SprintX Race #2
1:45 PM – 2:20 PM Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy Race #2
2:35 PM – 3:15 PM Pirelli World Challenge TC/TCA/TCB Race #2
3:25 PM – 4:05 PM Radical North American Masters Enduro Race

All sessions, except as noted, to start and finish on schedule- subject to change –

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Text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation to the Red Cross.

I had a chance to speak with some of the passengers on my flight to Austin yesterday who were coming from all over the country to help with the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Boy Giving His Parents and Sister (5 9) Breakfast in Bed

Text HARVEY to 90999 and your $10 donation will be made directly to the Red Cross

To hear their stories about the tremendous impact on their friends and family makes me think that if everyone in my social media networks donated just $10 to the Red Cross to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, we could raise more than $750,000.

If you haven’t already made a donation to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, the Red Cross has made it easy to donate $10 – just text HARVEY to 90999 and your $10 donation will be made directly by your phone company to the Red Cross – your donation will be added to your next phone bill (No credit card needed).

How much impact can your SMS Text donation have on disaster relief efforts? According to the #RedCross, during Hurricane Sandy, 20% of all the money raised by the Red Cross to bring relief to the victims affected by the disaster, were from SMS Text donations.
Harvey is no longer a hurricane, but life-threatening flooding continues, overburdening resources in the country’s fourth-largest city and across the region.

Thank you for your support and to all the people of the Red Cross in their #HurricaneHarvey relief efforts. Text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10. The Red Cross will acknowledge your donation with a reply text message.

Here’s the 2017 Goodwood Revival Schedule. #GoodwoodRevival

The dates for 2017’s Goodwood Revival are Friday 8 September, through Sunday 10 September. Saturday and Sunday host seven races each, with all the weekend’s competitors taking advantage of practice sessions on the track on Friday.

Below is the provisional timetable for the 2017 Goodwood Revival as of August 17th –

Visit the official Goodwood Revival event website for updates.

  • Friday
    0700 Car parks open
    0730 Gates Open
    0800 FLYPAST
    0900 TRACK PARADE: Fiat 500
    0945 Official Practice: Kinrara Trophy
    1030 Official Practice: Chichester Cup
    1100 Official Practice: Madgwick Cup
    1130 Official Practice: Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy
    1215 Official Practice: St Mary’s Trophy – Part 1
    1245 HIGH SPEED DEMONSTRATION: 1957 Grand Prix
    1250 AIR DISPLAY
    1300 AIR DISPLAY
    1315 Official Practice: Goodwood Trophy
    1345 Official Practice: Whitsun Trophy
    1415 Official Practice: Freddie March Memorial Trophy
    1445 Official Practice: Brooklands Trophy
    1515 Official Practice: Richmond Trophy
    1545 Spectator grid walk
    1600 HIGH SPEED DEMONSTRATION: Tribute to Ecurie Ecosse
    1620 Official Practice: St Marys Trophy – Part 2
    1650 Free Practice: Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration
    1730 Official Practice: Glover Trophy
    1800 Official Practice: Sussex Trophy
    1845 RACE 1: Kinrara Trophy
    2150 Last orders for Over the Road
    2200 All bars and catering outlets Over the Road closed
  • Saturday
    Time Activity
    0700 Car parks open
    0730 Gates open
    0830 FLY PAST
    0900 Track Blessing
    0920 TRACK PARADE: Fiat 500
    1000 RACE 2: Chichester Cup
    1030 Bonhams Automobilia Auction – (entry by catalogue only)
    1045 RACE 3: Madgwick Cup
    1130 Settrington Cup Part 1
    1150 OFFICIAL PRACTICE: Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration
    1235 Spectator grid walk
    1255 TRACK PARADE: Ecurie Ecosse Tribute
    1300 AIR DISPLAY
    1315 AIR DISPLAY
    1330 Bonhams Motor Car Auction – entry by catalogue only
    1330 RACE 4: Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy – Part 1
    1420 RACE 5: St Mary’s Trophy – Part 1
    1510 RACE 6: Goodwood Trophy
    1550 HIGH SPEED DEMONSTRATION: 1957 Grand Prix
    1600 Best Dressed Fashion Parade
    1625 RACE 7: Whitsun Trophy
    1715 RACE 8: Freddie March Memorial Trophy
    1905 AIR DISPLAY
    2150 Last orders for Over the Road
    2200 All bars and catering outlets Over the Road closed
  • Sunday
    Time Activity
    0700 Car parks open
    0730 Gates open
    0800 Holy Communion
    0845 FLY PAST
    0900 Track Blessing
    0920 TRACK PARADE: Fiat 500
    1000 RACE 9: Brooklands Trophy
    1045 RACE 10: Richmond Trophy
    1125 Settrington Cup – Part 2
    1145 RACE 11: Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy – Part 2
    1235 RACE 12: St Mary’s Trophy – Part 2
    1300 AIR DISPLAY
    1315 AIR DIPLAY
    1340 TRACK MOMENT: 1957 British Grand Prix Celebration
    1410 RACE 14: Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration
    1530 Spectator grid walk
    1545 HIGH SPEED DEMONSTRATION: Ecurie Ecosse Tribute
    1600 Best dressed winner parade
    1615 RACE 15: Glover Trophy
    1700 RACE 16: Sussex Trophy
    1830 Prize giving (trackside at Race Control)
    2050 Last orders for Over the Road
    2100 All bars and catering outlets Over the Road closed

The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Awarded to 1954 #Maserati A6GCS/53

At a highly-anticipated private gathering during the famed Monterey Car Week, a 1954 Maserati A6GCS/53 Berlinetta by Pinin Farina, from the Monaco-based Destriero Collection, won The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award for 2016.

Read more about the 1954 Maserati A6GCS/53 Berlinetta…

via The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award for 2016 Awarded to 1954 Maserati A6GCS/53 Berlinetta by Pinin Farina — Motor Sports Newswire

Indian Motorcycle Celebrates Burt Munro’s Speed Record at Bonneville Salt Flats

Historic Tribute Highlighted by “Spirit of Munro” Land Speed Runs and Capped Off by Moonlit Screening of “The World’s Fastest Indian” with Director Roger Donaldson

more via Indian Motorcycle Celebrates Burt Munro’s Legacy and the 50th Anniversary of His Land Speed Record at Bonneville Salt Flats — Motor Sports Newswire

1965 Shelby GT350R Competition

“Original Venice Crew” Begins Production of Genuine 1965 Shelby GT350R Competition Cars with Independent Rear Suspension

OVC Mustang Team

LOS ANGELES, CA – August 16, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The group who built the first series of Shelby American racecars based on Ford’s iconic ‘65 Mustang fastbacks, dubbed the “Original Venice Crew,” will begin production of a limited series of the famous racers in Southern California. These new specially authorized versions of the 1965 Shelby GT350Rs will feature a race-focused independent rear suspension originally designed at Ford in 1964. Only 36 of these very special cars will be built, each incorporating several experimental enhancements designed by Shelby American designer Peter Brock. These upgrades were not implemented in 1965 due to time constraints. The continuation cars are licensed by both Carroll Shelby Licensing and the Ford Motor Company.

In 1964, Shelby American started with a “K Code” ‘65 Mustang 2+2 and proceeded to convert Ford Motor Company’s mild-mannered Mustang into a heart pounding, fire breathing racer that dominated road race circuits all over America. Of the 562 built in the 1965 model year, just 36 were officially designated as competition models; this was denoted by the “R” in the Shelby serial numbers.

“Much like Carroll Shelby’s original Cobra, the 1965 Ford Shelby GT350R changed the performance car landscape,” said Jim Marietta, CEO of the Original Venice Crew. “By adapting lessons that the Shelby team learned racing Cobras and Daytona Coupes, our Crew at Shelby American turned a ‘mule into a racehorse’ as Carroll Shelby would say. Three of us who created the first Shelby GT350Rs at the Venice, California, race shop reunited in 2015 for a very special project. We agreed to build the ‘R’ model that we envisioned in 1965, but couldn’t due to time, expense and other restraints.”

The Original Venice Crew (OVC) is comprised of former Shelby American employees (1962 to 1965) Peter Brock, Jim Marietta and Ted Sutton. They began with the same 1965 Mustang, K-Code, equipped with a 289 c.i.d. engine and Borg Warner 4-speed that was the basis for the Shelby GT350 that year. This time, however, Brock finally had an opportunity to refine and integrate some of the components originally deleted. These include a redesigned front valance, refined Plexiglas rear window and Plexiglas quarter windows. The OVC Crew also incorporated a very special experimental Ford Advanced Vehicle independent rear suspension originally intended for this model.

“The revised shape of the window improves the car’s interior aerodynamics by promoting better airflow for driver comfort while the new front valance has a much closer identity with the original Mustang front-end while increasing the efficiency of airflow to cool the engine,” said Brock. “While these changes may look subtle, they combine with the new suspension to dramatically change the character of the car.”

Competition testing of the first car was conducted at Willow Springs Raceway in the spring of 2015. The test team included Vince LaViolette, Shelby American’s current test driver, and Rick Titus, son of Shelby Trans Am winning driver Jerry Titus. Former Shelby American driver and Le Mans winner John Morton was recruited to help develop the car’s suspension and refine its handling.

“During track testing, people began to ask if the car was for sale,” said Sutton. “After a landslide of inquiries, we decided to see if there was a good case for offering a limited run of them.”

While evaluating the program, OVC secured licenses from Carroll Shelby Licensing and Ford Motor Company to build the cars. This allows OVC to badge them accordingly and give each a Shelby serial number. Documentation for the cars will be submitted to the Shelby American Automobile Club Registry, as well as the official Shelby American Registry administered by Carroll Shelby International.

The new company will put the car into production in the fall of 2017. Each OVC built continuation Ford Shelby GT350R will be authentic from its spartan race bred interior to the mechanicals and cosmetics. Each car will feature a competition prepared cast iron block engine supplied by the Carroll Shelby Engine Company, which will be coupled to a period correct 4-speed transmission with an authentic Shelby shifter. The car bodies will be fully reconditioned and built to 1965 “competition” specs before installation of a new Brock designed front valance, refined rear window, quarter glass installation and finished with Ford’s iconic Wimbledon White paint.

Production of the cars will be in Southern California, just as Carroll Shelby and the OVC team did in 1965. Since the authentic Shelby GT350R cars begin with a 1965 donor, they can be raced as well as registered for street duty.

The first car will be displayed at several Monterey, California, locations during Collector Car Week in mid-August. These include the Carmel by the Sea Concours, McCall’s Motorworks Revival, Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and Concorso Italiano. Several of the OVC team will accompany the cars to reminisce and talk about this new Shelby. Those interested in a Shelby from OVC can call (424) 346-3664. Additional information is available at www.ovcmustangs.com.

About the Original Venice Crew

Founded by Jim Marietta, the Original Venice Crew (OVC) is the only company authorized by both Carroll Shelby Licensing and Ford Motor Company to build continuation Ford Shelby GT350R Competition Models with the optional independent rear suspension and SFM series serial number.

Founded and operated by three of the people who built the first Shelby GT350R (5R002) over 50 years ago, the company will manufacture just 36 of these new “competition model” 1965 cars in Southern California.

Each car has production versions of experimental parts designed by Peter Brock but not integrated into cars during the 1960s. Documentation of the cars will be submitted to the Shelby American Automobile Club Registry and Shelby American Registry administered by Carroll Shelby International.

Additional information is at www.ovcmustangs.com.

Mecum Monterey 2017, The Daytime Auction

Blue-chip vehicles to be offered at the auction include a 1958 Lister-Jaguar “Knobbly”, a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Long Nose, a 2015 McLaren P1, a 2017 Ferrari F12tdf, a 1977 Porsche 935 Factory Race Car and a 2003 Ferrari Enzo, to name just a sample.

Mecum’s Daytime Auction in Monterey is open to buyers, sellers and spectators. Bidder registration is available online in advance for $100, $200 after auction start, and includes admission for two to each auction day. General admission tickets are available in advance online for $20 per person, per day, and for $30 at the door and online once the auction begins; children 12 and younger receive complimentary admission. Doors open daily at 8 a.m. with the vehicle auction beginning at 1 p.m. on Wednesday and at 10 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Portions of the auction will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network with a live stream of the entire auction presented at Mecum.com.

Auction Schedule
Mecum Monterey 2017, The Daytime Auction

Date: Aug. 16-19, 2017

Location: Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa – Del Monte Golf Course, 1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey, CA 93940

Admission: $20 in advance online, and $30 at the door and online once auction starts—per person, per day; children 12 and younger receive complimentary admission

Preview: Gates open daily at 8 a.m.

Auction: Vehicles begin at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16, and at 10 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17-19
(All times Pacific)

#Koenigsegg at Mecum Monterey Auction

Boxing Champ’s Supercar, LaFerraris, Bugatti Veyrons and more to Headline 600-Vehicle Lineup  – Among an earth-shattering lineup of 600 amazing classic and collector cars, Mayweather’s Multimillion-Dollar Koenigsegg to be featured at Mecum Monterey Auction.

More via Mayweather’s Multimillion-Dollar Koenigsegg at Mecum Monterey Auction — Motor Sports Newswire