October 2016 Issues Trifecta: 3 feature articles coming out in July.

Ex-Busby 320 Turbo - Photo courtesy owner Cory Muensterman

BIMMER magazine: “SHOWTIME!”  If ever a BMW race car lit up the motorsport stage in the U.S., it was the 320 Turbo. Freshly restored by Jim Busby for a star turn at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion this August, the ex-Jim Busby Racing IMSA 320 Turbo chassis #005 takes a bow. Story by William Edgar, Photography by Nate Hassler. (This photo: Courtesy of the car owner, Cory Muensterman)

Busby Moretti Porsche 935 - Photo Courtesy Jim Busby Racing

EXCELLENCE magazine: “BUZZ BUSBY”  Porsche wasn’t the only marque in Jim Busby’s competition career, but it’s arguably the make that awarded him the most of what he wanted from racing, along with his greatest number of podium finishes as both driver and entrant. Story by William Edgar, Photography by Porsche and Jim Busby Racing. (This photo: Courtesy of Jim Busby Racing)

Moeller 312 T5 - Photo William Edgar

FORZA magazine: “SECOND LIFE”  Retired by the factory after the 1980 F1 season, this Ferrari 312 T5 chassis #046 has found a new career in over 20 years of vintage racing under owner Bud Moeller, who will drive the car at Elkhart Lake in July, and at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion in August. Story and Photography by William Edgar. 

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Jim Busby’s Ferrari 400i GTC is alive, mean, and loud of song!

Jim Busby Ferrari 400i GTC - Photo courtesy of Jim Busby Racing

See the 20th Anniversary June 2016 Issue of FORZA magazine for William Edgar’s 6-page feature article “Competition Conversion: Jim Busby builds the 400i race car that Ferrari never did”, with article photography by Nate Hassler. The one-off Ferrari Special was trophied at Bruce Meyer’s June 19, 2016 Rodeo Drive Concours in Beverly Hills, and will be seen again in Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival at the Monterey Jet Center on August 17th and at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering in Carmel Valley on August 19th. The Ferrari’s Jim Busby Racing transforming restoration story, from 1982 tired road car to vibrant “GTC” version that Enzo Ferrari might have built in period, is the narrative of Busby’s dream to create this car and feed his passion. (This photo: Courtesy of Jim Busby Racing.)

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Peter Revson in March/April 2016 issue of Vintage Motorsport

Revson McLaren M8F - William Edgar photo

Days of Glory is William Edgar’s 6-page feature article that profiles Peter Revson in the coming March/April 2016 issue of Vintage Motorsport magazine. After taking pole at the Indianapolis 500, but failing to win the race, Revson scored big in the Canadian-American Challenge Cup series then moved to F1 Grand Prix, where death cut short a stunning racing career. The author recalls those times firsthand. Revson is seen here in the factory Can-Am McLaren M8F at Road Atlanta on the day of his first Can-Am victory in July 1971. William Edgar Photo

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TV Host Spike Feresten’s cars in 2 recent print magazine articles

Photo Esquire Network

Spike Feresten, TV Series Car Matchmaker producer-host, with his 1968 Porsche 911L Lightweight former Trans-Am race car. William Edgar’s 11-page “Poster Car” feature article on this classic Porsche and Feresten’s ownership appeared in the February 2015 issue of Porsche Club of America’s Porsche Panorama magazine. The third season of Car Matchmaker begins on June 22, 2016. Photo Courtesy Esquire Network

 

Photo by William Edgar

Spike Feresten in West Los Angeles at the wheel of his 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4, the subject of William Edgar’s “Fab Four” 5-page article about how Feresten splits the Ferrari’s road time between work/errand runner and fun recreational ride with his wife and their two young sons, featured in the November 2015 issue of Forza magazine. Forza magazine photo by William Edgar

Photo by William Edgar

Spike Feresten with his 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 and production crew members during a studio film shoot for a segment in his popular Car Matchmaker Esquire Network TV series. Forza magazine photo by William Edgar

Photo by Nate Hassler

Spike Feresten “carving canyons” at the wheel of his Porsche 911L Lightweight in the coastal mountains above Malibu California. Unpublished Photo Courtesy of the Porsche Panorama article’s photographer Nate Hassler

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Two New Porsche Articles in time for 2015 Rennsport Reunion V

Bridgehampton Trans Am - June 23, 1968

Above: EXCELLENCE magazine (current November 2015 issue) has William Edgar’s 5-page feature article “Heavyweight Lightweight” about Bob Bailey’s Porsche 911L Under-2-Liter SCCA Trans-Am race car that first owner Bailey raced in 1968-69 and today, after assorted homes and restorations, owns for a second time and road rallies with his son Cannon Bailey. Photo Courtesy Bob Bailey Collection: Bob Bailey standing with his 911L on grid at the Bridgehampton Trans-Am race of June 23, 1968.

Below: VINTAGE MOTORSPORT magazine (current Sep/Oct 2015 issue) has Edgar’s 6-page feature article “The General Kilpatrick Speedster Lives On” about Ernie Nagamatsu’s “Number Seven” 1958 Kilpatrick Porsche Speedster that survived 55,000 miles of road racing while owned and driven by California Air National Guard Brigadier General James R. Kilpatrick.  Purchased in 1997 by Nagamatsu and restored to period racing specs and livery, the Speedster has returned to competition in today’s historic road racing. Photo Courtesy Ernie Nagamatsu Collection: Elaine Nagamatsu and her husband Ernie pose with the Kilpatrick Speedster and two more of their iconic FIA-certified race cars, Old Yeller II and a Shelby Cobra.  

[Update: Both of these Porsches were at Rennsport Reunion V, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, the last weekend in September 2015. The 911L was displayed in the Heritage Tent. The Kilpatrick Speedster was raced on track by owner Ernie Nagamatsu.]

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Michael Argetsinger Remembered

Michael Argetsinger

A great personal friend, motorsport author, former racer, forever enthusiast and simply wonderful and kind person in any realm, is gone. Michael Argetsinger has died, resulting from cancer, at his and his wife Lee’s home in Chicago. Michael is seen here while driving around the 6.6-mile “Old Course” at Watkins Glen, New York, as we did an easy sedan lap of the road race circuit made famous as venue for the first Sports Car Grand Prix in America 66 years ago on October 2, 1948. The historic racing event was founded by Michael’s late father, Cameron Argetsinger. Jean Argetsinger, Michael’s mother, later created the Research Library at the now world-renowned International Motor Racing Research Center at Watkins Glen. The Argetsinger family and countless number of Michael’s friends will miss the elegant charm, award-winning talent, and gentle thoughtfulness of this extraordinary man.

Michael R. Argetsinger obituary in IMRRC News Release

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Four recent Porsche Features in Porsche Panorama

“To Hollywood and Back Again”   Story by William Edgar – November 2014

Vowell and Staimer with Porsche 912

Original owner and screenwriter DAVID VOWELL Vowell (left) with his showroom new 1967 Porsche 912 in North Hollywood, California, and current owner, machine tool engineer DIRK STAIMER with the same 912 near Staimer’s home city of Bielefeld, Germany, in August 2014. My 11-page article in the November 2014 issue of Porsche Panorama traces the life of this solitary 912 Porsche through the ownerships of three individual enthusiasts: Vowell, then middle-owner California artist ERICH SANTNER, and finally back to Germany for Staimer, who affectionately refers to the recently restored car as his Hollywood Diva. David Vowell and Dirk Staimer contributed these two “Selfie” photos with the 912 along with other color photography used in the story, which includes a Teutoburg Forest road photo of Staimer’s 912 by Stefan Thonesen.

 “Mama Roo”   Story by William Edgar – February 2014

Ruth Levy Raymond Collection photos

RUTH LEVY RAYMOND (October 29, 1930 – December 23, 2014) is the Porsche race car-driving and personality star of my 11-page article published in the February 2014 issue of Porsche Panorama. Also known as “Little Lead Foot” she aced her baptism of racing Porsches and lived true to her grit straight on to her mid-eighties. By her own confession, life had been one wild, extraordinary ride. “The first time I drove any car by myself,” she laughed, “I ran into the side of the house and took out the phone lines.” She was driving her mom’s Buick, the same road boat Ruth later did donuts with on Minnesota’s frozen lakes. She would go on to race and win with her own Porsche 356 Speedsters and the 550 Spyders owned by John Edgar and Stan Sugarman. Gone now, the irrepressible Mama Roo is survived by her husband Wayne, daughters Jackie and Pam, grand-daughter Kelly, their families, and legions of friends and fans. Above photos of Ruth from the 1950s are courtesy of the Ruth Levy Raymond Collection. Article photography by Edgar Motorsport Archive, with lead photo by Pete Stout.

“The Ultimate Le Mans Porsche”   Story by William Edgar – September 2013

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After decades in a museum basement, this “Kremer” 935 K3, the only true production-based Porsche to win overall at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, is alive again thanks to the vision and pursuit of classic and race car enthusiast/collector BRUCE MEYER of Beverly Hills, California. My 10-page article in the September 2013 issue of Porsche Panorama tells the full story of this legendary Porsche from period races to retirement, along with legal shadows followed by bright restoration and re-birth. Co-driven by the American privateer Whittington Brothers and Germany’s Klaus Ludwig to win the French 24 in 1979, chassis number 009-00015 was ultimately purchased by Meyer and restored by BRUCE CANEPA and staff at Canepa in Scotts Valley, California. The car today is once more the battle wagon it was built to be, and remains one of the most famous of all Porsche race cars. Photo of Meyer by William Edgar; testing on top of the Corkscrew at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca photo courtesy of Canepa. Article photography by Pawel Litwinski and William Edgar.

 “The Edgar Spyders”   Story by William Edgar – April 2013

Edgar Spyders - John Edgar Photo

After taking a liking to Porsche’s 550 Spyder, JOHN EDGAR bought three of them, leaving an indelible impression on me, his son. Edgar Team chief mechanic JOE LANDAKER works on the Edgar-owned Porsche 550A-0104 (foreground) while driver JACK McAFEE (in green) and team mechanic HARRY JONES (in red) make engine adjustments on one of the other two 550s present at this November 4, 1956 SCCA National Road Races meet on the Palm Springs, California airport circuit. My 9-page article in the April 2013 issue of Porsche Panorama tells the story of my father’s trio of Porsche Spyders that were driven in period during his ownership by Jack McAfee, RUTH LEVY and PETE LOVELY. McAfee and Lovely co-drove a privateer Edgar 550 at the Sebring 12-Hour in March 1956 to finish second in class behind Baron Huschke von Hanstein’s factory 550 driven by Hans Herrmann and Wolfgang von Trips. Immediately after the race, von Hanstein sold the class-winning 550 to Edgar, which became the Spyder that McAfee drove to win the SCCA Modified F Class championship for 1956. The red cars pictured are Edgar’s Ferrari 857S (#99) and Ferrari 410 Sport (#88), the car in which Edgar driver Carroll Shelby won the Palm Springs main that day. Paddock photo by John Edgar. Article photos from Edgar Motorsport Archive.

 

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