When Ferrari racing cars came to 1950s America!

“THE FOUR HORSEMEN: An inside look at America’s quartet of leading FERRARI sports car racing teams in the 1950s, recalled by an author who was there in period” is the title and sub-head of my feature article in Vintage Motorsport magazine’s Jan/Feb 2017 issue currently in circulation. The four “Prancing Horse” principals are, alphabetically, John Edgar, James Kimberly, Antonio Parravano, and John von Neumann. The era/place is mid-20th Century United States and its offshore venues in words and photographs from when customer Ferraris were the latest and often greatest on our nation’s road racing and airport circuits. Read of the cars, owners and drivers in this 7-page time travel!

 

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THE BABY BAT in BIMMER magazine’s Current Issue #144

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BIMMER magazine’s February 2017 Issue #144, currently in circulation, offers my feature article about Sam and Robin Moultrie’s 1976 BMW 2002 Schnitzer-bodied/equipped competition car’s European history, recent restoration, and comeback for vintage racing. It’s our story of The Baby Bat(mobile) and the enthusiasts involved in this rare car’s life, past, present and future. Check it out. Photography by William Edgar and Klaus Schnitzer

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Once upon a time, long before the Penske fleet …

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One of the very first Big Race Car Transporters on the racing scene, parked here at the Palm Springs Airport in November 1956. The hot-rodded GMC tractor hauled this Fruehauf trailer designed to carry three race cars and fitted with stove, refrigerator, sink, well-stocked liquor and Champagne bar, and four pull-down sleep bunks. The two John Edgar-owned Ferraris are (left) the former factory 1954 Le Mans-winning 375 Plus s/n 0396AM (rebodied by Scaglietti) and the 1955 Carroll Shelby-driven Palm Springs-race winning 410 Sport s/n 0598CM. An Edgar 550 Porsche Spyder rests snugly inside the famous, gleaming rig topped with observation deck from which Gary Cooper, among others, watched the Palm Springs sports car road races. Edgar Motorsport Archive Photo by Lester Nehamkin.

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Nobody does IndyCar team racing quite like Roger …

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The other day we were at Sonoma Raceway (Sears Points for those who remember it as such) while doing a photo shoot on a vintage BMW racing car when Roger Penske’s TEAM PENSKE multi-wheeled armada of six transporters rolled in from the east coast for this weekend’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. Stopping everything to grab this shot was irresistible. Photo by William Edgar

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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)

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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!

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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

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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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