If this page’s banner photo looks like Sebring, you’re right. It’s a John Edgar photograph shot with his 35mm Leica showing the Sebring 12-Hour start grid on March 24, 1956. The number 43 privateer Porsche 550 Spyder is John’s, driven in the car-pounding Florida endurance race by Jack McAfee and Pete Lovely to finish 7th overall and 2nd on Index of Performance. The Edgar car was also second-in-class behind the Porsche factory 550 of Hans Herrmann and Wolfgang von Trips. The duel was a classic “Battle Royale”, which is the title of my story about it all in Excellence magazine’s November 2006 edition, many articles ago. Time to dig into those back issues!
The Sept/Oct 2012 issue of Vintage Motorsport magazine has my article on the Carroll Shelby/Roy Salvadori overall win for Aston Martin at the 1959 Twenty-Four Hours of Le Mans. Much of this “Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori – How They Won Le Mans in 1959” text is drawn for my numerous interviews over the years with Carroll, a personal friend from the time he first drove Ferraris and Maseratis for John Edgar in the mid-1950s. Among the photographs illustrating this story will be those from The Cahier Archive and The Klemantaski Collection, as well as the Edgar Motorsport Archive.
Forza magazine (issue 119, August 2012) has my “Blue Swan” article on Steve Thein’s Ferrari 330 GTS. It’s a delightful silver-blue convertible with black cloth top, and certainly a favorite road car. The feature concentrates on this 1967 Ferrari’s recent restoration by Scott Drnek’s staff at Virtuoso Performance in Hayward, California. In addition to finding this article in print in Forza, like some others below it can also be read on the magazine’s website by clicking this direct link: http://www.forza-mag.com/issues/119/articles/blue-swan
Another of my Ferrari restoration Forza magazine articles (issue 118, June 2012) titled “Reunited” looks at David Cottingham and his sons and staff at England’s DK Engineering, where the ex-John Edgar 1955 Ferrari 857S Monza was recently returned to its original magnificence, from unique tail-fin to long-separated 4-cylinder engine. Read this on-line at the Forza magazine website: http://www.forza-mag.com/issues/118/articles/reunited
And there’s my Forza magazine (issue 114, December 2011) story “Rise of the Phoenix” about Wayne Obry’s most difficult of all his celebrated restorations, recounting how he and his Motion Products artists and technicians brought the wildfire charred hulk of a Ferrari Series I Cabriolet back to life as the splendid road car it was built to be. Read it on-line at: http://www.forza-mag.com/issues/114/articles/rise-of-the-phoenix
“The Beast” is my Forza magazine (issue 104, October 2010) article about the torrid late-1950s Ferrari 412MI hot-rod that married the factory’s most potent V12 with a specially created sports car racing chassis. Click on: http://www.forza-mag.com/issues/104/articles/the-beast
And, there’s more …
Remember when the Corvette debuted at the 24 Hours of Le Mans? 52 years ago! My article “First French Foray” in Corvette magazine (September 2010 issue) is the story of the Briggs Cunningham team’s three Chevrolet Corvettes going to Le Mans and one of them (do you know which?) finishing 8th overall and first in 5.0-liter GT class. Click on: http://www.corvette-mag.com/issues/59/articles/first-french-foray
With The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering returning to central California’s Carmel Valley each August during Monterey/Pebble Beach week, it might be of interest to see my extensive, illustrated article about this arguably most enjoyable of collector car shows. My “The Quail Life – Up Close at the 2011 Motorsports Gathering” can be found on-line at Sports Car Digest: http://www.sportscardigest.com/the-quail-life-up-close-at-the-2011-motorsports-gathering/
Another article I wrote for Sports Car Digest, which can be read on-line, is “Carroll Shelby – The Edgar Ferrari and Maserati Years”. The story’s 6200 words and many photographs detail Shelby’ scores of races driving my father’s sports cars in the mid-to-late-1950s. http://www.sportscardigest.com/carroll-shelby-the-john-edgar-ferrari-and-maserati-years/
And … on Bimmer magazine’s website you’ll find my story from issue #95 titled “Being There”, described by editor Jackie Jouret as “Wherein our author imagines himself in Europe watching BMW prepare for—and win!—the 1940 Gran Premio Brescia della Mille Miglia, the last big road race before World War II.” Beware that it’s different and, in every sense of the word, quite a “trip.” Board a cross-Atlantic ocean liner with me in 1938 and sail off to a motorsport past. Click http://www.bimmer-mag.com/issues/95/articles/being-there
More recently: The August 2012 issue of Forza magazine (issue #120) has my 6-page article titled “Taming the Cavallino Rampante” about Bud Moeller and his “Prancing Horse” Ferrari F2003-GA Formula-1 car that Moeller runs with the Scuderia’s F1 Clienti program of non-competitive track events here and abroad. The GA’s 930 horsepower, virtually no suspension travel, and neck-snappingly strong brakes demand much of its driver, but, as the subtitle reads: “57-year-old Bud Moeller wouldn’t have it any other way”.
Bud Moeller in his Ferrari F2003-GA, coached by F1 Clienti’s chief technical coordinator Maurizio Nardon (left) and former Scuderia Ferrari test driver Marc Gené,, Sonoma, California, April 27, 2012.
Photo: William Edgar
These titles are just a few of the nearly 500 motorsport articles I have written over the past 28 years for publications that include Bimmer, Excellence, Forza, Corvette, Vintage Motorsport, Octane, Sports Car Digest, MG Enthusiast, Sports Car Illustrated, Vintage Racecar, Veloce Today, Road & Track, Classic Driver, Robb Report Collection, Robb Report Motorcyclist, The Classic Motorcycle, Cycle News, Rider, Sport Rider, Porsche Panorama, as well as editorial features for various motorsport event previews and programs. It’s tons of words, piles of pictures, and all of it long hard work … but hellishly damn fun.
In addition to announcing my latest magazine article, “Westward, Ho!” posted on this website’s Home Page, there has been other editorial since August 2012 that needs mention here in this “New Stuff” section of “Articles” added on April 22, 2013.
Also for Forza, my 6-page “Bonneville Bullet” article is in the magazine’s April 2013 issue, where I tell the story of a 575M Maranello that Jim Busby’s JBR Motorsports in Laguna Beach, California, transformed into a class-correct land speed record car for owner Joe Moch to set a new speed record for its class—bullet straight on Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats. The story tells of the car’s meticulous build and prep, plus dramatic Bonneville testing thus far, and I will add a Part II to this saga when the speed record-seeking Ferrari runs again for the official mark later this year at Bonneville.
In the June 2013 issue of Corvette magazine, another of Ross Periodicals’ publications, there’s my 5-page article on Gibson “Gib” Hufstader, the Chevrolet career engineer highly responsible for delivering GM factory developed race car parts to privateer GM race cars during that period when GM, most conspicuously Corvette, was not supposed to be engaged in a factory racing effort. Hufstader’s shadowy presence while assisting GM’s genius skunk works innovator /tuner Zora Arkus-Duntov gave birth to an appropriate title for this Hufstader piece: “Phantom Engineer”.
“Old Number 11” is the name of my 6-page article in the March/April 2013 Vintage Motorsport magazine about the ex-John von Neumann multiple trophies-winning MGTD Special that has raced almost continually since 1950, and is still a top contender in vintage racing today, driven by present owner Don Martine of Pacific Grove, California.
The Porsche Club of America’s monthly magazine, Porsche Panorama, has in its April 2013 issue my 9-page article “The Edgar Spyders” that relates the story of my father, John Edgar, and his three Porsche 550 Spyder privateer race cars, one of which was second in class and Index of Performance at Sebring’s 12 Hours in 1956, while another won the Under-1500cc Pebble Beach Cup race a month later on the final day of racing through the Pebble Beach forest. This was my first contribution to Porsche Panorama, with several more articles currently in preparation for that magazine. One of them, in the September 2013 issue, is my 10-page story “The Ultimate Le Mans Porsche” about the Porsche 935 K3 that won The 24 Hours of Le Mans overall in 1979, a car now owned by Bruce Meyer. Another, coming in the magazine’s February 2014 issue, is my 11-page biographical feature “Mama Roo” about Ruth Levy Raymond and the Porsches she raced in the 1950s.
For the 2013 edition of the world’s most distinguished car show, I wrote an article for the Pebble Beach Company’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance INISDER magazine as lead up to the Pebble Beach event itself in August of last year. The story is about Bruce Canepa and his expansive Canepa restoration and tuning facility in Scotts Valley, California, with special focus on Canepa’s love for, and long association with, Porsche 911-based cars for both road and track. Featured in the article is the restoration of the 1979 overall Le Mans-winning 935 K3 currently owned by Bruce Meyer of Beverly Hills, a stand-out example shown at Pebble Beach’s selection of the Porsche 911s that celebrate the model’s 50th anniversary last year.
In the works for Bimmer magazine to be published this year is my article about 1976 AMA Motorcycle Road Race Champion Reg Pridmore and the British ex-pat’s title-winning BMW R90S motorcycle. Also for a later publication of Bimmer is my story about a trio of “Batmobile” BMW CSL race cars making their stunning rounds in vintage racing.
For Vintage Motorsport magazine, I will be writing about the International Motor Racing Research Center at Watkins Glen, New York, where last year I was invited to speak about West Coast sports car racing in the 1950s and Riverside Raceway at that distinctive archival facility in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, as well as site of the very first postwar sports car road race on American soil. Also for Vintage Motorsport, I will write the story of the 1971 Road Atlanta Can-Am race, Peter Revson’s first Can-Am win.
Beyond these articles are more that are now in writing and development featuring subjects such as NASCAR’s Bobby Allison and Bobby Isaac at Darlington in 1971; the restoration of a one-owner vintage Ferrari Daytona; a road-going vintage Porsche 550 weekend driver; and my exclusive interview with Steve McQueen talking about his life in racing that I personally recorded with him in 1971.
What’s exciting about “New Stuff” in writing about our world of vintage motorsport is that there are always stories to be found and brought to all through words and pictures.