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.]
“To Hollywood and Back Again” Story by William Edgar – November 2014
“Mama Roo” Story by William Edgar – February 2014
“The Ultimate Le Mans Porsche” Story by William Edgar – September 2013
“The Edgar Spyders” Story by William Edgar – April 2013
“Mann In A Straw Hat”
Dick “Bugs” Mann is one of the greats of motorcycle racing in the United States. Plain-spoken and bone honest, often wearing a straw hat in race paddocks and pits, he was a longtime familiar sight among the hard riders of the AMA Grand National Tour. My 5-page article on Mann will be published in the January/February 2015 issue of Vintage Motorsport magazine, in which we visit Mann and some of the other men and machines making American motorcycle racing history 43 years ago. Dick Mann, now 80 years old and living in Nevada with his wife Kay, continues to reign supreme in motorcycling by custom building vintage motocross and trials bikes for clients who demand only the best.
The five-gallery year-long “California Dreaming” exhibition opened yesterday, 11 April 2014, at Museo Ferrari Marranello as a highlight of Ferrari SpA’s million-euro redevelopment program to better welcome visitors to the Ferrari museum that last year numbered 320,000 enthusiasts from around the world. Officiating at the special ceremony were Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo and the mayor of Maranello, Lucia Bursi.
“California Dreaming” features historic artifacts, photographs and significant Ferraris that tell the stories of Ferrari racing in the United States, the legends of Laguna Seca, Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills, Ferraris at Pebble Beach, along with Ferraris in Hollywood movies and today’s Silicon Valley technology.
Helping to dramatize and decorate the “California Dreaming” exhibition are wall mural background displays that include a number of period 1950s black-&-white and color photographs selected and licensed from the Edgar Motorsport Archive.
Concurrent with the opening of “California Dreaming” is my 8-page illustrated feature article “Ferrari’s American Spirit” in the latest issue #24 of The Official Ferrari Magazine.
Reg Pridmore, motorcycling’s three-time AMA Superbike Champion and founder of CLASS Motorcycle Schools, is the subject of my 5-page “An Expat’s Finest Hour” profile article in the latest issue (May 2014) of BIMMER magazine. This crossover “Beemer” motorcycle-oriented story in a leading car mag about BMW changes focus from 4 wheels to 2 in detailing the ongoing activities of “Rego” Pridmore from early motorcycle racing in native England to his arrival in America and becoming the first AMA Superbike National Champion in 1976 riding a BMW R90S boxer-twin, followed by two more consecutive AMA Superbike National titles won on Kawasaki 4-cylinder bikes in ’77 and ’78. Pridmore soon after created his famous CLASS Motorcycle Schools, continuing to this day with 14 riding school dates at race circuits across the U.S. scheduled for 2014. Says Pridmore about his motorcycling life told in this popular BMW automobile magazine, whose editor is Jacqueline Jouret, “She managed to get a bloke like Pridmore interested in reading a car magazine, which is really hard to do. I don’t get into car mags very much, but this one I went page to page.”
To read Pridmore’s story in this most recent issue of BIMMER, subscribe to or buy the hardcopy print magazine, or go directly to my article online at: http://www.bimmer-mag.com/issues/122/articles/an-expat-s-finest-hour#.UxUL8RzClMs
“The Big Show” (Ferraris galore racing at Bahamas Speed Weeks, in December 1956), Words by William Edgar, Color Photos by Edgar Motorsport Archive and B&W by Tom Burnside, is a 6-page story in the December 2013 issue of Forza magazine. Driving the John Edgar-entered Ferrari 410 Sport, Carroll Shelby won the Governor’s Trophy race in the dark, 3 seconds in front of Alfonso de Portago in a Ferrari 860 Monza. Stirling Moss won the main Nassau Trophy race in a borrowed Maserati 300S. The local bars were jammed. Parties went on to dawn.
“Hawaii Called” (The inaugural Hawaiian International Sports Car Speed Week, at Dillingham Field, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii, in April 1957), Words by William Edgar, Photos by Edgar Motorsport Archive and Phil Hill Collection, is a 4-page story in the September/October 2013 issue of Vintage Motorsport magazine. Pete Woods won the main in a Jaguar D-Type. Phil Hill was fastest in the Mauka Straight speed trials at 165.12 mph driving the John Edgar-entered Ferrari 410 Sport. It was rum and luau time all week, until saddened by the fiery Sunday race crash resulting in the death of Leo Brero, Sr.