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

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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

 

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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

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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

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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 Unpublished Photo Courtesy of the Porsche Panorama article’s photographer Nate Hassler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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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. [To purchase a large photo print of this image, please see Contact page and email me.]

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Dick Mann Feature in Vintage Motorsport

“Mann In A Straw Hat”

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Dick Mann wearing National Number “4” ready for a heat race on the Columbus Half-Mile oval, Columbus, Ohio. This dirt-tracker 650cc BSA twin and his 750cc BSA Triple for road races took Mann to his second national championship title in 1971, after winning his first AMA crown eight years earlier. Photo by William Edgar. June 27, 1971.

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.

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James Garner, actor, gentleman and motorsport legend.

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James Garner with a motorsport crowd where he felt very much at home, while being interviewed by broadcaster Dave McClelland during “An Evening with Parnelli Jones” at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles on November 9, 2006. Jim was Jim on and off camera, loved racing, starred in “Grand Prix” as fictional F1 driver Pete Aron, and played himself in “The Racing Scene” theatrical documentary four years later. There is a chapter on this website that chronicles the making of that 90-minute real-life film about Garner and his racing team during 1969 at Daytona, Sebring, Lime Rock and Mt. Tremblant. He’s gone now but not gone, and will always be with us. Photo: William Edgar

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Steve McQueen 8-page article “McQueen for a Day” in latest July/August Vintage Motorsport Magazine

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February 11, 1971 film shoot at Ontario Motor Speedway. William Edgar’s exclusive audio interview with Steve McQueen on this day is the basis for Edgar’s article in the current July/August 2014 issue of VINTAGE MOTORSPORT magazine. Group, left to right: Steve McQueen in McLaren Can-Am car, director William Edgar, production manager Beverly Mulconnery, soundman Richard Wagner, camera mount specialist Michael Chevalier. Background center: McQueen’s Husqvarna dirt bike is in his pickup truck. 35mm color photograph by Russell Nields.

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“California Dreaming” opens at Museo Ferrari Maranello

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Miss Palm Springs Stephanie Bruton waves the checkereds for Jack McAfee (left) in Ferrari 375 Plus and Carroll Shelby in Ferrari 410 Sport when the Fifties were fabulous and California was a sports car racer’s dream. Photo Edgar Motorsport Archive

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.

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Reg Pridmore profiled in latest BIMMER magazine

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Reg Pridmore, legendary motorcycle racing champion and riding teacher.
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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

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Latest Two Articles: Offshore Sports Car Racing in The Bahamas and Hawaii

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Edgar Team chief mechanic Joe Landaker wrenches on Ferrari 857S at Windsor Field, Nassau, Bahamas, December 1956.
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“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.

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Carroll Shelby goes Hawaiian with a Ukulele on Oahu, Territory of Hawaii, April 1957, as friend Ralph Eisman forgoes comment.
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“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.

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