Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Cruise to Ft. Desoto Beach

To end the weekend there was a cruise from Bradenton to Ft. Desoto via the Skyway bridge, it was nice and relaxed and the perfect end to the weekend.

The Skyway Bridge.

As we neared the top of the bridge the Coast Guard gave us a Fly-By.

Event: Fixxfest JDM Goodness

Event: Fixxfest

Fixxfest was a great event with an excellent variety of cars, and it was not the usual scorching hot Florida day, which made it even better.

Event: Dubrun to Fixxfest

Thanks to Dubbersinc.com for organizing the Dubrun, it made for epic spectacle that easily matched that of Fixxfest itself. Great cars with even better people, I look forward to the next.

Just a small incident, everyone was ok, and the car made it up to Fixxfest.

Sparky with a little gas station fix, he built his car up in the 6 days prior to the event which is very impressive, I'm quite surprised he didn't have more problems with the beast.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

History:Gulf Racing Liveries

The Gulf racing colors first appeared on the 1964 Ford GT40. The cars all suffered mechanical failures and did not finish their first outing at Le Mans. It wasn't until 1968 that they managed a victory, with another one in 1969.

The colors then went onto the Porsche 917, Steve Mcqueen won Le Mans in this car in 1970.
This is a Ford Cosworth GR8, which won Le Mans in 1975.
The mighty Mclaren F1 GTR Long Tail wore the colors in 1995 and 1996.
A 2001 Audi R8 LMP1 shown with other Gulf greats.
Aston Martin DBR9 won the GT1 class at Le Mans in 2007 and 2008 wearing the Gulf colors.
To celebrate it's 50th anniversary of it's first victory at Le Mans, Aston Martin decided to build an LMP1 car to try to replicate it's first victory. They ended up finishing 4th behind the diesel beasts of Audi and Peugeot.
Here is a 997 GT3.
A classic E30 M3.
A 70's Porsche RS ready for rally action.
In 2006 Ford offered it's throwback Ford GT in Gulf colors and named it the heritage edition.