In 2019, the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) turns 50 years old. The two-seater prototypes running in the IMSA GTP class once represented the very top of sports car racing in the USA. From a technical perspective they were the same Group C cars that ran in the World Championship between 1982 and 1992. However, there was one key difference in the US: no limit on fuel consumption. Derek Bell, one of the most famous sports car drivers of the 1980s, summed up the attitude of the Americans in a single phrase: ‘Race fans do not come to races to watch an economy run.’
No other car dominated the IMSA GTP series as thoroughly as the Eagle MkIII did during its two full seasons of racing. Dan Gurney’s All American Racers entered 27 races with the GT prototype, winning 21 – an impressive record achieved through driver skill, good teamwork at the track, and most importantly of all, some ingenious technological innovations that set new trends in GT car design. In our latest issue of AUTOMOBILSPORT, driver Juan Manuel Fangio II and chassis designer John Ward look back at the Eagle MkIII.
In contrast to big, thundering sports cars, rallying is all about getting a lot of power out of small, compact cars. A perfect example of that is the Renault R5 Turbo. In our latest issue you’ll find everything worth knowing about the car, including its history, the various evolutionary stages (including the R5 Maxi Turbo) and a record of the R5’s success in national and international rallying.
Willi Kauhsen will turn 80 years old on 19 May 2019. To celebrate the occasion, Yörn Pugmeister details the wild career of the German. Kauhsen was a popular racer in the late 1960s and early 1970s, ended up as a factory test and race driver for Porsche, and led his own team to great success – the World Championship for Makes with Alfa Romeo in 1975.
Eckhard Schimpf and Rainer Braun also look back at the good old days. Schimpf recalls his trip to Modena with father-son duo Kurt Ahrens Senior and Kurt Ahrens Junior to watch the younger of the two test a Formula Junior, a trip that saw him meet Wolfgang von Trips. Braun’s journey back in time hits a sadder note: he says goodbye to his friend Charly Lamm with a touching tribute.
Issue #20 also features articles about the Mazdaspeed March 84G, the turbulent start to the 1982 Formula 1 season, Ferrari restorer Modena Motorsport, and an exclusive interview with Prince Albert II of Monaco about the Principality’s legendary Grand Prix and his father’s car collection.
In Issue #20 you will find:
Dan Gurney's AAR Eagle MkIII Toyota
- SUCCESS STORY - 50 Years of the International Motor Sports Association
- FULL-BLOODED - The glory days of prototypes in the IMSA series between 1981 and 1993
- SERIAL WINNER - AAR Eagle MkIII Toyota GTP
- THE OTHER FANGIO - Juan Manuel Fangio II
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE
- Albert II, Prince of Monaco about the GP de Monaco
- Rainer Braun with his headlines from 30 years ago
- Eckhard Schimpf on visiting Ferrari with Graf Berghe von Trips
- Annette Abaci on recent auctions and sales
- Back on Track Mazdaspeed March 84G 07
and many more!