Photo a Day Challenge

Blackhawk Raceway

Glory Days

Glory Days

The Bugatti’s unique engine sports a supercharger.


ABC

ABC

Time to learn things you never, never knew before about a Bugatti such as power was transferred through a metal-on-metal clutch to a 4-speed manual transmission. Twin chains provided drive to the rear wheels. Depending on the chain sprockets, top speed was somewhere near 100 mph. Not bad for a pre war auto.


Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You

Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You

Iconic vintage race car.


It’s A Small World

It's A Small World

The badges displayed on this Jaguar suggest a racing heritage in South America.


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Fuel

Fuel


Born To Be Wild

Born To Be Wild 1

Born To Be Wild 2

Whoops!


Road Racin’

Road Racin'

The Spitfire will soon be Road Racin’ at Blackhawk Raceway.

Shiftin’ gears, racin’ through space and time.

Move so fast I can’t explain.

 


All Time High

All Time High

Corner One at speed.


Let It Go

Let It Go

The TR4  wrings it out into turn one.


Destination Unknown

Destination Unknown

Alexander Racing’s Triumph TR4 knows it’s Fathers Day and he’s entering the Blackhawk Raceway in South Beloit, IL from the false grid;  he knows he’ll be racing on  the 1.95 mile, 7 turn road circuit;  but he won’t know where he’ll finish until after the race has been run.


If You Could Read My Mind

If You Could Read My Mind

We’ve never noticed race track beauty queens at any vintage races we’ve previously attended.  I’m sure if they were there, we’d have noticed.


Good Vibrations

Good Vibrations

Also racing in the prewar class was this Chevrolet powered sprint car.  Not much suspension on an old sprint car.

 


On the 4th of July

On the 4th of July

with a tear in your eye for the Fourth of July

for the patriots and the minutemen and the things you believe


King of the Road

King of the Road

The old MG Ts are kings of the road during Blackhawk Raceway’s prewar races.

 


Run So Far

Run So Far

We traditionally spend Fathers Day at Blackhawk Farms Raceway,  located on the Wisconsin – Illinois border near South Beloit.  The shorter two mile seven turn track is popular with the lower powered “prewar” MG T series cars, some of which actually get driven to the track, raced and then driven home.  No trailer queens, them.

 


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Excitement

Excitement


Communication

Communication

Corner workers use flags to communicate track conditions and instructions to drivers.  Prewar MGs saw a lot of this blue with yellow diagonal stripe flag in the Handicap Scramble race which consisted of cars mostly 20, 30, and almost 40 years newer.  This flag warns of a car coming up fast from behind.


Star

Star

An Alfa Romeo sports 5 pointed star Daytona type wheels.


Lens Flare

Lens Flare

The sun broke through by mid morning and continued to shine for a perfect Fathers Day weekend.


Glam

Glam

Spectators made a fashion statement on the raceway’s observation tower as they found shelter from an early morning rain shower.


Camp

Camp

Many Blackhawk racers set up camp next to their cars on their paddock for the weekend.


Countryside

Countryside

A Lotus 7 blurs the countryside as it screams around Blackhawk Farms Raceway on Fathers Day.


Zany

The British Sunbeam Alpine became the Sunbeam Tiger in 1964 when it followed the lead of Caroll Shelby’s AC Cobra and stuffed a Ford V8 under the bonnet (hood) of its British roadster.  This zany Tiger race car seems to have stuffed its namesake into its boot (trunk) as well.

 

 


Smoke

An Elva smokes a front tire as it locks up the front wheel braking into corner one.