The Bugatti’s unique engine sports a supercharger.
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.
Iconic vintage race car.
The badges displayed on this Jaguar suggest a racing heritage in South America.
The Spitfire will soon be Road Racin’ at Blackhawk Raceway.
Shiftin’ gears, racin’ through space and time.
Move so fast I can’t explain.
Corner One at speed.
The TR4 wrings it out into turn one.
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.
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.
Also racing in the prewar class was this Chevrolet powered sprint car. Not much suspension on an old sprint car.
with a tear in your eye for the Fourth of July
for the patriots and the minutemen and the things you believe
The old MG Ts are kings of the road during Blackhawk Raceway’s prewar races.
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.
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.
An Alfa Romeo sports 5 pointed star Daytona type wheels.
The sun broke through by mid morning and continued to shine for a perfect Fathers Day weekend.
Spectators made a fashion statement on the raceway’s observation tower as they found shelter from an early morning rain shower.
Many Blackhawk racers set up camp next to their cars on their paddock for the weekend.
A Lotus 7 blurs the countryside as it screams around Blackhawk Farms Raceway on Fathers Day.
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.
An Elva smokes a front tire as it locks up the front wheel braking into corner one.