Tag: Motor Sports

World-Class Drivers at Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Long Beach, CA April, 15, 2015 – The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach returns this weekend so it’s time to enjoy some turbocharged action.  Motor sports racing is one of America’s favorite spectator sports.   I don’t need to explain to passionate sports fans why that is.   Motorsports racing delivers the burning desire to win, professional race teams, young athletes and an undeniable element of adrenaline fed danger. The featured race is Sunday afternoon’s Verizon IndyCar Series event, which features an international field of world-class drivers expected to include: defending Series champion Will Power; three-time series champ Scott Dixon; Long Beach winners Takuma Sato, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Helio Castroneves and Sebastien Bourdais, along with Graham Rahal and Marco Andretti. Series will have cars with turbocharged engines and all-new aero kits supplied by Honda and Chevrolet “The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach” has proven over 41 years, that a formula of blending top notch motorsports with an uptown seaside street festival is one longest running and single biggest sporting events in Southern California with over 175,000 paid spectators.  This race is a favorite among the racers as well for exactly the same reasons. Friday through Sunday April 17 – 19 the 1.97 mile street circuit will feature a pro/celebrity race, Formula Drift, TUDOR United Sports Car Championship, Indy Lights, Pirelli World Challenge, a wild off road race and the third...

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Car Enthusiasts and the Monterey Peninsula 2012

Monterey Peninsula, CA – Big Bear Lake, CA, August 22, 2012 – The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion attracted over 30,000 spectators and is crowned as it is the biggest and best vintage event of the year attracting over 550 race cars.  In celebration of Carroll Shelby’s life the Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca managed to attract greatest gathering of Cobras for a once in a lifetime thrilling race.  Tom Sakai of Big Bear City in one of the GT classes finished 13th scoring the second fastest Sunbeam Tiger time. Ray Bowling of Big Bear showed two rare Bizzarrini’s at the Quail Automobile Lifestyle Gathering. The Concorso Italiano attracted thousands to experience “the good life” and everything in Italian motoring on the Laguna Seca Golf Ranch. As entertaining as any car show are the many auctions highlighted by a record 230 million in total sales.  Mecum’s high sale was a Porsche 917 at 5.8 million. Gooding was the top dog with a Mercedes and Ferrari each individually selling for over 11 million. RM sold the GT40 camera car from movie Le Mans for a record 10 million. Russo and Steele brought in over 8 million in sales averaging $56,000 per car.  Experts say that people continue to invest in collector cars as hedge against most other investments.  As they say right now a Ford Mustang GT is a lot more rewarding than Ford...

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Truth in 24 II – Must See Speed TV

[audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/KBHR-Motor-Sports.mp3|titles=KBHR Motor Sports] Los Angeles, CA May 4, 2012 – The classic movie Le Mans starring Steve McQueen captures the drama and excitement of one of the world’s greatest motor sports events.  Le Mans is a fictional race and semi love story that is wrapped around real Le Mans footage and real race cars.  Dare I suggest that there is a new movie that may be its equal in drama and yet is a documentary.  This is the story of the Audi Team at La Mans in 2011.  They pulled together after some unimaginable race events and came out victorious.  The movie is Truth in 24 II “every second counts” and it will air on Speed TV this Saturday PST 1:00 pm.  Make the time or make your DVR capture it for you but try not to miss it.  The story includes the background and preparation needed for the Audi Team to ready for the worlds most challenging car race.  The winning drivers will travel the furthest distance in 24 hours by driving fast, taking chances and having a strong team to back them up.  Audi takes the fight to Peugeot where Audi’s young driving guns are relentless for 24 hours.  Non race fans and even my teenage daughter can enjoy this story.  Truth in 24 II “every second counts” airs for the first time on Speed TV, Saturday May...

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Motor Sports Racers Honored at Napa Auto Parts Banquet

Big Bear, Ca, January 12, 2012, 5:00pm – The Big Bear Valley is home to motor sports racers in a variety of disciplines, from desert racing to short track, dirt and asphalt racing, motorcycles, junior dragsters, and even go kart racing.  This week motor sports racers were honored at the Napa Auto Parts Racer of the Year dinner and banquet. Over 50 people were in attendance to recognize   racers of the year Ernie Serfas, and Rick Romans who both took the championships in their respective classes.  Serfas races 1450 trucks, and Romans races class 1 unlimited, both with Mojave Off Road Racing Enthusiasts, down in the Johnson Valley area.  The youngest racer in attendance was seven year old Austin Edwards, who is following his father Tony’s footsteps into the racing arena.  Austin has been racing go karts since he was five years old, and next year Austin will be of age to start competing in Bandoleros, which is a vehicle with a high performance small engine, and helps transition youngsters from go kart to a full size car.  Other local race champions include Cliff and Jim Conklin, Johnny Russo, and Sean Walters.  The Mojave off-road racing will start up for 2012 on January 21st, with other forms of racing to...

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