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Racing Cars
Motor Sport has always been a part of the story of the motor car, and right from the beginning manufacturers used motorsport as a way of exhibiting their wares and also of proving them. Even Rolls-Royce entered into events to prove the endurance and reliability of their cars, whilst others wanted to prove speed, economy or technical advancement. Almost as soon as they started doing this customers began to ask 'can we have one like that?' The age of the sporting version, sometimes called the 'Speed XYZ', was born and the open two-seater sports version quickly followed. In the 1940s and 1950s the age of the sports car was at its height, and the idea was that you bought a car in a showroom on Saturday, took it to a circuit on Sunday, changed the tyres, removed the windscreen and stuck numbers on it and raced; at the end of the race you drove it home. However, very quickly these 'sports cars' either became very tame and soft and unsuitable for true competition, or became too specialised and hairy for road use. The Racing Car was one rung up the ladder beyond even the hairiest sports car; often Racing cars were produced in very small numbers, sometimes differing one to another. Manufacturers such as Ferrari and Maserati tried to exist purely from the sales of Racing Cars and only grudgingly sold road cars. Other manufacturers such as Riley and Talbot and Bentley virtually bankrupted themselves with the money they spent on racing their cars. Enzo Ferrari almost pioneered the idea of the 'production' Racing Car, with models like the Ferrari 250 GTO which was supposed to be a production model, but in fact had almost nothing in common with his production Ferrari 250 GTs. Companies like Jaguar were a bit more honest, producing small runs of specialist Racing Cars which did not pretend to be production XK120 or XK140s. But increasing the Racing Car became so specialist and so far removed from what a customer could buy for the street, that the only connection is that sometimes technological advances (like disc brakes, fuel injection, turbo charging, aerodynamic aids, adjustable suspension) are later adapted for the road cars.
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A.C. Cobra Racing
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Alfa-Romeo Racing
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Allard Racing
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Aston Martin Racing
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Bizzarrini 5300 GT
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Bristol-engined Racing Cars
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Cooper Car Company
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Ferrari Racing Cars
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Ford Racing
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Jaguar Racing Cars
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Lancia Racing
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Lister Racing
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Lola Cars International Ltd
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Lotus Racing
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Maserati Racing
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Renault Racing
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Carroll Shelby Racing
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Supercars
key text:  This is the page introducing Simons love of cars from the website  RedSimon which is a series of photo albums of Simon GP Geoghegan.
The names of Pinin, Farina, and Pininfarina are also considered
There are also notes on Pininfarina
as well as the car maker
and links tothat car maker
see also my Picasa car albums
withe even more on RedSimon
Simon is also a contributor to SuperCars.Net
And also to Wikipedia
Photos may be purchased from PhotoBox