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Hurley Haywood speaks of champion racing career in new Brumos video

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Hurley Haywood (left) with Peter Gregg

Racing champion Hurley Haywood reflects on his half-century career in some of the world’s greatest Porsches in the latest installment of the Brumos Collection’s “Inside the 59” video series.

“Conversations with Hurley Haywood,” which has been posted on Brumos’ social channels, commemorates the 50th anniversary of his first championship, the 1971 IMSA title he earned with teammate Peter Gregg in a Porsche 914-6 GT.

Hurley Haywood (left) with Peter Gregg

Looking fit and ageless at 72, Haywood tells of his early days when, as an inexperienced youth, he was entrusted with driving for Brumos racing and immediately met with spectacular success.

“Racing against equipment that was much faster than ours, we won because of durability and planning,” Haywood says in the video. “This was my first year of racing, so it was quite a learning process.”

Two years later, he was behind the wheel of a mighty Porsche 917 in Can-Am competition.

“Switching from the 300-horsepower Porsche 914 to the 1,200-horsepower 917 was a huge leap for me, at only 24 years old and in just my third year of racing,” he says in the video, remembering the 917 for its “tremendous acceleration and huge downforce.”

“It was like being shot out of a cannon,” he recalls.

Haywood, who was inducted to the Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2005, counts among his many victories five overall wins at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, three at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and two at the 12 Hours of Sebring. He earned the 1988 Trans-Am title, two IMSA GT Championships and 23 wins, three Norelco Cup championships, a SuperCar title and 18 IndyCar starts.

In the video, Haywood describes how his ability to master some rudimentary practices learned early on led to a historic life in motorsports.

“The most important thing a driver can do is focus on vision; your eyes tell your hands and feet what to do,” he says. “Patience is also extremely important. Racing is like chess: every move you make is calculated to a risk/reward. You have to learn how to evaluate a condition and make the proper adjustments to be successful.”

The iconic race cars that Haywood drove, as well as those of other Brumos drivers, are on display among the historic competition vehicles at the Brumos Collection’s huge display area, which opened to the public 14 months ago in Jacksonville, Florida.

“There is really no other facility that allows you to get so close to the cars that you can almost smell their heritage,” Haywood says in the video. “I’ve noticed that when people come into this building, they understand why Brumos is such a revered name, a standard bearer of excellence, and so critically important to the reason we’ve won so many championships.

This article, written by Bob Golfen, was originally published on ClassicCars.com, an editorial partner of Motor Authority.

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Lime Rock Park has new ownership

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Lime Rock Park

One of America’s oldest and most revered road-racing courses, Lime Rock Park, located in the northwest corner of Connecticut, has been sold by Skip Barber to a group that includes former Airstream president Dicky Riegel, who will serve as the track’s new chief executive.

“Lime Rock has been one of my favorite places and my home track for over 40 years; the same is true for my partners, Charles (Mallory) and Bill (Rueckert), both of whom consider Lime Rock a home away from home,” Riegel is quoted in the announcement of the sale.

“All of us have deep roots in Connecticut and look forward to being active in the community and working collaboratively with the Town. To now be owners of this iconic and storied brand is a dream come true.”

Lime Rock Park

Skip Barber, the racing school founder who has owned the track for nearly 40 years, will remain part of the new ownership team, according to the announcement. He said the new ownership group brings “outstanding new vision and vitality to Lime Rock’s operations and to our local and regional community. They are the ideal stewards of the Park’s long and successful legacy.”

The race track, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a challenging 1.5-mile circuit founded in 1956 by Jim Vaill with design help from racer John Fitch and the Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory and was the first track built using highway-safety principles. The first race was staged in April 1957.

A quirk of the track’s scheduling is a local ordinance that bans racing on Sundays, which enables the track to feature a schedule with Friday, Saturday, Monday holiday racing events with car shows on Sundays.

The track also is known for buildings designed by auto racer and architect Sam Posey.

For more information, visit Lime Rock Park’s website.

Andy Reid contributed to this article

This article, written by Larry Edsall, was originally published on ClassicCars.com, an editorial partner of Motor Authority.

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One of the $1M, 1,300-hp Saleen S7 LMs is up for sale

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Saleen S7 LM - Photo credit: Bonhams

A rare chance to own one of the seven examples of the Saleen S7 LM is coming up shortly.

The 1,300-hp supercar was announced in 2016 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Saleen’s seven-year consecutive run of championships in various motorsport competitions that started in 2006. The first of the seven cars was shown in 2017.

The third car in the line, a silver example with black and yellow accents, can now be yours as auction house Bonhams will put it under the hammer at its upcoming Supercars on Sunset sale. The estimate is between $1 million and $1.3 million.

This particular car was built in 2018 and has had just the one owner, and he or she only put 300 miles on the clock. The car isn’t perfect, though. It appears that there’s some residue or possibly heat damage on the rear fascia caused by the exhaust tips.

Saleen S7 LM – Photo credit: Bonhams

Power in the S7 LM comes from a 7.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 that featured in the original S7 Twin Turbo model. Here, its output matches the 1,000 hp that Saleen originally offered to S7 customers in 2006 via a Competition package. That rating is on pump gas. Use higher octane racing fuel and the output rises to a hypercar-worthy 1,300 hp.

Saleen is still in the tuning scene here in the United States. Most recently, the company announced plans to build a special version of the modern Ford Bronco, as well as a sports car dubbed the S1.

The company had attempted to crack the Chinese market as well, teaming up in 2019 with local player Jiangsu Secco Automobile Technology Corporation. However, things turned sour the following year, with Saleen founder Steve Saleen in a Wall Street Journal op-ed making claims of intellectual property theft.

The auction of the S7 LM will take place on April 10 in Los Angeles, California. Other impressive cars going under the hammer include a Ferrari 458 Speciale, McLaren Senna, McLaren Senna GTR, a modern Ford GT, and a Porsche 911 GT3 RS previously owned by Jerry Seinfeld.

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See the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer at the 2021 Atlanta auto show

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2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

Remember auto shows? Yeah? Well, they aren’t completely dead.

The Atlanta International Auto Show, now into its 39th year, kicks off on April 14 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, and Jeep will be present with its 2022 Wagoneer.

Jeep unveiled the reborn Wagoneer in March, in both regular and extra-plush Grand Wagoneer guises. The Wagoneer is more your Chevrolet Tahoe and Ford Expedition alternative while the Grand Wagoneer has enough luxury to challenge the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator, as well as some of the full-size SUVs from the German brands. Unlike some of those rivals, the Wagoneer comes in only one length for now.

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

Underpinning the vehicle is a modified version of the body-on-frame platform from the latest Ram 1500 pickup. An independent multi-link rear suspension should contribute to a smooth ride and air suspension will be available (standard on the Grand Wagoneer) for those that desire extra comfort.

Power in the Wagoneer comes from a 5.7-liter V-8 that makes 392 hp and 404 lb-ft of torque with the assistance of a mild-hybrid system. An 8-speed automatic is standard and buyers will be able to choose from three distinct four-wheel-drive systems. The Grand Wagoneer gets a 6.4-liter V-8 with 471 hp and 455 lb-ft, as well as the top-of-the-range Quadra Drive II 4WD system as standard.

As the official photos show, the interior of the Wagoneer is a very nice place to be, especially in Grand Wagoneer guise. A digital instrument cluster is standard and is joined by a second screen for the infotainment and an available third screen for the climate settings. Grand Wagoneer buyers can opt for a fourth screen for the front passenger.

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

Sales of the 2022 Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer start this summer. The Wagoneer is priced from $57,995 while the Grand Wagoneer is priced from $86,995. Both figures exclude destination.

Production is being handled at Stellantis’ Warren Truck Assembly plant in Warren, Michigan.

Jeep will also use the Atlanta auto show for the debut of the new three-row version of the redesigned Grand Cherokee, dubbed the Grand Cherokee L. The regular two-row version of the redesigned Grand Cherokee will debut later this year.

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