The way things used to be: Porsche 917Ks
lead a wildly diverse and badass field at
the start of the 1970 Spa 1000K
Loved your “Great Cars” issue
(RACER, August), but also found it a
bit disheartening to compare how
diverse and badass this sport used
to be to where it is now.
People say that racing used to be
more popular because a larger
percentage of the public were car
nuts, worked on their own cars, etc.
But I can’t help thinking that the
gradual shift away from unlimited,
expensive and, yes, dangerous cars
to more stage-managed events,
guaranteed close finishes and spec
equipment has taken a lot of the soul
out of professional auto racing.
I’d like to think that green-tech
could revitalize this sense of awe in
racing, but so far I’m not seeing it.
Here’s hoping for cause for another
“Great Cars” issue in years to come.
Ken LaGrange Boise, Idaho.
STar Le T Ter
this is an intelligent and courageous
step to take. the A and B samples
both came back positive. denial
doesn’t help at this point. AJ is not
the first man to make a mistake, nor
will he be the last. Judgment or
circumstances have placed him in this
predicament and he is “manning up”
by owning his situation and taking the
steps required to reinstate himself.
heard on racer.com
if AJ Allmendinger is truly innocent, as
he states and his fans hope, what will
be the purpose of his “Road to
Recovery”? We may never know
what caused the false positive.
More Great Cars
I have just finished reading the “Great
cars” issue. Overall another outstanding
issue. However I have to say that I was
surprised and disappointed to find no
mention of the Can-Am cars of the
1960s and early ’70s except for the
Porsche 917/30, and it can be argued
that this was the car that pretty much
destroyed the series.
You overlooked Jim Hall’s
Chaparrals. They were the first to study
and understand and take advantage of
how aerodynamics affected a racecar.
The “Flipper” on the 2G (BELOW -Ed.)
was the first working wing installed on a
racecar. Also missing from this issue are
the McLaren M6A and M8A – these
cars would routinely outperform the
Formula 1 cars of the same era.
Mike Williams via e-mail
Aw gee, not GWC?
IndyCar does not need gimmicks to
improve the “show.” No “push to pass”
and certainly not NASCAR’s stupid
“green-white-checker.” No real sport
has guaranteed close finishes. That’s
one of the great attractions of sport –
the unpredictability from week to week.
When one team or competitor wins by
a huge margin, it only serves to make
the really great finishes so outstanding.
I gave up on NASCAR years ago first
with the “debris on the track” cautions,
then the cookie cutter cars and finally
the GWC. IndyCar has had great racing
this season without the gimmicks. Don’t
cheapen the racing and the effort
required to be successful.
Ralph Kemmerer via e-mail
NAsCAR says he’s guilty, so he is going
through the steps NAsCAR says is
necessary to drive in its series again. i
refuse to believe he is an addict, and
believe that he just took some
supplement that caused the samples
to be above the threshold level.
The Editors are not
bound to agree with
your letters, if sent via
U.S. Mail or e-mailed
Or, log onto RACER.com
and click on the link
provided on the
Seal the deal, Lotus!
Like me, I’m sure that most F1 fans are
loving the current season. After all the
amazing early-season unpredictability,
we’ve now got a classic championship
fight on our hands between Fernando
Alonso, Red Bull and Lewis Hamilton.
But one small request to Kimi, Romain
and Team Lotus: Please hurry up and
win a race. The suspense is killing me!
Andy Ellison via e-mail
108 sePteMBeR 2012