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Second Annual Legends of Motorsports at Barber Motorsports Park Print
Written by Bob Brannon   
May 29, 2011 at 11:42 PM

The second annual Legends of Motorsports, a Bobby Rahal Signature Event, was held at the scenic Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama May 20-22, 2011.  The weather was warm, but not as brutally hot as last year, and the racing was superb.

The depth and quality of entries for the event continues to grow.  The Collier Museum brought three stunning examples to the track: a 1965 Ferrari 250 LM, 1971 Porsche 908/3 and 1967 Porsche 910/6.  Steven Read had a 1972 Ferrari 312 PB with the 1972 Watkins Glen bodywork, and there were 13 Formula One cars entered in the Historic Grand Prix group.  Legends founders Rahal, Peter Stoneberg and Zak Brown also had several cars to race.

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Gallery: Bobby Rahal's Legends of Motorsports Print
Written by Robert Brannon   
May 25, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Bob Brannon covered the Legends for us again this year. Here's a beautiful gallery of images of great old race cars. Check back later for his article and more photographs.-Editor-

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Historic Events: 1964 Daytona American Challenge Cup Race Print
Written by Robert Brannon   
Jan 28, 2011 at 03:01 PM

The sportscar races held during Daytona's Speedweeks in 1964 offered something different than the two previous editions. Sunday's Continental was expanded from 3 hours to 2000 kilometers, and the 2nd annual American Challenge Cup race on Saturday included sports racers in the field after the disastrous 1963 fiasco.

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Grass Roots Racing in the 1960's Print
Written by R.A. Brannon and Bob Brannon   
Jan 25, 2011 at 11:13 AM

For Bob Brannon, finding R.A.'s photographs was like discovering a Bentley in a barn, but more - a personal treasure. R.A. Brannon,  recently passed away, was a racer and photographer for Competition Press (the forerunner of today's AutoWeek), was Bobby's Brother.

Bob is scanning photographs and researching events from R.A.'s years in the sport. Here are a few images of racing in the 1960's.-Editor-

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Gallery - 1963 Hoosier Grand Prix Print
Written by R.A, Brannon   
Dec 30, 2010 at 12:41 AM

A new facility located near Indianapolis, aptly named Indianapolis Raceway Park (IRP), opened in 1961 and its Hoosier Grand Prix became one of the events in the USAC Road Racing Championship.

The USAC series ended in 1962, so the 3rd Annual $10,000 Hoosier Grand Prix was run as a one-off, non-points event run to Formula Libre rules, which meant Formula One, Intercontinental Formula, and Appendix C Sports Cars would be eligible.  In addition, Formula Juniors, hybrids, SCCA production cars and clapped out old SCCA specials were allowed to run as well.  The event would be run as a straight 200 mile – 80 lapper, no heats involved. Competition Press dubbed the race “Formula Junker.” (Text excerpted from Bob Brannon's article "History Revisited - 1963 Hoosier Grand Prix" here on LTC.)

Driver and photojournalist R.A. Brannon was at that event and took these photographs. R.A. became the youngest regional editor of Competition Press (now AutoWeek) in 1964. He started racing sports cars in 1968 in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), raced in IMSA's RS series, NASCAR’s Baby Grand division, and was a two-time track champion at Highland Rim Raceway in the Nashville area. A real-life Walter Mitty, R.A. passed away on July 22, 2010.

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