World Record: 964 Ferraris Gallop at Silverstone

September 17, 2012

A huge gathering of 964 Ferraris converged upon Silverstone Circuit in the UK this past weekend to assist in setting a new Guinness World Record for the largest single containment (?) of Prancing Horses ever seen. Although the turnout was shy of the expected 1000 cars, it obliterates the previous record of 490 Ferraris having a chat in 2008 at the Fuji Speedway Circuit in Japan.

The big event took place at a Ferrari Racing Days gathering and even a certain Felipe Massa F1 driver showed-up to lead the idling/crawling 964 Ferraris around the track… though, it appears that he was the only one that actually had any real motoring-fun doing so, as the video shows…

Along with the massive collection of Ferraris of all vintages to oggle at, Ferrari UK also brought along the new F12 for attendees to pore over and ponder. The event itself was coordinated by Ferrari and the British Ferrari Owner’s Club, who had a hand in bringing 60 Ferrari F40s together at Silverstone back in July of this year.

One of the promises Ferrari made this weekend was to donate 5 British Pounds to charity for each Ferrari that showed up. In the end, 4,820 GBP ($7,819) was raised. According to Ferrari, all of the pertinent areas were met with regards to scrutineering by the Guinness World Record-folk and the record should be confirmed by the end of this week.

Great job, Ferrari-owners of the UK..!

-Blake J.


Toyota 2000GT: The Land Speed Record Trials

December 21, 2011

Back in October of 1966, a team of Toyota speed wizards showed up at the Yatabe Test Track in Japan (now long-gone, sadly) with a lightly modified Toyota 2000GT in an attempt to smash a whole load of various Land Speed records. Their aims and goals were set high for this occasion – 3 days and 6 hours of successful, non-stop running would help in achieving those goals.

With the debut of the Toyota 2000GT prototype at the 1965 Tokyo Motor Show, four development mules were constructed around the ‘280-A1’ prototype with various racing and speed testing in mind. Some bodies were lightweight versions made from hand-beaten aluminium (for racing purposes) and some were constructed from steel (for the high-speed trials).

The car you see in these pictures (and video below) is rumoured to be the actual prototype ‘280-A1’ that was originally shown at the ’65 Tokyo Motor Show, albeit completely rebuilt and modified after catching fire during testing at Fuji Speedway in ’65 (after its lightweight/highly flammable magnesium wheels erupted in flames… oh dear). With a burnt-out shell on their hands, the Toyota Technocraft team set about rebuilding the car with the aim of obliterating the existing Land Speed records the following year in ’66…

And obliterate those records, it did – The 2000GT ran for 78 hours and in those 3.25 days it broke 13 International records and 3 World records for endurance and speed in the 1500-2000cc class with speeds averaging in the 206 km/h region.

After setting these impressive new records, the same car used to extract those world-record figures/numbers at Yatabe Test Track was eventually converted into a circuit racing car. Sadly, shortly thereafter the car was involved in a horrible crash whereupon it also caught fire and was subsequently destroyed.

An exact replica of the original record-breaking Green and Yellow 2000GT exists nowadays and can usually be seen at various motoring shows and exhibitions throughout Japan.

-Blake J.

GoPro HD: Pikes Peak 2011 Monster Tajima’s World Record‬

August 11, 2011

Nobuhiro ‘Monster’ Tajima’s at Pikes Peak 2011 Hill Climb Setting The World Record at 9:51.278!

“Boys of Bonneville” Movie Trailer

May 3, 2011

“Boys of Bonneville: Racing on a Ribbon of Salt” from the Price Museum of Speed is the story of Ab Jenkins, the man who pioneered land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats. This is a guy who made his living as a building contractor, but had the passion to set more world-class records than any other person.

Ab drives the kind of passion we’re building into And Ab’s Meteor looks like something even batman would be proud to drive!

The vid features interviews with Jay Leno and Col. Andy Green, the current land speed record holder. Take a look at this inspirational video of one man’s mission to go faster than ever before!

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