THE EDITOR GREATS Of THE pAST, pRESEn T AnD fUTURE
“We pay tribute to one of our
favorite ‘oldies’ while also taking
a look inside the reformatted
Williams team of 2014”
It’s undeniably a great car, but as well as profiling the iconic
Porsche 917K, we wanted to know what it takes to keep
these spectacular cars active and more than just a cherished
memory. See page 54 for a story of a special restoration.
RACER ’s Marshall
Pruett was pleased to
find out that drivers
(ABOVE) and Hurley
Haywood remain as
awestruck by the
Tran-Am and IMSA
GTO Audis of the
late 1980s as he is.
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alk about making rods for our own backs.
RACER’s Great Cars Issues always bring the
same dilemmas: What to include? What to
leave out? Whatever, we were determined
to avoid “merely” wallowing in nostalgia.
For example, although we know this year’s
Williams FW36 Formula 1 car won’t be
added to the list of all-time greats, it’s good
enough to set in motion a Williams revival
that may yet lead to the sort of sustained
success triggered by the team’s first great
car, the FW07 (pictured), some 35 years
ago. So we took the opportunity to pay
tribute to one of our favorite “oldies” while
also taking a look inside the reformatted
and renewed Williams team of 2014.
Mazda’s clean diesel SKYACTIV-D
Prototype is going through typical new-car
growing pains on a high-profile stage in the
TUDOR United SportsCar Championship,
but its progress so far is remarkable for a
racecar that’s taken such a determinedly
unique approach in its quest for greatness.
How will we reflect on this Mazda should it
prove a turning point for the way TUDOR
Championship prototypes are powered?
But if we took a flyer on the Mazda, how
about a car that hasn’t even tested yet?
Judging the Dallara IL- 15’s greatness will
be difficult, given that Indy Lights is a spec
series. But to our eyes, it’s one of the best
looking open-wheel cars of the era, and a
vital tool for training young drivers for the
Verizon IndyCar Series. If the IL- 15 proves
key in developing a new generation of
American Indy 500 winners, perhaps
that’s cause enough for future greatness?
As for the “oldies,” we surely don’t need
to explain why we included the Porsche
917K, the Trans-Am and IMSA GTO Audis,
or the Lancia Stratos, nor why it was so
tough picking the greatest Penske designs…
Starting this column, did we really use
the word “dilemmas” to describe content
discussions for the Great Cars issues?
We’re fooling no one. As motorsport
fanatics involved in publishing, RACER
staff live for these kinds of dilemmas!
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