Le Mans Week 2013: Day 6

And here we are.  After a week which, at least to me, flew by we now find ourselves mere hours away from the start of the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans.  Therefore, today will be the last video of this year’s FTT Le Mans week.  And boy is it a good one.

Well it’s not as if you could have expected anything else.  It’s Le Mans time in the motorsport world, so there’s nothing better for your eyes to feast upon other than Steve McQueen in the 1971 classic, Le Mans.  Enjoy the video, and enjoy Le Mans.  Cheers.

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Le Mans Week 2013: Day 5

Toyota may be a bit unsure of themselves going into this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hour race, but that doesn’t stop race fans from keeping their fingers crossed for a quality race.  However, today FTT provides you with a quality program documenting how the team prepared for last year’s race.  After yesterday’s Audi documentary, it only seemed fitting to show this year’s rival for the team with four rings (and eleven Le Mans trophies).

Le Mans Week 2013: Day 4

It’s hump day on Le Mans week, and that means we are only three days away from waving of the French Tricolour marking the beginning of the 81st 24 Hours of Le Mans race.  So what does this mean?  You guessed it, another Le Mans video!

This time the trials of preparing for and racing in the famous Le Mans race is brought into the 21st century with this brilliant video documenting the 2011 race for one of the most dominant  racing teams in Le Mans history: Audi.  It doesn’t matter how tiresome you have grown because of their constant overall victories in the race, you have to appreciate what they do to find their way onto the top step of the podium, and this video will definitely help you to do so.  Enjoy.

Le Mans Week 2013: Day 3

As the clock continues to count down until the French flag drops to begin the 24 Hours of Le Mans this Saturday, this brilliant film is the third edition to the 2013 Le Mans week film collection, if you will.  In this film, a soft-spoken English gentleman narrates not only the happenings of the 1961 race, but it also covers the effort Triumph made with their TRS racing prototypes.

Le Mans Week 2013: Day 2

As the rest of the motoring world begins to catch up to the 2013 Le Mans week hype, FTT has another brilliant video to get you and your nerves ready to race.

It is nearly impossible for a motorsport fan to think about Le Mans and not have the infamous Ford GT40 come to mind; the epic battles with Ferrari, the roaring American V8 engines, the terrifyingly quick pace, it’s the embodiment of what Le Mans stands for.  This video looks back at the performance of the GT40s in the 1968 race, and also features a very special guest who goes by the name of Stirling Moss.

 

Le Mans Week 2013: Day 1

It’s four o’clock on a Sunday in the middle of June right now, but today is not just another day of miserable heat and stubborn bees looking for a rush.  No, it is four o’clock on Sunday, June the 16th and, by my book at least, that means it is officially Le Mans Week.

And in honor of the week which leads up to the greatest event on the motorsport calendar, FTT will be posting new videos every day to get your nerves amped for the one and only 24 Hours of Le Mans.

We start today with a brilliant 50-minute short documentary about how the Le Mans 24 Hour race came into being, and also how it evolved throughout the decades.  It’s a must-watch video, and certainly something to watch as we approach the 2013 edition of the greatest endurance race in the world.

What Three Classic British Roadsters Can You Buy For Less Than Ten Grand?

There’s something about those classic roadsters from across the pond.  It must be the lightweight structure of the cars, the gleeful tones of those high-revving engines, the way the cars reward the driver’s skill making it seem as if the car was a ‘people person.’  It’s something that all enthusiasts should experience at least once in their life, sort of like going to the Nurburgring, and for those that do, it’s an experience that they remember so long that it will one day be engraved on their tombstone.

There is, however, a problem.  Many of these beloved icons are so cherished that with the price that sellers are asking for, you may as well have bought a brand new sports car with working air conditioning, Ipod connectivity instead of a cassette player, and many other modern luxuries.  That being said, if you are absolutely burning inside to one day own a classic British roadster but you’re on a relatively tight budget, which one should you buy?

1969 Austin-Healey Sprite Mark IV Roadster

A sub-2,000 pound overall weight and a 60 horsepower straight-four that revs up to 6,000 is all that needs to be said about this car.  This beautiful machine is the definition of not only what makes a proper British roadster, but is also the embodiment of what a sports car should be.  Sure, it could possibly do with a bit more power, at least that is what we say based on modern performance standards, but there’s not much else on this planet that could make you happier then hearing the lovely symphony of a 60s British straight-four engine screaming out of the exhaust.  You can pick one up in good condition for less than $4,000.

1968 MGB MkII/III Roadster

You can’t make a list of classic British roadsters without including an MG at some point.  MG is the classic roadster: the looks, the sound, the performance, it’s all there.  And furthermore, it’s all there for around $6,000 for a 1968 MGB in prime condition.  The Mk II and III MGBs may have had a notably higher overall weight, tipping the scales at 2,552 lbs, but the 84 horsepower straight-four was potent enough to propel the car to a top speed of 104 mph.  With the combination of a logical price and a quick car, the only thing missing is some empty country B-roads.

1964 Triumph TR4

Triumph is just another one of those names that, when said in a group of classic car enthusiast, draws an instant reaction of the various models the marque produced.  Honestly, it seems that practically every car Triumph made was a hit; TR3, TR4, TR6, and, who can forget, the legendary Spitfire.  This model, however, really strikes a chord with the love string of enthusiasts, particularly because of the very unique styling.  However, the TR4 was not solely limited to the iconic look of its front lights and grill, as the TR4’s 2,130 lb weight mated with a power output of 100 bhp from a 2.1-liter inline-four engine cemented this car as a true British roadster for the ages.  A TR4 in good condition can be hunted down for less than $5,000.