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New Retro T-Shirts from RACE RALLY ROAD

Submitted by on May 20, 2010

Race Rally Road is expanding its offering of stylish retro threads with the addition of two new totally awesome t-shirts. These t-shirts are sure to please fans of retro motorsport everywhere and help us here at Motorsport Retro to avoid that awkward situation where we show up to work in the same shirt.

The Ford GT40 is one of my favourite sports cars and while I sadly don’t have the spare hundreds of thousands (of dollars) to buy an original, I can at least live vicariously through R3’s fantastic new Tee! The GT40 t-shirt celebrates the car that Henry Ford II built to beat the Ferraris at Le Mans and features the cars that won at Le Mans in ’66, ’67, ’68 and ’69 rendered in wonderful retro style.

For fans of classic Australian racing, R3 have introduced the Torana A9X t-shirt. Touring cars are a pretty rough and tough bunch and the Torana A9X is one of the toughest touring cars Australia has ever produced and raced. With a stylish and clean design, the Torana A9X shirt does its namesake great justice.

Read on to see what Race Rally Road has to say:

GT40

Henry Ford II had wanted a Ford at Le Mans since the early 1960s. In the spring of 1963, Ford reportedly received word that Enzo Ferrari was interested in selling to Ford Motor Company. Enzo cut the deal off prematurely as Ferrari wanted to remain the sole operator of his company’s motor sports division and out of spite, an enraged Henry Ford II, directed his racing division to build a Ferrari-beater on the world endurance-racing circuit. With the Ferrari deal broken, Henry Ford II famously gave the directive. “If we can’t buy ‘em, we’ll beat ‘em”! He set his sights on that and in 1966, Henry Ford II said, of Lemans, “You’d better win”, which they did, finally displacing Ferrari (who won at Le Mans six times in a row from 1960 to 1965). The Ford GT40 went on to win the 24 hours of Le Mans four times in a row, from 1966 to 1969. It was built to win long distance sports car races against Ferrari and thoroughly succeeded, establishing a legendary motorsport tale.

A9X Torana Brief

R3 – Race Rally Road is proud to present this design as a tribute to one of the toughest touring cars ever developed and raced in Australia. After being rushed into racing service, the untried Holden Torana A9X ultimately lost its debut Bathurst race in 1977 to the Ford Falcons. However, the A9X package was soon refined and proved dominant during the following two seasons of touring car racing in Australia, claiming both the 1978 and 1979 Australian Touring Car Championship titles, the 1978 Sandown 500 enduro and the Bathurst 1000 races of 1978 and 1979 . . . with Peter Brock winning the 1979 1000km endurance race by a (never to be repeated) 6 lap margin and given that his No 1 rival Allan Moffat, was observing from the commentary box, Brocky went on to break the lap record on the very last lap of the race!

The T Shirts are A$45 and are available here

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