Latest retro releases from R3
Our pals at Race Rally Road have expanded their range with the release of three new t-shirt designs.
- Race: The Le Mans winning Aston Martin DBR1 from 1959 Buy here
- Rally: Escort Service celebrating the great MK 1 & MK 2 Ford Escort rally cars Buy here
- Road: 1966 gave the world the first road supercar, the Lamborghini Miura. Buy here
With the introduction of the 3 litre engine capacity limit for the 1958 World Sports Car Championship, Aston Martin had a racing package ready to equal their rivals.
Although concentrating on Formula 1 in 1959, David Brown entered a formidable team of DBR1’s for the 1959 Le Mans 24 hour race. The race was a straight forward battle between the 6 cylinder Aston Martin DBR1s and the V12 Ferrari Testa Rossas.
After exchanging the lead for hours on end the triumphant partnership of Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori won with approximately 9.5kms separating the second place DBR1 of Frere and Trintignant. After 11 post-war appearances Aston Martin had won the world’s most prestigious endurance race.
With Moss and Fairman winning the Nurburgring 1000km race and the DBR1 of Fairman, Shelby and Moss winning the 6 hour Tourist Trophy race at Goodwood, Aston Martin claimed the 1959 World Sports Car Championship on 24 points beating Ferrari (22 points) and Porsche (21 points).
Shortly after, Aston Martin owner David Brown withdrew the team from sports car racing.
The twin cam MKI Escort, first introduced in 1968, was an evolutionary development of the Lotus Cortina and subsequently laid the foundations for establishing Ford’s formidable reputation in rallying and lifting of its rather mundane model image to that of a motor sport icon.
The MKI Escort was winning world rallies from 1968 to 1974 followed by the MKII Escort whose successes were legendary – 17 world rally wins from 1975 to 1981.
The Escort in its various MKI and MKII forms dominated British rallying, winning the RAC Rally 8 times and the MKII carried off both World Rally Championship titles in 1979.
The MKII RS1800 Escort has won more rallies at world, international and national levels than any other car, and is still winning historic events today. A true motorsport legend!
Named after Spain’s wildest and most feared fighting bulls, the Lamborghini Miura (pronounced me-you-ra) had a profound impact on the motoring world when launched at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show.
The Miura can lay claim to being the world’s first true production mid-engined supercar, refining a template that would become the staple layout for the world’s hypercars for evermore.
Given the 4 litre transverse V12 produced 385 bhp in SV trim, propelling the Miura to a top speed of 276 kph, proved it certainly had the performance to match its voluptuous form.
In recent times the Miura has regularly been voted the “World’s Sexiest Car” and the “Most Beautiful Car in the World” by prominent classic car magazines and renowned automotive designers.
Grab a t shirt today for just A$45