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Top Five of 2012: Le Mans & Sportscars

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Le Mans: What Goes Around, Comes Around

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In 1967, Dan Gurney won the Le Mans 24 Hours with AJ Foyt, and they started a tradition that remains to this day. This weekend the Gurney name is back at Le Mans.

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1985 Daytona 24hrs: The Porsche Superstar Show

What do sportscar superstar Bob Wollek, Grand Prix winner Thierry Boutsen, all-round racing legend AJ Foyt and four-time Indy 500 winner have in common?

Bizzare and as random as it may sound… At the start of the 1985 Daytona 24 Hours the four of them didn’t have much in common at all – apart from driving Porsche 962s in that year’s 24 Hours. The all-star line-up was the #8 Valvoline car of Wollek/Unser Sr/Foyt, which had qualified third. In eighth was another 962 of Boutsen, Le Mans hero Henri Pescarolo and Bruce Leven.

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Video Documentary: Ford and GT40 – The Golden Age of Motorsport

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In the early ’60s, Henry Ford II was all about Le Mans. He wanted a Ford in the great race and he wanted to win. Ferrari was already there and were well on their way to a six-year winning streak at Circuit de la Sarthe, but were struggling financially.

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Video: Cruising the streets in a Porsche 962

When you own a road registered Porsche 962, you gotta drive it everywhere right?

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Video Documentary: 1000KM Nürburgring 1983 “The last Ringmeisters”

Qualifying for the 1983 1000km of Nürburgring and a young Stefan Bellof sets a pole-position time around the infamous Nordschleife of six minutes eleven seconds. He is five seconds ahead of second-place man Jochen Mass.

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Le Mans 1985: Porsche’s Conservation Run

Dale Kistemaker of poeticsofspeed.com

A blend of tactics, skill and ingenuity meant that Porsche’s underdogs took on the mighty works team, and won by seven laps. How?

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