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October 11, 1928 – Long name, fast driver
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October 11, 1928 – Long name, fast driver

Alfonso Antonio Vicente Eduardo Angel Blas Francisco de Borja Cabeza de Vaca y Leighton, Marquis of Portago, better known as Alfonso de Portago, was a Ferrari race car driver, Olympic bobsledder and stunt pilot from Spain, who was born on this day in 1928. One of his first transportation feats wasn’t by land but by air, when the millionaire heir flew his plane beneath a bridge at age 17, winning a $500 bet.  After meeting a US Ferrari importer in 1953 Alfonso began a successful auto racing career. He took first at many prestigious events, including the Tour de France automobile race, the Grand Prix of Oporto and the Nassau Governor's Cup. Alfonso and his co-driver, Edmund Nelson, were killed in a crash on May 12, 1957, during the Mille Miglia. The wreck, caused by a tire blowo...
Meanwhile, Joe Zolper built a Badass 1969 Daytona Door Slammer
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Meanwhile, Joe Zolper built a Badass 1969 Daytona Door Slammer

9 Years and 2,500 Horsepower Later, the Car is Ready for the Strip It was nine years ago Joe Zolper accepted a gutted 1968 Dodge Charger as payment for painting a friend’s semi. Back then, the deal wasn't that good, but you took what you could get to chase your dream. In Joe's case, he dreamed of owning a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona. With prices soaring into the heavens, the chances of the master fabricator bringing one home were slim, but this rotting Charger gave him an idea: build one. The car came into Joe’s life at the perfect time. Facing some personal hardships, he believed a big project could carry him through and keep his mind off the troubles. When the Mopar landed in his shop, the tear down began. Word of his endeav...
The first 24 Hours at Le Mans
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The first 24 Hours at Le Mans

The first 24 Hours of Le Mans ended on this day in 1923. This first of its kind automobile endurance race held in Le Mans, France began on the May 26 with 33 cars and all but three finished. The winners of the race were Frenchman André Lagache and René Léonard who were driving a Chenard et Walcker Sport. They completed 128 laps, while second place finished at 124. Originally the winner of the race was to be determined after three years of competition, combining the distance traveled over the race each year. This idea was abandoned after the first three year period, 1923-1925. The average speed of the 1923 race was 92.064 km/h, about 60 miles per hour. The race has been held every year since 1932 except 1936 and between the years 1940 to 1948 due to WWII. The next race will start June 15th,...

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