Top 5 NASCAR Championship Moments!

November 14th, 2014

http://www.motorsport.com/nascar-cup/news/top-5-nascar-championship-moments

Alan Kulwicki Hosts the 1992 NASCAR Championship Trophy in Atlanta after winning the closest race in history.

Alan Kulwicki Hosts the 1992 NASCAR Championship Trophy in Atlanta after winning the closest race in history.

Alan Kulwicki’s 1992 Win is #1 for many.

NASCAR Home Track Roots Aplenty for Chase Hopefuls

November 13th, 2014
Joey Logano & Kevin Harvick compare notes after their one/two finish in the 2007 K&N race at Iowa.

Joey Logano & Kevin Harvick compare notes after their one/two finish in the 2007 K&N race at Iowa.

http://hometracks.nascar.com/nwaas_feature_111214_Grassroots_Ties_Aplenty_With_Chase_Finalists

Car Guys of Los Gatos Veterans Day Gathering Brings out the Big Guns!

November 12th, 2014
Brooke Schwartz & Rubins 72 RR

Brooke Schwartz & Rubins 72 RR

Forrest Straights Cobra

Forrest Straights Cobra

Good morning all:

We had a Chamber of Commerce day on Tuesday as the Car Guys of Los Gatos honored our Veterans and Automotive Artistry at our monthly gathering held at Aldo’s Ristorante.
A number of exceptional automobiles were on hand highlighted by the following:
1966 Austin Healey 3000 – Austin Kilburn
1947 Jeep CJ2A – Bruce Kennedy
1954 Fleetwood – Dick Wells
1956 XK140 – Steve & Nancy Heyman
1959 Rolls Royce – Jim Weager – Note:  Jim is reportedly looking for a new home for this nicely patined “grand lady”.
1964 Impala SS – John Ransom
1971 Olds Toronado – Larry Simon
1957 Mercedes Cabriolet – Milton Wheeler
1934 Ford Hot Rod – Robert Buxton
1966 Corvette – Roger Zimmerman
1972 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow – Rubin Jurman
1958 Bentley – Steve Marchiaggiani
1929 Ford – Jim LaMaack
1971 Pantera – Steve Bogart
1957 Chevy Bel Air – Carroll Blackstock
1939 Ford Deluxe Coupe – Mike Knips
1939 Chrysler Imperial – Howard Mason
1971 Plymouth “Purple People Eater” Challenger – Don Sturtz
CSX 3183 Shelby Cobra – Forrest Straight
1935 Dunbar Popcorn Wagon (on a 55 Chevy Truck Frame) – George Graveline
1956 XK140 – David Jensen
1973 Citroen 2CV – Jam VanDerlande
The highlight for many was the two tone 1938 Bentley Drophead Coupe’ brought by Neil Kirkham.  This is an immaculate one-off from the House of Windover in London and Neil has a fascinating story about the cars origin and a collection of “back in the day” communication between the original owner and the factory.  Incredible automobile!
Its nice to have a group where the members realize its all about the cars and not themselves.  Thank you to everyone who brought one of their treasures to display.  I’ve included a few pictures with this email with others available to view by going to the Racers Drive Facebook page.
While the cars remained outside on display 45 members and their guests gathered for lunch and all agreed that the company and food was exemplary.
The only bad news is that Aldo’s is already booked on December 9th which would be the next date on our calendar and we will probably need to delay getting together until the following month which would be on Tuesday January 13th.
We’ll keep you posted as dates and times firm up but for now we will not have a Car Guys of Los Gatos gathering unless someone comes up with an idea and a place for us to meet as an alternative to Aldo’s on Tuesday December 9th.
Please send Rubin or I a note if anyone has an idea or suggestion for December.
Otherwise look for future communication from this site as regards our January meeting.
Thank you.
Regards,
Mike Cesario
408-220-3167
mike@racersdrive.com

 Bruce Kennedy's 47 jeep CJ2A

Bruce Kennedy’s 47 jeep CJ2A

Carroll Blackstocks 57 Bel Air

Carroll Blackstocks 57 Bel Air

Carrolls BelAir & Steve Bogarts 71 Pantera

Carrolls BelAir & Steve Bogarts 71 Pantera

David Jensens 55 XK140

David Jensens 55 XK140

Dick Wells 54 Fleetwood, Larry Simons 71 Toronado

Dick Wells 54 Fleetwood, Larry Simons 71 Toronado

Don Sturtz 71 Challenger, Steve & Nancy Heymen's 56 XK140

Don Sturtz 71 Challenger, Steve & Nancy Heymen’s 56 XK140

George G's Popcorn wagon

George G’s Popcorn wagon

Harold Mason's 39 Chrysler Imperial

Harold Mason’s 39 Chrysler Imperial

Jim Weagers 1959 Rolls Royce

M. Knips 39 Ford Coupe, Steve M.'s 58 Bentley

M. Knips 39 Ford Coupe, Steve M.’s 58 Bentley

Mike C's 05 C4S

Mike C’s 05 C4S

Milt Wheelers 57 Mercedes Cabriolet

Milt Wheelers 57 Mercedes Cabriolet

Neil Kirkhams 38 Bentley Drophead Coupe'

Neil Kirkhams 38 Bentley Drophead Coupe’

R. Zimmermans 66 Vette

R. Zimmermans 66 Vette

Car Guys of Los Gatos Car Show and Luncheon is Today at Aldo’s Ristorante!

November 11th, 2014
Corvette, Corvair & a Lincoln

Corvette, Corvair & a Lincoln

 

Brad McClure's BTM Motorwerks Porsche

Brad McClure’s BTM Motorwerks Porsche

1929 Buick

1954 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith

1954 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith

Original factory Shelby Cobra owned by Forrest Straight

Original factory Shelby Cobra owned by Forrest Straight

Dave Gitin's 48 Buick

Dave Gitin’s 48 Buick

1931 Franklin

1931 Franklin

Corvette, Corvair & a Lincoln

Corvette, Corvair & a Lincoln

This is our Veterans Day Celebration honoring the people who made this country “The Land of the Free – Because of the Brave”!

Stop on by Aldo’s Ristorante on Winchester Blvd in Los Gatos anytime between 11:00 – 2:00 today to check out the exotic import and domestic automobiles on display. (I’ve included some pics from past gatherings so you can see the quality of the cars usually on hand).

CGLG members and their guests are welcome to showcase their cars and join us for lunch at noon for a nominal $25/person charge.

Reminder: The Car Guys of Los Gatos gathering is a commercial free zone and the members are passionate car guys and collectors of fine machinery – This is NOT about Business but a social gathering of similarly minded men and women!

BTM Motorwerks Duo to Vie for the BMW National Championship

November 2nd, 2014

 

BTM Motorwerks Champions Mike Shawhan abd Brad McClure

BTM Motorwerks Champions Mike Shawhan and Brad McClure

TEAM BTM

Team BTM – Josh Mabie, Michael Shawhan, Brad McClure, Step Pope, Kurt Kalb & Max the Wonder Dog.

BTM Motorwerks racers Michael Shawhan and Brad McClure will join 40 other competitors from all over the country at Sonoma Raceway November 7-9 for the BMW Spec E30 National Championship.

!The Spec E30 class is considered a real drivers class as all cars are prepared equally to specific technical guidelines with the result being that the best driver generally wins rather than the driver with the largest bankroll and the biggest engine.

!Michael Shawhan has locked up the 2014 NASA Regional Championship and enters the Nationals as the favorite having won 11 races this year while setting class track records at Sonoma, Laguna Seca and Thunderhill.

!As a measure of his commitment Michael took time to broaden his skills as he competed in a BTM Motorwerks supported stock car in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Sonoma this past June. In front of a huge crowd and the national media, Michael raced against the likes of Sprint Cup Regulars Austin Dillon, Michael Annett and Ricky Stenhouse and ran in the top 10 before a broken axle spoiled his run to the front.

!Since winning the 2011 & 2012 NASA Regional Championships Michael’s teammate and BTM Motorwerks Team Principal Brad McClure has focused most of his racing efforts in the United States Touring Car Championship winning the TC Championship in 2013 and competing this year in GT in a 996/911 Porsche.

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Brad currently stands 2nd in the GT class with one event to run but he did score a podium finish earlier this year in Spec E30. He expressed satisfaction with his BMW following last Fridays test session over the hilly and extremely technical 2.58 Classic Sonoma configuration and said. “I’ve got a well-prepared car and I know Sonoma like the back of my hand. I’ll have a plan in place to run to the front and then try and keep everyone else at bay”.

!Both BTM drivers feel that they have excellent chances to “best the rest” and expect to compete with each other for the win.

!The NASA Nationals at Sonoma Raceway are open to the public with a nominal $10/person admittance fee. Take a drive up to Wine a Country next weekend and cheer on these two talented local drivers as they race their hearts out for the National Championship.

!About BTM Motorwerks
BTM Motorwerks is your Silicon Valley’s Diamond Certified Service Center for Porsche, BMW, Mercedes, Mini Cooper, Audi and Volkswagen with six Bays and plenty of parking, located at 1661 S. Bascom Avenue, Campbell, CA conveniently close to Hwys 17 and 280.

!Give Mike or Brad a call at 408-369-1911 to get the best in care for your German car or Mini Cooper. And while you’re at the shop or visiting them at the track ask the boys about their “arrive & drive” program for anyone interested in racing or just in improving their own driving skills and confidence levels on and off the track.

!Media Contact: Mike Cesario, Racers Drive mike@racersdrive.com
408-220-3167

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Puma Extends Partnership with the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team

October 28th, 2014

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Herzogenaurach, Germany (28 October 2014) – PUMA today announced a new supplier partnership with the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team, continuing the successful collaboration with the 2014 FIA Formula One World Constructors’ Champions* that began in 2012.  The new agreement, effective from January 2015, sees PUMA become the Official Supplier of Technical Clothing and Footwear and an Official Licensee of footwear, apparel and accessories. It also will extend the licensed rights PUMA’s owned Sport’s Merchandise company, Brandon, has for team replica and fan products.

PUMA will continue to outfit team drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg with its lightweight race suits and footwear. All technical pit personnel will also wear PUMA’s latest innovations in performance race wear.

A licensed MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS collection will also continue to be developed and distributed by PUMA which will include footwear, apparel and accessories that are inspired by the F1 team’s heritage and driver personalities.

Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, commented; “PUMA has been a key performance partner for the three seasons we have now worked together, ensuring our drivers are outfitted in the lightest and most innovative performance race wear. This is an important component of our racing operation within a continually evolving and challenging industry. As a licensed partner, PUMA has excellent capabilities of designing, developing and distributing high quality products that carry our brand identity.  This partnership is very important for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS and we are delighted that it will continue for the years ahead.” 

Bjørn Gulden, Chief Executive Officer for PUMA said: “We are very excited to continue our partnership with MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, who, after an incredible season this year will no doubt continue to achieve great things.  PUMA has good heritage in motorsport and we are constantly working with our partner teams to innovate our performance race apparel and footwear, and help them be the fastest and achieve success.  We’re proud to work with the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS team and look forward to the next phase of this relationship.”  

*Subject to official confirmation by the FIA of the results of the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship

Media Contacts:

Michelle Perrault

PUMA North America

tel: 978-698-1264

michelle.perrault@puma.com

Statistical Advantage NASCAR K&N Pro Series Race at Roseville this Weekend

October 8th, 2014

http://hometracks.nascar.com/nknps-west_advance_101114_Toyota_NAPA_150

Michael Waltrip makes a guest appearance at Roseville this weekend.

Michael Waltrip makes a guest appearance at Roseville this weekend.

All American Speedway Entry List for NASCAR K&N West Race Released

October 7th, 2014
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Veteran racer Jack Sellers and his crew chief Charlie Silva.

Michael Waltrip will be racing Saturday night

Thomas Martin on the pre-grid

Thomas Martin on the pre-grid

alongside French racer Anthony Garbarino and his Jack Sellers Racing teammates, Thomas Martin and Jack Sellers.

 

http://hometracks.nascar.com/nknps-west_101114_roseville_entry-list

Anthony Garbarino

Anthony Garbarino

Brandan McReynolds

Brandan McReynolds

Justin Funkhouser's #11 Jack Sellers Racing stock car is a fire breather.

Scorpus Racing to Run in the 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series

October 6th, 2014

Finally, it is here!!! The news so eagerly awaited by those following our team… Some of you, here and there, have picked up on our clues, but today we are here to announce officially that Scorpus Racing America is entering the NASCAR Xfinity series for the 2015 season. Our team is very pleased and proud to be associated with a big name in Nascar to be able to run a 100% French car for 10 races.
Details will be published at a later date.
We can already tell you that Daytona, Indy or even and the Colosseum Bristol will be part of our program…
Drivers, who will be tested over the winter, will be announced once ours results are in.
Stay connected for the next chapter because you are part of it.

http://youtu.be/nS17sNdafPM10313715_586640051446598_5526529320486842276_n

Nascar Whelan European Title on the Line at LeMans

October 3rd, 2014

http://hometracks.nascar.com/nwes/Titles_And_Trophies_On_The_Line_At_Le_Mans

5 drivers will be contending for the NASCAR European Championship at LeMans

5 drivers will be contending for the NASCAR European Championship at LeMans