If you could race a car from the past….

David S.
By David S. Wallens
Nov 9, 2022 | Vintage Racing, Daytona, HSR, HSR Classic 24 Hour at Daytona, Historic Sportscar Racing

Photography Credit: Chris Tropea

We spent this weekend at HSR’s Classic 24, a long weekend of historic and vintage racing at Daytona International Speedway. The 24-hour schedule had cars racing through the night. 

Instead of MGs and Triumphs, though, we saw lots and lots of Porsches–from 944 Firehawk cars through all manner of 911–plus tube-frame Mustangs, Riley prototypes and even a Miata or two.

Historic now includes later cars. After all, they are historic, right? 

So, a question: If you could race one car from the past, what would it be? 

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preach (dudeist priest)
preach (dudeist priest) GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
11/9/22 10:45 a.m.

The 1970 #40 Le Mans class-winning Porsche 914. It's one of the biggest reasons I own a 914.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
11/9/22 10:50 a.m.

Pretty hard to narrow it down, but pretty much any endurance racer from the '60s or '70s gets my pick. A pre-war race car would also be wild.

AMiataCalledSteve Reader
11/9/22 10:58 a.m.

I've always had a thing for old silhouette racers


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ChrisTropea Associate Editor
11/9/22 11:00 a.m.

As much as I want to say an endurance car from the ''70s I would pick either a 996 GT3 Cup or a 944 Turbo Cup because of safety. Looking at the older cars up close this past weekend you see just how exposed the driver is and I want a little more cage and car around me. 

bmw88rider GRM+ Memberand UberDork
11/9/22 11:02 a.m.

I have 2. 

The 1999 Viper GTS Lemans car


Or the 1990 Cougar IMSA GTO car


ChrisTropea Associate Editor
11/9/22 11:06 a.m.

In reply to AMiataCalledSteve :

That Mustang is so good. 

MadScientistMatt UltimaDork
11/9/22 11:14 a.m.

Bob Tullius's '66 Dodge Dart, to see what the chassis can do when set up correctly.

Captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
Captdownshift (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/9/22 11:30 a.m.

Audi 200 quattro Trans Am. 

Skobie New Reader
11/9/22 11:38 a.m.

Any Group B car. Any. Please!

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/9/22 11:44 a.m.

In reply to Skobie :

You have chosen Honda CRX. laugh

(At Olympus '86, which was the last time Group B was run internationally, a local entered a CRX.  Because it was a two seat car, it was classed in Group B.  Results)


I like all the Bs but I would choose something like a Manta 400 or a Celica, just because light weight rear drive fun.

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