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    Daytona Intl Speedway has more cars this month than any other. Beginning this week, Historic Sportscar Racing and the Trans Am Series will be racing, well over 100 cars. http://gotransam.com/events/Daytona-International-Speedway/8903

    The Classic 24 Hours of Daytona w/ former Rolex24 cars, several are faster than today's cars. Some legendary world champion drivers like Bobby Rahal, Jochen Mass, and rocknroll singer Brian Johnson will be in some of these exotic rides.
    http://hsrrace.com/events/2017-events-page/daytona-historics-2017/

    Then during Thanksgiving weekend, Turkey Run hot rod car show will bring about 5000 street rods to Daytona. 50th Anniversary Camaro display, Mecum Auctions display, Arts and Fashion Bazaar, Brett 'Big Schwag' Wagner of Discovery Channel TV shows Monster Garage & Monster Nation', Rat Rod Rally display, and a craft beer festival Nov.25 only.
    http://turkeyrun.com/

    Plus evening events like The Gaslight Parade in Ormond Beach on Friday evening Nov. 24, featuring original stock appearing cars. New this year is "Magic of Lights" for Christmas season. Use password code TURKEYRUN for $15 advance purchase to drive your vehicle under the lights http://magicoflights.com/daytona/
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    I remember when our family first started going to Daytona, the raceway included a strip on the actual beach :)
    The demise of the Daytona Beach Road Course came with the last event being held in 1958.
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    My Dad and brother went to several beach races - he took me to the 500 from 62-79

    got to see this one
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    1979 was my first 500 in person. I was about 14, got out of school in Ohio for a whole week.

    The HSR Classic 24 is a genuine world class event. I think all tickets include paddock access to see the cars up close.
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    HSR has 165 cars entered, teams from 18 countries.
    Trans Am has 46 cars entered.
    A handful of drivers visited kids on the Speediatrics floor of the hospital this evening, as they often do near race event locations.
    The Classic24 Hours started here in 2014, and last year began alternating annually between Daytona & LeMans, France. This has very good audio to see a little of what its about.
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    Back some 40 or so years ago, Cale Yarborough decided to run a Nascar stock car in the 24 Hr of LeMans,

    They took it over, covered it with a giant American flag, then when it started up, it overwhelmed in sound. It ran for a while then brakes were gone forever.

    The banking at Daytona is scary unless you are hauling ass.

    I loved the 1980s to early 90s Prototypes with the turbo cavitating sound they made.

    Went to 12 Hr of Sebring in 65 and saw up close the fire and death of a Canadian driver of a Ford GT40 at the hair pin. I can still see his body pulled out of the car, he was dead, after the fire was put out, and placed in a pink sheet. It was gruesome to see.

    Also saw up close a few years later at Sebring, the drivers run to the cars, hop in and go, except for Dan Gurney's Ford Mark IV, which would not start, then saw Carroll Shelby take off his black cowboy hat and beat the car with it till it cranked. Hilarious.
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    Live stream here, more on facebook at Classic 24 Hours at Daytona and Historic Sportscar Racing. Brian Johnson had a little trouble in practice this morning, car had a very small fire after he pulled off and stopped in the infield. It was quickly extinguished and he is fine. Crew was putting it back together at lunch when I went thru the garage.
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    Nascar Wood Brothers 21 was driven by Neil Bonnett, racing on the road course. Neil died in a practice crash at Daytona in Feb. 1994.


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    Jochen Mass raced the #31 Gulf 1973 Porsche 911 IROC this weekend.

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    Ray Evernham, former Nascar crew chief for Jeff Gordon, had a great weekend in this '16 Porsche Cayman GT4/CS

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    Porsche leaving the pits, red Vette driven by Ron Fellows in turn 1, cars in background rounding turn 6 entering the Nascar turn 1 banking.

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    Simon Gregg, Trans Am series racer.

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    Maserati here is 1 of 12 customer cars built. Its for sale, $2.45 million.

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    new Ford GT

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    Saw a couple of these Porsche Speedsters, the silver one is just as nice.

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