Most people who reside in New York City could not envision owning a car, let alone one that is prepared solely for on-track use. But, you never know what curiosities you’ll stumble upon in The City That Never Sleeps, which is why this race prepped Porsche Boxster S hanging out on Manhattan’s Lower West Side isn’t all too surprising. On offer from our friends at Classic Car Club Manhattan, this first generation Boxster S is ready to race, right on time as the warm weather hits and you are no doubt itching to tackle your favorite road course.
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There are few things to me that are quite as cool as the factory rally cars. For a long period of time – indeed, until the mid 1980s, works rally cars really differed very little from the production cars. Compared to their track-racing equivalents, there was something more realistic about rally cars compared to the quite extreme measures manufacturers went through to make circuit cars. Perhaps part of that nature was because the big money wasn’t really in the rally scene until much more recently, but whatever the cause you got plenty of action from cars that you could conceivably buy, modify and race. While in many ways a bit of an unlikely candidate, Porsche actually managed to front several cars up through and into the 1980s in World Rally Championship events, but many more were entered by privateers. Such is the case with today’s rally find, a 1968 Porsche 912:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1968 Porsche 912 Rally on Pelican Parts
If the 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera posted earlier was still a little too rich for your blood, we here at GCFSB feel your pain. While there is a simply joy to seeing Porsches race, the reality of buying into and maintaining a Porsche race car can be a little too much to take for most hobby budgets. What’s the solution, then, if you’ve got the desire to hit the track? Well, for not much money there are many racing BMWs that can be had. From 2002s to E36s, just like Porsches, there is a devoted fanbase of enthusiasts who take otherwise good road cars and turn them into race cars so that you don’t have to:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1970 BMW 2002 on Hemmings.com
Buying a used race car is always a bit of a mixed bag; if you build it yourself, you know what you’ve got and what you’ve done but it’s more expensive. Buy someone else’s project, though, and you can spend years trying to undo what they’ve “done”. But if you find just the right car to buy, you can get a serious performance bargain – top shelf quality at a house-brand price. Today’s 911 may just be this exact case; a staple of the racing community, long before “Miata” was the answer to every question automotive, if you wanted to go racing you bought a 911, such as this 1986 Carrera: