Racing Porsches


Racing Porsches

by Ken Visser

With Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans series about to start, I thought we would take a look at some special Porsches. As we will see, racing improves the breed.  (Continued below)

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I photographed this 1953 Porsche 550 Coupe at the Amelia Island Concours in 2007.

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Congrats to Dempsey Del Piero Racing On A White Hot Fourth Place Finish!


All of us here at Velocity have been on the edge of our seats this weekend. Patrick Dempsey, Joe Foster and Patrick Long of Dempsey Del Piero Racing have been sweating it out in the 90th Anniversary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and we couldn’t be more proud of their competitive finish, just shy of the podium, with their fourth place GTE-AM finish. Patrick Dempsey and Patrick Long each led the race twice at points, and Foster raced in the top three.  

Running the team’s No. 77 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, the all-American team fought an incredible battle in
what ultimately proved a dangerous and rainy race. According to a team release, Dempsey and the team is already eyeing next year:

“We were competitive the entire race,” said Dempsey. “This is really what you want to be. Patrick did a great job on his opening stint, Joe was incredible in what seemed like every session of his in the rain, and our Porsche from Proton Competition was perfectly prepared. It was just a great race, we came up just a little short on the podium, but we will reach that goal soon enough.”

Those of us here at Velocity don’t doubt how serious Patrick is about achieving that goal. Not only
has he proven it to the world the race he just finished, but he has also allowed cameras to document his road to get to the race as he juggles the demands of his acting career, being a loving family man, searching for sponsors, and most importantly putting in time on the track. Velocity will air his
journey with all the highs and lows, in a four part special Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans on August 28 at 10|9c. Anyone who watches all that Patrick goes through will know that he and Team Dempsey Del Piero are as serious as they come about claiming a spot on the podium.

Congratulations Patrick and Team Dempsey Del Piero from all of us at Velocity. Keep up to date with Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans here at as we continue to update you all summer.


Brian Biegel Q&A: The Man Behind the Quest to find the Miracle Ball


Brian Biegel is the man behind the mission in Miracle Ball, a Velocity special airing, Saturday, September 29 @ 8p E/P. We were fortunate enough to be able ask Brian a few questions about his incredible quest to investigate just what happened to the lost ball from the Bobby Thomson’s incredible home run in the 1951 National League Pennant. Learn about his search and the ways it’s changed his life:

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The Grand Ascent Hillclimb 2012


On Tuesday 12/11, you'll get to see a classic episode of Chasing Classic Cars where Wayne Carini goes through his plan to market and then sell th Porsche Special Hill Climb Car. He takes it to the Hershey Hill Climb race to put it through its paces and has a darn good time doing it. But that doesn't stop him from taking it to auction.

THough the Hill Climb took place back in June, we were lucky enough to have Kenneth Visser - automobile fan, blogger and photographer extraordinaire on site and reporting back on the action. Take a walk down memory lane below, and don't forget to tune in to Chasing Classic Cars starting on Tuesday 12/11 starting at 9p.

Another fine tradition has been reignited with the second running of the The Grand Ascent Hillclimb held on the grounds of the Hershey Hotel.  This is a VSCCA sanctioned hill climb exhibition and features a wide variety historic racing cars thundering up a five turn three quarters of a mile long course.  A unique opportunity to see, hear and smell vintage race cars slamming gears.  This event was reignited with the start of the Elegance At Hershey.  We'll talk more about the Concours later.  Let's take a look at some of the neat machinery that was attacking the hill.

Wayne Carini was selected as the Honary Grand Marshall of the Grand Ascent.  He brought his smile and his driving skills to the hill.

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Wayne Carini of Chasing Classic Cars took the Bill Rutan VW* special with a 356 four cam motor up the hill.  Wayne spoke about the rides up later "I had a blast"  And his sub 57 second times were reflective of his blistering pace. 


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All Star Dealers: The In's and Out's of Sports Memorabilia


Hot off the presses! Darren Russek from Grey Flannel Auctions sat down with the folks at Wikicollecting to discuss the upcoming Grey Flannel sale and major developments in the sports memorabilia market.

They even talked about what it is like to star in their own show, All Star Dealers airing Thursday nights at 10:00 and 10:30 pm E/P on Velocity Network.

Grab a coffee and learn all about sports memorabilia!

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