What is the IMSA? First of all, if you read about Porsche, there is a likelihood you will run into its deep-rooted world of racing. Each and every driver, designer, mechanic, racing official, organizer, sponsor and fan reflects on what activities of the IMSA’s past and how it makes Porsche its legacy today. There has been writers such as John Starkey that immersed himself as race car driver, collector, mechanic, and fan of all cars and given us a feeling in the evolution of competition.
Racing with a Difference – The History of IMSA by John Starkey with contributions by Peggy and John Bishop discusses the vintage IMSA (International Motor Sports Association) in detail. Often seen at world-class vintage racing historic, his contribution to racing world recalls the research of events. Many of the earliest events can only be relived by memory, crude camera shots and possible recordings. You might be able to find one of the cars, either in someone’s private garage, a museum or for sale that were in one of these earlier races. You may know of a retired driver, mechanic, pit crew member or fan that was there. Reliving racing competition from early days of 1971 where GT series race car entries had tobacco or liquor sponsorships was all about converged racers to pit horsepower and torque against each other. Even today, sportscasters would recall the earliest IMSA events at the Virginia International Speedway. They could recall all of the excitement getting to witness a mix of GTO, GTP, GTU, TO, TU, BS and AS cars slugging it out to the finish line.
The events at the IMSA offers a bit history. If you love cars, try to fully get that front seat perspective of race modified Mustang, Porsche RS, Porsche 911, Porsche 914/6, Cobra, Camaro and many more. The history should be the core about everything related to why one gravitates to sport cars. The material also covers how the cars are class and how they ran against each other.
LINK TO IMSA HISTORY
LINKS TO IMSA CARS