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1967 Honda RA300 to run demonstration laps before Italian GP

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Nearly 50 years to the day after the Honda RA300 won the 1967 Italian Grand Prix in Monza, with the late John Surtees driving the car on its debut from ninth on the grid to win on September 10, the car will run demonstration laps in advance of this year’s Italian Grand Prix at Sunday at the same track.

The Honda will run at 12:10 p.m. local time with GP3 racer Nirei Fukuzumi driving. The car will also be displayed during the weekend, as Honda will set up a booth for a special exhibition which will include the RA300 in the exhibition area.

“It is our great pleasure to be able to run the same machine on the same circuit on the 50th anniversary year of our victory with the RA300,” said Masashi Yamamoto/General Manager of the Motor Sports Division, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

“We hope that fans will enjoy the performance of this machine Honda created with strong passion to ‘win no matter what it takes’ and the Honda sound of this classic V12 engine. Also, I would like to express our sincere appreciation to the FIA and FOM for their support and cooperation for this demonstration run.”

It marks the second historic car run before a race in as many weeks. Last weekend before the Belgian Grand Prix, Mick Schumacher got to run father Michael’s Benetton B194 in an emotional moment.

Ka-boom! NHRA Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon blows up brand new car body

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Former NHRA Funny Car champ Cruz Pedregon was a happy man coming into Friday’s qualifying for this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Mile-High Nationals in Morrison, Colorado (a suburb of Denver).

The reason Pedregon was feeling good was he had a brand new Toyota Camry body atop his Funny Car chassis. It was state of the art, it looked fast and it was prepared to run fast.

And everything really looked good as soon as Pedregon hit the gas in his qualifying run vs. Tim Wilkerson.

Well, for a few seconds, that is.

As the two drivers hurtled down the 1,000-foot drag strip, Pedregon’s brand new body was destroyed in a massive explosion.

Fortunately, Pedregon was uninjured.

Check out the big ka-boom: