Tam's Old Race Car Site

It's 1961, the Scarabs have been sold to new owners in the Midwest and the Cobra project is still fulminating in the mind of Carroll Shelby.  In the interim, California road courses are dominated by Maserati Type 61 "Birdcages" and Jurassic-era V8 powered Specials.  The photos on this site document an age when the power source was still in front, and giants like Bill Krause, Bob Drake, Ken Miles and others ruled West Coast racing.  At least they seemed like giants to me, at 13. 

Who's that goofy-looking kid (me at 13) standing by Ed Leslie's Lotus 20 in front of the old Leslie Motors in Monterey? 

I'd received a Voigtlander Bessa I medium format camera for my birthday and I used it to take photos at California sports car races between July, 1961, and April, 1962.  I've carefully saved these treasured possessions over the decades.

In July, 2000, old friend and 427 Cobra racer Mac Archer convinced me to create a website to share  these photos with the world.. Over the years, other photographers have contributed their work to the site, seen below in the sections for "1950s Racing" and "1960s Racing".  

"My Photos..." below includes my recent photography from today's historic racing events. 

"Tam's old race site is loaded with cool pics of some of the most classic cars that us auto glass guys love! --- The SunTec Team at"

New Book!
Weekend Heroes -- 2  (Three volume set!)
(5-19-20)   Exquisitely documents the history of California sports car racing in the 1950s.   From Will Edgar:  "The highest degree of excellence throughout each of the three books! Each are splendid in every way! Tony Adriaensens has created a masterpiece in text and photographs of the period's history made so vivid you can see, hear, and feel it on every page."

Unknown MG Special

(4-1-20)  From Tazio Ottis:   "I am trying to help a friend who recently acquired a car. It was owned and raced by a John Folkendt from Stockton CA. It appears to be an MG special of some sort and is titled a 1955."

Mike Fuchs' Ambro Bodied "Mystery Car" 
12-29-19:     Mike Fuchs is looking for info on the early history of his Ambro bodied Chevy V8 Special.
"Motorsports Challenge" Photographs
November 4-15  2019

12-6-19:  "Motorsports Challenge" Photographs.   Photographers were "Challenged" to post ten shots each that were important to them (On Facebook).   I  went nuts and posted fifteen.  Then I added one more just for fun.   Click on car above to see them!

"CSRG "Charity Challenge"  
Oct. 5-6 2019
12-6-19:     CSRG "Charity Challenge" photos & webpages posted!

"Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion"  
August 16-18  2019

11-17--2019:     Photos and webpages from this year's "Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion are all "Up".  Commentary & educational links added!
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Now Available!  Randall Cannon & Michael Gerry's new book: "Stardust International Raceway -- Motorsports Meets the Mob"
Do you have racing photos from the 1950s-60s hidden away in a shoebox  that you'd like to see posted here?  Please email me!
Tam's Original Photos!

This section features original photos of California racing shot by Tam McPartland in 1961 and 1962.

Photos of 1950s Racing!

This section features photos of 1950s racing contributed to the website by other photographers.

Photos of 1960s Racing!

This section features photos of 1960s racing contributed to the website by other photographers.

Mystery Cars  (4)!

Owners post here seeking info on their unusual, sometimes weird, always interesting automobiles.

New, Old, and Miscellaneous photos -- Homepage
Old New Stuff -- From the Pre-Digital Era!
2005 Wine Country Classic
2005 Monterey Historic Races
2006 Wine Country Classic
2006 Monterey Historic Races
2006 Coronado Speed Festival
2007 Wine Country Classic
2007 Monterey Historic Races
2007 Coronado Speed Festival
2008 HMSA Spring Event: "MG Reunion"
2008 Wine Country Classic
2008 Monterey Historic Racecs
2009 HMSA Spring Event -- Laguna Seca
2009 Wine Country Classic
2009 Monterey Historic Races
2010 Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival 
2010 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
2010 Coronado Speed Festival
2010 CSRG Charity Challenge -- Infineon
2011 HMSA Spring Event -- Laguna Seca
2011 CSRG Spring Event -- Infineon
2011 Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival 
2011 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
2011 CSRG Charity Challenge -- Infineon
2012 HMSA Spring Event -- Laguna Seca
2012 CSRG Spring Event -- Infineon
2012 HMSA April "LSR" Event -- Laguna Seca
2012 Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival
2012 HMSA June "LSR" Event -- Laguna Seca
2012 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
2012 CSRG Charity Challenge -- Sonoma Raceway
2013 HMSA Spring Event -- Laguna Seca
2013 CSRG Spring Event -- Sonoma Raceway
2013 Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival
2013 Legends of Motorsport
2013 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
2013 CSRG Charity Challenge -- Sonoma Raceway
2014 HMSA Spring Event -- Laguna Seca
2014 CSRG "David Love Memorial" -- Sonoma Raceway
2014 Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival

HMSA June 3-4 2014 "LSR" Event -- Laguna Seca
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2014 CSRG Charity Challenge -- Sonoma Raceway 2015 HMSA Spring Event -- Laguna Seca 2015 CSRG "David Love Memorial" -- Sonoma Raceway 2015 SVRA's Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival 2015 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2015 CSRG Charity Challenge -- Sonoma Raceway 2016 CSRG "David Love Memorial" -- Sonoma Raceway 2016 SVRA's Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival
2016 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2016 CSRG Charity Challenge -- Sonoma Raceway 2017 HMSA Spring Event -- Laguna Seca 2017 CSRG "David Love Memorial" -- Sonoma Raceway 2017 SVRA's Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival 2017 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2017 CSRG Charity Challenge -- Sonoma Raceway 2018 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2018 "Rennsport VI' at Laguna Seca 2018 CSRG Charity Challenge -- Sonoma Raceway
2019 Sonoma Speed Festival 2019 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2019 CSRG Charity Challenge -- Sonoma Raceway "Motorsports  Challenge"  Photos 11-5-19
All photographs, films, and text are the property of Tam McPartland and the original photographers and are protected under United States and international copyright laws.  All rights are reserved and the images and/or text may not be digitized, reproduced, stored, manipulated, and/or incorporated into other works without the written permission of the original  photographers and Tam McPartland.