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Robert Emslie November 27, 2012 Hooniverse Asks 51 Comments

In every sport fans have their favorite teams, otherwise how would we have sports hooligans? Whether athletic events involving some form of ball or motorsports, the active participants compete for both glory and the undying ardor of these rabid advocates. In the latter, there have long been company crews as well as teams like Tyrrell and Penske, founded by a wealthy promoters. Whatever the backing however, it almost always comes down to the mix of man (or woman) and machine.

Some racing teams enjoy a long pedigree, while others seem to sprout overnight like mechanical mushrooms. Either way, there are certain facets of many teams that engender a following. Maybe it’s a particular driver, or the aura that accompanies the makers’ products, either for road or track. Whatever it is, the results are typically manifested in bedroom posters, team-color sweatshirts, and the uncontrollable shouting at the Speed Channel every Saturday.

If you fall into this category of race fan – that of a team devotee – the question for today is which team you feel is most deserving of your ardor. What do you feel is your most revered racing team?

Image: [ChristopherDugan]

Currently there are 51 comments on this article:

  1. SSurfer321 says:

    <img src="http://gmauthority.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Corvette-Racing-side-by-side.jpeg&quot; ,="" width="500/">

    FULL DISCLOSURE: I love ALMS racing and every team, save for two (Dyson, RLL) but if I can only pick one, its Corvette. This coming from a diehard Ford fanatic.

  2. DemonXanth says:

    Hendrick Motorsports.

    They came on the scene in 1984 and in just 28 years won 10 cup championship, 4 truck series championships with 209 cup wins and 48 truck series wins.

  3. gearz1 says:

    Brumos Porsche. Watched them in action back in the seventies at Sebring,and it was just a smooth operation.(pit pass)

  4. Van_Sarockin says:

    There's too many great, inspirational teams to have a single favorite. From Bentley, to Buffum, to Brawn.

  5. JayP2112 says:

    WRC, TransAm, DTM, LeMans… all have had rule changes directly because of Audi Motorsport.

    If Hendrick is allowed, I'll say Shelby.
    Winning the FIA World Sportscar Championship in '65.

  6. Joe Dunlap says:

    Team Hesketh. Only won one race in 6 years as a team, but, damn, they knew how to celebrate, even a DNF. :-)

  7. freds4hb says:

    I always loved Alain Prost's Prost GP. Simply a crazy fan for no good reason.
    As for truly revered Ferrari's F1 team, I mean, who's been doing it longer (save Mercedes, and Maserati I know) but the red,, oooh the red.

  8. Tanshanomi says:

    There's "factory," and then there's factory. I prefer to take the phrase "like a boss" literally.

    <img src="http://www.diariomotor.com/imagenes/soichiro-honda-cumple-100.jpg"&gt;

  9. scroggzilla says:

    That Penske guy seems to know what he's doing.
    <img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5099/5419916816_30aa59373d.jpg&quot; width="500" height="372" alt="68 trans am@continental divide mark donohue chevrolet camaro z28">
    <img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3479/4566435912_27013b1f08.jpg&quot; width="500" height="347" alt="73 can am mark donohue porsche 917-30">
    <img src="http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4019/4401735400_0eace85414.jpg&quot; width="500" height="312" alt="71 pocono mark donohue mclaren">

    • scroggzilla says:

      However, the question was 'revered factory team'. To me, there are 3 that stick out.

      1) The Mercedes Benz factory team in the 1950's. Uhlenhaut, Neubauer and a spectacular collection driving talent that included Fangio, Moss, Kling, Fitch and assorted 'guest stars' like von Trips, Herrmann, Lang, Caracciola, Collins, Simon and, tragically, Levegh.
      2) The BMC works rally team of the 1960's (Aaltonen, Makinen and Hopkirk).
      3) Scuderia Ferrari, pre-1962. If Enzo had kept Laura away from the factory after Dino's death, the racing history of the 1960's would have been a lot different.

  10. Irishzombieman says:

    There are too many that I like, and I guess I don't prefer any one over another, so I shall let the car that has been occupying my thoughts lately decide for me and go with AMG in the early 70s.

    <img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_8GfZB0sgBXk/S-q99oN9RFI/AAAAAAAAAI4/sZZpnaYd6lw/s1600/1971_Mercedes-Benz_300_SEL_6_8_AMG_%287%29.jpg&quot; width=500>

  11. Breakfast_Burrito says:

    Since we're allowing Hendrick and Shelby, I'd like to suggest the greatest racing team [insert Clarkson voice here] IN THE WORLD.

    Powered by Chevy engines and employing GM's engineers, Chaparral could technically be considered a factory team, though the glory still resides with the legend himself: Jim Hall.

    (For those who don't know, Chaparral was a racing team run by Texan engineer Jim Hall who practically invented the ideas of down force, ground effects, composite structure, and who knows what else in the former Can-Am challenge.)

    <img src="http://ashcom.homestead.com/RMHposter.jpg"&gt;

    <img src="http://www.screentweet.com/content/pipe/?igcid=EJ74hO3;relPath=null;fileName=tn_full.jpg"&gt;

  12. Sjalabais says:

    Tom Walkingshaw Racing (TWR) in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) with their Volvo 850 Estate. Hard to include images from my cell, but that was a gorgeous time. And the Swede's racing kronor surely paid off in consideration of their marketing impact.

  13. Vavon says:

    Peugeot Sport, especially because of their (winning) rallycars. I've been a supporter since I was a kid.
    205 Turbo 16, 405 Turbo 16, 306 Maxi, 206 WRC, 207 S2000 and the saga continues with the 208 R5!
    <img src="http://www.feline208.net/photos/cache/sport/peugeot-208-r5/2012-presentation-hongrie/peugeot-208-r5-hongrie-1-004_960.jpg&quot; width="600/">

  14. Brian Driggs says:

    Definitely Mitsubishi's WRC factory efforts back in the 90s. RalliArt was something special.

    A good friend of mine in Bath, England, pulled some strings and got us a full tour of the old RalliArt digs. Apparently, we were the last group to tour the old facilities, before MML Sports (who bought out RalliArt some years ago), relocated.

    <img src="http://gearboxmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/20120612_102522-e1340895847867.jpg&quot; width="600">
    <img src="http://gearboxmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/20120612_095352-e1340860875127.jpg&quot; width="600">

  15. Vairship says:

    Spyker Works Team. No, not that one. This one:
    <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/50/1903-Spyker-60-HP-1920×1440.jpg/800px-1903-Spyker-60-HP-1920×1440.jpg&quot; width="600">

    Four wheel drive in 1903 FTW!

  16. seguin says:

    Cunningham, the one-man crusade to take Le Mans for America (FY).
    <img src="http://ucapusa.com/images/lost_marques/Cunningham/cunningham_large.jpg&quot; width="600" />

    J Walter Christie – Inventor, Driver, Engineer, Man-About-Town, and all around pimpness.

    <img src="http://www.vanderbiltcupraces.com/images/sized/vcrsys/Images/Alco/Christie_in_the_1904_built_racer_edited-2-600×642.jpg&quot; width="600" />

    Panoz! Come on! PANOZ!!!!

    <img src="http://www.johnnyoconnell.com/images/previous/gtr1_04.jpg&quot; width="600" />

    Also, Alitalia/Lancia, The FSO Rally team, the Tatra touring car team, the Morgan and Marcos Le Mans efforts.

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