Professional racing is a big money game today. Big corporate sponsors, Huge teams of people, in many cases, and a significant amount of investment in their cars, parts, and tools. So it's not surprising that teams today rely on the very latest in state of the art methods to transport their precious cargo. Most professional teams use large, fully enclosed stacker-style trailers, often with the full capabilities of a fully functioning small apartment inside, along with the cars and gear, of course.
Nowadays even amateur teams are often equipped with fully enclosed trailers with a healthy complement of features.
Clearly, this has not always been the case. This series of photos just goes to show how eclectic some of the historical solutions were, and just how far we've come.
We've broken up the collections in groups by type of racing. Enjoy.
Knowing what we know now about the rarity and value of Cobras, it's very amusing to see how simply they were commuted from venue to venue.
Oh, and remember the incredibly exotic Aston Martin DP212 and DP214 we covered here? Here they are, off to the races.
The D-Type transporter
Even as we pushed into the 1970s, The big Trans-Am teams were traveling light.
It wasn't just Bud Moore keeing it simple, The Wood Brothers operation was exceptionally simple by today's standards.
For the amateur racer, keeping it simple has always been in fashion, even if you were hauling around what would ultimately become a priceless future classic.
Relative to some other forms of racing, the drag racers of the day had some pretty trick set-ups - or at least a lot more places for tools and spares!
Sports Racers & Prototypes
I'm sure many kid's days were made when they saw these GT40s running exposed down the highway.
...Although the logistics of loading and unloading the cars was a tad more entailed.
Even the high-powered McLaren team of Can-Am kept it simple
The Mercedes approach from the 1950s provided no more protections for their priceless cargo, but was an exceptionally elegant solution - and rumored to be capable of 100 mph!
The early 1970s Porsche solution starts to look a little more like what we might see today.
Formula cars are excruciatingly expensive sometimes. As an amateur, you often need to be creative to help keep costs down.
Just because your team had a big-name driver like AJ Foyt didn't mean you traveled large to the Indy 500 in 1961.
Mercedes and Ferrari were happy to repurpose their transport fleet for whatever was needed.
By 1972, and in the years to follow, Lotus was starting to step things up. Other teams followed suit.
Formula One of Today
Typically, a professional Formula One team will send 4 to 6 trucks to support a two-car team. It's a different world.