The over two-liter Grand Touring cars have always had a place to compete within the ever-changing regulations of international motorsports; the World Sports Car Championship from 1953-1961, the Speedworld Challenge from 1962-1963, the International Championship of Makes from 1972-1981. This included racing in the great endurance races such as the Le Mans 24 Hours, the Nürburgring, Spa and Monza 1000 kilometers, and the Targa Florio.
Aston Martin, Ferrari, Jaguar, Porsche and Ford, by backing Carroll Shelby with the Cobra, all designed very lightweight, successful competition cars to compete in the GT category. In the USA these cars raced in the SCCA and the USRRC.
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