Lancia D24, Piero Taruffi

This photo shows the famous Piero Taruffi in front of the Lancia factory in Turin in a Scuderia Lancia D24 prior to taking this car to the 1954 Giro di Sicilia (called the Tour of Sicily in English) which took place on April 4th and which Taruffi would win with Carlo Luoni, most likely a Lancia mechanic, […]

Mercedes, Lyon, French Grand Prix

Now some ancient history for a change. This is a scene from the 1914 Grand Prix de l’A.C.F. (the French Grand Prix) which was run on July 4, 1914 for 20 laps over a 23.4 mile triangular circuit on public roads lying north of the city of Lyon. This was the last major race before the First World War. Seen […]

Ferrari, Chris Amon Monaco Grand Prix

The 1969 Monaco Grand Prix took place  on May 18th. This is a nice photo of Chris Amon with the Ferrari 312 practice car (hence the “T” on its nose) rounding Portier on the Grand Prix circuit during Saturday practice with the signposts at the apex before entering the tunnel. This car is in its “wingless” form […]

David Purley, LEC

This is driver David Purley in the pits at Brands Hatch before the non-championship Race of Champions which took place on March 20, 1977. Purely was driving his own newly-designed F1 car which he entered as a LEC and which had Cosworth DFV power. The LEC had been designed by Mike Pilbeam, best known for his […]

Goodwood, Ferrari Tourist Trophy, Dan Gurney

In 1959 Dan Gurney joined the Scuderia Ferrari team for both F1 and sports cars races. In that year the classic British RAC Tourist Trophy race was held at Goodwood as a 6-hour affair and was part of the Manufacturers Championship for Sports Cars. It would be the deciding race to determine whether the Championship would […]

Brabham, Zandvoort

Having started racing in a Midget on short dirt ovals in Australia, Jack Brabham was no stranger to cornering with the tail hung out under power. Here he is at the 180º Tarzanbocht at the end of the straight at Zandvoort during the Dutch Grand Prix on July 24, 1966. His car is his own Brabham BT19-Repco […]

Zero Special. Roger Penske, Brands Hatch

Here is Roger Penske with John Mecom’s Zerex Special on his way to winning the Guards International Trophy race at Brands Hatch on August 6, 1963. Behind Penske came Roy Salvadori and Tim Mayer, both in Cooper-Monacos which were just not quite as quick as the Zerex. The Zerex Special had begun life as a Cooper […]

Roger McClusky, Eagle-Ford, Mosport

In the 1960s USAC began to organize races on various road courses, such as Mosport and Watkins Glen. In 1968 there were USAC road course races for Indy cars at Mosport, Continental Divide Raceway, Indianapolis Raceway Park, Circuit Mont Tremblant and Riverside Raceway. Here is Roger McCluskey with an Eagle-Ford entered by Lindsey Hopkins on his […]

Porsche, Le Mans

This huge crowd is standing on the pit straight at Le Mans on June 12, 1954 not long before the start of the 24 Hour race. The cars are all Porsche 550 official works-entered spyders. This was the second year for Porsche 550 sports-racers at Le Mans and continued their prior year’s success of winning the […]

Prince Bira, ERA, Crystal Palace

Prince Birabongse Bhanudej Bhanubandh (to give his full name as a scion of the Siamese royal family) raced from the mid-1930s until the mid-1950s, but was usually entered simply as “B. Bira.” Bira was supported by his cousin Prince Chula who had been appointed Bira’s guardian after the deaths of Bira’s parents before he reached his […]