Ferrari, Maserati, Monza, klemcoll

We are looking at the front row of the grid before the start of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza on September 13, 1953. Color motor racing photographs from the early 1950s are very rare because in those years few if any publishers would print in color. On pole at the left side of the […]

Le Mans, klemcoll, Cadillac, Cunningham

In 1950 Briggs Cunningham decided to try his hand at Le Mans. He liked Cadillac’s new 5.4 liter V8 which had the basics to be a powerful engine. Cunningham had wanted to enter a pair of “Fordillac” hotrods, being lightweight Fords with the Cadillac V8, a creation of his driver Phil Walters, but Le Mans […]

Gilles Villeneuve, Long Beach, Ferrari, klemcoll

This is Gilles Villeneuve hard at work trying everything he can to find the success he had had a year before. Villeneuve had won the Long Beach Grand Prix (more correctly known as the U.S. Grand Prix West) in 1979 with the Ferrari 312T4 and with his teammate and eventual Championship winner Jody Scheckter second. […]

Stirling Moss, Maserati, Monaco, klemcoll

  For the Monaco Grand Prix on May 13, 1956, Klemantaski had arranged an upstairs room on the front facade of the Hotel Mirabeau which was situated at the sharp right hand bend of the same name. For the early morning Saturday practice Klemantaski sat on his balcony with a cup of coffee taking a […]

Alfa Romeo, Berne, Bremgarten, Juan Fangio, klemcoll

Here is a fine study of the great Juan Manuel Fangio on the grid for the Swiss Grand Prix in Berne on May 27, 1951. His car is an Alfa Romeo 159 with its double-stage supercharged 1.5 liter straight eight motor, producing about 420 hp. The Alfa 159, or Alfetta as these cars were called […]

Bob Gerard, Ballyclare, ERA, klemcoll

Here is the then well known British driver Bob Gerard pulling into the pits after winning the Ulster Trophy which was run on the Ballyclare open road circuit on August 9, 1947. In the immediate postwar years there were few available private circuits in England and racing on public roads was prohibited. Therefore, racing sometimes […]

Fangio, Thillois, Ferrari, klemcoll

This iconic image was taken from the apex of the original Thillois hairpin at the top of the main straight on the old Reims grand prix circuit during the French Grand Prix on July 1, 1956. At the wheel is then three time World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio. He is trail-braking his Ferrari-Lancia D50 – […]

BRM, Goodwood, Reg Parnell, klemcoll, Froilan Gonzalez, Raymond Mays, Alan R. Smith

BRM has won! Their three cars entered have finished first, second and third in this “Daily Graphic” Formula Libre Goodwood Trophy fifteen lap race at Goodwood on September 27, 1952. Standing on the left side of the photo is the rotund Froilán González, driver of the winning n. 5 BRM, while his teammate and second […]

Nuvolari, ferrari, klemcoll

                                         Tazio Nuvolari, Ferrari 125S, Circuito di Forlì, July 6, 1947                                          Photo by Corrado Millanta ©The […]

Le Mans, Ferrari, klemcoll

Here we are above the pits at Le Mans before then start of the 24 Hours on July 28, 1956. Because of the tragic accident in 1955, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest had decreed that for 1956 the engine displacement of cars running as prototypes would be lowered t0 2.5 liters. Production cars were not […]