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 […]

Ferrari, Modena Aerautodromo, Chris Amon

For many years race car testing around Modena took place primarily at the local general aviation airport on a rectangular circuit of access roads. Sometimes races were also held on the Aerautodromo, such as the Modena Grand Prix for F2 cars in the 1960s. Here the lead car is a 330P3/4 CanAm spyder, sometimes called a […]

Ferrari, Chris Amon, Zandvoort

On August 3rd Chris Amon passed away from cancer at his home in New Zealand at the age of 73. Amon was perhaps the most unlucky of all F1 drivers, with his car failing on the final lap many times. Here he is at the top of his form with a Ferrari 312F1 at Zandvoort during […]

Ferrari, de Portago, Mille Miglia

It is May 12, 1957 at the Ravenna control during the last Mille Miglia. The car is a Ferrari 335 Sport driven by Alfonso de Portago with his American friend Edmund Nelson as his passenger. The 335 Sport was perhaps the ultimate front-engined Ferrari sports-racer with a 4.1 liter four-cam motor which put out about […]

Phil Hill, Ferrari, Monza

Here is American Phil Hill in his first Ferrari Formula 1 drive with a 246F1 in Monza’s long sweeping final Parabolica corner during the Italian Grand Prix which was held on September 7, 1958. Hill got an F1 drive the hard way, being promoted after the deaths of Ferrari F1 drivers Luigi Musso during the French Grand […]