We are standing on the front row of the grid at the Nürburgring just before the start of the German Grand Prix on August 5, 1956. Closest to the camera is the Ferrari-Lancia of poleman Juan Manuel Fangio who is pulling on his gloves at the side of his car. The next two cars, also […]

Ferrari, Giovanni Bracco, klemcoll

The red car above is a Ferrari 250 Sport, the only one built. The “1-2-3” on the car is not a car number but sponsorship by a Mexican oil company. This Ferrari first appeared in the 1952 Mille Miglia, driven by Giovanni Bracco with Alfonso Rolfo as his passenger. The 250 Sport was a sort of factory hot […]

Aston Martin, Spa-Francorchamps

For many years both before and after World War II just a few weeks after the 24 Hours of Le Mans another 24 hour endurance race was held in Belgium on the long and fast Spa-Francorchamps public road circuit. However, even postwar the racing was still  run in a relaxed prewar style, much less professional than it […]

Ferrari, Masten Gregory, Goodwood

This one year old Ferrari  375MM, painted white with two blue stripes, is really being drifted hard at Goodwood on September 25, 1954 (look at the rubber track being left by rear wheel if you doubt how hard the car is being driven). The thin and courageous driver was named Masten Gregory who was from Kansas City, Missouri. […]

Ferrari, Villoresi, Monza

This is one of the great classic Klemantaski photographs: Luigi Villoresi driving a Ferrari 375/F1 at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza on September 16, 1951. The Italian Grand Prix, sometimes the final race of the season, was often the deciding event for 1950s F1 racing. In 1951 this race was a battle of titans with […]

John Surtees OBE, seven times world champion on motorcycles and F1 World Champion in 1964, passed away at the age of 83 on March 10th. Surtees was born in south London, his father being a motorcycle dealer there. That got the young Surtees right into bikes from the start. His early races were on Vincents […]

Ferrari, Le Mans

It is early afternoon at Le Mans, just a couple of hours before the start of the 1957 running of Les 24 Heures du Mans. Cars from the Ferrari team are being lined up in front of the pits, ready for the start that is about to come. On the left is a Ferrari 315 Sport that will be […]

Ferrari, 250GTO, Norinder

The Swedish driver Ulf Norinder, was born in America and was a friend of the more famous Swedish Grand Prix driver, Joakim Bonnier. Being quite wealthy, Norinder acquired a Ferrari 250GTO from Count Giovanni Volpi whose Scuderia Serenissima had run the car during 1962. Norinder painted his GTO in the Swedish colors of a bright blue […]

Ricardo Rodriguez

In September 1961 the then 19 year old Ricardo Rodríguez arrived in Grand Prix racing. He was the youngest ever driver to appear in F1, until the arrival of Max Verstappen in 2016. His full family name in the Mexican style was Ricardo Valentin Rodríguez de la Vega. His older brother Pedro also became a famous […]

Ferrari, Hawthorn, Silverstone

In 1953 Ferrari had two of its 340MM 4.1 liter sports cars bodied as spiders by Touring instead of with the rounded elegant spider bodywork normally provided by Vignale or the berlinetta coachwork of Pininfarina. One of these Touring-bodied cars was sent over to England by Scuderia Ferrari for Mike Hawthorn to run in the Production Sports Car […]