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 […]

Chaparral, Jim Hall. Mosport, Phil Hill

In the mid-1960s Jim Hall redefined Group 7 racing with his Chaparral 2E with its driver-adjustable wing. The 2E was a further development of the prior year’s 2C with rear-mounted radiators and the huge wing which acted directly on the rear suspension uprights. The wing produced substantial downforce and a pedal in the cockpit allowed the […]

Bruno Sterzi, Ferrari, Salo, Circuito del Garda

For 45 years  from 1921-1966 races were held on a 16.4 km. public road circuit in and around the town of Salò which is on the southern end of Lake Garda, not far north of Brescia where the start and finish of the famous Mille Miglia was located. One can still drive all the way around […]

Wimple, Farina, Alfa Romeo

One of the first grand prix races after the war, and certainly the most prestigious, was the Grand Prix des Nations which was held on a 3 km street circuit in Geneva on July 21, 1946. Alfa Romeo sent four of their Tipo 158 prewar cars, two with new two-stage supercharging, which were driven by Giuseppe […]

Alain Prost, Patrick Tambay, British Grand Prix

The 1983 British Grand Prix was held at Silverstone on July 16. In qualifying the Ferrari 126C3s of René Arnoux, the only driver to break through 1:10, an average over 150 mph, and Patrick Tambay held the first two positions, followed closely by the Renault RE40 driven by Alain Prost. Prost and Tambay, who had […]

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