We have recently acquired an important European archive of racing photographs which we call the JJF Archive. For today, we want to show our readers a small selection from the JJF Archive. However, the JJF Archive also contains some photographs from the USA and Argentina as well.
The photograph above is from the start of the 1975 Spanish Grand Prix at Montjuic Park a street circuit in Barcelona on April 27, 1975. Leading the field off the grid are Niki Lauda (Ferrari 312T n. 12) and his teammate Clay Regazzoni. The race had seen great controversy during practice due to the fact that the barriers were not properly bolted in place and many drivers went on strike. Work was done overnight and the race took place but was marred by numerous accidents and crashes. The most serious incident was when Rolf Stommelen’s Embassy Hill crashed, went over a guardrail and killed five spectators while seriously injuring Stommelen as well. Lauda retired due to accident damage which also left Regazzoni the final runner after repair of his accident damage. The race was won by Jochen Maas in a McLaren M23, but was stopped after 29 laps due to the Stommelen crash.
Here is a starting grid for a race at Reims during the 1964 Tour de France Auto which was run from September 12-20. On the right is the Cobra Daytona Coupe which was driven by American Bob Bondurant and German Jochen Neerpasch. Next to them is the eventual winner of the Tour, a Ferrari 250GTO driven by Belgians Lucien Bianchi and Georges Berger and entered by Jacques Swaters’ Ecurie Francorchamps. The Cobra Daytona would not finish the Tour due to engine failure, while the Ford France entries of two other Cobra Daytonas likewise failed to complete the Tour. The Tour de France Auto winning 250GTO on the left was recently sold for a record price.
Above is a lovely study of Stirling Moss in Rob Walker’s 1961 Ferrari 250 SWB at Madgwick Corner on the Goodwood circuit during the Tourist Trophy race for GT cars held on August 19, 1961. The “TT” was run over 109 laps, a distance of 400 miles. Moss was the outright winner with another 250 SWB driven by Mike Parkes taking second place ahead of three Aston Martins. Mss had a one lap margin of victory, primarily as a result of better tire management resulting in one less pit stop than his young Rootes engineer competitor in the other Ferrari.
Here is a jolly group of drivers seen at Sebring before the 1956 12 Hour race. On the left is Luigi Musso who will be driving a new 3.5 liter Ferrari 860 Monza with his co-driver Harry Schell who is just behind him. To Musso’s left, wearing a straw hat is World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio who will drive a second 860 Monza with his co-driver Eugenio Castellotti, with hat and dark glasses, next to him. On the right in the dark polo shirt is Alfonso de Portago who will be driving an earlier 3.5 liter Ferrari 857S with the car’s owner American Jim Kimberly.
Fangio and Castellotti will win, two laps ahead of Musso and Schell while Portago and Kimberly will fail to finish. Of the above group, only Fangio would survive his racing career.
If you would like to find out more about what races are covered in the JJF Archive, please download a copy of our Venue List by clicking here – http://www.klemcoll.com/PDF/Venue_List.pdf
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