Author Archives: KlemColl

Ferrari, Ascari, klemcoll

In their Cockpits

It appears to be surprisingly cool in Barcelona on September 29, 1950, but it will soon heat up. The Ferrari team drivers sit in their cars in the temporary pit area before practice on the Pedrables street circuit for the running of the Gran Premio de Peña Rhin which was an end of season non-championship […]

At Full Song in a GTO

The Goodwood circuit started out as RAF Westhampnett, a small RAF field constructed during the War. In 1948 under the auspices of the Duke of Richmond and Gordon a motor racing circuit was constructed on the airfield site and held its first race meeting in September of that year. The circuit has always been very […]

Passing the Hotel des Hunaudières

The Hotel des Hunaudières stood right alongside the Mulsanne Straight, Ligne Droit des Hunaudières being the French name for that famous long straight section of the Le Mans circuit. Here is a Ferrari 512BBLM passing the hotel and its Restaurant des 24 Heures during the 1981 edition of the Le Mans race. In the late […]

The Man with the Checkered Helmet

 A very pleased Jean Behra, France’s top driver in the 1950s, stands in the seat of his Ferrari 256F1 after winning the Aintree 200 on April 18, 1959, surrounded by his mechanics, photographers and the press. The Aintree race was an early season non-championship event and had an excellent entry with both full factory-entered and […]

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Cheering for Ferrari

The Targa Florio in Sicily was the last important race held on unmodified public roads. Ferrari was of course always a leading favorite, wildly cheered by the spectators as here. For the May 21, 1972 running when this photograph was taken the Targa consisted of 11 laps of the 72 km Piccolo Madonie circuit. Seen above […]

A BMW Foray

On September 4, 1937 the famous RAC Tourist Trophy race for cars (there was also a Tourist Trophy for motorcycles) was held at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England. The “TT,” as it has always been informally called, was first run in 1905 back in the dawn of automobile racing and continues to this day which […]

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Phil Hill’s Winner

This car is Allen Guiberson’s new Ferrari 750 Monza (0510M) shown next to the Pebble Beach Golf Course just before it was to be driven by Phil Hill at the 1955 Pebble Beach Road Races which took place on April 17, 1955. Guiberson had taken delivery of this pretty Monza in time for the 1955 […]

The Brickyard Winner

Mario Andretti with his winning car after the 1969 Indianapolis 500. Andretti’s car was a Hawk III-Ford, using the famous four-cam Ford Indy motor. Andretti had qualified in the middle of the front row, along with A. J. Foyt, on pole, and Bobby Unser. Although Foyt led for a time, Andretti led for 116 of […]

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Tom Cole

This driver is the British-born American Tom Cole, who was active in racing in both America and Europe in the early 1950s. He is here seen at Silverstone during the non-Championship International Daily Express Trophy for F2 cars on May 9, 1953. The car he is driving is a two-liter Ferrari 500F2, owned by Belgian […]

A Targa Winner

The Targa Florio was indeed one of the truly great open road races. In this running on May 8, 1960 it was done on total elapsed time over 10 laps of the 72 km Piccolo Madonie circuit in Sicily. The length of the circuit made it very difficult to learn and experienced rally drivers were […]