Category F1

Afa Romeo, Silverstone, klemcoll

A Look Back at The Beginning

This past weekend was the 1000th Grand Prix of the modern era of Formula 1, held at Shanghai in China. Today let’s take a look back at some photographs from the first Grand Prix of this era. It was the British Grand Prix which also had the title of Grand Prix d’Europe and took place […]

Stirling Moss, Klemcoll, Monaco

The Victor

Stirling Moss has another win, this time for Maserati at the Monaco Grand Prix which took place on May 13, 1956. He has received the winner’s trophy from Prince Rainier and is back on the harbor straight to congratulate his mechanics as the officials carry his winnings. 100 laps of Monaco over three hours was […]

Mercedes, Reims,French GP, Fangio, klemcoll

The New Mercedes-Benz

This very streamlined Formula 1 car is the initial version of the Mercedes-Benz W196 as it first appeared at the French Grand Prix at Reims on July 4, 1954. This particular W196, sitting in the Reims pits during practice, was to be driven by Karl Kling with second and third examples being driven by Juan […]

klemcoll, BRM, Fangio

Fangio, Moss and B.R.M.

This bucolic setting was at the Dundrod circuit in Norther Ireland on Saturday, June 7, 1952. Cresting a rise and howling past some locals is Juan Manuel Fangio in one of two B.R.M. 15s entered in this non-championship formula libre race. With the change to Formula 2 for the World Championship, Fangio was without a […]

Willy Mairesse, klemcoll, Ferrari, Spa-Francorchamps

Wild Willy

Here is a superb color shot of Belgian driver Willy Mairesse in a Ferrari 156/61 reaching up on the wheel for the turn-in to the La Source hairpin during the Belgian Grand Prix of June 17, 1962 held on the daunting Spa-Francorchamps circuit. Scuderia Ferrari, eager to repeat their totally dominant performance of the year […]

enzo Ferrari, Juan Fangio, Ferrari, Monza, klemcoll

Friends or Enemies?

All looks happy in the pits during practice at Monza for the 1956 Italian Grand Prix which will take place on September 2. The calm look of Juan Manuel Fangio, wearing his helmet and goggles, and the big smile on the face of Enzo Ferrari hides the reality of a strained relationship between the driver […]

Ferrari, Nurburgring, de Portago

In the Fahrerlager

This is the old paddock at the Nürburgring at the time of the German Grand prix of August 5, 1956. This paddock was situated outside of the track and had a tunnel which went under the start/finish area and then giving access to the racing circuit. The natty gentleman standing in the middle of the […]

Fangio, Lancia-Ferrari, Syracusa, klemcoll

Fangio at Syracusa

Between 1951 and 1967 a non-Championship Grand Prix was held, generally in the Spring, on a 3.4 mile temporary public road circuit near the city of Syracusa on the Ionian coast of Sicily. This was an Italian “warm up” event before the start of the European Grand Prix season and often a race for the […]

klemcoll, Spa-Francorchamps

The Drivers’ Meeting

A drivers meeting is rarely a deeply solemn affair, but here just look at the faces… These young men are standing in front of the pits at Spa-Francorchamps before the start of the Belgian Grand Prix on June 14, 1964. Spa was a course that made everyone nervous, especially if it might rain. You did […]

Lancia, Spa-Francorchamps, klemcoll

A Lancia at Spa-Francorchamps

Here is a Lancia D50 which will be driven by Eugenio Castellotti in the 1955 Belgian Grand Prix which took place at the famous Spa-Francorchamps road circuit on June 5, 1955. Perhaps the most difficult and often dangerous aspect of racing at Spa-Francorchamps, made all the more so by the very high speed and elevation […]