Category Formula 1

Getting Ready on the Grid

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

A Mexican Pit Stop

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 […]

Ferrari, Masten Gregory, Goodwood

The Kansas City Flash

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

A Classic Racing Image

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 1934 – 2017

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 […]

Ricardo Rodriguez

Ricardo Rodríguez

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

An Ugly Ferrari?

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 […]

Honda, Spa-Francorchamps

The Honda Challenge

During practice for the 1968 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps John Surtees sits in the Honda RA301 as his mechanics attend to the big V12 behind him. “Big John” qualified on the second row but was still almost 7 seconds behind the Ferrari of Chris Amon with its new rear wing. In the race Surtees would […]

Cesare Paradise, Maserati, Monaco Grand Prix

Cesare Perdisa

For the last several days our website – http://www.klemcoll.com – and our primary email address – info@klemcoll.com – have been offline due to a server changeover. Both are back online and accessible now. Rarely photographed, this is Giuseppe Cesare Perdisa, here sitting on the pit counter during practice for the 1955 Monaco Grand Prix. This would be […]

Reims, Armand Hug, Maserati

Reims 1939

It is the morning of July 9, 1939 in front of the tribunes at the Grand Prix circuit of Reims, laid out on a roughly triangular series of public roads which also passed through the small village of Gueux. The car, shown as it approaches the grid, is a Maserati 4CM with a 1500cc 16 valve motor […]