Category Formula 1

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 […]

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 […]

Bira, Maserati Silverstone, klemcoll

The Prince of Siam

There are almost no color photographs from the early postwar years. No magazine would publish them and the very slow film speeds made “freezing” a moving car very difficult unless the photographer was a true expert at his craft. But here is a good one of this rara avis, taken at the British Grand Prix […]

BRM, Jackie Stewart, klemcoll

The Beginning of Safety in Racing

Jackie Stewart in his BRM 61/2 in the pits during practice at Spa-Francorchamps for the Belgian Grand Prix which took place on June 13, 1966. Stewart would qualify on the outside of the front row, albeit 3.5 seconds behind poleman John Surtees in the Ferrari 312 with Jochen Rindt’s Cooper 81-Maserati between them but only […]

Mike Hawthortn, Ferrari, Monza 500, klemcoll

Three Brave Men

Here is Mike Hawthorn about to go out to practice for the 500 Miles of Monza, also called the Race of Two Worlds, which would take place on the Monza banked oval on June 29, 1958. The 1958 race was the second of the two such “Monzanapolis” races between European cars and Indy roadsters. It […]

Bugatti, klemcoll, Chimay, Abecassis

Le Grand Prix des Frontières

The Grand Prix des Frontières was run on an 11 kilometer public road circuit near the town if Chimay in Belgium, not far from the French frontier and hence the name of the race. Racing had begun on this course in 1926 and would continue into the early 1970s. Here is the talented British semi-professional […]

Villoresi, Reims Maserati, klemcoll

Luigi Villoresi

The Grand Prix de Reims was a non-championship race held on the triangular Reims public road grand prix circuit, which was also the usual site of the French Grand Prix. In 1947 this race was held on July 6 and used the layout which ran through the village of Gueux. Note that a helmet was not […]

An American in France

Here is many Americans’ favorite Grand Prix driver Dan Gurney taking the Nouveau Monde hairpin at the bottom of the Rouen-Les Essarts public road circuit during the French Grand Prix on July 8, 1962 in the Porsche 801 flat-8 Grand Prix car. The Porsche was a rather new car and had recently undergone substantial suspension […]

Cooper, Stirling Moss, Silverstone, klemcoll

A Young Racer…

Here is a young driver named Stirling Moss, still with a full head of hair, in his 500 c.c. Cooper-J.A.P. before the First Heat of the International 500 c.c. Race (run in two heats and a final) at Silverstone during the British Grand Prix meeting on May 13, 1950. Moss was entered by his father […]