Category Formula 1

Hawthorn at La Source

Here is Ferrari driver Mike Hawthorn with his 246F1 turning into the La Source hairpin at the top of the long high speed Spa-Francorchamps public road circuit during the Belgian Grand Prix on June 15, 1958. At this time the start/finish line was around La Source and about half the way down the hill to […]

Afternoon at Tertre Rouge

It is a lovely late afternoon on June 15, 1963 at Le Mans as a long series of cars leave the corner at Tertre Rouge and embark onto the Mulsanne Straight. The red car n. 2 above is an updated Maserati 151/2 entered by Johnny Simone’s Maserati France to be driven by André Simon and […]

Hatzenbach

In 1950, the effects of the War were still being felt, so the resurrection of the German Grand Prix would not be part of the newly-created Formula 1 World Championship. Instead it would be a Formula 2 race, because there were no longer any F1 cars in Germany and lots of F2 cars were available. […]

Honda Rouen les Essarts, klemcoll

A Tragic Unsuccessful Experiment

In 1968 the Honda Grand Prix team arrived at the French Grand Prix with two cars, one of which incorporated some highly experimental ideas. The race would be held on July 7, the usual early July time for the French race. But instead of the high speed triangular circuit at Reims, this year’s race would […]

Ascari, Fangio, Klemcoll, Silverstone Alfa Romeo

The Boys

In 1950 the International Daily Express Trophy non-championship race took place at Silverstone on August 26. Before the start a group got together for a photo on the grid in front of The Motor magazine bridge. On the left is Alberto Ascari with Yves Giraud-Cabantous who would drive a Talbot 26C peeking over his left […]

Fangio, Maserati, Monaco, klemcoll

The Master at Tabac

Here is Juan Manuel Fangio in his lovely Maserati 250F sweeping into Tabac corner during the Monaco Grand prix on May 19, 1957. Tabac, still used today as the left-hander before the swimming pool complex, was so called because a tabaconist’s shop used to be located there. 1957 was Fangio’s fifth and final Championship year, […]

Ferrari, Nurburgring, klemcoll

Into the Südlehre…

In 1950 Germany was allowed to join the FIA and the famous German Grand Prix was held as a non-championship Formula 2 race, limited to two liter engines, unsupercharged. Here, under dark cloud-covered skies, right after the start the field sweeps into the South Curve. Note that the surface shows some signs of winter and […]

BRM, Graham Hill, klemcoll

An Old BRM

Silverstone, July 20, 1963 – the British Grand Prix. Here is a wonderful close-in photo of Graham Hill pressing on with his BRM 57 which carries the number 1, indicative of the reigning World Champion. In those days photographers out on the circuit stood inches behind a low cement wall (seen in the lower left), […]

Castellotti, Ferrari, Silverstone, klemcoll

Eugenio Castellotti at Speed

Here we see the upcoming Italian driver Eugenio Castellotti with his Ferrari-Lancia in the very fast Abbey Curve at Silverstone during the British Grand Prix on July 14, 1956. It was hoped that Castellotti would be capable of taking the place of Alberto Ascari, killed in a mysterious testing crash at Monza in May 1955 […]

klemcoll, Nuvolari, Auto-Union

The Prewar Master

  Before the World War II, the acknowledged master of Grand Prix racing was Tazio Nuvolari. Here he is on the very slippery when wet stone block surface of the Bremgarten circuit near the middle of Bern during practice for the Swiss Grand Prix which would take place on August 21, 1938. Nuvolari had left […]