Category Formula 1

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 […]

The Greatest Ferrari Collection

Exactly 40 years ago a celebration was held at the house and racing circuit owned by the late Pierre Bardinon to mark the 20th anniversary of his then already famous Collection Mas du Clos, an unique assemblage of rare racing Ferraris. At that time the Collection Mas du Clos had some 70 Ferrari racing cars, including […]

Maserati, Pescara, Fangio, klemcoll

Gran Premio di Pescara

The holiday town of Pescara on Italy’s Adriatic coast was the scene of various important motor races both before and after the war years. Pescara was sometimes the point where the course of the Mille Miglia passed through either on the way to Rome or, if run anti-clockwise, coming from the Eternal City. A driver […]

Maserati, Fangio, Silverstone, klemcoll

A Start at Silverstone

It is just after the start of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on July 18, 1953. This image was taken as the leaders approached “The Motor” pedestrian bridge which was placed just before entry to the sweeping right hander called Copse. The leading car is a Maserati A6GCM which had a six-cylinder two liter […]