Category Formula 1

Jim Clark, Lotus Charade, klemcoll

Celebrating Victory

On several years the French Grand Prix was held at a mountainous circuit just outside of the city of Clermont-Ferrand, home of the Michelin tire company. This circuit was called the Circuit de Charade, but was also referred to by the name of its nearby city of Clermont-Ferrand and, in honor of one of the […]

Mercedes, Alfred Neubauer, klemcoll, Reims

In the Fields of Reims

Here is that famous team manager of Mercedes-Benz, Alfred Neubauer, on the grid at the public road circuit of Reims-Gueux before the French Grand Prix on July 3, 1938. Naubauer is standing next to the Mercedes W154 which will be driven by Hermann Lang to third place behind his teammates Manfred von Brauchitsch and Rudolf […]

Alfa Romeo, Spanis GP, klemcoll, Ferrari. Talbot

The Lineup

In the early 1950s color motor racing photography was quite rare, primarily because motoring publishers of both books and magazines were unwilling to undertake the expense and difficulties then involved in printing color images. One well-known motor racing photographer of that time said, “Every photo I took in color was one I might have sold […]

French Grand Prix, Emmanuel de Graffenried, klemcoll

A French Grand Prix

The first French Grand Prix was held on a series of public roads near Lyon in 1914 and was won by a Mercedes. In 1947 there were no Mercedes but the Grand Prix was held again at Lyon on September 21 although on a much shorter temporary street circuit. Here is the talented Swiss “gentleman […]

Reims, French Grand Prix, klemcoll, Fangio, Ferrari

Before the Start

This very atmospheric photograph shows the tribunes on the left and the pits building across the Ruote Nationale, all filled with spectators, excited for the coming start of the French Grand Prix on the Reims-Gueux public road circuit on July 4, 1954. This was a special Grand Prix because it marked the first return of Mercedes-Benz since the prewar […]

Stirling Moss, Denis Jenkinson, Mercedes-Benz, Mill Miglia, klemcoll

The Racer’s Racer

With the death of Stirling Moss, we present here photos from his most famous races. Of course Stirling Moss had perhaps his most famous victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia, driving a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR with his great friend Denis Jenkinson as his navigator. This photo was taken at the top of the Futa Pass […]

Stirling Moss, Le Mans, klemcoll, Mercedes-Benz

Stirling Moss 1929-2020

A racer’s racer, a gentleman, a friend. All who had the pleasure to know him and many who only revered him will miss him deeply. Photo by Yves Debraine ©The Klemantaski Collection – http://www.klemcoll.com

Cooper, Spa-Francorchamps, Jochen Rindt, John Surtees, klemcoll

Rain in The Ardennes

The Belgian Grand Prix took place on the super-fast old Spa-Francorchamps circuit on June 12, 1966. It was both exciting and terrifying. Here is Jochen Rindt in a works-entered V12-engined Cooper-Maserati 81, braking on the approach to the La Source hairpin after heavy rain with the Ferrari 312 of John Surtees following in the spray. […]

Maserati, BRM, Vanwall, Thin Wall, klemcoll, Goodwood

The Woodcote Cup

This photograph has alway been a favorite of ours. It shows the front row of the grid accelerating away at the start with four different cars, the starter standing on his podium just behind the 5 minute sign. This race was part of a meeting at Goodwood on September 25, 1954 and was a 10-lap […]

Bruce McLaren, Cooper, Monaco, klemcoll

A Victory for Bruce McLaren

 Recently, one of our readers asked for a post about Bruce McLaren, so here he is. This photo was taken as McLaren pulled up in front of the Royal Box, celebrating his victory in the Monaco Grand Prix which took place on June 3, 1962. McLaren was driving a Cooper 60 powered by a 1.5 […]