Category Mille Miglia

Bobby Baird

Bobby Baird was a driver from Ulster in Northern Ireland who raced primarily in England during the early 1950s. Here he is driving his 3 liter Ferrari 250MM Vignale spider in the Production Sports Car Race during the International Trophy Meeting at Silverstone on May 9, 1953. He would finish tenth behind several Jaguar C-Types, […]

Ferrari, Mille Miglia, Collins, klemcoll

During the Mille Miglia

Although not Louis Klemantaski’s favorite photograph, this is perhaps his most famous. Color in the mid-1950s was something pretty rare, especially action color. Color photographs were almost never run in either magazines or books because of the high printing cost. Klemantaski used to say that every color photograph he took was one that would never […]

ferrari, tom cole, klemcoll

Tom Cole

This driver is the British-born American Tom Cole, who was active in racing in both America and Europe in the early 1950s. He is here seen at Silverstone during the non-Championship International Daily Express Trophy for F2 cars on May 9, 1953. The car he is driving is a two-liter Ferrari 500F2, owned by Belgian […]

Piloti che gente…

This is perhaps Louis Klemantaski’s most famous image: Peter Collins on his way to victory during the Giro di Sicilia on April 8, 1956 in a 3.5 liter Ferrari 857S with Klemantaski as his navigator. The Giro, known as the Tour of Sicily in English, was a 671 mile open road circumnavigation of the island, often used […]

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, de Portago, Mille Miglia

Before the End…

It is May 12, 1957 at the Ravenna control during the last Mille Miglia. The car is a Ferrari 335 Sport driven by Alfonso de Portago with his American friend Edmund Nelson as his passenger. The 335 Sport was perhaps the ultimate front-engined Ferrari sports-racer with a 4.1 liter four-cam motor which put out about […]

Aston Martin, Lancia, Mille Miglia

Early Morning on the Road to Verona

In this wonderfully evocative image, the Lancia D24 driven by Gino Valenzano is overtaking the Aston Martin DB3S driven by Reg Parnell with Louis Klemantaski acting as navigator, and occasional photographer when he could catch a moment. Valenzano had started two minutes after the Aston. It is now probably about 6 AM with a lot of […]

Ferrari, Monza, Alberto Ascari, 625TF

A New Ferrari Sports Car

This small spider, seen in the Monza paddock on June 29, 1953, is an entirely new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Ferrari sports car designed at Ferrari by Aurelio Lampredi. It is without doubt a very significant departure in Ferrari history, being Ferrari’s first 4-cylinder sports car. This spider was called the 625TF and was one of three cars built with […]

Umberto Magliolo, Mille Miglia, Ferrari, 121LM

On the Futa Pass

The 1955 Mille Miglia, over April 30-May 1, was set to be a titanic struggle between teams from Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari, with Maserati set to dominate the 2-litre class with their little A6GCS. The German steamroller, led by its famed team manager Alfred Neubauer, had entered four of their new 300SLRs with several 300SLs running for the GT […]

Hugh Hunter, Alfa Romeo, 8C2900, Brooklands

A Rare Alfa Romeo

This stunning Alfa Romeo 8C2900B spider with bodywork by Touring began its life as an Alfa factory entry for the 1938 Mille Miglia and was reputedly the winning car driven by Clemente Biondetti with Alfa mechanic Aldo Stefani beside him. That at least is what Hugh Hunter, here racing his Alfa on the Campbell Circuit at Brooklands on April 10, […]