Mauro Forghieri, Ferrari, klemcoll

Mauro Forghieri, the great Italian racing car designer, has died at the ago of 87. He was without question the greatest such designer of the second half of the 20th Century. He was often compared to Colin Chapman at Lotus, but he was perhaps even more significant for while Chapman was a great chassis designer, […]

Silverstone, Ascari, Villoresi, Nino Farina

Before the July 14, 1951 British Grand Prix at Silverstone where the modern Formula 1 had begun with the 1950 British Grand Prix here are three of the top Italian drivers, from the left, Alberto Ascari, Luigi Villoresi and Giuseppe “Nino” Farina. Farina was driving for the Alfa Romeo team in an Alfetta 159 while […]

Monaco Grand Prix, Tabac Corner, McLaren, Denis Hulme, klemcoll

We love the dynamics of this photograph. It shows Denny Hulme with his McLaren M7A turning into Tabac Corner during the Monaco Grand Prix on May 26, 1968. Tabac was so called because of a tobacco products store which was once on that corner. The narrow entry to Tabac swung the cars under full acceleration […]

Lotus, Monaco, Innes Ireland, klemcolla

This rather sad photograph was taken during the Monaco Grand Prix on May 29, 1960. Shown here is a truly exhausted Innes Ireland as he pushes his works Lotus 18 with its Climax 2.5 liter 4 cylinder motor up Ste. Devote hill and approaches the entry to Casino Square. Ireland was fresh off a win […]

Ferrari, Enzo Ferrari, klemcoll

It is a chilly though sunny early February day in 1965 at the Modena Aerautodromo, which combined an airport for small planes with a test circuit using the surrounding taxiways. The circuit was often used by Ferrari for test sessions in the years prior to the construction of the Fiorano test circuit across the road […]

Juan Fangio, Ferrari, klemcoll

Here we are in Woodcote corner, the very fast final corner on the old Silverstone circuit as Juan Manuel Fangio, assisted by the Ferrari mechanics, pushes is Ferrari-Lancia toward the grid. The race will be the British Grand Prix which took place on July 14, 1956. Fangio was joined on the Ferrari team by Peter […]

Felice Bonetto, Ferrari, Klemcoll, Bari

We love this portrait of the Italian driver Felice Bonetto, taken before the Bari Grand Prix for F2 cars which was held on June 12, 1949. Bari is a city on the southern part of Italy’s Adriatic coast and the circuit was a temporary street circuit which ran along the sea coast, around the western […]

Ferrari, 250 GTO, klemcoll

Forty years ago a Ferrari 250 GTO Reunion was held in France to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first year of construction and racing of the Ferrari 250 GTO. That Reunion was organized by the late Jess G. Pourret the author of the important 1977 book La Légende Ferrari 250 GT Compétition which ignited a […]

Lella Lombardi, Spanish Grand Prix, klemcoll

Here is the real 34 year old Italian driver Maria Grazia “Lella” Lombardi, taken at the 1980 Brands Hatch six Hours, who drove a March-Ford at the Spanish Grand Prix which took place on April 27, 1975. Lombardi was the second, and up to now, the last woman to start an F1 race. This race […]

Ferrari, klemcoll, Ollon-Villars, Peter Schetty

Here is the Swiss hillclimb expert Peter Schetty at the wheel of the Ferrari 212E Montagna Group 7 sports car at the Ollon-Villars hillclimb which was the final event of the 1969 European Mountain Championship held on August 31, 1969. Schetty won every one of the mountain events that year and set several course records […]