Tag Archives: Alan R. Smith

A Le Mans Start

This fabulous photograph, was taken just in front of the Motor bridge at Silverstone at the entrance to Copse Corner on September 14, 1957. Here we see the Le Mans type start which was used for the over 1.5 liter Sports Car Race which took place before the non-championship F1 race at the International Trophy […]

Harry Schell, Crystal Palace, Vanwall

Harry Schell at The Palace

Crystal Palace was a short circuit in South London and a scene of many British National Races in the 1950s and 60s. Part of the circuit ran through a somewhat forested left-bending section called The Glade before diving downhill through a right hand bend onto the lower straight. Here going through The Glade in this […]

Phil Hill, Ferrari, Monza


Here is American Phil Hill in his first Ferrari Formula 1 drive with a 246F1 in Monza’s long sweeping final Parabolica corner during the Italian Grand Prix which was held on September 7, 1958. Hill got an F1 drive the hard way, being promoted after the deaths of Ferrari F1 drivers Luigi Musso during the French Grand […]

Fangio Monaco, Mercedes

Fangio at Monaco

For the  Monaco Grand Prix on May 22, 1955 Mercedes-Benz entered three of their new short-chassis W196 F1 cars, to be driven by Juan Manuel Fangio, Stirling Moss and André Simon. There was plenty of opposition, even though the Mercedes were unquestionably very fast and benefitted from their usual immense support structure. Lancia had replied with four of their […]

Maserati 250F, Maria Teresa de Filippis

Maria Teresa de Filippis

Maria Teresa de Filippis, seen above in her Maserati 250F in the pits during practice for the Monaco Grand Prix in 1958, died last week at the age of 89. She had begun her motor racing career after a challenge from her brothers and did well in Italian sports car events. As a result, she was […]

Froilan Gonzalez, Ferrari, Silverstone

Waiting for a Wet Start

It is raining at Silverstone on May 15, 1954 before the start of the first heat of the International Daily Express Trophy race, a non-championship event for F1 cars. This popular race always attracted a large early season entry of both factory cars and privateers. Sitting in his Ferrari 553 “Squalo” is the well-known Argentinean driver […]

Fangio, BRM Goodwood

The Maestro

Looking superbly relaxed, Juan Manuel Fangio sits on a rear tire of the 1.5-liter V16 BRM that he is about to drive. The race course is Goodwood, a former RAF airfield in the south of England, on September 26, 1953. The race will be the Woodcote Cup, a five lap Formula Libre affair. Most of […]

The French Grand Prix

The French Grand Prix was first run back near the very start of motor racing in 1906. For many years, both before and after World War II, this Grand Prix was held on a triangle of public roads near the city of Reims. The Reims circuit, famous for the very high speeds obtained there, held its […]

BRM, Goodwood,Ferrari, Parnell, Gonzalez

Smoking Tires

The starter up on his podium at the left has dropped the Union Jack and turns away as the two BRMs explode at the start of The Woodcote Cup Formula Libre race for Grand Prix cars at Goodwood on September 27, 1952. Nearest the camera is Reg Parnell’s BRM while across the grid is a sister car […]

Portago, Ferrari, Lancia, D50, Castellotti, Silverstone

An Italian Pit Stop

Here is one of those frenetic Ferrari pit stops. This is at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on July 14, 1956. The car is a Lancia-Ferrari, actually one of the 1955 Lancia D50 Grand Prix cars which were turned over to Ferrari in the summer of that year when Lancia was no longer able […]