Tag Archives: French Grand Prix

Mercedes, klemcoll, Fangio, Reims

Mercedes-Benz is Back!

On the main straight of the Reims public road Grand Prix circuit the flag has just fallen to start the French Grand Prix on July 4, 1954. On the front row are two of the new Mercedes W196  Grand Prix F1 cars with envelope bodywork for high speed. On the left on pole is Juan […]

Ferrari, klemcoll, Chris Amon, Charade

A Lone Ferrari

This is again one of our favorite images, Chris Amon in the Ferrari 312F1 during the French Grand Prix on July 6, 1969, probably in the long right-hand Gravenoire turn. This running of the French Grand Prix, the oldest of all, took place at the Charade circuit near Clermont-Ferrand, home town of Michelin, in central […]

Mercedes=Benz, Rudolf Caracciola, French Grand Prix

On the Way to a Sweep

Before the war color photographs at motor races were very, very rare. The available film was very slow – its ASA rating of 8 made action shots almost impossible. In addition, the magazines of the time which covered motorsport did not print color images as to do so was too expensive. Nevertheless, some enterprising photographers […]

Ascari, Villoresi. Maserati, klemcoll French Grand Prix

Two Friends Go Racing

Here we are in the pits during the French Grand Prix which was held on a public road circuit at Lyon on September 21, 1947. On the left behind the two mechanics who are trying to discover a fatal engine problem is the then 29 year old Alberto Ascari who is being advised by his […]

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 […]

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 […]

klemcoll. Jim Clark, Lotus, Charade

An Afternoon at Charade

In central France near the industrial town of Clermont-Ferrand in the Auvergne region was a circuit called Charade, to many a somewhat miniature French equivalent of the famous Nürburgring in Germany. Using mostly public roads, the circuit was just over eight kilometers long and ran up and down the steep mountain inclines in the area. […]

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, Maserati 250F, Rouen-Les Essarts

The Four Wheel Drift

Here is a truly classic Grand Prix image: the great Juan Manuel Fangio in an acute high speed drift on the long and very fast descent from the start/finish area on the public road course of Rouen-Les Essarts during the French Grand Prix on July 7, 1957. Fangio is holding his Maserati 250F at just the angle […]

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 […]