Tag Archives: Klemantaski

Ferrari, klemcoll, Mille Miglia, Klemantaski

An Overtake by the Lake

This image is from the 1957 Mille Miglia. It was taken from the Ferrari 335 Sport, powered by a 4.1 liter motor and driven by Peter Collins and with photographer Louis Klemantaski as his navigator. The route north from Rome passed through Viterbo on the way to the Radicofani pass. Along the way after Viterbo […]

Ferrari, klemcoll, Peter Collins

Topping Up

For championship level sports car racing in 1957 it was now in the regulations that cars needed a top, two doors and a windshield of a certain height. Here we are in the Piazza Vittoria in Brescia, Italy on May 11, 1957 for the scrutineering of cars entered for the upcoming Mille Miglia. To the […]

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 […]

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Moss at Aintree

Stirling Moss is here braking for Cottage Corner, a tight left hand turn on the back of the Aintree Grand Prix circuit, during the British Grand Prix on July 16, 1955. Moss ran together with Juan Manuel Fangio in their Mercedes W196 F1 cars at the front of the field, well ahead of their teammates […]

At Full Song in a GTO

The Goodwood circuit started out as RAF Westhampnett, a small RAF field constructed during the War. In 1948 under the auspices of the Duke of Richmond and Gordon a motor racing circuit was constructed on the airfield site and held its first race meeting in September of that year. The circuit has always been very […]

Passing the Hotel des Hunaudières

The Hotel des Hunaudières stood right alongside the Mulsanne Straight, Ligne Droit des Hunaudières being the French name for that famous long straight section of the Le Mans circuit. Here is a Ferrari 512BBLM passing the hotel and its Restaurant des 24 Heures during the 1981 edition of the Le Mans race. In the late […]

Ferrari, Alberto Ascari, Swiss GP, Bremgarten

The Italian Master

In 1952 and 1953 Alberto Ascari was totally dominant in the two-liter Formula 2 class which determined the World Championship for Drivers in those two years. Some would say that his dominance was perhaps as much the car as the driver because Enzo Ferrari was fully prepared, having known that the Championship would switch over to […]

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, […]

Stirling Moss, Manx Cup, Isle of Man, British Empire Trophy

Becoming A Professional Driver

Because racing on public roads was against the law in England, and racing at Silverstone and Goodwood was just getting started, British races in the immediate postwar years were often held at places that allowed that type of racing, such as the Isle of Man, a Crown Dependency in the Irish Sea and not part of […]

Ferrari, Enzo Ferrari, Mille KMiglia

The Ferrari Hotel

  It is the afternoon before the start of the 1956 Mille Miglia and the Ferrari team is gathering after scrutineering at the Marzotto brothers’ hotel in Manerbio along the Mille Miglia route between Cremona and Brescia. From the hotel’s roof the pattern of the stone yard is almost mesmerizing. Just returning to the hotel is Juan […]