Tag Archives: klemcoll

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. […]

Ferrari, Nurburgring, klemcoll

A Boxer Ferrari

  In 1971 Ferrari developed a remarkable sports racing car for the new three liter engine size limitation. Like its predecessor it was initially called the 312P, the P standing for prototype. However, to differentiate the new car from the earlier 312P with its V-12 motor it was soon called, at least informally, the 312PB. […]

Ferrari, Nuvolari, Livorno, klemcoll

“When Nuvolari Raced…”

The title of our blog this week is also the title of a superb book about Tazio Nuvolari, published in Italy in 1994. And here the great Flying Mantuan is racing a Ferrari during the Coppa Montenero which was held at Livorno on Tuscany’s Mediterranean coast on August 24, 1947. The car is one of […]

le mans, klemcoll

Le Mans at Night: The Other Le Mans

There is a true other Le Mans at the Le Mans 24 Hours, away from the race and the pit stops. Not many photographers ventured into The Village inside the circuit where throughout the long night during the race spectators find food, amusement and, today, even a hotel. These photographs were taken during the 24 […]

Ferrari, Maranello, klemcoll

Early Days in Maranello

In the Ferrari factory yard in Maranello on September 27, 1947 this new sports car is the final envelope body iteration of, we believe, chassis 01C, the very first Ferrari sports car. This latest body, showing its new hood scoop to feed the three centrally located Weber carburetors of its now 1.9 liter motor, was […]

Alfa Romeo, Hans Ruesch, Crystal Palace, klemcoll

The Alfa That Did Not Race

Here we have an Alfa Romeo 8C35 being driven by the Swiss Hans Ruesch during practice for The Crystal Palace Cup which took place on July 1, 1939. at London’s Crystal Palace circuit. When Ruesch acquired his Alfa Romeo from Modena’s Scuderia Ferrari at the end of 1936 it had already experienced an important history with the […]

Giulio Ramponi, Richard Seaman, Donington, Delage,klemcoll

Giulio Ramponi

The date is August 29, 1936 at Donington Park before the Junior Car Club “200,” one of the first “endurance” races in England, as the famous Italian racing mechanic Giulio Ramponi is being pushed to the grid by one of his assistants, Jock Finlayson, in the equally famous 1927 Grand Prix Delage 15-S-8 which will […]

ferrari, klemcoll, Tavoni, Bazzi

The First SWB

We believe that this is the first lightweight Ferrari 250GT SWB (short wheelbase berlinetta) here seen on test at the Modena Aerautodromo on October 29, 1959. It would have recently returned from its initial display at the Paris Auto Show earlier in the month. This SWB berinetta, chassis n. 1539GT, had several minor differences from […]

ferrari, zandvoort,klemcoll

A Little Ferrari

This photograph was taken at Zandvoort located in the seafront dunes of Holland during the Prijs von Zandvoort on August 15, 1954. The driver is Herman Roosdorp, a Dutch driver resident in Antwerp Belgium, and his car is an early customer Ferrari 500 Mondial n. 0434MD. The 500 Mondials had a two liter four cylinder […]

Paul Frere, Le Mans, klemcoll, Ferrari

A Yellow Helmet

This the Belgian journalist and excellent semi-professional driver Paul Frère, wearing a yellow helmet in the Belgian racing colors, as he drifts his Scuderia Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa around Tertre Rouge corner during the 1960 Le Mans 24 Hours on June 25, 1960. Frère was partnered by his countryman, the very experienced endurance driver Olivier […]