Tag Archives: Mercedes

Talbot, Levegh, Le Mans, klemcoll

A Man of Tragedy

This is June 12, 1953 during practice at Le Mans for the 24 hour race. The car seen here is a Talbot Lago T26 GS and its driver standing next to it uses the nom de course of Pierre Levegh. Levegh’s real name was Pierre Bouillin. He had adopted the racing name of Levegh because it […]

Mike Hawthorn, Ferrari, klemcoll

The 1954 Spanish Grand Prix

An old friend and often commentator to our points, Jim Sitz, has suggested that we do a post about the Grand Prix held on the Pedrables street circuit in Barcelona on October 24, 1954. Although the Championship had already been decided in favor of Juan Fangio, and this being the last race, Spain was indeed […]

Mercedes, Reims,French GP, Fangio, klemcoll

The New Mercedes-Benz

This very streamlined Formula 1 car is the initial version of the Mercedes-Benz W196 as it first appeared at the French Grand Prix at Reims on July 4, 1954. This particular W196, sitting in the Reims pits during practice, was to be driven by Karl Kling with second and third examples being driven by Juan […]

klemcoll, Nuvolari, Auto-Union

The Prewar Master

  Before the World War II, the acknowledged master of Grand Prix racing was Tazio Nuvolari. Here he is on the very slippery when wet stone block surface of the Bremgarten circuit near the middle of Bern during practice for the Swiss Grand Prix which would take place on August 21, 1938. Nuvolari had left […]

Lancia, Mercedes, klemcoll

A Start at Monaco

This superb color photograph captures the start of what would be an exciting and surprising race, the Monaco Grand Prix of May 22, 1955. Here the still-accelerating field is about to brake hard for the very tight Gazometre hairpin at the end of the curving harborfront straight. On the inside as they approach the hairpin […]

Dundrod, Peter Collins, Reg Parnell, Tony Brooks, John Wyer, Rudolf Uhlenhaut

The Aston Brain Trust

We are standing in front of the pits at Dundrod, a difficult and highly dangerous public road circuit near Belfast in Northern Ireland on September 18, 1955 where the famous Tourist Trophy race, this year of 1000 Km, is about to be held, counting for the World Championship for Sports Cars. The main protagonists include Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Ferrari, […]

The Return of Mercedes

In July 1938 Mercedes-Benz won the French Grand Prix on the Reims-Gueux circuit which was run over public roads near the city of Reims in the Champagne area. At that time Mercedes was dominant in Grand Prix racing, with only their German rival Auto-Union as a possible competitor. Now they were about to reappear… By […]