Tag Archives: Yves Debraine

Jim Clark, Lotus Charade, klemcoll

Celebrating Victory

On several years the French Grand Prix was held at a mountainous circuit just outside of the city of Clermont-Ferrand, home of the Michelin tire company. This circuit was called the Circuit de Charade, but was also referred to by the name of its nearby city of Clermont-Ferrand and, in honor of one of the […]

Ferrari, Masten Gregory, Goodwood

The Kansas City Flash

This one year old Ferrari  375MM, painted white with two blue stripes, is really being drifted hard at Goodwood on September 25, 1954 (look at the rubber track being left by rear wheel if you doubt how hard the car is being driven). The thin and courageous driver was named Masten Gregory who was from Kansas City, Missouri. […]

John Surtees 1934 – 2017

John Surtees OBE, seven times world champion on motorcycles and F1 World Champion in 1964, passed away at the age of 83 on March 10th. Surtees was born in south London, his father being a motorcycle dealer there. That got the young Surtees right into bikes from the start. His early races were on Vincents […]

Surtees, Ferrari, Monaco GP

Surtees and Ferrari

John Surtees, the 1964 World Champion for Ferrari, sits in the Ferrari 158F1 practice car in the pits along the Monaco harbor front during practice for the Monaco Grand Prix which would take place on May 30, 1965. He would qualify fifth and then race with the older spec V8 car while his teammate Lorenzo Bandini […]

Lancia D24, Piero Taruffi

The Lancia D24

This photo shows the famous Piero Taruffi in front of the Lancia factory in Turin in a Scuderia Lancia D24 prior to taking this car to the 1954 Giro di Sicilia (called the Tour of Sicily in English) which took place on April 4th and which Taruffi would win with Carlo Luoni, most likely a Lancia mechanic, […]

Porsche, Le Mans

Porsche Parade

This huge crowd is standing on the pit straight at Le Mans on June 12, 1954 not long before the start of the 24 Hour race. The cars are all Porsche 550 official works-entered spyders. This was the second year for Porsche 550 sports-racers at Le Mans and continued their prior year’s success of winning the […]

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 […]

Ferrari, Targa Florio, Olivier Gendebien

A Leap at Cerda

In Cerda on the Targa Florio circuit. all public roads of course, there were some undulations in the street which would launch the cars into the air as they accelerated on a long straight stretch out of the town. Here is Belgian long distance specialist Olivier Gendebien going for a ride in the Ferrari 246SP which he […]

Le Mans, Ferrari, Phil Hill

The Winner Arrives

Phil Hill brings the winning Ferrari 250TRi/61 back to the podium in front of the crowd after the finish of the 1961 LeMans 24 Hours on June 11, 1961. Hill co-drove the winning Ferrari with Belgian long distance specialist Olivier Gendebien, their second win together at this classic race. The Ferrari 250TRi/61, the “TR” standing […]

Mercedes, Le Mans

Braking for the Esses

Two Mercedes-Benz 300SLRs on the descent from Dunlop Bridge toward the Esses at Le Mans on the afternoon of June 11, 1955 in front of a huge crowd of spectators. The two Mercedes have their air brakes up to assist their braking with portholes cut in the raised bodywork for better rearward vision at the […]