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Latest Inductee into the Hall of Fame - Rob Walker

Rob WalkerRob Walker, was not only the first private team owner to secure victory in a Formula One World Championship-qualifying Grand Prix, but also the last ever to do so. A flavor of the man can be gained from the fact that Walker never had, in the conventional sense of the word, a "job" (he was once described by a friend as being "self-unemployed").

"I remember his voice, his smile and mannerisms. The last gentleman of motor racing. In all the years I raced with him, I never even had a letter of agreement from him, let alone a contract. It was not the way you did things with Rob. You'd decide on something and that was it My relationship with Rob was not like that of a team manager and a driver; he was so passionate about it all, got so involved, he felt to me more like a co-driver." - Stirling Moss READ MORE

 
 

Around the World on Four Wheels and a Guide Shoe

During the 1960s when the slot car craze was in full swing the United States could rightfully be considered the center of the slot car universe. Fast forward 50 years and Italy along with Spain can be described as one of the centers of multi-polar slot car world, with flexi and retro racing centered in the United States, Eurosport in Eastern Europe, 1/32 and 1/24 Scale Racing in Italy and Spain with a strong push for composite chassied LMP racing in Germany and 1/32 racing in the United Kingdom.

The slot car scene is of course is more diverse than that with scale racing taking place in the Pacific Northwest and Flexi racing in Spain but each type of racing has a distinct center of gravity. In this article we will attempt to travel this multi-polar world stopping at various spots to discover the richness that makes up our hobby. READ MORE

 
 

Grand Prix Cars - Alfa Romeo P2

During the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa in 1925 the local favorite Delage team had retired all of their cars and the race became an Alfa-Romeo parade led by Ascari and Campari. The fans began to make their displeasure known and Jano in response ordered his cars to pit. While they were being refueled the cars were cleaned and buffed. During this pitstop he had a table placed in full view whereupon he imperiously ate lunch, deaf to the howls of the spectators. The cars rejoined the race and won with ease. READ MORE

 
 
Canadian - American Challenge Cup

John Bishop, Executive Director of the Sports Car Club of America as his Competition Director, Jim Kaser to look into the possibility of forming a professional sports car series, one with a more international flavor than it's US Road Racing Championship (USRRC).

The Canadian - American Challenge Cup was a joint effort of two clubs: the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and the Canadian Automobile Sports Club (CASC). It continued in its original form through 1974. In 1971, it was officially recognized by the FIA giving it international prestige. The Can-Am series began in 1966 with two races in Canada (CAN) and four races in the United States of America (AM) for what were to become known as Group 7 sports cars. These racing cars were not mass produced, but instead manufactured in small quantities or as single units. The FIA’s Group 7 regulations specified no engine capacity limit, and turbochargers and compressors were allowed. There were no other technical restrictions. In theory, all the cars needed for approval were two seats, bodywork which enclosed the wheels, and a roll hoop.

They therefore came very close to creating a dream “anything goes” scenario for many race car designers. The series would foster a number of radical designs and one company that would set an American standard for innovation, Jim Hall's Chaparral Cars, yet the series was dominated by the efficient New Zealanders at Bruce McLaren Racing. ... READ MORE

 

 

Hamilton Aiming to Create History at Silverstone

Lewis Hamilton’s charge for the 2017 Drivers’ Championship has been halted over the past two races, with the Brit failing to record a podium finish.

The two disappointments were out of his control, as a collision with Sebastian Vettel in Baku forced him down into fifth place, while a gearbox fault before the start of the Austrian Grand Prix yielded a grid penalty and the 32-year-old was only able to finish in fourth. READ MORE


25 Years On: Spirited Senna Stuns Champion-Elect


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A constant, respected and feared fixture in the F1 calendar, the Monaco Grand Prix rolls around once more at the end of this month, and the event promises – as it ever does – the glamorous off the circuit and the spectacular on it. It is, therefore, appropriate that the leading racer of all time at Monaco is Ayrton Senna. READ MORE


Vettel must remain patient in Championship bid


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Prior to the current campaign, Sebastian Vettel endured three seasons of struggle, as he watched his great rival Lewis Hamilton claim back-to-back Formula One crowns along with his compatriot Nico Rosberg’s triumph in the 2016 campaign. READ MORE


Lewis Hamilton can cement F1 legacy with fourth Championship crown


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After the disappointment of missing out on the 2016 Formula 1 Drivers' Championship crown last season, Britain's Lewis Hamilton has his sights set on capturing success this campaign. The Mercedes driver was beaten by former stablemate and German racer Nico Rosberg last term, before the eventual champion announced his sudden shock retirement from the sport during the aftermath of his maiden career victory. READ MORE

 

Hamilton - Vettel Rivalry Crucial for Formula One


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When Nico Rosberg opted to retire after his triumph in the 2016 Formula One Drivers’ Championship, many believed that the path was clear for Lewis Hamilton to dominate the sport. READ MORE


Sochi Proves that 2017 will not Be a One-Horse Race


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Last weekend in Sochi, we saw Valtteri Bottas claim his first ever Grand Prix win in a tight finish over Championship Leader Sebastian Vettel. The margin of victory at just 0.617 seconds was testament to a thrilling race and it also underlines that this season’s Drivers Championship is far more open than many would have imagined at the start of the campaign. Vettel’s second place sees the German hold off Lewis Hamilton at the head of the table but what has the Russian Grand Prix told us about the remainder of 2017? READ MORE


Hamilton Versus Vettel Battle Could Be Era-Defining


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Sebastian Vettel has come out swinging in his battle to regain his legacy from Lewis Hamilton in the early stages of the 2017 Formula One season. READ MORE


Vettel's re-emergence will benefit Drivers' Championship race


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Sebastian Vettel’s re-emergence with his Ferrari has been a vital part of the competition this season for the Formula One Drivers’ Championship. Since 2014, Mercedes have dominated the sport, with their drivers winning the three titles, and securing the runner-up spots, at the top of the standings. READ MORE


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The Art of Race Car Driving

"At the first bend, I had the clear sensation that Tazio had taken it badly and that we would end up in the ditch; I felt myself stiffen as I waited for the crunch. Instead, we found ourselves on the next straight with the car in a perfect position. I looked at him, his rugged face was calm, just as it always was, and certainly not the face of someone who had just escaped a hair-raising spin. I had the same sensation at the second bend. By the fourth or fifth bend I began to understand; in the meantime, I had noticed that through the entire bend Tazio did not lift his foot from the accelerator, and that, in fact, it was flat on the floor. As bend followed bend, I discovered his secret. Nuvolari entered the bend somewhat earlier than my driver's instinct would have told me to. But he went into the bend in an unusual way: with one movement he aimed the nose of the car at the inside edge, just where the curve itself started. His foot was flat down, and he had obviously changed down to the right gear before going through this fearsome rigmarole. In this way he put the car into a four-wheel drift, making the most of the thrust of the centrifugal force and keeping it on the road with the traction of the driving wheels. Throughout the bend the car shaved the inside edge, and when the bend turned into the straight the car was in the normal position for accelerating down it, with no need for any corrections" - Commendatore Enzo Ferrari READ MORE




The Story of the Grand Prix

F Gordon Crosby

The dawn of automobile racing was anything but that. It was thought that a car's ability to navigate roads in a reliable manner, that was not dangerous, cheap and easy to drive during the the whole of the journey was all that could be hoped for. Outright speed was not even considered important, that is until the flag dropped ... READ MORE

 

The History of the Mille Miglia

When I talk about the Mille Miglia, I feel quite moved, for it played such a big part in my life. I knew it as a driver, a team director and a constructor ... and was always an admirer of its champions. In fact, the Mille Miglia not only provided enormous technical advances during its three decades, it really did breed champions.

In my opinion, the Mille Miglia was an epoch-making event, which told a wonderful story. The Mille Miglia created our cars and the Italian automobile industry. The Mille Miglia permitted the birth of GT, or grand touring cars, which are now sold all over the world. The Mille Miglia proved that by racing over open roads for 1,000 miles, there were great technical lessons to be learned by the petrol and oil companies and by brake, clutch, transmission, electrical and lighting component manufacturers, fully justifying the old adage that motor racing improves the breed - Commendatore Enzo Ferrari READ MORE

 
 
Artist Gallery - Carlo Demand

Carlo was born on November 21, 1921 in Frankfurt, Germany to a French father and a German mother. His interest in art and machinery developed at an early age and he was encouraged by his parents to pursue his interests. His early drawings included cars, scenery, cowboys and Indians and portraits of the family. His first drawing was done at the age of three. His first published drawing was a charcoal for a Frankfurt newspaper in 1938. It featured a Mercedes W-154 Grand Prix Car. Famed German artist/illustrators, Hans Liska and Theo Metejko, served as Carlo’s most profound influences. Their work was featured in Germany’s popular weekly, Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung (BIZ) ... READ MORE

 
 
City to City Motor Races
 

It began with demonstration runs such as one that took place on the 22nd of July, 1894 in front of a fascinated public for these strange carriages that drove themselves or at least seemed to. The trail as it was called would cover the distance from Paris to Rouen and was organized by the journalist Pierre Giffard of Le Petit Journal; a judging-panel decided on the winner. The paper promoted it as 'Le Petit Journal' Competition for Horseless Carriages (Le Petit Journal Concours des Voitures sans Chevaux) that were not dangerous, easy to drive, and cheap during the journey, the main prize being for the competitor whose car comes closest to the ideal. The announcement in Le Petit Journal on 19 December 1893 expressly denied that it would be a race - ce ne sera pas une course. The easy to drive clause effectively precluded from the prizes any vehicles needing a traveling mechanic or technical assistant such as a stoker.

While the event drew huge crowds the organizers soon realized that the criteria for judging a winner was lost upon the spectators who would show up to watch, what for them was a spectacle. Something else needed to be done to allow a manufacturer to promote the superiority of their product for inventions were all well and good but this was no scientific exercise, cars needed to be sold. The obvious solution was something that was denied at Paris-Rouen, a race and with the victory goes the spoils. Reliability was what the manufacturers were after but the public would crave speed ... READ MORE

 
The History of the Targa Florio

Targa FlorioIn 1905 while attending a sporting competition Vincenzo Florio was asked by Henri Desgrange, editor of L'Auto and founder of the Tour De France: "Why do you not have a motor race in Sicily?" Florio startled by the question could only respond: "Why, because we have no roads." Upon his return home he had his associates look into the matter of road and they convinced Florio that a course could be built.

The Targa Florio was not so much a race as it was an ordeal. Established in 1906 a single lap at la Madonie, East of Palermo was approximately 92 miles. Besides the course which traversed mountain roads unchanged since the Punic Wars, there were severe changes in climate, bandits and wolves. READ MORE

 
 

The Silver Arrows

The Silver ArrowsIn 1937 the Germans came to Donington. This is the story of the men and the cars they drove - the Silver Arrows.

The practicing had just begun. Away beyond the woods we heard the approaching scream of a well-tuned E.R.A. and down the winding slope towards us came Raymond Mays. He changed down, braked, skirted round the Hairpin and was gone.

"There's the winner," remarked one of my friends. "Knows this course backwards."

Half a minute later came the deeper note of a 2.9-litre Maserati, and "B. Bira" (Prince Birabongse of Siam, Mays’ nearest rival and a new star in the racing firmament) shot past us, cornering with that precision which marked him as the master he was.

"Or him," said another. We waited again.

Then they came ...

Far away in the distance we heard an angry, deep-throated roaring - as someone once remarked, like hungry lions impatient for the arena. A few moments later, Manfred von Brauchitsch, red helmeted, brought a great, silver projectile snaking down the hill, and close behind, his teammate Rudolf Caracciola, then at the height of his great career. The two cars took the hairpin, von Brauchitsch almost sideways, and rocketed away out of sight with long plumes of rubber smoke trailing from their huge rear tyres, in a deafening crash of sound.

The startled Pressmen gazed at each other, awe-struck.

"Strewth," gasped one of them, "so that's what they're like!"

That was what they were like ... READ MORE

The History of the Slot Car

ScalextricIn 1939 Bentram "Fred" Francis 1939 started a tool-making company, which ran twenty-four hours a day throughout the war years. Two years after the armistice Francis turned to a gentler cliental following a childhood ambition to become a toy-maker, and founded Minimodels Ltd which, among other toys, produced Scalex and Startex clockwork cars. What separated his Scalex cars from the competition was that a hidden fifth wheel that discarded with the need for a key. By 1952 demand for Minimodels toys was so great that in order to expand the company relocated to a new, purpose-built factory at Havant in Hampshire but as often happens with toys the public soon was demanding something new.

ScalextricAt a London toy fair Francis saw a display featuring battery-powered cars running around a track, but without user control. As a true toy man he knew straight away what was missing, real 'play value'. After six months of investigation and seeing the giddy reactions of his marketing people as they tried to control the now electric-powered Scalex cars - renamed Scalextric, convinced Francis that he was onto a winner.

By 1964 Scalextric was well established, having signed the 1963 World Champion Formula One driver, Jim Clark to promote their brand. Cars were being produced in factories in France, Australia and New Zealand. Scalextric signed a manufacturing and distribution agreement in Spain which would evolve in later years to the SCX brand. Also that year the first Scalextric World Championship was held in London. In the United States the slot car boom, coupled with commercial race centers had exploded around the country, giving a unique American twist to the hobby ... READ MORE

 

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Where Does Nico Rosberg Rank in the History of Formula One?

Nico Rosberg edged out Lewis Hamilton to secure his maiden Formula One World Drivers' Championship in the 2016 season.

The German and his Mercedes teammate enjoyed a tense battle over the course of the campaign, but Rosberg was just able to edge out the Brit to claim the crown.

However, the 31-year-old then stunned the sport by promptly announcing his retirement due to his desire to spend more time with his family and away from the potential dangers of the track. Rosberg’s departure has left the race for the championship open, although Hamilton is considered the leading contender to win his fourth crown. READ MORE


FIA Confirms 2017 Race Circuits

Formula One racing's governing body, the FIA, has formally ratified a 20-race calendar for the 2017 season following a meeting of its World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) in Vienna on the 30th Nov, 2016. The 2017 season will begin on Mar 26 in Australia and conclude on Nov 26 in Abu Dhabi. The main changes from the provisional calendar issued in September are Malaysia and Singapore switching places, the absence of the race in Germany, and Baku moving a week earlier, avoiding a clash with the 24 Hours of Le Mans: READ MORE


Hamilton feels the Heat after Engine Inferno

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It's been a very topsy-turvy year so far for Lewis Hamilton, as he continues to battle with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg for the 2016 Drivers’ Championship. The Englishman, looking for a third straight title, battled back well during the summer, after Rosberg started the season in scintillating fashion. However, since the summer break, his German teammate has had the upper hand and has managed to extend his lead over Hamilton to 23 points with only five races to go ... READ MORE


The Growing Success Story of Romania’s Dacia


Romanian car manufacturer Dacia is rapidly growing in popularity and their reputation has soared in recent years. Originally founded in 1966, they have been a subsidiary of Renault since 1999 and it was this acquisition which set them on the path to success. READ MORE


The Key Things to Look for When Buying a Taxi


Choosing the right vehicles for your taxi business can be tricky with so many factors to be considered. From running costs, to practicalities and reliability all needing to be considered before making a decision, sourcing the right vehicle can be a lengthy process. Here’s some of the key things that you should be looking for when buying a taxi: READ MORE


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James Hunt


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If a script writer was asked to create the perfect fictional grand prix driver, the end result would not be far from the reality that was James Hunt. Movie star looks and a playboy lifestyle coupled with a reckless disregard for danger, topped off with a life full of incredible drama with a tragic ending. In fact, if a writer did come up with James Hunt, his editor would no doubt throw it back at him, demanding he injected some more realism into the character. READ MORE

 

Top Tips for Sprucing your Classic Car


Any classic car owner will see their vehicle as an extension of themselves and you will, therefore, take great pride in its appearance. They can also be seen as an ongoing project, as there are dozens of different ways that you can spruce your car to improve its looks (and performance). With a little knowledge, you can also give your vehicle a modern makeover whilst retaining its classic charm. READ MORE

Buying your First Car the Options Explained


Buying your first car is an exciting time. As a new driver, all the different advice on what options are available to you can be quite confusing and when you’re making such an important and expensive decision, it’s vital that you get it right. Here’s a handy guide to buying your first car to help you make the right decision: READ MORE

Which is the Sportiest Model of Fiesta?


Ford has a long history in the racing scene, from Henry Ford himself racing from 1901 to 1913 to gain publicity for his company and its vehicles, to a strong showing in stock car racing, rally and Formula One that continues into the 21st Century. Racing is in the company’s blood and bones and that drive for power and control that they have poured into their beastly racing machines can be seen even when they are making an affordable subcompact like the Fiesta. But not every hatchback is created equal so here’s a rundown of the best models if you’re after the speed and handling of a race ready ride, and how to get your hands on one. READ MORE
 

The Important Checks to Make Before you Purchase a Used Car


There are plenty of positive reasons for buying a used car; you get a huge amount of choice with pretty much every manufacturer being available – but more significantly, you can get yourself a quality car for a more affordable price. Before you dive straight into a purchase of the first car you see, you should take your time and properly browse the used markets, then when you have a car in mind, you should carry out the following checks: READ MORE

Should You Spare the Time to Check Out the New DS Range of Cars?


Starting as a model of executive Citroën back in 1955, the DS series has become a make unto itself with the same relationship to its parent company that Mini has to BMW and Skoda has to Volkswagen. The change became official in the global market last year, and since then they’ve been refining their range of luxury cars, but is this new line worth a look in? We’ve assessed all the configurations of the DS 3, 4 and 5 for performance, comfort, style, and affordability to give you the scoop. READ MORE


Top 5 Mercedes Cars that are a Bargain


If you want a car that offers both performance and luxury then the first brand in your mind should be Mercedes-Benz. Quality comes with a price tag but if you shop smart you don’t have to break the bank. If you want more muscle for your moolah then you’ll want to check out this countdown of the best bargain Mercedes that give you more power for the price. READ MORE

How Technology Has Changed to Make Staying Mobile Easier for Disabled People
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Being able to get around is an important part of living a free and independent life, and one that many people take for granted. Specially adapted mobility cars, also called wheelchair-accessible vehicles or WAVs, have played an important part in providing this kind of freedom of movement to people who rely on wheelchairs or mobility scooters, and the drive to improve and diversify these cars has led to more than a few technological innovations. READ MORE

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