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Latest Inductee into the Hall of Fame - Rob Walker
Rob 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
The Rise of Purpose Built Circuits
The 1903 Paris-Bordeaux race marked the end of the classic city to city races when a number of drivers and spectators were either killed or injured. Questions were raised regarding whether the race should be stopped and the French Government decided the matter for everybody concerned. The race was halted forthwith and all the racing cars taken possession of by the authorities. Special trains were secured and the cars were dragged to the railway station behind horses and returned to Paris; not even the motors were allowed to be restarted.
In England racing on public roads was illegal in racing on public roads open or closed was illegal inand British drivers had to resort to racing in Ireland or on the continent. The 1902 Gordon Bennett Race having been won by the British Napier team, albeit in the hands of an Australian, Selwyn Francis Edge should have meant that the 1903 edition of the race would be held in England. Instead the race was run on the Athy Circuit in Ireland.
British motor industry suffered as a consequence. In response to this dilema a group of wealthy
enthusiasts led by Hugh F. Locke-King planned a race track to be built on his property in
Surrey. Experienced race driver and car dealer, 29 year old Charles Jarrott suggested a very large high speed track. Selwyn Edge, whose London based Motor Power Company held the agency for Napier cars, was keen that the cars should be visible to the spectators for as much of the circuit as possible.
The conclusion was that the track would have to be banked, 100 feet wide and nearly 30 feet high in places. For nine months over seven hundred men worked almost around the clock for seven days a week, the only breaks being on Saturday and Sunday nights. The river Wey was diverted, small holders were re-housed, thirty acres of woodland were felled and 350,000 cubic yards of earth was moved! Seven miles of rail track was laid and 200,000 tons of gravel and cement were brought in and cast to become the race track. ... 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
"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 FerrariREAD MORE
The Story of the Grand Prix
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
In 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
In 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!"
In 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.
At 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
The Finnish Line
F1 vs NASCAR: Which is the superior motorsport?
Motorsports have become an integral part of sports worldwide, with fans turning up in huge numbers regularly to get a glimpse of their favourite drivers flying past at crazy speeds, while massive numbers of viewers tune in to watch on TV.
MotoGP is leading the way when it comes to two wheels, with the likes of legendary Italian Valentino Rossi and current dominant champion Marc Marquez being two of the best in recent times to grace the track on motorbikes.
But when it comes to cars there are a lot more players. Formula 1 is arguably the top motorsport, while fans of NASCAR would argue otherwise, with IndyCar and rally driving being considered other less popular sports.
So, when it comes to F1 and NASCAR, which is the better and more prominent motorsport?
F1 has become more popular across a wider audience due to its global appeal, as races take place all over the world. Meanwhile, NASCAR is based mainly in America and is not as frequently viewed in Europe, so this may have an effect on the overall star power for those names involved in each motorsport. READ MORE
Here Is How Alex Albon’s Move To Red Bull’s F1 Senior Team Happened
Alex Albon has been promoted to Red Bull to replace Pierre Gasly, and his move has happened due to a number of interesting circumstances that involve his development as a driver. READ MORE
Can Mercedes Etch Their Place in Formula One History?
Mercedes secured their sixth Constructors’ Championship on the bounce courtesy of Valtteri Bottas’ triumph at the Japanese Grand Prix, flexing their dominance over their rivals once again in the 2019 season.
The combination of Lewis Hamilton and Bottas has thrived once again in the campaign, and although the Brit has a healthy lead over his team-mate, the battle for the Drivers’ Championship looks to be a competitive one heading down the final stretch of the term. READ MORE
What will the future of Formula 1 look like?
Since its inception back in the 1950s, Formula 1 has been the pinnacle of motorsports. The thrill and excitement of watching high octane powered cars that can reach top speeds of 230 mph in less than five seconds, has made it a very popular sport across the globe. For the longest time, Formula 1 has been the king of the racing and engineering world, but lately the sport has been declining in viewership and ratings, as many fans have said that races have become boring and mundane to watch. READ MORE
"It's with great pleasure that today we publish the draft 2020 calendar," F1 CEO Chase Carey said. "It's the year in which the series that is the pinnacle of motorsport celebrates its 70th anniversary with, for the first time, a 22 race calendar."
"It is significant for our sport and confirms our long-term strategy. READ MORE
Formula 1 currently finds itself in a two-tier championship with Mercedes, Ferrari, and Red Bull ahead of the field and the only teams with a realistic chance of winning on any given Sunday. Clearly from a driver’s standpoint that leaves 6 seats to be coveted above all others. Who will, occupy those six seats is important if you are looking to bet on Formula 1 and were that the case, then this bookmaker can be highly recommended and is definitely worth a visit. READ MORE
Can Leclerc Revitalise Scuderia Ferrari In 2019?
Ferrari will enter 2019 knowing it has been 12 seasons since they have won a F1 Drivers’ Championship and 11 since they landed a Constructors’ title. It is now the second longest drought in the team’s history; not nearly as bad as two-decade barren run of the 1980s and 90s, when McLaren and Williams dominated the sport, but nevertheless an unwanted streak for F1’s most iconic team. READ MORE
Formula One is arguably the most popular racing Motorsport competition in the world. However, there is a new kid on the block, which is about to take over. Formula E might only be four years old, but the race is quite exhilarating. And you could even bet on the matches like with Bethard, did you know?
If you are interested in the future of electric car racing then here is all you need to know about formula E. READ MORE
What you need to know about placing a horseracing bet
When it comes to placing a horseracing bet online, it can often appear to be a surprisingly convoluted process, at times shrouded in a degree of mystery. Newcomers in particular find that the online process is often quite confusing. Especially when you compare it to visiting a bookies and filing in a bet slip which is simple. However, there is no reason to worry, as once you know how it is actually straightforward. All you need to do is have a look at look at a form card and follow these quick tips. READ MORE
Rumors about the introduction of the Vietnam Grand Prix were spread throughout 2018. F1 went ahead to confirm the news, and the race circuit is set to make its debut on the F1 calendar on April 2020. Here is all the information about the new F1 Grand Prix.
There is simply no denying that sports betting has grown in popularity. This is especially true when it comes to mainstream sports like basketball and football. This is great as it is always good to see the gambling community grow. The two major downsides to the growing popularity are that it not only causes the betting prices to tighten, but it causes the overall value of the earnings to drop as well. Betting on more obscure markets like the Grand Prix could prove to more lucrative, but how does one go about getting into this side of sports betting? READ MORE
After thirty-five years out of the game, the Dutch Grand Prix is set to return in 2020. The Circuit Zandvoort was last held in 1985. The forty-minute drive from Amsterdam will be part of the World Championship, and it will run for at least three years. The F1 is looking to take advantage of the popularity of Max Verstappen in the circuit. If you have a coral promo code, you could ecven bet on these matches easily. And if you make the right prediction, you are going to win big! READ MORE
Forgotten Locales: Time for Portugal’s Reinstatement?
Barring any unforeseeable miracles, 2020 will see the Portuguese Grand Prix exceed its first 23-year period of absence (1960-1983) from the F1 calendar. Yet, with Grade 1 FIA-licensed status and a noted similarity in climate to its more celebrated counterpart in Catalunya, there is an ever-present opportunity for giving the event another run. READ MORE
The Most Notable Drivers in the History of F1
Compiling a list of this kind may always be subject to debate. How do you compare drivers and cars that belonged to different eras? Having said that, the five drivers considered in this article are believed to make up the top five list of most, if not all, Formula One aficionados. The drivers listed here are presented in alphabetical order based on their respective first names. READ MORE
The Curious History of Formula 1 Engines
In the sport of Formula 1, engines transcend everything. The drivers, engineers, team managers, tyre strategies, car design - all of these are important parts of the equation. But nothing has been more impactful than the engine.
This has been true for over seven decades, with raw power being a decider in many championship wins and splitting many races into two separate tiers of competing teams (for example Red Bull’s domination in the early 2010s, followed by Mercedes from then on). READ MORE
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