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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

 

 

With Abu Dhabi Out Of The Way, Attention Turns To The 2018 Season

Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate, emerged victorious in the final race of the 2017 Formula One season – winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in convincing fashion after an impressive weekend. Hamilton, now a four-time world champion after claiming the title earlier this season, was forced to settle for second ahead of long term rival Sebastian Vettel. But now, the primary focus will be on the 2018 campaign.

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Vettel did his utmost in 2017 but it just wasn’t enough – bookies favourite Hamilton’s efforts in the second half of the season were too great. Ferrari will now go back to the drawing board as they look to regain their place at the top of the Formula One ladder. It is now a decade since Ferrari’s previous triumph and nine years since the Italian outfit last won the Constructors’ title – a clear power shift in motorsport has been obvious.

Is Hamilton destined to surpass the great Michael Schumacher at the summit of the Formula One rankings? With four titles, he is well on the way to matching the Ferrari legend’s seven world championship triumphs. Hamilton now stands tall as the greatest British driver of all-time and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the Mercedes man dominate in 2018. Based on current form, both driver and team are well ahead of the rest of the field. READ MORE

 

Lewis Hamilton Championship five in 2018?

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Lewis Hamilton 2016 Malaysia 2 On face value Lewis Hamilton is a four-time World Champion. The most successful British Formula 1 racer of all time and well on course to break Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 race wins.

But while a picture paints a thousand words, people do forget that Lewis Hamilton could so easily have landed five World Driver’s titles at this point in time.

Back in 2007, Hamilton’s debut season which consisted of just 17 races, the young Brit failed to become World Champion by a single point. In a calamitous season finale in Brazil, the McLaren driver finished seventh but a Kimi Raikkonen victory saw the Finn take the title by that single point. Amazingly Hamilton’s teammate, Fernando Alonso, shared runner-up spot.

And just five points robbed Hamilton of another F1 title in 2016. Victorious in ten of the seasons 21 races with two retirements as opposed to Nico Rosberg’s one was the death-knell to his fourth title. The key ‘DNF’ (Did Not Finish) came in Malaysia when Stevenage’s favourite son was leading the race but succumbed to engine failure.

So what are the chances of bad luck striking down the 32-year-old in the 2018 Formula One season? And what is the likelihood of Red Bull, Ferrari or even McLaren (with their new engine provider upping their game) providing us with a driver capable of spoiling Lewis Hamilton’s relentless march towards Michael Schumacher’s record of seven titles? READ MORE


Hamilton Battle with Vettel Promises to Go Down to the Wire

The 2017 Formula One season took another twist as Lewis Hamilton closed the gap once again to Sebastian Vettel at the top of the standings.

The Brit had slipped off the pace after finishing fourth in the Hungarian Grand Prix as Vettel claimed his fourth victory of the campaign. However, Hamilton responded with a fine performance in the Belgian Grand Prix to reduce the deficit to seven points, with eight races left in the season.

The race for the Drivers’ Championship promises to go down to the wire, reminiscent of the battle for the crown last season when Nico Rosberg edged out the Brit. The 32-year-old will be determined to avoid the same fate and is backed in the latest F1 odds at 1/2 to secure the title, although a lot of work is ahead of him to beat out Vettel. 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

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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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Could Max Verstappen challenge Hamilton for F1 Championship in 2018?


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It’s been an impressive season for Max Verstappen in 2017. He finished the championship in sixth place, which really isn’t bad considering the young driver was only in his third season in F1. Not only that, but Verstappen put in solid and noteworthy performances, vastly improving on last year and showing that he can compete with the biggest names.

Where exactly Verstappen stands in the hierarchy is a matter of debate. In the official rankings, he is closely tailing teammate Daniel Ricciardo and even further behind current champion Lewis Hamilton and second place Sebastian Vettel. Yet the curve of his performance and the outcome of his races are on a sharp rise. READ MORE

 

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


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

 

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


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