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The car designed by Jano was quite ambitious in design and in many ways more advanced than the W196 of Mercedes. The four-camshaft V8 was used as a stressed member in conjunction with a tubular space-frame chassis. The engine was offset with the propeller shaft running to the left of the driver.

The most visually striking aspect of the car were the twin pannier-type fuel tanks located on faired outriggers between the wheels. Jano's objective was two fold, improved airflow between the wheels and a constant weight distribution as the fuel was consumed during the race. READ MORE

 
 
 
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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

 


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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

Targa FlorioWhen 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.

Mille Miglia 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.

Carlo DemandHis 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. Bolle TrycicleThe 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

Mercedes Benz Targa Florio #32 Christian LautenschlagerIn 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.

Targa FlorioThe 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 Arrows - 1937 Donington GPIn 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 Starting Grid

The History of Sim Racing from the Start

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Nobody ever had imagined the possibility of a pandemic halting all car races. Racetracks around the world are deserted, the stadiums are empty, and the cars are longing for their drivers. For the amateurs and the professionals, this life sentence is an unbearable one. Car racing requires practice and tournaments for the racers to stay active. But with a lockdown, all their skills are bound to rot, right? READ MORE

Lewis Hamilton and the Problems with Media Portrayal

Lewis Hamilton

If you dive into the life of Lewis Hamilton beyond the racing circuit, he seems to be a decent person by all accounts. There are plenty of instances of charity work from the six-time World Champion, including his roles with UNICEF and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.

He’s not the kind of celebrity that we see falling out of nightclubs, nor is he the type to fall afoul of the law. While he is intensely driven to succeed in motor racing, it’s also very clear that he respects his sport. READ MORE


The day that Ferrari broke the Speed Record ... on Water

Arno XIOn October 15, 1953, Achille Castoldi sat in his boat on the water of Lake Iseo nestled between its more famous siblings Lake Como and Lake Garda. Surrounded by dense woodlands and soaring peaks, the lake remains the least known of Italy's Lombard Lakes, but Achille was not there to enjoy his surroundings. He was there to travel faster in an 800kg boat than anyone had before him. For this, he had the help of Enzo Ferrari. READ MORE

On the water with Mercedes Benz

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Extreme Sailing with Red Bull

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Extreme sports are activities perceived as involving a high degree of risk. These activities often involve speed, height, a high level of physical exertion using highly specialized gear. READ MORE


Is Lewis Hamilton the best Formula 1 Driver Ever?

Lewis Hamilton

If you’re a fan of Formula One racing, you know Lewis Hamilton. Even if you’re not a fan, you probably know him. If you’ve shown any loose interests in sports in general, chances are you’ve heard or read his name, somewhere, at some point. He has been that dominant, lording over the Formula One field for more than a decade. READ MORE

Is Hamilton's Domination Common in other Sports?

Lewis Hamilton cruised to another Drivers’ Championship in the 2019 season, securing the crown for the third season on the bounce. Hamilton has now pulled within one title of Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of seven. READ MORE

Ways to Approach Choosing the Winning Team

If you're an avid sports lover, there are plenty of people who might tell you it's a waste of time. After all, many people that a love for sports can't produce any results. However, if you'd like to throw money into the equation, a love for sports can actually be quite lucrative. The key is to make an educated decision when you're choosing a team to bet on. READ MORE


The Changes Ahead - New Rules for F1 in 2021


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After a period of stability that has seen complaints about a lack of overtaking and on-track actions, as well as complete dominance of the Mercedes team, Formula 1 will be introducing major rule changes in 2021. READ MORE

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With a good credit score, you can save some money and make your life easier. If you are searching for ways to maintain your credit score, here are some benefits of having a good credit score:

Low Interest on Loans and Credit Cards

The interest rate refers to the costs that you have to pay when you borrow money. Oftentimes, the interest rate that you get is connected to your credit score. If you have a good credit score, you will qualify for the best interest rates. READ MORE

The Curious History of Formula 1 Engines


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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. READ MORE

A short history of the Grand Prix of Monaco


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All Grand Prix fans are still asking themselves the question today: how can a car race take place on a circuit laid out in the middle of a city, as is the case in Monaco? READ MORE


How Lewis Hamilton Will Put Himself in the History Books

Lewis Hamilton
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There is little doubt that Lewis Hamilton is the greatest driver to come out of the UK but he is still a shade behind the true great in Michael Schumacher in terms of how the history books will remember him. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

Here Is How Alex Albon’s Move To Red Bull’s F1 Senior Team Happened

Alex Albon
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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. 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. READ MORE

2020 Formula 1 Calendar Revealed


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"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." READ MORE

Who will partner Max Verstappen in 2020


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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. 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. READ MORE


Formula E: What Should You Expect?

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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? READ MORE

2020 Vietnam Grand Prix

Ha Long Bay

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. READ MORE

Max Verstappen and the 2020 Dutch Grand Prix

Start of 1985 Dutch Grand Prix
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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. 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. 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.

The type of facilities also varies with commercial raceways still hanging on in the US, clubs dominating in the UK, and tracks built in schools and other quasi-government buildings being a unique feature of the ex-Soviet Union countries. 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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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

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