These are the 1955 F1 DB-Panhards at Pau in 1955, possibly the most useless cars ever to start a 1st class Formula 1 event!

by / 2018-12-14 09:50:45.0
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These are the 1955 F1 DB-Panhards at Pau in 1955. Possibly among the most useless cars ever to start a 1st class Formula 1 event! Charles Deutsch and Rene Bonnet founded their imaginatively named DB marque in the late thirties, and rapidly built up a reputation for building lightweight, small-engined sport racers. Usually with close attention paid to the aerodynamics. Citroen were the providers of the motive power for the early models, but from the late forties the brand became synonymous with Panhard’s lightweight flat-twin unit (initially containing only 600cc), and it’s accompanying Front-Wheel Drive transmission system.

Giancarlo Baghetti, arguably the first and only person to win his very first F1 World Championship Grand Prix

by / 2017-05-26 10:04:56.0
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As we said he is arguably regarded as the only driver to win his first World Championship Grand Prix, though technically he is joined by two others; Nino Farina who won the very first round of the very first World Championship in 1950 (whoever won that race would have won his first ever World Championship Grand Prix) and Johnnie Parsons who won the Indy 500 that same year at a time when it was included as a round of the World Championship.

Maurice Trintignant driving his Scuderia Centro-Sud Cooper-Climax to work in 1960

by / 2017-04-10 13:59:22.0
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Work in this case being the United States GP at Riverside. Trintignant is easily recognised by his trademark bobble-hat. Which proves that Frenchmen are just as capable of dressing badly, as everyone else.

So come on now…What do you think was the worst Formula 1 car ever built?

by / 2017-04-07 12:42:51.0
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Was it the 750cc, supercharged DB-Panhard from 1955? The only front-wheel-drive Formula One car ever to have actually raced or the gloriously incompetent, W/12 engined, Life that kept us all amused and bemused throughout the 1990 season.

One might consider the long forgotten Shannon-Emery which ground it’s exhausts along the track all around it’s only lap of it’s only Grand Prix, in the hands of former Team Lotus driver, Trevor Taylor, at Brands Hatch back in 1966.

Or maybe the Maki F102 of 1976? The only car ever to have been disqualified from a Grand Prix because the other teams thought it was so dangerously built they didn't want to share the track with it!

We could, of course, very easily go on however.....

In 1952 Ferrari went to Indianapolis and...........they were rubbish!

by / 2017-04-07 12:17:14.0
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This adventure began in 1951, when the Grant Piston Ring company enquired of the possibility of acquiring a couple of second-hand Grand Prix cars for use in the following year’s Indy 500.

Karl Kling and Hans Klenk at the 1952 Carrera Panamericana

by / 2017-04-07 11:56:15.0
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Here we have Karl Kling (right) and Hans Klenk in their Mercedes-Benz 300SL on the 1952 Carrera Panamericana.

Of all the mad races that ever were, the Carrera Panamericana ranked amongst the maddest. A nine-stage, five day road race, inaugurated in 1950 to commemorate the opening of the Mexican section of the Pan-American Highway. It ran almost the entire length of Mexico, combining sections of mountain switchback with enormously fast lengths of flat straight road. All with the added colour of precipitous ravines and goat-infested villages.