KEEPING THE SPIRIT ALIVE SINCE 1999

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Our Friday Chap for this week is Robert Benoist. A proper Chap and a genuine hero.

23-Jul-20 /historicracing and Chris Bowen/tags

Oh I say…Well held Sah! When the bonnet flew off of French ace Robert Benoist’s Bugatti during the 1935 French Grand Prix, he managed to catch it as it flew past his head. And hold it with one hand while he drove back to the pits with the other, to have it re-fitted!

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Today's Friday chap is Ernest Arthur Douglas Eldridge

19-Jun-20 /historicracing.com/tags
Ernest Eldridge (on the right with the glasses) was a gambler, a pilot, a racing driver of mostly fearsome aero engined cars, a Land Speed record holder and also a bigamist! He is seen here shaking hands with his record breaking rival, John Parry-Thomas
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Horace Gould - the Gonzalez of the West Country.

05-Jun-20 /Chris Bowen/tags

Born Horace Harry Twigg in Southmead, Bristol, England, Horace was a larger than life Bristol Motor Trader whose build and driving style led to him being dubbed 'the Gonzalez of the West Country'. He actually changed his name to Gould after acquiring Gould's Garage in Bristol and getting fed up with people asking him if he was Mr. Gould.

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Felice 'II Pirata' Bonetto, a fearless competitor with more courage than was healthy for him.

26-May-20 /Chris Bowen/tags

Ladies and gentleman (Drum roll, please), just in case you missed it the first time around, for your unbridled pleasure we bring you our old favourite; the one, the only, the very dead; Felice “The Pirate” Bonetto !

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Trevor Taylor - widely recognised as the man behind the yellow stripe down the middle of Team Lotus racing cars.

22-May-20 /historicracing.com/tags
At Zandvoort in 1962. Photo Horst Baumann

Trevor Taylor was born in Sheffield in 1936. His father Raymond had been in the building trade before WWII and had become good friends with Stan Watson, a well known turner in the North of England.

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Carlos Menditéguy - Playboy, gambler, natually gifted sportsman, 10 goal Polo player and occasional F1 driver.

08-May-20 /historicracing.com/tags

Born in Buenos Aires to a wealthy family, Carlos Alberto Menditéguy was a naturally gifted sportsman. And it wasn't that he was just good at one or two sports, he excelled at everything he turned his hand to. Take golf for instance. He had a bet with a friend that he could take up golf and become a scratch player within a year. He did it within nine months! He was a top soccer player while at college and excelled at tennis, billiards, fencing, racquetball, squash, shooting and boxing.

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So, a Volkswagen Beetle outbraking and overtaking a Lola T70!

30-Apr-20 /Chris Bowen/tags
Not, you are thinking, within the usual process boundaries that provide us with our properly ordered universe.

But the information that the driver is Emerson Fittipaldi should arouse one’s suspicions that this may not be, just yer average Beetle.
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Piers Courage on final approach in a Frank Williams entered De Tomaso Formula 2 car at the Nurburgring in 1969.

22-Apr-20 /Chris Bowen/tags

It says something of his popularity and charisma that, despite not being in the absolute top-flight of drivers, Piers Courage seems to have been better, and much more fondly, remembered than so many of his contemporaries. An Old-Etonian and an heir to the Courage brewery fortune, Piers was not only familiar to the public as a Grand Prix driver.

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Today's Friday Chap is one Archie Butterworth.

17-Apr-20 /Chris Bowen/tags

Archie was something of an eccentric 'mad inventor'. An instinctive and intuitive engineer who’d found himself employment at the Royal Enfield weapons factory at the end of WW2. In his spare time Archie had designed a Grand Prix car, as you do. Completely! Engine, gearbox, chassis, the lot. Read on!

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Our Friday Chap for this week is Robert Benoist. A proper Chap. And a genuine hero.

09-Apr-20 /Chris Bowen/tags
Oh I say…Well held Sah! When the bonnet flew off of French ace Robert Benoist’s Bugatti during the 1935 French Grand Prix, he managed to catch it as it flew past his head. And hold it with one hand while he drove back to the pits with the other, to have it re-fitted!
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