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Chap of the Week - Ray Keech

Here we see Ray Keech going for the World Land Speed Record at Daytona in 1928 riding the titanic 81-litre White-Triplex Special!

So it’s sharp left, then floor-it. No, Hang on….WAIT!!!

Swiss roller Edgar Berney was generally seen as an accomplished and steady hand, with at least eight “I Drove The Le Mans 24-Hours” T-shirts hanging on his line. And, while we seriously doubt whether he ever cherished the 1966 version as a particular favourite, it was at least his best remembered!

Red Label

Australo-Kiwi based Tasman racing was begun back in 1964. And, since it allowed Formula 1 machinery with only light modification, the Grand Prix set, bored with the northern hemispherical winters, took the opportunity to go racing there throughout January and February, before their own school terms started in earnest.

A Day at the Palace!

Now then, you lot! Imagine it’s the 10th September 1971 and the very occasion of the Iberia Airlines Trophy gala for Formula 3 cars at Crystal Palace. Colin Vandervell (son of Vanwall creator Tony Vandervell) is leading his Brabham into the North Tower section on the first lap, but’s left room under breaking for future World Champion Jody Scheckter to slip his works-entered Merlyn down his right side on a very tight line. Australian Dave Walker meanwhile, the 1971 British F3 champion-elect, has made a late shout to fill the gap between them for the glory of Gold Leaf Team Lotus. Let’s play the Intro, then…

Until the arrival of the Alonso boy, this chap was the most successful Spanish Formula One driver.

Alfonso Antonio Vicente Eduardo Angel Blas Francisco de Borja Cabeza de Vaca y Leighton, Marquese de Portago (and if you don’t know what Cabeza de Vaca means, it’s well worth looking it up).

Count Louis Zborowski in Chitty-Bang-Bang

Our top chap this week is Count Louis Zborowski in Chitty-Bang-Bang (oh yes!) at Brooklands in 1921. It’s fashionable now for sons of racers to take up the old-man’s trade. But Louis Zborowski may well have been the first.

Filming Le Mans, the movie

The scaffolding afflicted Porsche 917 you see here was used in the filming of Le Mans in 1970. Similar contraptions were also strapped to the front, often with an intrepid cameraman as an integral part of the assembly.

Felice “The Pirate” Bonetto

Ever since we started this merry carnival of motorsporting the dedicated staff here at HR Central, have been tireless in their quest to procure an example of one, very specific, photograph for your personal delectation.

George Eyston

When George Eyston wound down his circuit racing activities in the early 1930s, to concentrate more fully on automotive record breaking, he was to become, very likely, the most prodigious breaker of said records that the world of individually contained, mechanised conveyances, has ever seen.

Risky Business!

We’re willing to bet that these chaps have not filled in a risk-assessment report in accordance with, and as recommended by, accepted EU guidelines. Their identities appear shrouded in secrecy, although we believe that at least one of them may later have become a well known Formula 1 driver, and we also understand that the pair of them may be French. Which, frankly, should be all the explanation that you need.

Gilles Villeneuve in the Ferrari 312B3T5 in 1980

After winning the World Championship with Jody Scheckter and their T4 model in 1979, Ferrari found themselves badly wrong-footed by the advances in ground-effect technology, when they introduced the T5 version for 1980. It would be Ferrari’s worst World Championship season ever. Even their 2020 efforts were not as bad!

Archie Scott-Brown

Born in Paisley, England, May 13, 1927 William Archibald "Archie" Scott Brown was born without shinbones, his feet were clubbed and reversed and his right hand was missing. His mother had contracted German Measles during pregnancy and his physical problems stemmed from this. A number of painful operations enabled him to lead a normal life. though he never grew over 5'0" tall. Not the ideal start for a racing driver however read on...!

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