Fred Luther and one of the world's first (if not the first) automobile powered motorcycles

21-Jun-23 historicracing.com

Fred Luther was a pioneering motorcycle rider who had been competing since 1915. By 1934 his life must have become somewhat mundane as he came up with the idea of building a motorcycle to break the Land Speed Record....continue reading


Grover Bergdoll

08-Jul-23 historicracing.com

Grover Cleveland Bergdoll was a wealthy early aviator, racing driver and notorious World War I draft dodger who fled to Germany to avoid service....continue reading

The Donington Grand Prix in 1937

21-Apr-23 historicracing.com

The Donington Grand Prix in 1937. The first chance the British public had to see the Mercedes and Auto Union cars racing and, what a spectacle it proved to be! Though the reputation of the machines preceded them, no-one was prepared for that first lap. ...continue reading

Valdir Fauirin twin engined special

19-Apr-23 historicracing.com

Now then! The history of motoring has seen any number of twin-engined adventures, usually to nobody’s worthwhile benefit. But this wonderful little, Brazilian, home-build race car from 1971, was a bit special. Even for that sphere of novelty....continue reading

Behold the GAZ-TP

17-Apr-23 historicracing.com

Built in 1954, under official approval from the Supreme Presidium of the Soviet Socialist Republic, it’s claimed to have been the world’s first car ever jet-driven land vehicle, loaded, as it was, with the motivational extracts of a MIG-17....continue reading








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Events on February 10th

Interesting and notable events from the history of motor sport.


Daytona Beach NASCAR Grand National Race on the beach and road course, won by Marshall Teague in a Hudson Hornet.

Daytona native Marshall Teague won the NASCAR Grand national race on the 4.1 mile beach and road course for the 2nd straight year. The scheduled 160 mile race ended 2 laps early due to an incoming tide. Teague led from lap 2, crossing the line 1 minute, 21 seconds ahead of Herb Thomas. Both were in identical Hudson Hornets owned and prepared by Teague. Teague wasn't allowed to compete until he payed a $574.50 fine for driving in a non-NASCAR race in November 1951. The event also saw Joie Ray become the first black/Afro-American driver to compete in a GN race.


New Smyrna Beach Speed Week feature race won by Paul Goldsmith in a factory entered race-prepared Corvette

At the New Smyrna Beach municipal airport in Florida, the Speed Week feature car race is held, for professionals and amateurs. Chevrolet enters a 1957 race-prepared Corvette, driven by Paul Goldsmith, who finishes fourth. Bill Mitchell's Corvette SR-2 is the race's pace car.


Marshall Teague sets a then unofficial closed course speed record of 171.821 mph. He died the next day in a qualifying run.


2nd American Challenge Cup at Daytona Beach, Florida, won by Fireball Roberts


Daytona Beach, Florida. The 10 lap NASCAR Race of Champions won by Fred Lorenzen in a Ford at an average speed of 163.29 mph.


Basil van Rooyen

19/4/1939 - 14/9/2023

Ken McAlpine

21/9/1920 - 8/4/2023

Craig Breedlove

23/3/1937 - 4/4/2023

Slim Borgudd

25/11/1946 - 23/2/2023

Jean-Pierre Jabouille

1/10/1942 - 2/2/2023

Ken Block

21/11/1967 - 2/1/2023