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


Olivier Gendebien

09-Feb-24 historicracing.com

After serving with the British army in WWII he took up Rallying. He was hired by Enzo Ferrari to race his sports cars which he did very well. He won Le Mans four times, Sebring three times and the Targa Florio three times. He also raced in 15 Grand Prix.

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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 January 13rd

Interesting and notable events from the history of motor sport.


Argentine Grand Prix, Buenos Aires. Won by Juan Manuel Fangio in a Maserati

Buenos Aires, Argentina...Juan Manuel Fangio won the Argentine GP in a Maserati. Including a co-drive to victory in 1956, it was the fourth straight win for Fangio in his home GP. Fangio averaged 80 mph for the 3 hour/100 lap race over the 2.42 mile Buenos Aires Autodrome circuit. Fangio took the checkered flag 18.3 seconds ahead of Jean Behra, also in a Maserati. Joakim Bonnier and Wolfgang von Trips made their GP debuts.


Argentine Grand Prix, Buenos Aires.Won by Denis Hulme in a McLaren

Buenos Aires, Argentina...Denis Hulme won the Argentine Grand Prix in his McLaren. Niki Lauda of Austria finished second, 9.2 seconds back, in a Ferrari, with Lauda's teammate Clay Regazzoni coming home 3rd. The win was the 8th and final career F1 win for 1967 World Champion driver Hulme, who retired from F1 at the end of the 1974 season.


Argentine Grand Prix, Buenos Aires.Won by .Alan Jones in a Williams

Buenos Aires, Argentina...Alan Jones won the Argentine GP in a Williams. Jones was the pole winner and led 46 of the 53 laps, taking the checkered flag 24 seconds ahead of the Brabham of Nelson Piquet with Keke Rosberg coming home 3rd in a Fittipaldi. Alain Prost made his GP debut in a McLaren and finished 6th, earning a point in his first start.


Herbert Linge

11/6/1928 - 5/1/2024