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 March 14th

Interesting and notable events from the history of motor sport.


The great "romantic" age of South American road racing begins with the start of the first Gran Premio Internacional. The running of this 2733.6 mile (4409 km) event from Buenos Aires to Santiago de Chili was a rally which was won by Arturo Kruuse of Patagonia, Argentina, in a Plymouth.


Peter Gethin in his Chevron-Chevrolet F5000, won in the Race of Champions event at Brands Hatch, England. This was the first, and only time, a F5000 car won over the F1 mounts in a heads-up competition.


James Hunt won his second in a row at the non-championship Race of Champions at Brands Hatch with his McLaren M23.

He also set fastest lap on the way to victory. Alan Jones was second in his Surtees and Jacky Ickx finished third in one of Lord Hesketh's cars. This was also the race debut of the Ferrari 312T2. The cars unfortunately DNF'd. Lauda was out with a brake problem 17 laps in, and Martini crashed his in the warm-up.


South African Grand Prix at Kyalami won by Alain Prost.

Alain Prost set the fastest lap on his way to winning the event with a time of 1:38:45. He beat Ayrton Senna by 1:19 after they started 1 - 2 respectively on the grid. Mark Blundell in his Ligier finished third, one lap down, from his 8th spot on the grid and Michael Schumacher was third on the grid, but had an accident that put him out on lap 39.


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