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 November 15th

Interesting and notable events from the history of motor sport.


The design drawings were finished for the Moto Guzzi V8 500cc motorcycle Grand Prix engine.


Craig Breedlove set a new land speed record.

Craig Breedlove, driving his jet-powered Spirit of America, raced to 600.601 mph over the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, and set a new land speed record.


Australian GP, Adelaide. Won by Gerhard Berger in a Ferrari.

Australian GP. Adelaide hosted the last GP once again. Nigel Mansell was a nonstarter ,having been hurt in Japaneses GP. Gerhard Berger got pole in the Ferrari from Prost (McLaren-TAG) and Piquet (Williams Honda). From the flag fall it was Berger race he dominated it followed by Piquet & Senna. Brakes were a big problem around the streets.Lap 58 Piquet lost his and soon it was Prost turn to get a long peddle and become one of the 16 cars that retired due tot the very hot conditions. In the end it was Berger 1st, Senna (Lotus) 2nd & M.Alboreto - 3rd . However in parc ferme the Scrutineers disqualified the Lotus for being 5mm to big in the brake ducts and it became a 1-2 for Ferrari, M.Alboreto moved up to 2nd and T.Bousten in the Benneton-Ford 3rd. WDC table ended Nelson Piquet getting his 3 title with 73 points from Mansell 61 & Senna 57.


Nick Favre and Jeremy Agace in a Bizzarini won the GT class in the 24-hour historic race at Paul Ricard.

Nick Favre and Jeremy Agace drove a Bizzarini to victory in the GT class in the 24-hour historic race at Paul Ricard circuit in France. They finished nearly 10 laps ahead of the second place Porsche.


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