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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

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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 March 15th


Interesting and notable events from the history of motor sport.

1930

Cliff Woodbury drives a front-drive Miller 91 to a 180.90 mph record over a measured mile at Daytona Beach, Florida.

1952

Sebring 12 hour race won by Harry Gray and Larry Kulok in a Frazer Nash. They averaged 62.83 mph.

1958

Bruce McLaren leaves New Zealand for England, where he will drive for John Cooper. His good friend and mechanic Colin Beanland accompanies him.

1981

Ayrton Senna wins his first Formula Ford race, at Brands Hatch, England.

1981

Long Beach Grand Prix won by Alan Jones in a Williams

Alan Jones started second on the grid and set fastest lap of the race. Carlos Reutemann in the other Williams finished 9.1 seconds behind. Nelson Piquet in his Brabham came in third. Riccardo Patrese sat on pole with his Arrows but was out with a fuel filter problem, 33 laps in.

1997

IMSA president Andy Evans manipulates the rules during the 12 Hours of Sebring, helping himself, Fermin Velez, Yannick Dalmas, and Stefan Johansson to win the race in a Ferrari 333SP. His actions will spawn the creation of both the ALMS and USRRC sportcar series.

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