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 November 16th

Interesting and notable events from the history of motor sport.


A. C. Bostwick became the first American racer to exceed the speed of a mile a minute on the Ocean Parkway racetrack in Brooklyn, New York.


Dario Resta in a Peugeot won the last Vanderbilt Cup race.

Dario Resta, drove a Peugeot and won the last Vanderbilt Cup race, held in Santa Monica, California. In the same year, Resta also won the sixth Indianapolis 500 race.


Dario Resta won the last Vanderbilt Cup race, winning the event in Santa Monica on 11/16/19.

The race did make a brief return before WW2 at the Roosevelt Raceway on Long Island, being won by Nuvolari and Rosemeyer in '36 and '37 respectively. Incidentally the Cup, won by Nuvolari, was in the window of a watch makers shop in Geneva last year (2006).

More recently the Vanderbilt Cup has become the name of the trophy given to the Champ Car World Series champion.


Pete Hamilton drove his Chevrolet Camaro to victory in the 100 mile NASCAR Grand Touring

Hampton, Virginia, USA. Pete Hamilton drove his Chevrolet Camaro to victory in the 100 mile NASCAR Grand Touring race on the .4 mile Langley Field Speedway. Randy Hutchinson finished 2nd and T.C. Hunt 3rd, both also in Camaros. The win was the 12th of the season for the Massachussets driver.


Alan Jones drove a Williams FW07 to victory in the non-championship, Australian Grand Prix.


Wilson Fittipaldi

25/12/1943 - 23/2/2024

Herbert Linge

11/6/1928 - 5/1/2024