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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Passed On Nov 17th

Events on November 17th

Interesting and notable events from the history of motor sport.


The first Le Tour De Cours Rally.

The start of the first Le Tour De Cours Rally. It was won by Ms. Gilberte Thiron and Mrs. Nadege Ferrier in a Renault Dauphin.


Carroll Shelby drove a Maserati to victory in the featured Sports Car race on the Riverside International Raceway.

Riverside, California, USA. Carroll Shelby drove the John Edgar Maserati to victory in the featured 25 lap Sports Car race on the 3.7 mile Riverside International Raceway. Masten Gregory jumped into the lead on the green, followed by Walt Hansgen, Shelby and Dan Gurney. Hansgen moved his D Jaguar past Gregory for the lead at the end of the long backstraight on lap 2 with Shelby moving by for 2nd a lap later. Shelby passed Hansgen for the lead on lap 4, only to go off course a lap later, falling to 6th. Hansgen was back in the lead and Shelby was 22 seconds back, setting the stage for a great drive. Gurney got by Hansgen to take the lead on the 15th lap, the same lap Shelby moved past Gregory to regain 3rd. 2 laps later and Shelby was back out front, going on to take the checkered flag 5 seconds ahead of Gurney, making his first "big bore" Sports Car start in Frank Arciero's Ferrari. Gregory finished 3rd, 2 seconds behind Gurney, in Temple Buell's Maserati and Hansgen was 4th. Shelby averaged 87.8 mph on the chilly, windy day.


Fireball Roberts won the inaugural NASCAR race at Augusta International Raceway

He was driving a Ford. 77,000 people were expected, but only 14,000 attended.


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