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 June 17th

Interesting and notable events from the history of motor sport.


Belgium Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps won by Nino Farina with Alberto Ascari second and Luigi Villoresi third. Juan Manuel Fangio was leading until delayed for four laps by a stuck wheel during a pit stop.


The Belgian Grand Prix was won by Jim Cark in a Lotus-Climax. Graham Hill's BRM was second with Phil Hill third in a Ferrari.

There was an early dice between Trevor Taylor and Willy Mairesse which lasted until the 9th lap when Clark took the lead. Taylor finally pulled clear of Mairesse only to spin at La Source and allow Mairesse to catch up. On lap 26 the cars touched at Blanchimont with Taylor's Lotus crashing into a telegraph pole and Mairesse's Ferrari overturning in flames.

Mairesse suffered serious injuries while Taylor got away with just cuts and bruises. Clark went on to win 43 seconds ahead of Graham Hill. Phil Hill was third edging out his Ferrari teammate Ricardo Rodriguez by a wheel to take 3rd.


Swedish Grand Prix, Anderstorp won by Niki Lauda in a Brabham-Alfa with Riccardo Patrese second and Ronnie Peterson third. Mario Andretti was on pole with another Brabham-Alfa fan car. It was the only win for this car nicknamed the 'Aspirator' or 'Gravel Gun'.


Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was won by Nelson Piquet followed by Niki Lauda in a McLaren/TAG. Alain Prost was 3rd position.


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