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 18th

Interesting and notable events from the history of motor sport.


Howdy Wilcox and John Aitken combine to win the last American Grand Prix race in a Peugeot.

Santa Monica, California. Aitken started in the car but was replaced by Wilcox who's original car lost a piston.


Dale Johnson, driving a Porsche Carrera Speedster, wins the Cal Club under-1.5 liter sportscar race at Paramount Sportsman's Ranch near Agoura, California, USA


On this day, just two weeks after the 1961 DeSoto was introduced to an uninterested market, Chrysler announced the termination of the DeSoto marque.


Capetown, South Africa. Jochen Mass and Gerry Birrell drove their 2 liter Chevron B25-Ford to victory in the 'Cape Three Hours'

On the Killarney circuit, round two of the Springbok Championship Sports Car series. The win stretched their lead in the point standings. After a chaotic start that saw some cars jump forward and then stop just as the flag waved, Jody Scheckter moved the March 735-BMW into the lead ahead of Birrell. Unfortunately, both were penalized a lap for jumping the start. Their penalties meant Peter Gethin and South African champ Dave Charlton, running 3rd and 4th on the track, were now 1st and 2nd. On lap 2, Charlton drove his Chevron B21 into the side of Gethin's Chevron B25, sending Gethin spinning off into the sand. A very angry Gethin got his 1.9 liter Ford powered car going again, but almost a 1/2 lap behind the leading cars. Gethin drove like mad to work back to 4th by the end of the first half hour before rolling to a stop out on the circuit with a dead ignition. Gethin pushed the car to the end of pit road where Chevron mechanics pushed it to the pits. Upon arriving at the pits, Gethin was promptly disqualified for being pushed. While this played out, Guy Edwards retired the only Lola in the race, followed shortly by Guy Tunmer's Chevron. Up front, Sheckter and Birrell were engaged in a tremendous duel, Scheckter hampered by braking problems on the March while Birrell consistently overreving his Hart engine in an effort to stay in touch. The battle lasted until just before halfway, when Scheckter rolled to the pits with a broken throttle cable. It took several laps to make repairs, but later clutch and gearbox problems dropped him further down the order. Mass got in at mid-race and held a narrow lead over Charlton, who turned his car over to John Hine. Mass was having troubles though, as a split gearbox casing was causing the oil to slowly drain away and resulting in difficulty with gear changes. Fortunately for Mass, Hine had his own problems, as a sticking throttle resulted in a lengthy stop to change throttle cables. This allowed Mass to relax, which was a good thing, as the Chevron eventually lost 2 gears. With Hine down the order, a good battle developed between Brian Robinson and Eddie Keizan/Peter Hanson, both in Chevron B21s. The latter having made up time from 2 stops with minor body damage after a couple of spins on oil. Hanson eased his pace late in the race thinking he was a lap ahead of Robinson, only to discover the officials had them on the same lap. Robinson wound up 2nd and the Keizan/Hanson car 3rd. Hine came home 4th and Scheckter 5th. Yoshimi Katayama and Toshinori Takechi drove their Mazda S102A to victory in the Sedan class, finishing 8th overall and moved into 2nd in the points.


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