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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 November 19th


Interesting and notable events from the history of motor sport.

1922

Andre Boillot won the Coppa Florio

Andre Boillot won the Coppa Florio driving a 1914 Grand Prix Peugeot powered by a 3.8-liter sleeve-valve engine. His average speed was 37.5 mph/60.4 kph.

1933

Henrique Lehrfeld won the 1st Hill Climb of Cabo Da Roca with a Bugatti T35B.

1937

George Eyston set a new one mile Land Speed Record of 311.42 mph

Captain George Edward Thomas Eyston of England, set a One-Mile Land Speed Record of 311.42 mph /501.18 kph in the Thunderbolt 1 on the Bonneville Salt Flats.

1949

Hugo Hollis won Saddle Road Hill Climb with an MG/TC.

1965

British Government imposes an experimental 70 mph speed limit on motorways.

1981

Nimrod Racing Automobiles is officially launched at Goodwood.

Nimrod Racing Automobiles is officially launched at Goodwood, England, with James Hunt and Stirling Moss performing demonstration runs in their Aston Martin powered cars.

1987

A 1931 Bugatti Royale car is sold at auction for £5.5million.

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