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 January 22nd

Interesting and notable events from the history of motor sport.


Argentine Grand Prix, Buenos Aires. Won by Juan Manuel Fangio in a Ferrari.

Taking over Luigi Musso's car on lap 25, Juan Manuel Fangio went on to win the season opening Argentine Grand Prix. Many changes had occurred to the team line-ups over the Winter. With Mercedes leaving racing, Stirling Moss and Fangio had both signed on to new teams, Moss with Maserati and Fangio with Ferrari, where he was joined by new signees Peter Collins and Musso. Mike Hawthorn had left Ferrari for B.R.M., where he was joined by Tony Brooks. For the opener, Hawthorn was in the B.R.M. owned Maserati. Before the start, a car being pushed to the line ran over Moss' foot. Moss refused medical help and jumped into his car. On the start, Musso took the lead before quickly being passed by Froilan Gonzalez. Gonzalez led for 3 laps before Carlos Menditeguy moved out front. By lap 10, Menditeguy was pulling clear and Moss was in 2nd ahead of Eugenio Castellotti as Gonzalez fell to 4th. Fangio had fuel pump problems which a pit stop didn't correct and was out of contention, retiring on lap 23. 2 laps later, Gonzalez retired his Maserati with a broken valve and Musso was called in for Fangio to take over. While the driver change took place, Jean Behra went by to take 4th. Fangio quickly passed Jean Behra to re-gain the spot, only to spin back to 5th. After Castellotti retired his Lancia-Ferrari on lap 41 with gearbox trouble, the Maseratis looked unchallenged only to have Moss' car begin smoking and Menditeguy run out of track after breaking a halfshaft on lap 43. Fangio repassed Behra and began closing on Moss, whose car was misfiring and sounding worse by the lap. On the 61st lap, Fangio took the lead to the delight of the crowd. Behra too moved by his teammate, who finally retired on lap 82. Behra tried to close on Fangio, but after a spin, seemed to settle on 2nd. At the finish, Fangio's Lancia-Ferrari was 24.4 seconds ahead of Behra with Hawthorn 2 laps back in 3rd. As happened two years earlier, Nello Ugolini, now team manager for Maserati, filed a protest. This time that Fangio had received a push start after his spin. And, also in a repeat of two years earlier, the protest was rejected and taken to the FIA where it was also rejected.


Tasman Cup, Lady Wigram Trophy, Wigram, New Zealand. Won by Jackie Stewart in a BRM P261.


Round 3 Tasman Cup, Lady Wigram Trophy, Wigram, New Zealand. Won by Graham McRae in a Leda GM1-Chevrolet.


Porsche 959s finish first (Metge/Lemoyne) and second (Ickx/Brasseur) in the Paris-Dakar Rally.


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