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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 March 25th


Interesting and notable events from the history of motor sport.

1933

On this day in 1933, Fred Craner arranged the first ever motor race at Donington Park, England

1961

Sebring 12 Hour race won by Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien in a works Ferrari.

Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien won the Sebring 12 Hour World Sports Car Championship race in a works Ferrari. Masten Gregory led early in a rear-engined Camoradi Maserati before Pedro & Ricardo Rodriguez took over in a Ferrari. Stops put the Ferrari Dino of Wolfgang von Trips out front, but his steering broke to move the Rodriguez' brothers back into the lead. Defective rear lights cost the Rodriguez's badly after dark, giving the lead to Hill and Gendebien.

1966

Trans-Am race at Sebring won by Jochen Rindt in an Alfa Romeo GTA.

The first SCCA Trans-Am race was run at Sebring, Florida. Jochen Rindt was the overall and Under-2-Liter winner in an Alfa Romeo GTA. Second overall and first in the Over-2-Liter class was Bob Tullius in a Dodge Dart.

1973

6 Hours of Vallelunga won by Henri Pescarolo, Gerard Larrousse and Francois Cevert in their Matra

Henri Pescarolo, Gerard Larrousse and Francois Cevert drove their Matra to victory in a hard fought '6 Hours of Vallelunga' World Championship for Makes Sports Car race. The winning trio finished a lap ahead of the Tim Schenken/Carlos Reutemann and Jacky Ickx/Brian Redman Ferrari 312Ps.

1984

Brazilian Grand Prix, Rio de Janeiro, won by Alain Prost in a McLaren MP4/2.

Ayrton Senna started his first F1 race at the Brazilian GP at Rio de Janeiro, in a Toleman. He started 17th on the grid and only rounded the circuit for 17 laps until boost pressure failure put him out. Alain Prost set fastest lap and won the race in a McLaren MP4/2. Keke Rosberg in his Williams was second from his 9th spot on the grid and birthday boy, Elio de Angelis found his way to the podium in third. De Angelis also sat on pole for the race.

1990

Brazilian Grand Prix, Rio de Janeiro, won by Alain Prost in a Ferrari.

Alain Prost continued his winning ways at the Brazilian GP at Interlagos when he took his Ferrari from 6th on the grid to victory over Gerhard Berger in his McLaren and pole sitter, Ayrton Senna in the other McLaren. Berger also set fastest lap on the way to second place.

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