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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 27th


Interesting and notable events from the history of motor sport.

1927

Fernando Minoia and Giuseppi Morandi won the first Mille Miglia in an O.M. They covered the route from Brescia to Rome and back in 21 hours, 55 minutes, and 16.05 seconds -16 minutes and 5 seconds quicker than the second place car.

1965

Sebring 12 Hour race won by Jim Hall and Hap Sharp in a Chaparral.

A heavy downpour in the seventh hour flooded the course and slowed speeds to 30 mph, but didn't stop the Chaparral team of Jim Hall and Hap Sharp from easily winning the Sebring 12 Hour World Sports Car Championship race. A Cobra Daytona won the GT class.

1967

The Protos HCP-1 F2 racer, the first wooden monocoque single seater appears at the BARC Wills Trophy Race at Silverstone.

1983

Long Beach GP, USA, won by John Watson in a McLaren.

John Watson came through for a victory at the Long Beach GP in Southern California. "Wattie" and his McLaren finished ahead of his teammate, Niki Lauda (who set fastest lap) as they charged through the field from their 22nd and 23rd sports on the grid. Rene Arnoux, outside pole man finished third. Only those three finished on the same lap.

1994

Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos won by Michael Schumacher.

Michael Schumacher won the Brazilian GP at Interlagos dominating the field. Damon Hill, second place man, finished 1 lap down along with Jean Alesi in third. Pole sitter Ayrton Senna had spun off late in the race.

2000

Malaysian Grand Prix won by Ralf Schumacher in a Williams.

Ralf Schumacher lead the Team Williams cars to a 1 -2 finish at the Malaysian GP at Sepang. Even though JPM set fastest lap he finished 39 seconds behind Ralf. pole sitter, Michael Schumacher came in third just over 1 minute behind.

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25/12/1943 - 23/2/2024

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11/6/1928 - 5/1/2024

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