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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 30th


Interesting and notable events from the history of motor sport.

1974

Carlos Reutemann won the South African Grand Prix becoming the first Argentinian to win a Formula 1 race since Juan Manuel Fangio.

Reutemann's win was overshadowed by the death of Peter Revson a week earlier while testing the Shadow DN3 at Kyalami in preparation for the race. The team withdrew.

2008

On this day Max Mosely's breakfast must have been somewhat disturbed by the News of the World's (the now defunct Sunday Paper that specialised in crime, sensation and vice) expose that claimed he had participated in a sex act involving five women where one of the attendees was wearing a military uniform with Nazi connotations.

He subsequently sued the paper and won, Justice Eady ruling that despite one of the attendees wearing a military uniform there were no Nazi connotations to the orgy. Still furious with the News of the World, in July 2011 the Daily Telegraph reported that Mosley was financially guaranteeing the court costs of claimants who may have been subjected to phone hacking by the News of the World. Mosley refused to comment at the time, but he later gave interviews where he confirmed the story.

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