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Chap of the Week - Ray Keech

Here we see Ray Keech going for the World Land Speed Record at Daytona in 1928 riding the titanic 81-litre White-Triplex Special!

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Chaps tracks! Avus, Langhorne the Widow maker, Longford and the Gavea Circuit nicknamed The Devil's Trampoline

Born on May 4th
A list of the drivers born on this day. Note this is not a compete list, if you know of any driver who should be added, please contact us by clicking here. Thank you.
Glen Milton Breed 1881 - 1960
Fritz Adam Hermann von Opel 1889 - 1971
Wolfgang von Trips 1928 - 1961
Don Tarr 1929
Peter Gregg 1940 - 1980
John Watson 1946
Hurley Haywood 1948
Luiz Garcia Jr 1971
Passed Away On May 4th
A list of the drivers born on this day. Note this is not a compete list, if you know of any driver who should be added, please contact us by clicking here. Thank you.
Al Pease 1921 - 2014
Leslie Marr 1922 - 2021
Tony Settember 1926 - 2014
Marvin Pifer 1928 - 1974
Timo Mäkinen 1938 - 2017
Troy Ruttman Jnr 1950 - 1969
Gary Neice 1955 - 1991

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So it’s sharp left, then floor-it. No, Hang on….WAIT!!!

14-Oct-21 historicracing.com

Swiss roller Edgar Berney was generally seen as an accomplished and steady hand, with at least eight “I Drove The Le Mans 24-Hours” T-shirts hanging on his line. And, while we seriously doubt whether he ever cherished the 1966 version as a particular favourite, it was at least his best remembered!

Red Label

27-Sep-21 historicracing.com

Australo-Kiwi based Tasman racing was begun back in 1964. And, since it allowed Formula 1 machinery with only light modification, the Grand Prix set, bored with the northern hemispherical winters, took the opportunity to go racing there throughout January and February, before their own school terms started in earnest.

A Day at the Palace!

23-Sep-21 Chris Bowen

Now then, you lot! Imagine it’s the 10th September 1971 and the very occasion of the Iberia Airlines Trophy gala for Formula 3 cars at Crystal Palace. Colin Vandervell (son of Vanwall creator Tony Vandervell) is leading his Brabham into the North Tower section on the first lap, but’s left room under breaking for future World Champion Jody Scheckter to slip his works-entered Merlyn down his right side on a very tight line. Australian Dave Walker meanwhile, the 1971 British F3 champion-elect, has made a late shout to fill the gap between them for the glory of Gold Leaf Team Lotus. Let’s play the Intro, then…

Until the arrival of the Alonso boy, this chap was the most successful Spanish Formula One driver.

20-Sep-21 Chris Bowen

Alfonso Antonio Vicente Eduardo Angel Blas Francisco de Borja Cabeza de Vaca y Leighton, Marquese de Portago (and if you don’t know what Cabeza de Vaca means, it’s well worth looking it up).

Count Louis Zborowski in Chitty-Bang-Bang

14-Sep-21 Chris Bowen

Our top chap this week is Count Louis Zborowski in Chitty-Bang-Bang (oh yes!) at Brooklands in 1921. It’s fashionable now for sons of racers to take up the old-man’s trade. But Louis Zborowski may well have been the first.

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Lost to Us in 2021

Reine Wisell
20/3/2022
1941 - 2022

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13/3/2022
1935 - 2022

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