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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 August 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.
Joe Nikrent 1879 - 1958
Ernesto Maserati 1898 - 1975
Tony Gulotta 1903 - 1981
Max Fourny 1904 - 1991
Robert Mazaud 1906 - 1946
John Fitch 1917
Christian Goethals 1928 - 2003
Claude Ballot-Léna 1936 - 1999
Jeff Gordon 1971
Passed Away On August 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.
John Fitzroy 1914 - 1936
Graham McRae 1940 - 2021
Greg Weld 1944 - 2008
Ulrich Richter 1957 - 2001

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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

Mauritz von Strachwitz
8/7/2022
1929 - 2022

Alain de Cadenet
2/7/2022
1945 - 2022

Reine Wisell
20/3/2022
1941 - 2022

Vic Elford
13/3/2022
1935 - 2022

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