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


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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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.

Events on March 6th

Interesting and notable events from the history of motor sport.


Dario Resta won the 300 mile Vanderbilt Cup race on the 3.8 mile course at the Pan-Pacific Exposition. Resta averaged 66.45 mph in his Peugeot.


South Africa Grand Prix, Kyalami. Won by Mario Andretti in a Ferrari

Mario Andretti drove his Ferrari past Denny Hulme with 4 laps left and went on to score the first F1 win of his career in the South African GP. Hulme had taken the lead from Clay Regazzoni on lap 17 and built a commanding lead before a vibration forced him to ease the pace. It appeared that Hulme would hold off the flying Andretti until a bolt fell from the radius arm of Hulme's McLaren and Andretti zipped by for the win. Jackie Stewart finished 20 seconds behind Andretti in second as Hulme fell to 6th.


South Africa Grand Prix, Kyalami. Won by Niki Lauda in a Ferrari

Niki Lauda led every lap to win the F1 South African GP in a Ferrari. A deflating tire forced Lauda to slow in the late laps, but a hard charging James Hunt still finished 1.3 seconds behind in his McLaren. Before the race, the Lotus and March teams made a "trade" with the unhappy Ronnie Peterson moving to March in exchange for Lotus receiving the rights to F3 star Gunnar Nilsson.


Wilson Fittipaldi

25/12/1943 - 23/2/2024

Herbert Linge

11/6/1928 - 5/1/2024