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


Grover Bergdoll

08-Jul-23 historicracing.com

Grover Cleveland Bergdoll was a wealthy early aviator, racing driver and notorious World War I draft dodger who fled to Germany to avoid service....continue reading

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 7th

Interesting and notable events from the history of motor sport.


Malcolm Campbell sets a Land Speed Record of 276.82 MPH in his Bluebird at Daytona, Florida.


Stirling Moss and Bill Lloyd win the sportscar race at Sebring, Florida, in Briggs Cunningham's 1.5-liter OSCA. Porfirio Rubirosa drives his 3.3-liter Lancia D24 to second place.


Final Round Tasman Cup at Longford won by Jackie Stewart in his BRM.

Jackie Stewart drove his BRM to victory as the 1966 Tasman Cup series came to an end with a race on the public road circuit at Longford. Stewart also won the series championship and scored 4 wins on the season.


South African Grand Prix at Kyalami. Won by Jack Brabham

Jack Brabham won the South African GP at Kyalami. He finished eight seconds ahead of Denny Hulme in his McLaren and Jackie Stewart in a March, 17 seconds back for third place. Surtees set fastest lap of the race but was out with an engine problem. Jackie Stewart was on pole.


Former stockcar racer Lee Roy Yarbrough is declared incompetent to stand trial for the attempted murder of his mother. He will later be found innocent by reason of insanity.


Australian Grand Prix won by Eddie Irvine in his Ferrari.

Eddie Irvine and Ferrari chalked up another win at the Australian GP. His time of 1:35.01 was just 1.026 seconds over Frentzen in the Jordan as he chased him over the line. Ralf Schumacher in the Williams was third on the podium another seven seconds back. Michael Schumacher who set fastest lap of the race, finished 1 lap down from the leaders. Hakkinen was on pole but had his throttle break 21 laps into the event.


Basil van Rooyen

19/4/1939 - 14/9/2023

Ken McAlpine

21/9/1920 - 8/4/2023

Craig Breedlove

23/3/1937 - 4/4/2023

Slim Borgudd

25/11/1946 - 23/2/2023

Jean-Pierre Jabouille

1/10/1942 - 2/2/2023

Ken Block

21/11/1967 - 2/1/2023