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 May 9th

Interesting and notable events from the history of motor sport.


The Belgian Grand at Zolder went ahead on the 9th of May 1982 despite the tragic death of Giles Villeneuve in qualifying the previous day.

Ferrari withdrew and thus Pironi was a non starter. In the absence of the Ferraris Jogn Watson took the win for McLaren followed by Keke Rosberg (Williams) and Niki Lauda (McLaren). However the McLaren was found to be underweight after the race and was duly disqualified promoting the Ligier of Eddie Cheever to the final spot on the podium.


The 1993 Spanish Grand Prix was held on 9 May 1993 at the Circuit de Catalunya. The Williams cars of Alain Prost and Damon Hill were on the front row and the race was won by Alain Prost with Senna second in a McLaren and Michael Schumacher third for Benetton.

From the start Hill and Prost pulled away from the rest with Prost passing Hill on lap 11. Hill closed up but then retired when his engine failed on lap 41. Schumacher and Senna both pitted for tyres late in the race. Senna's stop was slow and Schumacher closed in but an 'off' when he had to go off line to pass the smoking Lotus of Alessandro Zanardi ended his challenge. Prost won from Senna, Schumacher, Patrese, Andretti and Berger.


The Spanish Grand Prix of 2004 was notable for the track invasion during the warm-up lap by a man calling himself Jimmy Jump. He had also invaded the Euro 2004 football final and a number of other prominent football matches. He was quickly apprehended soon by security staff. When the race got underway Michael Schumacher took the win for Ferrari with teammate Rubens Barrichello second with Jarno Trulli third for Renault.


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