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Dive into 16 months of the most beautiful and successful Formula 1 race cars in history.

Art of the Formula 1 Race Car 2017 presents some of the most beautiful and successful Formula 1 race cars in history, captured in the studio portraits of master automotive photographer James Mann. The photographs in this 16-month calendar portray not just these vehicles' engineering brilliance, but also their inherent beauty - the fascinating result of Formula 1's mix of competition, creativity, and human ingenuity that has made these vehicles into works of art.

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James Mann is one of the world's leading car and motorcycle photographers, with more than 20 years of experience shooting for enthusiast publications, the motor industry, and businesses around the world. His work has appeared within and on the covers of more than 50 books and has provided stunning visuals for numerous magazines, including Classic and Sports Car, CAR magazine, Forza, The Sunday Times, and Automobile magazine as well as being chosen to photograph the British Auto Legends stamps for the Royal Mail. Visit his website at


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Latest Inductee into the Hall of Fame

Fernando Alonso

At thirty four and coming up for three years since his last win, he remains the drivers' driver. He may not be quite the fastest on one lap, but he is arguably the best and most complete driver on the grid. He's been called both remorseless and relentless. Alonso is one of the very few who can get the best out of whatever car he is given to drive and in whatever circumstances. He drives closer to the limit more often than anyone else and his race starts have become legend, the subject of countless YouTube videos.

Alonso may have won just two world titles, but, over his career, is eight points short of being a five-time champion, after narrowly missing out in 2007, 2010 and 2012. READ MORE


Alfa Romeo P3

During the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa in 1925 the local favorite Delage team had retired all of their cars and the race became an Alfa-Romeo parade led by Ascari and Campari. The fans began to make their displeasure known and Jano in response ordered his cars to pit. While they were being refueled the cars were cleaned and buffed. During this pitstop he had a table placed in full view whereupon he imperiously ate lunch, deaf to the howls of the spectators. The cars rejoined the race and won with ease. READ MORE


Fiat - Rooftop Test TrackWhen one thinks of Fiat these days most think of small quirky cars never imagining that in the first decades of the 20th century engineers at Fiat in both the automotive and aviation fields led the world in innovation. In fact five years after the beginnings of the firm, Fiat was already racing and winning in international events both in Europe and America.

L.J.K. Setright said of these men: These are the men who created a new kind of racing car, whose technical inspiration was broadcast as a seed to germinate in all leading countries of the motor manufacturing world,who created a new dynasty and set new fashions which were to endure un broken for a dozen years and to be revived periodically and successfully at intervals there after. A company wag was once heard to remark that at Fiat "we do not copy ... we teach" .... READ MORE

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The Art of Race Car Driving

"At the first bend, I had the clear sensation that Tazio had taken it badly and that we would end up in the ditch; I felt myself stiffen as I waited for the crunch. Instead, we found ourselves on the next straight with the car in a perfect position. I looked at him, his rugged face was calm, just as it always was, and certainly not the face of someone who had just escaped a hair-raising spin. I had the same sensation at the second bend. By the fourth or fifth bend I began to understand; in the meantime, I had noticed that through the entire bend Tazio did not lift his foot from the accelerator, and that, in fact, it was flat on the floor. As bend followed bend, I discovered his secret. Nuvolari entered the bend somewhat earlier than my driver's instinct would have told me to. But he went into the bend in an unusual way: with one movement he aimed the nose of the car at the inside edge, just where the curve itself started. His foot was flat down, and he had obviously changed down to the right gear before going through this fearsome rigmarole. In this way he put the car into a four-wheel drift, making the most of the thrust of the centrifugal force and keeping it on the road with the traction of the driving wheels. Throughout the bend the car shaved the inside edge, and when the bend turned into the straight the car was in the normal position for accelerating down it, with no need for any corrections" ... READ MORE

F Gordon Crosby

The dawn of automobile racing was anything but that. It was thought that a car's ability to navigate roads in a reliable manner, that was not dangerous, cheap and easy to drive during the the whole of the journey was all that could be hoped for. Outright speed was not even considered important, that is until the flag dropped ... READ MORE

Formula 1 - Harvesting Power

If you've been paying attention to Formula 1, engines have been replaced by power units and they've gotten a lot quieter as well, to the consternation of many of F1's most rabid fans; welcome to the hybrid era. With fuel per race limited to 100 kg, and the fuel flow rate not to exceed 100 kg/h the new engines power units are all about harvesting power.

Replacing the old KERS is a Hybrid Energy Recovery System or ERS which consists of two motor generator units – the MGU-H, recovering energy from the exhaust and the MGU-K recovering energy from braking. The harvested energy is stored in a sophisticated battery arrangement all controlled by ... you guessed it, a computer. The combined maximum power output will be around 760bhp similar to the output of the rev limited V8’s of 2013. The most successful implementation of this new technology so far has been the Mercedes F1 W05 Hybrid ... READ MORE


Carlo Demand

Carlo was born on November 21, 1921 in Frankfurt, Germany to a French father and a German mother. His interest in art and machinery developed at an early age and he was encouraged by his parents to pursue his interests. His early drawings included cars, scenery, cowboys and Indians and portraits of the family. His first drawing was done at the age of three. His first published drawing was a charcoal for a Frankfurt newspaper in 1938. It featured a Mercedes W-154 Grand Prix Car. Famed German artist/illustrators, Hans Liska and Theo Metejko, served as Carlo’s most profound influences. Their work was featured in Germany’s popular weekly, Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung (BIZ) ... READ MORE


It began with demonstration runs such as one that took place on the 22nd of July, 1894 in front of a fascinated public for these strange carriages that drove themselves or at least seemed to. The trail as it was called would cover the distance from Paris to Rouen and was organized by the journalist Pierre Giffard of Le Petit Journal; a judging-panel decided on the winner. The paper promoted it as 'Le Petit Journal' Competition for Horseless Carriages (Le Petit Journal Concours des Voitures sans Chevaux) that were not dangerous, easy to drive, and cheap during the journey, the main prize being for the competitor whose car comes closest to the ideal. The announcement in Le Petit Journal on 19 December 1893 expressly denied that it would be a race - ce ne sera pas une course. The easy to drive clause effectively precluded from the prizes any vehicles needing a traveling mechanic or technical assistant such as a stoker.

While the event drew huge crowds the organizers soon realized that the criteria for judging a winner was lost upon the spectators who would show up to watch, what for them was a spectacle. Something else needed to be done to allow a manufacturer to promote the superiority of their product for inventions were all well and good but this was no scientific exercise, cars needed to be sold. The obvious solution was something that was denied at Paris-Rouen, a race and with the victory goes the spoils. Reliability was what the manufacturers were after but the public would crave speed ... READ MORE


Unique & Limited Gallery

Come and join us as we go back in time to a period when giants raced the tracks of Europe and America. While the shadows of war became ever darker and despots strove to pervert the talents of men for their own evil purposes; the spirit of great sportsman, Italian, British, French and German could not be diminished. Known as the Silver Arrows (die Silberpfeile), they were the fastest racecars the world had ever seen ... READ MORE

The History of the Slot Car

ScalextricIn 1939 Bentram "Fred" Francis 1939 started a tool-making company, which ran twenty-four hours a day throughout the war years. Two years after the armistice turned to a gentler cliental following a childhood ambition to become a toy-maker, and founded Minimodels Ltd which, among other toys, produced Scalex and Startex clockwork cars. What separated his Scalex cars from the competition was that a hidden fifth wheel discarded with the need for a key. By 1952 demand for Minimodels toys was so great that in order to expand the company relocated to a new, purpose-built factory at Havant in Hampshire but as often happens with toys the public soon was demanding something new.

ScalextricAt a London toy fair Francis saw a display featuring battery-powered cars running around a track, but without user control. As a true toy man he knew straight away what was missing, real 'play value'. After six months of investigation and seeing the giddy reactions of his marketing people as they tried to control the now electric-powered Scalex cars - renamed Scalextric convinced Francis that he was onto a winner.

By 1964 Scalextric was well established having signed the 1963 World Champion, Jim Clark to promote their brand. Cars were being produced in factories in France, Australia and New Zealand as well as a manufacturing and distribution agreement in Spain which would evolve in later years to the SCX brand. Also that year the first Scalextric World Championship was held in London .... READ MORE



Top Tips for Sprucing your Classic Car

Any classic car owner will see their vehicle as an extension of themselves and you will, therefore, take great pride in its appearance. They can also be seen as an ongoing project, as there are dozens of different ways that you can spruce your car to improve its looks (and performance). With a little knowledge, you can also give your vehicle a modern makeover whilst retaining its classic charm. READ MORE

Hamilton feels the Heat after Engine Inferno

HamiltonIt’s been a very topsy-turvy year so far for Lewis Hamilton, as he continues to battle with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg for the 2016 Drivers’ Championship. The Englishman, looking for a third straight title, battled back well during the summer, after Rosberg started the season in scintillating fashion. However, since the summer break, his German teammate has had the upper hand and has managed to extend his lead over Hamilton to 23 points with only five races to go. This is the third successive season where the two Mercedes drivers have been locked in battle for the title. Rosberg will be desperate to come out on top, having finished second to Hamilton in both of the last two seasons and especially after the two have had plenty of public flash-points since Hamilton joined the team in 2013. The constant squabbling, pressroom conflicts and on-track flash-points have added an extra spice to a sport which could have gone a bit stale, with Mercedes having such a dominant car compared to the other teams. Whichever Mercedes driver comes out on top after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the Hamilton/Rosberg rivalry is sure to go down as one of the most storied in F1 history ... READ MORE

Should You Spare the Time to Check Out the New DS Range of Cars?

Starting as a model of executive Citroën back in 1955, the DS series has become a make unto itself with the same relationship to its parent company that Mini has to BMW and Skoda has to Volkswagen. The change became official in the global market last year, and since then they’ve been refining their range of luxury cars, but is this new line worth a look in? We’ve assessed all the configurations of the DS 3, 4 and 5 for performance, comfort, style, and affordability to give you the scoop. READ MORE


Which is the Sportiest Model of Fiesta?

Ford has a long history in the racing scene, from Henry Ford himself racing from 1901 to 1913 to gain publicity for his company and its vehicles, to a strong showing in stock car racing, rally and Formula One that continues into the 21st Century. Racing is in the company’s blood and bones and that drive for power and control that they have poured into their beastly racing machines can be seen even when they are making an affordable subcompact like the Fiesta. But not every hatchback is created equal so here’s a rundown of the best models if you’re after the speed and handling of a race ready ride, and how to get your hands on one. READ MORE

The Growing Success Story of Romania’s Dacia

Romanian car manufacturer Dacia is rapidly growing in popularity and their reputation has soared in recent years. Originally founded in 1966, they have been a subsidiary of Renault since 1999 and it was this acquisition which set them on the path to success. READ MORE

Top 5 Mercedes Cars that Are a Bargain

If you want a car that offers both performance and luxury then the first brand in your mind should be Mercedes-Benz. Quality comes with a price tag but if you shop smart you don’t have to break the bank. If you want more muscle for your moolah then you’ll want to check out this countdown of the best bargain Mercedes that give you more power for the price. READ MORE


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