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7 May 1933


It was in 1933 that the giant American airship Akron crashed in the Atlantic with all hands aboard. Thirteen years of Prohibition ended in the United States. In Germany, the cruiser Admiral Scheer was launched. Goebbels imposed a boycott on Jewish businessmen and the first concentration camps were established. And in the Italian colony of Libya, Italo Balbo opened the new racing circuit at Tripoli, the fastest in the world.

Unlike the narrow, twisting course at Monte-Carlo, the Tripoli circuit was 8 ¼ miles long. You could keep up a speed of 120 m.p.h.- and break your neck. Alfred Neubauer brings you HIS version of the "Race that was Rigged".

29 May 1903

PARIS-BORDEAUX! The very name conjures up old memories of struggles, grim and fierce, and thrilling fights amongst those whose names are now almost forgotten, but who, on the old Paris-Bordeaux road, struggled in years past for the title of 'King of the Road'. It all began in the days before motors were thought of and when the cycle held its own as the most rapid form of road vehicle. Mills, Holbein, Huret, Lesna, Linton - great riders of their day - struggled hard to win the great road race of the year, Paris to Bordeaux. Later, De Knyff, Charron, Girardot, Farman, Fournier and others whose names are quite forgotten, fought the same battles over the same long, straight stretches. Their course was fleet and the pace was fierce, but it was all on the same old fascinating road, and, as a grand finale, Paris to Bordeaux was the first, and, as it eventually turned out, the last stage of the last great inter-country race, Paris to Madrid, so remarked Charles Jarrott about the race that would be later called the "Race to Death".

30 May 1965 Graham Hill was the unofficial King of Monte Carlo in equal parts for his success on those city streets, winning 5 times and the esteem he was held in the hearts of the local fans. 

"It's difficult to say why he was so special, but he had such a charisma, you know, with his cap, his moustache and his sense of humor. He would sit in the sun, enjoying a beer and when the fans came he would listen to them all and have a joke with everybody. Even the French were charmed by him, and you know sometimes we are not so good with humor."

Rosie Bernard, proprietor of the legendary Rosie's Bar, Monaco

In 1965 he won what he considered one of his greatest victories.