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Grand Prix Cars - Bugatti 57G

Bugatti 57G With the German Silver Arrows dominating the Grand Prix scene Jean convinced his father that Bugatti should develop a sports car which could be used for long distance competitions. He suggested that the recently introduced Type 57, a car of his design coincidently, could form the solid basis for a winning car. Several variants would be built some using a special lowered chassis, the T57S or surbaissé (lowered or low-slung) powered with a blown or compressor engine (T57C). They were fitted with an aerodynamically designed magnesium alloy bodywork and thus called "tanks". Bugatti concurrently developed its sibling the T59 and raced this car when required by the specific rules of the event. The cars shared a common engine design architecture, yet each version is different in many details and materials. Just to further confuse matters they were often generically referred to as the Type 57G. READ MORE

 
 
Canadian - American Challenge Cup

Chaparral 2HJohn Bishop, Executive Director of the Sports Car Club of America as his Competition Director, Jim Kaser to look into the possibility of forming a professional sports car series, one with a more international flavor than it's US Road Racing Championship (USRRC).

The Canadian - American Challenge Cup was a joint effort of two clubs: the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and the Canadian Automobile Sports Club (CASC). It continued in its original form through 1974. In 1971, it was officially recognized by the FIA giving it international prestige.

The Can-Am series began in 1966 with two races in Canada (CAN) and four races in the United States of America (AM) for what were to become known as Group 7 sports cars. These racing cars were not mass produced, but instead manufactured in small quantities or as single units. The FIA’s Group 7 regulations specified no engine capacity limit, and turbochargers and compressors were allowed. There were no other technical restrictions. In theory, all the cars needed for approval were two seats, bodywork which enclosed the wheels, and a roll hoop.

They therefore came very close to creating a dream “anything goes” scenario for many race car designers. The series would foster a number of radical designs and one company that would set an American standard for innovation, Jim Hall's Chaparral Cars, yet the series was dominated by the efficient New Zealanders at Bruce McLaren Racing. ... READ MORE

 
 
Artist Gallery - Rob Roy

Rob RoyRob Roy, a pseudonym of his name Robert de la Riviere was born in Mont-de-Marsan, France on October 3rd, 1909. His father a successful painter who specialized in horses was one of the first owners of an automobile in France, a De Dion-Bouton.

Rob RoyGrowing up in this environment nurtured Roy's twin passions, drawing and automobiles. In 1926 he saw his first major race, the 24-Hours of Le Mans. It was love at first sight and Rob Roy became a devoted chronicler of this famous endurance race.

After serving in the military he received his first commission covering the Bordeaux GP of 1930 for the French newspaper La Petite Gironde. His work would later appear on the covers of Moto Revue, Action Auto and L'Equipe. READ MORE


 
City to City Motor Races

Bolle TrycicleIt 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.

De Dion Steam QuadricycleThe 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

 
The History of the Targa Florio

Mercedes Benz Targa Florio #32 Christian LautenschlagerIn 1905 while attending a sporting competition Vincenzo Florio was asked by Henri Desgrange, editor of L'Auto and founder of the Tour De France: "Why do you not have a motor race in Sicily?" Florio startled by the question could only respond: "Why, because we have no roads." Upon his return home he had his associates look into the matter of road and they convinced Florio that a course could be built.

Targa FlorioThe Targa Florio was not so much a race as it was an ordeal. Established in 1906 a single lap at la Madonie, East of Palermo was approximately 92 miles. Besides the course which traversed mountain roads unchanged since the Punic Wars, there were severe changes in climate, bandits and wolves. READ MORE


The History of the Mille Miglia

Millie MigliaWhen I talk about the Mille Miglia, I feel quite moved, for it played such a big part in my life. I knew it as a driver, a team director and a constructor ... and was always an admirer of its champions. In fact, the Mille Miglia not only provided enormous technical advances during its three decades, it really did breed champions.

I was present at every one of the twenty-four Mille Miglias that were run and was numbed by the tragic accident in 1957 when the marchese de Portago was killed driving one of my cars, causing the race to be banned.

In my opinion, the Mille Miglia was an epoch-making event, which told a wonderful story. The Mille Miglia created our cars and the Italian automobile industry. The Mille Miglia permitted the birth of GT, or grand touring cars, which are now sold all over the world. The Mille Miglia proved that by racing over open roads for 1,000 miles, there were great technical lessons to be learned by the petrol and oil companies and by brake, clutch, transmission, electrical and lighting component manufacturers, fully justifying the old adage that motor racing improves the breed. READ MORE

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The Story of the Grand Prix

The Stoy of the Grand PrixThe dawn of automobile racing was anything but that. It was thought that a car's ability to navigate roads in a reliable manner was all that could be hoped for. Outright speed was not even considered important that is until the flag dropped ...

The first event to have been planned was to have been a short trial in Paris organized by "Le Velocipede" in 1887, but only one competitor turned up and so it was abandoned. The first organized event was actually a Reliability Trial run from Paris to Rouen in 1894 over a distance of 126 km. It was organized by a newspaper, Le Petite Journal, and the winning "horseless carriage" had to be "safe, easily controllable and reasonably economical to run."

Twenty one entries left Paris on July 22nd, and the first home was Count de Dion in a steam driven De Dion tractor. Unfortunately for De Dion, the jury decided that his car was not a practical road vehicle and instead awarded the prize jointly to the next two leading cars, a Peugeot and a Panhard-Levassor respectively. READ MORE


The Silver Arrows

The Silver Arrows - 1937 Donington GPIn 1937 the Germans came to Donington. This is the story of the men and the cars they drove - the Silver Arrows.

The practicing had just begun. Away beyond the woods we heard the approaching scream of a well-tuned E.R.A. and down the winding slope towards us came Raymond Mays. He changed down, braked, skirted round the Hairpin and was gone.

"There's the winner," remarked one of my friends. "Knows this course backwards."

Half a minute later came the deeper note of a 2.9-litre Maserati, and "B. Bira" (Prince Birabongse of Siam, Mays’ nearest rival and a new star in the racing firmament) shot past us, cornering with that precision which marked him as the master he was.

"Or him," said another. We waited again.

Then they came ...

Far away in the distance we heard an angry, deep-throated roaring - as someone once remarked, like hungry lions impatient for the arena. A few moments later, Manfred von Brauchitsch, red helmeted, brought a great, silver projectile snaking down the hill, and close behind, his teammate Rudolf Caracciola, then at the height of his great career. The two cars took the hairpin, von Brauchitsch almost sideways, and rocketed away out of sight with long plumes of rubber smoke trailing from their huge rear tyres, in a deafening crash of sound.

The startled Pressmen gazed at each other, awe-struck.

"Strewth," gasped one of them, "so that's what they're like!"

That was what they were like ... READ MORE


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" - Commendatore Enzo Ferrari READ MORE



Around the World on Four Wheels and a Guide Shoe

Slot CarsDuring the 1960s when the slot car craze was in full swing the United States could rightfully be considered the center of the slot car universe. Fast forward 50 years and Italy along with Spain can be described as one of the centers of multi-polar slot car world, with flexi and retro racing centered in the United States, Eurosport in Eastern Europe, 1/32 and 1/24 Scale Racing in Italy and Spain with a strong push for composite chassied LMP racing in Germany and 1/32 racing in the United Kingdom.

The slot car scene is of course is more diverse than that with scale racing taking place in the Pacific Northwest and Flexi racing in Spain but each type of racing has a distinct center of gravity. In this article we will attempt to travel this multi-polar world stopping at various spots to discover the richness that makes up our hobby.

The type of facilities also varies with commercial raceways still hanging on in the US, clubs dominating in the UK, and tracks built in schools and other quasi-government buildings being a unique feature of the ex-Soviet Union countries. 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 Francis 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 that 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.

At 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.

ScalextricBy 1964 Scalextric was well established, having signed the 1963 World Champion Formula One driver, Jim Clark to promote their brand. Cars were being produced in factories in France, Australia and New Zealand.

Scalextric signed 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.

In the United States the slot car boom, coupled with commercial race centers had exploded around the country, giving a unique American twist to the hobby.

The Boom Years of slot car racing lasted barely two years from 1966-1968, and was never to approach that level of popularity again.

During those two years you could visit any medium-size town and there would probably be a slot car raceway where you could buy cars and parts from companies like K&B, Russkit, Riggen, Classic, Dynamic, Mura and Champion. In front you would probably find a dozen bikes haphazardly parked while inside you would hear the scream of high pitched motors, the sound of laughing voices and later the smell of Oil of Wintergreen, used as a tire additive. In America it was like a wave that had crested and washed over the country, gone but not forgotten for many of those that had grown up during that time, a lifetime love of the hobby would survive Vietnam, college, marriage and kids ... READ MORE

 



Basha Miao - Last Gunner Tribe in China

Basha MiaoIn 2019 we once again traveled to China’s Guizhou Province to visit with the people of the Miao ethnic group. Our guide, Li Mao Qing of Tribal Tours of China would be our guide for the next six days. We met at the High-Speed Train station in Sanduxian, China.

The Miao are a culturally rich ethnic minority that lives primarily in southern China, Laos, Burma, northern Vietnam, and Thailand. Originally from China, the Miao are animists and ancestor worshipers and have traditionally lived in mountain villages located at 3,000 to 6,000 feet level. According to Miao history they lived along the Yellow River and Yangtze River valleys as early as 5,000 years ago. Later they migrated to the forests and mountains of southwest China.

From their earliest days, the Miao practiced primitive farming using slash-and-burn methods. Families never lived in the same house for more than five years. As the soil in one area became depleted, they would move away. The Miao became known for always being on the move. However, most of the Miao have settled down since the middle of the twentieth century.

The term Miao is actually of Chinese origin. They are known in Southeast Asia as the Hmong (roughly pronounced mung). Hmong means "free men." Miao means weeds” or ‘sprouts." Miao subgroups---Red Miao, White Miao (Striped Miao), Cowrie Shell Miao, Flowery Miao, Black Miao, Green Miao (Blue Miao)---are in most cases named after the woman's dress.

The Miao are one of the largest minorities in China. They are widely distributed over Guizhou, Yunnan, Guangxi and Sichuan provinces, with a small number living on Hainan Island and in Guangdong Province and in southwest Hubei Province. Most of them live in tightly-knit communities, with a few living in areas inhabited by several other ethnic groups. The main Miao settlements are in the Southeastern Guizhou. READ MORE

 

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There was never really any doubt that Lewis Hamilton would one day exceed Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 Grand Prix victories. In fact, most fans were pretty sure a few seasons ago that Hamilton would become the driver with the most Grand Prix wins in history: It was always going to be a case of “when”, not “if”. READ MORE

Ogden’s Cigarettes

Tobacco advertising and automobile racing goes back a lot further than Marlboro. Cigarette cards came into use in 1879, when several American tobacco manufacturers began putting small card stiffeners into the flimsy paper packs.

Ogden’s Cigarettes produced a set depicting famous races of the 1931 season. READ MORE

Cars on Stamps

Cars on Stamps

Opened in 1921 just outside of Berlin the Automobil-Verkehrs- und Übungsstraße (AVUS or Automobile traffic and training road) circuit is the oldest freeway in Europe when open to the public and also used as a motor racing circuit until 1998. READ MORE


How Car Covers Protect Your Vehicle In and Outdoors

One of the best parts of the modern automotive market is that there are so many things you can pick from. And not just in terms of car brands, makes, models and types; sure, there is a very big abundance of those on sale, but what about everything else you can purchase for your vehicle. You can custom fit and fine-tune your car to fit your lifestyle and your driving habits.

But what about keeping the car safe; do we have a big variety for that? Sure thing and one of the most practical and protective accessories for your car are the simple, yet super effective cover for your car ... READ MORE

Sports and Courts: What Are the Legalities Involved in Race Injuries?

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4 Ways to Improve a Race Car

Whether you’re a casual speedster or a professional race car driver, you will eventually need to improve the performance and appearance of your car. A little bit of tweaking guarantees longevity and helps reduce the risk of mechanical issues that would cost you victory on the asphalt while keeping you out of harm’s way. READ MORE

Hamilton all but set to win another F1 Drivers World Championship

There is no doubting the dominance that Lewis Hamilton is showing at present in Formula One and he is now a 1/14 chance to go on and win another title this season. That means a £14 bet would return a single £1, so this result is all but expected. READ MORE

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Sakhir Grand Prix - F1 Racing on an Oval?

Sakhir Grand Prix

With the pandemic turning the Formula One World Championship schedule upside down the FIA and willing track promotors scrambled to come up with venues in which to hold races. READ MORE


Lewis Hamilton Flies to Victory

The Tuscan Grand Prix was certainly a race in this seasons calendar that will go down as one of the most eventful races of the year due to drama from start to finish from every end of the grid. With his win, Lewis went within one victory from Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 wins which he is expected to beat this year – a seriously impressive feat for the Mercedes driver. READ MORE

How To Bet On Car Racing

Car racing is amongst one of the most thrilling sports that gets racers fired up. Some people love to race, but wouldn’t be part of any racing club.

There are car lovers who get very involved with racing options online. READ MORE

Some famous Sayings That Originated in Gambling

Quit while you're ahead: You have likely used this saying much more than one time in the Life of yours. Is the significance apparent enough? Stop gambling before you have lost too much. Nevertheless, exactly where this particular phrase started is difficult to say. READ MORE

History Made at Monza

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The Italian GP has always been a source of great racing year after year, tight corners and chicanes with long speedy straights lead to some difficult overtaking opportunities and tightly packed group racing, but this years race at Monza made history as for the first time since 2013 in Australia ... READ MORE

5 Rules for Finding Love When Living a Cruelty-free Lifestyle

It’s hard to live without a significant other. The question of how to find sincere love worries many lonely people. When you want a new relationship, you are looking for someone to fill your inner void. But often this is the main mistake. Love seems to be so elusive that its search may never end. READ MORE


A Strange Weekend In Silverstone

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The F1 is set to head back to the UK this weekend as Silverstone will be this weekend's race home, and it’s set to be a scorcher as temperatures in the UK and the rest of Europe are set to be very high, hopefully a stark difference from the vast amounts of rain that got the weekend in Hungary off to an interesting start ...  READ MORE

Most dramatic Formula One races in History

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Formula One is among the most glamorous and intriguing sports in the world. The sport has delivered many incredible moments, and punters can wager on the races. As such, you can use the Bet calculator to convert your odds as you wait for another astonishing moment to happen. READ MORE

5 Helpful Tips on Buying the Perfect Sports Car

Cars provide a lot of convenience for everyday use. They are faster than any other travel means and provide comfortable seating. Even though regular vehicles are tremendous and relieve to have, but sometimes you just want to drive a really good looking car and maybe pick up speed. Thankfully there are sports cars for this purpose.

However these cars can be priced really high, but they are such beauties to have and experience its many excellences. Sports cars provide the missing thrill and adrenaline rush in life and fancy up your residence with its exquisiteness. READ MORE

The Untold History of MGB GT Classic Cars

In 1962 during the Earls Court Motor Show, it was the first time that the MGB car model was launched. During that time, and a decade later, this was the best selling sports car. In 18 years, before the end of production, this classic car had been produced over half a million. READ MORE

Horribly Beautiful

Ferrari Uovo

In 1950 one of the brothers, Giannino won the event while wearing a double-breasted suit of the finest material, befitting his family's wealth, becoming its youngest winner. Giannino Marzotto, all of 22 was not shy about complaining to Ferrari about the heaviness and poor aerodynamics of the available cars. READ MORE


Top 5 Most Dangerous Racetracks in the World

If you love adrenaline and fast rides, you are probably familiar with Grand Prix races. You can feel the excitement of watching these vehicles generating speeds of more than 200mph. If on top of that you find an online gaming platform such as cherrycasino.org that, apart from games of chance, also offers sports betting. You can choose your favorite driver and make the race even more thrilling.

Yet, apart from being super exciting, Grand Prix races are known to be extremely dangerous too. The reason for this lies in the layout of the circuit, weather conditions, and other significant aspects of the event. We will present to you the five most dangerous circuits in the world … READ MORE

Driven to Crime

Automobile racing has had its share of shady characters but few can top Roy James.

Roy James, by many accounts including Hailwood's, showed great promise as a racing driver. But he faced the same hurdle that most up-and-coming drivers not independently wealthy face: where will the money come from? READ MORE

Grand Prix Top Films In History

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Motorsport has become the subject of some of the iconic movies and TV shows. The significant reason for so much attention by the film industry is the fierce rivalries, high octane, unique skill, and the unpredictable action by formula one. The Hollywood film industry has embraced motorsport, as offers for new customers on paddy power have continued getting more interesting for online punters .... READ MORE

Fiat's Men

Fiat's Men

When 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. READ MORE

Alfred Neubauer

Alfred Neubauer

He was born on 29 March 1891 in Novy Jicin, near Ostrava, in what is now the Czech Republic. His father was a carpenter and cabinetmaker. Neubauer fell in love with automobiles when at the age of seven he saw his first car, a Benz drive through his village, in North Moravia. Even as a small boy he would claim that "petrol already ran in his blood." READ MORE


History of Silverstone Racecourse

Silverstone racecourse is the hub for British Formula One, with a driving experiences centre, on top of a Porsche centre and handling track and an Aston Martin test and development centre. This is why it has long stood as the home of British motor racing and this does not appear likely to change any time soon, following a further extension to the Grand Prix contract recently. READ MORE

Lessons Learned From This Weekend's F1

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This weekend saw the return of F1 again as Austria put on a spectacle for motorsports fans - there were lots of ups and downs and some surprising results, but there are some lessons that have been learned from this most recent event too ... READ MORE

4 Ways to Customize Your Car

For many people, cars are just a tool for getting them from point A to point B. Others take them a tad more seriously — they want their automobiles to reflect their lifestyles and personalities too. If you fit the second description, you are in good company. READ MORE

Gordon Bennett Cup

1902 Napier

James Gordon Bennett arrived in Paris in 1887 and had established a Continental edition of his father's New York daily, The Herald. This being the same Bennett that sent Stanley in search of Livingstone had an eye for publicity. In July 1899 he established a series of races that bore his name. READ MORE

Bugatti T32

Bugatti T32
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This aerodynamic tank-shaped Bugatti that competed in the 1923 French Grand Prix was the predecessor of the famous Bugatti Type 35. Its profile was shaped like an airplane wing and was intended to provide downforce. READ MORE


Everything You Need To Know About Vintage Motorbike Helmets

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Vintage motorbikes helmets have their own charm. While most of the modern motorbike helmets are practical and comfortable, they are not as sleek as the vintage helmets. And we all know that bikers love to pull off that classic look. But is it still safe to use those helmets? And where you can get them. These helmets are still available out there, and there are models that are even safer. READ MORE

F1 is back & Austria’s ever-changing circuit is the perfect place to start

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Formula One in 2020 is just about to get back to business after threatening to begin in Australia in March.

With all the teams, drivers, sponsors and even fans ready for action at the iconic Melbourne circuit ... READ MORE

Benz Tropfenwagen

Benz Tropfenwagen

In 1921 after World War I, Rumpler surprised visitors at the Berliner Automobile Ausstellung with his revolutionary ‘Tropfenwagen’ (teardrop vehicle), that resembled the gondola of a Zeppelin airship. Edmund Rumpler, was an Austrian automotive engineer who was well-known in post-war Germany as the manufacturer of the successful ‘Taube’ (Pigeon), a German warplane based on an original design by Igo Etrich. READ MORE

1907 Peking to Paris

1907 Peking to Paris

... We ask this question of car manufacturese in France and abroad: Is there anyone who will undertake to travel this summer from Paris to Peking by automobile? Whoever he is, this tough and daring man, whose gallant car will have a dozen nations watching its progress, he will certainly deserve to have his name spoken as a byword in the four quarters of the earth... READ MORE

McLaren M8

McLaren M8

Robin Herd had left and was replaced by Gordon Coppuck, who had worked earlier for the National Gas Turbine Establishment, as chief designer assisted by Swiss engineer, Jo Marquardt who had worked at Lotus. It was decided early on that Coppuck would concentrate on the rear portion of the car while the Swiss, Marquardt the front. McLaren's first mechanic, Wally Willmott left the team and moved to Australia. READ MORE


Jim Hall

Jim Hall was born on the 23rd of July, 1935 in Abilene, Texas, the 2nd of three sons. Hall spent his early years growing up in New Mexico where he first caught the four-wheel bug. READ MORE

How Racing Made Modern Roads a Lot Safer

To some, car racing is a spectator sport, but since it started, it has contributed a lot in terms of safety and protection. READ MORE

The Greatest Former Formula One Drivers from Finland

Since the Formula One championship began in 1950, only nine drivers from Finland have participated. But three of them have won the competition. Kimi Räikkönen most recently won in 2007, adding to Finland’s wins by Keke Rosberg and Mika Häkkinen. Here is a look at five of the best Finnish drivers from Finland, including Rosberg and Häkkinen, who have competed in Formula One. READ MORE


How to Reduce The Cost of Insurance for Your Sports Car

Sports car insurance is significantly costlier than regular car insurance, and rightly so. Sports cars use higher-end components and are costlier to obtain and maintain. Thus, insurers must prepare for high-value claims in the event of an accident, theft, or similar incident. READ MORE

The History of Sim Racing from the Start

Sim Racing Rig
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Nobody ever had imagined the possibility of a pandemic halting all car races. Racetracks around the world are deserted, the stadiums are empty, and the cars are longing for their drivers. For the amateurs and the professionals, this life sentence is an unbearable one. READ MORE

Lewis Hamilton and the Problems with Media Portrayal

Lewis Hamilton

If you dive into the life of Lewis Hamilton beyond the racing circuit, he seems to be a decent person by all accounts. There are plenty of instances of charity work from the six-time World Champion, including his roles with UNICEF and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. READ MORE

NASCAR off to a Racing Start, Can F1 Follow?

NASCAR
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Fans who were eagerly awaiting the return of motorsport had been kept happy by a series of online racing events through the iRacing sim that professional drivers had been streaming over the course of the past couple of months. READ MORE

The Race that was Rigged

Tripoli

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. READ MORE


American Grand Prize

Amerivan Grand Prize

Road racing in America has taken a back seat to oval racing held at venues such as Daytona and Indianapolis but with talk of a return of the United States GP and the continued growth of Formula One in the rest of the world Grand Prix History will take the opportunity to look back upon a time when Americans went Grand Prix racing. READ MORE

On the water with Mercedes Benz

ARROW460-Granturismo

Silver Arrows Marine builds innovative luxury motor yachts whose distinctive design purity captures the sporting elegance of Mercedes-Benz automobiles. READ MORE

The day that Ferrari broke the Speed Record ... on Water

Arno XI

On October 15, 1953, Achille Castoldi sat in his boat on the water of Lake Iseo nestled between its more famous siblings Lake Como and Lake Garda. READ MORE

Extreme Sailing with Red Bull

Red Bull Extreme Sailing

Extreme sports are activities perceived as involving a high degree of risk. These activities often involve speed, height, a high level of physical exertion using highly specialized gear. READ MORE

Fernando Alonso

Red Bull Extreme Sailing

Fernando Alonso Díaz was born on July 29, 1981, in the Spanish city of Oviedo. Alonso’s racing career started when he was just three years-old. His father, José Luis Alonso, a big kart fan, decided to build one himself for Fernando’s eight-year-old elder sister, Lorena. READ MORE


Is Lewis Hamilton the best Formula 1 Driver Ever?

Lewis Hamilton

If you’re a fan of Formula One racing, you know Lewis Hamilton. Even if you’re not a fan, you probably know him. If you’ve shown any loose interests in sports in general, chances are you’ve heard or read his name, somewhere, at some point. He has been that dominant, lording over the Formula One field for more than a decade. READ MORE

Is Hamilton's Domination Common in other Sports?

Lewis Hamilton cruised to another Drivers’ Championship in the 2019 season, securing the crown for the third season on the bounce. Hamilton has now pulled within one title of Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of seven. READ MORE

Ways to Approach Choosing the Winning Team

If you're an avid sports lover, there are plenty of people who might tell you it's a waste of time. After all, many people that a love for sports can't produce any results. However, if you'd like to throw money into the equation, a love for sports can actually be quite lucrative. READ MORE

What will the future of Formula 1 look like?

Since its inception back in the 1950s, Formula 1 has been the pinnacle of motorsports. The thrill and excitement of watching high octane powered cars that can reach top speeds of 230 mph in less than five seconds, has made it a very popular sport across the globe. READ MORE


The Changes Ahead - New Rules for F1 in 2021


Photo by Carl J on Upsplash

After a period of stability that has seen complaints about a lack of overtaking and on-track actions, as well as complete dominance of the Mercedes team, Formula 1 will be introducing major rule changes in 2021. READ MORE

Benefits Of Having A Good Credit

With a good credit score, you can save some money and make your life easier. If you are searching for ways to maintain your credit score, here are some benefits of having a good credit score:

Low Interest on Loans and Credit Cards

The interest rate refers to the costs that you have to pay when you borrow money. Oftentimes, the interest rate that you get is connected to your credit score. READ MORE

The Curious History of Formula 1 Engines


Source: Pixabay

In the sport of Formula 1, engines transcend everything. The drivers, engineers, team managers, tyre strategies, car design - all of these are important parts of the equation. But nothing has been more impactful than the engine. READ MORE

A short history of the Grand Prix of Monaco


By Steve Gregory from Bradley Stoke, UK - Monaco 96, CC BY 2.0, Link

All Grand Prix fans are still asking themselves the question today: how can a car race take place on a circuit laid out in the middle of a city, as is the case in Monaco? READ MORE

Who will partner Max Verstappen in 2020


Artes Max from Spain [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Formula 1 currently finds itself in a two-tier championship with Mercedes, Ferrari, and Red Bull ahead of the field and the only teams with a realistic chance of winning on any given Sunday. READ MORE


How Lewis Hamilton Will Put Himself in the History Books

Lewis Hamilton
Jake Archibald from London, England [CC BY 2.0]

There is little doubt that Lewis Hamilton is the greatest driver to come out of the UK but he is still a shade behind the true great in Michael Schumacher in terms of how the history books will remember him. READ MORE

F1 vs NASCAR: Which is the superior motorsport?

Motorsports have become an integral part of sports worldwide, with fans turning up in huge numbers regularly to get a glimpse of their favourite drivers flying past at crazy speeds, while massive numbers of viewers tune in to watch on TV.

MotoGP is leading the way when it comes to two wheels, with the likes of legendary Italian Valentino Rossi and current dominant champion Marc Marquez being two of the best in recent times to grace the track on motorbikes. READ MORE

Here Is How Alex Albon’s Move To Red Bull’s F1 Senior Team Happened

Alex Albon
Marc Alvarado [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Alex Albon has been promoted to Red Bull to replace Pierre Gasly, and his move has happened due to a number of interesting circumstances that involve his development as a driver. READ MORE

Can Mercedes Etch Their Place in Formula One History?

Mercedes secured their sixth Constructors’ Championship on the bounce courtesy of Valtteri Bottas’ triumph at the Japanese Grand Prix, flexing their dominance over their rivals once again in the 2019 season. READ MORE

Can Leclerc Revitalise Scuderia Ferrari In 2019?

Ferrari will enter 2019 knowing it has been 12 seasons since they have won a F1 Drivers’ Championship and 11 since they landed a Constructors’ title. READ MORE


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