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The low point for Ferrari came at the end of the 1972 with their cars being clearly out paced by the British Ford-Cosworth powered teams. This and labor problems forced the proud team to purchase monocoques from England. The Tipo 312B3 proved unreliable with over-heating and engine problems and had one win to show for that year and none the next. To reverse this downward trend Ferrari decided to overhaul his organization re-instating Mauro Forghieri as chief engineer and appointing Luca de Montezemolo as team manager but his best decision was the one he didn't make and Niki Lauda continued with the team.

Ferrari's flat-12 engine was undergoing an extensive redesign with the objective of improving its power band. Horsepower was now up to 480 bhp at 12200 rpm and to fully focus the team on Formula 1, Ferrari withdrew from sports car racing. With Niki Lauda and Clay Regazzoni as their drivers Ferrari won three races in 1974.

For next years car Ferrari added a de Dion-type rear axle and a new transverse five-speed gearbox between the engine and final drive was fitted hence the Tipo 312T for transversal designation. With the willing contribution of their Austrian driver, Lauda, the team put in countless miles of testing. Their reward came in the form of 6 victories, five by Lauda on his way to the 1975 World Championship.
 
 
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He seemed to be well positioned at Fiat, then the leading racing team but his friend Luigi Bazzi who had recently joined Enzo Ferrari at Alfa Romeo knew the ego that blazed inside Vittorio Jano could not be contained at the larger company. After the desultory results of the new Alfa P1, a Fiat copy no less, it was suggested by Bazzi that in order to succeed they needed to go to the source, they needed to kidnap “Jano”. It was a job that the equally ambitious Ferrari, a self-described troublemaker was born to. Yet Jano was not so easily moved, and according to legend he demanded a formal proposal from Alfa Romeo, imperiously dismissing Ferrari by stating that he would “speak to the organ grinder, not the monkey”. To the shock and dismay of his managers at Fiat, Vittorio was soon headed to Alfa Romeo.

The immediate result of this new partnership was the Alfa P2, another Fiat copy but one eminently more successful. Besides his duties in the racing department he was required to translate what he could into a new series of sporting road cars. Jano’s designs were born more from an innate technical genius than scientific theories and what transpired was the 6C 1500. The car along with the P2 would see Alfa Romeo through to the end of the decade bringing fame if not fortune to the company.

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The Formula 1 circus is in the midst of a second successful season after the global economic meltdown of 2008. The world's economies have not recovered but it appears that Formula 1's has weathered the storm. If you are to believe Formula One Management television viewership bounced back in 2010 with 527 million people having watched at least part of a race on television or in person, up from 520 million the previous year. Sponsorship is expected to bring in a total of $4.4 billion according to Formula Money, a research report on the finances of Formula One.

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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 armisticehe 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. 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 new straight away what was missing, real 'play value'. After 6 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. To read the rest of the article go here.
 
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