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Latest Inductee into the Hall of Fame

Ettore Bugatti

Ettore BugattiEttore Arco Isidoro Bugatti though his family was French was born in Milan on 15 September 1881. He grew up within an artistic family and at a young age Bugatti demonstrated a deep instinctive understanding of a wide range of aspects concerning motor-vehicle construction.

Although his co-workers often had to scrutinise his designs for their technical feasibility, the final result was always a perfectly proportioned automobile, which, from an aesthetic standpoint, was impossible to resist. As a passionate horse lover, Ettore Bugatti liked to call his aesthetically meticulous creations “Pur Sang”, or thoroughbreds.

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The Sport that is Formula 1

Autodromo di MonzaLotteries and automobile racing in Europe have a long tradition. In Italy after the war the Grand Prix of Italy at the Autodromo Monza was coupled with the Monza Lottery. In 1954 prizes were awarded according to the outcome of the Supercortemaggiore Grand Prix, a 1,000 kilometre (620 mi) race sponsored by Italy's major oil company and reserved for Sports Category cars up to 5,000 cc.

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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".

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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 top 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.

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Formula 1 - Back to the Future

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.

Max Mosely is thankfully gone from the paddock but 80-year-old Bernie Ecclestone still holds court and that according to some is a problem. Ecclestone like any self respecting despot has not designated a heir. Reports circulating have News Corporation, controlled by Rupert Murdoch, and an investment company owned by the Agnelli family of Italy expressing an interest in taking over Formula One Management, which organizes the races. How the current hacking scandal has effected this scenario has not been muted but then F1 has never shied away from controversy. In fact F1 without a scandal brewing under the surface would seem quite odd.

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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 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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