|Day 2 at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion|
|HISTORY IN MOTION
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is about rarely seen race cars that are authentic and historic, showcased not on a lawn but at speed at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the world-famous 2.238-mile circuit nestled in the hills of Salinas, California. For two days, 550 cars have been screaming through their practice runs in preparation for tomorrow, the first official day of weekend racing that also will see a surge of fans pass through the gates for the very purpose ...[Read more...]|
|HISTORY LESSONS : ROLEX MONTEREY MOTORSPORTS REUNION|
|For the nearly 550 owners of automobiles racing in the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, the histories of their cars are often more important than the joy derived from driving them, and there is no better case in point than Jon Shirley's Alfa Romeo Tipo B (P3). It was driven by Tazio Nuvolari in one of the most extraordinary victories in the history of motorsport: at the 1935 Grand Prix of Germany, held at the famed 14.17 mile Nurburgring.
In front of 300,000 German race fans and the Third...[Read more...]|
|The Trident is Raised|
One of Italy's most famous marks, and perhaps most troubled, the trident-bearing automaker continues to provoke passion through its search of excellence.
Five brothers would come together in December of 1914 to found a motor company bearing their name—Maserati. Alfieri, Bindo, Carlo, Ettore and Ernesto had all demonstrated a passion for automobiles, particularly racing, during those early years at the turn of the 20th century.
The foundations of the company would actually begin ...[Read more...]|
|1959 German Grand Prix: Briton-Italian Dominance Amidst the Darkness|
|In the pages of Formula One history, the weekend of the 1959 German Grand Prix is usually remembered for a couple of incidents. One of those would see a providential escape. The other, unfortunately, would end in tragedy. Most unfortunate is the fact these two events, though very considerable in the annals of motor racing history, would largely overshadow what would end up being one of the most dominant performances by a Briton in an Italian car.
Tony Brooks had proven himself, his talent, wi...[Read more...]|
|1954 Carrera Panamericana: Courage to Go On|
|Suddenly the Ferrari 340 Mexico would break loose on Hill. Careening down over the ledge, the car would be battered and bruised, coming to a rest finally with its occupants none the worse for wear. It would be a scary moment and the mangled bodywork would suggest it would be wise never to take part in the event ever again.
Richie Ginther's own racing career had only just got underway when he was approached by a well known friend. Richie had met Phil Hill a couple of years before and would dev...[Read more...]|