|High Efficiency Motors: 1958 Formula One Season|
|C.T. 'Tommy' Atkins would start out his career as a motorcycle racer riding Douglas motorcycles in the early 1930s. By the time the mid-to-late '50s rolled around, Atkins had moved on from racing, but not very far. Perhaps feeling a need to support up-and-coming drivers, Atkins would turn to providing rides, but in single-seater grand prix cars.
Prior to the Second World War, Atkins would be in search of speed records on a motorcycle. Riding motorcycles, Atkins knew very well their ability t...[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...]|
|1958 German Grand Prix: So Close Never Felt So Good!|
|On the 19th of July, at the 11th RAC British Grand Prix, Roy Salvadori would climb to the 3rd step on the podium. It would be the greatest result of his career in Formula One and it would be a most exuberant moment for the man from Dovercourt joining two other Brits on the podium of their home grand prix. However, it would be the race just two weeks later that would provide Salvadori with one of his greatest, and most disappointing, moments in Formula One.
Salvadori's World Championship debut...[Read more...]|
|1957 Italian Grand Prix: A True Nobleman Stands Amongst Two of F1's Most Noble|
|The sea of spectators overwhelming the circuit would be a truly awe-inspiring sight to behold. The vast majority of this horde was there to celebrate the car adorned in red finishing in the top three. The car's driver, a true royal, would stand amongst the crowd as if standing amongst adoring and loving subjects. For the first time in his career, Wolfgang von Trips would be able to count himself amongst the elite of Formula One.
Wolfgang von Trips had been born into a noble German family in ...[Read more...]|