|The Stuff of Legend: Prince Bira, The Mighty Mouse of Siam|
| ||In the film Tombstone there is an exchange of dialogue between Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. The subject is life. Earp says, 'All I ever wanted was to live a normal life.' To which Holliday responds, 'There is no 'normal' life, there's just life...' When born of a royal family that later becomes the subject of a couple of Hollywood films, there is no 'normal' life, there's just life. Prince Birabongse's life, however, would not be normal; it would be the stuff of legend.
The scene in th...[Read more...]|
|Harry Schell: American Bleue|
| ||Americans would officially set foot on French soil during the Second World War in 1944. However, after a few years, the troops would leave, yet, there would be one that would remain. He had been in Europe long before and he would be there still when the Americans returned in the 1950s.
Selim Lawrence 'Laury' Schell would lead the way. Though conceived by American parents, Laury would be actually be born in Switzerland in the late 19th century. At that time, the automobile was still very much ...[Read more...]|
|1955 Monaco Grand Prix: Trintignant ‘Awash' in Monegasque Praise|
|Heading around Tabac for the final time, Maurice Trintignant would be greeted by an enthusiastic Monegasque population. He would be the unlikely victor, but a little dip in the Mediterranean would make sure his name joined an exclusive list of Formula One race winners.
Maurice Trintignant had started his racing career just prior to the outbreak of the Second World War. Before the war would start he would take his Bugatti and would go on to earn an impressive victory in the 1939 Grand Prix des...[Read more...]|
|An Era of Perspective|
|Everyone loves a champion. At least that is the saying. But it isn't necessarily true. Instead, everyone loves their champion. When another proves to be equal or stronger, then all reason slips through the window when judging skill.
The lamentations would resume in earnest following the dominant performance at Spa by Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull. Suddenly, there was this feeling of resignation, of needing to face reality. Just when it seemed there would be a titanic battle between Ve...[Read more...]|
|1954 24 Hours of Le Mans: A French Bull Runs to Victory at Le Mans|
|Everything needs to be right amongst drivers competing for victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Not only do they need to share the car over the course of a whole day but their driving styles must compliment each other. In the case of the 1954 24 Hours of Le Mans there would be no better pairing than a calm, steady Frenchman and a wild Pampas bull from Argentina.
Prior to the 22nd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Maurice Trintignant had already achieved a career driving a vast number of diff...[Read more...]|