|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...]|
|1969 24 Hours of Le Mans: A Traditional Statement Provides a Memorable Race|
|What if a statement ended up costing one of the biggest victories of one's career? Would it be worth it? Jacky Ickx would come close to finding out as he approached the checkered flag on the afternoon of the 15th of June in 1969.
Ford had determined to defeat Ferrari on ground it had come to dominate throughout the early 1960s. By 1966, the mission would be complete. Ford would take the overall victory with their GT40 Mk II driven by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon. However, the dominance would ...[Read more...]|
|1967 German Grand Prix: Ickx Just Playing with the Big Boys|
|As the usual immense crowd gathered around the Nuburgring for the 1967 German Grand Prix, just a casual glance at the grid would not tell the real story. However, it wouldn't take too long before the crowd would begin to take notice of a Formula 2 car being driven by some young Belgian with a short, but interesting, last name. From that moment on, nearly everyone would know the name Ickx.
Jacky Ickx's talent was quickly gaining recognition and praise. However, at the beginning of the 1967 se...[Read more...]|
|1964 Nurburgring 1000 Kilometers: Survive for One Last Victory|
|During the late 1950s, Richie Ginther would begin a relationship with John von Neumann and this partnership would result in one of the most dominant periods of American sportscar racing in which Ginther and Porsche would be virtually unbeatable. Nearly a decade later, that same combination would again join forces to provide one more moment of glory.
By the mid-1950s Porsche had developed its 550. This was a small car more than capable of dominating its class and consistently able to challenge...[Read more...]|
|Grand Prix Circuits: Pau Circuit|
|Some grand prix circuits just have a mythical status about them. Besides the drivers and great races, a lot of the equation comes down to how memorable the circuit truly is. In the case of the Pau Circuit, its sheer place in motorsport history and lore makes this tight, twisting circuit a true legend.
From its very beginnings, Pau would be at the heart of travel and transportation. Situated in a rather deep valley with the Pyrenees mountains lending an imposing back-drop, the area that would ...[Read more...]|