|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...]|
|John Fisher: 1959 Formula One Season|
| ||Throughout the history of Formula One there have been many names that have come and gone, many of which barely make a mark on the sport other than in the history books. However, in 1959, Bruce Halford would help John Fisher to make an impressive mark, albeit a rather brief one.
Later on in his life John Fisher would become Lord Mayor of Bristol. However, in 1959, Fisher was rather simply a motor racing fan with some extra money. And, in those days, it meant he could go racing for a relatively...[Read more...]|
|R.H.H. Parnell: 1959 Formula One Season|
| ||In 1951, Reg Parnell pulled off a huge upset surviving an absolute deluge of rain that flooded the Silverstone circuit during the BRDC International Trophy race. Parnell would manage to keep his Ferrari 375 under control long enough to be declared the winner. By the end of the decade, Reg would be, once again, positioning himself to steal away victory from the elite of Formula One.
Reg Parnell would step away from driving Formula One by 1955. He would still be present taking part in the occas...[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...]|
|1962 Monaco Grand Prix: McLaren Carries the Cooper Flag back to the Top|
|By the beginning of the 1962 Formula One season Jack Brabham had left Cooper to form his own racing team. It seemed the glories days of the double World Championship were well and truly behind them. However, left in Brabham's stead would be a man very akin to the Australian in so many ways. And in Bruce McLaren, Cooper had a driver and competitor more than apt to help carry the team forward into the future.
The first race of the 1962 season, the Grand Prix of the Netherlands, certainly didn't...[Read more...]|