Dutch F1 Racers and Their History

Dutch F1 Racers and Their History

Dutch motor-racing drivers have many wins on their record. From Daytona to Le Mans, from Targa Florio to Sebring, many prestigious tracks have seen Dutch drivers on the first place of the podium. But when it comes to Formula One, the track record looks rather meager, at
least until recently. There were undoubtedly many Dutch drivers in the history of Formula One, and while many had the potential for it, only […]

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The Deadly Parts of Ferrari’s Racing History

The Deadly Parts of Ferrari’s Racing History

Once the world wars were over, the 1950s became a time of peace and idealism. Everyone was busy building families, and in time the norm of the traditional family was created as well. There was little to worry about in terms of weather and climate change, and normalcy became the trend. While everything seemed right with the world, not all things were right. The biggest evil that stayed after the […]

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Wacky Races – Part 3

Wacky Races – Part 3

School Bus Racing

This one’s pretty straight forward and a classic case of racing anything with a motor. School Bus racing can be seen on speedways all across the United States. Not only that but they also do school bus demolition derbies. Due to their size and shall we say lack of grace, these races are usually run on an oval circuit, I don’t suppose it would be much of a […]

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Wacky Races – Part 2

Wacky Races – Part 2

Super Truck Racing

Perhaps driving down the motorway and having to suffer the bane of one truck trying to take over another at annoyingly low speeds could put you off the idea of seeing them on the race course but stay with me here. In order to haul around their cargo these trucks are equipped with up to 1000 horsepower, now imagine that when the load has been lifted. These huge […]

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Wacky Races – Part 1

Wacky Races – Part 1

Throughout the history of motorsports, we’ve seen all sorts of vehicles used to compete in order to answer that timeless question, who is the fastest? We’ve seen cars, bikes, boats and even planes compete in one way or another. But surely that can’t be it? Surely there are more bizarre and interesting competitions to be had? Well look no further my friend because here we’re going to take a look […]

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Peking to Paris

Peking to Paris

When it came to early motor competitions there was no better way to test the chops of your vehicles like a good city-to-city race. These kinds of races were taking place all over Europe and America from 1894 onwards; however, by 1907 it was time to crank it up a notch. No race would test the mettle of these automobiles like the Peking to Paris, a course that ran 9,317 […]

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The Chicago Times-Herald Race

The Chicago Times-Herald Race

Almost a year after the world saw its first ever motoring contest, the Paris-Rouen, the Chicago Times-Herald newspaper decided to emulate the competitions success and organise what would be the first automobile race in the United States. The paper announced the race on July 10th 1895 with prizes totalling at $5000, which in today’s money would roughly equate to $147,000. Not only was the race a publicity stunt to boost […]

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The Bentley Boys

The Bentley Boys

It was the roaring twenties, the gap between the upper and lower classes was as strong as ever and for the upper classes there was no hobby more exhilarating than the thrill of motor racing. Europe was crazy about the sport and Britain were doing everything they could to be a part of it. The British Bentley brand became renowned for its reliability and a group of some of the […]

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Gordon Bennett! Part 2

Gordon Bennett! Part 2

Supposedly one of these auto races actually gave birth to the now widely known ‘British racing green’ colour. It was decided, after a suggestion made by Count Elliot Zborowski, that each country competing in the Gordon Bennett Cup auto race would adopt a specific colour. Great Britain made its first entry into the competition in 1902 and the colours usually associated with the British flag (Red, White and Blue) had […]

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The Vanderbilt Cup

The Vanderbilt Cup

In 1904 William Kissam Vanderbilt II introduced the world to the Vanderbilt Cup. It was an international racing event with an eye to motivate American car manufacturers into taking part in race culture. A large cash price was offered to the winners of the race and it drew in competitors from both America and Europe, some being previous competitors of Europe’s own Gordon Bennett Cup. The first race was held […]

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