" LUIGI MUSSO, SEEN HERE IN A PUBLICITY PHOTO TAKEN FOR MASERATI IN 1954.
Born in Rome, the son of a wealthy Italian diplomat, Luigi was the youngest of three sons, all of whom would grow up to be race car drivers. In 1953, Maserati selected 3 young drivers to race their sports cars and Luigi was one of them. He promptly rewarded Il Tridente by winning the national 2 liter sports car championship in 1953 and the unlimited class Italian sports car championship in 1955. Naturally, Musso’s success opened opportunities for spot starts with Maserati’s Formula One squad, where he showed promise.
Musso’s ambition led him to join Scuderia Ferrari in 1956. While Luigi would find increased success at Ferrari, managing a number of podium finishes in F1 and major sports car races, including an overall victory in the 1958 Targa Florio with Olivier Gendebien, Musso’s time with the Scuderia was filled with tumult. Enzo Ferrari’s chosen mode of motivation in those years was to set his drivers, engineers and mechanics against one another, manipulating their competitive instincts to achieve maximum results. While its hard to argue against the results it produced, Ferrari’s tactics also created a work environment ripe with national pride, not-so-secret alliances and bitter rivalries among his employees like something out of the Machiavelli’s “The Prince”. It was this atmosphere that greatly contributed to the circumstances leading to Musso’s fatal accident at the 1958 French Grand Prix. We will return to that tale of back biters and syndicaters another day. "
"During the final thirty minutes of the race the three Ferrari racers paraded around the track nose to tail at a leisurely pace ignoring the stream of race cars passing them by.
As the clock wound down to the final minutes the three Ferrari cars slowed down even further then filled the asphalt track three abreast as they headed toward the checkered flag and vindication for the Prancing Horse.
The rest of the pack was forced to bunch up behind them and as the three blood-red cars crossed the finish line the drivers purposely revved their engines and the distinctive scream of 12-cylinder Ferrari engines could be heard throughout the track. Ferraris led for almost 20 hours of the 24-hour race and it was a great victory for Enzo Ferrari."
Winning line up:
+Lorenzo Bandini - Chris Amon — Ferrari P4 #23
+Mike Parkes - Ludovico Scarfiotti — Ferrari P4 #24
+Pedro Rodriguez - Jean Guichet — Ferrari P3 #26
Tue Dec 17 2013 19:19:39 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
TEMPORADA 1970 - Brian Redman dominated not only pratice but a large part of the race at the wheel of David Piper's 4.5-litre Porsche 917K, a 1969 specification (to be recognised on the nose). Here he passes Teddy Pilette in the VDS 5.0 Lola T70 Mk3B (#50). Redman retired after severe tyre-chiunking problems, having forced him to three pit stops. Picture: Champion, February 1970.
Some crazy detailed person has put together tons of info about the 1970: PORSCHE 917 vs FERRARI 512S season. Get overwhelmed here:
Tue Dec 17 2013 21:12:58 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Jean Behra, a short, stout Frenchman hired by Ferrari for the 1959 season became paranoid and surly as he strained to meet Ferrari’s expectations. At 38, he had survived a dozen crashes. His body was laced with scars. A French magazine published a full-page photograph of him with a dense display of arrows identifying his broken bones. A collision three years earlier had torn off his right ear. Behra endured it all with a Gallic shrug. “Only those who do not move do not die,” he said. “But are they not already dead?” - Michael Cannell, The Limit.
Tue Dec 10 2013 02:51:21 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Watch Wes Anderson’s Charming 8 min Short Film: "Castello Cavalcanti" Starring Jason Schwartzman.
Anderson transports us to Castello Cavalcanti in the suitably mid-century year of 1955. The quiet evening scene, exuding that richly Italian feeling falling somewhere between idyll and indolence, splinters apart when a race car crashes into the center of town. Out of the wreck emerges the unscathed but enraged driver — evidently, the steering wheel got screwed on backward — the Italian-American Cavalcanti realizes he may have driven not only straight into his own ancestral village, but into the company of his ancestors themselves. These charming and vividly colorful seven Andersonian minutes come brought to you by Prada."
Fri Oct 04 2013 17:49:32 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
"Racer Jackie Stewart began the practice of taping a spanner to his steering wheel after the accident he suffered at the 1966 Belgian Grand Prix, where, after hitting a telephone pole, he sat soaked in fuel in his car for almost an hour until fellow racers Graham Hill and Bob Bondurant managed to remove him using a toolkit borrowed from a spectator."
Thu Oct 03 2013 17:34:44 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Closer To The Edge (2010) Is a must watch (although agonizing at times).
"The Isle of Man TT is described as the world's most dangerous race, a complicated and unforgiving course.
Year after year in late May more than 25,000 people make this journey to the small island about 70 kilometers off the English coast in the middle of the Irish Sea. The TT race has claimed almost 150 lives in its 105-year history and the course itself has claimed more than 250 lives.
Most of the riders are amateurs with full-time jobs a world away from the megabucks of Grand Prix racing."
Tue Oct 01 2013 16:56:10 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Alfa Romeo GTA participating in the late '67,'68,'69 Tour de Corse.
"During the mid to late '60s Alfa was very active in motorsport. Autodelta, the racing division of Alfa, developed a car for competition that closely resembled to the road going model. These cars were named GTA instead of GT, the 'A' standing for "Alleggerita", Italian for lightweight."
Fri Aug 09 2013 16:29:34 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
"The Maserati MC12 was produced to allow a racing variant to compete in the FIA GT Championship. The car entered production in 2004 with 30 cars produced (five of which were not for sale). A further 25 were produced in 2005 making a total of 50 cars available.
Maserati designed and built the car on the chassis of the Enzo Ferrari but it is much larger with a lower drag coefficient. The MC12 is longer, wider and taller and has a sharper nose and smoother curves than the Enzo Ferrari, which has faster acceleration, better braking performance and a higher top speed. The top speed of the Maserati MC12 is 330 kilometres per hour (205 mph) whereas the top speed of the Enzo Ferrari is 350 kilometres per hour (217.5 mph)." Source & more info about this beast found here:
1953 Ferrari 250 MM Berlinetta. One of just 32 built and one of only 17 examples bodied by famed coachbuilder Pinin Farina. This car raced in the 1953 Panamericana. Photo credit: More pictures of this car can be found here on this Spanish forum page:
Road & Track Cover June 1948. "Mauri Rosa and the Blue Crown Spark Plug Special on the bricks at Indianapolis. The car is owned by Lou Moore of Northridge, California, and won the 1947 classic, with its stablemate running second driven by Bill Holland. Engine is an unblown 270 cu. in. Meyer-Drake Offenhauser. Photo credit - Tower Photographers" Magazine credit: Howard Norse &
"In 1962 Hermann Lang came back to the Nürburgring to drive his Mercedes W125 Grand Prix car again. The 1937 Mercedes W125 Data: 8-Cylinder In-line 5,660 CC 646 bhp at 5,800 rpm (The most powerful gp car ever built up until the late seventies)" info by Lars Halvard Rødberg
Wed Mar 27 2013 21:51:47 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
"The Lola T530 was Lola's attempt to build a dedicated ground-effect single-seater Can-Am. One of the largest racing cars ever built, the T530 was used by nearly all the major teams in 1980 after Chevron, who were due to supply VDS and Newman, collapsed into liquidation. It dominated 1980, winning seven of the nine races but was overtaken in 1981 by the new March 817, CAC-2 and VDS designs."
Mon Mar 18 2013 15:09:25 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Nurburgring For Sale: The state has appointed a liquidator, Jens Lieser, who explained that the entire business is for sale. This means that the buyer can get the F1 Grand Prix track. the popular Nordschleife, as well as other parts, such as the museum or the defunct rollercoaster. Source: