This is a little more than your usual, supermarket parking lot fender bender. It took place at the Japanese Grand Prix in 1977 and involved Gilles Villeneuve’s Ferrari and Ronnie Peterson’s Tyrrell P34 on lap #5, tragically some debris from the accident killed a marshal and a photographer, who had both been standing in a prohibited area of the track.
The Spirit of Munro is a salt lake racer built as a hat tip to legendary motorcycle racer, Burt Munro. Munro’s original streamliner was based on a 1920 Indian motorcycle, the bike was ancient by the time he set his last record (at 47 years old), it’s a staggering testament to his abilities as an engineer that he was able to set so many records with it, including the under-1000cc world record which still stands today.
With Formula One on its weeks long summer siesta it’s easy to become a little despondent waiting for it to return. I like to keep myself busy watching old races and documentaries about racing in the “good old days” and so it was with much interest that I stumbled across this film, titled ‘Monaco, Race Of Kings’.
This is a 1953 Maserati A6GCS/53 Spyder by Fantuzzi – just 52 of them were built in 1953 by Maserati with the sole aim of challenging the likes of Ferrari, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz on some of the most iconic race tracks in Europe and around the world.