Category: This Weekend in Motor Sport History

  • 31 December – 1 January: This Weekend in Motor Sport History

    ~31st~ 1950: The inaugural race at the Sebring Raceway in Florida, the 6 hour “Sam Collier Memorial”, was won by the team of Fritz Koster/Ralph Deshon driving a Crosley Hot Shot. The results were determined on a handicap basis. The duo completed 288.3 miles at an average speed of 48.05 mph. This race attracted thirty […]

  • 24-25 December: This Weekend in Motor Sport History

    ~24~ [amazon template=banner easy] 1985: Legendary racing driver Prince Bira of Siam died of a heart attack aged 71 while travelling on the London Underground between Hammersmith and Baron’s Court. It was a very ordinary end for an extraordinary character. Officially called Prince Birabangse Bhanudej Bhanubandh – he start ed racing in a Riley Imp […]

  • 17-18 December: This Weekend in Motor Sport History

    17-18 December: This Weekend in Motor Sport History ~17th~ 1968: The London-Sydney Rally which had started from the Crystal Palace racing circuit in London at 2pm on Sunday, November 24th 1968, finished at Warwick Farm (an outer Sydney suburb), in Australia. Roger Clark established an early lead through the first genuinely treacherous leg, from Sivas […]

  • 10-11 December: This Weekend in Motor Sport History

    10-11 December: This Weekend in Motor Sport History ~10th~ 1934: A new speed record of 311.98 km/h (193.86 mph) was set over five kilometres with a flying start on the Avus racetrack in Berlin by Rudolf Caracciola driving the record-breaking Mercedes-Benz W25. 1992: The French Grand Prix was axed following the introduction of tough anti-tobacco […]

  • 3-4 December: This Weekend in Motor Sport History

    3-4 December: This Weekend in Motor Sport History ~3rd~ 1936: Just three days after the fire at the Crystal Palace, work began on a Grand Prix track with a new “Panamac” non-skid surface. Called a “miniature Nürburgring” by the British motor press, the twisty circuit was completed in 5 months. The first event held at […]

  • 26-27 November: This Weekend in Motor Sport History

    26-27 November ~26~ 1920: Racer Eddie O’Donnell died in Beverly Hills, California from injuries suffered the previous day when his Duesenberg collided with the Frontenac driven by Gaston Chevrolet. 1958: The FIA approved flame-proof clothing, a move considered long overdue given the high number of injuries and fatalities in the sport. The Avon tire company […]

  • 19-20 November: This Weekend on Motor Sport History

    19-20 November ~19~ 1922: Coppa Florio VI run over 432 km of the Medio Madonie circuit on Sicily was won by André Boillot driving a Peugeot in a time of 7 hours 9 minutes.  1954: Ford Robinson was killed during the Carrera Panamerica when his Ferrari crashed at 208 mph on the Tehuantepec straight in […]

  • 12-13 November: This Weekend in Motorsport History

    ~12 November ~ 1895: The Automobile Club de France was founded. During the first 8 years of its existence the club organised 34 intercity races, including the first international race, the Paris-Bordeaux-Paris in 1898 won by Frenchman Fernand Charron in a Panhard et Levassor. 1910: The American Grand Prize, a Grand Prix auto race, was […]

  • 5-6 November: This Weekend in Motorsport History

    5th November 1950: The first Pebble Beach Road Races (California) were staged, with the main event won by Phil Hill in a Jaguar XK120. The races were  managed under the auspices of the SCCA (Sports Car Club of  America), as were most races from that day to this. The route was originally 1.8 miles (2.9 […]